Thursday, November 23, 2017


Malena Carollo, Times staff writer

Allegiant Air flight attendants picketed for a fair contract in August at various Florida airports including St. Petersburg-Clearwater International. [Photo courtesy Jonathan French]

Six years and counting: Allegiant Air reaches agreement with flight attendants

ST. PETERSBURG — After six years of negotiations, Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air and its flight attendants union reached a tentative contract to improve worker pay and benefits and solidify airline policies."We feel like it’s an agreement that...
Published: 11/22/17
A doll called

A new threat this shopping season: toys that can spy on kids

ST. PETERSBURG — Not all sinister toys are as obvious as a Chucky doll. Many present more subtle threats — choking hazards, high lead content, privacy concerns. And as the biggest shopping season of the year kicks off, consumer advocates are urging...
Published: 11/21/17
The Florida Retail Federation predicts high sales for the holiday shopping season. Pictured are shoppers walking in front of Santa's Flight Academy at International Plaza. | [ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times]

Forecast: Florida retailers expect strong holiday shopping sales

‘Tis the season for holiday shopping, and this year is expected to be particularly kind to retailers.The Florida Retail Federation’s holiday shopping forecast predicts that a combination of high consumer confidence, strong tourism numbers and a...
Published: 11/20/17
Sen. Bill Nelson visited Tampa for a business roundtable to discuss the latest tax reform bill. | [Times file photo]

Senator Nelson on tax reform bill: Small business will ‘get it in the neck.’

TAMPA — A week ahead of the expected vote on a controversial tax reform bill, U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., visited Tampa to deliver a message to small businesses: This bill will hurt you."Small businesses are the economic...
Published: 11/19/17
Updated: 11/20/17
Florida's unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in October, down from 3.8 percent in September, state figures released Friday said. Pictured is a job fair. | [Times file photo]

Florida jobs recover from Irma, unemployment rate drops

As economists predicted, the tough hit that Florida jobs took from Hurricane Irma was not long-lived. The state added 125,300 jobs in October, almost breaking even from the 127,400 jobs it lost in September. According to state figures released...
Published: 11/17/17
Workers complete the final preparations for the Tampa Bay International Auto Show Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 at the Tampa Convention Center. The show will open Friday, Nov. 17 at noon and run through Sunday. [MALENA CAROLLO   |   Times]

Electric, autonomous vehicles featured at Tampa auto show

TAMPA — The two biggest trends in the automotive space are ones you’ve likely heard of: electric vehicles and autonomous cars.
Published: 11/17/17
Hennessy Construction Services Corp., a St. Petersburg contractor, is suing Bill Edwards' firm Loan Ranger Acquisitions, saying Loan Ranger still owes $132,000 from Sundial St. Pete renovations. Pictured is construction at then-named The Shops at St. Pete in 2014. | [Times file photo]

Contractor alleges Bill Edwards’ firm owes for Sundial renovation

ST. PETERSBURG — The construction company that performed the massive renovations at the Sundial entertainment hub is suing developer and Sundial owner Bill Edwards’ company.According to the Oct. 31 lawsuit, Edwards-owned Loan Ranger...
Published: 11/10/17
Florida ranks No. 2 for the highest growth in women-owned companies over the past 20 years. Pictured is Clearwater-based PostcardMania CEO Joy Gendusa, right. | [Times file photo]

Florida ranks No. 2 for growth in women-owned businesses

The Sunshine State is particularly sunny for women-owned firms, according to a new study. Florida had the second-highest growth in the number of women-owned businesses over the past 20 years, according to a study by American Express Open. The number...
Published: 11/09/17
Nancy Tower will take over as CEO of Tampa Electric Co. beginning Dec. 1. She is a longtime executive of Emera Inc., Tampa Electric's Canadian parent company. | [Courtesy of Tampa Electric Co.]

Meet Nancy Tower, Tampa Electric’s incoming CEO

TAMPA — In just a few weeks, the electric company that has powered Hillsborough County and the city of Tampa for more than a century will be under new management. Nancy Tower, an executive at the utility’s Canadian parent company Emera Inc., is taking...
Published: 11/08/17
Updated: 11/09/17
Tampa-based Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc.'s revenue shrunk to nearly nothing for the year's third quarter. In this file 2014 file photo, Ellen Girth and Liz Shows, both with Odyssey Marine Exploration, unpack artifacts recovered from a ship wreck. [SKIP O'ROURKE  |   Times]

Odyssey Marine Exploration reports nearly nothing in revenue

TAMPA — Tampa-based Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc.’s revenue shrunk to nearly nothing in the year’s third quarter.The deep-sea exploration company reported just $11,854 in revenue, down from $2.9 million the same quarter last year. The...
Published: 11/08/17