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The City of Largo truly lives within its means. It doesn't issue bonds. It doesn't go into debt. It saves, and then spends a rarity in most public and private circles. The city puts a premium on quality of life, providing a wide array of recreational options for its residents, young and old. An active public library and a busy cultural arts center help host a full slate of special events and recreational activities. Pinellas County's third-largest city with 75,000 residents, Largo stands out as one of the most affordable housing markets in Florida, and, as a result, many families buy their first homes here. Largo's economic base boasts a wide variety of manufacturers.  

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Kerstin Kenty holds her son Mathew's hand on the day his adoption is finalized.

For Good: Portrait gallery changes hearts, minds, lives

A Tampa Bay area chapter of Heart Gallery, a national nonprofit adoption service, transforms lives by using portraits and support groups to help foster kids find parents and transition into permanent homes.

MC Film in Ybor city.

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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Greenlight Pinellas: Voting for better transit options

Is gridlock on Tampa Bay area roads here to stay? Or are solutions on the way? A Nov. 4 referendum in Pinellas County calls for a penny increase in sale taxes as the first step toward a regional transit plan.

Air Potato Beetle feeds on the air potato in Clearwater. - Julie Branaman

Air Potato Beetles dine on invasive plants in Pinellas, Hillsborough

The air potato leaf beetle could soon be available to homeowners following months of successful use by local cities fed up with damage caused by the Air Potato, an exotic invasive plant that crowds out other vegetation.

(R-L) Artists Liz Simth, Sylvia Shanahan, June Harben with Colin Bissett. - Julie Branaman

'Pianos In Pinellas' Prepare For Crescendo In Clearwater

Whatever the limits of your piano playing expertise —- perhaps somewhere between “Chopsticks’’ and Brahm’s “Concerto No. 1’’ — you won’t want to miss the rollout of a cool new art project getting ready to take to the streets of Clearwater.

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Local Breweries Set Stage For Florida's Craft Beer Revolution

Cigar City Brewery in Tampa and Dunedin Brewery in Pinellas County -- pioneers in the local beer scene -- paved the way for what is becoming a vibrant craft beer culture in Florida, including at least nine new breweries in St. Petersburg, Bradenton and Sarasota.

West Shore traffic. - Julie Branaman

Let's Talk Transit And How To Pay For It

"Tampa Bay Mobility: Mapping The Economics of Transit'' will be the focus of 83 Degrees Media's next "Not Your Average Speakers'' event March 12 at Nova 535 near downtown St. Petersburg. Join the conversation. Get engaged!

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Setting The Scene For Pinellas Ballot Initiative On Transit

Just as the Penny For Pinellas effort years ago helped move the county forward in road construction and maintenance, advocates for a one cent sales tax increase see Greenlight Pinellas as part of the solution to the Tampa Bay region's traffic congestion.

Sue Castleman says goodbye to a Belleair Elementary students as they leave the Art Mobile. - Julie B

Look, Kids! It's an Art Mobile!

In an age of budget cutting where Common Core standards seem to leave scraps for creativity, Pinellas County holds steadfast in its commitment to the arts. Thanks to a unique collaboration, the county's public school system has an exceptional way of immersing elementary students in art through its Art Mobile program.

Lauren Siktberg is the founder of Anchored Style. Photo courtesy of Lauren Siktberg

Anchored Style Sails From Seminole To Chicago

Entrepreneur Laura Sitkberg isn't one to sit still for long as she sets sail with her Anchored Style clothing line, designed for college students and young professionals.

Teacher Kendra Alexander helps out during lunchtime. - Julie Branaman

Early Learning Initiative Takes New Approach In Preschool Education

A pilot preschool program being tested in Pinellas County aims to reinvent pre-K curriculum and culture to improve academic performance among children living in low-income families.

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Getting To The Heart Of Advertising In Tampa Bay

Young professionals working within the advertising industry in Tampa Bay pool passion and energy to volunteer free services that make a difference for marketing a local nonprofit each year.

- Photo by Julie Branaman

Playing Unplugged: Kids, Parents Take A Break From Computers, TV

See Sophia run. See Liam jump. See Emma race Aiden. Unplug children for a day from computers, TV, cell phones and electronic games and see how they play, exercise and learn in the park. "Playing Unplugged'' in Pinellas County is just one antidote to the nation's obesity crisis.

Deborah Hilbert and Abby Sucsy identify a plant in the Eckerd College garden. - Julie Branaman

Tampa Bay: Urban Gardens Create Sense Of Place, Build Community

Where's the perfect place to meet your peeps, get to know the neighbors or build collaborative spirit among your co-workers? Urban gardens, where the love of the outdoors merges with a desire for healthy eating to serve a dual purpose of growing food and community.

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