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.

Tampa International Airport unfazed by Amazon’s move to Lakeland

Amazon will move its cargo flights from Tampa International Airport — now running about six to eight a day — to Lakeland by early 2021, now that the Lakeland City Commission has agreed to lease Amazon more than 47 acres at Lakeland Linder International Airport for a $100 million air cargo complex covering 285,000 square feet. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times (2017)]
"This is really the best for all parties," an airport official says. "Lakeland has the space for Amazon, and we just don't."

Burtons Grill & Bar headed to Midtown Tampa

At 7,000 square feet, Burtons Grill & Bar is the largest restaurant announced so far for the Midtown Tampa project, which is building 1.8 million square feet of development around an open plaza shown here. (Courtesy of Midtown Tampa)
At 7,000 square feet, Burtons Grill is the largest restaurant to be announced so far at the $500 million project near N Dale Mabry Highway and Interstate 275.

Health care management company to eliminate 150 Tampa jobs

Pennsylvania-based Keystone Peer Review Organization, which goes by Kepro, plans to lay off about 150 employees from its Tampa office as a result of a federal contract being delayed. (iStockphoto.com)
Keystone Peer Review Organization, which goes by Kepro, plans to lay off about 150 employees from its Tampa office as a result of a federal contract being delayed.

Tariffs continue to hold down steel imports to Tampa

Rolls of steel are offloaded from a ship at Port Tampa Bay last August.  CHRIS URSO   |   Times
Cruise ship passengers are up, as is container traffic and cargo overall. But steel imports are down 19 percent compared to last year.

Tampa airport gets its first CT scanner for carry-on bags

MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE   |   Times
TSA officer Brian Ortiz-Ruiz, scan bags using a new, state-of-the-art advanced technology computed tomography (CT) checkpoint scanner, which is being used at the Airside C TSA checkpoint at Tampa International Airport.
Similar scanners already check every checked bag at the airport for explosives and other banned items.