August 9, 2022

Southwest Florida Roundup

Florida women in construction

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NON-PROFITS

  • Bernice Chu resigned as director of St. Petersburg’s Tom and Mary James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art to establish the International African American Museum in Charleston, S.C.
  • Suzanne McCormick, president and CEO of Tampa-based United Way Suncoast since 2014, resigned to become U.S. president of United Way Worldwide, based in Virginia.

REAL ESTATE

  • A 660-unit apartment complex called Brandon Town Center is planned for a 55-acre site near the Westfield Brandon mall in Hillsborough County. DR Horton plans to build a development in Pasco County’s Wesley Chapel that will include 366 apartments and 72 townhomes.
  • An 11-story, 140- room Marriott-managed hotel is planned for St. Petersburg’s Edge District, just west of downtown.

SPORTS BUSINESS

  • The saga over where the Tampa Bay Rays will play in the future has become more convoluted, with the Rays proposing that the team split its home games between St. Petersburg and Montreal starting in 2024. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman rejected the idea. The Rays are under contract to play at Tropicana Field through 2027.

ENTERTAINMENT

  • Merlin Entertainment, a British company that owns Winter Haven’s Legoland and other theme parks, has been sold to an investment group that includes Blackstone, a previous Legoland owner.

TRANSPORTATION

  • Sarasota Bradenton International Airport set a record in May with 161,435 passengers.
  • Sun Country Airlines has started nonstop service between Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers and Mississippi’s Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport.
  • Brian McGonagle is division director of administration at the Lee County Port Authority. He had been the authority’s director of finance.

WORKFORCE

  • AJ’s Power Source, which supplies equipment to the Department of Defense and other government agencies, plans to add 20 jobs and expand its Pasco County facility.

 

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