The HART Transit Center in downtown Tampa, unlike many of Hillsborough County’s bus stops, boasts benches and shelter galore.
Where I grew up, riding the bus wouldn’t merit a column. But in Florida, using public transit is a journey in itself.
Kathy Hamm has devoted herself to serving Pinellas County’s homeless. She recently lost her own home.
Florida Funders’ $5 million investment led the initial funding round for Betr, whose celebrity backers include Travis Scott.
Grocery delivery saw tremendous growth during the first year of the pandemic.


  1. Timothy Longworth, 42, of Tampa, was arrested late Monday on a charge of armed robbery.
  2. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies said this man robbed a Carrollwood area bank, then rode off on this motorized mini-bike.
  3. Jake Paul poses for pictures following a press conference at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Nov. 8, 2021, ahead of a fight with Tommy Fury in December. Paul's sports betting company Betr secured a $5 million investment from Tampa-based Florida Funders to lead a $30 million Series A fundraising round. It's the largest investment in Florida Funders' history.
  4. Shoppers shop at a grocery store in Glenview, Ill., Monday, July 4, 2022.  U.S. demand for grocery delivery is cooling as food prices rise. Some shoppers are shifting to less expensive grocery pickup, while others are returning to the store.
  5. American Airlines aircraft wait at gates at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, on June 7, 2021. Derek Kerr might have the hardest job in the airline business. He's the chief financial officer of American Airlines, and that means it's his job to fix a balance sheet that has been battered by borrowing money so American could survive the pandemic.
  6. Screens display end-of-day trading results at the New York Stock Exchange on May 12, 2022, in New York.
  7. More than 1,100 flights were canceled on Friday because of heavy weather in the East Coast, another in a series of delays and cancellations.
  8. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., arrives for a meeting of the Senate Homeland Security Committee at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday. Sinema, a centrist who was seen as the pivotal vote, said in a statement that she had agreed to changes in the measure's tax and energy provisions and was ready to “move forward” on the bill.
  9. St. Petersburg's Baum Ave Market has closed and a boutique hotel is now planed for the space at 1113 Central Ave.
  10. A view of the old Marine Apartments building in Pass-a-Grille on St. Pete Beach. As the Tampa Bay rental market heats up, small apartment buildings like this one are being replaced by luxury high-rises.
  11. WFLA photojournalist Paul Lamison, shown here in June when he threw out the first pitch before the Rays played the Brewers, died of a sudden heart attack on Wednesday.
  12. This Sunday, June 25, 2017, photo shows TK Holdings Inc. headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich.  The death toll from exploding air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. has risen to 19 in the U.S. and 28 worldwide reported Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022. Authorities say the driver of a 2006 Ford Ranger pickup truck was killed in what should have been a minor crash last month near Pensacola, Fla. But the driver's air bag inflator exploded, spewing shrapnel that hit the unidentified driver, a 23-year-old man.
  13. Construction workers help direct traffic outside a residential and commercial building under construction at the Essex Crossing development on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.  America’s hiring boom continued last month as employers added a surprising 528,000 jobs despite raging inflation and rising anxiety about a recession.
  14. A rendering of the mixed-use development proposed for the site of the former Coquina Key shopping plaza in St. Petersburg. Local real estate investment firm Stoneweg wants to build 458 apartments, 20% of which would be reserved for tenants who make between 80% and 120% of the area median income.
  15. Smiling mature woman using global positioning system while driving her car.
  16. A passenger walks toward a bus at the HART Transit Center in downtown Tampa on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.
  17. Michael O'Rourke is the founder and CEO of Tampa blockchain services company Pocket Network, which operates out of Tampa startup hub Embarc Collective.
  18. The option, first rolled out in Dallas and Houston in July, furthers Uber's expansion into modes of transport beyond its core ride-hailing business.
  19. Punky’s Bar and Grill in St. Petersburg closed its doors for good Wednesday, the LGBTQ-owned business announced on social media. The bar and restaurant, located at 3063 Central Ave N in the Grand Central District, opened in December 2015 and quickly became a popular destination in the neighborhood.
  20. The Salty Donut is opening two locations in Tampa in early 2023 — one in Hyde Park Village and one in Seminole Heights.
  21. The land that housed Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida, is being sold to a billionaire developer from Dubai, Hussain Sajwani, of DAMAC Properties.
  22. The Hillsborough County Commission approved a new ordinance Wednesday requiring landlords to give tenants more notice of pending rent increases.  [SUSAN TAYLOR MARTIN | Times (2019) ]
  23. Publix accused an online company of using a logo that was too close for comfort. JUSTINE GRIFFIN | Times (2019)
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