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Michael Schwaid is an avid cyclist in the Tampa Bay region.

Vision Zero: Tampa bicyclist lives to tell his story after near-fatal crash

A stickler for visibility and safety, Michael Schwaid biked the same route to and from work at the Clearwater Courthouse from his home in Odessa in central Hillsborough County -- for years. But his life changed forever when a car hit him one day in 2016.

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Book excerpt: Images of Modern America, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay by Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez

The rich history of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is illustrated in a new book that traces its origins as an Anheuser-Busch brewery and visitor center in 1959 through its growth as an internationally known theme park and accredited zoological facility. Read an excerpt.

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Downtown Tampa transformation continues with prep for West River development

On the west bank of the Hillsborough River near downtown Tampa, community leaders are striving to build a better future from the rubble of a sometimes troubled past.

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Best way to get to Clearwater Beach? Popular Clearwater Ferry alleviates traffic, parking woes

Clearwater Ferry to expand services to Dunedin this fall as ridership between downtown and Clearwater Beach continues to grow.

Doris Ross Reddick Elementary

Getting ready for kindergarten: Community effort emerges in Wimauma

If children enter kindergarten way behind their peers, will they ever catch up to grade level? Pre-kindergarten classes return to Wimauma in effort to help kids succeed.

Doris Ross Reddick Elementary

Preparándose para el Jardín de Infantes: un esfuerzo comunitario de Wimauma

Si los niños entran al jardín de infantes de manera diferente a sus compañeros, ¿alguna vez alcanzarán el nivel de grado? Las clases de pre-kindergarten regresan a Wimauma en un esfuerzo para ayudar a los niños a tener éxito.

Beth Ross is Executive Director at Blanket Tampa Bay.

How to end homelessness? Tampa Bay area nonprofits bring fresh, new approaches

From developing urban rest stops and locations for people to fill water bottles to expanding mental health programming, local charities are focused on solutions to end homelessness.

John Kuhn, an Associate Professor for  the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

USF patents: Local scientists pursue innovations to make our lives better

How does research being done at USF in Tampa matter to you and your family? See the progress professors and students are making in converting waste to energy, and to prevent and treat strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, paralysis and more.


Leo Rodgers and former Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor.

Vision Zero: Bicycling with local paralympic cyclist hopeful Leo Rodgers

Tokyo 2020? "I want the jersey, I want the medals, and I want to do this for my city. I want to put the whole Tampa Bay Area on my back and represent us, so I've been pushing hard,'' says Leo Rodgers.

Heavy rains flood Tampa Bay Area streets.

Florida communities prepare for sea level rise, potential costs to local economy

Planner Brady Smith cites the City of Tampa vulnerability analysis as an “example of regional leadership” that other communities may want to follow going forward. The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council also held a series of “Peril of Flood” workshops over the last year, as another.

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Where to get fastest internet speed? Try Connected City in Pasco County

The Connected City, between Wesley Chapel and San Antonio in Pasco County, is designed to include 37,000 homes and 12 million square feet of commercial space, along with a wellness district and an education center in partnership with Saint Leo University.

Elaine Liftin

Commentary: Local business community can fill void as public school funds dwindle

Elaine Liftin, President and Executive Director of the Florida Council for Educational Change, calls on private business leaders to partner with public schools to ensure quality in the face of budget cuts.

True Stories at Spitfire Theater.

Moving to Tampa Bay: How to plug into the local storytelling scene

The storytelling scene is flourishing in the Tampa Bay area, building organic connections through vulnerable truth-telling. It’s a unique medium, a fantastic hybrid of creative nonfiction and oral memoir.

Wimauma Cares training session is offered by Enterprising Latinas in Wimauma.

How to create jobs and help neighborhoods prosper? Support local entrepreneurs

Investing in local entrepreneurs and nonprofits that support them can lift low-income neighborhoods out of poverty and help shape a city's future. Nonprofits fueled by innovation and grit in Tampa, Detroit and Memphis are proof positive that it works. 
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