Thursday, November 23, 2017

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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.



This is one of four guns security personnel discovered at Tampa International Airport checkpoints on April 25, 2017. Photo courtesy Transportation Security Administration

More guns being detected at Tampa Bay area airports — and everywhere else

TAMPA — Here’s some travel math for this traditionally heavy day for long trips: More people carrying guns plus more people flying equals more guns going to the airport.The numbers bear this out. The federal Transportation Security...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Tampa's historic Kress building and several others on the same block sold this week for $9 million. SKIP O'ROURKE  |  Times (2013)

Tampa’s historic Kress block sells to the Wilson Company for $9 million

TAMPA — The historic city block containing the old S.H. Kress & Co. department store and a former F.W. Woolworth’s, where 1960s sit-ins led to the peaceful desegregation of the city’s lunch counters, was sold this week for $9 million.The buyer...
Published: 11/16/17
Port Tampa Bay president and CEO Paul Anderson is getting an outstanding performance review rating following a year of record revenues, but also one in which the port came in for pointed news coverage of its executives' spending. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times

Port Tampa Bay CEO Paul Anderson gets 4.5 percent raise following record year with some rough patches

TAMPA — Port Tampa Bay president and CEO Paul Anderson is getting his fifth straight rating of "outstanding" in his annual performance review, though a couple of his bosses want to see better leadership in light of embarrassing news reports about...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/15/17
An Amazon cargo jet, right, taxies into position for takeoff at Tampa International Airport on Thursday. The cargo volume at TIA has gone up in recent months with FedEx, Amazon and now UPS flying out of the Tampa hub.
[JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]

Tampa International Airport’s cargo volume jumps, with more on the way

TAMPA — Over the last couple of years, the story of the double-digit growth of Tampa International Airport’s cargo business has been a story about Amazon.com. Once the online retailing giant opened its distribution centers in Ruskin and...
Published: 11/10/17
Bass Pro Shops has a 130,000-square-foot location on Palm River Road in Brandon. Starwood Property Trust has bought the property, but the store said it will continue operations in the same spot as a tenant rather than a landowner. JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

Bass Pro sells Brandon property but isn’t going anywhere

BRANDON — Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World has sold its property in eastern Hillsborough County, but has no plans to leave.Bass Pro sold its store at 10501 Palm River Road to a subsidiary of the Starwood Property Trust on Sept. 29 for $28.6...
Updated one month ago
Bass Pro Shops has a 130,000-square-foot location on Palm River Road in Brandon. Starwood Property Trust has bought the property, but the store said it will continue operations in the same spot as a tenant rather than a landowner. JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

Bass Pro sells Brandon property but isn’t going anywhere

BRANDON — Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World has sold its property in eastern Hillsborough County, but has no plans to leave.Bass Pro sold its store at 10501 Palm River Road to a subsidiary of the Starwood Property Trust on Sept. 29 for $28.6...
Updated one month ago
Strategic Property Partners is working with more than a dozen architectural and design firms on the $3 billion Water Street Tampa project. [Photo courtesy of SPP]

Hillsborough lawmakers back proposed improvement district for Water Street Tampa

TAMPA — The Hillsborough County legislative delegation has voted to support creating a commercial improvement district for the $3 billion Water Street Tampa project. The proposed Water Street Tampa Improvement District would collect assessments...
Updated one month ago
Ron Christaldi, a lawyer with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, poses for a portrait in his downtown Tampa office Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. Christaldi, along with businessman Charles Sykes, created the nonprofit that has obtained rights to the land in Ybor City (seen behind him) where a new Tampa Bay Rays ballpark could one day be located. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times

Meet the middlemen helping to bring the Tampa Bay Rays to Ybor City

TAMPA — From his corner office on the 29th floor of a downtown Tampa skyscraper, Ron Christaldi can see the warehouses in Ybor City that may one day become the Tampa Bay Rays’ ballpark.Christaldi now largely controls those warehouses. If...
Updated one month ago
MetLife's Highwoods Preserve campus in New Tampa.

MetLife to add 430 jobs at expanded Tampa campus

TAMPA — MetLife plans to add 430 new jobs and spend $25 million upgrading its existing campus in New Tampa, the nonprofit Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. announced Friday.The company has committed to hire for a range of new...
Updated one month ago
Missing from this photo of Tampa International Airport on Sept. 11, the day after Hurricane Irma struck Florida, are the jets. The aiport closed for not quite three full days and numbers remained down for about two weeks in September. As a result, the airport closed its fiscal year just shy of breaking a 10-year-old record for total passenger traffic. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times

Hurricane Irma rains on what would have been Tampa International Airport’s record year

TAMPA — Hurricane Irma kept Tampa International Airport from breaking a 10-year-old record for total passengers, but the count for the 12 months ending in September was still up 1.6 percent.The airport saw more than 19.2 million passengers...
Updated one month ago