Tampa Bay Business Journal: July 11, 2014

TAMPA - In this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal segment, editor Alexis Muellner talks about gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist's apparent flip-flopping on visiting Cuba, the new mixed-used project taking over a vintage St. Petersburg building, and why one website ranks Tampa as the #3 best city to find a job.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist in February announced he had changed his position on the 53-year-old U.S. embargo to Cuba and would to go to Cuba as part of his campaign.

The planning process for that trip actually began in January. A group of supporters planned to fly with Crist to Cuba. However, Crist canceled the trip in late June.

Now a bunch of Crist supporters, who felt visiting Cuba would be a historic moment, are upset at him for the perceived "flip-flop."

The long-term impact of the trip's cancelation will not be apparent for months; however, some people are comparing the decision as another change of convictions for the former Republican Governor-turned-Independent-turned Democratic candidate.

A 103-year-old building in downtown St. Petersburg is about to undergo a major makeover.

The former Café Alma will be renovated and rebranded into Station House. The 30,000-square-foot building will include a restaurant on the bottom floor, up to 14 boutique hotel rooms, retail space, and a 3,500-square-foot condo on top.

Alexis say the makeover is reminiscent of the Oxford Exchange in Tampa.

WalletHub ranks Tampa the third best city in America to find a job. The website used a variety of metric including quality of life and different kinds of employers to determine its rankings.

What helps Tampa is the high pay compared to the cost of living and the diverse industrial mix of businesses. The #3 rank shows employers are now thinking highly of Tampa as a place to create jobs.

For more information on these stories, click on the video player, go to youtu.be/gsMVl9hvG8o or pick up this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal available on newsstands.

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