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<img src="https://media.bizj.us/view/img/10630029/img4543-2*100xx3648-3648-912-0.jpg">The Tampa Bay Rays are looking for a new concessionaire just as the team filed a lawsuit against its current concessions operator, alleging that the longtime business partner breached its contract by engaging in a "pattern of misconduct and overall mishandling" of the stadium’s concessions.

In the lawsuit filed in federal court last week, the baseball team alleged that Centerplate, a Greenville, South Carolina-based concessions firm, “surreptitiously cut corners, underreported gross receipts,…<div>
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Rays looking for new concessions operator as it files lawsuit against outgoing Centerplate

The Tampa Bay Rays are looking for a new concessionaire just as the team filed a lawsuit against its current concessions operator, alleging that the longtime business partner breached its contract by engaging in a “pattern of misconduct and overall mishandling” of the stadium’s concessions. In the lawsuit filed in federal court last week, the […]

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<img src="https://media.bizj.us/view/img/10727673/gettyimages-640207438*100xx3833-3840-1927-0.jpg">The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a $1.1 million civil penalty against a Sarasota battery maker for allegedly shipping lithium ion batteries in violation of hazardous materials regulations.

The proposed fine against Braille Battery Inc. is the largest civil penalty the FAA has put forward for alleged violations of requirements for offering an air shipment of lithium batteries.

The FAA alleges that on June 1, 2016, Braille offered four shipments, each containing a 24-volt lithium…<div>
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FAA proposes $1.1 million penalty against Sarasota battery maker

The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a $1.1 million civil penalty against a Sarasota battery maker for allegedly shipping lithium ion batteries in violation of hazardous materials regulations. The proposed fine against Braille Battery Inc. is the largest civil penalty the FAA has put forward for alleged violations of requirements for offering an air shipment of […]

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<img src="https://media.bizj.us/view/img/10727194/san-diegosm*100xx2456-2456-612-0.jpg">Adding new destinations and increasing the frequency of existing flights to popular travel spots is a big priority for Tampa International Airport executives.

While 2017 saw newer West Coast cities and some international flights, 2018 so far is building on service in the U.S. and Canada. 

Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV), TIA’s largest carrier by market share, has been one of several carriers instrumental to the airport’s goal of building service to the western U.S. New, nonstop flights between…<div>
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These are the new routes coming to Tampa International in 2018

Adding new destinations and increasing the frequency of existing flights to popular travel spots is a big priority for Tampa International Airport executives. While 2017 saw newer West Coast cities and some international flights, 2018 so far is building on service in the U.S. and Canada. Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV), TIA’s largest carrier by market share, […]

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<img src="https://media.bizj.us/view/img/10727194/san-diegosm*100xx2456-2456-612-0.jpg">Adding new destinations and increasing the frequency of existing flights to popular travel spots is a big priority for Tampa International Airport executives.

While 2017 saw newer West Coast cities and some international flights, 2018 so far is building on service in the U.S. and Canada. 

Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV), TIA’s largest carrier by market share, has been one of several carriers instrumental to the airport’s goal of building service to the western U.S. New, nonstop flights between…<div>
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These are the new routes coming to Tampa International in 2018

Adding new destinations and increasing the frequency of existing flights to popular travel spots is a big priority for Tampa International Airport executives. While 2017 saw newer West Coast cities and some international flights, 2018 so far is building on service in the U.S. and Canada. Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV), TIA’s largest carrier by market share, […]

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<img src="https://media.bizj.us/view/img/10675168/tia-apm-10-18-17-03*100xx3753-3753-935-0.jpg">The tax reform bill being debated in Washington, D.C. could complicate the next phase of Tampa International Airport’s massive expansion as well as the financing of projects at other airports throughout the United States.

The U.S. House of Representatives’ version of the tax reform bill eliminates the existing tax breaks on private activity bonds while the Senate version retains the tax break.

Private activity bonds are being used to fund a significant portion of Phase 2 of the airport’s…<div>
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How the House tax bill could complicate Tampa International’s master plan

The tax reform bill being debated in Washington, D.C. could complicate the next phase of Tampa International Airport’s massive expansion as well as the financing of projects at other airports throughout the United States. The U.S. House of Representatives’ version of the tax reform bill eliminates the existing tax breaks on private activity bonds while […]

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<img src="https://media.bizj.us/view/img/10683873/ft4a0040*100xx3648-3648-912-0.jpg">The preliminary findings of a state audit that took issue with how Tampa International Airport established its public arts program, dealt with a state transportation grant, and questioned executive salary adjustments was met with some skepticism by at least one member of the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority.

Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist, who is also an HCAA board member, took umbrage at the state audit and its 12 findings, saying it was “a lot of taxpayer money that went…<div>
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Changes implemented at Tampa International Airport following audit

The preliminary findings of a state audit that took issue with how Tampa International Airport established its public arts program, dealt with a state transportation grant, and questioned executive salary adjustments was met with some skepticism by at least one member of the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority. Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist, who is also […]

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<img src="https://media.bizj.us/view/img/10077224/allegiantairbus*100xx3744-3744-936-0.jpg">With the holiday travel season starting, St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport has already hit a new annual passenger record.

“With only 11 months in 2017, we have again broken our all-time annual passenger record,” PIE Airport Director Tom Jewsbury said. By the end of November, PIE saw 1,863,233 passengers pass through its gates, surpassing last year’s record of 1,837,035. The airport’s year-to-date increase was 11 percent while passenger growth for the month of November soared 18…<div>
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St.Pete-Clearwater International hits new passenger traffic record

With the holiday travel season starting, St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport has already hit a new annual passenger record. “With only 11 months in 2017, we have again broken our all-time annual passenger record,” PIE Airport Director Tom Jewsbury said. By the end of November, PIE saw 1,863,233 passengers pass through its gates, surpassing last year’s […]

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<img src="https://media.bizj.us/view/img/10722010/sarasotaairporttower*100xx1107-1107-258-0.jpg">After two years of construction, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport has a new airport tower.

Commercial construction company Halfacre Construction Co. recently completed the new 139-foot high tower. The project started in November 2015, and the tower is anticipated to be operational by summer 2018. 

“The work required about 30 contractors and more than 100 construction workers,” Halfacre Construction Co. owner Jack Cox said. The final cost, including design, construction and equipment,…<div>
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New tower installed at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport

After two years of construction, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport has a new airport tower. Commercial construction company Halfacre Construction Co. recently completed the new 139-foot high tower. The project started in November 2015, and the tower is anticipated to be operational by summer 2018. “The work required about 30 contractors and more than 100 construction […]

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