Talk of the bay
By TIMES WIRES
Published February 2, 2007
Pier Aquarium confident rug will reappear
Forget about finding Nemo. The Pier Aquarium in St. Petersburg is trying to find its carpet. The attraction has been closed since Jan. 22 for renovations to several tanks. A planned reopening has been delayed because specially designed carpeting didn't arrive as expected for installation this week. According to a statement from the aquarium, "rug company representatives were trying to determine its whereabouts." Total cost of the renovations was put at $100,000. The cost of the missing carpet was not known. Aquarium officials are apparently confident the mystery will be resolved soon: They've promised to reopen Feb. 7.
Tech Data, partner to call on Europe
If your business is computer distribution, it's not a giant leap to add cell phones and other wireless devices. And if you can jump into the business with an experienced partner, so much the better. That's the thinking behind a joint venture announced Thursday between Clearwater's Tech Data Corp. and Miami-based wireless distributor Brightstar Corp. The two have formed Brightstar Europe, which will distribute mobile phones and wireless devices across Europe. Based in the United Kingdom, the new company will have access to Tech Data's 10 logistics centers and 16 sales offices in Europe. Operations could begin as early as March. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed, and Tech Data is not speculating on how much revenue the new venture could add.
New TIA play areas to help kids land
The first of Tampa International Airport's popular play areas for kids is getting an extreme makeover. Designers of Airside E wedged the play area into a small retail store space. The main attraction: a climbing apparatus with tubes like you'd see in a McDonald's playground. Kids have trouble getting back down and the place has a claustrophobic feel. So the airport's board agreed Thursday to rebuild the area with soft sculptures and padded seating, like the newer ones at three airside terminals. Klondike Kidstuff Inc. will do the makeover and put a new play area in Airside F and second areas in airsides A and E. Expect it to be completed by Aug. 31 at a cost of nearly $226,000.
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