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Development News A walker heads down the newly opened Clearwater-PalmHarbor leg of the Pinellas Duke Energy Trail just after an August 5th ribbon-cutting ceremony.

After three decades, the award-winning Pinellas Trail network reaches final stages of construction

The opening of the Clearwater to Palm Harbor leg of the Pinellas Duke Energy Trail moves the countywide Pinellas Trail Loop network closer to completion. 

Development News On downtown Clearwater's waterfront, the long-sought redevelopment of the old City Hall and Harborview Center properties moves ahead to a November 8 voter referendum.

In Clearwater, downtown bluff redevelopment goes to voters in November

The Clearwater City Council moves ahead with a redevelopment plan for the downtown bluff properties from New York's Gotham Properties and Palm Harbor's The DeNunzio Group. The next big decision goes to city voters in November.

Buzz Two meetings in August focus on the proposed expansion of the Hyde Park Local Historic District to include the area that was once the African American community of Dobyville.

Buzz: Upcoming community meetings on adding Dobyville area to Hyde Park Local Historic District

There are two meetings in August on the request from the Hyde Park Spanishtown Creek Civic Association for Tampa to expand the Hyde Park Local Historic District to include the area that was once the African-American community of Dobyville.

Cannabis tech firm Kush.com relocates from Seattle to Tampa's Embarc Collective

Kush.com, a cannabis industry B2B online marketplace and business development firm, has relocated its headquarters from Seattle to Tampa's Embarc Collective to expand its presence in Florida's growing cannabis and hemp industries.  

Feature Story Booming Chicago-based cryptocurrency firm CoinFlip chose Sparkman Wharf and Water Street Tampa for its first major corporate expansion.

Water Street Tampa's Sparkman Wharf emerges as a national tech hub

Water Street Tampa's Sparkman Wharf emerges on the national scene as a tech hub and the success is feeding itself.

Development News Miami-based developer Related Group plans a mixed-use development along the Tampa Riverwalk on the west side of the Hillsborough River.

Related Group continues to expand its presence in Tampa's red hot real estate market

Miami-based development giant the Related Group continues to expand in the Tampa market with the $55 million purchase of a prime waterfront spot on the west side of the Hillsborough River and the launch of sales on the second tower of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Tampa luxury condos.

Buzz Newly-appointed Straz Center for the Performing Arts President and CEO Greg Holland.

Buzz: Tampa's Straz Center for the Performing Arts names new President and CEO.

Industry veteran Greg Holland has been appointed president and CEO of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. He begins on October 1 and succeeds Judy Lisi, who is stepping down after nearly 30 years.

Feature Story Code for Tampa Bay offers job training and skills development for its volunteers while helping nonprofits and government bodies with their tech needs.

Coding career training opens doors of opportunity in Tampa Bay

Coding camps have proliferated as people in Tampa Bay seek the higher wages and flexible working conditions offered by coding careers. We take a closer look at the career field and how some folks are being trained.

Feature Story The Countdown Improv Festival returns to Ybor City August 10-13 at the HCC Ybor Performing Arts Center.

Tampa Bay August arts roundup: Countdown Improv, Tampa Fringe festivals return to Ybor City

The Tampa Bay arts scene in August has the Tampa Fringe and Countdown Improv festivals in Ybor City, a Rodin exhibit at the Polk Museum of Art, a look ahead at the Carrollwood Cultural Center's upcoming season and more.

Masthead images: Tampa Bay Comic Con


Development News A rendering of The Bluffs mixed-use development adjacent to a redeveloped Coachman Park with covered amphitheater.

In downtown Clearwater, long-sought bluff redevelopment moves closer to reality

In Clearwater, the City Council is close to finalizing an agreement with Gotham Property Acquisitions and The DeNunzio Group on the long-sought redevelopment of the downtown bluff.

Buzz USF Health and Tampa General Hospital's collaboration in response to COVID-19 includes the establishment of the Global Emerging Diseases Institute and participation in clinical trial research for the new Novavax vaccine.

Buzz: USF Health, Tampa General contribute to clinical trials research on new COVID vaccine Novavax

USF Health and Tampa General Hospital's collaboration on research and patient treatment in response to COVID-19 includes participating in clinical trial research for the new COVID vaccine Novavax.

Feature Story A snapshot of COVID-19 activity in Hillsborough County as of July 21.

Experts from USF Health talk COVID trends in Hillsborough, across country

The Hillsborough County Medical Association brings together experts from USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County and USF and Tampa General Hospital's Global Emerging Diseases Institute to discuss COVID trends in Hillsborough County.

Feature Story The Ardent Mills flour mill downtown is being demolished as Tampa's industrial past makes way for its live, work,play mixed-use future.

With mill demolition, downtown Tampa's industrial past makes way for the future

The Tampa Downtown Partnership and Mayor Jane Castor ceremoniously mark the start of demolition on the old Ardent Mills plant downtown to make way for the next phase of the Water Street Tampa project and connect the downtown street grid.

For Good Local artist Laura Spencer's mural "Garden Variety" on the Mother Kombucha warehouse in Lealman  is part of a Creative Pinellas effort to create public art and promote local artitsts.

Creative Pinellas cultivates arts and artists in Pinellas County through mural, grant programs

Creative Pinellas continues to offer opportunities for development and exposure to homegrown artists through a mural project at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport and the emerging artist grant program.

Development News Tampa 's Chill Bros. Scoop Shop continues to grow with a new Water Street location at the base of Cora Residences.

Tampa's Chill Bros. Scoop Shop's success story continues with expansion to Water Street

Hometown sibling-run Chill Bros. Scoop Shop continues to expand through Tampa with a Water Street location at the base of the Cora Residences.

Feature Story The Straz Center for the Performing Arts has played a crucial role in Tampa's transformation into an arts destination.

Tampa's once-sleepy arts scene is an economic engine

The once-sleepy art scene in Tampa has flourished with the emergence of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, the Tampa Museum of Art and a host of theater companies.

Feature Story Hillsborough TPO Executive Director Beth Alden draws a large crowd to her Café con Tampa talk on transportation funding.

Hillsborough TPO Executive Director Beth Alden talks transportation funding at Café con Tampa

With a one-cent sales tax for transportation going to voters in November, Hillsborough Transportation Planning Organization Executive Director Beth Alden provides a look at the current transportation funding situation during a talk at Café con Tampa.

Masthead images: Clearwater Arts Walk

Clearwater Arts Alliance President Roberta Klar leads walking tours of public art in downtown Clearwater on the third Saturday of each month.

For Good Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council President and CEO Beatrice Louissaint.

Commentary: The power of business inclusion in Tampa Bay

Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council President and CEO Beatrice Louissaint discusses the importance and benefits of helping minority-owned businesses in Tampa Bay and elsewhere scale.