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For Good CLEO Institute Executive Director Yoca Ardita-Rocha and Rep. Kathy Castor observe a melting wax sculpture at ZooTampa as they kick off the #FLClimateCrisis campaign.

Melting Florida panther illustrates effects of climate change

The Tampa Bay Area is on track this year to have the hottest year on record, says Rep. Kathy Castor. She and representatives of the CLEO Institute, the City of Tampa, and others, in partnership with the VoLo Foundation, are drawing attention to the #FLClimateCrisis awareness campaign.

Development News An artist's rendering of the new Skyway Lofts affordable apartments in St. Pete.

Affordable apartments coming to Skyway Marina District in St. Pete

A 65-unit apartment complex going up in the Skyway Marina District of St. Petersburg will be the first affordable housing complex built amid a mix of commercial establishments and older suburban homes in that neighborhood.

Partner Content The Helios Education Foundation promotes the power of education to change lives and strengthen communities.

Helios Education Foundation: Changing lives, strengthening communities

"Closing education gaps and transforming opportunity for first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students motivates Helios Education Foundation to fund initiatives along the full education continuum -- because education is an investment and not an expense.''  

Feature Story One of Pasta Pack’s newest menu items, spaghetti alla pesto with prosciutto di parma. The fresh spaghetti noodle is tossed in a pine nut pesto for an herby, nutty, and refreshing flavor.

Creators of Pasta Packs create new dining concept optimized for a socially distant world

When the pandemic struck and one of the Bryon brothers lost his job, the Tampa Bay Area siblings teamed up to create a new concept fresh food delivery service featuring Pasta Packs. Nic is the chef, trained in Miami’s vibrant hospitality scene. Greg is the marketing and business guru. Together, they make a strong team.

Feature Story Road and bridge construction continues along U.S. 19 through Clearwater.

City of Clearwater prioritizes job creation along U.S. 19

The City of Clearwater continues to reach beyond its tourism-supported comfort zone. The city’s most traveled artery, U.S. 19. remains one of its biggest makeover projects, now with a renewed focus on job creation.

Feature Story A model struts the work of fashion Designer Alicia Calero of Tampa.

A feast for your eyes: Local fashion designers, models go virtualTampa Bay Fashion Week, Sept. 23-26

Thanks to COVID-19’s relentless rain on almost everyone's parade, fashion week events around the world are going virtual in 2020 with creative new ways to express innovations in design and engage new audiences. The same is true in the Tampa Bay region.

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Tampa cartoonist on getting woke

Dr. S. "Aaron'' Laden, a retired pathologist in the Tampa Bay Area, looks for humor in the everyday vicissitudes of life. This time he takes on post-modern art and the act of being woke.

Innovation News Entrepreneur Robert Borrero of Tampa, founder of Mobile Apps Media.

Tampa entrepreneur specializes in connecting people

Tampa-based Latin music star turns his entrepreneurial spirit into creating new businesses, marketing, and clubs that help connect people.

Innovation News The hyperbaric suite at Aviv Clinics.

Aviv Clinics offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy in The Villages in FloridaLearn more about Aviv at Innovation Fusion event

Artist Janet Echelman, whose latest work is on display at the new St. Pete Pier, and CEO Dave Globig of Aviv Clinics in The Villages near Ocala, are featured at this year's Innovation Fusion event hosted by FIBA (Florida-Israel Business Accelerator) in Tampa.

Buzz A conversation with artists Eva & Franco Mattes and Atelier Van Lieshout led by USFCAM Curator-at-large Christian Viveros-Faune.

Life During Wartime: Art in the Age of Coronavirus at USFCAM

More than 50 artists from around the world have contributed to a new exhibit, Life During Wartime: Art in the Age of Coronavirus, at the Contemporary Art Museum at the University of South Florida Tampa campus. The museum is open by appointment only. Masks required.

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Dolphin Timelapse music video features local talent, community

Call it porpoises with a purpose: Welcome to the remix of Dolphin Timelapse, the second music video spearheaded by Patrick Collins, owner and CEO of Coast Brothers and Buy It By The Case. Showcasing Tampa area talent, the video meant to inspire and uplift the Bay Area includes a soundtrack of local singer Aubrey Wollett’s single Beach Vibes.

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Straz sets fall schedule, smaller shows during COVID-19

Smaller shows and smaller audiences await as the Straz Center in downtown Tampa prepares to reopen this fall with safety protocols in place for COVID-19. 

Feature Story Cesar Hernandez, Founder + Managing Director, Omni Public, Tampa

Meet a rising star: Cesar Hernandez, Omni Public, Tampa

Cesar Hernandez, Founder and Managing Director of Omni Public in Tampa, helps clients navigate their journeys into a future driven by transportation, mobility, and burgeoning tech innovations. 

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Book excerpt: Millard Fillmore Caldwell by Gary R. MorminoGoverning on the wrong side of history

Gary R. Mormino, past director of the Florida Studies Program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, has written several books about Florida history, including "Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams.'' A biography of former Gov. Millard Fillmore Caldwell is his latest.

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Tampa cartoonist on serendipity

Dr. S. "Aaron'' Laden, a retired pathologist in the Tampa Bay Area, looks for humor in the everyday vicissitudes of life. This time he takes on serendipity.  

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Vision Zero video story: How you can avoid death, injuries

Excess speed is a leading cause of injuries and death in traffic crashes in Hillsborough County, in Florida, and across the nation. This video illustrates why it is such a big factor.

Innovation News Rick Nelson, Founder, The Fulfillment Lab

The Fulfillment Lab speeds up deliveries from businesses to customers

The Fulfillment Lab, a Tampa-based e-commerce global marketing company that combines expedited shipping and order transparency with packaging customization, is expanding to Ohio.

For Good An example of creative placemaking

Placemaking grant goes to Gallery 221 at HCCYou are invited to help design the NEST Project

HCC’s Gallery 221, winner of the 2020 Treasure Tampa (T²) grant from the Gobioff Foundation, seeks community participation in the NEST Project’s design. Learn how you can get engaged.

Buzz The Martyr map, the earliest known map of Florida, from 1511.

Earliest known map of Florida goes on display at Tampa Bay History Center

The earliest known map of Florida dated 1511, one of only 20 known copies in the world, anchors a new exhibition of rare maps in the Tampa Bay History Center’s Touchton Map Library.

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Tampa cartoonist on voices

Dr. S. "Aaron'' Laden, a retired pathologist in the Tampa Bay Area, looks for humor in the everyday vicissitudes of life. This time he takes on voices.

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