International Manatee Day — Experts look for help as Florida species suffers

Manatee Close Up — Courtesy: Image by Andrea Izzotti from Shutterstock International Manatee Day is recognized around the world on Sept. 7.  In Florida, catching a glimpse of a West Indian manatee, a mating pod, or even a group of manatees is extremely common. The manatee has been going through a rough year, with the

Study finds Florida homes are overpriced by 20% with those in the Tampa area being the most expensive

Beautiful Residential Home – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Mike Focus Florida homes continue to sell for much more than what they are worth, and recent buyers who paid high prices might be seeing their real estate investments pay off much later than they originally anticipated. According to a study conducted by researchers at Florida

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

Tampa unseats Miami on Best Cities in America list for 2021

Tampa, Florida, USA downtown city skyline over the Hillsborough River – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by ESB Professional News Flash! There’s more to Florida than just Miami. While Miami is certainly the most well-known city in the Sunshine State for a number of reasons, people often forget about the other big cities that make Florida—well,

Tampa Bay woman set to represent Florida in 100th Miss America Competition

(Source: Polk County Tourism & Sports Marketing)- via WFLA Petitions to formally change Tampa Bay to “Champa Bay” should seriously be considered because it seems like every game, competition, and contest over the past year has some winning ties to the Bay area. Joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay Lightning, Miss Tampa

Clearwater’s long-awaited Coachman Park renovation postponed due to increased construction costs

Imagine Clearwater Rendering – Courtesy: myclearwater.com The City of Clearwater will have to wait a bit longer before it can enjoy a pending renovation in the city’s downtown Coachman Park. Imagine Clearwater is a futuristic vision for the city, but the long-awaited revamp will have to wait due to increased construction costs. A $64 million

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

Florida Theme Parks slowly returning to normalcy with loosened mask requirements

Dudley Do-Right Ripsaw Falls ride at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure theme park – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Kamira Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their mask mandate for fully vaccinated persons in a surprise move that will bring Americans one step closer to pre-pandemic “normalcy.” One day after

Florida crews working to prevent ‘Catastrophic’ flood situation in Manatee County phosphate mine

Governor Ron DeSantis addressing the Piney Point water situation – Courtesy: Chris O’Meara/AP A significant toxic wastewater leak was discovered last week Friday at a former phosphate plant located at Piney Point in Manatee County. After the leak was discovered, Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for the entire county and ordered the

Gasparilla 2021 Pirate Festival canceled due to continued COVID-19 concerns

Gasparilla Invasion – Courtesy: Gasparilla Pirate Fest website It seems like every other week another major Florida event is canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and this week serves as another example as to why public safety is the main priority for festival and large-scale event organizers during the pandemic. Despite having the