business and development

Parking Garage and construction site of proposed Washington Square building.
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU-FM

Companies invested in building Tallahassee’s first and only four-star hotel may back out if construction doesn’t start back up soon. The development of Washington Square started in August of 2018 and was expected to be finished by September of 2020. The project is stalled because Fairmont Tallahassee LLC, the projects landowner is in disagreement with the City of Tallahassee over a parking easement.

The paper mill is in the background of the image. Smoke rolls off the mill's tower toward a giant field in front of the plant.
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Big changes are coming to North Port St. Joe and not everyone is onboard.

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Gadsden County officials say the expansion of a new wood treatment facility represents new jobs and an influx of new revenue. The county’s development council courted the company with incentives.

F-35B aircrafts fly over the Akrotiri Royal air forces base before landing.
Petros Karadjias, Pool / AP Photo

After Hurricane Michael ripped through the panhandle last year it left much of the area battered and beaten. One of the most impacted counties is Bay, where Tyndall Air Force Base is located. The base suffered nearly $5 billion in damage. But officials at the base used the disaster as a chance to rebuild for the future. Their hope was that the Air Force would bring in F35 fighter jets and that plan has now paid off.

An aerial rendering of what a revamped Orange Avenue Apartments development would look like (2018).
Tallahassee Housing Authority

A previously stalled effort to bring a community revitalization program to Tallahassee’s South city recently appeared to get a boost. But one key stakeholder says without addressing affordable housing, the idea could grind to a halt.

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The United States Air Force is committed to sending F-35 jets to Tyndall Air Force Base by 2023. The move could help the storm-damaged base get back on its feet.

Lime's logo-a sliced lime-is displayed above the wheel of an e-scooter. The wheels of two other e-scooters are in the background.
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU

Lime scooters are back on Tallahassee streets. The re-emergence comes after the company found their e-scooters where they were not supposed to be: on Florida State University’s campus. Now, two more companies, Bird and Gotcha, have been asked to recall their vehicles.

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Electric Cooperatives from Northwest Florida and beyond have shifted their focus to hurricane preparedness as the season is underway.

Five black e-scooters are lined on the sidewalk. The back wheel of each scooter touches the grass and the front wheel faces the road. Teal words spell "VeoRide" on the scooter's stem. Tallahassee buildings are in the distance.
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU-FM

As the first week of Scootergeddon comes to a close, local businesses are reporting a mix of positive benefits and negative impacts.

Congressman Charlie Crist points from a podium
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The U.S. House passed a bill Thursday that would gradually boost the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by the year 2025.

Elderly lady swinging in a park.
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The City of Tallahassee is getting nearly $9,000 from the AARP. The grant will go toward a park in the Greater Bond Community--a traditionally African American neighborhood on the Southside of Tallahassee.

Outside of Charles R. Drew Charter School
Blaise Gainey / WFSU-FM

Residents of one Atlanta neighborhood say a change occurred when the 1996 Olympics came to the city. Most call that change gentrification, but in one crime-ridden area nicknamed “Little Vietnam” the city managed to renovate and improve the area without removing its residents. It’s now a national model for cradle-to-college education with safe streets and better quality housing for low-income families.

Now, a group of Tallahassee advocates and local officials are trying to bring the model to the Southside, but there is a disconnect with the school district, a major player.

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The All Saints Coca-Cola building remains up for sale despite numerous attempts to turn it into a small business venture. 

Estate agent broker giving pen to client signing agreement contract real estate with approved mortgage application form, buying or concerning mortgage loan offer for and house insurance
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A Betton Hills home owners association clause written in the 1930’s has resurfaced and reignited the  issue of housing segregation. 

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Florida’s economy is currently 17th largest in the world. Florida Chamber of Commerce CEO Mark Wilson wants it to be in the top 10.

Alyssa and Jacob Maleszewski of Tallahassee stand next to a large box containing canned food at Second Harvest of the Big Bend. They are checking the expiration dates on the cans.
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Now that students have been out of school for a few weeks, the Leon County Volunteer Center is getting an uptick in inquiries from parents and teens. They’re finding a variety of opportunities for students to give their time this summer. 

Large bins line a long wall at the Second Harvest of the Big Bend’s 41,000 square foot warehouse near the Tallahassee airport.  Signs with different food categories are posted over each bin.

Bird and Jump brand e-scooters lean on their kickstands on the sidewalk. They are faced so that they stand parrallel to the roadway.
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU

Gotcha, Lime, and VeoRide are the e-scooter vendors recommended by City of Tallahassee staff to participate in the upcoming pilot program slated to go live on July 15.

A lime e-scooter sits parked on a street in downtown Portland, Ore.
Gillian Flaccus / Associated Press

Nearly 1,000 e-scooters will soon be available for rent after Tallahassee’s City Commission greenlit a three-month electric scooter program. The city is now looking into which vendors to hire.

The St. Johns River
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Tourism is Florida’s largest industry yet the agency that markets the state could soon be going away. As lawmakers hammer out details of a roughly $90 billion  spending plan, Visit Florida could find itself left out.

The City of Tallahassee is finalizing a deal to purchase the Northwood Centre for $6.8 million.

With renewable energy being at the forefront of issues with many climate advocates, utility companies are often seen as culprits when it comes to slowing down clean energy legislation. 

Visit Florida's budget has grown since 2004. So has the state's tourism numbers.
Visit Florida

Florida’s tourism and marketing agency could be going away if the Florida House has its way. It comes as tourism remains the state’s dominant industry, and the state continues recovering from toxic algae blooms and hurricanes. 

Magnolia Terrace Apartments

Leon County is trying to shore up some of its affordable housing units. 

The Housing Finance Authority (HFA) of Leon County is trying to secure $13 million to renovate the Magnolia Terrace Apartments. The complex is located near the Capital City Country Club on Magnolia Drive.


The Hucksters Mobile Market delivery truck
Jesse Taylor / Domi Station/ Hucksters Mobile Market

At the end of this month, Tallahassee will officially celebrate the winning of a national championship that isn’t connected with collegiate athletics. It’s the victory of the DOMI Station incubator team in a competition to use hi-tech methods to solve a pressing community problem.

AP Photo / John Raoux

Florida lawmakers approved a series of new laws last year cracking down on telemarketers. Those laws went into effect last summer, and addressed everything from unwanted voicemails to allowing phone companies to pre-emptively block robocalls. And yet, the bad calls are still happening.

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