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Fill 'er up! Gas prices are likely the lowest you'll see until June

It's a blowout sale. Gas prices are down this week to an average of $2.16 per gallon in Tampa and $2.27 per gallon in the U.S. This is likely the lowest point prices will be until June, anal …

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Tampa cruises will add millions to Cuban economy

TAMPA — Major cruise lines will start sailing from Port Tampa Bay to Havana in the coming months, with possibly more than 40,000 passengers spread out over 22 voyages who could add more than …

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  1. Demolition has begun for the old Tampa Tribune building

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — It started with the loading docks.

    Demolition of the former headquarters The Tampa Tribune building is seen Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 in Tampa. The Tampa Bay Times purchased the Tribune in May of 2016.
[CHRIS URSO | Times]
  2. Renovation of small St. Petersburg building gets big attention

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — In the past few years, downtown St. Petersburg has gained more than 2,000 new rental units. But it was a 12-unit apartment building dating to Harry Truman's presidency that recently drew kudos from Mayor Rick Kriseman and other civic leaders.

  3. Parent of Burger King, Tim Hortons to buy Popeyes for $1.8 billion

    Retail

    NEW YORK — The parent company of Burger King and Tim Hortons is buying Popeyes for $1.8 billion, with plans to accelerate the growth of the fried chicken chain.

     Restaurant Brands International says it's buying Popeyes for $1.8 billion, bringing the chicken chain under the same corporate umbrella as Burger King and Tim Hortons. 
[Associated Press file photo]

  4. SoHo, Hyde Park retail expansion includes new Montecristo cigar store

    Retail

    TAMPA — South Howard is getting a cigar bar.

    Construction barricades, cones and heavy equipment line West Swann Avenue in the Hyde Park area of Tampa. Developers say the work is nearly finished. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]
  5. Parents say some kids get school recess and others don't. The numbers back them up.

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — For more than a year, whenever a "recess mom" has come to the Florida Capitol and pleaded with lawmakers, they have told stories of their child's lack of access to daily recess — offering anecdotes from their child's school or school district to showcase the inequities of unstructured playtime …

    The Florida Legislature's Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability (OPPAGA) last fall surveyed all 67 county school districts about their recess policies and also sought responses from 2,900 public elementary and middle schools. The results revealed broad inconsistencies in whether school districts and specific schools actually offer daily recess, and if they do, how frequently and for how long.  [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]
  6. Florida Senate is MIA in civil war between Rick Scott and House Republicans

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Almost three weeks have passed since open warfare erupted between Florida House Republicans and Gov. Rick Scott over his two prized agencies.

    Senators such as Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, and Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, have stuck to the sidelines on Gov. Rick Scott’s battle with the House.