It's that time of year when even the most industrious Floridians can be forgiven for losing their minds to dreams of visitng our nearby white sand beaches, walking among the sea grasses and counting the bottle-nosed dolphins playing hopscotch along the horizon.
Memorial Day weekend marks a special time to pay tribute to the men and women who bravely serve in our armed forces and to remember those lost to battles now and in the past.
It is also the beginning of what we experience as the slower pace of summer -- a time for school to be out and families to take off on vacation. A time to fly or drive north for cooler weather and a time to catch up on reading both for work and for pleasure.
So try not to miss us as we take a week off to enjoy a colorful array of spring flowers -- bougainvillea, bromeliads, gardenias, geraniums, tulips, petunias, hibiscus, honeysuckle, jasmine -- on our morning walks. If you're lucky enough to call Tampa Bay home, as we are, join us in appreciation of the purple martins, red cardinals, painted buntings, yellow goldfinches, blue jays and our personal favorite, the natty chickadees.
We'll be back in June and will look forward to writing more stories for you about the region's talent, innovation, diversity and environment.
The 83 Degrees Media Team
Diane Egner, Julie Busch Branaman, Megan Hendricks, Kathy Steele and a bevy of local storytellers