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Buzz Brightline receives a $15.9 million federal grant for planning on future Orlando to Tampa route.

Brightline receives $15.9 million federal grant for Orlando to Tampa route

Brightline receives a $15.9 million federal grant to go toward engineering and environmental studies for future Orlando to Tampa route.

Feature Story “Behind the Mask” by Joart L'eau Kabeya, 2021, part of the "ArtOut: Queering the Pandemic" online exhibition.

June Arts Roundup: Pride Month celebrations, book art, making art from trash and more

A busy June in Tampa Bay includes Pride Month exhibits, books as art, transforming trash to art, a retrospective on artist Suzanne Camp Crosby and more.

Buzz Clearwater starts Pride Month with a Pride flag raising and mural painting Wednesday, June 1.

Clearwater starts Pride Month with Pride flag-raising, community mural painting event

Clearwater marks the beginning of Pride Month with its first Pride flag raising and a mural painting Wednesday morning.

Buzz A rendering of the 31-story Arts and Entertainment Residences.

Construction starts on Arts and Entertainment Residences apartment tower in downtown Tampa

Downtown Tampa's boom continues with the start of construction of Arts and Entertainment Residences, a 31-story luxury apartment tower across from the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

For Good Tampa City Ballet's modern presentation of Carmen raises awareness about domestic violence against women.

Tampa City Ballet presentation of "Carmen" calls attention to domestic violence against women

The Tampa City Ballet presentation of  "Carmen 2022,"  running June 4th and 5th at the Straz Center, is a collaboration with artists from several disciplines.

Feature Story Tampa Repertory Theatre Producing Artistic Director Emilia Sargent.Emilia Sargent

Shaping the local theater scene: Emilia Sargent at Tampa Repertory Theatre

Emilia Sargent at the Tampa Repertory Theatre is focusing the company on community engagement and inclusive storytelling. 

Feature Story Volunteers with South Tampa Fellowship prepare meals for Afghan refugees who have settled in Tampa Bay.

Local charities need help serving Afghan refugees

Local charities are working hard to help Afghan refugees resettle in the Tampa Bay area, but they need more volunteers.

Feature Story A view of a model showing what the Residences by Ritz Carlton should look like at completion some time in 2024. The road in front depicts Bayshore Boulevard looking south.

Bayshore luxury condos: Part of Tampa real estate boom

The red hot luxury condo market along Bayshore is part of the ongoing boom in Tampa's upscale real estate market. 

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 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.

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.

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."

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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."