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Talk of the bay: Cable lineup will be one less moving hassle

Tired of searching for your favorite television programs while visiting a neighboring county?

By Times Staff
Published August 13, 2007


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Cable lineup will be one less moving hassle

Tired of searching for your favorite television programs while visiting a neighboring county? Bright House says it has heard your woes. In December, the cable and phone company is realigning its channel lineups across the Tampa Bay region. The move would help customers get their favorite programs on the same channels throughout the region. "In a year, there are over 80,000 people that move within the seven counties that we live in," said spokesman Joe Durkin. Uniform channel lineups will help those customers and others who frequently visit relatives and friends in the neighboring counties, Durkin said.

Port security chief will end his run

Peter Miller, the retired Marine Corps colonel who oversaw a major security buildup at Tampa's port since 2003, is retiring. Miller occasionally bumped heads with maritime businesses over port access rules. Port director Richard Wainio credits him with making Tampa a model of post-9/11 port security and bringing "a high degree of professionalism" to the job. Miller, 60, will leave the $98,467-a-year position Aug. 31 to work as a port security consultant overseas, likely in Africa.

Sabanes-Oxley's price tag rises

Here's another reason why companies such as OSI Restaurant Partners and Catalina Marketing are going private: It keeps getting more expensive to stay public. Foley & Lardner says the cost of complying with Sarbanes-Oxley rules increased by 12 to 13 percent last fiscal year. The biggest factors were audit and legal fees and board compensation. Nearly a quarter of the companies the law firm surveyed said they were thinking of going private.

MetWest moves ahead after rezoning

MetWest International, a $200-million development to include three 10-story office towers in Tampa's Westshore business district, has gotten the rezoning it needs from Tampa City Council. Insurance titan MetLife is trying to redevelop the 30-acre property on Boy Scout Boulevard after shifting employees to new quarters in Highwoods Preserve in New Tampa. Stores, apartment and a hotel would round out the project, much of which is scheduled to open in the summer or fall of 2009.

Is your boss worse than this?

Work for a jerk? Here's your chance to vent. Working America, which is an outreach affiliate of the AFL-CIO, is hosting its second annual "Bad Boss" contest. One Floridian, who signed his entry "Split Lip and still have scar!," claims he needed six stitches after he politely interrupted his boss' conversation about angels to ask for permission to leave work for a personal emergency. But hurry: You only have till Tuesday to sound off. Visit www.WorkingAmerica.org/badboss.

[Last modified August 10, 2007, 21:11:59]


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