Tampa Bay Business Journal: July 4, 2014

TAMPA - In this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal segment, editor Alexis Muellner discusses how HART could become a transit super agency, where the Inside the Box Cafe is opening a second location, and how the Business Journal jumped the gun on the Governor's Race.

Hillsborough County administrator Mike Merrill is recommending Hillsborough Area Rapid Transit (HART) should become a super agency in charge of most everything that concerns transportation.

Most area politicians and transit officials believe some type of umbrella agency is needed to solve the county's transportation woes. Five different agencies are now in the process of forming a super agency.

Transportation is important in the grand scheme of things from an economic development point-of-view. A lot of large corporations want places that have viable public transportation to both allow people to get to work but also for a quality of life standpoint.

Any change to HART could have major ramifications, both good and bad.

Metropolitan Ministries' Inside the Box Cafe will open a second location in Tampa's Westshore Center across from Ruth's Chris Steak House on July 17.

The cafe opened in downtown Tampa a few years ago. It is staffed by a lot of people who the charitable agency helps.

"The location on Tampa Street is doing extremely well," said Metropolitan Ministries spokeswoman Gwen Harmon said. "We got a lot of feedback that people wanted the convenience of having one in the Westshore area."

Alexis posted a poll on the Business Journal website to ask the paper's readers what they thought of the Florida Governor's race. What he learned was there are more than just two candidates.

Sure, it appears the race will come down to Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist. However, readers reminded Alexis that there are nine declared candidates including a number of third party or independent candidates.

The Business Journal plans to make amends by posting a new poll that lists all the candidates on it.

For more information on these stories, click on the video player, go to youtube.com/watch?v=2yNj4UO9NHk or pick up this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal available on newsstands.

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