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Dr. Eugenie Clark in her office at Mote Marine Laboratory. - Julie Branaman

BLUE Ocean Legacy Award goes to Sarasota's famous Shark Lady

When the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit looks for living legends to honor with its prestigious Legacy Awards, Dr. Eugenie Clark of Sarasota quickly surfaces as one of the winners for a lifetime spent bridging Gulfs in international marine research.

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Party time! 83 Degrees is turning 5!

Readers are invited to mingle, mix and make new connections as 83 Degrees Media celebrates 5 years of producing stories relevant to our lives. Join us November 14 at The Vault in downtown Tampa. 

Etsy Craft Entrepreneuship Workshop student Shannon VanAlsbury shares the contemporary style quilt she created.

Made in St. Pete: Etsy helps local crafters learn entrepreneurial skills

Tampa Bay area artisans learn what it takes to turn a hobby into a successful online business thanks to an innovative partnership between St. Petersburg and the popular online marketplace Etsy.

Worden Farm zuccini at the Saturday Morning Market in St Pete.

Tampa Bay's best outdoor markets open for business

Whether you're looking for handmade soaps, jellies, quick breads, fresh produce, jewelry or crafts, the Tampa Bay region's outdoor markets are often the best place to find vendors offering everything under the sun for everyday use or as gifts for the holidays. Read about some of our favorite local markets.

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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.

The St Petersburg Waterfront is the new location for the 2014 BLUE Ocean Film Festival.

St. Pete ramps up to host BLUE Ocean Film Festival, Conservation Summit

Major celebrities, scientific experts and global scholars will mingle with Tampa Bay area residents and film lovers as BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit arrives in Florida during the first week in November.

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13 ideas for your city from the first-ever Urban Innovation Exchange

In late September, a group of innovators behind small scale, place-based projects around the country convened in Detroit and talked about what works in their cities, sharing stories of success, failure, hard work and creativity.

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Greenlight Pinellas: Voting for better transit options

Is gridlock on Tampa Bay area roads here to stay? Or are solutions on the way? A Nov. 4 referendum in Pinellas County calls for a penny increase in sale taxes as the first step toward a regional transit plan.

George Medeiros and Scott Durfee are the creatives behind Spathose.

Local artists vie for top prize in Martha Stewart competition

Scott Durfee and George Medeiros, two talented St. Petersburg artists, are finalists in the Martha Stewart American Made competition, which highlights the creativity and craftsmanship of artisan entrepreneurs from around the country.

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.

Nurse practioner Trudy Grossman greets patient Gary Babcock. "They treat me like gold," Babcock said

For Good: St. Pete Free Clinic launches Saving Grace Project

St. Petersburg Free Clinic seeks donations for its new Saving Grace Project designed to more than double the number of beds available for homeless women in Pinellas County.

Audrey Henneman shows tour participants Chad Mize's Mr. Sun Mural.

What are you doing Saturday morning? Take a walk on the artsy side of St. Pete

What gives downtown St. Pete its unique sense of place? Let's start with the murals. Now you can take a walking tour of dozens of colorful murals adorning the sides of buildings and learn more about the artists and their creative artwork.

Terry Igo supports the American Heart Assoc. Go Red for Women. - Julie Branaman

Local American Heart Association gets men to go red

Hey, guys! Do you own a red tie? The successful American Heart Association Go Red campaign geared toward women now reaches out to men.

Doug Fyvolent. - Julie Branaman

Hyperponic farm merges agriculture with technology, innovation and philanthropy

A new high-tech, sustainable urban farm in south St. Petersburg will soon be part of the Tampa Bay region’s growing urban agriculture community. A portion of the harvest will go to feed the needy.

(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.

St. Petersburg Opera's OPERAZZI Social Group after party at the Hollander Hotel. - Julie Branaman

St. Pete Opera Reaches Younger Crowd With Operazzi

How do you interest a younger audience in a traditional, old-world art form like opera? You have to try something new like the St. Petersburg Opera Company is doing with Operazzi, a social group that hosts fun, creative events to engage the next generation of arts enthusiasts.

Margaret Murray is Executive Director of TIGLLF

Tampa's Gay And Lesbian Film Festival Celebrates 25 Years With Film Debut, Special Guests

Film lovers accustomed to visiting Tampa each Fall to revel in the community’s cultural diversity during the annual Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival are in for special treats during this year’s Silver Anniversary celebration. For nine days in October, Tampa Theatre and freeFall Theatre in St. Petersburg will create buzz around a lineup of more than 60 films from around the world.

Courtney Wygle Landry, owner of Lay-Z-Dog pet beds at home with her pups. - Julie Branaman

Simplicity Key To Pinellas Designer's Chic Pet Furniture

Pet lovers meet chic design. Frumpy pet beds may soon be a thing of the past as dog-and-kitty decor is re-imagined by a Pinellas woman, getting her Lay-Z-Dog business off the ground.

Pong in the Park is happening at Lykes Gaslight Square Park thanks to Urban Conga. - Julie Branaman

Awesome Tampa Bay: Ping Pong In The Park

Visitors to Lykes Gaslight Park in downtown Tampa can now play Ping Pong in the Park any day of the week on a table provided by The Urban Conga. Bring your own paddles and balls or rent them nearby. 

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Small-Scale, Big Deal: UIX Invites Urban Innovators To Exchange Ideas In Detroit

Cities are reinventing themselves in creative new ways. Can small-scale projects have big impact? Join the Urban Innovation Exchange this Sept. 24-26 in Detroit to explore creative projects driving neighborhood transformation and trade ideas for the future.

Robotics at CAMLS. - Julie Branaman

Cultivating Innovation At The Intersection of Arts & Technology

You're invited! On August 28th at Tampa Bay WaVE, 83 Degrees Media's "Not Your Average Speakers'' talk about what they are doing at the intersection of Arts & Technology and opportunities to do even more.

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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.

The Media Room of Modera Prime 235 in downtown St Pete. - Julie Branaman

Boom! Downtown St. Petersburg Awash In New Apartments

Downtown St. Petersburg's housing market is experiencing an unprecedented growth spurt to meet pent-up demand for cool urban places to live. Detours around temporarily blocked streets and the sounds of construction mark the city's rebirth as developers build more than 1,200 new apartments and condos.

Photo illustration by Julie Branaman

Newcomer's Guide To Voting In Florida's 2014 Elections

So you want to vote in Florida's 2014 elections? No reason for stress, but you do need to make sure you are registered first. 83 Degrees helps you navigate the process. Find out how and when to register, and how to educate yourself about the candidates and where to vote.  

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Is SavvyCard The Online Business Card For You?

St. Petersburg-based startup company SavvyCard is a mobile-optimized marketing and referral platform that aims to reinvent the business card for the modern consumer while simultaneously contributing to the growth of Tampa Bay's startup community.

Frank Wells is the visionary behind Venture House. - Julie Branaman

Venture House Vision: Rehab Vacant Homes For Entrepreneurs, Artists

If entrepreneurs and artists can't find affordable housing in a city with vacant homes in need of rehab, what can be done to solve both problems and benefit taxpayers too? Venture House, a startup in St. Petersburg, is designing creative partnerships to provide solutions.

Picking Your Favorite 83 Degrees Stories In 2014

What were the Top 10 Feature Stories published in 83 Degrees Media in the first half of the year? Take a look at the list and let us know what you think.

Video: Tampa As A 'Community Of Flat Faces'

Tampa Artist Edgar Sanchez Cumbas depicts perceptions of race and skin color in his most recent exhibition, "Community of Flat Faces.'' Listen and watch as he discusses what went into the creative process and how he finds inspiration in his West Tampa neighborhood.

Photo by Julie Branaman

Urban Bike Scene: Changing The Way Tampa Bay Travels

Tampa Bay area residents increasingly see bicycling as a practical, economical, sustainable and healthy way to get around town, especially given fluctuating gasoline prices and widespread road construction projects that slow traffic to a crawl during rush hours.

Nick Price is founder of City Sleekers. - Julie Branaman

Students In USFSP Entrepreneurship Program Launch Creative Startups

City Sleekers and NeverWander, two Pinellas County startups created by students at USFSP, represent the growing trend of young professionals who aren't counting on a Fortune 500 company to secure the perfect job. Instead, they're dreaming up the next great idea and creating their own businesses.

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3 Things Tampa Bay Needs To Help Startups Thrive

Retaining talent, attracting investment capital and engaging entrepreneurs in the greater community are key to nurturing the Tampa Bay region's growing startup culture, say a diverse panel of thought leaders, entrepreneurs and educators during 83 Degrees Media's latest "Not Your Average Speakers'' event.

Kasamba Kokayi and Adan Martinez participate in a Forward Thinking Initiatives program at the St Pet

Forward Thinking Initiatives Teaches Entrepreneurship Skills To Tampa Bay Teens

An innovative partnership among Forward Thinking Initiatives, the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the St. Petersburg Greenhouse teaches area teens what's required to turn a talent for the arts into business success in the future.

Judith Lisi is President and CEO of the Starz Center. - Julie Branaman

Florida's Culture Coast: Q&A With Judy Lisi

The Straz Center's President and CEO Judy Lisi thinks it's high time to brand the region as Florida's Culture Coast and reap the benefits. She explains her thinking in a sit-down interview with 83 Degrees.

Bryan Martin (left) and Tony Aponte are employees at Artistas Cafe. - Julie Branaman

Cash, Check Or Charge? Give Day Tampa Bay Goes Online To Get You To Donate

Give Day Tampa Bay is the start of a bigger online giving strategy by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to engage new and younger donors.

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USF Students Aim To Tell Muslim History In TV Pilot

The Salahadin Project, an enormously successful Kickstarter campaign, will allow University of South Florida students to explore Muslim history in a pilot TV episode with an $84,000 budget.

A big game of Jenga at Five Points Alley in Cincy

Urban Alleys Become Pathways To Revitalization

From Seattle to Washington D.C., forgotten alleys are being reinvented as people-friendly spaces. Often perceived as dirty and dangerous, alleys are moving beyond garbage and garages, and becoming havens for pedestrians, public art and small businesses.

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Startup Grind Founder Ignites Entrepreneurial Fever

Serial entrepreneur Joy Randels brings her expertise to Tampa Bay area community events from Startup Weekend to Ignite Tampa Bay. As chapter director of Startup Grind Tampa Bay, she aims to help local entrepreneurs make meaningful connections.

CoCreativ has moved it's co-work space from St Pete to South Tampa. - Julie Branaman

Let's Talk Startups In Florida's Emerging New Economy

Tampa Bay's growing startup community is key to Florida's emergence as a robust economy driven by a healthy mix of industry, traditional businesses and entrepreneurs. Join 83 Degrees Media's "Not Your Average Speakers'' on May 13 to learn and talk more about what's new and what's next for local startups.

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Carving Out A Niche: Skateboard Shop Features Local Indie Art

St. Petersburg's Central Arts District adds another star to its growing collection of indie artist shops, cafes, clubs and outdoor murals. An overflow crowd turns out for the grand opening of Local Longboards on Central Avenue, a cool new shop featuring handcrafted skateboards.

The latest NYAS event, "Tampa Bay Mobility: Mapping The Economics of Transit'', held at Nova 535. -

Not Your Average Speakers Engage Community In Conversation On Transit

The Greenlight Pinellas plan, road construction costs and future transportation needs take center stage as 83 Degrees Media's "Not Your Average Speakers'' weigh in on "Tampa Bay Mobility: Mapping The Economics of Transit'' at NOVA 535 in St. Petersburg.

frank Wells applauds Shaun Hopper during an Office Concert. - Julie Branaman

Music Entrepreneur Launches Concerts In The Workplace

St. Petersburg singer, songwriter and music entrepreneur Fran Snyder builds on the growing popularity of house concerts by launching something similar for the workplace. His new venture gives a whole new meaning to music while you work. Office Concerts pairs the traditional coffee break with a "short burst of live music from a world-class performer.''

Abby Paterson paints St Joseph's patient Reagan Kelly's hand during an art therapy session at the ho

Tampa Bay Hospitals Engage Arts In Healing

Tampa Bay healthcare providers increasingly engage artists -- musicians, painters, dancers, etc. -- to reduce stress and recovery time for patients and families (and medical talent) by transforming the healing experience.

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.

Lauren Siktberg is the founder of Anchored Style. Photo courtesy of Lauren Siktberg

Anchored Style Sails From Seminole To Chicago

Entrepreneur Laura Sitkberg isn't one to sit still for long as she sets sail with her Anchored Style clothing line, designed for college students and young professionals.

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The Art Of Living In Downtown St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg's re-emergence as a destination for tourists and urban dwellers of all ages is illustrated by the life and times of Barbara Lewis, a Baby Boomer professional now calling a cozy downtown condo home.

Matt Dreger works with VIP Software intern Matt Aberham. - Julie Branaman

Tampa-based Software Startup Expands Into St. Pete

VIPSoftware, a Tampa Bay startup, evolves to find its niche in Florida's growing property and casualty insurance industry. Founder James Makris moved to Florida from Canada.

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Fresh Greens, Anyone? Urban Gardens Sustain Communities

Urban gardens sponsored by community groups, churches and neighborhoods have caught on like wildfire in St. Petersburg as local residents pursue the idea of sustainable agriculture, small urban farms and healthier eating.

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Graduate Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay Community Colleges Target Baby Boomers

Tampa Bay area community colleges create special programs to attract baby boomers looking to reinvent themselves or change careers. 

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Fantasy Of Flight Kicks Off New Year In Tampa Bay

Santa and his elves are not the only ones working around the clock to prepare for a fantastic flight this holiday season. While the jolly fellow and his merry team of elves tinker away at the North Pole to prepare the famous flying sleigh for its annual whirl around the globe, a team of aviation specialists at Lakeland's Fantasy of Flight is hard at work preparing for another flight of historic proportions.

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Happy Holidays From The 83 Degrees Media Team

As we bid adieu to 2013 and get ready to welcome 2014, 83 Degrees Media wishes you and yours a peaceful respite around a bountiful table. Looking forward to next year and beyond. Happy Holidays!

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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Art Of Cleanliness Makes An Awesome Impression

Many may argue there is an art to cleanliness, but few probably think of the "art'' part in the same light as does Carrie Matteoli, a recent winner of an Awesome Tampa Bay grant awarded to support her artistic cleaning.

Faith House bananas

Innovative Urban Food Park Would Span Food Experience

Emmanuel Roux, a former restaurateur and farm kid from France now living in St. Petersburg, looks at the city's poorest neighborhoods and envisions an Urban Food Park that could grow healthy foods, teach preparation skills from farm to table and feed the hungry. His longtime dream is getting closer to reality.

The Tampa Skyline. - Julie Branaman

Happy Anniversary! Thanks For Reading And Sharing 83 Degrees Media Stories

83 Degrees invites readers to revisit and share favorite features published over the last four years as we celebrate our 4th anniversary and ask our readers to tell us what you would like to read about in future stories.

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City Lovers Engage Tactical Urbanism To Change Neighborhoods

A Tactical Urbanism Workshop in Tampa focuses on small actions that can lead to big changes in neighborhoods and communities. Parklets, Guerilla Gardening, Pavement-to-Plazas or street intersection repair are some examples of Tactical Urbanism being applied locally and in many cities.

Ringling After Dark. - Julie Branaman

Tampa Bay Museums Explore New Collaborations

New collaborations among traditional entities aren't always easy nor are they readily embraced by traditionalists more comfortable with the status quo. But the Tampa Bay region's newly thriving arts communities are beginning to recognize the "c'' word as the smartest and quickest path to a prosperous future for individual institutions as well as for the local economy.

Photo by Julie Branaman

Public Art Transforms The Urban Canvas

Once the province of sculptors, public art has evolved into an essential element of urban placemaking and social engagement. From murals on vacant buildings to art in laundromats to edible art installations that are as mouthwatering as they are aesthetically pleasing, we take a look at how public art is transforming our cities.

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St. Pete Entrepreneurs Launch Micro-Juicery

Kelly Lessem's small home-based business grows into a full-time operation with the opening of Squeeze Juice Works, a trendy new St. Pete juice bar that she operates with co-owner Amy Losoya, former manager of the popular downtown Tampa Fly Bar and Restaurant.

Kathleen Taylor at TEDxTampaBay.

TEDx Talent Expands Minds, Inspires Innovation

TEDx events return to St. Petersburg and Sarasota in October with thought-provoking talks by some of the Tampa Bay region's most creative and deepest thinkers.

Sarasota Architectural Salvage. - Julie Branaman

Creative Reuse Movement Boosts Urban Economies By Turning Trash Into Treasure

Across America, creative reuse organizations are popping up to "upcycle" and sell stuff that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Artisans and artists are, in turn, turning this would-be detritus into artworks and products.

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Tampa Bay Hooks Big Fish In BLUE Ocean

The BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit is expected to attract international filmmakers, researchers, scientists, industry leaders, celebrities and academics from around the globe to the Tampa Bay region in November 2014.

Nadine (left) and Andrea Smith. - James Branaman

Progress On The Rocky Road To Equality In Florida

Friends and supporters credit Nadine Smith's collaborative, dependable and unflappable leadership for Equality Florida's victories in convincing local governments to embrace domestic partnership registries and equal rights for gays.

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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.

Photo by Diane Egner

Tampa Bay Tech Week Sets Stage For Innovative, Entrepreneurial Startup Community

TiECon and Bar/Code Camp Florida bookend the inaugural Tampa Bay Tech Week, which brings entrepreneurs, startup founders and tech enthusiasts together for educational and motivational events in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

Tampa Zine Fest at the Roosevelt 2.0 in organized in conjunction with Tampa Free Skool and Tampa Upc

Free Skool Movement Enhances Community, Citybuilding

Tampa Free Skool isn't easy to describe for the uninitiated. Think of it as a more organic, more free-spirited learning experience designed to share knowledge and engage conversation around everything from neo-Tantric fire rituals to storytelling to French language classes.

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Video: St. Pete Warehouse Arts District

The growing Warehouse Arts District in St. Petersburg is a terrific place to find art made by local artists, including unique hot glass and clay pieces seen on this video by ES Creative.

American Stage in the Park. - James Branaman

Tampa Bay's Theatre Community Takes Center Stage

Step aside Hollywood and Bollywood. The Theatre Tampa Bay Awards will take center stage at a black tie Tony-style event in October to honor Tampa Bay's wealth of theatre talent.

Tropicool at Postcard Inn. - Julie Branaman

Tropiccool Reinvents French Recipes For Cold Pops

Entrepreneur Stefan Cerf created the Tropiccool brand of ice-cold sorbets and pops in Tampa Bay after spending summers in France learning the tricks of the trade at a popular ice cream shop.

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TiE Tampa To Launch Sister Organization For Women Entrepreneurs

Former CNN News Group Anchor Patti Tripathi is poised to lead a new professional organization for women entrepreneurs in the Tampa Bay region.

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Bike Sharing Rides Into Tampa, St. Petersburg

Tampa and St. Petersburg are among cities nationwide hopping on the trend toward providing "smart'' bicycles for sharing in urban neighborhoods.

Mitch Neff, newly appointed Global Director of the StartupBus, works in his office at Tampa Bay WaVe

Local Talent Drives Startup Culture In Tampa Bay

The StartupBus, a "hackathon on wheels," grows roots to Tampa Bay as local digital strategist Mitch Neff is appointed Global Director.

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Rhino On Air Bellows About St. Pete's Arts Community

St. Petersburg entrepreneur and arts champion Anne Marie Cash streams Rhino On Air from the city's historic Kress Building. Through the innovative online radio station, Cash shares information about the city's arts initiatives to a global audience.

Cave Canem Poets 2013 Residency at City of Asylum - A series of community-based artist residencies i

Creative Placemaking Changes Narrative About Cities

Creative placemaking is shaping the future for cities across the nation as innovators and investors help jumpstart once-neglected neighborhoods. Denver, Toronto, Detroit, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Minneapolis-St. Paul are among cities seeing positive results.

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Encore Tampa Bay Combines Personal, Social Fulfillment

A new social change movement in Tampa Bay looks at revitalizing the way people approach retirement, producing a reservoir of talent to create businesses and solve problems.

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Coworking Spaces Reflect Tampa Bay's Changing Workforce

Demand for shared work spaces in the Tampa Bay region is on the rise as entrepreneurs, startups and students join the nation's growing coworking movement.

Greenhouse St Petersburg. - Julie Branaman

Greenhouse Gives Green Light To Entrepreneurs

St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster announces the newly revamped Business Assistance Center, which will offer local small businesses access to entrepreneurial resources "to help business grow.''

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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.

(L-R) RJ Keeling, Jamie Loomas and Alex Bonyata practice at St Pete Music Factory. - James Branaman

Wannabe Rock Stars Exude Passion At St. Petersburg Music Factory

Kids take to the stage at St. Pete's Music Factory to find their own rhythms by reading music, creating songs, writing lyrics and forming bands to pursue dreams of becoming rock 'n' roll stars.

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Photo Slideshow: Primi Ristorante Italiano, St. Petersburg

Like father, like son. Chef Tony Macaroni of St. Pete credits his Italian father for teaching him the fine art of making fresh mozzarella. Watch him at work and listen to his story in a photo slideshow by Julie Branaman.

Pickled Shrimp at Indigenous. - Julie Branaman

Ready To Sink Your Teeth Into The Locavore Cause?

From gardens to the Gulf, the locavore movement is beginning to thrive in Tampa Bay and across Florida with pioneers like Steve Phelps and Katie and Emilio Sosa at the helm.

(L-R) Alex Glover, Monique Harris, Bria McGrady at an ANYTOWN meeting. - Julie Branaman

ANYTOWN Gives Tampa Bay Youth Tools To Dismantle Discrimination

Community Tampa Bay's ANYTOWN experience engages another round of high school delegates and volunteers this summer, igniting the spirits of new social justice allies, while managing to entice the old.

Riding the Tampa Riverwalk. - Julie Branaman

Entrepreneurs Riding The Road To Success Thanks To Growing Bike-Based Economy

Tampa and St. Petersburg are part of a growing national trend of cool cities embracing a bicycling culture that provides alternative transportation while encouraging robust exercise and healthy living.

Kunal Jain leads a discussion during Health Camp Tampa 2013.

TiE Tampa Bay Grows Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

TiE Tampa Bay's community activities are designed to ensure success for startups by fostering a collaborative network of entrepreneurs, effective investments and the sharing of knowledge.

Not Your Average Speaker panelists.

Tampa Bay Speakers Advocate For STEM, STEAM In Education

Erin Chantry, an urban planner in Tampa, writes about her impressions and take-aways -- including the biggest surprise -- from the May 16 "Not Your Average Speakers'' event hosted by 83 Degrees Media at MOSI Tampa.

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Equity Crowdfunding: Tampa Attorneys See Opportunities, Risks In Raising Capital

Equity crowdfunding is increasingly popular in funding new startups and philanthropic efforts, but there are also risks. In this opinion piece, local attorneys Richard B. Hadlow and Peter S. Lawler weigh in on the concept.

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Video: Artist Philip Pearlstein Visits St. Petersburg

Artist Philip Pearlstein of New York City talks about how he selects models for his famous nudes and other creative works on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg.

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MediFuture 2023 Aims to Disrupt Healthcare Delivery

MediFuture 2023 in Tampa will focus on rethinking how traditional healthcare is delivered to create new models for patient care.

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.

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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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Edgy, Experimental Art & Music Meet Up In St. Pete

The Venture Compound and Pangaea Project kick it up a notch when it comes to providing a quirky, over-the-top creative haven perfect for Tampa Bay millennials who like to push the boundaries of music, visual art and spoken word.

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#83DegreesNYAS: Finding Meaning In Tampa Bay's Curious Quest To Be Cool

83 Degrees Media's latest "Not Your Average Speakers" event sparks a lively discussion on what makes Tampa and the Tampa Bay region cool, how to develop a stronger sense of place and why creating authentic experiences matters.

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Tampa Bay's Dad Bloggers Share Life's Experiences

Being a dad -- just like being a mom -- in today's fast-paced world means a lot more than changing diapers and driving kids to soccer practice. Read along as three Tampa Bay area dads share parenting experiences in blogs designed to infuse awareness and provoke deeper thought.

Photo by Julie Branaman

Tweet Up! Is Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn Cool? #83DegreesNYAS

In just three years, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's image has changed from uncool to really "cool.'' What changed? He found his voice and the platform to use it, says the author of "For The Love of Cities.''

Mayor Buckhorn introduces Tampa's fleet of CNG vehicles. - Julie Branaman

Natural Gas Use Up In Tampa Bay As Fleets Convert

Public entities and private businesses across the Tampa Bay region are converting vehicular fleets to compressed natural gas, a cleaner, less expensive, domestically available energy source. The cities of Clearwater and Tampa, Tampa International Airport, Hillsborough County and HART are among those leading the way.

"Midtown Through Our Eyes" exhibit at Studio@620

Studio@620: An Intimate Stage For Talent & Creativity In St. Pete

A small arts venue with a big agenda, Studio@620 celebrates its 10th season of innovative programming this June. Where else in the Tampa Bay region could you find such an inventive line-up: classic Film Noir, a social justice round table on gay teen suicide, a concert by the Florida Orchestra, poetry readings, Slow Food gatherings, art shows and yoga with ShahRam. 

- Julie Branaman

Are We Cool Or What? Sharing The Love While Wishing For More In Tampa Bay

The need for good, safe transportation options as well as a desire for better communications about Tampa Bay events, history and diversity top the wish lists of 83 Degrees Media readers. See specific suggestions for elevating our CQ (coolness quotient).

- Julie Branaman

Connect Tampa Bay: Building Consensus Around Transportation

Connect Tampa Bay, a grassroots organization, aims to rally public support behind the creation of more transportation options, including access to an expanded public transit system. In just three months, the rapidly growing organization has persuaded more than 2,000 people to get on board.

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Startup Weekend Next Kicks Off April 10th in Tampa

So you've caught the entrepreneurial fever and you're burning up over a hot idea for a startup. All that's left is to create the business model and the customer value proposition. Simple enough? Not. Here's an opportunity to get some help and learn from those who've gone before you.

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Changing The Narrative: St. Petersburg Engages Creative Cities' Adviser

St. Petersburg -- the No. 1 arts destination for mid-size U.S. cities three years in a row -- now has a "Creative Cities Adviser.'' In his new volunteer role, author Peter Kageyama, a former president of Creative Tampa Bay, hopes to encourage and promulgate the city's creative flair.

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Photo Slideshow: Outstanding In The Field, Florida

Please pass the beer-poached Florida shrimp! Then let's try some Jamaican jerk alligator ribs. Yum! Outstanding in the Field, a farm-to-table dinner company, visited Florida in January to serve up such local culinary treats.

Jewelry by: Nicole Shannon  Photo by: NS Digital

St. Pete Jewelry Maker, Portrait Artist: Collaboration Is Key

The talent and global diversity reflected in Tampa Bay’s traditional yet continually emerging and evolving entrepreneurial spirit is the bridge that connects the past to the future, and also catapults us forward. Meet jewelry designer Nicole Shannon and the women behind MAC Portraits of St. Petersburg as shining examples of young entrepreneurs finding success by working together.

Deborah Hilbert and Abby Sucsy identify a plant in the Eckerd College garden. - Julie Branaman

Tampa Bay: Urban Gardens Create Sense Of Place, Build Community

Where's the perfect place to meet your peeps, get to know the neighbors or build collaborative spirit among your co-workers? Urban gardens, where the love of the outdoors merges with a desire for healthy eating to serve a dual purpose of growing food and community.

Readers Share 83 Degrees Media Stories, Tampa Bay

What do USF research, Tampa Bay's Twitterati, Invision Tampa, Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, the Bradenton Riverwalk, Graduate Tampa Bay and community building have in common? They are among the top read features produced by 83 Degrees Media in 2012.

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Meet Tampa Bay's Next Generation Leaders

Who are the Tampa Bay region's Next Gen leaders? For starters, they're not waiting around for someone else to make a difference. They're out in the community networking, educating, learning and doing. Some are carrying the torch for philanthropy, others are creating jobs. All are building upon success.

Heather Kenyon, Tracey Swartz and Linda Olson. - Julie Branaman

FirstWaVE Venture Center: Shared Space In Downtown Tampa For Startups

A focused team of business leaders and visionaries try to answer the million-dollar question: What do Tampa Bay startups and innovators need to succeed? A collaborative work space is born thanks to a million-dollar federal grant.

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Talent Sprocket Tweaks E-Recruiting For Better Results, Tampa Bay

Tony Duda is focused on improving the hiring process with a new high-tech, platform that improves employers' odds for finding the right candidate for the right job. He and his team at a Tampa Bay-based startup company called Talent Sprocket have developed an innovative software platform that targets some of the flaws in the current e-recruiting process.

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Tampa Bay And Colombia: Growing Trade Partners In The Global Economy

Why should Tampa Bay make connections and build relationships with Colombia? Alfred Goldberg of Absolute Mobile Solutions in Tampa explains the economic significance of why Colombia matters to Florida and local businesses.

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Graduate Tampa Bay: From Silicon Valley To Sarasota

Having already moved from Canada to Silicon Valley, entrepreneur and techie Jeff Paleczny decides to “re-career’’ and make the Tampa Bay region his home.

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Photo Slideshow: Buy Local Gifts, Tampa Bay

Looking to do your part to help boost the local economy? Spend some money shopping this season in local shops that carry products designed, created, manufactured and/or sold by Tampa Bay residents.

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Not Your Average Speakers: It's All About Success, Tampa Bay

What does it take to create the primordial ooze necessary for startups, innovators and entrepreneurs to thrive in Tampa Bay? Better telling success stories. Shifting mindsets. Creating a community "can-do'' attitude. Setting new priorities. Engaging leadership, both corporate and community. Convincing the big guys to help the little guys. And so much more!

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Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Birthday! 83 Degrees

Wow! Three years and counting. 83 Degrees Media, launched in November 2009, continues to be thankful for your encouragement, support and sharing of our stories.

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Moving To St. Petersburg: A Haven For Artists

For the third year in a row, St. Petersburg was named America’s No. 1 arts destination in the country for mid-size cities by AmericanStyle magazine. Usually it's museums like the Dali, Museum of Fine Arts and the Morean Arts Center's Chihuly Collection that get all the attention. But emerging areas like the Central Arts District and the Warehouse Arts Districts are the newest hot spots for artists and those who love art.

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Tracking The Tegu: Tampa Bay's Everglades Connection

Scientists like Michelle McEachern, a 2010 graduate of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, are hot on the trail of tegu, creepy, four-foot long giant lizards from South America. The exotic invader has the same potential to wreak havoc on Florida's sensitive Everglades' ecosystem as the Burmese python.

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Toasting Tampa: Women Find Power In Harmony

The Toast of Tampa, an internationally recognized women’s chorus group, celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a Standing Room Only Show on Oct. 20th at the Straz. Members of the group, from ages 8 to 80, cherish time singing together and the lasting relationships they build along the way.

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Tampa Bay Trains, Nurtures Emerging Opera Stars

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville might be the music narrative for Florida, but opera has a passionate following in the greater Tampa Bay region. Professional opera companies in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota and Tarpon Springs draw many ardent local fans. People with a talent and passion for this dramatic art form can find numerous opportunities to study at local colleges and train and perform at local venues.

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Local Actor Brings Titanic Exhibition To Life, St. Pete

Since St. Petersburg businessman Bill Edwards took over The Mahaffey in 2011, the downtown St. Pete arts center has kicked up its image big time. Now the theater hopes to reach an even wider audience with its new exhibition of Titanic artifacts. Local actor Lowell Lytle brings the exhibition to life in his realistic portrayal of Capt. Edward J. Smith.

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Mobile App Designers, Developers Do It In Tampa Bay

Mashable ranks the Florida High Tech Corridor among the top and fastest-growing tech centers in the nation. Meet four experienced innovators who contribute to that narrative as mobile app creators and builders in Tampa Bay.

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Graduate Tampa Bay: The College Advantage

What's the best investment you can make in yourself, your family and the local economy? Earn a college degree. That's what motivates participants in Graduate Tampa Bay as the region pursues the Talent Dividend.

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Banyan: St. Pete Start-Up Wins Top Prize In Tennessee Competition

Banyan aims to speed up major medical breakthroughs by enabling data from scientific research to be shared more easily. Major hospitals and universities -- USF Health, the University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon and others -- are already on board.

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Citizinvestor: Crowdfunding Local Projects, Tampa

Feeling an inflection point for the nation looming on the horizon? Since the blame game is about played-out, why not help fund something that you want to see change? Seriously, pack your lunch for a week and drop the leftover 20 to 50 bucks on something that makes your 'hood a little sweeter. Now you really can go and build that in partnership with your government and your fellow citizinvestors.

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Vignettes Of Tampa: Casting Light On The City's Deepest Roots

Tampa's rich history, culture and flavor is reflected in a new public art display designed to get people talking. The glass artwork by Susan Gott will become part of the Zack Street Promenade.

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83 Degrees Reader Survey

Thanks for reading 83 Degrees and showing interest in the people and companies driving change in the Tampa Bay region. To help us better understand you and improve our coverage of the issues you care about, could you please take 60 seconds to answer a few questions? We greatly appreciate your interest and continued support.

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Photo Slideshow: A Look Back At RNC, Tampa

Go behind the scenes with 83 Degrees Media photographer Julie Busch Branaman to experience the sights and sounds of the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

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Photo Slideshow: RNC 2012 Welcome Party, St. Pete

The RNC threw one of the year's biggest parties at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg to kick off the week-long celebration in Tampa that will culminate with Michigan's Mitt Romney as the party's nominee for president. See images and sound from the event by 83 Degrees Media photographers.

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83 Degrees Media Welcomes RNC, Visitors To Tampa

Spend some time getting to know the people, the neighborhoods, the City of Tampa and the nearby cultural communities and you will find the Tampa Bay region as attractive as we do.

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Welcome To Tampa Bay: Finding A Good Cup Of Joe & More

Looking for the real Tampa and the people who call it home? Take a spin through some of the city's coolest cafes, rad shops and awesome artwork to experience creativity and culture, and to satisfy your curiosity.

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The Growing Tampa Bay-Israel Connection

Arts, technology and marine science groups and businesses in the Tampa Bay region are forging innovative partnerships with Israeli organizations and companies in a growing global connection. An example: A new regional alliance spanning the I-4 corridor unites the Jewish Federations of Tampa and Orlando as well as Pinellas and Pasco counties, strengthening the voice of the local Jewish community.

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Creative, Crafty, Crazy, Indie, Derby: Out On The Town In Tampa Bay

So the Olympics are over and your invitation to the RNC party never arrived. What to do? Where to go? How to entertain yourself and friends beyond the political craziness? Here are five cool places and fun events to keep you busy while experiencing the talent, innovation, diversity and environment of the Tampa Bay region.

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Moving To Tampa Bay: Trend Toward Urban Living

Young professionals moving to Downtown Tampa and Downtown St. Petersburg are attracted by cool yet affordable urban living spaces like Metro 510 and The Portland Apartments.

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The August Name: St. Pete Band Rocks National Stage

The August Name, a St. Pete-based band that proved a crowd-pleaser at this summer's Vans Warped Tour stop at Vinoy Park,  took their music on the road for two weeks along the East Coast.

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Graduate Tampa Bay: Why $1 Million Talent Dividend Matters

The national college attainment competition has 57 cities attacking the issue on a community level to produce focused, short-term solutions.

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St. Pete Startup Seeks Local Support On Kickstarter For Mobile Game

Solvent Studios, a St. Petersburg-based startup, is seeking $14,000 via Kickstarter for the launch of ''Amoeba: Big Adventures for Little Microbes,'' their first mobile video game.

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Leave A Message: Urban Art In Florida, St. Petersburg

Urban art -- not graffiti and not vandalism -- expresses the creative bent of young men (and a few women) who often follow their artistic dreams by mixing mediums in the streets, on concrete and along walls. 

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St. Pete To London: Pollyzooming The Olympics

A St. Pete mother-daughter art duo and 90 summer camp students are taking their street-art inspired mural on the road. First stop: London and the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Florida Summer Camps Innovate To Meet Urgent STEM Needs

A unique mix of STEM summer camps in Tampa Bay sets out to connect students with greater knowledge and confidence while preparing them to join the workforce with the abilities necessary to land in real jobs.

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SWOT Analysis By USFSP Student Helps Haiti Clinic

Marketing studies in Third World nations examine strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats much like they do in the U.S., but the data collected, the solutions proposed and the outcomes projected look vastly different.

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Tampa Bay Shines, Front Row Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Shines and Front Row Tampa Bay aim to attract investors in the region by showcasing people, places and things that promote civic pride.

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Grilling 101: 2 Tampa Bay Chefs Share 6 Tips For Summer

If it's edible and doesn't fall between the grates, we'll find a way to grill it -- meat, fish, fowl, veggies, fruits, tofu, even desserts. Two Tampa Bay chefs fire up six tips to raise your grilling skills and put together a crowd-pleasing meal that's charred from start to finish. Ready, set, grill!

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Video: Florida Experience, St. Pete Beach

Soaring ala James Bond in the movie "Thunderball'' is no longer just a fantasy if you visit the Tradewinds Island Resort in St. Pete Beach. There you can rent a JetLev pack and fly solo while tethered to a towboat providing the power.

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St. Petersburg Satellite Reef: Florida Craftsmen Gallery

More than 280 crochet artists contributed to the colorful indoor coral reef on display at the Florida Craftsmen Gallery on Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg.

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USF Professor Eyes Global Weather To Predict Hurricanes

June 1st marked the official start of the six-months-long hurricane season, prompting some Floridians to start stocking up on supplies and tuning into weather reports. But for one USF Tampa scientist, hurricanes and tropical storms aren't a cause of anxiety; they're a source of endless fascination and a focus of her career.

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LessMoney Conference Inspires, Influences With Ideas, Lessons Learned

Florida-based entrepreneurs Allan Branch and Steven Bristol share lessons they've learned as entrepreneurs and web pioneers with anyone who will listen as part of their LessMoney, LessEverything conferences. Latest stop: St. Petersburg.

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Photo Slideshow: Safari Chopper, St. Petersburg

Where can you order lunch or dinner, jump on a helicopter, take a buzz around the city and return in time to find your order waiting? Safari Chopper outside the Hangar Restaurant in downtown St. Petersburg.

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Stagewrights: Creating A Collaborative Community In Tampa Bay Theater

Stageworks Theatre's playwriting group, Stagewrights, offers support and constructive feedback to a revolving door of dramatists. Now, its members are branching out to bring a collection of nine short plays to life in a two-evening production called "TampaWorks," a mosaic of past and present day life set in Tampa Bay landmarks.

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Craftwork: More People Pursue Passion To Make Things By Hand

Blame it on the recession or chalk it up to a generation of people who prefer vinyl records to MP3s, but the trend toward creative entrepreneurship is real and rising. People value authenticity, and that often comes in the form of a handmade object with pedigree and a good story to boot. Folks from all walks of life across the nation are trading in their "day jobs" to pursue their passions.

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Changing The Narrative: 83 Degrees Stories Attract Local & Global Readers

83 Degrees Media consistently aims to change the narrative about the Tampa Bay region by featuring stories about thought leaders, rising stars, innovations, global diversity and sense of place.

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Connections: Entrepreneur Clubs Ideate, Create Solutions For the World

Increasingly popular academic programs in entrepreneurship at the University of Tampa and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg attract creative, independent thinkers intent on developing their ideas for the global marketplace.

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New USFSP Program Assists Veterans To Get MBAs

A new initiative at USF St. Petersburg helps military veterans return to college to earn MBA degrees. USFSP is one of 12 organizations around the world awarded funds for the initiative as part of GMAC's "Ideas to Innovation Challenge.''

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#83DegreesNYAS: Valuing Global Diversity In Tampa Bay

A lively community conversation about valuing global diversity successfully engages an audience eager to weigh in along with panelists on why diversity matters in Tampa Bay and how we can build stronger communities, better schools and a well-trained workforce together. Join the conversation on Twitter with #83degreesNYAS.

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Tampa Bay Gardeners Unite For International Permaculture Day

What is permaculture? For some, it means a "permanent culture." For others, it's "permanent agriculture." But for all of its followers, it's a way of life. In Tampa Bay, it's one piece of a larger green food movement. Through the use of compost, rainwater harvesting and strategic plant selection, anyone can learn to reap the benefits of a self-sustaining garden.

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Art Transforms Lives At Safe Harbor, Clearwater

A mural project at Pinellas Safe Harbor provides a therapeutic platform for homeless people to work their way back into productive lives. The Clearwater-based center also offers social services for adults 18 and up.

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The Big Ask For RNC: Andrew Smith, Tampa Bay

Collaborating on a marketing strategy around the Republican National Convention is a smart strategy, but what matters more is extending the effort beyond August to benefit the greater community and help shape what's next for Tampa Bay.

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Graduate Tampa Bay: Alistair Glover, St. Petersburg College

Alistair Glover is among college students earning degrees that will count toward Graduate Tampa Bay's efforts to win the Talent Dividend, a $1 million national prize. Glover is a student at St. Petersburg College.

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Photo Slideshow: PedalPub, St. Petersburg

Can you work off the belly without giving up the beer? Maybe. Try exploring downtown St. Pete atop PedalPub, a moving tap powered by your own two feet and a round of beer. Shots, anyone?

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Not Your Average Speakers: Global Diversity, 83 Degrees

Art, music, culture, food, perspectives, context, traditions, visions. The list goes on when it comes to the importance of global diversity to a community. But did you know that diversity also is a key indicator of economic success throughout history? Let's talk about it on May 17 with "Not Your Average Speakers.''

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"Hold My Paw'': St. Pete Puppy's Story Aids PARC

Proceeds from Hold My Paw, a fully illustrated children's book about Snapper, a yellow Lab, who overcomes illness and his fear of injections, will go to PARC, a Pinellas County provider of services for children and adults facing physical and mental challenges.

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Photo Slideshow: Tampa Bay Public Art Collection

Art is infectious, especially when it comes to what public art can do to build community. Watch and listen along as photographer Julie Busch Branaman takes us on a tour of some of Tampa Bay's finest public art. Some you may very well see everyday and some likely will surprise you. Enjoy.

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Not Your Average Speakers Talk Talent, 83 Degrees

Creating a more vibrant urban environment and changing the narrative about all Tampa Bay has to offer will help attract and retain talent in the globally competitive marketplace. Did you know, for instance, that the median age in Tampa Bay is close to 40 -- not 65 or 70 as many people think? "The dialogue was interesting, engaging and most of all exciting. I left there feeling smarter!'' says one audience member at "Talent Squeeze: Filling Tampa Bay's Pool,'' 83 Degrees Media's Not Your Average Speakers event.

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Charlie Parker: St. Petersburg Artist Creates Lakeland Mural

Fresh off his move into a new studio, St. Petersburg artist Charlie Parker is building a ceramic mural on the Orange Street Bridge entering downtown Lakeland. The mural honors Florida history, environment and agriculture.

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USF Research Growth Rate: Among Top Universities

The breadth and depth of the scientific activities at the University of South Florida create huge opportunities for collaboration within the university, among other Florida colleges and universities and throughout the greater Tampa Bay community.

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Talent Squeeze: Not Your Average Speakers, 83 Degrees

Join 83 Degrees Media as we engage a panel of community, academic and business leaders in a community conversation about nurturing, attracting and retaining talent in Tampa Bay.

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Graduate Tampa Bay: Fueling Local Economy By Degrees

Graduate Tampa Bay is a collaborative initiative aimed at growing, nurturing and retaining talent in our region – an effort that could lead to jobs and innovations to fuel the local economy.

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Placemaking: Not Your Average Speakers, Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay's growing arts scene and thriving public spaces take center stage during a lively community conversation led by 83 Degrees Media and "Not Your Average Speakers.'' Fresh off the Gasparilla Music Festival and the grand opening of the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in downtown Tampa, panelists and audience members applaud the direction we're going.

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Startup Florida: Riding The Innovation Highway, Tampa Bay

Success on the startupbus means participants accelerate their individual growth and Florida earns greater respect in the startup world. Nathan Schwagler, a team member from Tampa Bay on the StartupFlorida bus that traveled to the SXSW Festival in Austin, offers insights into the journey and what it means for the future of innovation in Florida.

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Get Ready Tampa Bay: Electric Cars, Smart Energy

Get Ready Tampa Bay is an affiliate of the national Project Get Ready, an initiative of the Rocky Mountain Institute, a research and development organization committed to renewable energy sources. Power companies in the Tampa Bay region are teaming up to provide smart energy support for electric cars.

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Photo Slideshow: Startup Florida, Tampa

Tampa Bay entrepreneurs aboard Startup Florida's bus compete against other teams from throughout the nation at the SXSW (South by Southwest) Festival in Texas for the coolest new ideas hatched during a three-day bus ride from Tampa. The bus is filled with teams of techies intent on creating and developing the next big thing, whatever that may be.

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Petition: Re-Open Friendship Trail Bridge, Tampa Bay

The Friendship Trail Bridge has been closed since 2008 after public officials decided it was cheaper to tear the bridge down than to repair it. Supporters now want to find a way to reopen the bridge to the public for recreational use only.

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Not Your Average Speakers: "Creating Place: The Influence Of Art & Design''

How can art and design influence a sense of place in the Tampa Bay region? Join 83 Degrees Media and Florida thought leaders for a community conversation on March 13 at Stageworks Theatre. Parking is available inside the garages at Grand Central at Kennedy. Enter off of Kennedy Boulevard.

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Think Small To Think Big: Cash For Tampa Bay Arts

"Think Small To Think Big'' is a creative arts funding organization designed to help Tampa Bay artists pursue their work by awarding microgrants for specific projects. So far, 15 grants have been awarded.

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Not Your Average Speakers: Community Building In Tampa Bay

What do you love about your city? Where is there room for improvement? How do you build a sense of community that can improve the Tampa Bay region, your city or your neighborhood? These are a few of the questions discussed by five Tampa Bay thought leaders in 83 Degrees Media's third "Not Your Average Speakers" series event at The Roosevelt 2.0.

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Photo Slideshow: Philanthropic Young Tampa Bay

Philanthropic Young Tampa Bay aims to increase charitable giving among young professionals and other arts lovers. See this photo slideshow of a recent event by 83 Degrees Managing Photographer Julie Busch Branaman.
 

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What Tampa Bay Reads: New Media Sites To Share

New media websites in Tampa Bay are growing new audiences of readers who are looking for news and information that is relevant to their lives, their communities and their future.

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ARTpool Gallery: Celebrating Art, Music, Fashion In St. Pete

ARTpool Gallery, a new shop in St. Petersburg's funky Grand Central District, is a showcase for artists like owner Marina Williams who enjoys expanding the boundaries of creative thought. It's fun, edgy, eclectic and rapidly becoming known as much for its quirky events as for its unique art, vintage items and unusual jewelry.

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Kahwa Coffee: Popular St. Pete Cafe Now In Tampa

Entrepreneurs Raphael and Sarah Perrier expand Kahwa Coffee from downtown St. Petersburg into downtown Tampa in an effort to tap into the growing urban scene that attracts young and youthful professionals to emerging creative spaces like those found along the Tampa Riverwalk and around Lykes Gaslight Square Park.

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Community Building: Not Your Average Speakers And 83 Degrees Media

What does it take to build community in Tampa Bay? Join the conversation with Heather Kenyon of Tampa Bay Technology Forum, Reuben Pressman of Swings Tampa Bay, Bob Devin Jones of Studio@620, Brian Seel of Emerge Tampa Bay and Mike Blasco of Tasting Tampa on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 5:30 pm at Roosevelt 2.0 in Ybor City.

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Meet The Twitterati Who Rule News Tweets In Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay's Twitterati, as in power users, are the first to get the news out and the first to retweet what you have to say. Is it possible that nothing escapes their spheres of influence?

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Bill Strickland: Anti-Poverty Warrior Sets His Sights On Tampa Bay

Bill Strickland, founder of the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild in Pittsburgh, sees the Tampa Bay region as a future site for a replication project providing an urban environment designed to ensure a bright future for the region's most needy children. He challenges members of the Florida Philanthropic Network to step up to help him make a difference in Florida.

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Reuben & Hunter: Creative Duo Exude Energy, Ideas

Building community is at the center of most everything Reuben Pressman and Hunter Payne tackle in St. Petersburg and the rest of the Tampa Bay region. From Swings to the new "I'm Staying!'' campaign, the young professionals who have been buddies since high school aim high even as more traditional thinkers don't get everything they do.

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A Taste Of Central Avenue, St. Petersburg

Looking for the hippest, hottest foodie scene in Tampa Bay? Take a walk along Central Avenue anywhere from downtown St. Petersburg to I-275 and you'll soon find enough tantalizing tastes to scandalize the senses.

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Tampa Bay Hooping Connections Span The Globe

Hooping, a 1950s rock-n-roll phenom, is fast becoming a popular activity for fitness and meditation, performance art and social connection, especially among 20-somethings looking for new ways to connect with each other.

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What's Working In Cities: Baldwin Park, Orlando

Orlando's Baldwin Park neighborhood, carved from the carcass of an abandoned naval training station, serves as a model for  cities looking to combine tradition and innovation in the design of new urban communities.

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Photo Slideshow: Duncan McClellan, St. Petersburg

Duncan McClellan shares his glass studio in St. Petersburg with members of the public and a variety of charitable causes.

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Tampa Bay Competes For Talent Dividend, $1M

The Tampa Bay region is competing with 57 other U.S. cities/regions, including Pittsburgh, Memphis, Cincinnati and Oklahoma City, for a $1 million prize that will recognize success in attaining college degrees through the Talent Dividend.

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Enterprise Village: A New Economy For Kids, Largo

The highlight of the year for fifth-grade students in the Pinellas County School System is the day they spend at Enterprise Village. It's the culmination of a six-week curriculum in economics and free enterprise. The students take concepts they’ve learned in the classroom and apply it to a simulated business environment. It's a much-needed lesson in today’s economy.

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Video: Not Your Average Speakers, Champions For Change

Being an effective change leader requires a person to drive deliberate change within an organization or community. Watch and listen to four Tampa Bay area change leaders -- Tom McLain, Tim Dutton, Sean Davis and Stacie Blake -- talk about what it takes to make changes and what they envision for Florida.

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Awesome Tampa Bay: Grow Food Buying Club

What's the Awesome Foundation? A Boston-born philanthropic grassroots organization dedicated to building community one awesome idea at a time. Chapters are popping up all over the world and Tampa Bay launched its very own this fall with the help of philanthropy extraordinaire T. Hampton Dohrman and a group of creative minded individuals. It's time to embrace our awesomeness, Tampa Bay.

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Champions For Change: Not Your Average Speakers

"Champions For Change,'' a lively discussion about leading and inspiring change, marked 83 Degrees Media's second "Not Your Average Speakers'' event at freeFall Theatre. Speakers included Tom McLain, Tim Dutton, Stacie Blake and Sean Davis. The panel was moderated by Nathan Schwagler.

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Demo Day: Gazelle Lab At USFSP Tests StartUps

DEMO Day at Gazelle Lab in St. Petersburg aims to attract venture capital and investments in startup companies taking innovative ideas to the next level and the potential for exceptional profitability. The free event starts at 9 a.m. at Mahaffey Theater on Thursday, Nov. 17.

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83 Degrees: Happy Birthday! Happy Holidays!

To celebrate the holidays and our second birthday on Nov. 17, 2011, 83 Degrees Media is partnering with Connect Your Cause to increase donations to Tampa Bay area nonprofits that so positively affect change in neighborhoods, the environment, the arts, families, community health and personal well-being.

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Not Your Average Speakers: Champions For Change

Considering a change in your business, neighborhood or community? Pushing for change among your colleagues, friends or family? Or simply looking for tips to create change but don't know where to start? Join the community conversation as 83 Degrees Media continues the "Not Your Average Speakers'' series Thursday evening, Nov. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Freefall Theatre in St. Petersburg. To RSVP for the free event, follow this link.

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USF Science Students Win ARCS Tampa Bay Scholarships

A Tampa Bay chapter of ARCS, a national philanthropic organization founded and run by women to advance science, awards scholarships to students at the University of South Florida and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute.  The first scholarship awards were given out in 2010 and two more graduate students will receive the $15,000 award at a luncheon on October 28 in Tampa.

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What's Working In Tampa Bay: Not Your Average Speakers

83 Degrees Media launched its new Not Your Average Speakers series Thursday night at the Straz Center's Jaeb Theater in downtown Tampa. The conversation -- before, during and after -- revolved around what's working in Tampa Bay cities and how to connect the "dreamers" with the "doers" to create tangible solutions in the new economy. Join 83 Degrees for additional conversation online at Facebook and Twitter using hashtag #83degreesNYAS.

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What's Working In Cities: Placemaking

"What's Working in Cities'' is a regular series of stories produced by Issue Media Group publications, including 83 Degrees Media, that features people and organizations that are driving change in urban communities. From Campus Martius in Detroit, which now attracts a million visitors yearly, to Pittsburgh's lively Market Square to Tampa's emerging Riverwalk and St. Petersburg's Beach Drive, the focus is on placemaking and public places that are not only well-designed but also meaningful.

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What You Want: 83 Degrees Media Reader Survey

When we asked readers why they read 83 Degrees Media, the response was overwhelmingly reaffirming and encouraging, with repeated calls for us to do even more stories about talent, innovation, diversity and environment. "GO! GO! GO!'' says one reader. So we decided to share a sampling of reader comments.

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Ready For Life: What's Next For Pinellas Foster Teens

When the state of Florida serves as your parent, turning 18 doesn’t come with a birthday cake and presents. Instead, foster youth are "emancipated.'' They must pack their bags and leave their foster or group home and fend for themselves, whether they’re emotionally and financially ready or not. Ready for Life, a two-year-old Pinellas County program, is stepping up to help.

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Tampa Bay Goes Online: New Media Sites Thrive

Online media sites in the Tampa Bay region increasingly attract readers from near and far -- residents, visitors, students and Floridian-wannabes -- who look to the Internet for news and information relevant to their lives. 83 Degrees Media takes a look at a few of the emerging sites.

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83 Degrees Media: Not Your Average Speakers Series

83 Degrees Media kicks off the "Not Your Average Speakers'' series Oct. 20 with a panel discussion at the Jaeb Theater in downtown Tampa that will focus on "what's working in cities,'' a continuation of an ongoing story theme as we help tell the Tampa Bay region's economic success stories featuring talent, innovation, diversity and environment or sense of place. The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, follow this link.

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Mobile Phenom: Food Trucks Roll Into Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay, take note: 2011 is the year of the food truck invasion. They're popping up outside your favorite clubs and bars, food and film festivals, farmers markets and private parties with the same level of culinary diversity you'd expect from Tampa Bay restaurants. We may have been a bit behind on the international mobile food trend, but truck owners in Tampa Bay are now thriving and ready to move forward.

83 Degrees Media Reader Survey

As 83 Degrees nears its 2-year anniversary, we're asking you to share your thoughts about how we're doing. Do you love what you see? Have you liked us on Facebook? Do you follow us on Twitter? What more do you want? Take our short survey -- just five questions -- to tell us what you'd like to see in year 3 and beyond. Thanks!

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Tampa Bay Fashion Week: Designing Women (And Men!)

Fashion? Yes, darlings! It really is right here in the Tampa Bay region -- designers, shows, models, boutiques, stylists, and yes, shopping! Check out the events surrounding Tampa Bay Fashion Week Sept. 20-24.

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September Events In Downtown Tampa Toast Local Arts, Independent Business

Looking to simultaneously support your community and have a little (or a lot) of fun? Then two events in downtown Tampa -- the 10th annual Tampa Theatre Winefest and the inaugural Tampa Bay Food and Wine Experience -- are for you. Both events will showcase local arts and independent restaurants while connecting people attracted to Tampa's ever-evolving culinary scene.

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Networking: It's Cool To Be Blue In Tampa Bay

Blue Thong Society chapters across the Tampa Bay region attract women who gather monthly to celebrate fun and philanthropy and to unite generations in the age-old battle to fight frump.

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What's Next For Florida: Brian J. Seel, Tampa

In this call to action to fellow Millennials, Brian J. Seel of Tampa urges young professionals to unleash the power of their intellectual capital and creative potential in response to the challenges and opportunities afforded by the new economy. 

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Happy Labor Day From 83 Degrees Media!

Labor Day, a traditional holiday honoring workers while marking the end of summer, is a fitting time to lift up the voices of Millennials (also known as Gen Yers) who will become the leaders of tomorrow.

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Blogger: PalladiumPaul, St. Petersburg

Paul Wilborn, a cabaret performer by night and executive director of the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg by day, writes regularly about arts and entertainment in the Tampa Bay region on his blog called PalladiumPaul. A July post details how he spends a typical week in St. Petersburg taking in a host of events and performances.

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Kids Learn Lots From Tampa Bay Watch, Estuary EDventures Summer Camp

How do we create the next generation of Tampa Bay residents educated about the importance of our marine and wetland estuaries? At Tampa Bay Watch, the answer is simple: Get kids wet and muddy. Hand them nets, snorkeling masks, take them on kayak trips through mangroves and provide an outdoor laboratory to view some really small critters. 

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Gulfport: A Quaint & Quirky Pinellas Beach Town

Funky eateries serving top quality dishes are common fare in Gulfport, where residents and visitors alike take the quaint lifestyle quite seriously. So it's only fitting that the tiny university town, home to Stetson University College of Law, is a finalist in Rand McNally's Best for Food competition.

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What's Working in Cities: CreateHere in Chattanooga

Lots of creative ideas and investments for transforming neighborhoods and whole communities around Florida and the rest of the nation are meeting with economic success and can be used as models for others to replicate. That's why Issue Media Group, parent company to 83 Degrees, today is launching a new series of stories around the question: "What's working in cities?'' with a look at an innovative project in Chattanooga.

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Tampa Bay Entrepreneur's Dilemma: Launch It, Love It And Then What?

The acquisition and departure from Florida of Wufoo and its Tampa founders is causing the larger entrepreneurial ecosystem to ask some tough questions about what more is needed to foster a critical mass that will enable successful tech companies to startup and thrive in the Tampa Bay region.

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Photo Slideshow: Stand Up Fitness, St. Petersburg

Brody Welte, owner of Stand Up Fitness, is teaming up with USA Today writer and fitness author Pete Williams to produce a book about his efforts to teach fitness by offering paddle tours of the scenic waters around Tampa and St. Petersburg.

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Happy July 4th! 83 Degrees Takes Holiday Break

Life in Florida and in Tampa Bay remains good for most of us as we head into a mid-summer break designed to renew and refresh. We'll be back with more stories about the Tampa Bay region's talented people, innovative ideas and investments, global diversity and sense of place when we return with fresh content on July 12.

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Photo Slideshow: Working Women Of Tampa Bay

How do people make Connections in the Tampa Bay region? What are some of the new networking groups out there? Who are the people leading such efforts? Why are they getting together? Where and when do they meet? How do they make a difference in the community and how we all feel about where we live, work and play? Discover Connections, a new Focus Area in 83 Degrees.

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Pedro el Poeta: St. Pete's Spoken Word Street Reporter

Pedro Jarquin is a guy with many talents. The St. Pete-by-way-of-Nicaragua-based musician has cultivated a community of conscious-minded hip-hop and spoken word poets for the last 10 years while simultaneously lifting up his fellow artists. His latest effort, "The Street Reporter EP,'' further cements his spot as one of the most exciting performers in the Tampa Bay hip-hop scene. Meet the man the locals call "el Poeta."

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Photo Slideshow: MarineQuest, St. Petersburg

MarineQuest, an annual open house at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg, invites people to get up close with alligators, stingrays, lobsters and more to gain a deeper understanding about Florida's native creatures. Check out this photo essay by 83 Degrees Managing Photographer Julie Busch Branaman from Saturday's event.

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KidsBay: Being A Kid, Raising Kids In Tampa Bay

The economy of a community can be measured in many ways, though perhaps none more important for the future than the health of families and children. That's why 83 Degrees today is launching KidsBay, a new Focus Area dedicated to reporting on the economic successes of the Tampa Bay region when it comes to being a kid and to raising kids.

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TEDxTampaBay: What's Next For Thought Leaders

An independently organized version of the national TED conference and talks, TEDxTampaBay, now in its second year, generates conversations that prompt people to think more creatively and take actions to improve the world one idea at a time.

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Opera Tampa Gives Voice To Young Performers

When Opera Tampa unveils its lavish, $250,000 production of Verdi's "La Traviata" at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Tampa on Friday, 24-year-old Ashley Dannewitz will realize her goal to debut as an opera singer in her first big stage performance.

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Technology Runs On Fast Track In Tampa Bay

Technology thought leaders say the Tampa Bay region has arrived as a tech center success story driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and lots of new jobs capable of luring the world's best and brightest. Next up? The local industry works to get its swagger on.

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Tech Jobs In Tampa Bay, Finding Your Peeps

High-paying, white-collar jobs are cropping up in the technology industry all over the Tampa Bay region. The challenge is in finding the talent to fill specific roles. Tweets, emails and other social connections often attract the right peeps and, in some cases, it takes the lure of Red Bull and Hot Pockets in the house.

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36 Hours in Tampa Bay: What To See? What to Do?

USF grad Sean Bowes introduces a friend to more than a taste of Tampa Bay in a visit that lasts just 36 hours. Under similar circumstances, what would you do? What would you see? 83 Degrees wants to hear from you: tips@83degreesmedia.com

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"For The Love Of Cities'' By Peter Kageyama

"For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places'' succeeds in putting an exclamation point on the exceptional value of deepening the relationship that city dwellers feel for their neighborhoods by adding amenities such as parks, outdoor cafes, art galleries, trees, flowers and even sidewalks to create a meaningful sense of place.

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Ocean Team: USF Marine College Interprets Sounds From The Deep

The University of South Florida College of Marine Science is the centerpiece of a growing hub of marine-related organizations dubbed the Ocean Team by the City of St. Petersburg. The small graduate-level college sees its role as a steward of the oceans, sending scientists out globally to study important environmental issues.

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36 Hours In Tampa Bay: What To See? What To Do?

The New York Times features a popular Travel series called 36 Hours. The idea is to hone in on special places and experiences a city offers visitors during a short stay. Writer Chris Kuhn takes a similar approach to visiting the Tampa Bay region. Tell us what you think. If your friends had just 36 hours to visit the Tampa Bay region, what would you suggest they do? Where should they go?

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Brits Favor Proper Pies, Tampa Bay Farmers Markets

The Proper Pie Company serves up homemade, double-crusted meat and vegetarian pies with a motto: "Bake fresh, and they will come." The Davenport-based British pie business is a favorite among patrons of Florida's farmers markets from Tampa Bay to St. Augustine and beyond.

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Feeling Good Vibes On Beach Drive In St. Petersburg

The eclectic mix of shops and cafes on Beach Drive in St. Petersburg appear to be thriving this winter as throngs of out-of-town visitors mingle with locals to enjoy the sunshine and visit the growing arts venues that help attract people to the community.

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St. Pete Banker By Day Turns Opera Star By Night

Rim Karnavicius' business background has been as much an asset for the St. Petersburg Opera Company as his towering presence on stage and his big bass/baritone voice.

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Photo Slideshow: The Dali Museum, St. Petersburg

Fully appreciating Artist Salvador Dali and the fabulous new St. Petersburg museum that houses 96 of his world-renowned paintings requires an up close and personal examination of the details contained within. Watch and listen along as 83 Degrees Managing Photographer Julie Busch takes a tour.

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Tampa Bay Manufacturing: Plasma-Therm Shines Light On World

Plasma-Therm is representative of high-value-added industries that serve global markets from the Tampa Bay region. The manufacturing company attracts highly educated, well-paid engineers and technicians to work in St. Petersburg.

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Freefall Theatre Creates New Home In St. Petersburg

The freeFall Theatre Company will soon open its doors in new digs, a renovated church property near Bear Creek Park on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. Since 2008, the company's productions have been housed at other better-known theaters Studio@620 and American Stage.

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TampaBayHelps: Using Social Media For Good

Tampa Bay entrepreneur Ginger Watters' creation of TampaBayHelps is designed to leverage social media connections to grow donor support for local charities and build a community mindset that inspires greater philanthropic giving.

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Happy Holidays To You From 83 Degrees

Thank you for reading 83 Degrees and for sharing with others the stories we produce about "What's New?'' and "What's Next?'' in the Tampa Bay region. Be sure to follow 83DegreesMedia on Twitter and Facebook too!

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Giving Thanks In Tampa Bay

Over the miles and through the skies to special places we go. The Garmin knows the way, to carry the day through the sand and sunshine too-ooo! Over the miles and through the skies, oh how the time does go. It marks the roads but can't pay the tolls, as over the ground we go.  Over the miles and through the skies, to have a first rate day. Oh hear the voice of TomTom too. Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!

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Being The Boss: A Growing Choice In Tampa Bay

As entrepreneurs drive the local as well as the national economy, a fly fisherman, a restaurant owner and a videographer share lessons learned with other 83 Degrees readers considering the pursuit of independent success.

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11:11 In St. Petersburg: Setting The Stage For Creative Expression

St. Petersburg's reputation as "City of the Arts" moves to a new level with 11:11, a "visionary" creative arts festival that combines music, art and dance. The three-day event starts Nov. 11.

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Photo Slideshow: 11:11 Rehearsal, St. Petersburg

Watch and listen to the multilayered sounds of Soulfire as group members rehearse for the upcoming 11:11 event in this photo slideshow by 83 Degrees Managing Photographer Julie Busch. From the didgeridoo to singing bowls, flutes, drums and vocals, there's a lot to hear from this 9-person band.

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Q&A: Michael Pastreich, Florida Orchestra

In planning for long-term sustainability of The Florida Orchestra, CEO Michael Pastreich looked to the writings of business researcher Jim Collins, author of "Good To Great'' and "Built To Last.''  While these books were originally written with for-profit businesses in mind, Pastreich finds that Collins' work applies in the nonprofit arts world as well.

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Where Are You Now? Downtown Tampa? St. Petersburg? Share It On Foursquare

If you thought becoming "mayor'' of one of the Tampa Bay region's cities means putting your name on a ballot and buying yard signs, think again! Foursquare, a rapidly growing online social network, brings a whole new meaning to how one becomes "mayor'' and the length of time served. Young people are flocking to it here and elsewhere faster than their elders are lining up to vote in November.

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Photo Slideshow: Dali Museum, St. Petersburg

The anticipated January 2011 opening of the new Dali Museum adds to the growing collection of museums in St. Petersburg, Tampa and Sarasota as the Tampa Bay region boosts its reputation as a top destination for arts enthusiasts from all over the world. Among the newest?  The Tampa Museum of Art, the Chihuly Collection and the Glazer Children's Museum, all helping spur the region's economy by creating jobs and an environment that appeals to business and industry executives looking to relocate.

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Gulfport: A Quaint & Quirky Pinellas Beach Town

Gulfport residents take their unique lifestyle quite seriously. "Our quaintness is obvious and the people who come here and buy Gulfport properties are attracted by its quaintness. We want to keep the integrity of that," says Mike Yakes, who grew up in town and has been mayor since 1991. High-rise condos, chain restaurants, big hotels and brand-name stores are practically non-existent.

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"Good Guy'' Hockey Star Melts Tiny Hearts, Comforts Families At All Children's In St. Petersburg

The Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center occupies most of the seventh floor of All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg. It includes 28 individual patient rooms and takes up more than 26,500 square feet. It also allows for accommodations for parents of patients and three Ronald McDonald houses are on site for parents who need to be near their children.

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Sense Of Place Inspires St. Petersburg Artist To Create On Her Own Terms

Aleshea Harris never heard anything about St. Petersburg before she relocated from Mississippi in 2004. Now, the 28-year-old artist has her hand in everything from music to spoken word poetry to playwriting. With the help of the local creative community, she's altering the perceptions of what it means to be a working artist and loving every minute of it.

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Skincare: Peeling Back The Layers At Dermazone In St. Petersburg

Dermazone Solutions combines innovation and technology to produce growing lines of natural skincare and beauty products in a a woman-founded, woman-run and woman-managed company in the heart of St. Petersburg.

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Brittany Lincicome: LPGA Star Honors Her Roots In Tampa Bay

LPGA champion Golfer Brittany Lincicome vows to give back to her hometown of St. Petersburg in a big way and she's already making big tracks in that direction.

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Photo Slideshow: Zen Glass Studio, St. Petersburg

Just as nightfall brings relief from Florida's summer heat and humidity, Zen Glass Studio begins to heat up as artists inside go to work creating glass goblets, pendants and vases. The  modest studio in the historic Roser Park neighborhood is one of the many small businesses that are helping to grow the arts community in St. Petersburg.

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Not Your Grandfather's St. Petersburg: City Of The Arts Gains Traction

An amazing transformation is underway in downtown St. Petersburg. Dozens of small art galleries, an expanded clay studio and a new space dedicated to Chihuly glass will soon be open.  By 2011, the Dali museum is expected to be in its new waterfront home. The arts scene is flourishing, attracting new investments, enthusiasm and creativity.

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In The Groove: Young People Fuel Resurgence At Downtown St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Courts

If you got a kick out of watching curling during the Winter Olympics, you might want to take a shot at shuffleboard. The longtime signature sport of Pinellas County -- much like curling, sans the ice -- is making a comeback. Just pick out a cue stick and try strategically shoving discs across a shuffleboard in downtown St. Petersburg, where public courts turn into popular gathering spots by evening to meet up with friends or have fun with the family.

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St. Petersburg: New Shops Revive Crislip Arcade

The renovation of Crislip Arcade in St. Petersburg represents today's new economy in a burgeoning block of artists' studios and creative businesses blossoming in a "smaller is better" world.

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Q&A: Ellyn Angelotti, Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg

Mashable? Foursquare? Twitter? What's next in online communications and who are the experts watching? Hear what The Poynter Institute's interactivity editor thinks as Ellyn Angelotti goes off-line momentarily to chat with 83 Degrees.

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Photo Slideshow: R/V Weatherbird, St. Petersburg

Whether oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has reached the Gulf of Mexico's Loop Current, where it could begin its journey around the Florida Keys and up the East Coast, has been the focus of scientists from USF's College of Marine Science as well as state and federal researchers dispatched to the scene. Information gathered by scientific crews aboard the R/V Bellows and the R/V Weatherbird will help determine how best to react to the spill and the extent of damage to marine organisms in its path.

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Fun, Fresh & Local: Farmers Markets Nurture Tampa Bay Entrepreneurs

Downtown markets in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Bradenton and throughout the Tampa Bay region increasingly blend talent and innovation with fresh produce, household collections, arts and crafts to spawn new businesses and complete personal reinventions. 

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Q&A: Alizza Punzalan-Hall, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg

The Plight and Promise of Africa: An Eckerd College Initiative draws standing-room-only crowds to a series of lectures, photo exhibits and public appearances by celebrities around Tampa Bay in 2010.

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Green Beings Feed A Hunger In Tampa Bay

Residents of the Tampa Bay region don't have to travel far to find Earth-friendly green businesses that cater to every whim. Shops run by dedicated environmentalists and entrepreneurs remain true to Mother Nature and Father Time by engaging in sales and trades designed to ensure our sustainability.

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24Hours: TAMPA - From Next American City And 83 Degrees

Finding your peeps is never easy in a big place, especially when you're fresh out of college, working in your first or second job and spending much of your day just getting to where you're going on time. With that in mind, 83 Degrees is launching a new series of stories designed to document a day in the life of successful young professionals in the Tampa Bay region. This first 24Hours piece was produced in conjunction with Next American City,  a national magazine created for and by a new generation of urban thinkers and leaders.

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Q&A: Michael Via And Stan Lifsey, Frantzen Tampa Bay Property Fund, LP

The newly formed Frantzen Tampa Bay Property Fund aims to buy, rent and sell distressed residential property in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties in Florida. The limited partnership was created by Frantzen Capital Management and Lifsey Real Estate & Holdings to take advantage of the subprime mortgage crisis and tight credit markets to put foreclosed homes back in circulation as rentals while returning a profit for investors.

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Hey Mom, Dad: I Wrote A Book in Tampa Bay

And, I didn't even get wet! Corny humor, genuinely weird characters, Florida's colorful history, numerous hard lives and extended drama mix with imagination, creativity and nose-to-the-grindstone research to make plenty of fodder for the Tampa Bay region's plethora of writers and would-be authors.

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Writers Groups, Authors Proliferate In Tampa Bay

Would-be authors, writers and hangers-on face lots of options in the Tampa Bay region when it comes to finding meet-up spots and successful mentors. If you're looking for inspiration or are just in need of conversation, check out these lists of writers and writers groups.

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Photo Slideshow: Stand Up Fitness, St. Petersburg

Brody Welte's Stand Up Fitness combines outdoor exercise with scenic natural beauty by offering paddle tours of the waters around Tampa and St. Petersburg. The tours often include trips along the Hillsborough River.

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HD Radio Beams New Content To Tampa Bay's Ears

HD radio offers a multitude of channels with the best sound quality available for those willing to invest in a special receiver or listen online. In the Tampa Bay region, USF student-run WBUL is now broadcast on public radio station WMNF's second HD channel. Official in September 2009, the partnership between a student-run station and a community station is the first of its kind in the country.

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Saturday Morning Market Thrives In St. Petersburg

Like many other urban markets around the country, the Saturday Morning Market in downtown St. Petersburg is about more than better food. It's about a better life. Healthy living, recycling, renewal are the underpinnings of most of the products and services.

Consciousness Blossom in Palm Harbor. - Julie Busch

Best Bets For Vegan Foodies in Tampa Bay

Today's trend toward more healthy eating and an apparent increase in the Tampa Bay region's pro-animal rights, vegetarian and vegan populations have helped restaurants that serve primarily vegan fare or at least offer multiple options that are sans-animal products become increasingly common and increasingly profitable.

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Dolphins' Greatest Hits Rock The Gulf

University of South Florida Associate Professor David Mann listens to the sounds dolphins use to communicate in the Gulf of Mexico. The work began in 2007 thanks to a 3-year, $1.63 million grant from the National Oceanographic Partnership Program. The project got another boost this year with $300,000 in federal economic stimulus money that will allow the work to continue through August 2011.

Roberts Recreation Center. - Julie Busch

St. Petersburg Architect Designs In Context

St. Petersburg Architect Jason Jensen aims to create spaces that are architecturally distinct. The 32-year-old wants his buildings to produce unique experiences for the people who use and visit them.

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Q&A: Len Polizzotto, Draper Laboratory

Draper Laboratory, an MIT spin-off based in Cambridge, MA, and pioneer in the development of MEMS technologies for 25 years, opened facilities in October at the University of South Florida in Tampa and in St. Petersburg. Dr. Len Polizzotto, principal director of strategic business development, talks with 83 Degrees about Draper's expansion into Florida.


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Cool Digs: New Spaces In Old Places

Former hotels, churches and factories converted into new condos and loft apartments represent some of the coolest digs in town both in Tampa and in St. Petersburg. Some were built for industrial, commercial or religious purposes. Some were in terrible shape. The Sunday school even had a tree growing in it. Now, they are people's homes.
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