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Private donors step up to pay for removal of Confederate statue in Tampa

The Tampa business community led by Attorney Tom Scarritt, former Tampa Bay Storm owner Bob Gries, former Bucs Coach Tony Dungy, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Alex Sink and members of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce showed leadership by pooling resources to pay for the removal of a Confederate statue in front of the Hillsborough County Courthouse. 

The private citizens stepped up after county commissioners declined to pay all of the costs necessary for moving the historic artwork to another location.

Read the Tampa Times editorial praising the coalition.
 

Vinik Family Foundation brings popular LEGO exhibit to downtown Tampa

"The Art of the Brick,” a touring exhibition of imaginative Lego creations by Nathan Sawaya that has been attracting crowds around the world for a decade, is coming to downtown Tampa June 23rd to Sept. 4th at 802 E. Whiting St.

The exhibit is being made possible by Penny and Jeff Vinik, local philanthropists, who brought the plastic balls play area called The Beach Tampa to Amalie Arena last summer. "The Art of the Brick'' will be on display at 802 E. Whiting St.

Read the complete story.
 

Free webinar offers tips on designing cities to enhance bicycle, pedestrian safety

A free lunchtime webinar on April 19th will address tips and advice for Enhancing Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety in Florida.

Sponsored by 1000 Friends of Florida and building on the issues highlighted in the recent report "Dangerous by Design," people can participate by following this link.

Next City: 5 tips for mayors looking to build better public transit

Even if federal funding is reduced or goes away for public transit, mayors and local officials can do lots to ensure public support, recommends TransitCenter, an NYC-based foundation dedicated to improving transit.

The foundation offers 5 tips for taking local action.

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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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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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Download Florida Stories app to take walking history tour of Ybor City

A new app created by friends of Ybor City is now available for download. Smart phone users can follow along with an oral history about Jose Marti's experiences in Tampa in the 1800s.

The app represents a partnership among the Florida Humanities, the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce, Visit Tampa Bay and Tucker Hall. Long-time Historian Gary Mormino provides the narrative.

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Cal Ripken Foundation builds new baseball park in Tampa neighborhood

A new baseball field complete with play areas, lighting and all the amenities of any other park opens in the lower-income neighborhood of Sulphur Springs in central Tampa. 

The $1 million investment represents a private-public partnership involving local businesses and professional teams as well as the Cal Ripken Foundation based in Baltimore and the City of Tampa.

Read the complete story.
 

The Philanthropy Show: Frank and Carol Morsani

The Great Depression, hard work and a deep love for humanity set the stage for Tampa philanthropists Frank and Carol Morsani. Frank tells his story in "To Be Frank: Building The American Dream in Business and Life,'' a new book written with Author Dave Scheiber.

The couple share their passions and beliefs about why they are deeply committed philanthropists and what it took to get there on The Philanthropy Show®, a video on demand produced by co-Founders Louanne Saraga Walters and Sharon Saraga Walters of Tampa. 

Watch the complete video.
 

Tampa mayor creates police review board

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's creation of a citizens review board to examine internal police reports and past police pursuits is designed to be a solutions-oriented look back aimed at preventing problems in the future.

The deadline for citizens to apply to serve on the board is October 15th.

Read the complete story.
 

Studio@620 showcases local rise of creative class

Now that Bob Devin Jones has set the pace for showcasing creatives in the Tampa Bay region, the master of all things creative is turning his attention to sustaining the Studio@620 stage in perpetuity.

Age and experience can hone one's vision like nothing else.

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South Hillsborough County restores valuable shoreline

A dredging and beach renourishment project funded primarily by corporate and private donations will soon make it easier to travel by water into and out of Apollo Beach in South Hillsborough County. 

The project, largely paid by donations from Mosaic, TECO Energy, civic groups and private citizens, should increase the value of property and make the neighborhood more attractive to boaters.

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For Good: Add $10M to USF in big year for Tampa Bay philanthropy

Chalk up another $10 million to the University of South Florida, this time in the form of a gift from alum Jordan Zimmerman who credits his alma mater for preparing him for the success that Zimmerman Advertising enjoys.

Zimmerman's donation is the latest of at least 5 other recent multimillion dollar gifts to USF.

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Grammy nominated violin concerto written in Sarasota

Composer Anna Clyne came to The Hermitage Artist Retreat in Sarasota County for its creative, natural environment that often inspires musicians and other artists to greatness.

It was while at the Retreat that she found the time and peace of mind to compose 'Prince of Clouds,' a double violin concerto, which is in the running for a 2015 Grammy Award.

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USF snares $20M grant to study oil's effect on Gulf of Mexico

The University of South Florida's College of Marine Science will get another $20 million to study the effect of oil spills on the Gulf of Mexico thanks to a recent grant award.

Scientists and researchers will compare currents, winds, how oil spreads and the damage caused during past spills in an effort to better predict and react to future spills.

Read the complete story.
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