Philip Morgan, Tampa Reporter

Philip Morgan

Tampa Reporter

I am nearing my 50th year as a reporter, and I feel as enthusiastic about the job now as I did when I began. I started at the Lakeland Ledger a month after graduating from the University of Florida’s college of journalism in 1970. I moved to the Tampa Tribune in 1972 and worked there for 36 years. I covered poverty and welfare, courts and spent two years on the investigative reporting desk before becoming a feature writer, a job I did for 30 years. I joined the Tampa Bay Times (then the St. Petersburg Times) in 2010. I cover Hillsborough news for the regional editions of the Times with a special emphasis on the City of Temple Terrace.

Alpha the bobcat dashes to freedom in Hillsborough County

Alpha the bobcat checks out the surroundings before dashing off to the woods during her release last month by Big Cat Rescue. The nonprofit rescue group has rehabilitated and released 36 bobcats into the wild since becoming a state-licensed bobcat rescue facility in 2003. [Photo courtesy of Hillsborough County]
Big Cat Rescue has rehabilitated and released 36 bobcats onto Hillsborough County land since it started a state-licensed rescue and rehabilitation operation.

Bringing phosphate mines back to nature in southeast Hillsborough County

Project manager Janie Hagberg, 53, stands in front of the pump being used to circulate water to carve out land and recreate a creek in Balm Boyette Scrub Preserve. There used to be a creek in the area before the land was used for phosphate mining in the 1960s. [ALLIE GOULDING   |   Times]
Engineers are recirculating surface water to recreate a stream that ran through the property before the 1960s, when the area was mined for phosphate.

Brandon Fourth of July parade celebrates 60 years of honorary mayors

A past entry putt-putts along in the Brandon Fourth of July parade, said to be one of the largest Independence Day parades in the state. [Photo courtesy of The Community Roundtable]
As always, this year's Honorary Mayor of Brandon will be the candidate who raises the most money for Brandon charities. The Honorary Mayor will be identified at 8 a.m. on July 4th as grand marshal.

Temple Terrace recreation complex undergoes major renovation

Temple Terrace resident Wayne Papy, foreground, works out in the new fitness center at the Temple Terrace Family Recreation Complex, part of a $2.6 million renovation. [Photo by Laurie L. Hayes, City of Temple Terrace]
City officials celebrated the $2.6 million job with a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week.

Downtown Temple Terrace is finally taking shape

This is a preliminary image of the bank and retail stores that Paragon Group plans to build on the corner of 56th Street and Bullard Parkway in the Temple Terrace downtown redevelopment area. [Photo courtesy of City of Temple Terrace]
Two developers have closed on deals to build a bank, restaurants and retail shops, and a contract is pending for 200 luxury apartments in the redevelopment area, a huge swath of land east of 56th...