Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Floridian

Her journey to Breezy Boards, an art-based skateboard company, started at age 10

Her journey to Breezy Boards, an art-based skateboard company, started at age 10

ST. PETERSBURGWhen did you know what you wanted to be when you grew up? Can you point to the moment that planted that seed?Brianna Enders, 24, can. Fourth of July 2002, Seneca Creek State Park in Maryland. She is 10, with a freckled face and a toothy...
Updated a year ago
Before you curse at someone in traffic, consider this story

Before you curse at someone in traffic, consider this story

ST. PETERSBURG Just before 7 a.m., Pamela Block's iPhone alarm chirps on the kitchen counter. She has been awake since 3:30. She tried to watch a movie to fall back asleep. She Googled retinitis pigmentosa and worried. She moved the Elf on the Shelf ...
Updated a year ago
Here's a resolution, Florida: Let's stop being suckers

Here's a resolution, Florida: Let's stop being suckers

Florida has several leading industries that keep our economy roaring. Tourism is No. 1, of course. Without it, we'd have far fewer tattoo parlors and strip joints. Development is booming again, and (judging by their regular appearances in police repo...
Updated a year ago
At 17, she gave him up and 45 years later, her son called

At 17, she gave him up and 45 years later, her son called

She wasn't expecting the call or inclined to take it.The phone rang on a Sunday night, April 24, a few minutes after 8. Linda Palm, 63, had just stepped inside from tending plants around her Gulfport home. Her husband was taking a shower.She stared a...
Updated a year ago
One-time Bill Clinton impersonator hopes Donald Trump will make his career great again

One-time Bill Clinton impersonator hopes Donald Trump will make his career great again

Tim Watters built a career portraying Bill Clinton. Lucky for him, he kind of looks like Donald Trump, too.
Updated a year ago
Time Capsule: What we didn't know the day President Barack Obama was inaugurated

Time Capsule: What we didn't know the day President Barack Obama was inaugurated

Time capsule: This is a recurring Floridian magazine feature that allows readers to re-experience some of the Tampa Bay Times' best stories with the wisdom of hindsight. So what didn't we know the day of President Barack Obama's inauguration that we ...
Updated a year ago
Prince Vinegar's last stand: Would you know when it's time to go? Are you sure?

Prince Vinegar's last stand: Would you know when it's time to go? Are you sure?

OCALA — On a bright, breezy morning in early spring, the old sculptor got his first sign that the end was near.He was working in his studio — the screened carport off his trailer — sipping cold coffee, smoking a hand-rolled cigarett...
Updated a year ago
A Purple Heart's journey from a flea market to a fallen soldier's family

A Purple Heart's journey from a flea market to a fallen soldier's family

The brass medal rested between satin and crushed gold velvet on a junk table at a dusty Orlando flea market.The seller wanted $10.Ken Gifford, sales manager for Independence RV in Winter Garden, saw it there one Saturday morning a decade ago when he ...
Updated a year ago
Time for a kindness break

Time for a kindness break

Join hands with me, will you, for a pre-Thanksgiving prayer:Please, just let Tuesday come and go. Let this presidential election be over.Let its results be conclusive and undisputed.Let them not prompt half the country to flee to Canada.Let them not ...
Updated a year ago
Tampa and Cuba, once Cold War enemies, now work together to save the ocean

Tampa and Cuba, once Cold War enemies, now work together to save the ocean

A few miles from the silos of the Cuban Missile Crisis, researchers from Havana and Tampa forge friendships while teaming to save coral reefs.
Updated a year ago