Richard Danielson, Economic Development, Port, Airport and Movers and Shakers Reporter

Richard Danielson

Economic Development, Port, Airport and Movers and Shakers Reporter

Since joining the Times in 1987, I’ve worked a lot of places (Dade City, New Port Richey, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Tampa) and have covered a lot of stuff (local government, including two tours at Tampa City Hall, state and federal courts, higher education, business). I grew up in Clearwater and live about a mile from my childhood home. Away from work, I row for exercise, read, play a lot of computer Scrabble, often start cooking dinner around 9 p.m. and help wrangle Frenchy, our lab-beagle-sharpei-pit bull mix.

St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport sets fourth consecutive record with 2.2 million passengers in 2018

St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport set a record in 2018 with more than 2.2 million passengers. (Photo courtesy St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport)
Allegiant is the dominant airline at the airport, where passenger traffic was up 9 percent last year.

Investing in Jeff Vinik’s hedge fund is not for everyone

Tampa Bay Lighting owner Jeff Vinik recently announced plans to relaunch his hedge fund, Vinik Asset Management, but investing in it requires both substantial resources and financial sophistication. (Times files)
A career investment manager, Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik recently announced he will revive his hedge fund, Vinik Asset Management. But getting in takes an investor with resources and savvy.

Cemex expands an already big footprint at Port Tampa Bay

A dredging ship with Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co., works to widen and deepen Port Tampa Bay's Big Bend Channel. A $63 million project, the Big Bend expansion took nearly three decades to plan, design and get permitted. Now work is proceeding
Cemex Construction Materials is already Port Tampa Bay's second-biggest tenant by revenue. That could grow by another $500,000 after Cemex leases another 5 acres at Pendola Point for a concrete plant.

Ex-Morgan Stanley brokers accused of churning Home Shopping Network co-founder's investment accounts
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority says former Morgan Stanley brokers Ami Forte and Charles Joseph Lawrence were responsible for 2,800 trades that generated $9 million in commissions.

Jeff Vinik to relaunch Vinik Asset Management hedge fund

Tampa Bay Lightning owner and investor Jeff Vinik plans to re-launch his money management firm, Vinik Asset Management, the hedge fund he ran from 1996 to 2013. (Times files)
Jeff Vinik ran the fund from 1996 to 2013, but has been focusing on his ownership of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the development of Water Street Tampa for the last six years.