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Plant City

Known best for its agricultural roots, Plant City plays host each year to thousands of visitors intent on tasting the sweet nectar of homegrown strawberries drowning famous shortcakes at the annual Florida Strawberry Festival. While the plump red berries are king, fish farms, blueberries, ornamental plants and cattle ranching are close competitors for producing some of Florida's finest farm-to-table specimens. City leaders are also eyeing 85 acres south of downtown for a new Midtown featuring residential, office and retail spaces, anchored by a public green.  



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.

William Cooper says goodbye to Dr. Mary Dorritie at the Tampa VAMC domiciliary care facility.

Coalition provides help, homes for local vets living on streets

Because Florida has one of the highest populations of homeless veterans in the country, the Tampa Housing Authority, the VA and the local Homeless Initiative are collaborating to find permanent solutions toward ending veteran homelessness in our community.


Where to find urban farming in the Tampa Bay region? Here are 3 places to go

The nationwide farm-to-table movement grows in the Tampa Bay region as a small but feisty group of intrepid farmers convert small parcels of acreage into bountiful crops teeming with organic produce, healthy plants and food-producing livestock.

Ed Verner shows some of the office space in the Lee Building.

Main Street revival: Downtown Plant City carves out new path to the future

A new Main Street design team is tackling revitalization efforts in Plant City as community leaders focus on how best to encourage new investments and job growth in the downtown area.

Derenz Thomas, 10, creates a guitar sculpture during Amanda Fleischbein's art class at Academy Prep Center of Tampa.

Making doodads: Creative sculpture competition engages serious thought, learning

Local kids and teens are gaining a hands-on experience in critical thinking and problem solving through a unique sculpture competition open to all Hillsborough County students.

Bizou Brasserie at Le Meridian.

The gift of experiences: The present of your presence

Gift giving has never been easier -- gift cards are almost universally acceptable, and consumables are always well-received. For this guide to holiday presents, however, 83 Degrees highlights something more local, more hands-on, and perhaps more meaningful: The gift of experiences. The present of your presence.


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.

Information stands dot the pathway at Brooker Creek Preserve.

Time to get out and play! Find outdoor activities in the Tampa Bay Area

Fall in Tampa Bay is the time of year when local events, parks and other outdoor activities lure locals out of summertime hibernation spent in air-conditioned homes and offices.

Platt Street bike lane.

Pay now or pay later for Hillsborough County transportation solutions

No one who drives a motorized vehicle can seriously dispute the Tampa Bay area's growing traffic congestion. The question for Hillsborough County taxpayers is whether to pay their fair share for solutions or roll the costs over to their children and grandchildren. 


Going carless in Tampa: HCC professor finds commuting by bus works for him

Dustin Lemke of Tampa likes to challenge himself. These challenges range from adventures like skydiving to personal tests like not purchasing any clothes for a year. A favorite challenge? Ditch the personal car. See how well he does.


If a hurricane threatens, what to expect on Tampa Bay Area roads, bus routes

Emergency planners and responders prepare for the next hurricane to strike Florida, but only you can plan ahead for yourself and your family to evacuate when necessary. Read what's new with Tampa Bay area roads and public buses.

Logo for Go Hillsborough

What's next for local transportation? Kevin O'Hare, Tampa

A half-cent-per-dollar sales tax referendum to support building and maintaining roads as well as public transit will be on Hillsborough County ballots come 2016 if all goes as planned. Observer Kevin O'Hare suggests the plan could be much bolder. 

Instruments of Change.

For Good: Instruments of Change helps kids thrive

Putting a musical instrument in a child's hands and teaching him or her to play it proves the right formula to keep struggling kids in Tampa Bay Area schools and help them thrive in academics, local nonprofit Instruments of Change demonstrates.

Access to Capital winner Tony Selvaggio.

Tampa startup wins $10,000 to launch e-recycling in local schools

Tony Selvaggio’s startup company Scratch on Spot won $10,000 at Hillsborough County’s first “Access to Capital” summit, which included a business pitch competition presented by private investing group New World Angels. Selvaggio will use the funds to place e-recycling bins in area schools.

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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