Two residential towers and three new restaurants are the start to downtown Clearwater's ongoing redevelopment. The city plans for downtown to become a vibrant waterfront destination.
Historic Harbor Oaks neighborhood in Clearwater may be getting brick streets as a solution to their traffic calming and beautification dilemma. Residents will be polled by the city and if 65 percent are in favor, brick streets will be coming to the neighborhood. The $1.8 million project will be funded by the residents who are seeking the old-fashioned roads.
USF medical students can be closer than ever to hands-on experiences as the new USF Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute breaks ground in downtown Tampa, just five minutes from USF's main teaching hospital, Tampa General.
A Pasco County community has been designated the first planned 'Smart Gigabit Community' in the U.S. by the US Ignite non-profit group. This 'Connected City Corridor" will be planned by Metro Development Group in partnership with Pasco County.
Three golf courses in the Tampa Bay area reopen, or ready to open after renovations aimed to make golfing experience more enjoyable. Rocky Point golf course in Tampa, Copperhead at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor and Twin Brooks golf course make improvements including new greens and drainage systems.
Einstein Bros. Bagels and Caribou Coffee create new concept store bringing bagels and specialty coffee together under one roof. Grand opening on December 9th will offer first 50 guests a coupon book containing weekly coupons for free coffee, bagels and schmear for a year.
Hyde Park Village announces the opening of three new retailers and a steakhouse, which are all set to open next year. Additions include Suit Supply, which sells upscale suits for men, The Shade Store, a home décor company, Vineyard Vines, a clothing store, and Meat Market, a steakhouse.
Plans move ahead on Main Street Landing development project in downtown New Port Richey. The development plans include three towers covering a city block, with 93 residential units and commercial space as well.
Sarasota-based Neal Communities builds eight new home communities in 2015, with plans to build three more by mid 2016. Communities are spread out south of Tampa, in Sarasota, Bradenton, Riverview, Lakewood Ranch, Apollo Beach and Estero.
SPC receives state funding to complete construction on new Bay Pines STEM Learning Center. The $4.7 million project will serve SPC students, Pinellas County schoolteachers as well as secondary school students and students from other colleges on STEM-related projects.
HART and SPC students enrolled in the Sustainability Management program team up to find innovative solutions to reducing solid waste produced by HART.
Coastal Cantina will offer Florida coastal cuisine with Latin flair. Crooked Thumb Brewery will offer a wide range of craft beers, wine and ciders.
St. Petersburg College purchases two buildings from the St. Petersburg Housing Authority in mid-town area of St. Petersburg in an effort to help stabilize the struggling neighborhood.
Tampa Bay-based Toffee to Go will be Hyde Park Village's first pop-up storefront just in time for the holiday season. The specialty store was made popular after being featured as one of Oprah's Favorite Things in 2013.
Revolution Ice Cream Company sells about 20 special flavors with names like RumChata (pumpkin-spiced), Pomegranate Rosemary, Eurotrash (Nutella ice cream and Biscoff cookie crumbles), and Porky’s Delight (vanilla with bacon and bacon brittle).