Consolidation concerns linger at USFSP

There’s still a tremendous amount of anxiety about University of South Florida consolidation, according to a report at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus board meeting.

Concerns about equity and organizational responsibilities linger, Raymond Arsenault, a history professor and president of the USFSP Faculty Senate, told campus board members Thursday.

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St. Pete City Council looks to give new home to fire station, property tax break in 2021 budget

A permanent home for St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue Station 2, property tax breaks through a millage rate decrease and incentives to encourage development on city-owned and privately-owned vacant lots led the list of priorities laid out by St. Petersburg City Council members for fiscal year 2021.

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Lucky’s Market just one of several retailers closing in Tampa-St. Pete

It was tough to find a parking spot anywhere near the Lucky’s Market in Tyrone Square late Wednesday afternoon, as the grocery chain began the process of shutting down its St. Petersburg store and others throughout Florida.

Many of the store shelves were empty. Lines 10 customers or more deep clogged several aisles, and a cashier said it had been like that much of the day.

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Start-up Report Episode 52: Reptrics

Founder Kevin Goodwin joins Joe Hamilton in the studio.

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Your weekend arts forecast: ‘Skeleton Crew’ and NRBQ

American Stage roars into 2020 this weekend with Skeleton Crew, Dominique Morisseau’s drama about blue-collar employees at a Detroit auto-pressing factory.

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The Shuffle

Dex Brady Sheehan


The Hustle

St. Pete Foodies

As the saying goes, the couple that eats together, stays together. Lori Brown and Kevin Godbee are living proof of that aphorism. The couple with perhaps the most refined palate in St. Petersburg are advanced foodies ... they call themselves "food writers" who add a healthy dose of positivity to food journalism - by choosing not to criticize restaurants they review.

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Report: More market power means bigger profits at Tampa-St. Pete hospitals

The new report found continued consolidation by health insurers and hospitals systems combined with coverage expansion has improved profits for both.

Providers say that mergers and consolidation provide new capital for improvements at the hospitals that are acquired, along with best practices and protocols to improve the quality of care.

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Terri Lipsey Scott
Carter G. Woodson

Focus: Purposeful Business

10 ways purposeful business will evolve in 2020 [Fast Company]

As more companies commit to long-term positive societal impact, how will the landscape change in the coming year?

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ICYMI: City of St. Pete gets in the seed-funding game

The proposed amendments to the program would change the name of the program to Redevelopment MicroFund Program. They would also convert the forgivable loan program to a grant award, and allow the funding to go to both currently established businesses and “pre-venture” or start-up businesses.

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