TAMPA - In this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal segment, editor Alexis Muellner asks if Tampa is behind other Florida cities for rail service, the pro-business agenda of St. Pete Mayor-Elect Rick Kriseman, and the redesign of the Business Journal.
All Aboard Florida (AAF) is a private project in South Florida that aims to build an intercity from Miami to Orlando. AAF is not willing to discuss possible future connections to Jacksonville or Tampa until the intial line is built.
Part of the problem in the Tampa Bay area is the failed light rail referendum in Hillsborough County, the dilemma on how to connect Tampa to St. Petersburg and the requirement to acquire rights-of-ways for such a large-scale project.
St. Petersburg Mayor-Elect Rick Kriseman is taking a pro-business agenda approach to City Hall once he takes office on January 2. He understands at some point the Tampa Bay Rays will leave the Tropicana Field site.
"Whether it's two years or five years or 14 years from now, we'll have an 85-acre parcel of land to redevelop, which is extremely unusual in our dense county," said Kriseman. "There will need to be some significant planning that goes on to look at that entire parcel so we're not doing things piecemeal, but the opportunities are very interesting."
One possibility for that property would be as a future headquarters for Jabil Circuit.
"It would be great for them and it would be great for us," said Kriseman.
This week the Tampa Bay Business Journal unveiled its redesigned newspaper and website. It is the first new look for the TBBJ in a decade. The changes have been in the works for months. The design reflects that readers are using smartphones and tablets more and more to get their news.
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