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Orlando Developer Considers Hotel Near Encore! Tampa

Orlando Developer Brian Ray is talking with City of Tampa officials about investing in property near the growing Encore! Tampa project just north of downtown.

Among the ideas Ray is floating: a boutique hotel, a commercial building and a small apartment building.

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Bike Path Plan Under Tampa Expressway Nears Approval

A planned bike path parallel to the LeeRoy Selman Expressway through downtown Tampa is on track to begin construction in May or June 2014.

The idea is to open up the space under the Crosstown to bicycles and pedestrians as green space for alternative transportation.

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Movie About Drug Cartels Picks Tampa Location

"The Infiltrator,'' a movie about South American Pablo Escobar's Medillan Cartel, plans to shoot on location in Tampa. The book is based on a book by Tampa Bay author Robert Mazur.

The production company behind the movie, Good Films of Great Britain, plans to tell the story by re-creating scenes of violence, murder and mayhem.

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New Version Of Tampa AirFest Set For March

After a year off due to federal budget cuts, the hugely popular MacDill Airfest will return in March 2014 as the new and improved "MacDill Air Force Base Presents Tampa Bay AirFest.''

The 2014 version will include the Air Force Thunderbirds and other aerial demonstrations superior to those seen anywhere else around the globe, base officials promise.

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Frozen Four Returns To Tampa In 2016

The NCAA was so pleased with how Tampa welcomed the Frozen Four, college men's hockey finals, in 2012 that they've decided to return in 2016.

The Tampa Bay Times Forum will be the site of the final Frozen Four and will likely become a sellout.

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New Flights Connecting Tampa, Panama City

New flights are already being added to Copa Airlines travel between Tampa and Panama City, Panama, just as the first flights are getting off the ground.

Demand is far exceeding expectations as the new connection to Latin and South American countries gets underway. The new service means Florida business leaders no longer need to get to Orlando or Miami to fly south.

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TIA $1B Expansion Gets Underway

Austin Commercial, a Texas building contractor, will soon start work on a $1 billion expansion of Tampa International Airport.

The project is expected to create 8,000 construction-related jobs and be completed by 2017.

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Realtor License Boom Reflects Property Sales Rush

As the Florida real estate market heats up, so too does the rush to obtain a license to broker property sales.

The boom of more than 42,000 trying to pass the state test is more than any year since 2005 when the market was hot everywhere.

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Tampa Negotiates Free WiFi In Downtown City Parks

Visitors to public spaces in downtown Tampa may soon find access to free wifi services thanks to negotiations between the city and Brighthouse. 

Mayor Bob Buckhorn predicts such convenience is another way to attract and retain young talent in the city.

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Quality Trumps Quantity In Race To Add Jobs In Florida

The winners in the race for economic superiority know that the end game is all about talent. Cities and states that want to compete in the global marketplace must create jobs that attract and retain the best and the brightest from all over the world.

That's why top quality jobs are more important than the quantiy of jobs in Florida's race for respectability and a higher quality of living, writes Times Columnist Bob Trigaux.

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Who Knew? Tampa Bay Favors Food Trucks

If you're thinking about opening a food truck, you might want to consider moving it to Tampa based on a recent survey that says the Bay area is home to some of the nation's most successful mobile dining experiences.

Mobile Cuisine, an online publication that reports on the food truck industry, says Tampa is No. 2 behind San Antonio TX for the best places to open a food truck in the U.S.

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New Cruise Ship Sets Sail From Tampa Port

Another cruise ship, Brilliance of the Seas, now departs from the Tampa Port for Mexico and the West Caribbean, including the Grand Caymans and Cozumel.

Brilliance is the ninth Royal Caribbean ship to call Tampa home. The 90,090-ton ship left port with 2,100 passengers.

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St. Pete Eyes Options For Future of Al Lang Stadium

With the Rays likely to leave Tropicana Field by the end of the decade, St. Petersburg city officials are also facing some tough decisions when it comes to deciding the fate of Al Lang Stadium.

Al Lang, a longtime home to baseball spring training, is now largely used the Rowdies soccer team. The Rowdies want a new scoreboard and articifial turf to grow their fan base.

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Tampa Bay Begins To Grow Its Way To Top

Can you say sizzle? Tampa and the surrounding region ranks among the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the nation in 2013 with an even hotter growth forecast for 2014.

Growing companies, job creations and investments have catapulted the Tampa Bay region to the top after years of lackluster post-recession economic growth.

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Largo Sees Apartment Boom Following Fee Waiver

When developers tell the City of Largo that fees for construction are higher than surrounding communities, officials react by waiving some impact fees. The result? An apartment boom after years of stagnation.

More than 1,200 apartment and townhome rental units are now under construction.

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