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A Central Florida company says it will take over part of Mosaic's fertilizer factory in Plant City.

An aerial view of Mosaic's fertilizer plant in Plant City. It opened in 1975.
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Mosaic said it’s permanently shutting down a fertilizer factory in Plant City. The company stopped processing phosphate at the facility two years ago. 

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March is National Reading Month, and Sky Zone Tampa is using it as an opportunity to bring literacy to the community.

The trampoline gym is hosting a month-long book drive, and on Monday, they’ll donate around 300 books to Achieve Plant City, a nonprofit fostering education and literacy in east Hillsborough County.

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In 2017, our series, "Telling Tampa Bay Stories," took us to Tampa's Progress Village. In 2018, the focus turned to Plant City -- a Hillsborough County community where agriculture and development, history and progress all meet.


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Plant City is best-known for its annual Strawberry Festival, but there is much more to this Hillsborough community.

For example, some may not know the city is also home to the Bing Rooming House, a National Historic Site that was once a hotel for people of color during segregation. 

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Last month, the first installment of our series, "Telling Tampa Bay Stories," took us to Plant City, where we heard stories about the history and development of the Hillsborough County community.

This week's Florida Matters highlights some of the places and events that make Plant City special.


Jeanette Abrahamsen

This week on Florida Matters we focus on the places and events that make Plant City special, like the Plant City Photo Archives and History Center.

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Plant City’s annual Strawberry Festival returns this week with a renovated main soundstage and headliners from a variety of musical genres.

Starting Thursday, the Florida Strawberry Festival is back. This year's theme, according to Festival President Paul Davis, is “Building New Memories!”

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The Mosaic Company has announced it will temporarily close its Plant City phosphate processing plant at the end of the year. That comes despite the company reporting increased profits.

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Two people are dead after a bad accident early today that snarled traffic and left drivers fuming for miles and hours.

The wreck happened at Interstate 4 and Alexander Street in Plant City at 6:10 this morning.

The Florida Highway Patrol says it all started when an aggressive driver cut off Michael Anthony Bennett and his wife Letara Tenell Bennett of Lakeland.  Bennett overcorrected and that sent his GMC Envoy ping-ponging off another car.  The Bennetts' car flipped and they were both ejected from the SUV. They both died.

The driver of the third car was not hurt.  Authorities are looking for the aggressive driver who caused the accident.  The car was a dark-colored compact. 

If you witnessed the crash, the FHP wants to hear from you at 813-631-4020.