Thursday, July 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 St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership has hired Salt Lake City nonprofit administrator Jason Mathis as its new CEO. Photo via St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership

St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership hires new CEO from Salt Lake City

ST. PETERSBURG — The nonprofit St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership on Wednesday said it has hired Jason Mathis as its new CEO.Mathis has more than 20 years of nonprofit experience, including serving as executive director of the Downtown...
Published: 07/18/18
The Coast Guard is looking to build up to six new polar icebreakers, and Bollinger Shipyards of Louisiana said it would do the work at a Tampa shipyard if it wins the production contract. The new vessels would replace the Coast Guard's two icebreakers in operation, including the 399-foot-long cutter Polar Star, pictured here in Antarctica in 2016. Commissioned in 1976, the Polar Star is not expected to remain in service beyond 2023.
 (Coast Guard photo)

Louisiana shipbuilder hopes to bring 1,000 jobs to Tampa shipyard through Coast Guard icebreaker program

TAMPA — Tampa Ship could welcome more than 1,000 new shipbuilding jobs if Louisiana-based Bollinger Shipyards wins a major contract to build up to six Coast Guard polar icebreakers.Bollinger could start staffing up at Tampa Ship, which has 62...
Published: 07/17/18
Syniverse has hired former high-ranking FBI official Philip Celestini as its chief security and risk officer. (Photo via Syniverse)

Syniverse names former FBI cyber official as its top security and risk officer

TAMPA — Syniverse, the Tampa-based company that knits together the world’s mobile communications networks, has hired a 26-year veteran of the FBI as its chief security and risk officer, effective today.Prior to joining Syniverse, Philip...
Published: 07/16/18
The Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday unveiled the long-awaited design of their proposed Ybor City baseball stadium. [Courtesy of Tampa Bay Rays]

Roof drives lofty cost of Rays’ proposed Ybor City ballpark

TAMPA — Nobody pretends that $892 million to build a baseball stadium is pocket change, not even the guy who owns the team."That’s a large number, and it’s a shocking number when you see it," Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg says...
Published: 07/12/18
Updated: 07/13/18
The Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday unveiled the long-awaited design of their proposed Ybor City baseball stadium. [Courtesy of Tampa Bay Rays]

Stu Sternberg: Tampa Bay Rays’ share of Ybor ballpark will be more than $150 million

ST. PETERSBURG — Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg said Wednesday he expects the team to contribute more than the $150 million he mentioned last year toward building a proposed $892 million ballpark unveiled this week."I...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/12/18
The Governor's Suite living room area at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina.  
[EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]

Tampa Marriott Waterside’s $40 million renovation aims for a ‘more approachable’ space

TAMPA — The Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina opened in 2000 as a showpiece for the city, so how much updating could it really use?More than you might expect.The hotel is well into a $40 million renovation that is expected to be...
Published: 07/10/18
Updated: 07/11/18
An artist's rendering of the Tampa Bay Rays proposed new ballpark in Ybor City. [Courtesy of Tampa Bay Rays]

Rays’ Ybor stadium revealed: Translucent roof, $892 million price tag

TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday unveiled a design for an Ybor City ballpark with huge windows that would open to let in a breeze and a translucent roof topped by a distinctive wing-like canopy.But no one was ready to answer...
Published: 07/10/18
An artist's rendering of the Tampa Bay Rays proposed new ballpark in Ybor City. [Courtesy of Tampa Bay Rays]

What you need to know: Tampa Bay Rays’ proposed Ybor City stadium

The Tampa Bay Rays unveiled their long-awaited plan to build a Ybor City ballpark on Tuesday. Here's the highlights:Cost:...
Published: 07/10/18
The executive committee at CareerSource Pinellas meets in December 2017 in Clearwater. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]

Tampa Bay Partnership urges study of regional workforce board in wake of CareerSource scandals

TAMPA — With a split looming between CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay, the jointly run workforce development agencies for the bay area, a third economic development group is weighing in to say, not so fast.For years, the two...
Published: 07/10/18
A cappuccino is displayed at Buddy Brew in Tampa. has released a

Tampa is one of the world’s most hipster cities, survey says

From the We’re-Reporting-It-But-Don’t-Quite-Know-What-to-Make-of-It, which is in the business of matching movers to customers, has released a "hipster...
Published: 07/10/18