Southwest Florida Business Briefs - Dec. 2006
The Charlotte Sports Park will get a $27.2-million makeover to host the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, who will make the site their spring training headquarters in 2009. >> The Florida Department of Environmental Protection designated The Palm Island Marina in Cape Haze as the county's first "clean marina" for exceeding required environmental regulations by reducing water use, installing water protection procedures for boat cleaning and having pumpout facilities to discard sewage from vessels.
Job seekers who complete a "dream job profile" on Florida CareerLINK's website (floridacareerlink. com), can receive free text message alerts when jobs meeting their selection criteria appear on the site. If job seekers give permission, employers can also send them text messages updating the candidates about the status of open positions, company news, job fairs, etc.
? New York's Ardent Acquisition Corp. is purchasing the fractional airline Avantair for 7 million shares of Ardent stock and the assumption of $33.2 million in debt.
LandQwest Commercial Real Estate of Fort Myers and Tampa has opened a property management division headed by Mary Tardiff.
Suncoast Roofers Supply has launched a new branch to service Levy, Hernando, Citrus, Marion, Lake and Sumter counties.
Ex24, an alternative trading system geared toward small investors, has introduced a system to allow investors to make odd-lot purchases of stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) for $4 per trade.
Tampa-based DataMentors, which provides database management tools for marketing, is building a 10,000- sq.-ft. headquarters at Cypress Ridge Office Park in Pasco County.
Carbiz, a provider of software, training and consulting solutions to the U.S. automotive industry, now trades on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol CBZFF.OB. The move is intended to fuel expansion from three to 15 Florida locations over the next four years.
? Hansen 8 Community Development and Regulation will assist the city with a $1.1-million upgrade of its building department's software system intended to streamline the city's permitting process. >> Amid a downturn in home sales, DiVosta Homes, a division of Pulte Homes, has laid off 135 in its Sarasota office.
? The Roskamp Institute is conducting a $1.5-million, 18-month study with the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience in Dublin, Ireland, to see if the blood pressure medication Nilvadipine provides any benefit to Alzheimer's patients.
? Houston-based Crown Castle International Corp. has agreed to buy Global Signal, which owns, leases and manages 11,000 towers and wireless communications sites, for $5.8 billion.
The Sembler Co. has sold Rolling Acres Plaza in the Villages in Leesburg to TMW Weltfonds Rolling Acres Plaza, a German company affiliated with Prudential Real Estate Investors, for $40 million.
Amentra, a Virginiabased technology consulting firm for government, retail, insurance, healthcare, pharmaceutical and finance industries, has opened a Tampa office on Westshore Boulevard. >> Pharmaceutical company Xcelience expects to create 28 jobs over the next several years making it eligible for Florida's Qualified Tax Incentive program, which provides $3,000 tax refunds for each full-time job created.
? The Overseas Shipholding Group of New York will acquire Tampa Bay-based shipping company Maritrans for $455 million. Maritrans CEO Jonathan Whitworth will become a senior vice president of OSG. >> David Malizia, Earl Powell and Andy Krusen have established a private equity firm called Westshore Capital Partners that will focus on recapitalizations and buyouts of small businesses in the U.S. and Canada with between $8 million and $40 million in revenue.
? The University of South Florida's National Center for Transit Research has been reauthorized by the U.S. Department of Transportation as one of 10 universities to receive $1 million annually as part of a four-year designation through the department's University Transportation Centers Program.
? The Tampa Museum of Art's board of trustees has settled on a site overlooking the Hillsborough River and the planned Riverwalk for the new museum.
? To handle its increased call volume, Humana is adding 250 positions at its Medicare customer service call center at NetP@rk. >> Jerry Ulm Dodge has acquired the Chrysler and Jeep franchises from Ferman Automotive Group on Kennedy Boulevard, creating Jerry Ulm Dodge Chrysler Jeep, 1 mile south of Raymond James Stadium.