St. Petersburg native Blake Whitney Thompson is excited about downtown’s rebirth but also worried that development is driving out the locally owned businesses that give downtown its hip, edgy vibe. ST. PETERSBURG — Creativity is everywhere apparent in Tampa Bay’s urban landscape. In the eye-popping murals all over St. Petersburg. In the repurposed warehouses and cigar factories of Tampa. ….
The Mandarin Hide Motto: “Pouring our spirits to raise yours” ROBBIE CAPONETTO The Mandarin Hide Don’t leave St. Pete without swinging back downtown for a drink along Central Avenue, which pulses with live music at a string of bars where tables spill onto the sidewalk. Check out The Mandarin Hide, a sophisticated speakeasy-style place, or head to Mastry’s….
While drone technology continues to soar, some Tampa Bay companies are taking it to new heights — literally. St. Pete-based 5×5 Technologies Inc. and Swampfox Aerial LLC, which is breaking into the Tampa market, both use drone technology to survey buildings and land — which otherwise cannot be reached without, in some cases, risking surveyors’ lives. “Being able to limit people who have to climb….