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New hotel to open soon in Channel District, downtown Tampa

The dual-branded Hampton Inn/Home2 Suites in the Channel District -- and its Starbucks -- are nearing opening. 

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Kiteboarders ride wind in St. Pete

The shallow waters on the south end of Pinellas County are considered by many to be the best place in the world for kitesurfing and kiteboarding.

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Book excerpt: White Fang and the Golden Bear by Joe Wessel, Bill Chastain, and Jack Nicklaus

Former Florida State football player Joe Wessel recounts the story of taking his dad along for a round of golf with Jack Nicklaus at Augusta National. Bill Chastain, a longtime Tampa Tribune sportswriter, is the book's co-author. Read an excerpt.

Innovation NewsThe Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics Center Fab Lab encourages collaboration and creativity in the STEM fields.

Manufacturing, robotics Fab Lab opens at University Mall in Tampa

Tampa's new Fab Lab is designed to provide something for everyone. Entrepreneurs can use 3D printers to create product prototypes and take advantage of business consulting services. Students can participate in robotics activities and competitions. Check out what else is offered.

Development NewsDrone perspective of potential view from Arris Tampa.

Luxury condo tower continues Downtown Tampa building boom

Downtown Tampa's building boom continues with plans for a 34-story condo tower, Arris Tampa 

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Pinellas expects to break ground on region’s first BRT systemCould the PSTA system lead to a regional bus rapid transit network?

PSTA expects to break ground on the region's first bus rapid transit system and the first part of what may be a larger regional network by year's end.

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Water Street Tampa earns honor for focus on health, wellnessLearn how the people-centered urban design is expected to attract and retain talent in Tampa.

Strategic Property Partners’ health and wellness-focused initiatives include promoting walkability, outdoor activities, and cultural programming.

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Looking for a cool event space? Check out former Tampa Heights fire station

In a labor of love that has taken more than a decade, artist Dominique Martinez transforms a former fire station into a thriving creative event space in Tampa Heights.

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10 Years of Change: USF grows from commuter school to preeminent and proud

Outgoing USF President Judy Genshaft gives $23 million to support the Honors College at her adopted university before passing the baton to Steven Corrall on July 1st. 

Innovation NewsGuestBox products for people on the go.

Tampa startup aims to take hospitality to the next levelGuestBox provides curated boxes of luxury essentials for AirBnBs, hotels, and vacation rentals.

GuestBox, a curated subscription box, aims to provide travelers with unique, eco-friendly amenities they won't find anywhere else. 

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Tampa boutique grocer Duckweed to open in Westshore Marina District

Westshore Marina District master developer BTI Partners starts its retail announcements with a new grocery store run by Duckweed Urban Market.

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Where Everyone Belongs: The Ringling creates inclusive family spaces within art galleries

The Ringling, Florida's state museum in Sarasota, strives for diversity and inclusion with the expansion of its community outreach programs to nontraditional neighborhoods and families with special needs.

Feature StoryWestshore Development Forum

What's next for Westshore? Lots of new apartments, hotels, offices, etc.

Already a major retail and office market, several new apartments, shops, and workspaces promise to transform the Westshore District of Tampa.

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Midtown Tampa goes vertical, plans to open by 2021 Super Bowl

The long-planned Midtown Tampa development starts construction and announces high-profile tenants

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2nd Crystal Lagoon breaks ground in South Hillsborough

On the heels of the Tampa Bay Area's first crystal lagoon in Wesley Chapel in Pasco County, a second gets under construction in Southshore Bay in Wimauma in southern Hillsborough County.

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2019 Treasure Tampa grant goes to Art2Action for placemaking project

Creative placemaking is more than just a buzzword for Tampa Bay Area community leaders and cultural organizations: The overarching goal is to implement creative projects that cater to a community by shaping neighborhoods, bringing a sense of pride and inspiration to local folks from all backgrounds. Read more.

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Sidewalk Stompers take strides for pedestrian safety

A group of parents advocates on behalf of more and better sidewalks to increase safety for pedestrians, especially schoolchildren, in Tampa and Hillsborough County. Learn more.

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Book excerpt: Made in Florida by Art Levy

"Made in Florida'' is a compilation of 90 “Florida Icon” interviews published in Florida Trend magazine between 2007 and 2018. Read an excerpt.

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Innovation Fusion event in Tampa focuses on tech in sports

Innovation in sports is the focus of the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator's annual Innovation Fusion event coming up May 22 at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. 

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