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Taking a break from screen time: Local urban placemaking expert chills over board games

Placemaking consultant Peter Kageyama of St. Petersburg has discovered how to unwind from his busy travel schedule and frequent screen time. He turns to board games for intellectual stimulation and the socialization that face-to-face competition brings.

The author and adviser to St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman says he's found his tribe in board gaming.

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In search of real Florida: Author takes backroads through paradise

Tampa Author Cathy Salustri lures readers off the interstates that crisscross the state to help them discover the "real'' Florida in small towns and cities along the way.

Her 5,000-mile journey tracked the routes taken by a collective of writers in the 1930s, which included Stetson Kennedy and Zora Neale Hurston.

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Zillow predicts 5 Tampa Bay Area neighborhoods to lead 2017 climb in home values

Home values in five Tampa Bay Area neighborhoods are expected to soar in value, according to the latest projects by real estate website Zillow.

Zillow says two of the hottest neighborhoods are in Tampa: Fair Oaks in South Tampa and Temple Crest in Central Tampa. The other three are in St. Petersburg: Westminster Heights, Oakwood Gardens and Lake Euclid.

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Who's behind big apartment/condo projects in downtown Tampa, St. Pete?

South Florida developers, most from Miami, are betting on the future of downtowns in the Tampa Bay Area.

Many of the investments in high-rise apartment and condo buildings now going up or on the drawing board represent investments by big builders looking toward Tampa and St. Petersburg for new territory.

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Major investments in West Tampa breathe new life into one of Tampa's oldest neighborhoods

The replacement of a major public housing project with a planned community, the renovation of a public park on the west bank of the Hillsborough River plus the opening of a new Jewish Community Center on Armenia Avenue are turning eyes in the development world as West Tampa seems primed to become the city's next emerging neighborhood.

What keeps West Tampa special is the community's authenticity in architectural and cultural roots.

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Waterfronts capture new focus of Tampa Bay Area visionaries, developers

The Tampa Bay chapter of the Urban Land Institute hosted a panel discussion on why Florida cities are re-imagining their waterfronts as cool places to live, work and play. 

Urban designers advising the cities of Clearwater, Tampa and St. Pete talk about why the next urban development frontier is on the water.

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Pinellas County plans major incubator for entrepreneurs

Pinellas County is planning a large incubator space for Tampa Bay Area startups and companies that need room to grow. 

The project would be a major expansion of past efforts to attract and retain entrepreneurs.

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Why did a growing startup company leave Pinellas? Lessons for St. Pete and Tampa too

Genius Central, a heavily recruited startup company when it moved to St. Petersburg from Sarasota back in 2015, has departed for less expensive, perhaps more creative space in Bradenton.

What just happened and what can St. Pete, Tampa, Sarasota and Bradenton, plus other Florida cities, learn from the experience?

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What will downtown Tampa look like in 10 years? Watch what Jeff Vinik, Bill Gates do

How do investors Jeff Vinik and Bill Gates see Tampa? As a city with huge unrealized potential, a city that can be reshaped into a model for the future.

That's at least part of the motivation for why two of the nation's wealthiest men are investing billions into transforming Tampa's downtown Channel District and more.

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Apollo Beach beachfront reopens on Tampa Bay

The public can now access two acres of beachfront along Tampa Bay near Apollo Beach, southeast of Tampa.

The rebuilt beach, damaged by hurricane winds, was made possible by a public-private partnership engaging Hillsborough County, community advocates and private businesses.

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Wright's Gourmet undergoes major expansion in South Tampa

When you visit South Tampa, ask the locals to recommend their favorite sandwich shop.

Chances are pretty good, they'll say Wright's Gourmet. It's that popularity of Wright's sandwiches, salads and fancy desserts that led to the deli's major expansion now underway. 

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Where to get dinner tonight? Check out UberEATS Tampa

So every night, your boyfriend (or girlfriend) calls and asks, "What do you want for dinner?''

Now the answer is easier than ever because UberEATS will deliver from more than 75 local restaurants in Tampa and surrounding communities.

Check out which restaurants are already using UberEATS.

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It's a start! Hillsborough carves out $600M for transportation needs

After years of debate and indecision, the Hillsborough County Commission comes up with a way to designate $600 million in future revenue for transportation solutions, including fixing roads, bridges, intersections and sidewalks.

Still nothing for transit, as far as is being reported. It's a start in Florida's fastest-growing county but falls way short of what will be needed for the future.

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Are you bilingual? If so, a Clearwater company may have a job for you

As the Tampa Bay Area's population grows increasingly diverse so too does the need for language interpreters, especially when nearly everyone regardless of ethnic or cultural background seeks help sooner or later.

Enter a Clearwater company called Stratus Video that is meeting the demand for interpreters and in the process realizing record profits.

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Chefs find new ways to cook variety of fish once considered trash

Certain kinds of fish long considered waste or trash -- for reasons ranging from taste to ease of preparation --  are increasingly turning up on the plates of diners at fancy as well as rather ordinary restaurants.

The new interest in a broader variety of fish is in response to overfishing and demand for exotic and healthier eating.

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