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Richard Danielson, Times Staff Writer

Richard Danielson

Richard Danielson covers business news, including economic development, Tampa International Airport, Port Tampa Bay and the Water Street Tampa project near downtown Tampa. Since joining the Times in 1987, he has covered Tampa City Hall (twice) as well as local government in Pinellas and Pasco counties, state and federal courts and higher education. He also has worked as a general assignment reporter and as the Times' Palm Harbor bureau chief and Clearwater city editor. In his last assignment at City Hall, he was the main contributor to PolitiFact Florida's Buck-O-Meter, which tracks Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's performance on 34 campaign promises.

Phone: (813) 226-3403

Email: rdanielson@tampabay.com

Twitter: @Danielson_Times

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  1. More guns being detected at Tampa Bay area airports — and everywhere else

    Airlines

    TAMPA — Here's some travel math for this traditionally heavy day for long trips: More people carrying guns plus more people flying equals more guns going to the airport.

    The numbers bear this out. The federal Transportation Security Administration has found more guns so far this year than during all of last year at airports nationwide, at airports in Florida and at airports on both sides of Tampa Bay....

    This is one of four guns security personnel discovered at Tampa International Airport checkpoints on April 25, 2017. Photo courtesy Transportation Security Administration
  2. Tampa's historic Kress block sells to the Wilson Company for $9 million

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — The historic city block containing the old S.H. Kress & Co. department store and a former F.W. Woolworth's, where 1960s sit-ins led to the peaceful desegregation of the city's lunch counters, was sold this week for $9 million.

    The buyer is the Wilson Co., a real estate firm headed by president Carolyn Wilson, who is no stranger to ambitious projects to reclaim old buildings in downtown Tampa....

    Tampa's historic Kress building and several other buildings on the same block on Franklin Street sold for $9 million this week. SKIP O'ROURKE  |   Times
 (2014)
  3. Port Tampa Bay CEO Paul Anderson gets 4.5 percent raise following record year with some rough patches

    Business

    TAMPA — Port Tampa Bay president and CEO Paul Anderson is getting his fifth straight rating of "outstanding" in his annual performance review, though a couple of his bosses want to see better leadership in light of embarrassing news reports about questionable spending.

    Under port policies, that rating automatically put Anderson on track for a 4.5 percent raise — a 1.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment, plus a 3 percent raise for port employees rated outstanding on their evaluations. With the raise, Anderson's salary is $417,917 a year....

    Port Tampa Bay president and CEO Paul Anderson is getting an outstanding performance review rating following a year of record revenues, but also one in which the port came in for pointed news coverage of its executives' spending. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
  4. Tampa International Airport's cargo volume jumps, with more on the way

    Airlines

    TAMPA — Over the last couple of years, the story of the double-digit growth of Tampa International Airport's cargo business has been a story about Amazon.com.

    Once the online retailing giant opened its distribution centers in Ruskin and Lakeland, it needed air service to keep those mega-warehouses stocked. It started with two jets a day in the fall of 2015 and has been growing since. Last week, it added a fifth....

    An Amazon cargo jet, right, taxies into position for takeoff at Tampa International Airport on Thursday. The cargo volume at TIA has gone up in recent months with FedEx, Amazon and now UPS flying out of the Tampa hub.
[JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]

  5. Bass Pro sells Brandon property but isn't going anywhere

    Retail

    BRANDON — Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World has sold its property in eastern Hillsborough County, but has no plans to leave.

    Bass Pro sold its store at 10501 Palm River Road to a subsidiary of the Starwood Property Trust on Sept. 29 for $28.6 million, according to Hillsborough County property records. At the same time, Starwood, which is based in Greenwich, Conn., also bought Bass Pro Shops in St. Lucie and Palm Bay....

    Bass Pro Shops has a 130,000-square-foot location on Palm River Road in Brandon. Starwood Property Trust has bought the property, but the store said it will continue operations in the same spot as a tenant rather than a landowner. JAMES BORCHUCK | Times
  6. Bass Pro sells Brandon property but isn't going anywhere

    Retail

    BRANDON — Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World has sold its property in eastern Hillsborough County, but has no plans to leave.

    Bass Pro sold its store at 10501 Palm River Road to a subsidiary of the Starwood Property Trust on Sept. 29 for $28.6 million, according to Hillsborough County property records. At the same time, Starwood, which is based in Greenwich, Conn., also bought Bass Pro Shops in St. Lucie and Palm Bay....

    Bass Pro Shops has a 130,000-square-foot location on Palm River Road in Brandon. Starwood Property Trust has bought the property, but the store said it will continue operations in the same spot as a tenant rather than a landowner. JAMES BORCHUCK | Times
  7. Hillsborough lawmakers back proposed improvement district for Water Street Tampa

    Economic Development

    TAMPA — The Hillsborough County legislative delegation has voted to support creating a commercial improvement district for the $3 billion Water Street Tampa project.

    The proposed Water Street Tampa Improvement District would collect assessments from commercial property owners to help pay for or maintain everything from enhancements to parks to transportation facilities to landscaping to district-wide Wi-Fi....

    Strategic Property Partners is working with more than a dozen architectural and design firms on the $3 billion Water Street Tampa project. [Photo courtesy of SPP]
  8. Meet the middlemen helping to bring the Tampa Bay Rays to Ybor City

    Business

    TAMPA — From his corner office on the 29th floor of a downtown Tampa skyscraper, Ron Christaldi can see the warehouses in Ybor City that may one day become the Tampa Bay Rays' ballpark.

    Christaldi now largely controls those warehouses. If everything goes as planned, he won't for long.

    Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan recently unveiled his pitch to turn 14 acres near Ybor City into a new home for the Rays. The announcement came with another revelation: a newly formed nonprofit had acquired the rights to most of the land there and would hold it for the county until the Rays were ready to make a deal....

    Aerial view looking to the East of the proposed baseball stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays in Tampa near Ybor City in Tampa. A nonprofit, SC Hillsborough Corp, has secured the rights to the land and will hold it while Hillsborough County and the Rays negotiate a financing agreement for a ballpark. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times

  9. Jan Platt, Hillsborough County's voice for the environment, dies at 81

    Obituaries

    TAMPA — Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Jan Platt, for more than 40 years a clear and often solitary voice for the environment, good government and libraries, died Friday evening. She was 81.

    Mrs. Platt was often known as "Commissioner No" for voting against development she found to be poorly planned or harmful. As Hillsborough County boomed in the late 1980s, she voted "no" 80 times on rezonings during a three-year period when every other commissioner voted "yes."...

    While she was off the Hillsborough County Commission, Jan Platt took part in a Florida Consumer Action Network news conference in 1995 to urge the county to put garbage collection contracts out for competitive bids.
  10. MetLife to add 430 jobs at expanded Tampa campus

    Corporate

    TAMPA — MetLife plans to add 430 new jobs and spend $25 million upgrading its existing campus in New Tampa, the nonprofit Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. announced Friday.

    The company has committed to hire for a range of new positions that will pay an average of at least $74,561 a year, according to city and county records. That's 150 percent of Hillsborough County's average private sector wage....

    MetLife's Tampa campus.
  11. Hurricane Irma rains on what would have been Tampa International Airport's record year

    Airlines

    TAMPA — Hurricane Irma kept Tampa International Airport from breaking a 10-year-old record for total passengers, but the count for the 12 months ending in September was still up 1.6 percent.

    The airport saw more than 19.2 million passengers during the 12 months ending on Sept. 30.

    "Unfortunately, for the month, Hurricane Irma blew us off course," executive vice president for marketing and communications Christopher Minner told the Aviation Authority's board on Thursday. "We wound up just 15,000 passengers short of our all-time fiscal year record set back in 2007."...

    Missing from this photo of Tampa International Airport on Sept. 11, the day after Hurricane Irma struck Florida, are the jets. The aiport closed for not quite three full days and numbers remained down for about two weeks in September. As a result, the airport closed its fiscal year just shy of breaking a 10-year-old record for total passenger traffic. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times

  12. Tampa neighbors saw no sign of radicalism in man suspected of New York rampage

    Crime

    TAMPA — One neighbor remembered Sayfullo Saipov because he shared dishes from his native Uzbekistan. Another, only that he had a habit of speeding through their apartment complex.

    One day after the New York terror attack, residents of the Heritage at Tampa apartments were still trying to reconcile how the neighbor and father who lived in their midst could be the same man who police say mowed down and killed eight people in a rented truck before he was shot by police....

    Records show that New York terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov, 29, had an address on 5586 Granada Blvd in Tampa, the Heritage at Tampa apartment complex. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]

  13. Muslim leader: We condemn NYC terror attack, and suspect doesn't represent Muslims — or Tampa

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — One neighbor remembered Sayfullo Saipov because he shared dishes from his native Uzbekistan. Another, only that he had a habit of speeding through their apartment complex.

    One day after the New York terror attack, residents of the Heritage at Tampa apartments were still trying to reconcile how the neighbor and father who lived in their midst could be the same man who police say mowed down and killed eight people in a rented truck before he was shot by police....

    A Home Depot truck rented in New Jersey plowed through a bicycle path before colliding with a school bus, killing eight people near the World Trade Center memorial in Lower Manhattan. [AP]
  14. What we know about New York terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov's Tampa ties

    Nation

    TAMPA — The man New York authorities say used a truck to kill at least eight people in Manhattan Tuesday had an address in Tampa, according to media reports and a Missouri court record.

    What we know so far about 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov suggests the outline of an immigrant from Uzbekistan who has tried to make a living on the road as a truck driver, has had a few brushes with the law for traffic offenses and may have lived in several states....

    Authorities investigate the scene near a covered body on a bike path after a motorist drove onto the path near the World Trade Center memorial, striking and killing several people, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in New York. [Associated Press]
  15. Mosaic to close 430-employee Plant City fertilizer plant at year's end

    Corporate

    PLANT CITY — Mosaic announced Tuesday it will close its Plant City fertilizer plant at the end of 2017 for at least a year to cut costs, improve profitability and make the company more competitive.

    The plant, on State Road 39 just south of the Hillsborough-Pasco county line, has a work force of 430. The company said it is offering 200 voluntary retirement incentive packages to its Florida employees and has created about 100 more open positions through a hiring freeze over the last several months....

    Mosaic's plant in Plant City can take mined phosphate like this and turn it into up to 2 million tons of fertilizer a year. The company announced Tuesday it will take the plant, which has a workforce of 430 employees, offline at the end of 2017 and keep it idle for at least a year. SKIP O'ROURKE   | Times
 (2008)