News at noon: Soaring tower with luxury condos and hotel 'coming soon' to downtown St. Petersburg; U.S. might allow lawsuits over U.S. properties nationalized in Cuba; and more

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Published January 17

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Soaring tower with luxury condos and hotel 'coming soon' to downtown St. Petersburg

A full page ad in today's New York Times proclaims that a soaring mixed-used tower will be "coming soon'' to the now-vacant 400 block of Central Avenue. The ad, placed by New York's Red Apple Group, shows a "draft'' rendering of the tower, which will have a full-service boutique hotel with event space, luxury condos designed by the noted Miami architectural firm Arquitectonica and "breathtaking views of Tampa Bay.'' It also will be "one of the tallest buildings in Western Florida.'' Red Apple, founded by billionaire John Catsimatidis, paid $16.5 million for the block in 2017. Catsimatidis has said that "St. Petersburg needs a skyline'' and indicated he wants the tower to be higher than the recently completed 41-story ONE St. Petersburg a few blocks to the west.

U.S. might allow lawsuits over U.S. properties nationalized in Cuba

The Trump administration appears poised to enact a long-frozen clause within the Cuban Embargo that would allow Americans who had property nationalized in Cuba to sue those now profiting from it. The action also could force the suspension of travel between Tampa and Cuba. When the clause, called Title III, was made part of the embargo in 1996, it came with the caveat that presidents could suspend it every six months. Presidents since then, both Democrats and Republicans, have done just that. But on Wednesday, the Trump administration announced it would suspend Title III starting Feb. 1, but only for 45 days — suggesting that legal claims could be filed within that window.

Children’s parade kicks off Tampa’s Gasparilla celebration this weekend

Parents should still pack snacks, water, sunscreen and a bead bag for the Children’s Gasparilla Parade on Saturday. But this year one thing you don’t have to pack is a change of comfortable shoes. In previous years, the event has involved a lot of walking to get to the parade route. This year, event organizers have teamed up with Clearwater’s Jolley Trolley to provide six trolleys to pick up and drop off parade-goers, from the intersections of both Platt Street and Bayshore Boulevard, as well as Rome Avenue and Bayshore. “We’re trying the trolley this year to help cut down on walking for the little ones,” said Maiken Stefany, the vice president and event coordinator for EventFest, the company that puts on the Children’s Gasparilla extravaganza.

To be playoff contenders, the Buccaneers need more than Bruce Arians. Here’s the proof.

From 2016 to 2018, the Bucs played in an NFL-high 31 one-score games. Their .419 win percentage ranked 25th. One might conclude that’s a sign of bad coaching. Compare Dirk Koetter’s record with new coach Bruce Arians’ record. During Arians’ five seasons in Arizona (2013 to 2017), his Cardinals teams played in 37 one-score games, an average amount. They won two-thirds of them. So there you have it. One coach succeeded in close games; the other failed. The talent must have been here all along. Koetter and his staff were in over their heads. Right? Not so fast, Thomas Bassinger writes.

The Super Blood Wolf Moon is coming Sunday and it’s just as cool as it sounds

Break out the lawn chairs and cue up the Bonnie Tyler. Sunday night, skygazers in the Tampa Bay area will be front-row center for the first total eclipse of the moon in nearly three years. Comprehensively dubbed the Super Blood Wolf Moon, Sunday’s eclipse is a rare trifecta of awesome astronomical phenomenon and not, as some might think, the title to an ‘80s power metal album or the final boss of your Dungeons & Dragons quest. Viewers in the region should get a clear look at the eclipse as it begins around 10:30 p.m. Totality is expected to start a little over an hour later, around 11:43 p.m., and hold for an hour. The eclipse will conclude just before 2 a.m.

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