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Pinellas to court tourists from U.K.

Pinellas to court tourists from U.K.

CLEARWATER — No one may have booked a vacation to seek out the mythical half dolphin-half manatee creature cooked up by tourism marketers as an April Fools’ prank earlier this year, but the advertising ploy certainly brought unexpected ...
Published: 11/22/14
Florida unemployment rate drops to 6%

Florida unemployment rate drops to 6%

ST. PETERSBURG — Unemployment in the Tampa Bay region is down nearly a full percentage point over October 2013, sitting at 6 percent - neck and neck with the state rate and a far cry from the high 11.4 percent jobless rate the state hit in 201...
Published: 11/21/14

All Consuming: Go gourmet on Turkey Day the easy way

Tampa Tribune business writer Rich Mullins sits down with co-host Olivia Stacey to talk the latest trends in the consumer landscape. This week, they discuss people buying their holiday feast from restaurants rather than labor in the kitchen.
Published: 11/21/14
Hull of a restaurant: Shipping containers set in place for new Ferg’s

Hull of a restaurant: Shipping containers set in place for new Ferg’s

With a stiff breeze making things a bit more complicated, contractors on Friday used a crane and their own muscles to ease a giant blue shipping container off a truck and into place at the future Ferg’s restaurant across from Amalie Arena.
Published: 11/21/14
Thanksgiving travel to be busiest since 2007

Thanksgiving travel to be busiest since 2007

In Florida, an estimated 2.3 million total travelers will head out next Wednesday through Sunday - more than 2 million of them in cars and another 172,500 in the air.
Published: 11/20/14
Updated: 11/21/14
Shoppers should do homework before Black Friday

Shoppers should do homework before Black Friday

NEW YORK — Brace yourself for the Black Friday shopping bonanza.
Published: 11/21/14

Home sales, prices rise in Florida

Rising home sales with higher price tags top the news for Florida’s October housing report, making this the 35th month in a row that statewide median sale prices have increased for houses, town homes and condos.
Published: 11/20/14
Tampa International Airport breaks ground on $1 billion expansion

Tampa International Airport breaks ground on $1 billion expansion

TAMPA — A well-tilled box of soil took center stage atop the economy parking lot at Tampa International Airport Thursday as aviation officials, politicians and local economic gurus celebrated the largest expansion in the airport’s histo...
Published: 11/20/14
Pinellas tourist agency limits its stadium funding

Pinellas tourist agency limits its stadium funding

The tourism board set new spending caps on sports stadiums, aquariums and other capital projects aimed at drawing visitors after a lengthy debate driven by St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman.
Published: 11/20/14

Labor violations put strawberry farms in feds’ crosshairs

TAMPA — Federal farm labor law violations continue to sully the reputation of this county’s most lucrative crop — strawberries.
Published: 11/19/14
Updated: 11/20/14