| Follow Us: Facebook Twitter Youtube RSS Feed

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.  

Features

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.

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.

Florida peaches. - Julie Branaman

Florida's Peach Industry Grows Sweet And Sassy

In Florida agriculture, citrus has long been king. But take a closer look at the Sunshine State's newest emerging cash crop: the princely peach. Experts say it soon could become a $100 million industry and provide a tasty boon for the state's economy.

.

Q&A: Local Startup Leaders Talk Entrepreneurship

Three leaders in Tampa Bay's startup community share their vision for the future of Hillsborough County's new Entrepreneur Collaborative Center in this Q&A with 83 Degrees Media.

.

Foggy On Details? USF Researchers Patent Formula To Enhance Brainpower

A nutritional supplement developed at the University of South Florida that combines the mind-building strengths of blueberries, green tea and more is finding scientific confirmation and a place on supermarket shelves across the nation. 

Dale Gordon.

Q&A: Dale Gordon, Tampa Hillsborough Film & Digital Media

Bollywood arrives in Tampa in late April. BLUE Ocean gets here in November. But what will it take beyond global film festivals  to become the next film and digital media production destination? Read how Tampa Hillsborough Film Commissioner Dale Gordon sees the challenges and opportunities.

Ishmael Lopez attends the Black, Brown and College Bound Summit. - Julie Branaman

Black, Brown And College Bound: On The Road to Success

Ishmael Lopez and Java Royal, students at Hillsborough Community College, appreciate Latino and black men who serve as male role models so much that both already serve as mentors to pay it forward to the next generation.

.

The Aquaculture Evolution: Not Your Grandpa's Guppies

Central Florida is the center of the nation's tropical fish farming universe and Mike Drawdy, a third-generation producer, aims to use technology to reclaim the local industry's place on the world stage. Fancy fish, it turns out, swim spectacularly through cyberspace.

.

Hillsborough County Seeds Local Startup Culture

Hillsborough County Commissioners set aside $2 million to help nurture Tampa's fast-growing startup community. Where's the money going?

.

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.

A dead orange grove along SR 39. - Julie Branaman

Florida Citrus: Taming Wild Stock And Breeding A Legacy

Central Florida Is Ground Zero in the war against citrus greening, where the battle extends from historic groves to university laboratories, hi-tech strategies and the newest innovatons in crop research.

The effects of greening leave an orange tree leafless.

Florida Citrus: Scientists Confront Unprecedented Challenge In Greening

The clock is ticking as an insidious microbe lays waste to Florida's citrus groves, making the entire peninsula an experimental field trial for strategies that researchers hope will fend off the extinction of a crop that contributes billions of dollars and more than 75,000 jobs to the state's economy.

.

Hillsborough County Ends Ban On Gay Pride Events

Proponents believe repeal of the ban on Gay Pride events helps champion the Tampa Bay region's global diversity as a welcoming environment for all people, including members of LGBT communities.

Photo by Lynn Merenda

Car-less In Tampa? Reshaping Streets That Work For Everyone

Sponsors supplied the markers and paper, while USF-area travelers supplied the big ideas meant to answer the question critical to keeping people on the move: What does it take to make a street complete?

.

Tampa Bay Begins To Focus On Nurturing Startups

The Economic Development Innovation Initiative is designed to help drive the growth of technology and innovative startups, and scale worthy small businesses in Tampa and Hillsborough County.
( 27 ) View All Features
Signup for Email Alerts

Buzz

( 32 ) View All Buzz