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Suncoast Tiger Bay Club

The Suncoast Tiger Bay Club hosted the mayors of St. Petersburg and Tampa Friday morning at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club for a discussion of the “State of the Bay.”

A major theme of the discussion was the strength of the Tampa Bay region, and partnership over competition on planning, economic and transportation issues.

Tim Redman

This weekend, Michael Francis will take the stage with The Florida Orchestra as its new Music Director. For the concerts to open the Masterworks season, Francis chose Aaron Copland's Symphony No. 3 and the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3, which will feature Valentina Lisitsa.

Francis said his idea was to present "two true epics," adding that they represent "very much the start of an American journey."

Little Bird Key
Steve Newborn / WUSF News

Four environmental groups recently sued the state over Amendment One, which overwhelmingly was passed by voters last year. They claim state officials are diverting money that should go into the state’s conservation land-buying fund. So other groups are trying to fill the gap. Recently, one of the most productive bird nesting islands in Tampa Bay was bought by the Audubon Society. WUSF takes us on a trip to Little Bird Key, and tells us why the group is trying to raise money to pay for it.

I hop aboard an outboard with Ann Paul, who manages Audubon Florida's Coastal Islands Sanctuaries. She points her boat to the newest wildlife refuge in Tampa Bay.

Daylina Miller/WUSF

The National Weather Service said river flood warnings continue for the Peace River at Zolfo Springs, Bartow and Arcadia, and the Horse Creek near Arcadia. 

Flood warnings are also in effect for the Myakka River at Myakka River State Park. 

The heavy rain of the past few weeks has also created a situation where the Little Manatee River at Wimauma could flood, as well as the Alafia at Lithia. 

Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press

It's tax season, and for the first time, people filing tax returns will be asked if they have health insurance. Under the federal health law, there is a tax penalty for not having insurance.  United Way Suncoast is once again offering free tax prep help.  This year, they're partnering with Covering Tampa Bay, a group that works to enroll people in health plans.  Danielle Laughlin is an income strategies manager for the United Way.

Quincy Walters

Paul Workman worries that this old war bird’s time may be running out.

As mechanic and flight engineer for the B-17 Flying Fortress, he knows what it means when the fuselage of the World War II bomber creaks and whines as it taxis the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport's runway.

“We honestly don’t know how long we’re going to be able to do this—given the cost, given the changing the regulations,” he said during a recent visit.

Designed by Boeing for the U.S. Army, the B-17 was the flagship bomber of WWII in the European theater. 

Give Day: Giving Back to Tampa Bay Nonprofits

May 5, 2014
fulfillyourdestiny.org

Twenty-four hours to make the Tampa Bay community better. That is what Give Day is all about, giving back to more than 350 nonprofits throughout the Bay area. The program originated in Minnesota and is now part of communities across the country.

This year is the 100th anniversary of community foundations in the United States, and this Tuesday, Tampa Bay will have its first ever Give Day.

Tampa Bay Water Quality Gets A Green Light - Again

Mar 5, 2014
Tampa Bay Estuary Program

The Tampa Bay Estuary Program is reporting that all of Tampa Bay met it's goals for water quality 2013. That's the second year in a row that's happened, as scientists collecting the data report record water clarity in many areas of the bay.

Here's their news release:

All major segments of Tampa Bay met water quality goals in 2013, for the second year in a row, as scientists collecting the data report record water clarity in many areas of the bay.

Nathan Powell

The renovations that will turn the childhood home of baseball Hall of Fame member Al Lopez into a baseball museum began Wednesday.

Tampa Bay has a rich history in baseball, with more than 80 major leaguers coming from the area.

The Tampa Bay Baseball Museum will encompass the entire history of local baseball, from Little League all the way up to the big leagues.

Tampa Number Five in Foreclosures

Jun 15, 2012

Foreclosures in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area shot up 111 percent in the past year.

According to RealtyTrac, that means one in every 304 Bay area housing units is in foreclosure.

The new numbers rank the Bay area number five in foreclosures for the top 20 largest metropolitan areas in the country.

P.L. Bartow Steam Power Plant Demolished

Feb 28, 2012
Bay News 9

If you've come across the Gandy Bridge from Tampa to St. Petersburg, you've seen them -- the three smokestacks of the P. L. Bartow Steam Power plant.

Now, they're gone.  At exactly 10 this morning, those smokestacks came tumbling down.

The explosives go off first, followed by the rumbling of a power plant and its three smokestacks falling down like trees being cut down in a forest.

The power plant has not been used since 2009 when Progress Energy replaced it. The new plant makes more electricity and reduced emissions by 80%, according to the company.

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