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Port Tampa Bay President/CEO Paul Anderson Receives 2018 Economic Leader of the Year Award

TAMPA, Fla., June 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — On May 21, The Economic Club of Tampa awarded Port Tampa Bay President/CEO Paul Anderson with its “Economic Leader of the Year Award” at its 2018 Florida Economic Forum Luncheon at the Armature Works.

Paul Anderson, Port Tampa Bay President/CEO Receives 2018 Economic Leader of the Year Award

“I am truly honored to receive this award,” said Anderson at today’s event. “I’ve always been impressed by the outstanding work of the Economic Club of Tampa, and so I am deeply grateful for this recognition.”

Anderson has served as President/CEO of Port Tampa Bay since January 2013. He has a rich background in both the public and private sectors, with much of it in the maritime industry, including his service as Presidential appointee to the Federal Maritime Commission and as CEO of the Jacksonville Port Authority. Under his leadership at Port Tampa Bay, the downtown Tampa waterfront is being transformed on Port-owned land; working with Jeff Vinik and Strategic Property Partners to rebuild Channelside Bay Plaza and redeveloping land north of the Florida Aquarium.

Hillsborough County and Port Tampa Bay Board Commissioner Sandy Murman presented the award to Anderson, calling Port Tampa Bay the crown jewel of economic development for our region.

“Paul likes to say, ‘America is a seafaring nation, and today cargo is the currency of the world.’ He has keen insight into the role ports play in facilitating global trade,” said Murman. “Paul is deeply committed to supporting the growth and expansion of port commercial activity, which leads to even greater economic contribution to our region.”

Today Port Tampa Bay is Florida’s largest and most diversified seaport, supporting more than 85,000 jobs and generating a $17.2 billion economic impact.

Previous winners of the Economic Leader of the Year Award include Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano and President, Citi Tampa, Gregg Morton.

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1104 Alicia Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
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Ron DeSantis lives in government housing (when he’s in Washington)

Rep. Ron DeSantis glances at the tv as he returns to his office after changing into more comfortable clothes for the evening. He will sleep on the couch later. [Andre Chung | For the Tampa Bay Times]

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, the leading Republican candidate for Florida governor, is in his office sitting on a black, faux leather couch in T-shirt and gym shorts, a fuzzy grey blanket and pillow at his side. He is pouring over papers, and a DO NOT DISTURB door knob sign dangles outside his door to keep the janitorial crew from barging in as he snoozes.

He looked more like a beleaguered spouse booted from his house than the constitutionally elected voice of 700,000 Floridians in Daytona Beach and northeast Florida.

Depressing as it sounds, this is how DeSantis and dozens of other members of Congress choose to live in Washington. They sleep on couches and air mattresses, shower in the mildly seedy U.S. House gym. No one has a firm estimate of how many members are in the so-called “couch caucus,” but estimates range from 40 to more than 100.

Beats paying $2,000 a month in rent for a part-time second home, they say, saves commuting time, and lets them focus on the job taxpayers elected them to do.

“If I had to live in a DC suburb, which is probably what I’d have to do, I would lose two hours a day commuting,” DeSantis, 39, explained, shortly after a phone call to strategize with a fellow founding member of the conservative Freedom Caucus, North Carolina’s Mark Meadows, about a long-shot congressional term limits bill.

DeSantis allowed a Tampa Bay Times reporter to shadow him for a day in the U.S. Capitol — not while he snoozed, mind you — surely aware that the image of a congressman not getting too comfortable in the beltway swamp plays well with voters at home. (His GOP primary opponent, Adam Putnam, bought a two bedroom townhome near the Capitol for $325,000 after he became a House member in 2001 and sold it 10 years later for $600,000 as he left Congress.)

Men and women and Republicans and Democrats alike choose to live out of their House offices, but the practice is mainly associated with staunch conservative males like DeSantis.

“Unhealthy, unsanitary — and some people would say it’s almost nasty,” Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, told Politico earlier this year after two dozen members of the Congressional Black Caucus sought an investigation into the practice by the House Ethics Committee.

Think of the constituents, House employees, lobbyists who visit a House member in his or her office chat, never suspecting the couch they’re sitting on hours held a snoring, drooling politician hours earlier.

“People have been doing this for decades. My constituents appreciate that I’m doing it like this, because I’m getting more done,” he said.

“I’m so much more productive here. When I’m done with everything at night, I’ll have the stuff for the next day sitting here. I can read whatever I need to read — amendments, committee stuff — crash, go to the gym right here. I probably gain at least two hours a day in productivity.”

In more comfortable clothes for the evening, Rep. Ron DeSantis goes over some paperwork. He will sleep on the couch later. [Andre Chung for the Tampa Bay Times]

On an elevator ride in the Rayburn House Office building, DeSantis ran into a Democrat from California — a locker room friend — and promptly whipped out his phone to show off pictures of his 8-week-old son and his trip to Jerusalem for the embassy opening.

Democratic former U.S. Rep. Eric Massa in 2010 recounted how then-White House Chief of Staff and former Rep. Rahm Emanuel once confronted him the House gym: “I am showering, naked as a jaybird, and here comes Rahm Emanuel, not even with a towel wrapped around his tush, poking his finger in my chest, yelling at me.”

Standing in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol, Rep. Ron DeSantis prepares for his appearance on Lou Dobbs Tonight on Fox News. [Andre Chung for the Tampa Bay Times]

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Inside Mosaic’s search for corporate real estate in Tampa – Tampa Bay Business Journal

The Mosaic Co.’s relocation of its corporate headquarters to Hillsborough County will be a win for a landlord in the Tampa area.

The phosphate giant’s real estate search is in the preliminary stages, and office space across the county is in the running, Ben Pratt, Mosaic’s vice president of corporate public affairs, told the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

“We are considering downtown Tampa as well as our existing office buildings in FishHawk and Highland Oaks,” Pratt wrote in an email.

Pratt said the size of Mosaic’s Florida headquarters is to be determined, though it’s rumored in commercial real estate circles to be looking for 30,000 square feet. In Minnesota, Mosaic’s corporate headquarters is in a suburban office park, where 150 employees work in 73,987 square feet, Pratt confirmed to the Twin Cities Business Journal, a sister news organization.

The company’s lease on that space expires in 2020. The amenity package in that building includes an on-site restaurant and fitness center, 24-hour access to the property, some covered parking spaces, a concierge and courtyard, and Mosaic could look to recreate that same environment at its Hillsborough headquarters.

Mosaic isn’t yet saying how many people will work in the Tampa headquarters. At 200 square feet per employee — a rough estimate used by commercial real estate brokers — 150 people would require about 30,000 square feet.

In the Tampa Bay region, 30,000 square feet is a sizable office lease. The vast majority of office leases here are between 10,000 and 20,000 square feet. But beyond its physical presence, Mosaic’s move is sending a message that could have a ripple effect throughout the commercial real estate market, said Scott Garlick, managing principal of Cushman & Wakefield of Florida Inc.’s Tampa office.

“It’s a wonderful thing. They view Tampa as a part of their brand now,” Garlick said. “Any time you see something like this, the fact that it’s a corporate headquarters will positively influence other corporate headquarters to take a serious look at us.”

There are two major office developments in the works in downtown Tampa: the 53-story, mixed-use Riverwalk Place tower at Ashley Drive and Brorein Street includes 14 stories of office space; and at full buildout, Water Street Tampa is slated to include more than 2 million square feet of office space.

Water Street, between the Channel district waterfront and central business district, has been pursuing a corporate headquarters for its district since 2014.

Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, who controls the development firm behind Water Street with Cascade Investment LLC, recently told the TBBJ that the group is talking to “tenants who want hundreds of thousands of square feet of space.”

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Danny Rice to lead Colliers Orlando – Orlando Business Journal

Colliers International has brought a native Floridian millennial on board to lead its offices in Central and Southwest Florida, as well as Tampa.

Danny Rice, 34, is the managing director in charge of those markets for Colliers, the real estate firm said Monday. Ryan Kratz, who was overseeing those regions as well as serving as Colliers statewide president, will focus exclusively on that role.

Lee Arnold, who founded the firm that became Colliers International Central Florida, remains executive chairman of Colliers Florida. Arnold, who had a licensing agreement to use the Colliers name, sold Colliers Arnold to the corporate parent in 2016.


Danny Rice, managing director, Colliers International in Central and Southwest Florida and Tampa

Rice will be based in Orlando, and will make frequent trips to Tampa, Clearwater and Fort Myers. The managing director role is a homecoming for Rice, who launched his commercial real estate career as a Colliers research intern in 2006.

He also dabbled in brokerage, on the office side, and left Colliers in 2014 to work for Xceligent, a commercial real estate data company, working his way up to chief revenue officer.

“The industry in general is starting to change with technology and research and data, and it’s going to enable brokers to be more efficient,” Rice said Monday.

There’s more data available than ever before, Rice said, and the most successful brokers are the ones leveraging the technology to analyze that information. But it also means tools like artificial intelligence and virtual reality.

“Those pieces are the ones that are going to be really interesting,” Rice said.

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Adam Duvall looks to break out of slump, adjust to pitchers

Romano gave up three hits and one run in the Reds win. The Enquirer/John Fay

Adam Duvall is hopeful that his first-inning home run against the Miami Marlins on Friday night was a sign of progress.

Maybe a chance to turn the page on an abysmal start to the season at the plate. He was hitless in his previous nine at-bats. After hitting 30-plus home runs in the past two seasons, he’s up to five in 31 games.

“It felt good to just barrel up a ball,” said Duvall, who entered Saturday night with a .167 batting average and .380 slugging percentage.

Duvall extended his arms on a 90 mph fastball from Marlins starter Wei-Yin Chen, lifting the ball over the wall in right-field for an opposite-field home run. He hit five homers to right field last year.

“I haven’t been able to really drive the ball the other way,” Duvall said. “Being able to do that is a good sign.”

Reds manager Jim Riggleman believes one of the main differences from last season is that pitchers have adjusted to Duvall. It happens with all young hitters. Pitchers saw how he took advantage of bad breaking balls with two strikes and changed their approach.

Now it’s up to Duvall to adjust to the way he’s being pitched.

“A lot of times pitchers would be working him and then I think they would feel like, ‘Here is a big guy, we’re going to try to trick him with a breaking ball,’ and they made a lot of mistakes on him,” Riggleman said. “He hit a lot of two-strike breaking balls out of the park last year. You get the league’s attention when you do that.”

Duvall isn’t striking out more than he did last season. But the balls he’s put into play aren’t falling for hits like they did in the past.

How does he avoid trying to do too much?

“I don’t know that I have the answer for that,” he said with a grin.

Duvall said that he doesn’t try to listen to many outside voices when going through a slump. But when the team is struggling, it’s difficult to avoid putting more pressure on himself at the plate.

“I mean, you can’t get two hits in one at-bat,” he said. “You just have to trust that you put the work in and that it’s going to come around.”

DeSclafani, Lorenzen progressing from injuries: Anthony DeSclafani, sidelined with a left oblique strain, threw two innings in an extended spring training game Friday in Goodyear, Ariz. He faced 11 batters and tossed 29 pitches.

The Reds expect DeSclafani to throw a side session Sunday.

Relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen, out with a right shoulder strain, had a 40-pitch bullpen session Friday. He is scheduled to throw live batting practice Monday.

“They are both doing very well,” Riggleman said. “They are on their schedule to join us whenever that is. There hasn’t been any setbacks.”

DeSclafani made 20 starts in 2016, recording 105 strikeouts and a 3.28 ERA in 123 1/3 innings. On the 60-day disabled list, he isn’t eligible to join the team until May 28.

Interest in Matt Harvey?: The New York Mets designated right-hander Matt Harvey for assignment on Friday. Harvey refused to go into the minor leagues, so the Mets have seven days to trade or release him.

The National League’s starting pitcher in the 2013 All-Star game, the 29-year-old Harvey was placed in the bullpen after losing speed on his fastball in mid-April. He allowed 21 runs in 27 innings this season.

Would the Reds be interested in adding him?

“We haven’t had any discussions about it,” Riggleman said. “I’m sure Nick Krall, Dick Williams and his staff, Walt (Jocketty), and all of them are probably aware of it and considering whether it’s something that we would engage in but I don’t know.”

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Tampa’s Skyline, Waterfront Are Ripe For New Look

TAMPA, FL – Commit Tampa’s existing waterfront district to memory while you can.

In a few years, the skyline of the Water Street Tampa neighborhood will look completely different.

One of the largest downtown real estate developments in the United States, the Water Street Tampa redevelopment project is well underway.

When fully built out, it will include more than nine million square feet of commercial, residential, hospitality, educational, entertainment, cultural and retail space.

The 55-acre multi-use redevelopment plan for the downtown waterfront district is the vision of Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik. His development company, Strategic Property Partners, joined forces with Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ Cascade Investment LLC to undertake the $3 billion Water Street Tampa project.

Last week, the project took a significant step forward, breaking ground on a 26-story, 519-room JW Marriott hotel that is expected to open in 2020.

The $200 million hotel will be adjacent to the Tampa Convention Center and Amalie Arena, and will have 100,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including the largest hotel ballroom in Tampa Bay at approximately 30,000 square feet.

The JW Marriott Tampa hotel will also have multiple social spaces; a full-service spa and fitness center; a pool and sun terrace; a full-service, ground-floor restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating; and other neighborhood-serving retail outlets. There will also be a rooftop lounge and terrace on the 26th floor, making it the highest rooftop bar in Tampa Bay.

Also soon to make its appearance in Tampa’s skyline is the 173-room Tampa Edition hotel, which will offer multiple social and amenity spaces for guests and residents, including a rooftop pool with adjacent bar and restaurant, as well as a spa and fitness center. Anchoring the ground floor will be a selection of curated restaurant and retail spaces. The Tampa Edition is expected to open in 2021.

In addition to the two new hotels, the 727-room Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina is undergoing $40 million in renovations. Work began last fall and will continue throughout 2018.

“Through our partnership with Marriott, we’re thrilled to offer a one-of-a-kind hospitality experience to residents and visitors alike across these three very unique hotels, while also elevating the hospitality experience in Tampa Bay,” said SPP Chief Executive Officer James Nozar. “Breaking ground on the JW Marriott Tampa is a momentous milestone for the broader neighborhood we are creating. Water Street Tampa aims to add a fresh new perspective to Tampa’s ongoing urban renaissance, offering a new destination for travelers and providing Tampa residents with an exciting new space to explore and enjoy every day.”

The JW Marriott Tampa and Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina hotels are located adjacent to one another and will create the largest collection of hotel rooms and meeting space in Tampa Bay, with 1,246 rooms and 150,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

The hotel complex is among 10 buildings Strategic Property Partners is constructing as part of its master plan to transform Water Street Tampa neighborhood into a walkable mixed-used community where 23,000 people will live, work and visit.

Next year, SPP plans to break ground on the office buildings, apartments, condominium complex, a grocery store, a gym and about 50 new neighborhood-oriented retailers and restaurants for a total of 3.5 million square feet in the first phase of development, expected to be completed in 2021.

“Tampa has become one of the most sought-after cities because of its high quality of life, affordability and culture,” said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “Downtown Tampa has long been earmarked for development. The new JW Marriott Tampa and the Tampa Edition will introduce an incredible hospitality offering with premium amenities to the city, complementing the transformational Water Street Tampa neighborhood and enhancing Tampa’s ongoing renaissance.”

The catalyst for the Water Street Tampa development was last September’s groundbreaking for the $153 million University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute.

Expected to be finished in late 2019, it will bring about 1,800 students, faculty and staff to the downtown waterfront. It will conveniently position the medical college in close proximity to USF Health’s primary teaching and clinical affiliate, Tampa General Hospital, as well as its world-class simulation center, the USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation and other surrounding facilities.

The facility will include classrooms, clinic areas, an auditorium and laboratories.

“A project of this magnitude moves forward because of the commitment of so many of our partners, and this is an outstanding example of the private and public sectors coming together to benefit the Tampa Bay region,” said USF President Judy Genshaft . “When this is complete in 2019, the result will be improved health outcomes through superior education, training, and research.”

Also considering a move to Water Street Tampa at Vinik’s invitation is the Museum of Science & Industry, which has been struggling at its current location on Fowler Avenue.

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The new JW Marriott will feature Tampa Bay’s largest ballroom.

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The USF Health’s Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute is expected to be completed in 2019.

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Fleetwood Mac bringing tour to Tampa

Announcing a North Amaerican tour, Fleetwood Mac plans to embark on a 50-plus city tour that will kick off in October and last through next spring. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Legendary veteran rock band Fleetwood Mac is coming to Tampa.

Fleetwood Mac to perform in Tampa Show scheduled for Amalie Arena on Feb. 18, 2019

Announcing a North Amaerican tour, Fleetwood Mac plans to embark on a 50-plus city tour that will kick off in October and last through next spring.

The tour is coming to Tampa’s Amalie Arena on February 18, 2019 at 8 p.m. Tickets for the tour will go on-sale to the general public starting on Friday, May 4 at 10 a.m. For further information, please visit

Produced by Live Nation, the tour will feature the newly announced line-up of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie along with newcomers Mike Campbell and Neil Finn.

Fleetwood Mac has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and the Grammy-award winning band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

Also, SiriusXM’s Fleetwood Mac channel debuts on Tuesday, May 1 at 5 p.m. and runs through May.

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You Paid For It: Hundreds wait for long overdue $26 million Tampa public housing project

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Plagued by crooked contractors, botched construction and even the weather, the much ballyhooed Tempo residential tower in the “Crown Jewel” Encore development has become the Tampa Housing Authority’s biggest boondoggle.

And it’s not over yet.

That’s a problem because there are 407 people on the wait list to move into the Tempo’s 203 units.

Of those units, 142 are dedicated to tenants in need of assisted-housing subsidies. Altogether, there are nearly 8,000 people on the THA’s citywide waitlist in need of affordable housing in Tampa.

The THA insists that its Tempo project partner Bank of America is now covering millions in cost overruns, not taxpayers, but the project still amounts to a useless asset without any rental income stream funded by $26 million taxpayer dollars long ago.

Construction on the Tempo began in 2014, but it’s still only 70 percent finished, even though it was supposed to be “substantially completed” more than two years ago.

“I would say we are doing the very best we can under the circumstances and we’ll continue to do so,” said THA Chair Susan Johnson-Velez.

Construction since last summer, when the original contractor estimated the project was 85 percent completed, has actually gone in reverse due to a list of about 80 “remedial” repairs identified by the THA’s current Tempo contractor Kast Construction.

Wednesday, THA Real Estate Manager Leroy Moore offered a brief but optimistic overview of the project.

“Continuing to rip out certain things,” Moore told THA commissioners. “But it’s really looking good from a daily basis. You can see the progression of the work there.”

“We want a perfect building and to get a perfect building they need to do everything they need to do to turn a building out that’s perfect,” said THA Executive director Jerome Ryans. “We don’t want any problems with this situation.”

But since the start of construction four years ago, there have a multitude of problems on that project.

Kast took over the job of building the seven story structure last year amid a raging legal battle pitting the THA and its development partner Bank of America against the original Tempo building contractor, Siltek Group Inc., and the project’s surety company.

According to a 389 page lawsuit filed by the THA, Siltek was managed by a “known fraudster” based in South Florida, Rene Sierra, who “devastated” the project with a toxic blend of bad decisions, penny-pinching and incompetence.

Sierra resigned from Siltek amid a federal corruption probe that ultimately led to his guilty plea and conviction for ripping off the federal government in a massive public housing construction scam in South Florida.

But the THA lawsuit alleges Sierra’s resignation was simply a shell game because his wife, Ana P. Silveira-Sierra, took over the company even though she had no construction experience or day to day involvement in the Tempo project.

By Rene Sierra’s own admission, she worked from home where her primary role was caring for Sierra’s children.

When the THA fired Siltek in June 2016 amid mounting construction problems and Sierra’s indictment, Ana Sierra formed a new company called Tron Construction LLC and immediately sought to continue working on the Tempo project with the blessing of the surety company that originally guaranteed completion under a $26 million dollar contract with THA.

Last summer, Kast began undoing damage from flawed construction and tropical storm rain damage to the open structure. That required stripping all of the stucco from the nine story structure and the removal, repair and replacement of every window and sliding glass door in the building because they all leaked.

That was just one of about 80 deficiencies that the THA claims it has to repair or re-do on the building before advancing toward completion.

Ryans says he’s confident the first 203 people on Tempo’s waiting list will be able to move in sometime this year.

But unlike last summer when Ryans enthusiastically told 8 On Your Side the message for prospective residents was to “get ready to move in, pack your stuff,” he’s no longer making any predictions on a ribbon cutting date for Tempo, with 30 percent of the project still incomplete.

“I’m not going to say ‘pack your bags,’” Ryans said Wednesday. “I’m not going to say ‘pack your bags.’”

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