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Development News The World Within sound installation is a public art project that brings the natural sounds of The Everglades to Gaslight Alley in downtown Clearwater.

The World Within brings the sounds of the Everglades to downtown Clearwater

The Clearwater Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) brought "The World Within" to Gaslight Alley as a companion piece to legendary landscape photographer Clyde Butcher's exhibit of Everglades photography at the downtown library. 

Feature Story Jobsite Theater hopes a return home to the Shimberg Playhouse and a new presentation of "The Resistible Rise of Artuto Ui" signal a return toward normalcy after two seasons disrupted by COVID.

Shaping the local theater scene: David Jenkins at Jobsite

The Jobsite Theater production of Bertolt Brecht's "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui" runs through June 5 at the Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

Feature Story Nonprofit ReDefiners World Languages is making language learning accessible to more children in Tampa Bay.

ReDefiners: Expanding access to language learning

Chantelle Daniels formed ReDefiners World Languages to create equity in educational opportunities for language learning.

Feature Story Tampa General Hospital and the City of Tampa have partnered to launch the TampaWell health and wellness initiative.

Tampa General Hospital and City of Tampa partner to launch TampaWell health and wellness program

TampaWell will begin at Tampa General Hospital's Family Care Healthpark in East Tampa and expand citywide.

Feature Story The total lunar eclipse Sunday evening created this rare and spectacular image of the glowing "blood moon."

Photo of the week: Total lunar eclipse creates blood moon

Tampa photographer David Lubin captured a striking image of the "blood moon" during Sunday evening's total lunar eclipse.

For Good  TIDAL is an interactive art installation that  brings attention to climate change and sea level rise

TIDAL Sculpture showcases sea level rise

The art installation TIDAL at the Shore Acres Recreation Center uses a creative approach to bring attention to climate change and sea level rise.

For Good Champions for Children Tampa Bay has opened two need Baby Cafe locations to promote the health benefits of breastfeeding.

Champions for Children Tampa Bay: From cradle to café

Champions for Children Tampa Bay expands its valuable breastfeeding support and instruction services with two new Baby Cafe locations in Hillsborough County.

Feature Story The Tampa Downtown Partnership's 26th annual Downtown Development Forum looked at downtown's current boom and its future.

Tampa Downtown Partnership development forum: building on the momentum

Downtown Development Forum takes stock of downtown Tampa's current boom,  looks to growth and challenges ahead.

Feature Story Historian Gary Mormino's new book "Dreams in the New Century: Instant Cities, Shattered Hopes, and Florida's Turning Point" delives into Florida during the first decade of the 21st Century and its significant impact on contemporary American history

Book excerpt: Dreams in the New Century by Gary MorminoInstant Cities, Shattered Hopes, and Florida's Turning Point

Read an excerpt from historian Gary Mormino's "Dreams in the New Century: Instant Cities, Shattered Hopes, and Florida’s Turning Point," a follow-up to Mormino's popular "Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida."

Development News .

Tampa holds information session on proposed downtown roundabout

City of Tampa officials will hold a public information session during Riverfest on Saturday to share details and get feedback on a roundabout planned downtown at Laurel Street and Doyle Carlton Drive.

Feature Story A sailor leans over to keep her Sunfish moving forward in a race with the Tampa downtown skyline in the distance.

Florida Women’s Sailing Association: Then and now

Sailors in the Florida Women’s Sailing Association race in the waters in and around Tampa Bay year-round, none more enthusiastically than teams with names like Dinghy Dames, Mainsheet Mamas, Luffing Lassies, Rhumb Runners, Windlasses and Salty Sisters.

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Shaping the local theater scene: Karla Hartley at Stageworks

Tampa's Stageworks Theatre continues to bounce back after COVID with a new production of the Ybor City-based, Pulitzer Prize-winner  "Anna in the Tropics."

Feature Story Peg Green's Feeling Exuberant-Somersault, part of the  Florida CraftArt exhibition  The Artist's Question...Answered in Fiber

May arts roundup: Water exhibits, famous photographers, quilts, burlesque, fiberart and more

New art exhibitions opening around Tampa Bay in May spotlight our waterways, legendary landscape photographers Ansel Adams and Clyde Butcher, the Studio  Art Quilts Associates (SAQA), and more.

For Good A representative from the Hillsborough County Tax Collector’s Office discusses career opportunities with students.

Local nonprofit bridges gap between career seekers, employersFuture Career Academy is based in Plant City

The Future Career Academy helps prepare students and adults for jobs and brings together employers, students and community members at job fairs.

Innovation News .

Florida grant to help vets, spouses transition to civilian careers

A Florida “Get There Faster Grant” will help veterans transition to high-demand jobs in the aviation sector.

Feature Story The chairs at the Havana Airport in the exhibit are a reminder of the journey for exiles from Cuba to Florida.

A reporter’s notebook: Cuban pathways

Seeing the Pathways to Cuba exhibit gets personal for longtime Tampa Bay Area journalist Lissette Campos.

Feature Story Fans tour the new Rays Museum on Opening Day, April 8, 2022, as the Rays win over Baltimore.

New Rays Museum takes fans down memory lane

Remember Wade Boggs, Evan Longoria, Carlos Pena, and other greats who once scored big for the Rays? While you're at a game, take a walk down memory lane at the new Rays Museum at Tropicana Field.

Feature Story HOME by Matthew Mazzotta

Welcome HOME: Pink flamingo joins bevy of public art at Tampa International Airport

An immersive 22-foot-tall photorealistic flamingo now in the Main Terminal at TPA touches the emotions of travelers who pause to take a look.

For Good The next I CAN yacht trip departs April 25 from St. Petersburg and will go to the Bahamas, DominiCAN Republic, Antigua, St. Lucia and Dominica..

Sailing for success: I CAN yachting program helps foster children learn ropes of life

A former foster child now helps young adults transitioning out of foster care learn life lessons aboard a sailing yacht via the I CAN Foundation.

For Good Big patches of land preserved for the Florida Wildlife Corridor are active farms that won't be sold for development.

Florida preserves more land for conservation, wildlife

A total of 16,706 acres of land will be protected under the new conservation status.  The acreage includes a combination of “wild” untouched native land, as well as “working” farms, ranches and timberland.