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Buzz In Downtown Tampa Creates Sweetness And Honey

If your ears are buzzing in downtown Tampa traffic, it just might be something other than tinnitus.

Attorney Paul Maney is has installed beehives and is producing honey on the roof of his downtown law firm. Tampa Urban Honey can now be purchased at Duckweed Urban Market.

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Florida Now Bans Texting While Driving

No more texting while driving on Florida streets, roads and highways. A new law goes into effect today (Oct. 1) banning the practice that too often leads to accidents caused by distracted drivers.

A new awareness campaign will include signage, media announcements and T-shirts conveying the ban.

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Efforts To Save Jackson House Grow

Hillsborough County Tax Collector Doug Belden and businessman Marvin Knight are stepping up to try to save the historic Jackson House from decay and wreckage. The Jackson House once served as Tampa's most popular overnight rooming house for visiting black celebrities like Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway and James Brown.

The historic house is already listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

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Tesla Expands Sales Center in East Tampa

Innovative California car maker Tesla is moving into Central Florida with an expanded sales center in East Tampa that is expected to increase interest in as well as sales of the futuristic automobiles that run on electric-powered engines.

Tesla is the automaker that many anticipate will bring to market energy-efficient smart cars that could provide a solution to traffic congestion in densely popularted California and Florida.
 
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Hillsborough Adopts New Online Gradebook Edsby

No more "the dog ate my homework'' excuses now that parents, teachers and students all have access to online gradebooks, homework assignments and teachers' note under a new computerized communications system being employed by Hillsborough County public schools.

As the eighth-largest school district in the nation, Hillsborough is climbing onboard the tech revolution with Edsby to test drive what promises to be a better method for families and educators to catch up and keep up.

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Tampa Port Authority Offers To Buy Channelside

The Tampa Port Authority is offering to buy the troubled Channelside development in downtown Tampa for $6 million from the Irish Bank Resolution Corp., opening the door for a fresh start at finding a solution for making the project work.

Channelside hugs the waterfront between the Florida Aquarium and the Times Forum, making it a key component for the city's urban economic wellbeing and potentially a springboard for additional investments.

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New Investors Move In To Revive The Heights In Tampa

A new team of investors led by Adam Harden is looking to develop The Heights neighborhood just north of downtown Tampa after years of recession-created dormancy.

The property along the Hillsborough River in the heart of the city contains some of its oldest buildings and harbors great potential for commercial, retail and residential investments.

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Popular Science Names USF Researcher Among "Brilliant Ten''

Mya Breitbart, a rising star in marine science at USF, has been named among the "Brilliant Ten'' top scientists in the nation by Popular Science magazine.

The microbial ecologist is in the process of mapping the genome sequence of entire ecosystems.

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USF Research: Arctic Ocean Becoming More Acidic

Research by USF geologists studying the acidification of the Arctic Ocean caused by greater than normal ice melting is being touted as further evidence of global warming that could change whether plants and animals thrive and survive.

"Lower pH levels make water more acidic and lab studies have shown that more acidic water decreases calcification rates in many calcifying organisms, reducing their ability to build shells or skeletons,'' according to a news release issued by the USGS and USF. "These changes, in species ranging from corals to shrimp, have the potential to impact species up and down the food web.''

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Powder Your Nose, Memorize Your Lines, Tampa Bay

An entourage of Bollywood officials spent a few days in Tampa Bay checking out local venues and hotels in preparation for the June 2014 International Indian Film Festival's visit.

The awards ceremony and hoopla surrounding it June 12-14 is expected to be watched by 800Million viewers around the globe.

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St. Petersburg Seeks New Brand Portraying Intellectual Capital

As St. Petersburg works to change the narrative about itself from historical green benches and retirement to academics, marine science and healthcare, a new brand slogan or neighborhood name may be in the offing.

Mayor Bill Foster is urging people to think of a new nickname along the lines of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill's Research Triangle. Smart City, anyone? The Nth Degree? Cutting Edge?

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Food Truck Rally Brings Out Crowds To Fairgrounds

Organizers of what was touted as the world's largest food truck rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds are already planning to double the number of trucks and the number of visitors.

Some 20,000 showed up this time east of Tampa, overwhelming the 99 trucks set up to serve food to all comers.

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Pepin Distributing Makes Room For Craft Beers

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. That seems to be the motto of Pepin Distributing's smart new tactic to build additional warehouse space in order to accommodate the growing taste for local and craft beers.

Tampa's biggest beer distributor is investing in its own future by taking on new products rather than fighting the trend.

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Entrepreneurial Thinking, Community Spirit Behind Ulele

Tampa Restauranteur Richard Gonzmart explains his thinking behind the Ulele Restaurant he is planning at the old Waterworks building on the Hillsborough River north of downtown.

His father's words of wisdom and the desire to give back to community are big motivators, says the Owner of the Columbia Restaurant.

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Tampa Bay Home Sales, Prices Soar As Market Rebounds

Pent-up demand and the rush to get resettled before school started helped drive up the number of home sales and the price of homes in July in Tampa Bay.

Realtors says sales were up 22 percent over June while prices were up 27 percent.

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