Firestone Grand Prix expected to bring economic boost to St. Pete

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The Firestone Grand Prix kicks off its 15th year in St. Petersburg, Florida Friday. The three-day event filled ‘ it’s a weekend filled with lots to do.

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The three-day event filled with fast cars, world-class drivers and family fun is expected to bring an economic boost to the Tampa Bay area as well.

Local organizers say the race seems to get bigger each year, while city officials tout it as one of the defining events for the city, bringing in hundreds of thousands of tourists and people. If they’re not spending time on by the race track, they’re taking advantage of everything the city has to offer, from hotels, restaurants, museums, theaters, shopping and more.

The annual event is the only time the streets of Downtown St. Pete are transformed into a 1.8 mile, 14-turn race track with an incredible waterside view. Even a section of the Albert Whitted Airport is used for the race.

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Best of Largo contest shines spotlight on small businesses

LARGO ‘ When presenting the Small Business Leader Award during the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards ceremony in September, local businessman Abe Moussa couldn’t help but go off script to make a quick point.

‘I really kind of take an insult to ‘small business,’ said the owner of Total Tile Solutions and Abe’s Place Tap and Grill. ‘I don’t think we’re small. I mean together we actually form pretty much 90 percent of the businesses here. I think we should utilize the (title) local business owned and operated by most amazing entrepreneurs. Small just doesn’t seem right.’

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