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An aerial view of Mosaic's fertilizer plant in Plant City. It opened in 1975.
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Mosaic said it’s permanently shutting down a fertilizer factory in Plant City. The company stopped processing phosphate at the facility two years ago. 

Tampa International Airport

There was a time when airport food was bland and overpriced at best, or simply awful at worst.

 

But over the last few years, Tampa International Airport has worked on improving its offerings. Ulele, Cigar City Brewing, and Columbia Restaurant are among the local favorites that now have airport locations. 

The Hotel Nacional de Cuba
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Travelers are reacting strongly to the Trump administration’s recent restrictions on trips to Cuba. Many vacationers that had already booked cruises are looking for answers as to why this change was so sudden.

Bananas hang in a warehouse in Limón, Costa Rica.
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Banana farmers, wholesalers, and researchers gathered in Miami this week to talk about challenges facing the ubiquitous yellow fruit. Costa Rica organized the event.

 

The Central American country exported over a billion dollars worth of bananas last year.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce has released its annual Legislative Report Card. The chamber says the report card helps hold state leaders accountable for how they vote on issues relating to Florida’s business climate.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill thats main goal is to stop bad actors in the homeowners insurance market. It would do so by changing what a contractor must do when a policy holder signs over their insurance benefits.

Port Tampa Bay

Port Tampa Bay set a new record for cruise ship passengers in 2018. Container cargo traffic was also up last year. 

Bloomin' Brands

The Tampa parent company of Outback Steakhouse is getting creative to keep diners coming back to its restaurants. Bloomin’ Brands has invested millions in restaurant renovation, delivery, and a customer loyalty program. The company is also looking to grow its business in Brazil. 

Map showing proposed layout of new Amazon cargo operation at Lakeland Linder International Airport.
Lakeland City Commission

Amazon is planning to bring one of its biggest U.S. facilities in the Southeast to the Tampa Bay area.

The online retail giant plans to build a $17 million center on the northwest side of Lakeland Linder International Airport.

Global Tampa Bay

Business leaders from the Tampa Bay Region will travel to Brazil in August, in hopes of finding new markets for their products.

Masonite

Tampa-based Masonite says a shift to smaller homes is having an impact on its door manufacturing business. 

A bin of red tomatoes.
USDA/Wikimedia Commons

Mexico's Economy Department says U.S. consumers could pay 38% to 70% more for tomatoes after the U.S. Commerce Department announced it would re-impose anti-dumping duties on Mexican imports.

Nicole Slaughter Graham / WUSF Public Media

St. Petersburg’s downtown city skyline is dotted with the booms and jibs of cranes stretching toward the sun. The sight is a telling sign of the city’s rapid growth—a topic that’s caused much contention among long-time residents and independent business owners.

The city recently passed the Storefront Conservation Corridor Plan, a measure to preserve the look and feel of Beach Dr. and Central Ave.

Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at Tampa International Airport Monday.
WUSF/Bradley George

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants more international tourists to visit Florida.

An Airbnb sign.
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Lawmakers in Tallahassee are closer to enacting statewide regulations on short-term rentals. But local governments, which have set their own rules, are opposed to the proposal.  

RGA Architects

A Tampa architect says an 18-acre site on the Hillsborough River could be the new home of the Tampa Bay Rays.  

William Henry presented his proposal during a public comment period at a Hillsborough County Commission meeting Wednesday. The development would include, apartments, a hotel, and a 28,000-seat stadium.  

Tampa Bay Sports Commission

The Women’s Final Four is the latest in a series of big sporting events in the Tampa Bay area.

Leaders say these games have millions of dollars in economic impact.

Bradley George/WUSF

A group of Florida maritime businesses say a nearly 100 year old federal law is essential to the state’s ports. Those companies are working together to stop efforts to repeal the Jones Act.

Aerial view of downtown St. Petersburg
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St. Petersburg developers and preservationists on Thursday debated how the city might balance its rapid development with the preservation of its charm and history.

ZooTampa at Lowry Park is caring for four new manatees transferred to the facility from Sea World.
Ashley Lisenby / WUSF Public Media

Three adult manatees and one calf have found a temporary home at ZooTampa at Lowry Park.

Zoo staff welcomed the arrival of the animals Thursday during media tours of the new facility, which was closed for several months for state-funded renovations totaling $3 million.

Construction site
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Gaps in commercial building permit records and inaccurate charges are among some of the findings in an audit of Pasco County’s Central Permitting office.

Nicole Slaughter Graham / WUSF Public Media

Marc Randolph shared lessons on how to become a successful entrepreneur with 700 people at the University of South Florida Thursday. But first, the co-founder of the multi-billion dollar streaming service Netflix took a selfie.

Hemp Farming Could Soon Be Legal In Florida

Feb 17, 2019

Lawmakers are considering legislation to recognize and regulate the hemp industry. 

Florida is seeing strong job growth in the solar sector.

New Justices Could Refuel Workers' Comp Fight

Jan 18, 2019

The appointment of two new Florida Supreme Court justices has galvanized the business community’s interest in tackling attorney fees in the workers’ compensation insurance system.

Ten days into the partial government shutdown, it's time to ask a dreaded question: What if this keeps going?

A new congressional session begins Thursday, at which time Democrats become the majority in the House. There's no indication that progress will be made before then on the political standoff over funding a border wall that President Trump is demanding.

What's running — and what isn't — during the shutdown

Alpha Entertainment LLC

A second professional football league is supposed to come to Tampa in 2020. But one local sports marketing expert says its likelihood of success isn’t high.

Dow Suffers Record-Breaking Christmas Eve Losses

Dec 25, 2018

Updated at 6:40 a.m. ET

The stock market was only open for half a day Monday, and that was more than enough time for the Dow Jones Industrial Average to drop 2.9 percent to 21,792.20, breaking 1918's record for the worst Christmas Eve performance.

Other U.S. indexes fell too. The Nasdaq lost 2.2 percent to 6,192.92. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 2.7 percent to 2,351.10.

Tampa Bay Rays

Last week, Tampa Bay Rays Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg said a plan to build a new baseball stadium in the Tampa neighborhood of Ybor City was dead.

The Wall Street investor and other team officials said it wasn’t clear where most of the estimated $892 million for a new ballpark would come from, but a University of South Florida sports marketing expert said Sternberg should shoulder much of the blame for the failure.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

Dr. Jonathan Ellen resigned earlier this week as CEO of Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital after an investigation by the Tampa Bay Times into the hospital's mortality rate for heart surgery patients.

Now, Ellen is stepping down from other leadership roles as well.

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