Garnet Brown Gordon-Somers

Digital News Intern

Garnet Brown Gordon-Somers is a WUSF/USF Zimmerman School digital news intern for spring 2019.

A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Garnet is currently a second year student at USF, working towards his degree in mass communications with a concentration in broadcast news. His involvement in theater from a young age sparked his love for storytelling, acting as a catalyst for his journalistic adventure.

Garnet has previous experience as the founder of his high school’s first online newspaper. He also interned with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, based in his hometown.

Newtown resident Johnny Hunter grew up in the Sarasota community and plans to spend the rest of his life there. He left the area for a while, but returned as an adult and went on to co-publish Tempo News, a weekly African American newspaper that has been in the Sarasota-Manatee region since 1987.

Fannie Mae's  Sustainable Communities Innovation Challenge offers $10 million in awards for affordable housing ideas.
Fannie Mae

A poll by Fannie Mae shows that 46% of American adults would prefer to live in a community with access to better schools and childcare, but cannot afford to do so. In addition, more than half of those polled said places with better job opportunities are too expensive for them to live in.

In response, the government-sponsored mortgage loan company is launching the Sustainable Communities Innovation Challenge.

Pinellas County bus passengers will get to keep all of their routes -- for now. Members of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority's board decided last week to hold off on proposed route cuts.

Updated FEMA flood maps indicate risk zones in Pinellas County.
Pinellas County Government

Flooding is one of the most common and costly disasters during storms. Pinellas County is the latest area to have adjustments made to its flood map to better reflect the risk that some homeowners may face.

McMullen Booth Road is facing detours near State Road 590 as part of the railroad improvement program.
Transportation Division of Pinellas County Public Works

Every day, thousands of motorists drive McMullen Booth Road, one of the major north-south roadways in Pinellas County.

Starting Friday, they will be facing detours near State Road 590 in Clearwater as county workers improve a railroad line there.

The Newton Historic Building Preservation Pilot Program started with the intention of restoring, rehabilitating and renovating properties in the 100-year-old African American enclave.
Newtown Alive

The city of Sarasota is taking a stand for its African American community of Newtown by launching a program to preserve its historic properties.

Firestone Grand Prix St. Petersburg Facebook page

For the fifteenth year, the Grand Prix is back with its 1.8-mile, 14-turn, waterfront circuit through the streets of St. Petersburg.

According to Kim Green, Chairman and CEO of Firestone Grand Prix St. Petersburg, the race is the largest spectator event in Pinellas County each year and is expected to rev up the economy.

Hillsborough County Tax Collector's Office

If you’ve ever wanted to skip the line at the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Hillsborough County Tax Collector’s office is granting your wishes. It launched Florida’s first motor vehicle registration self-service kiosks on Wednesday in Brandon.

MacDill Air Force Base

MacDill Air Force Base has the largest economic impact on the Tampa Bay area compared to all other companies and organizations.

John Pastor/Flickr

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is working on road safety enhancements for pedestrians and bicyclists as the Tampa Bay area is ranked among the most dangerous metropolitan areas in the United States for pedestrians.

Haines City Police Department

The opioid crisis is affecting communities of all sizes across the country. In one example, Haines City has equipped all officers in its police department with a life-saving drug that combats opioid overdoses.

Dade City Chamber of Commerce

The long-standing Dade City Kumquat Festival is making a comeback this weekend after last year’s cold snap.