Monday, September 24, 2018


Richard Danielson

Richard Danielson

Richard Danielson covers business news, including economic development, Tampa International Airport, Port Tampa Bay and the Water Street Tampa project near downtown Tampa. Since joining the Times in 1987, he has covered Tampa City Hall (twice) as well as local government in Pinellas and Pasco counties, state and federal courts and higher education. He also has worked as a general assignment reporter and as the Times’ Palm Harbor bureau chief and Clearwater city editor. In his last assignment at City Hall, he was the main contributor to PolitiFact Florida’s Buck-O-Meter, which tracks Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s performance on 34 campaign promises.

Port Tampa Bay marked its busiest cruise ship weekend ever over the March 31 to April 1 Easter weekend (pictured here), when 29,167 passengers sailed from or arrived at the port. (Aerial photo courtesy Port Tampa Bay)

Port Tampa Bay marks 1 million cruise passengers in a year for the first time ever

TAMPA — Port Tampa Bay last week welcomed its 1-millionth cruise ship passenger for the first time ever in a single year.The port hit the milestone on Sept. 17, when the count hit 1,000,524 for this fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30. It rose...
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Tarpon Springs woman hit and killed as she pushes stroller along U.S. 19, police say

TARPON SPRINGS — A 27-year-old Tarpon Springs woman died Saturday after she was struck by a car as she walked along U.S. 19 pushing a stroller with a 2-year-old in it while two 6-year-olds walked beside her, police said.Tymira Latrel Leverson...
Published: 09/22/18
Heights Union, consisting of two 6-story office buildings from the developers of the Armature Works, will be at the corner of W Palm Avenue and N Tampa Street north of downtown Tampa. It will include 300,000 square feet of office space, 42,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, a linear park that saves all the grand trees along Palm, a garage with 1,500 spaces, a panoramic rooftop deck, high ceilings, large industrial windows and exposed structural elements. (Rendering via SoHo Capital)

The guys who brought you Tampa’s Armature Works plan high-end offices next door, and they’ve already signed a lease with med-tech company AxoGen

TAMPA — Coming soon from the developers who brought you the Armature Works: Heights Union, two high-end office buildings next door to the
Published: 09/21/18
MLMC Florida, which plans to open a $10 million factory in Plant City, turns non-recyclable coated paper and cardboard, Styrofoam, plastic films, wood materials and other process or packaging materials into these energy-dense fuel it calls Enviro-Fuelcubes. The cubes are engineered to augment or take the place of fossil fuels such as coal. Moreover, the company has developed its own patented fuel injection technology for use in power plants or rotary kilns that make cement and lime. (Photo courtesy MLMC Florida, via Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp.)

Colorado-based alternative fuel company to hire 45 at new $10 million factory in Plant City

PLANT CITY — Alternative fuel firm MLMC Florida will open a $10 million factory near the Hillsborough-Polk county line and will create 45 new jobs paying an average salary of at least $58,383 a year, officials said Thursday.Based in Parker,...
Published: 09/20/18
The Midtown One office building at Midtown Tampa is planned to rise seven stories, grounded at the base by first-floor retail and topped by a curved, sail-like facade. Construction is expected to begin in early 2019, with completion expected in late 2020. (Rendering via The Bromley Companies)

Valet parking? A concierge? Midtown Tampa outlines plans for an amenity-rich office building

TAMPA — A sudden boomlet in premium office space is getting boomier as developers detail their plans for the first of three office buildings planned at
Published: 09/19/18
Port Tampa Bay is moving ahead with a $4 million project to expand its facilities for scanning cargo for weapons of mass destruction and other radioactive contraband. (RICHARD DANIELSON   |   Times)

Port Tampa Bay building new radiation screening facilities for cargo

TAMPA — Port Tampa Bay moved ahead Tuesday with a $4 million project to build three new radiation screening centers next to berths for containers and refrigerated cargo.The port already has a facility at its main exit where U.S. Customs and...
Published: 09/18/18
As part of its Florida 2030 planning initiative, the Florida Chamber Foundation on Thursday released a set of goals it hopes the state pursues to create healthy and competitve state economy. They include creating a less costly commercial insurance system, maintaining Florida's competitive tax structure and pursuing business-friendly policies on regulation, permitting, property rights protection, litigation and employment. (Times file photo | CORBIS)

Florida Chamber Foundation outlines 2030 goals for a competitive state economy

The Florida Chamber Foundation on Thursday sketched a set of goals aimed at enhancing the state’s business climate and ability to compete by 2030:Create a less costly commercial insurance system. Keep Florida taxes low compared to other states.
Published: 09/13/18
Updated: 09/14/18

Former employee burned by acid claims Mosaic retaliated after he filed workers compensation claim

TAMPA — A former employee is suing Mosaic, contending that the...
Published: 09/12/18
Allegiant is the dominant airline at the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, which saw an all-time record 2 million passengers in 2017 and is seeing a 12 percent increase in traffic so far this year. DIRK SHADD   |   Times (2017)

St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport boasts record August with 14 percent increase in passenger traffic

CLEARWATER — St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport on Monday announced its biggest August in history, with 178,962 passengers, 14 percent more than 2017.So far this year, the airport has seen 1,585,711 passengers. That’s 12 percent more...
Published: 09/10/18
New Port Richey urban farmer Jim Kovaleski packs fresh produce into a bin at his home along Virginia Avenue. Kovaleski, who splits his time between Pasco County and a tent near the Maine shoreline, New Port Richey has cheap land, low taxes, free compost, an urban agriculture ordinance and a free year-round farmers market. Local planners are looking at ways to encourage urban agriculture in other parts of the Tampa Bay area. CHRIS URSO   |   Times (2017)

Urban agriculture takes root around Tampa Bay, but rules haven’t kept up

Urban agriculture, by definition, tends to be a small-scale enterprise, but the Tampa Bay area has a vanguard of city-based farmers, with more expected.Their plots range from nonprofit community gardens tended by volunteers to a field of greens...
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