A summer of red tides has stacked 600 tons of dead fish and sea life on Florida beaches

Red Tide Beach Covered Dead Fish – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Mark Winfrey A red tide has made its way to the Gulf Coast of Florida, causing major problems for wildlife and its local communities. As of last week, more than 613 tons of fish and marine life in and near Tampa have been

History Snapshot: Why Ybor City is known as the “Cigar Capital of The World”

Centro Español in 7th Ave in Ybor City – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by VIAVAL TOURS Located in Hillsborough County lies a small, cobblestone-laden, Cuban-influenced, historic small town known as Ybor City. Ask any Floridian, Tampa Bay natives especially, about Ybor City and its significance to the State of Florida, and they will tell you

Best counties in Florida to buy a new Vacation Home in 2021

Florida Real Estate depiction in the sand – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by StacieStauffSmith Photos In 2020, worlds collided in the financial sphere, and Florida saw a record number of home purchases and sales. While finances became tighter for many across the country due to the pandemic and job loss, others who were able to

Yes, White Strawberries are a thing… And they are arriving at local Florida grocery stores

Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image By D. Pimborough Strawberries are without a doubt one of the most recognizable fruits on the planet. They can be tart or sweet. They can be used in smoothies or covered in chocolate. And now, thanks to science, they can be white with a very different taste profile. Yes, you read that

FDOT announces $67 million contribution to expanding Tampa Streetcar service

Rendering of future TECO Streetcar Line. Courtesy: InVision Tampa.gov Tampa Bay’s TECO Line Streetcar just received a massive boost from the Florida Department of Transportation in the form of a $67 million state match donation to expand the Hillsborough County transit service. The FDOT contribution brings the streetcar line one step closer to expanding north

Florida becomes largest clean-air state in the nation; meets all EPA air-quality standards

Courtesy: EPA meeting at Simmons Park, Ruskin, Fla. Photo by EPA The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced on Thursday, Oct. 22, that Florida satisfied all six of its air quality standards. Ruskin, Fla., was the site of the news conference that held the announcement. Florida Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs

Presidential candidates visit Florida: Again. Proving heavy weight in election

Courtesy: Shutterstock by Matt Smith President Donald Trump will be visiting the famed “I-4 Corridor” on Monday evening in an attempt to rally his Florida support base. Conversely, his opponent, Joe Biden will continue his Florida campaign tour with a visit to Broward County on Tuesday. The visit to Florida will mark the beginning of

City of Tampa Awarded Grant from USDOT

The Tampa Riverwalk. Photo: www.tampa.maps.arcgis.com A federal transportation grant of $24M is being awarded to the City of Tampa to extend the west portion of Riverwalk North and connect to nearby neighborhoods. The grant is awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant. The money will pay

Florida Teachers Union Sues to Stop Reopening Schools in the Fall

Image by Holly Dornak from Pixabay  The Florida Education Association (FEA) has filed a lawsuit against the state of Florida and Governor Ron DeSantis, suing to delay the reopening of schools and to not allow in-person classroom teaching in the fall. The state issued an emergency order on July 6 to reopen public schools for

8 Communities Compete to Be U.S. Space Force’s Florida Headquarters

Governor Ron DeSantis has endorsed all eight nomination letters for communities looking to host the U.S. Space Force headquarters. Following a call on Tuesday, June 7, with staff from the Florida Congressional delegation, Space Florida announced Gov. Ron DeSantis had endorsed the nomination letters from all eight communities vying for the Space Force headquarters. Space