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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.  

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Want a peek behind the curtain at local tech firms? Join Homebrew Hillsborough

Hillsborough Homebrew's format includes a tour of hosting tech companies and introductions of all guests to accelerate the process of successful networking and making business connections.

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Strategic street solutions: How to reduce pedestrian, bicyclist fatalities in Hillsborough County

Traffic violence statistics are numbers no one wants to carry around on the tips of their tongues. But for bicycle and pedestrian safety advocates in the Tampa Bay area, knowing those numbers and understanding the stories behind them is fundamental to shaping a future that ceases to claim lives on city streets and county roads.

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Want to make local streets safer for all? Report road safety concerns on new Interactive map

A new app created by the Hillsborough MPO is designed to encourage Tampa Bay area residents to identify problem areas that create unsafe experiences for drivers, bicyclists and/or pedestrians. 

SMT supervisor Dale Lynn shows Marshall Middle School students an assembly that goes into the magneto on a piston engine aircraft.

Preparing for the future: Schools gear up to train students for new manufacturing jobs

Local schools are re-emphasizing training for skilled labor jobs to meet the demands of a rebounding manufacturing industry. More than 4,000 jobs are now available in the Tampa Bay region.

Bike lane in downtown Tampa.

Vision Zero focuses on making local streets safer for bicyclists, pedestrians

Whether you’re driving a truck or car, riding a bicycle or walking across the street, you can help prevent deaths and injuries by being more alert to the other guys. Ditto for government. Vision Zero arms urban planners with tools to make streets safer for everyone.

Amy Entress and Rob Rieke are building a multi-million-dollar food processing facility in Plant City.

Welcome home: Military veterans carve out niche as local entrepreneurs

One solution for the difficult challenges facing military veterans transitioning into civilian life: Help them create entrepreneurial opportunities that give them a chance to thrive.

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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.

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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.

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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. 
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