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 shipping executives rally around the Jones Act, an old law facing a new challenge

Kelly Hendry, president of Hendry Marine Industries of Tampa, spoke Friday at a news conference at Port Tampa Bay in favor of preserving the Jones Act, a 99-year-old law aimed at strengthening America's domestic shipping industry. Looking on were, from left, Kerri Seke of Overseas Shipholding Group, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, and state Rep. Jackie Toledo, R-Tampa. RICHARD DANIELSON | Times
The law was meant to strengthen American shipping, but critics say it prevents competition that could lower consumer prices and hampered relief efforts to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

Tampa elevator company exec says he was fired after raising discrimination concerns

The former vice president of human resources at Oracle Elevator this month sued the company, alleging that he was fired after objecting to discriminatory comments made by two executives.
The former human resources leader claims other executives disparaged women, minorities and older workers.

Tampa ranks fifth, St. Petersburg 15th on list of cities with the most dog parks per 100,000 residents

Hayden Greiwe, 26, reassures King, a 2-month-old Golden Retriever, during King's first trip to the Davis Island Dog Park Friday, March 22, 2019. King was a quick study. He learned that the water tastes salty, rocks are not chewy and to lay low when the big dogs want to play.  (JOHN PENDYGRAFT    |   Times)
The list is done every year by the nonprofit Trust for Public Land.

Hillsborough aviation authority sues rental car company Turo over unauthorized use of Tampa International Airport

With space for 5,300 rental cars, the 1-year-old rental car center at Tampa Interantional Airport cost hundreds of millions of dollars to build and was a key part of the airport's billion-dollar expansion to accommodate growth. But the airport says in a lawsuit that Turo, a San Francisco-based rental car company that operates something like Airbnb, is doing business at the airport without following the same rules or paying the same fees as traditional car rental companies. CHRIS URSO   |   Times (2018)
Turo is like Airbnb or Uber for rental cars, and like Uber a couple of years ago, the San Francisco-based company is stirring up controversy at Tampa International Airport.

Tampa fitness startup Peerfit attracts $18 million investment from San Francisco fund

Peerfit CEO Ed Buckley III (far right) says he's excited to partner with the Virgo Investment Group, based near San Francisco, as Peerfit prepares to offer fitness and health programs for people enrolled in Medicare Advantage plan. In this photo taken two years ago at Tampa Bay Wave in downtown Tampa, Buckley joins the leaders of three other startups that, like Peerfit, have relocated from Gainesville to seek greater business exposure in Tampa. JAMES BORCHUCK | Times (2017)
Along with the investment, Virgo Investment Group managing director Pooja Goel will join Peerfit's board of directors as its first female member.