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1. Patty Ryan and Richard Danielson: He incensed real estate developers. He poured fuel on a flickering local green movement. He directed national TV cameras to sewage spills in Tampa Bay and then took the heat from hometown politicians.

Roger P. Stewart, an Air Force pilot-turned-environmentalist, kept Hills­borough County elected officials on edge for three decades in a hard-fought battle to put natural resources over profit.

He died Thursday at 89, leaving behind a community that many say is cleaner for his efforts.

2. Terry Tomalin: Organizers don't know what to expect when hundreds of snorkelers hit the water Saturday to look for scallops.

"We have had some really good years, and others … they have been hard to find," said Peter Clark, president of Tampa Bay Watch, sponsor of the Great Bay Scallop Search. "But one thing is for sure. The water quality in the bay is the best it's been since the 1950s."

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