1. Jaye Matthews will begin as Clearwater's Community Redevelopment Agency Director on Dec. 5 after serving as an operations officer with Baltimore's housing department since 2019.
  2. Hillsborough County detention deputy Nathan Weaver, 42, was charged with driving under the influence, the Sheriff’s Office said.
  3. Seniors, individuals with underlying conditions such as heart or lung disease, and those with weakened immune systems are more likely to become seriously ill from cases of COVID-19, flu and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.
  4. Jo Dyke tests the lights on the branch of a cherry blossom tree. The LED lights can be programmed to display different colors. The cherry blossom trees will be pink.
  5. Christmas Town at Busch Gardens in Tampa a variety of colorful elements.
  6. COVID-19 testing site workers register and test patients for the virus at Hillsborough Community College’s Brandon campus on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. Ahead of the winter holidays, new subvariants are causing some concern, and bivalent booster uptake is low.
  7. The downtown Tampa Winter Village has added a new “street curling” attraction that is free to play any time the holiday district is open in Curtis Hixon Park. They will even have a new curling league that is signing up teams now.
  8. A biologist from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium helps a recently hatched sea turtle find its way from the beach to the water. While sea turtle nests are up this year, the aquarium reported an alarming number of times the hatchlings were confused by artificial lights and headed to hotels and garages instead of the ocean.
  9. A Tampa federal judge heard arguments Thursday in a human trafficking case brought against the Church of Scientology by three former members. The church wants the case to be heard by an internal panel of loyal Scientologists instead of the court system.
  10. In this 2018 photo, a bonnethead shark swims in a tank at the Mote Marine Aquarium in Sarasota. The aquarium houses manatees, sharks, sea turtles and otters. Visitors can explore touch pools, hands-on exhibits and windows into the real research being done by scientists in the Mote Marine Laboratory.
  11. This photo of downtown Tampa overlooks the Tampa Riverwalk, University of Tampa, and Hillsborough River in April. Guess what this land used to be called?
  12. A rendering shows the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority's proposed multimodal transit center planned for downtown Clearwater. On Tuesday, the Pinellas County Commission voted to put up to $8 million toward the project, providing the last piece of funding it needs to move forward.
  13. A group tied to the Philadelphia Phillies has purchased this property at 21688 U.S. 19 N in Clearwater, directly south of BayCare Ballpark.
  14. Members of the Clearwater Fire Department saved a woman from a sinking car in a pond Saturday morning in Largo.
  15. A sea turtle caught up in Hurricane Nicole was rescued by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. He has numerous tumors on his body and eyes that they are monitoring.
  16. Grocery prices have risen some 13 percent, according to government reports, and bird flu has made turkey prices soar. But there are ways to curb your spending without curbing your appetite for a hearty Thanksgiving meal.
  17. A volunteer in 2020 takes turkeys and other meats from the freezer to distribute during the food drive and food distribution operation at Metropolitan Ministries' holiday tent in Tampa.
  18. Willie Nelson will perform March 3 at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City.
  19. A rendering of the Winter Memorial Garden at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, set to be finished by Spring 2023.
  20. Hip hop duo Vonne Parks (left) and André “Dre” Gainey (right), also known as They Hate Change, perform a DJ set on stage at Hooch and Hive on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022 in Tampa.
  21. Experimental hip-hop duo They Hate Change hail from the Tampa Bay area, which they frequently reference in their music. Landmarks in recent music videos include Marko's Meat & Deli, The Bends, Planet Retro, the Tampa Theatre and Dairy Kurl.
  22. The virtual reality therapy room is marked at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019.
  23. About 150 power trucks are staged in the Tropicana Field parking lot under the I-275 overpass in preparation for Hurricane Nicole on Wednesday in St. Petersburg. Tens of thousands of power outages were reported across Florida on Thursday morning, including thousands in the Tampa Bay area.
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