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Gabe Stern - Local News - Beaches Reporter

Local News - Beaches Reporter

I’m a summer 2021 reporting intern, covering beaches across the region along with anything else that comes up. I just graduated from Syracuse University, and I’m excited to once again trade an upstate New York winter for a Florida summer. I’ve covered growth and development in Lee and Collier counties, prisons in upstate New York, internal conduct proceedings at my alma mater and high school seniors whose year got cut short. I used to play volleyball, but that’s now evolved into a Spikeball passion — one that’s resulted in three (!) broken nets to date.

  1. Workers the the city of St. Petersburg work to corral dead fish as they float near the St. Petersburg Municipal Marina on Friday, July 16, 2021, where the area’s Red Tide bloom persists on the Florida Gulf Coast.
  2. Red Tide is suspected in the deaths of eight of nine manatees recently found off the coasts of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, according to data from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
  3. Dead fish fill the end of a canal July 16 near the Sell Isle Marina in St. Petersburg. Red Tide continues to poison hundreds of tons of marine life in Tampa Bay and in the gulf.
  4. A rendering of the proposed Schooner Resort, a nine-story, 56-room hotel planned along Gulf Boulevard on the site of the current Schooner hotel.
  5. City employees work together to remove a dead goliath grouper from the waters at Crisp Park Wednesday in St. Petersburg.
  6. Dead fish are visible in the water at North Shore Park on Friday in St. Petersburg. The Sunshine City has become the epicenter of Tampa Bay's ongoing Red Tide crisis, and no one can say when it will get better.
  7. A rendering of the proposed Schooner Resort, a nine-story, 56-room hotel planned along Gulf Boulevard on the site of the current Schooner hotel.
  8. St. Petersburg city employees clean up a fish kill from Red Tide along Bay Vista Park in St. Petersburg on July 8.
  9. Josh White, owner and founder of Tampa Bay Salvage, left, returns a chandelier to the Kellogg Mansion, 129 Buena Vista Dr. S, on Friday, July 9, 2021, in Dunedin. The property owner, Christa Carpenter, plans to donate chandeliers, statues, light fixtures, fountains and door knobs, and the property’s statues and fountains to the city so they can auction off the pieces and use that money for future preservation projects. 
  10. Aerial drone photo of the Tierra Verde Grand Canal pictured on Thursday, July 8, 2021 in Tierra Verde.
  11. John Pack, 52, fishes from the Dunedin Causeway following Tropical Storm Elsa Wednesday.
  12. The 5 p.m. update on tropical storm Elsa from the National Hurricane Center shows the Tampa Bay region in a tropical storm warning.
  13. Mollie Sipos, in charge of equine care at Saddle Up Riding Club, poses with her horse, Opie, a 15-year-old gelding, at Saddle Up Riding Club, Friday, July 2, 2021 in Pinellas Park.
  14. Madeira Beach City Manager Robert Daniels said he will reapply for another two-year term. The Board of Commissioners are recruiting to fill the role.
  15. Side by side on Clearwater Beach are the construction site of a new J.W. Marriott hotel, right, and the 12-story Continental Towers, left, opened in 1970. Officials in Pinellas beach cities are considering next steps after the collapse of a condo tower in Surfside.
  16. Glenda Bushy and Julie Swanson dance while Jimmy Suvoy performs at Crabby Bill’s Restaurant during their Luau party on Sunday, June 20, 2021 in Indian Rocks Beach.
  17. Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, pictured during a roundtable discussion at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in West Palm Beach, Thursday, June 10, 2021.
  18. Madeira Beach City Manager Robert Daniels
  19. Salvatore Cuccia, 21, of Clearwater, waits as a front loader picks up a bag of dead fish Thursday in Dunedin. Pinellas County had small boats retrieving dead fish in Dunedin and around Clearwater Harbor Thursday. The fish kill is attributed to the recent Red Tide bloom.
  20. Treasure Island Beach Ambassador Carrie Auerbach sits in a hole found on the beach. She said the holes have become larger and more frequent this year, but it's unclear why.