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Free event: Beach balls exhibit by NY firm opens at Amalie Arena

A sea of 1.2 million white plastic balls, a play art exhibit by New York design firm Snarkitecture, will welcome visitors to Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa during August.

The fun is being brought to Tampa by Penny Vinik and the Vinik Family Foundation.

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Nonstop flights from Tampa Bay Area to other Bay Area coming soon

Tampa International Airport (@FlyTPA on Twitter) scores nonstop flights to San Francisco starting in February 2017.

The long-sought flights will be operated by United and will take five to six hours each way.

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City of Tampa video showcases Tampa Riverwalk

The latest video in the City of Tampa's video series, "We Built This City,'' features a drone's-eye view of The Tampa Riverwalk.

Images include people strolling, balancing paddle boards, riding water taxis and attending festivals. What's not to like?

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We Are America PSA filmed in Ybor City

What does patriotism mean? Love for one's country and for the people of one's country. WWE Wrestler John Cena, who lives near Tampa, stars in a diversity campaign message being distributed by the Ad Council. 

"What makes America great is not when we demonize and divide people based on race, creed, ethnicity, gender, the God you worship or who you love, but when we elevate each other and celebrate the fact that in our differences we are one nation," says Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

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Will technology help attract millennials to Florida agriculture?

Farming in Florida's future will look very different from traditional practices. But how different and who will lead the changes? Those questions are top of mind for people training the next generation of farmers preparing to harness new technology and combat disease, invasive species and weather to shape what comes next in the state's agri-business industry.

Given the popularity of local and organic foods, opportunity knocks for those willing to get their hands dirty.

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How can cities change to become more inclusive for everyone? City Lab takes a deeper dive

Cities across America and the globe are turning the microscope inward to examine how to become more inclusive and accessible to people of all ethnic backgrounds, religions, cultures, skin tones, gender preferences, young and not, able and challenged. 

CityLab, an online newsletter produced by The Atlantic takes a deeper dive into the realities of urban inclusivity.

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TBX toll road projections under scrutiny

Critics are skeptical of consultants' projections for how much money would be collected by new toll lanes for express travel through Tampa.

Earlier projections for other Florida toll roads have fallen short.

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First curb-protected bike lane in Tampa gets national props

A two-way on-street bike lane separated from motorized vehicles by a curb in downtown Tampa is picking up cred in the part of the blogosphere that focuses on the nation's urban lifestyle scene.

The lane was added along Cass Street last year to connect the eastern part of downtown with the Tampa Riverwalk.

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Same day, overnight shipping boosting cargo flights at TIA

If you're shopping on Amazon, you may be hurting local retail shops but you're also helping create local jobs and boosting finances at Tampa International Airport.

The Airport is seeing a 20 percent increase in annual shipping since Amazon opened two warehouses near Tampa, in Riverview and Lakeland.

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One man's solution is another man's problem when it comes to proposed interstate express lanes

In a package of related stories, the Tampa Bay Times takes a more in-depth look at the potential impact of Tampa Bay Express, a proposed interstate widening project that would add express lanes to I-275 to speed up traffic at the expense of homes and other properties in its path.

The controversial plan is dividing the larger community and creating friction between residents and state and local government decision-makers.

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Murals shape new narrative for St. Petersburg

The creative murals painted on the walls of downtown St. Petersburg and the city's annual Shine Mural Festival are highlighted in WEDU's Arts Plus program, segments of which air on PBS stations nationwide.

The murals are increasingly becoming a popular tourist destination.

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Tampa-St. Pete beer scene: Local brew, best in U.S.

Serious Eats, a popular blog among foodies, declares the variety, taste and flavors of Tampa's local brew scene to be tops in the U.S.

Not too shabby! Much of the industry's success stems from Cigar City Brewing.

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Transportation fix for Hillsborough still up in the air

After voting down a proposal supported by Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill that would have increased the sales tax to support transportation improvements for the next 30 years, County Commissioners are going to reopen the discussion.

Among the new opportunities may be to collect a sales tax for less time, or to hone in on more specific transportation fixes.

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Citi Group moves more jobs to Tampa from Connecticut

Citi Group's most recent move of employees to Tampa reflects the larger trend of financial services jobs leaving the expensive Northeast and finding better economics in Sunbelt cities.

Tampa has long been a major service support hub for New York-based Citi, one of the world's largest banking companies with more than 230,000 employees. Once dubbed Wall Street South, Tampa is home to substantial back-office operations of such major financial companies as J.P. Morgan Chase, Capital One, USAA and Depository Trust & Clearing Corp.

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St. Pete murals paint narrative about local arts centric urban culture

Be careful when you're driving through downtown St. Petersburg because you're likely to be distracted by the fabulous array of murals popping up on flat surfaces everywhere.

Better yet, park the car and get out and walk to get the best perspective on the local urban lifestyle.

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