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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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Sylvia's Brings More Hope To Midtown In St. Pete

The opening of Sylvia's Queen of Soul Food restaurant in St. Petersburg's Midtown neighborhood brings new hope for future investments in the blocks surrounding a proposed WalMart. 

Neighbors packed Sylvia's on opening day for plates full of traditional Southern collard greens, fried chicken and banana pudding.

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Expected Demise Of Tropicana Field Attracts Ideas For Development

A medical reserach complex rivaling what has emerged in Lake Nona is among the top contenders for the land that will be vacated in downtown St. Petersburg when the Rays move on and out of Tropicana Field.

Several local corporations as well as outside investors are considering the possibilities.

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USF Prof Explores Solar Energy Storage Technology

USF Mechanical Engineer Yogi Goswami is researching the solar energy storage capacity of golf ball-sized capsules filled with salt. The technology involved can turn water into steam long after the sun goes down.

Finding the right formula for storing energy could hugely influence how power is used, especially in Third World nations.

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Port Of Tampa Plans Huge Fueling Station

The Port of Tampa expands its capacity to supply the Tampa Bay region's gasoliine, diesel, aviation fuel and oil with a $56 million investment in a new petroleum terminal.

Half the money for the project is coming from the state of Florida to keep vehicles on track, on the road and in the air.

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Clearwater Beach Sees Boom In Hotel Construction

About a dozen new hotels are under construction or being planned along Clearwater Beach, signaling a new building boom catering to tourists.

The hotels range in size and amenities to serve a broad spectrum of incomes from the U.S. and abroad.

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Tesla Center Near Tampa Sells Electric Supercars

All electric Tesla sedans can now be purchased in Tampa thanks to a new consultation service center in Brandon just off of U.S. 301 between Adamo Drive and Broadway.

Consumer Reporter Richard Mullins of The Tampa Tribune took a Model S sedan on a test drive.

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Tribune Writer Moderates Panel On Workforce Transitions

Tampa Tribune Writer Howard Altman will serve as moderator at 83 Degrees Media's November 7th "Not Your Average Speakers'' panel discussion called "Bring 'Em Home! Transforming Military Might Into Civlian Talent.''

The event at the Tampa Firefighters Museum in downtown Tampa will take place from 5 to 7 p.m.

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New Arts, Crafts Museum May Be Built In Downtown St. Pete

A new arts and crafts museum designed by Architect Alberto Alfonso, the designer of the Chihuly Museum in downtown St. Petersburg, may soon be built along or near Beach Drive.

The popular blog, "I Love The 'Burg,'' reports that Two Red Roses Foundation is behind plans for the museum to house a private collection of American Arts and Crafts.

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USF Attracts Best, Brightest From Around Globe

International students soon find familiar faces on the campus of the University of South Florida as recruitment efforts increase toward attracting the best and brightest from around the globe.

Nearly 3,000 non-U.S. students attend USF in Florida, adding the Tampa Bay region's wealth of diversity.

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USF Helps Battlefield Medics Become Local Nurses

A new $1.25 million grant awarded to USF will be used to help military veterans transition into civilian life.

The College of Nursing aims to train medics to put their skills to use in domestic jobs.

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Tampa Bay Regional Arts Summit Seeks Collaborations

About 200 artists and representatives from arts organizations gathered in St. Petersburg for the first regional Arts Summit pulled together by the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and the Sarasota Arts Council.

Art Keeble of the Hillsborough Arts Council took the opportunity to announce a new online fundraising tool called Power2Give that is designed to attract new and different donors to specific arts projects.

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