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Angela Cordoba Perez

Digital News Intern

Angela Cordoba Perez is a WUSF/USF Zimmerman School digital news intern for the spring 2020 semester. Currently, she is a sophomore at USF majoring in mass communications and completing a minor in psychology.

Growing up in Colombia, Angela developed an interest in writing stories and news, which is why she moved to Tampa to pursue a career in journalism.

Even if she misses the mountain views, especially in one of the flattest states of the country, she is excited to bring her diverse voice to the Tampa Bay community.

She hopes she can learn as much as she can from her colleagues in the newsroom and bring a unique perspective to WUSF’s stories.

Mosquito season isn't officially here yet, but they are starting to appear already.

And this year, there's a new question: can mosquitoes spread coronavirus? 

If there's some good news, the answer is "no."

Bull statues on USF Tampa campus
Carl Lisciandrello/WUSF Public Media

While Florida businesses and institutions are trying to figure out how - and how fast - they'll reopen under Gov. Ron DeSantis' plan, universities are also discussing how they will bring students back to campus.

Like many others, the University of South Florida is looking at a phased approach.

House with a pool for rent.
Airbnb.com

Last week, Gov. Ron De Santis extended an executive order suspending short-term vacation rentals because of COVID-19. Short-term renting will not be allowed until at least April 30.

The order only restricts the opening of homes and condominiums, not hotels, inns, and resorts. Long-terms rentals are also allowed. This has sparked a negative reaction among homeowners who rent their places to tourists and who have been greatly affected by the new rules. 

People unpacking boxes
Tampa Family Health Centers twitter

A federal grant awarded last week to the Tampa Family Health Centers will allow it to expand services to medically underserved residents in Hillsborough County while trying to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Screen grab of Creative Pinellas website
CreativePinellas.org

Museums, educational centers, galleries and other cultural centers in Florida are closed to visitors to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But many are offering online art and science programs to engage people while they keep appropriate social distance. 

Preschool children at a table.
Kerry Sheridan/WUSF / WUSF Public Media

Following the recommendations of experts, staying at home and keeping a social distance is very important to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. It can also be exhausting, especially for the parents whose children are staying home instead of going to school.

This list of resources can be helpful for those families who are running out of ideas of what to do during the quarantine. 

bottles of hand sanitizer
3 Daughters Brewing / Facebook

While bars and nightclubs in Florida are closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19, some Tampa Bay area breweries and distilleries are changing their specialties to start producing and bottling hand sanitizers. 

man with back to camera speaks to commissioners on a panel
Pinellas County YouTube channel

While Hillsborough and Pinellas County joined the rest of the state in closing public schools through March 27, the Tampa Bay area’s two most populous counties took other different measures Friday in response to the coronavirus.

Bags of sand on the beach.
City of Sarasota

The latest beach renourishment plan for Lido Key Beach still doesn’t have a start date, but officials say they know what is needed to protect the shore for the next five years.

A strawberry patch lies within the middle of The Florida Strawberry Festival as visitors walk by and admire the growing fruit.
Thomas Iacobucci / WUSF Public Media

The Florida Strawberry Festival is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, and organizers of the Plant City tradition plan to give the 600,000 expected attendees the things that have brought them back for decades: music, community, and lots of strawberries.

Boats near a key.
Charlie Shoemaker/The Pew Charitable Trusts

State lawmakers are considering a bill (HB 1061SB 1042 ) to protect the largest seagrass bed in the Gulf of Mexico. There are 400,000 acres of underwater plants in the Nature Coast, but the coastline of Pasco, Citrus and Hernando counties has not been preserved.

Hillsborough County Commissioners have agreed to a controversial potential solution for the spread of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and opioid overdoses - a needle exchange initiative.

The cost of rent for apartments in the Tampa Bay Area and other parts of Florida is climbing at a faster rate than many other parts of the country.