Wednesday, September 19, 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.

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
Updated: 4 hours ago
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...
Published: 09/07/18
Updated: 09/08/18
The 19-story office building that Water Street Tampa developers plan at 400 Channelside Drive will include a fourth-floor, 30,000-square-foot

Water Street Tampa plans downtown’s first new office towers in decades

TAMPA — Water Street Tampa on Thursday unveiled the "work" part of its live-work-play vision for Tampa with a pair of 19- and 20-story office towers — billed as downtown’s first such "trophy" office buildings in 26 years.Add in another 180,000...
Published: 09/06/18
WellCare Health Plans is based on Henderson Road in Tampa. (Times files)

WellCare’s $2.5 billion purchase of Meridian makes it the Tampa Bay area’s biggest company by market cap

TAMPA — WellCare Health Plans has closed on its biggest acquisition ever, a
Published: 09/04/18
A former first responder who rushed to the World Trade Center on 9/11, Rick Drury ran Precinct Pizza at Channelside Bay Plaza from 2006 to Tuesday, when he told customers that his lease was not being renewed. (Times files)

Precinct Pizza loses its lease and closes as Channelside Bay Plaza turns into Sparkman Wharf

TAMPA — Precinct Pizza has endured a lot — the Great Recession, ineffective landlords and a Republican National Convention that turned the area around Channelside Bay Plaza into a no-man’s-land that reminded owner Rick Drury of the movie Escape...
Published: 09/04/18
Florida International University's just-released

Black workers lag in wage growth as Florida’s labor force grows more diverse and better-educated

Not even one penny per year.That’s the increase in hourly wages, adjusted for inflation, for the typical black worker in Florida from 2000 to 2017, according to a new study from Florida International University. Or, in other words: median...
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