Chris King is what some might call an oxymoron. The Harvard-educated millionaire entrepreneur running for Florida Governor is known for being both deeply faithful and a highly progressive, life-long Democrat.
The polls have long shown King trailing his heavy-hitting opponents Gwen Graham, Phillip Levine, Jeff Greene and Andrew Gillum. Despite a “David & Goliath”-like race, the numbers have yet to slow down King’s own fervor or the fever pitch of his campaign. He has been traveling the state, stumping his leadership on issues from standing up to Big Sugar to health care to affordable housing – but he’s spoken very little on how his faith might affect his leadership.
St. Petersburg City Council members who voted to approve downtown’s controversial Bezu condominium tower say they felt duty-bound to honor the city’s existing land use policies.
In the fourth public hearing on Bezu since last fall, the eight members of the council were tasked with passing the project’s approval by the Development Review Commission, the final hurdle before construction can begin. The original proposal for the vacant property, at 100 4th Ave. S., was for 28 floors (nearly 300 vertical feet), with 29 luxury units. The DRC and the council rejected that vision for the condo tower, causing developer Michel Reginano to go back to the drawing board.
But Alabama does have some notable activity worth taking a closer look at, concentrated in its largest entrepreneurial center, the Innovation Depot.
This collaboration between the public and private sector has generated unique programs that provide the startups that do choose to build their companies in Alabama with a more tight-knit support system than they might get in a more mature startup scene.