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Buzz Dr. Robert Gallo, co-founder of the Global Virus Network and chairman of its Scientific Leadership Board.

Buzz: USF is new international HQ for Global Virus Network

The University of South Florida has been selected as the international headquarters of the Global Virus Network, a consortium collaborating to improve detection and management of viral diseases. GVN co-founder Dr. Robert Gallo and his team of researchers also join USF Health.

Innovation News Tampa resident and entrepreneur Paola Bedin turned a lifelong love of cycling into an online apparel business, MYN Sport.

Tampa entrepreneur turns love of cycling into apparel business

Tampa resident Paola Bedin fell in love with cycling as a seven-year-old in Italy. After a few years racing competitively, she's launched MYN Sport, an online cycling apparel company.

Development News The Hillsborough County Transportation Planning Organization Board of Directors' annual vote to update a five-year plan of countywide transportation projects is Wednesday.

Hillsborough TPO board votes on transportation project priority list Wednesday evening

The Hillsborough County Transportation Planning Organization Board of Directors' annual vote to update a five-year plan of countywide transportation projects is Wednesday evening.

For Good A green heron on a vertical oyster garden built from recycled oyster shells through Tampa Bay Watch's Shells for Shorelines program.

Pearl of a program: Tampa Bay Watch repurposes shucked oyster shells to restore the shore

Tampa Bay Watch's Shells for Shorelines program collects used oyster shells from area restaurants and repurposes them to restore oyster reefs and habitat in Tampa Bay.

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Masthead gallery: Scenic Safety Harbor

A photo gallery of scenic Safety Harbor.

Feature Story Already a founder, CEO and philanthropist, Tommy Whitehead now adds author to his list of accomplishments.

LGBTQ contractor defies stereotypes to blaze a trail to success

Tommy Whitehead has overcome obstacles and stereotypes to go from a closeted LGBTQ construction worker to the founder of a successful contracting firm and a nonprofit that supports the LGBTQ+ community in the construction industry.

Innovation News AMPLIFY Clearwater's annual State of the Community event offered insights into a tourism industry that is generating record-high tax revenues.

Visit St. Pete-Clearwater looks to build on record tourism momentum

Pinellas County brought in record tourism tax hauls for a year in 2023 and a month in March 2024. Visit St. Pete-Clearwater officials look to build on that momentum but say the county's main economic engine may suffer without a long-term solution for beach renourishment.

Feature Story At the Tampa International Fringe Festival, actress Katie Thayer will perform the entire film “Titanic” - alone and in under an hour.

June arts: Tampa Fringe, Juneteenth and Pride Month events, new exhibits, and much more

The June art scene has the Tampa International Fringe Festival in Ybor, a slew of Juneteenth and Pride Month events, the FMoPA International Photography Competition Exhibition at TIA, the Tampa Theatre's new screening room, a '53 Chrysler limo with wings, a busy Second Saturday ArtWalk and much, much more.

For Good The 13th annual Cuban Sandwich Festival is Sunday, May 26th at Centennial Park in Ybor City.

The Cuban Sandwich Festival: A Memorial Day weekend mainstay in Ybor City

The 13th annual Cuban Sandwich Festival is Sunday, May 26th at Centennial Park in Ybor City. The event has become a Memorial Day weekend mainstay in Ybor.

For Good The crowd at J.C. Newman Cigar Co.'s fourth annual Founder's Day celebration enjoyed tours of the iconic 114-year-old El Reloj cigar factory, food vendors, live entertainment, cigar lounges and a Cuban sandwich eating contest.

Scenes from J.C. Newman Cigar Co.'s Founder's Day celebration

J.C. Newman Cigar Co.'s fourth annual Founder's Day celebration featured food trucks, vendors, live entertainment, guided factory tours, cigar lounges and, in a new wrinkle, a Cuban sandwich eating contest.

Development News A rendering of the renovated, expanded stadium in downtown Tampa's West Riverfront district where the Tampa Bay Sun  women's professional soccer club will play their home matches.

Tampa Downtown Partnership forum offers insights on Tampa Bay Sun, Water Street

This month, the Tampa Downtown Partnership's annual State of Tampa's Downtown Forum offered insights on the Tampa Bay Sun's upcoming inaugural season and the next stage of development for Water Street Tampa.

Buzz Gallery at Rome Yards, an 11-story, 234-unit apartment building that will be 80 percent affordable and workforce housing, is the first piece of the mixed-use Rome Yards development.

In West Tampa, Rome Yards construction begins with affordable and workforce apartments

In West Tampa, construction has started on the long-planned Rome Yards mixed-use development. The first phase is Gallery at Rome Yards, an 11-story, 234-unit apartment building that will be 80 percent affordable and workforce apartments. 

Feature Story With traffic on the Selmon Expressway above pre-pandemic projections, THEA is working on two projects to add travel lanes along existing stretches and a long-term project to potentially build an extension from Brandon to Riverview.

Plan Hillsborough population projections: 500,000 more residents by 2050

Plan Hillsborough, the planning agency for local governments in Hillsborough County, projects the county will be home to 2 million by 2050, with the population of the greater Plant City area more than doubling and more people moving to Tampa's urban core. 

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Masthead gallery: The murals of Clearwater's Art Oasis Mural Festival

A photo gallery of the new murals that Clearwater's inaugural Art Oasis Mural Festival added to downtown and the Downtown Gateway area.

Feature Story With funding from the Children's Board of Hillsborough County, Brandon nonprofit High 5, Inc.'s Water Warriors program offers free swim lessons to children in Hillsborough between the ages of 3 and 18.

Hillsborough agencies work together to reduce child drowning deaths

With summer coming, May is National Water Safety Month. For the Children's Board of Hillsborough County and the nonprofit organization High 5, Inc., keeping kids safe around water and preventing child drowning deaths are year-round priorities.

Feature Story The KC-135 Stratotanker at MacDill Air Force Base has provided the core aerial refueling capability for U.S. military operations for almost 70 years. One tanker can hold 30,000 gallons of fuel.

Photo story: Inside MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa

Tampa Bay Area residents see military airplanes fly overhead almost daily, but few get a chance to visit MacDill Air Force Base. You can take a peek inside by scrolling through a few images taken on a recent tour.

Feature Story Ybor City's BarrieHaus Beer Co. is a small brewery with a big reputation for top-notch European-style lagers. The brewery has won two gold medals in three years at the prestigious World Beer Cup.

Ybor's BarrieHaus Beer Co: the small brewery with a big reputation

Ybor City's BarrieHaus Beer Co. is a small brewery with a big reputation for top-notch European-style lagers. Since opening in late 2019, BarrieHaus has won two gold medals at the prestigious World Beer Cup, including one this year, and earned Best Small Brewery at the 2024 Best Florida Beer Competition.

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Masthead gallery: St. Pete's Waterfront Arts District

A photo gallery from St. Petersburg's Waterfront Arts District.

For Good St. James at ENCORE Program Manager Ashley Morrow puts together programs and events that spotlight Tampa's deep but often overlooked Black history.

Ashley Morrow: Shining a light on Tampa’s Black history

When riots broke out in Tampa on Memorial Day weekend 2020 following the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, Ashley Morrow grabbed her camera and documented the scene. Now, Morrow explores and spotlights Tampa's deep but often overlooked Black History as the Tampa Bay History Center's program manager for St. James at ENCORE.

For Good The Tampa Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Festival returned to downtown's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on Saturday, May 11th to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month with cultural dance and music performances.

Photo story: Tampa Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Festival

Tampa's Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Festival at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in photos and words.