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Hancock Whitney invests $6M in Habitat for Humanity with focus on South St. Pete housing

A $6 million tax credit investment from Hancock Whitney Bank will allow Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties to construct 45 additional homes in the next 12 months, half of those homes in the South St. Petersburg Community Revitalization Area (CRA).

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Inside the whistleblower complaint against now-defunct CareSync

Eight months before Tampa health management technology firm CareSync closed abruptly, an Alabama physician filed a whistleblower complaint, alleging the company defrauded Medicare.

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‘Deuces Rising’ puts Commerce Park development in city’s hands; Carter G. Woodson to relocate to 22nd St.

The plan, funded and led by the city, would include 5.3 acres dedicated to a new 22nd Street relocation of the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2.5 acres of workforce housing, retail/office space, a $7.5 million investment in district placemaking and the sale of 5.5 acres of land for market rate development.

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Media

He Said, She Said: 'Tis the season [Florida Politics]

On this episode of He Said, She Said, Michelle and Peter are fully into the Christmas spirit. They talk Christmas, Amazon and the stresses of a condensed holiday season. They break down the demise of Kamala Harris' presidential campaign and the first committee week in Tallahassee. Our hosts also welcome Rep. Tyler Sirois of Brevard County to talk about his bill, one of Michelle's favorites from last session.

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Culture

Close-up: St. Petersburg Opera’s Mark Sforzini (audio)

For years, St. Petersburg Opera Company’s annual holiday show was a huge production, combining a 40-piece orchestra with a massive choral ensemble (several of them, in fact) with soloists from opera, musical theater and more. It was a big to-do at the Palladium.

The 2019 edition, reports founder and artistic director Mark Sforzini, is a more intimate affair...

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The Shuffle

Ken Welch
PSTA

Zaps

The Hustle

Kali Rabaut (Suncoast Compost)

Suncoast Compost is changing the way we look at food waste. The small start-up is diverting hundreds of pounds of compostable material from Tampa Bay landfills, and they're only just beginning.

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Affordable Housing

Pinellas commissioners OK controversial guidelines for Penny spending for housing

The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners has approved guidelines for using some of the proceeds of the Penny for Pinellas sales tax for housing projects for low-income county residents and for office and industrial development.

Approval came despite concerns from an advocacy group, Faith and Action for Strength Together.

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Influencer

Mike Sutton
Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco

Focus: Coastal High Hazard

St. Pete planning commission rejects development plan for flood zones

A plan that would allow real estate developers to propose apartments, condos and townhomes in parts of St. Petersburg that could flood during storms is not consistent with the city’s comprehensive plan, the local planning agency has determined.

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Vinik leads funding round for Nashville health IT firm

Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik led a $5 million funding round for Bridge Connector, a Nashville, Tennessee-based technology company offering data-driven workflow automation to solve health IT interoperability challenges.

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