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 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.

Stockholder sues to stop WellCare sale to Centene

A WellCare Health Plans stockholder has gone to court to try to stop the $15.3 billion sale of WellCare to Centene. [File photo]
The suit, filed in Hillsborough Circuit Court, contends that the merger has been rushed through and does not protect WellCare shareholders.

Tampa Bay airports look to Latin America for new flights

Tampa International Airport celebrated when Copa Airlines launched nonstop service to Panama City, Panama in late 2013. Now airport officials are working to bring more international flights to Latin America to Tampa. [Times]
Tampa International Airport's top priority for the region is Bogota, Colombia. St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport is spending millions to update its customs facility as Allegiant eyes Mexico.

Midtown Tampa's construction goes vertical

Bromley Companies chairman Bill Haines and Tampa Mayor Jane Castor talk Wednesday at an event to mark the start of vertical construction at Bromley’s $500 million Midtown Tampa project at the southeast corner of Interstate 275 and N Dale Mabry Highway. RICHARD DANIELSON | Times
After 20 years of planning and $30 million in road, drainage and other infrastucture work, contractors will start construction on several buildings more or less simultaneously.

Allegiant flight hits bird after taking off from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport

A file photo of an Allegiant flight taking off from St. Pete-Clearwater Interional Airport in 2017. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
The incident took place Monday night and involved an Airbus 320 headed to Belleville, Ill., a suburb of St. Louis, Mo. No emergency was declared. A replacement plane completed the flight.