Finding value in Tampa Heights’ historic vibe

By Ashley Gurbal Kritzer Michael Mincberg is equal parts historic preservationist and opportunist. Mincberg, president of Sight Real Estate, is planning to redevelop an old bottling factory in Tampa Heights into 22 apartments, The Bootlegger Factory Flats. Mincberg wants to preserve history — the brick factory was built in 1925 -— as well as creating […]

5 volatile trends businesses must watch this year (and one strength to remember)

By John Manzella Volatility isn’t just affecting the stock market, it’s impacting everything. Instability in Europe, slower Chinese growth, and declining oil prices are a just a few of the factors causing turbulence in the U.S. and global economy. But there are a number of other trends and factors at work shaping our future. Understanding […]

With property deal done, the Warehouse District Arts Enclave moves to next phase

By Eric Snider The Warehouse Arts District Enclave on the southern edge of downtown St. Petersburg has gone from idea to project to, as of a few weeks ago, reality. In late December, the nonprofit Warehouse Arts District Association (WADA) closed on a 2.7-acre site that includes 50,000 square feet of warehouse space in six […]

Hacking of CENTCOM resembles prior Albuquerque media hack

By Pam Huff Call it coincidence. Weeks before hackers got hold of U.S. Central Command’s social media accounts, a similar attack happened to the Albuquerque Journal’s website and then its Facebook and Twitter feeds. Hackers using the same “CyberCaliphate” and “i love you isis” messages took control of the social media accounts of CENTCOM, located […]

CenterState Banks profit swells in Q4 2014

By Margie Manning A much-improved credit environment and Florida real estate market helped boost income at CenterState Banks Inc. in the last three months of 2014. CenterState (NASDAQ: CSFL), a Davenport-based bank that’s among the largest community banks in Tampa Bay, reported net income of $7.3 million, or 16 cents a share, for the fourth […]