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Strategic Property Partners released a conceptual image of what the Tampa skyline will look like once its redevelopment of 50-plus acres of downtown will look like. [Photo courtesy of  of SPP]

Water Street Tampa unveils video showing downtown's transformation

TAMPA — Water Street Tampa, the sweeping, 50-plus acre redevelopment project in Tampa's urban core, has unveiled new images and video of what the downtown district will look like upon completion. Strategic Property Partners, the real estate firm backed by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Bill Gates' Cascade …


Vice President Mike Pence will visit Miami’s Venezuelan enclave of Doral on Tuesday.

Pence will try to escape long shadow of Trump’s military talk on Venezuela today in Miami

The uncomfortable but inevitable question that dogged Vice President Mike Pence everywhere he went in Latin America last week will trail him to Miami on Wednesday: Is President Donald Trump really considering potential military action in Venezuela?...


Rick Baker addresses supporters on Beach Drive Tuesday

Rick Baker lowers expectations before St. Pete mayoral primary

ST. PETERSBURG — Rick Baker officially lowered expectations in the mayoral race on Tuesday, saying his “battle for the future of the city” against Mayor Rick Kriseman might last until November.

Baker has consistently led in local polls and fundraising totals this summer. But at a fundraiders held a week before the Aug. 29 primary, he struck a somber tone in front of about 75 supporters at 400 Beach, a Beach Drive restaurant owned by supporter Steve Westphal.

There are six mayoral candidates on the ballot, Baker explained, and that will make it difficult for any candidate to get more than 50 percent of the vote. A candidate who exceeds 50 percent of the vote on Aug. 29 would win office outright.

“It think it’s going to tighten up,” Baker said, adding that his campaign is lining up fundraisers and making preparations for September and October. The general election is Nov. 7.

Baker spent much of his time Tuesday evening criticizing Kriseman for running a partisan campaign for an officially nonpartisan office.

Baker, a Republican, said he wants to unify the city. Kriseman, he said, wants to divide up residents into separate categories and only govern for those constituencies who support him....


Pasco County teachers, district unlikely to dump VAM in evaluations

Despite the scorn heaped upon it, the value-added model (VAM) appears all but certain to remain a part of Pasco County teacher evaluations....