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 […]

Developer: Apartment project is in ‘one of the more transitional areas’ of Tampa Heights

By Ashley Gurbal Kritzer Michael Mincberg is up front about the fact that his latest development project is in a dicey part of one of Tampa’s up-and-coming urban neighborhoods. “All of Tampa Heights is transitional, and this is definitely one of the more transitional areas,” said Mincberg, president of Sight Real Estate. “There’s definitely a […]

Developer to convert old Tampa Heights bottling plant to apartments

By Ashley Gurbal Kritzer A developer is planning to reinvent an old brick bottling plant in Tampa Heights. Tampa-based Sight Real Estate said Saturday that it has closed on the Graham Bottling Co. at the corner of North Jefferson and East Plymouth streets in Tampa Heights. The company plans to convert the 46,000-square-foot building into […]

Kriseman unveils police station funding plan, highlights business leaders in State of the City

By Margie Manning St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman kicked off his second year in office with a State of the City address that focused in large part on the city’s economic improvements. He cited the city’s expanding skyline, westward movement of shops and restaurants along Central Avenue, and growth of the arts as evidence of […]

5 things to start the day: Kale and bacon are out, Starbucks scores big with gift cards, Jeff Gordon’s last NASCAR race

By Pam Huff Metropolitan Ministries will open “Miracles for Pasco” housing modeled after MiraclePlace in Hillsborough County, with 24 new supportive housing units for homeless families with children. Since July 2014, Metropolitan Ministries said more than 700 families in Pasco have reached out for help with housing, according to a statement. State lawmakers awarded a […]

At NYC Council hearing, Airbnb official says company doesn’t look for illegal listings

As expected, New York City Council members had tough questions for Airbnb’s head of global policy during an hours-long hearing yesterday. But, perhaps surprisingly, David Hantman admitted that his company does not actually try to determine if any of its listings are illegal. Hantman said that San Francisco-based Airbnb does pay attention to its listings, […]

GeekWire reads my mind in Tampa Bay startup scene write-up

By Wade Tyler Millward A Seattle technology news website seems to have cracked open my skull and poured out all the anecdotes, reports and interviews I have come across during my first 87 days reporting on Tampa Bay’s emerging technology and startup scenes. Metaphorically speaking, that is. GeekWire published today the first of a four-part […]

Long-awaited residential tower in Channelside delayed by financing

By Ashley Gurbal Kritzer As the residential boom in downtown Tampa’s Channel district rolls on, one key parcel remains dormant. Although the city has plunked down new sidewalks on Madison Street, it could be a few more months before the vacant lot between Madison and East Twiggs streets sees the groundbreaking of a long-awaited residential […]