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Tampa International Airport holds meeting for public to view major expansion project

TAMPA — Anyone who wants to take a gander at the $543 million second phase of Tampa International Airport's expansion can get a closer look at plans during a public meeting today starting at …


Romano: Florida loves its booze, but not its medical marijuana

Glad to see your dedication to the free market, Rep. Larry Ahern. You too, Reps. Wengay Newton, Chris Sprowls, Sean Shaw and James Grant. In fact, there were a dozen state representa …


  1. Gaming debate continues for Day 3 in Florida Legislature

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers continued to move forward on gambling legislation Thursday, debating whether to renew a compact with the Seminole Tribe, which could produce as much as $300 million in annual revenue, or to expand slot machines and other gaming operations elsewhere.

  2. Gov. Rick Scott faces jarring rebuke in legislative budget deal

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott traveled the state the last two months calling out legislators for opposing his top budget priorities.

    Florida Governor Rick Scott speaks to reporters after a roundtable discussion with Tampa community leaders and business owners about the state of Enterprise Florida and its relation to Florida's military and defense communities in March in Tampa. [Andres Leiva | Tampa Bay Times]
  3. Bill proposes to cloud Sunshine Law by letting elected officials meet privately

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Constitution and the state's famed Sunshine Law give residents the right to observe meetings held by their elected officials.

    If a House measure passes the Legislature this year that allows two members of a public board, are meetings like this 2015 St. Petersburg City Council workshop going to be rendered moot? [MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times]
  4. Florida auto licenses, tags, issued through private companies could come with new fees


    TALLAHASSEE — Drivers in Florida who renew their licenses and tags through a private company could soon face additional fees to do so.

    Former Sen. Mike Fasano, now the Pasco County Tax Collector, calls the new fees for private companies that offer auto tags and licenses, a bad idea. [Associated Press]
  5. Man dragged off flight settles with United, which admits mistakes, announces policy changes (w/ video)


    A Kentucky doctor who was dragged off a United flight after he refused to give up his seat to employees of a partner airline reached a settlement Thursday with United for an undisclosed amount of money.

    United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz said in a statement, "This is a turning point for all of us at United and it signals a culture shift toward becoming a better, more customer-focused airline. Our customers should be at the center of everything we do and these changes are just the beginning of how we will earn back their trust." [Associated Press]
  6. Seminole's Superior Uniform Group sees sales increase for first quarter


    Times Staff

    Sales are up for Seminole-based Superior Uniform Group's first quarter of 2017. The uniforms and accessories company announced $61 million in sales for the first quarter, up 5.2 percent from last year's $58 million first quarter sales. Net income also increased for the same periods from $2.4 …