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Natalie Weber - Metro Reporter

Metro Reporter

I cover a little bit of everything business related for the Tampa Bay area. I just graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a major in English and minors in journalism and computing. My hometown of Grand Junction, Colo., is situated in a valley known for its peaches and hiking trails. The area also is famous for an annual festival celebrating a chicken that survived for 18 months without a head. When I’m not puzzling over the perfect lede for my story, you can find me experimenting with a new recipe or with my nose in a book.

  1. The Related Group proposes to build two condominium towers with 168 luxury condos on Bayshore Boulevard south of W Bay-to-Bay Boulevard in Tampa that it says will be run by the Ritz-Carlton brand. In this rendering, the see-through figures represent the planned Aquatica condo tower to the north and the Stovall condos to the south. [Rendering courtesy the Related Group] [The Related Group]
  2. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates. [Tampa Bay Times]
  3. The alligator was missing two limbs, likely due to a fight with another alligator, Croc Encounters said. [Courtesy of Croc Encounters]
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  6. Jabaar Edmond, during a protest in front of St. Petersburg City Hall June 5. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
  7. Empty passenger boarding bridges are pictured with a Delta airplane in the background at Tampa International Airport on May 7, 2020. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  8. A group of about two dozen protesters met Thursday outside St. Petersburg City Hall to talk about the issues they've spent a month marching to raise attention to and what changes they would like to see locally. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  9. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman's administration announced the creation of the Fighting Chance Fund in April. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  10. St. Petersburg businessman Bill Edwards has placed two neighboring homes on Snell Island up for sale for a combined nearly $20 million. [[Courtesy of Rick Perry]]
  11. Co-owner of Thee Burger Spot Tivona Hill, 44, of Tampa, poses for a photograph outside her restaurant Friday in Tampa. In support of the Black Lives Matter movement Uber Eats is offering free delivery from Thee Burger Spot and other black-owned businesses through the end of the year. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  12. Professional dancer Ashley Briscoe, 23, owner of Be'Licious by Ashley Briscoe, celebrates with motion on a stage set up for a Juneteenth Black Business Expo at 2810 34th St S. Friday. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
  13. Local artists collaborate on painting a Black Lives Matter street mural in front of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 9th Ave. South in St. Petersburg on Thursday, June 18, 2020. Woodson Museum executive director, Terri Lipsey-Scott contacted St. Petersburg City Council member, Lisa Wheeler-Bowman with the idea who in turn contacted Wayne Atherholt with the city's Cultural Affairs department who also liked the idea. Atherholt contact John Collins with the St Pete Artist Alliance which runs the Shine Mural project and got his team working to find artists willing to participate. 16 artists are responsible for painting 1 letter each of the phrase.  The mural will be ready when the city of St Pete kicks of its Juneteenth celebrations on Friday morning. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  14. Kristin Javate, 18, from St. Pete, hold a painting of George Floyd that she made last night as protesters march from City Hall to the Old Northeast on Thursday, June 11, 2020 in St. Petersburg. Also marching with Kristin was her mother, Vanessa Javate, 51. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  15. Cars drive on Interstate 275 in St. Petersburg on Wednesday. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  16. About 300 or so people attended a vigil against police brutality and racism in Clearwater's Coachman Park on Sunday night. They shined lights with a mixture of candles and their phone lights in honor of black people who have lost their lives. [NATALIE WEBER  |  Times]
  17. Jayla El-Amin, 7, joins protest in St. Petersburg Sunday, June 14, 2020. "We wanted them to see what it means to come together and solve problems and speak out against racial injustice, and to learn lessons early so they will be less likely to become victims," said her mother, Kyandra Darling, 27. [Times]
  18. The Fletcher family from Lakeland enjoy part of their Friday at Reitano's Keystone Motel on St. Pete Beach. Nadine and Randy Fletcher stand at poolside while kids Amelia and Gilbert are in the pool. Local visitors, staycationers, are helping revive Pinellas' tourism industry after the pandemic decimated it. [BOYZELL HOSEY  |  Times]
  19. Grant Miller, an antique appraiser who works in Tampa and Orlando, says he grew up around heirlooms. Both sides of his family owned stores in the Chicago area. [Courtesy of Grant Miller]
  20. With supply chains disrupted by COVID-19, clothing retailers such as Bealls are dealing with excess inventory. [Times (1998)] [FRED BELLET  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  21. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference at Universal Studios Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. The Universal Studios theme park reopened today for season pass holders and will open to the general public on Friday. Bars and theme parks will be part of Florida's Phase 2 reopening after closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]