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Airbnb housing in Florida doubles again in 2016, reaches 1.5 million

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The number of visitors to Florida choosing to stay in private homes through the Airbnb home-sharing app continues to explode and has topped 1.5 million for the 2016 year, the company announced Tuesday. With Florida attracting more than 100 million visitors a year Airbnb still represents a tiny fraction of the market. But it now has captured more than 1 percent of Florida’s visitors, with survey evidence that some of those visitors wouldn’t have come otherwise. And the company discusses…

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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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“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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Tampa posts $400 million in increased construction permits over last year

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Tampa issued nearly $400 million more in permits for construction services this year than in fiscal year 2014. The city’s Construction Services Office exceeded $2.4 billion in permits in 2015, up from just $2 billion last year. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this City has its swagger back and  I could not be more excited about these numbers,” Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said. “Not only did Construction Services increase their permitting value by nearly $400,000,000 but they did so…

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St. Pete to host mayors’ entrepreneurship conference next year

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The City of St. Petersburg has been chosen to host the 2016 Ewing Marion Kauffman Mayors’ Conference on Entrepreneurship next year. The news comes as St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman prepares to head home from this year’s conference in Albuquerque, N.M. “This conference will showcase the Sunshine City to mayors and visitors from across the country,” Kriseman said. “They will see up close that St. Petersburg is a city of opportunity for entrepreneurs, a place where dreamers can become doers.”…

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Disruption Day 2015 kicks off with Mimosas with Mindy

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It’s Disruption Day 2015. But don’t worry, that’s not a bad thing. The Tampa Bay Business Journal is hosting an all-day series of talks, meet and greets and panels discussing innovative ways to “disrupt” the status quo and move industries forward. According to the Tampa Bay Business Journal, its “goal is to foster dialogue on many facets of disruption, across sectors in health care, education, technology, media, manufacturing and others. We will explore how disruptive thinking impacts some of Tampa Bay’s…

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Sunday’s editorial pages

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St. Petersburg Times – They put dagger into BayWalk – When BayWalk is boarded up and completes its transformation from downtown St. Petersburg’s jewel to its biggest eyesore, we will know whom to blame. When Muvico closes and there is not a single movie theater in a city that is supposed to be major league, we will know where to point the finger. And when that blight causes the windows in those shiny new condos to remain dark and other…

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