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Ground breaking on what will be St. Pete’s tallest building planned for Friday

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Ground breaks on what will be St. Pete’s tallest building this Friday. Mayor Rick Kriseman and other city officials will be on hand from 10 a.m. until noon to celebrate the planned 41-story ONE St. Petersburg condominium tower. The condo at 100 First Avenue North will feature 253 luxury condos, a 40,000 square-foot elevated resort deck including a fitness center, swimming pool, whirlpool, spa and private cabanas as well as a 173-room Hyatt Hotel with more than 17,000 square-feet of…

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House, Senate TED budget writers still unresolved on DEO funding

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House and Senate budget conferees remain some distance away from reconciling their varying budget proposals, with a nominal $8 million and several line items standing between lawmakers and a unified budget proposal to send to Gov. Rick Scott. The elephant in the room? Neither proposal circulating in the Conference Committee on House Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations/Senate Transportation, Tourism, & Economic Development has any money allocated for the $250 million Florida Enterprise Fund that insiders say is Scott’s No. 1 priority, perhaps…

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House passes incentives measure desired by Rick Scott

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After a debate that included mentions of monsters, Robert A. Heinlein and the Tampa Bay Rays, the Florida House of Representatives Wednesday passed its 2016 business and economic incentives package, including the framework for Gov. Rick Scott‘s proposed $250 million Florida Enterprise Fund. As bill sponsor Jim Boyd reminded members, it still has no funding: “This is a structure bill, a policy bill,” he said, explaining that how much money goes to incentives still must be decided in the budget process.  The legislation (HB 1325)…

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St. Pete searching for firm to develop Tropicana Field site plans – with a stadium

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St. Pete is now officially looking for a firm to develop a master plan for the Tropicana Field site. The City released a Request for Qualifications Tuesday with emphasis on creating a plan that includes a new baseball stadium. “It is the goal of the City, through this planning process, to show the assets and potential of the site to the Rays and to articulate the economic development and job creating strength of this development,” the request reads. City Council…

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Rick Kriseman delivers not-so-subtle blow to St. Pete’s other Rick, former Mayor Baker

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman took a jab at one of his predecessors during a recent interview on the SPF 15 podcast. “I served on City Council from 2000 to 2006 and that was kind of a period of time that was described as … our first real Renaissance,” Kriseman said. He was asked how the city is “managing this growth in a considerate manner.” Kriseman’s answer in a nutshell: We weren’t, but now we are. The dig is directed…

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AFP-Florida launches ad campaign to oppose incentive packages

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With just a few weeks left in the 2016 legislative session, Americans for Prosperity-Florida is continuing opposition to proposed incentive packages. The organization released a web advertisement Monday that called on Floridians to call for their lawmakers to oppose economic incentive packages. The 30-second spot urges Florida voters to remind lawmakers “they work for you.” “Floridians don’t want their tax money to be given away to special interests,” said Chris Hudson, the state director of Americans for Prosperity-Florida. AFP has…

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“Make Tampa” launched to have collaboration build a better city

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A Tampa entrepreneur launched a website and released a book simultaneously Monday in hopes of increasing collaboration between residents and city officials to “Make Tampa.” Antonius DeSisto, founder and CEO of crowdfunding giant Citizinvestor, hopes increasing engagement in planning and development will aid in “fashioning of a long-term plan for Tampa.” His book, “Make Tampa,” lays out a vision for three areas of government: open, thriving and seamless. “It is a call to action for more open and collaborative governing…

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