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Sunday, Apr 20, 2014

Sasso, Michael

Tribune Staff

Florida’s fields of uncertain dreams

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The cost-benefit analysis applied to professional sports stadiums is now used to weigh proposals for youth-league complexes, including a mammoth 19-field baseball development in Pasco.

Occupancy rates high in downtown Tampa

- Even with rents at $1,500 to $2,000 per month, downtown Tampa's residential buildings are 98 percent occupied, according to a real estate firm.

Dropping short sales slow housing sales

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TAMPA — A big drop in short sales appears partly to blame for the slowdown in housing sales in the Tampa Bay area and Florida, new numbers from the Florida Realtors trade group show.

Tampa gets look at Trader Joe’s gourmet, oddball items

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Trader Joe’s first store in the Tampa area has a nautical theme nd will give shoppers a look at the items that have created a national following. Like its shrimp corn dogs.

The Palm at WestShore Plaza to close doors

- The Palm, a popular meeting place for Tampa's political and business elite, will shut down at WestShore Plaza next Monday, General Manager Mark Colbath said.

Harbour Island residential project planned

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TAMPA — Having just sold off its Pierhouse apartment complex in downtown Tampa, South Florida development powerhouse Related Group may be planning its second act with a multifamily residential project on Harbour I...

Rays push ‘Rays Up’ theme, flex pack in marketing campaign

- The Rays are counting on a new flexible ticket program to lift them out of last place in home attendance, building much of their 2014 advertising campaign around it.

Judge has frozen Palm Harbor company’s assets

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TAMPA — A judge has frozen a Palm Harbour company’s assets and appointed a receiver over it as state regulators investigate a possible fraud involving $13 million in unregistered investments.

Gonzmart’s passion supports restaurant despite challenges

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TAMPA — As he looked into the murky brown of the Hillsborough River, praying for a sign that his new dream restaurant wouldn’t flop, Richard Gonzmart’s reassurance came with a snout and whiskers.

One group bids on HCC amateur athletics complex

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TAMPA — A local business group that includes the Westshore Alliance and Tampa investment manager Bob Gries is the only bidder vying to build a proposed amateur athletics complex at Hillsborough Community College&#...

Dickman family’s island mansions for sale

- The Dickman family, historically one of the biggest landholding families in south Hillsborough County, is entertaining offers for its 212-acre private island and two mansions on the shores of Tampa Bay in Ruskin.

IT company to expand by 112 jobs in Tampa

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TAMPA — ConnectWise, a fast-growing computer consulting firm started in a Tampa spare bedroom 32 years ago, will expand its Tampa headquarters and hire 112 people, the company’s senior leaders said Wednesda...

ConnectWise to add 115 jobs in Tampa

- Gov. Rick Scott announced the expansion at ConnectWise’s headquarters on Independence Parkway in Tampa this morning.

Double-digit home price gains not likely in 2014, Yale economist says

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TAMPA — It may be harder this year for people regain some of that home equity lost in the great housing crash of the mid-2000s.

Tampa housing prices grew 16 percent in 2013, but may slow

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TAMPA — Tampa housing prices jumped nearly 16 percent last year, helping thousands of homeowners to regain equity in their homes, but homeowners shouldn’t expect the same level of appreciation this year, a ...

There’s good, bad news for Invitation Homes rental venture

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TAMPA — An early report card on how rental-home powerhouse Invitation Homes is faring suggests it has more vacancies than expected, but it’s also getting more o...

Home sales climb 1.2 percent in January from a year ago

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TAMPA — It may feel like the region’s once-hot housing market has hit the brakes, but an economist for the state’s leading Realtors group insists a recent month-to-month drop in existing-home sales i...

Mortgage company headquarters to bring 139 jobs to Clearwater

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TAMPA — An Indianapolis-based home mortgage company will establish its regional headquarters in Clearwater and add 139 jobs, Gov. Rick Scott’s office announced.