Richard Danielson, Economic Development, Port, Airport and Movers and Shakers Reporter

Richard Danielson

Economic Development, Port, Airport and Movers and Shakers Reporter

Since joining the Times in 1987, I’ve worked a lot of places (Dade City, New Port Richey, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Tampa) and have covered a lot of stuff (local government, including two tours at Tampa City Hall, state and federal courts, higher education, business). I grew up in Clearwater and live about a mile from my childhood home. Away from work, I row for exercise, read, play a lot of computer Scrabble, often start cooking dinner around 9 p.m. and help wrangle Frenchy, our lab-beagle-sharpei-pit bull mix.

Coffee company backed by Tampa private equity firm raises $11 million

The Whole Coffee Company makes Dunkin’-branded Coffee Thins as well as Tim Hortons Double Double bars and its own Whole Coffee Company-branded nudge coffee bars. (Photo courtesy The Whole Coffee Company) The Whole Coffee Company
The Whole Coffee Company, which is based in Miami, was previously known as Tierra Nueva Fine Cocoa. ProspEquity Partners of Tampa owns a majority stake in Whole Coffee.

Cross-Bay Ferry returns Nov. 1

The Cross Bay Ferry, Provincetown III leaves the Vinoy Yacht Basin in January with passengers headed to Tampa. For departure times and fares for this season, which will go from Nov. 1 through April 30, check thecrossbayferry.com. [SCOTT KEELER | Times] Scott Keeler  |  Tampa Bay Times
Now in its third year, the ferry will run Wednesdays through Sundays, with service for every Tampa Bay Lightning home game.

Tech Data gets $5 billion bid from Apollo Global, Reuters reports

Tech Data's headquarters in Clearwater. The company is one of the largest in the Tampa Bay area. TD Agency  |  Courtesy of Tech Data
The Largo company’s stock price soared Wednesday following the report, which the news service based on information from “people familiar with the matter.”

State accuses Brandon gas station owner of environmental lapses

This Mobil Coast gas station at 16055 State Road 52 in Land O Lakes is one of 10 cited in a Florida Department of Environmental Protection lawsuit where inspectors said they found lapses in regularly required tests, maintenance, documentation or other oversight by Brandon-based Automated Petroleum and Energy or its related companies. On Wednesday, the company said the station had already been put back in compliance with state regulations. (Photo via Google street view) Google street view
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection contends Automated Petroleum and Energy Company failed to do required maintenance or testing at 10 gas stations in the Tampa Bay area and beyond.

A Marriott Moxy Hotel is headed to the Heights in Tampa

The developers of The Heights say they have reached an agreement with Marriott International to include a 153-room Marriott Moxy Hotel on the first seven floors of a 25-story apartment tower planned on the block two blocks east of the Armature Works. [Courtesy of Tampa Heights] The Heights District
Plans call for a 153-room hotel that will occupy the first seven floors within a new, mixed-use, 25-story tower.