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USF abuzz about new grocery store coming to campus

The Florida Board of Governors approves a plan for Publix to build a grocery store on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida.

The student neighborhood facility would provide walkable access for faculty, students and staff to buy fresh produce and groceries without ever leaving campus. 

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Gasparilla season extends through February, March, into April

Gasparilla season in Tampa Bay has a little something for everyone as festivals extend into April. In addition to the adult parade coming up Jan. 30th, locals are looking forward to upcoming festivals focusing on the arts, music and film among other activities.

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The Atlantic video story: A coral reef revival

David Vaughan works on the Florida Reef Tract, the third-largest coral reef in the world and a vastly important ecosystem for sustaining underwater life. He and a team of scientists are working to combat the crisis in the world’s coral reefs -- that is, that human beings have lost 25 to 40 percent of the world’s corals in recent decades due largely to seawater temperature rise and continued acidification of the ocean. 

Vaughan has developed a technique called “microfragmenting” that allows corals to grow more than 25 times faster than normal, which could rapidly restore the dwindling population of healthy coral reefs. The Atlantic went inside the Mote Tropical Research Laboratory in Summerland Key, Florida, where Vaughan is the executive director, to uncover how the process works and understand how much hope there is to reverse the damage caused by humans.

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The Philanthropy Show: Frank and Carol Morsani

The Great Depression, hard work and a deep love for humanity set the stage for Tampa philanthropists Frank and Carol Morsani. Frank tells his story in "To Be Frank: Building The American Dream in Business and Life,'' a new book written with Author Dave Scheiber.

The couple share their passions and beliefs about why they are deeply committed philanthropists and what it took to get there on The Philanthropy Show®, a video on demand produced by co-Founders Louanne Saraga Walters and Sharon Saraga Walters of Tampa. 

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Historic buildings in downtown St. Pete to get new life

Three vacant and vandalized buildings from the 1920s era in downtown St. Petersburg may soon see new life following an agreement reached by the owners and developers who want to see them fixed up or razed to make room for new uses.

The buildings in the 400 block of Central Avenue take up much of one city block that is surrounded by newer developments.

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Bids sought for $35M RFQ for downtown Tampa

The company picked to rebuild nearly 40 acres of infrastructure in downtown Tampa will get the opportunity to help shape the city's future growth and development for decades to come. 

Strategic Property Partners, headed by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, and Cascade Investments, controlled by billionaire Philanthropist Bill Gates, are seeking bids on the $35 million construction project. The deadline to respond to the RFQ is February 8.

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Made in Tampa: Flight simulators train military, commercial aviation around globe

Learning to fly aircraft is no easy task but doing so safely whether you're a newbie or an experienced pro is enhanced by flight simulators made in Tampa. 

CAE USA makes about 75 percent of flight simulators used around the globe for military and civilian pilots.

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Today's Times: 25 most influential business leaders in Tampa Bay area

Jim 'Hondo' Geurts, Judy Genshaft, Bill Edwards, Joe Lopano are expected to be the most influential of 25 top business leaders in the Tampa Bay region in 2016, according to a list compiled by the Tampa Bay Times.

Many of the names on the list are familiar on the local scene but others are carving out new space within their own unique spheres of influence.

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Downtown Tampa lands major grocery store

The density of residential apartments and condos in downtown Tampa finally merits a major grocery store investment after years of trying by developers and community leaders.

Ken Stoltenberg of Mercury Advisors gets the credit for sealing the deal with Publix, a Lakeland FL based grocery chain known for its quality and service.

In celebration, the Channel District Community Alliance is hosting a holiday home tour in the Channel District from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13th. For more information, follow this link

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Tampa researcher preserves donor retinas for transplants to restore eyesight

Researchers at the Lions Eye Institute in Tampa have discovered a new method for preserving retinas from human organ donors that may help make it possible to restore sight in people coping with some types of blindness.

A patent is pending for the preservation technique. 

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Urban development to transform downtown Lakeland

A new major apartment and condo development in downtown Lakeland promises to transform the live-work-play experience in Polk County's largest city.

Broadway Real Estate Services in building Nobay Village to address pent-up demand for downtown living.

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Record number of tourists visit West Central Florida

Tourists from all over the globe continue to flock to West Central Florida in record numbers to visit the Tampa Bay area's beaches, theme parks and entertainment destinations.

Hotels, restaurants and smaller shops catering to visitors report record amounts of sales tax collections, including the latest reports from Sarasota and Manatee counties.

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Lakeland invests in future of urban neighborhood by creating co-working space for artists

A former Salvation Army building in the Parker Street neighborhood of Lakeland is being converted into shared co-working space for artists in an urban revitalization project that encompasses several blocks and investments by the the Midtown CRA and the city.

The goal is to spur further investments and neighborhood interest by creating a place for the kinds of people who bring energy and creativity to the urban environment.

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Entrepreneurship leads U.S. economy, job creation

Strong and growing is the state of entrepreneurship in America, says a recent Harvard Business School study that concludes entrepreneurship is the strongest aspect of the American economy.

The biggest challenge to new business startups? Affording healthcare for workers.

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CSX rail for sale, could speed up implementation of commuter rail in Tampa Bay Area

An offer by CSX to sell a couple of key tracks may create an opportunity for the Florida Department of Transportation and local Tampa Bay Area counties and cities to move forward on creating a commuter rail system.

The existing tracks could connect St. Petersburg, Clearwater, downtown Tampa and the University of South Florida, as well as smaller suburban communities in between. 

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