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Dunedin cherishes its heritage through regular wine, arts, antiques and holiday gatherings, and hosts the hugely popular Scottish Highland Games. The quaint downtown district features pedestrian-friendly wide sidewalks and diagonal parking lined by gift shops, clothing boutiques, homemade ice cream and candy stores, and some of the region's best eats. A weekly green market rocks, too. The popular Pinellas Trail runs through the heart of downtown, attracting a steady stream of bicyclists, walkers, joggers and skaters - even on weekdays. Redevelopment efforts are targeting high-tech and health care-related employers to create new high-quality jobs.

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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.

Drew and Nickolas Graham play at Water Works Park. - Julie Branaman

Splish! splash! Kids movin' and a groovin' in Tampa Bay area parks

Move over swimming pools. Make room for splash pads, the latest water craze to pop up in parks and public spaces in the Tampa Bay region. Cities and parents are gravitating toward new water parks as more cost efficient, lots of fun and safer for kids.

Green Acre Aquaponics fish.

Aquaponics: Sustainable Fish Farming Thrives In Florida

Where does the fish on your plate come from? Eco-friendly fish farming known as aquaponics continues to pick up steam in the Tampa Bay area. Experts say the emerging industry is growing fast.

(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.

Lily Uline helps to assemble food bags at a food bank. - James Branaman

Talented Kids Demonstrate Benefits Of Giving Back To Community

Philanthropy generally starts at home as parents teach their kids how to share and be helpful. Here are a few Tampa Bay area kids giving back and learning from their own random acts of kindness and ability to share joy through music.

Archer Ayers, 1, plays at a Dunedin Coin Laundry with dad Dale close by. - Julie Branaman

What To Do With Jar Of Quarters In Your Closet? Laundry Project Makes Good With Spare Change

Volunteers with the Current of Tampa Bay's Laundry Project visit laundromats around Florida handing out quarters to more than 1,200 low-income families otherwise spending a healthy chunk of their wages doing more than 12,000 loads of laundry in the past year.

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.

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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TIP: It's Chic To Be A Geek At This Summer Camp

Florida schools are finding creative, new opportunities to implement and promote STEM-related classes in public schools. Pinellas County, for instance, teamed up this past summer with Duke University's TIP (Talent Identification Program) to offer summer camp for their best and brightest students to explore advanced science, technology, engineering and math.

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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.

Sculptures by Dominique Labauvie. Photo by Julie Branaman

Artists Prove To Be Urban Pioneers In Tampa Bay

In Tampa Bay, as elsewhere, artists often serve as community catalysts for transformational change in neighborhoods that become attractive to investors. The phenomenon is the subject of Economist Richard Florida's book "Rise of the Creative Class,'' which promotes the idea that creatives, including artists, entrepreneurs and small shops, along with low barriers to entry, help foster urban renewal.

- 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.
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