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Feature Story "Flamingo Lady of Miami Beach," part of the “Daydreaming: Niki Butcher’s Hand-Painted Photography” exhibit at Clearwater Main Library.

July Arts Roundup: Niki Butcher, iBOMS, Dawoud Bey and Carrie Mae Weems and more

July art happenings around Tampa Bay include local emerging artists, icons of American photography, a new outlet for aspiring artists and more.

Buzz The event map for Boom by the Bay.2022

Buzz: Tampa's Boom by the Bay is back with a bang this July 4th

The City of Tampa's Boom by the Bay 4th of July celebration and fireworks display is back and bigger than ever.

Development News A map of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority's railroad removal project.

THEA to start construction this year on long-sought downtown railroad track removal

The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority is removing the railroad tracks to the now-closed Ardent MIlls flour mill downtown as part of a commitment to help the City of Tampa connect the street grid in its booming downtown. 

Feature Story The Resilient Ready Tampa Bay symposium brought together local government officials from across the region to discuss strategies and projects to defend against and adapt to sea-level rise.

Resilient Ready Tampa Bay uses Oldsmar, Tampa, St. Pete Beach to build a strategy for sea-level rise

The Resilient Ready Tampa Bay report uses sites in Tampa, Pass-a-Grille and Oldsmar as case studies to prepare the region for climate change and sea-level rise.

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Shaping the local theater scene: Matthew McGee at freeFall Theatre.

St. Petersburg's freeFall Theatre has collaborated with other theater companies on multiple productions to adapt to limited resources.

Feature Story The mural on the headquarters of Clearwater's WestCMR reads "We all leave a footprint and it matters," a philosophy that guides company founder Randy Ware.

In Clearwater, West Coast Medical Resources marks 25 years of business and philanthropy

Randy Ware has turned a unique business idea to sell surplus surgical supplies into a successful Clearwater company and built a reputation for charitable giving.

Partner Content USF Tampa General Physicians Senior Vice President of Operations Matthew Cantonis.

USF Tampa General Physicians' Matthew Cantonis strives for “world-class” academic medical center

USF Tampa General Physicians hires its first senior vice president for operations,  a sign the partnership between USF Health and Tampa General Hospital is gaining steam.

For Good The St. Pete Youth Farm unveiled its new greenhouse to the public during a June 20 Juneteenth celebration.

In St Pete, youth-led farm blossoms in a food desert

The St. Pete Youth Farm adds a new greenhouse in its mission to teach urban farming and address food insecurity.

Innovation News St. Petersburg entrepreneur Monica Smith has used her personal experiences with addiction and cancer to inspire her haircare company Sober Roots.

St. Petersburg entrepreneur inspires confidence after overcoming addiction and cancer

St Petersburg entrepreneur Monica Smith has used her personal experiences with addictions and cancer to launch a haircare company Sober Roots.

Feature Story The Spanish Lyric Theatre's presentation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's "In the Heights" runs July 29 through August 7 at the Hillsborough Community College Ybor City campus Performing Arts Center.

Shaping the local theater scene: JL Rey and Cyndee A. Dornblaser at Spanish Lyric Theatre

The Spanish Lyric Theatre continues its mission to promote diversity and preserve Latino heritage with the upcoming performance of Lin-Manuel Miranda's "In the Heights."  

Partner Content The Community Foundation Tampa Bay is working to help solve the region's mental health access issues through grant funding to organizations like Tampa Bay Thrives and a mental health first aid training program.

Community Foundation Tampa Bay collaborates on solutions for region’s mental health access barriers

The Community Foundation Tampa Bay is working to help solve the region's mental health access issues through grant funding to organizations like Tampa Bay Thrives and a mental health first aid training program.

Buzz Events in Clearwater and across Tampa Bay celebrate Juneteenth this weekend.

Buzz: A look at Juneteenth events across Tampa Bay this weekend

Events across Tampa Bay this weekend will celebrate the June 19th Juneteenth holiday.

Feature Story Step inside Ersula's History Shop in Tampa for a history lesson that educates and entertains.

Step inside Ersula's History Shop and experience history

Step inside Ersula's History Shop for a history lesson and one-of-a-kind experience.

Feature Story The Lab Theater Project is Tampa's laboratory for new playwrights to test their work.

Shaping the local theater scene: Owen Robertson at Lab Theater Project

The Lab Theater Project continues to build its reputation as a laboratory for aspiring playwrights with its first musical, a country and western show  called "It Started with a Kiss."

Feature Story Hillsborough County teenager Elaine Feaster has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award for her literacy advocacy efforts.

Girl Scout's service project brings literacy advocacy to the forefront

Hillsborough County teenager Elaine Feaster did not let a dyslexia diagnosis curb her academic success. Now she champions the cause of literacy.

For Good Maya Rabaut, age 5, colors a sign that reads, “Children should have flowers in their hair, not on their graves.”

Wear Orange: A call to end gun violence

In the aftermath of the Buffalo and Uvalde mass shootings, the annual Wear Orange event in Tampa calls for action to prevent gun violence.

Development News The Clearwater Community Redevelopment Agency has launched a placemaking grant program to help artists and other creatives who have ideas to transform public spaces downtown.

Clearwater CRA launches placemaking grant program to activate, beautify downtown spaces

The Clearwater Community Redevelopment Agency has launched a placemaking grant program to help creative ideas to beautify and activate downtown become reality. 

Feature Story Tampa History Museum curator and author Rodney Kite-Howell takes participants on a guided tour of what remains of Dobyville in West Hyde Park neighborhood in Tampa.

Dobyville legacy lives on in family

Descendants of Richard C. Doby and former students of Dobyville Elementary share their memories of the historic Black neighborhood and the school that bore his name.

Feature Story American Stage's fresh, fun approach to theater included a "Pets in the Park" event in April.

Shaping the local theater scene: Avery Anderson at American Stage

American Stage's upcoming 2022-23 season includes several productions about life in contemporary American society.