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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. 



Book excerpt: Seafood Lovers Florida by Bruce Hunt

What is your favorite seafood place in Florida? Author Bruce Hunt shares his top picks in a new book that takes readers on a culinary tour of the state.


Local craft beer industry, scientific passion fuel growth of Florida hops

As experiments to grow hops in Florida find success, demand created by the growing local brew scene may prove to be a boon to the state’s struggling citrus growers.


Retrofitting Tampa Bay for climate change: From understanding to action

Several key themes and insights have emerged through conversations and reflections related to 83 Degrees Media's series on climate change, arguably leaving us with more questions and ideas than clear answers or sound solutions. In that spirit, by way of conclusion, here are four provocations to keep the conversation moving forward across Tampa Bay.


Rethinking Tampa Bay's water resources as the climate changes

Global climate models generally agree that temperatures in the Tampa Bay area will rise between two and three degrees Celsius (three and six degrees Fahrenheit) over the next half century, which could significantly alter the region's water supply. Florida scientists and researchers are weighing those predictions and others to prepare for climate change.

Restoration at the Feather Sound site includes removing invasive Brazillian pepper.

Climate change: Across Tampa Bay, environmental organizations mobilize around sea level rise

Environmental groups and academic partners -- ranging from local institutions like the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and the University of South Florida -- are redoubling their efforts to protect vulnerable habitats in preparation for sea level rise caused by climate change. 

Bonnie Walker (R) teaches Kelly Clark and Megan Body the rules of shuffleboard at realize Bradenton's PopUps for a Purpose event.

Exploring a millennial-fueled future for Sarasota, Bradenton

A collaborative effort by local colleges and universities, the Consortium of Colleges on the Creative Coast (C4), aims to change the narrative about the Sarasota-Bradenton area to better attract students and reflect opportunities for millennials. 


Tampa Bay real estate boom and climate change: 5 big insights

How to rethink and retrofit Tampa Bay area cities for climate change -- and sea level rise in particular -- is an increasingly critical question for public and private sector leaders alike. 

Coffee Pot Bayou in St. Pete.

Is the global reinsurance industry making Florida more resilient to climate change, hurricanes?

Insurers and reinsurers play a key role in Florida’s climate and catastrophe risk management puzzle, be it in preparation for the next hurricane season or the eventuality of sea level rise. 

Scenario figure for Hurricane Phoenix.

Preparing for climate change: Pinellas County, local towns take steps to get ready

In the second in a series of stories about climate change, 83 Degrees Media explores how government officials in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties as well as more than two dozen municipalities are preparing for rising sea levels and the potential impact on infrastructure and neighborhoods. 

A team from NOAA installs a water level meteorological station in St Pete.

Tampa Bay Area scientists, policymakers plan for rising sea levels

Over the next several weeks, 83 Degrees Media will bring stories of regional climate leadership to the fore, diving deeper and looking closer at how individuals and industries, business and government are taking innovative steps to rethink and retrofit the Tampa Bay area to meet the challenges raised by climate change.

Artspace's Mount Baker Lofts

Is affordable artist live/work housing the new normal?

Since Artspace pioneered affordable artist live/work housing in the 1990s, disrupting the SoHo Effect in communities across the U.S., demand for such projects has grown. Which begs the question: Is affordable artist live/work housing becoming the new normal?


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.
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