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Massive hurricanes, corrupt politicians and the tragic death of a famous manatee – there was a lot of big news in Florida this year. This week on Florida Matters we talk with local journalists about some of 2017’s top local stories.


Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

A group of volunteers are putting up Christmas lights in their Tampa neighborhood, just blocks from where food pantry worker Ronald Felton was shot and killed by a serial killer just a few weeks earlier.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

The suspect in the four Seminole Heights murders entered a not guilty plea in Hillsborough County Court on Tuesday morning.

Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

A 24-year-old college graduate who was arrested in a string of deadly shootings that terrorized a Tampa neighborhood will make his first court appearance Thursday to face four counts of first-degree murder.

Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

The Tampa neighborhood of Seminole Heights is known for it's craft beer, innovative restaurants and eclectic boutiques.

But over the past 51 days, state, local and federal authorities have been constantly patrolling the neighborhood looking for whoever killed four people.

Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

Tampa Police have arrested a fast-food worker they believe is connected to the shooting deaths of four people in the city.

Mounted Police Patrol Seminole Heights Neighborhood

Nov 26, 2017
Azalia Negron / Flickr

The Tampa Police Department used horse patrols this weekend in a neighborhood that has been plagued by four homicides since October.

Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

Some Seminole Heights business owners are expecting a record holiday shopping season in spite of the recent series of murders in the neighborhood.

Tampa Police Department

Florida Highway Patrol troopers are helping to police Seminole Heights after four people were recently shot to death in the Tampa neighborhood.

Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

Residents of the Seminole Heights community in Tampa collected canned food and donations Saturday after a man was gunned down while volunteering at a local food pantry.

Steve Newborn / WUSF Public Media

The reward money for information that helps solve the Seminole Heights homicides has now increased to $100,000. Tampa Police officials say it has been enhanced with money from with law enforcement partners, community groups, as well as private citizens.

Tampa Police Department

The Seminole Heights killer claimed a fourth victim Tuesday morning. Ronald Felton was waiting for the food pantry where he volunteers to open when he was shot. The shooter is still unknown, but police are working to identify him – and a motivation - although that may prove difficult.

Julio Ochoa/WUSF

A day after the fourth slaying in Tampa's Seminole Heights neighborhood, police released new video of someone they are now calling a suspect.

Steve Newborn / WUSF Public Media

Police are scouring Tampa's Seminole Heights neighborhood, one day after a man was gunned down on Nebraska Avenue. It was the fourth murder in a month in the area north of downtown Tampa.

Tampa’s mayor and police chief plan to trick-or-treat in a neighborhood terrorized by a real-life horror.

Tampa Police Department

Tampa police on Thursday released a new surveillance video in the hunt for a suspect in three fatal and apparently random shootings.

The video was taken the night of the first shooting in Seminole Heights. It shows a person in a hooded top running away from the neighborhood within seconds of the slaying.

Tampa Police Department

Fears of a serial killer have police in Tampa escorting children to school in one neighborhood near downtown, and a city bus changed its usual route.

First Draft Facebook

Jay Thompson is from Chicago where live storytelling is a big deal. That's one of the cities that regularly hosts events such as The Moth, where true stories are shared live at a mic in front of an audience. So when she moved here, she wanted to bring storytelling with her.

Chef Greg Baker
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 The Seminole Heights neighborhood, once dotted with car repair shops, has become a key player in the growth of Tampa's culinary and craft beer scene.

Greg Baker has been at the forefront of the transformation in the now-trendy historic neighborhood. And he recently brought an additional boost of national attention to the area by receiving his fifth nomination for a James Beard Award, the Grammys of the food business.

Florida Department of Transportation

On Thursday, the Florida Department of Transportation will present a plan to Tampa City Council that would add express toll lanes to Interstate 4, Interstate 75 and Interstate 275.

It's called the Tampa Bay Express.

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