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A Gallup survey ranking 26 U.S. communities found Bradenton scored highest of all in the category of "emotional attachment''  as measured by social offerings, physical beauty and an open and welcoming nature. That friendly vibe particularly permeates the Village of the Arts, an enclave where bountiful whimsy expresses itself in the district's colorful cottages, studios, galleries, book stores and restaurants. Bradenton is also home to the headquarters of Beall's Department Stores, Tropicana and Champs Sports. Just to the west, mile-wide Anna Maria Island is home to three laid-back island communities. Just to the east is Lakewood Ranch, one of Florida's newest and hippest planned communities. 



Making sense of early intervention: A guide for Tampa Bay area families

Sometimes an experienced grandma or grandpa is key to noticing a child's delay in development. Sometimes it takes a close friend or neighbor to ask uncomfortable questions. Or maybe, as a young parent, you just sense something's not right with your child's progress. What to do? Early intervention may be the answer.  


Welcome to the 300th edition of 83 Degrees Media

To honor the 300th edition milestone and our 6th birthday coming up later in November, 83 Degrees presents authentic and sincere testimonials from a few of our readers. See if you agree with what they think about the stories we tell.

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Artists can be the "connective tissue" of a neighborhood -- but first they need a place to live

How affordable live/work housing for artists can reinvigorate neighborhoods and bring members of diverse communities together.

Edwards Island Sarasota.

Gulf Coast Innovation Challenge: Strengthen blue economy of Florida Gulf Coast

The marine ecosystems in the swaying sea grasses of the Gulf of Mexico and the mangroves growing among the quiet waterways curling inland along the Gulf Coast are ripe with economic opportunity.

"Lightning" by Jonathan Borofsky. - Julie Busch Branaman

Check this: Where to find Lightning watch parties; what to do near Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa

If you're suffering from an outbreak of Lightning fever and need a cool place to gather with friends to watch the race for the Stanley Cup, check out these watch parties and sites to see in and around downtown Tampa. 

Potential Schultz Ferry Park.

Fast ferry concept gains momentum in Tampa Bay

Proponents of ferries as alternative transportation around the Tampa Bay region say public support is growing.

Kara Cox

What cities are doing to keep housing affordable for artists

Key to building affordable housing for artists is educating public policy makers about the role of the artist in urban vitality.

Zach Hunter takes a bucket of clams underwater after harvesting. The clams will sit on the bottom for two days to further filter themselves.

From tide to table: Local family cultivates sustainable shellfish farming in Florida bays

Fresh Florida clams are showing up again on local restaurant menus and at farmers markets thanks to fish farmers like Two Docks Shellfish, a family-owned entrepreneurial business that harvests the bivalves in the waters of Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor.  

Baobab Tree Gallery & Studio. - Julie Branaman

Village of the Arts creates sense of place in Bradenton

Bradenton's Village of the Arts aims to attract more creatives and investors to the downtown neighborhood as part of a new visioning process designed to shape the city's future through placemaking.

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Why Minneapolis is the new capital of The North

Minnesota leaders believe that Minneapolis should be the first non-coastal city that knowledge workers and business leaders think of after Chicago. Here's a look at why, including strategic ideas that are replicable in Tampa Bay area cities.

The Picasso Dali exhibit at The Salvador Dali Museum in St Pete.

Springtime in Tampa Bay means must-see art is in full bloom

The Tampa Bay region is alive with major “must-see” art exhibits this spring. From the grand masters and American classics to the cuttingest edge modern art, there really is something for everyone. You won’t want to miss out.

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Not Your Average Speakers talk 'Big and bigger: How to grow your startup from here'

How to grow your startup? Your connections? Your community? Join 83 Degrees Media as we talk solutions with a panel of experts at the next edition of 'Not Your Average Speakers' on February 5th in downtown St. Petersburg.  


Party time! 83 Degrees is turning 5!

Readers are invited to mingle, mix and make new connections as 83 Degrees Media celebrates 5 years of producing stories relevant to our lives. Join us November 14 at The Vault in downtown Tampa. 

Worden Farm zuccini at the Saturday Morning Market in St Pete.

Tampa Bay's best outdoor markets open for business

Whether you're looking for handmade soaps, jellies, quick breads, fresh produce, jewelry or crafts, the Tampa Bay region's outdoor markets are often the best place to find vendors offering everything under the sun for everyday use or as gifts for the holidays. Read about some of our favorite local markets.

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Fight for equal rights gains ground in Hillsborough County, Tampa Bay

Domestic partners, including same-sex couples, can register to receive partner rights in Hillsborough County beginning in early 2015. Tampa Bay area neighbors, Pinellas and Sarasota County, adopted similar domestic partnership registries in 2013.
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