One Liners Pinellas: Clearwater Marine Aquarium, KnowBe4 and more

Thomas D. Sims, a partner in the St. Petersburg office of Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, was named to the board of directors for The James Museum. (pictured above)

The Pinellas County Foundation announced that $2.6 million in CARES funding will be allocated to nine Pinellas County nonprofit organizations to add to, or enhance, programs addressing the mental health impact of COVID-19.

Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Richard Forsythe, owner, president and CEO of Wendover Art Group in Largo, to the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s new food court.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium unveiled new viewing areas, and visitor experiences, including a retail area, food court and culinary options, an enhanced ticketing experience and above-water viewing of the dolphin habitats with Clearwater Bay as a backdrop.

The Sembler Co., in St. Petersburg, has a new client partnership to lease and manage a privately held portfolio of Aloma Shopping Center, in Winter Park; Southgate Shopping Center, in Lakeland; and Shoppes of Aloma, in Winter Park.

The St. Petersburg City Council voted unanimously to designate the Smalley-Green Auto Building, at 1180 Central Ave., as a local historic landmark in the city’s register of historic places.

Erik Anderson

Erik Anderson, of Commercial Partners Realty, represented United Financial Consultants in the purchase of a 27,000-square-foot office building at 1499 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater, for $3.3 million.

American Landmark Apartments acquired Ashford at Feather Sound, a 288-unit apartment complex at 13621 Feather Sound Circle E., Clearwater, and will rename the property Fairways at Feather Sound.

The Cheesecake Factory plans to open a new location at Westfield Countryside mall in Clearwater.

Marcus & Millichap arranged the $7.4 million sale of Curlew Lakes, a 44,389-square-foot retail property at 31077 U.S. Highway 19 N., Palm Harbor.

Clearwater Town Center, in Belleair, bought a 16,500-square-foot strip shopping center at 511 S. Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater for $5 million.

The Greater St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corp. partnered with the Greater St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Grow Smarter and the St. Petersburg Greenhouse to develop a platform, Source St. Pete, for local business owners, employees and residents as the community works to safely reopen the local economy.

Orange Station at the Edge

Orange Station at the Edge will replace the old St. Petersburg Police Department headquarters, at 1301 First Ave. N., and is expected to include 100,000 square feet of Class-A office space, 56 urban condominiums, 30 workforce housing apartments and more than 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

The University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science was awarded a five-year, $9 million cooperative agreement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Coast Survey to launch the Center for Ocean Mapping and Innovative Technologies.

Pinellas County resident Chad Loar, West and Central Florida regional president for PNC Bank, was named chairman of the Tampa Bay Partnership and Tampa Bay Rays president Brian Auld, also a Pinellas County resident, will serve as the Partnership’s secretary/treasurer for fiscal year 2021.

AmeriLife Group, in Clearwater, has acquired The Equita Group, formally known as Equita Financial and Insurance Services.

D.G. Yuengling & Son is sponsoring a $5,000 diversity in brewing scholarship for a minority student to cover the cost of tuition to USF’s St. Petersburg campus Brewing Arts program for the spring semester.

St. Petersburg College joined forces with the Florida Department of Education for a new workforce education initiative aimed at raising awareness of short-term career and technical education programs.

Allied Group Holdings II purchased two parcels of land in the Skyway Mall development in St. Petersburg and is planning to build a senior living center and a retail center on the land.

KnowBe4, a Clearwater-based cybersecurity training company, opened a new office in Dubai.

Tabish Siddiquie was named general manager of The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club.

BIC Graphic North America, a promotional products supplier in Clearwater, changed its company name to Koozie Group.

Rachael L. Wood

Rachael L. Wood, an associate in the Clearwater law firm of Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, was appointed to the board of directors for the Dunedin Fine Art Center for a three-year term.

Hogg Batch, a coffee shop, opened at 2327 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

The Ross Realty Group announced the sale of the former Fortis College building located at 6565 Ulmerton Rd., Largo.

Stoneweg US, a real estate investment firm in St. Petersburg, announced the closing of its SW Fund I RE Fund with a total capital raise of $26MM, exceeding the Fund’s capital target by $1MM.

Tampa-based SoFresh, a fresh casual concept that serves nutritious, made-to-order meals, has finalized plans to open its first St. Petersburg location in 2021.

CareerSource Pinellas announced PinellasWorks, a slate of training programs for Pinellas residents who lost their jobs due to Covid-19.

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