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Our top 10 beach camping spots

Make plans now to enjoy a great beach camping spot. Most are not crowded from June through August. You just have to know where to go, what to bring and how to survive for a few days without, heaven forbid, air-conditioning.



  1. Gov. Scott's ideas for teacher incentives didn't resonate; Legislature has own plans


    Back at the end of January, Gov. Rick Scott made teachers a top priority in his budget recommendations to the Legislature for next year.

    Gov. Rick Scott
  2. The House, Senate proposals to expand 'Best & Brightest' are out


    More top educators in Florida would have a crack at an annual state bonus in the 2017-18 school year, under initial legislative proposals to expand a controversial, 2-year-old teacher incentive program.

    Senators enter the House to start a joint session of the Florida Legislature, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in Tallahassee, Fla.
  3. Florida teachers union leaders: We want better pay for all, not a new legislative 'gimmick'


    Leaders of local and state teachers unions tell the Times/Herald that they are eager for more details on the Florida Legislature's planned expansion of …

  4. Senate will seek to 'take some of the edges off' controversial teacher bonuses


    David Simmons, the Senate's pre-K-12 education budget chairman, elaborated slightly on Thursday about the Legislature's intent to expand the controversial …

    The Florida Capitol in Tallahassee
  5. Senator says Florida Legislature crafting plan for $200M+ in teacher incentives


    The amount of money Florida spends to recruit and keep good teachers for its K-12 public schools could potentially quadruple next year, under tentative plans being crafted in private by Republican House and Senate leaders ahead of the 2017 session.

    Altamonte Springs Republican David Simmons oversees the Senate pre-K-12 education budget committee on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, where he said House and Senate leaders are discussing potentially more than $200 million in funding for teacher incentives in 2017-18.
  6. Ken Bone memes prove who really won the second presidential debate


    It's hard to say exactly why Ken Bone, some guy who asked the candidates a question during the second presidential debate, went viral.

    Ken Bone won the hearts of Twitter during the debate.
  7. Florida Board of Education seeks to end controversial teacher bonuses


    From Gradebook:

    The Florida Board of Education on Friday backed a budget plan that would eliminate funding for the state's 

    Tinder x Spotify deal means new pressure to pick the best 'anthem' for your profile


    Dating app Tinder has teamed with music streaming app Spotify to create a new way for potential dates to judge your swipeworthiness. 

    Tinder now allows users to include an "anthem" on their profile.
  8. Tampa Bay area named 15th best major metro for college students


    The Tampa Bay area is the 15th best place in the United States for college students, according to a new ranking from the American Institute for Economic Research.

    Students cross campus at the University of Tampa between classes on Nov. 13.
  9. An ode to the ultimate fair food: Funnel cake

    Food & Dining

    Kevin McGrath's family has been frying up fair food since 1978, and for most of that time, the funnel cake never really changed.

    Luis Santana  |   Times (2/3/2015 Tampa, FL)   One of nine stands from company The Best Around funnel cake stands featuring Jane "Mama Jane" Harris recipes at the Florida State Fair. [Photo Luis Santana | Times]