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Pinellas County, a popular travel destination in Florida, will be receiving more tax dollars from tourists as the Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office partners with various travel agencies.

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Florida’s general election this November is expected to see an increase in voter turnout and multiple counties are recruiting more election workers to help with the bigger crowds.

University of South Florida

The University of South Florida turns 62 this year -- old enough to retire if it were human, but a veritable infant compared to other institutions of higher education, like the nearly 400-year-old Harvard University or Oxford, which was founded more than nine centuries ago.

Visit Florida

A property owner in St. Pete Beach has won big in a dispute over public beach access.

A federal court has ordered the city to pay Chet Chmielewski's estate $1.5 million.

USF Communications

Cue "Pomp and Circumstance," as graduation season is once again upon us.

Spring Commencement begins for the University of South Florida Thursday, and by the time Monday night comes around, more than 7,000 students at USF's three campuses will have received their degrees.

That includes the oldest graduate, who's not done learning just yet.

Michael Kernodle / Lakewood High School

When Lakewood High School’s band director Michael Kernodle walked through the music room door eight years ago, he found one marching band, no equipment and a program without structure — a far cry from glory days half a century earlier.

It’s been a lot of work, but the St. Petersburg school's music program has exploded. It has three full-time music instructors who teach orchestra, jazz, piano, steel drums and AP music theory.

Most state workers won't be getting a raise in the coming year, but Florida's judges could be getting a big one.

Tim Fanning / WUSF Public Media

Almost three decades ago, officials with the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg buried a pair of ancient mosaics for storage purposes. 

Now, a temporary excavation site has been set up just off Bayshore Drive, as they begin a months-long process of unearthing and restoring the 2,000-year-old relics. 

Bethany Hanson / WUSF Public Media

A device developed by University of South Florida engineers that turns wastewater into clean water, energy and nutrients will soon be headed to South Africa.

The NEWgenerator uses membrane filtration - similar to a coffee filter - to clean dirty water and convert it for future use.

Embracing Our Differences

Arts organizations from Sarasota and St.Petersburg were among those honored by the state this week for their work promoting diversity and inclusion.

Aquarius Program at FIU / USF Research & Innovation

Sixty feet beneath the water’s surface in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary sits one of the world’s three undersea research laboratories.

And as you read this, the Aquarius Reef Base is home to an international crew of researchers, including Dominic D’Agostino, an associate professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine.

Recent USF graduates Victor Sims (left) and Frank Cirillo are both running for political office this year.
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This year, while a lot of college students are getting ready to vote in their first presidential election, two recent University of South Florida graduates are running for office.

Tourism Leaders Challenge Change to Bed Tax

Feb 1, 2016
Christopher Collier

Leaders in Tampa Bay's tourism industry said they're concerned about a legislative proposal to designate part of the local bed tax for police services. 

The bed tax, formally known as the Tourist Development Tax, is $.05 on the dollar in most area counties – $.06 per dollar in Pinellas County --  for hotel rooms, timeshares and short-term rentals.

The proposal from Rep. Brad Drakes, R-DeFuniak Springs, would set aside 10 percent of the bed tax for police services. 

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