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St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch gives his 2023 State of the City on the steps of City Hall on Monday.
Mayor Ken Welch chose the team out of four proposals to develop the Historic Gas Plant District.
The Louisiana-based chicken chain is coming to Clearwater on Tuesday.
The record number translates into $61 million in bed tax revenue during 2022.
The U.S. Department of State said the delay stems from a combination of “pent-up demand” for visas, as countries have lifted COVID-19 restrictions, mixed with regular seasonal demand.

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  1. St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch gives his 2023 State of the City on the steps of City Hall on Monday.
  2. The downtown Tampa skyline is visible through a swimming pool cabana at the Tampa Edition hotel, which opened in October. Visit Tampa Bay reported that Hillsborough County hotels saw more than $1 billion in taxable revenue during 2022, a record.
  3. Florida tourism leaders continue to fret over a lag in international visitors as the industry anticipates tourism numbers for the final three months of 2022.
  4. Raising Cane's has hired more than 130 people to staff the Clearwater location, according to the company.
  5. FILE - A sign for the Chipotle restaurant in Pittsburgh's Market Square is pictured Feb. 8, 2016. Restaurants are beginning the new year with a recurring problem: labor shortages. Chipotle said Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, that it is looking to hire 15,000 people in North America to ensure its stores are staffed up ahead of its busy spring season.
  6. A new Jeep is delivered to a dealership in Pittsburgh on Monday. A report released by the Commerce Department on Friday showed U.S. inflation and consumer spending cooled in December.
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  9. St. Petersburg City Council member Ed Montanari will serve as the chairperson of a new economic development-focused committee.
  10. Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, now the president of the state Senate, stands on the dais during a legislative session at the Florida State Capitol, Monday, March 7, 2022, in Tallahassee.
  11. Federal authorities in Florida have charged 25 people with participating in a wire fraud scheme that created an illegal shortcut for aspiring nurses to get licensed and find employment.
  12. Maggie Duffy, Tampa Bay Times arts and music reporter, is shown here when she recently took part in the "Dream Tapestry" interactive experience at the Dali Museum. She won this year's MUSE Award for literary arts from the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance.
  13. FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 file photo, a worker uses a flashlight to inspect an engine on a Boeing 737 Max 8 built for Southwest Airlines at Renton Municipal Airport in Renton, Wash. Southwest Airlines reports earnings on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023.
  14. An employee works in the battery assembly hall at the BMW Spartanburg plant in Greer, S.C., in October. Most economists think the economy will slow further in the current quarter and slide into at least a mild recession by midyear.
  15. A worker guides a bin into position at a construction site, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in Miami. The Commerce Department issues its first of three estimates of how the U.S. economy performed in the fourth quarter of 2022. On Thursday, the Commerce Department issues its first of three estimates of how the U.S. economy performed in the fourth quarter of 2022.
  16. Raymond James Financial in St. Petersburg hired Eugenio Aleman as its new chief economist in 2022.
  17. Eric Silagy, the outgoing president and CEO of Florida Power & Light, during an interview Thursday, June 9, 2022.
  18. Boulon Brasserie, a new modern French American restaurant, opened Tuesday at Water Street Tampa.
  19. A record number of Americans are paying at least $1,000 a month for their vehicles, according to new findings from the auto inventory site Edmunds.
  20. PEI Global Partners will open a Florida headquarters in Thousand and One, the new Water Street Tampa office tower at 1001 Water St.
  21. Duke Energy Florida and Tampa Electric Co. are seeking state approval to pass along hundreds of millions of dollars in additional costs to customers because of hurricanes and higher-than expected natural gas prices.
  22. The Falcon's Fury drop tower ride at Bush Gardens opened in 2014. It was closed "out of an abundance of caution" after a fatal accident on a similar ride in Orlando last March, and it hasn't reopened since.
  23. Remember, don’t get stuck in the credit card trap. Nowadays, swiping that plastic is pricier than ever.
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