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A retrospective exhibit featuring one of the world's most instagrammed artists is currently breaking attendance records at museums across the country.

And now, one of her iconic works is on view at the Tampa Museum of Art.

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The building currently known as the University of South Florida Sun Dome will soon have a new name - one that's well-known to Tampa Bay area beer drinkers.

Under a 10-year deal announced Tuesday, the home of the USF basketball and volleyball teams - as well as other events like concerts and graduation ceremonies for USF and local high schools - will soon be known as the Yuengling Center.

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Hillsborough County commissioners voted 6-1 in favor of spending another $61 million on maintenance of Tampa’s Amalie Arena.

Commissioner Stacy White was the only one of seven to vote against this plan Wednesday.

“I felt it would be premature to be spending such a large amount of the Tourist Development Tax revenues without knowing if they would become available in the future for critical County needs,” he said in a statement.

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Improving transportation in the Bay Area always seems to be a hot topic – and that was no exception Wednesday at Urban Land Institute Tampa Bay’s annual Trends in Real Estate Conference in Tampa Heights.


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The National Hockey League is marking its 100th year by bringing the NHL All Star Game to Tampa Jan. 26-28, 2018. And the Tampa Bay Lightning is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

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In December of 2011, Frank and Carol Morsani gave $20 million to the University of South Florida for a brand new medical college that would bear the name of the Tampa auto dealer and his wife.

Now, after six years of site selection, planning and infrastructure improvements, construction has finally begun on the USF Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute.

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Amazon, the nation’s most valuable retailer, recently announced its search for a location to set up their second national headquarters, or HQ2. Dozens of major metropolitan areas are competing to score this Holy Grail of deals, including Tampa Bay.

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Jeff Vinik's ties to the University of South Florida continue to get stronger, as a Muma College of Business program now bears his family's name.

The Vinik Sport and Entertainment Management Program was started five years ago with the Tampa Bay Lightning owner's assistance. Since then, USF officials say he and his wife, Penny, have contributed more than $6 million to the graduate-level initiative.

USF To Seek State Money As Medical School Moves Ahead

Sep 21, 2017

The University of South Florida will ask lawmakers for an additional $21 million to complete funding for its downtown Tampa medical school and heart institute.

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An agreement was inked Monday to have one company manage both the Amalie Arena and the University of South Florida Sun Dome.  

The arenas will be run by the company operated by Jeff Vinik, who owns the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team and the Arena Football League's Tampa Bay Storm.

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While construction of the new University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine and the USF Health Heart Institute is expected to start this August, there's now a better idea of what the final product should look like.

USF unveiled preliminary renderings of the nearly $153 million facility Tuesday.

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When Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik's real estate venture -- Strategic Property Partners -- named James Nozar as its first CEO in March, that was a sure sign that something big was about to happen.

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According to a feasibility study released Friday, the Museum of Science and Industry would benefit greatly by moving to downtown Tampa.

The 171-page study, which was funded by the museum and Hillsborough County, did not discuss a specific location, size or cost of a new science center, nor possible funding sources.

However, it raised the possibility of a new museum being part of Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik's billion dollar renovation plan for the Channelside District.

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The Florida Legislature is getting closer to finalizing its proposed budget, and the State University System stands to pick up a sizable amount of money for construction projects next year.

The $713 million approved during the House and Senate appropriations conference Sunday includes $22.5 million for the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine.

On Monday, Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik shared his vision about Tampa's Channelside District and downtown. But Vinik's goal is to make downtown more than just office buildings.

Before Vinik came to Tampa and bought the Lightning, he Googled 'how to buy a sports team'," he said. 

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Former President Bill Clinton has announced a partnership to turn part of downtown Tampa into a more walkable, healthy place to live and work.

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The University of South Florida has already received $17 million from state lawmakers for a new building that would house its medical school and heart health institute in downtown Tampa. 

Now comes word that university officials are going to seek an additional $22.5 million for the project in the next fiscal year - money they say they likely can't finance the project without.

Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik says the team will spend more than $6 million over the next five years to expand the sport of youth hockey in the region.

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The championship Tampa Bay Lightning is losing one of its own -- not to another hockey team -- but to the National Football League.

The Lightning's CEO Tod Leiweke resigned Friday to take over as the Chief Operating Officer for the NFL. Lightning owner Jeff Vinik said he's sad about losing his top manager who has helped to transform the Tampa team into a top hockey franchise in just the past five years.

While talking to reporters, Vinik fondly remembered his first meeting with Leiweke. He said they didn't talk sports or "power plays", they talked about community.

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On Thursday, University of South Florida officials will once again ask the Florida Board of Governors to approve their request for $57 million in state funding to build the Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute in downtown Tampa.

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Along with the Amelie Arena and the proposed University of South Florida medical school/heart institute, Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik wants the headquarters for a Fortune 500 company to be a centerpiece of his

As the University of South Florida prepares to present its request for $57 million in state funding for its new medical school / heart clinic in downtown Tampa, school officials are also seeking around $25 million in private donations to reach the overall goal of $157 million dollars for the project. But as the Tampa Bay Times' Jamal Thalji reports, the school may be hampered by its previous success finding big money donors.

Even with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik voicing their support for the plan, the Florida Board of Governors put the University of South Florida's proposed downtown Morsani College of Medicine on hold for the moment.

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It's a "big week," according to Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn - an understatement for a man who may get all of his gifts well before the holidays this year.

Now that Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik has unveiled his billion dollar "vision plan" for redeveloping the southern portion of downtown Tampa, Buckhorn is turning his focus to the possibility that the Tampa Bay Rays could be part of his city's new look.

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Tampa Bay Lighting owner Jeff Vinik admitted that he formed his group "Strategic Property Partners" so he could slowly and quietly buy up property surrounding the Amelie Arena in downtown Tampa.

That silence was shattered Wednesday when he finally unveiled his "vision plan" for the Channelside District.

Vinik Unveils Billion-Dollar Vision for Downtown Tampa

Dec 17, 2014

Jeff Vinik on Wednesday unveiled plans to build nearly 3 million square feet of commercial space on the 25 acres between Amalie Arena and the Selmon Expressway that he has assembled over the last several years. The development plans, which total $1.07 billion, are backed by Microsoft Founder Bill Gates' Cascade Investment LLC. Vinik's team estimates the project will generate $35 million in annual tax revenue for Hillsborough County.

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A new University of South Florida medical school planned for downtown Tampa could be "bigger than baseball," Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn told a group of USF trustees today.

Buckhorn was referring to the possibility that the Tampa Bay Rays could eventually move from Tropicana Field to another field of dreams on an empty lot in downtown Tampa.

He spoke during a meeting of the USF Board of Trustees Health Workgroup at USF's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), which would be a gallstone's throw from the new complex.

WUSF has learned that Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik has offered about an acre of land in downtown Tampa to the University of South Florida to build both the USF Morsani College of Medicine and the USF Health Heart Institute.

The man who many hoped would purchase the struggling Channelside shopping and entertainment complex says he is suspending his efforts to do so.

Jeff Vinik, owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning, was seen as the most likely suitor for Channelside, which is in bankruptcy. Several businesses there have either closed down or said they planned to leave.

In a statement, Vinik and his partners cite an unnamed "significant legal hurdle, beyond our control."