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Olivia George - Tourism and Transportation Reporter

Tourism and Transportation Reporter

I’m a business reporter covering transportation and tourism in Tampa Bay, focusing on the infrastructure and people who help keep this region moving. Born and raised in London, U.K., I’m struggling to adjust to the heat and humidity of Florida. But I’m thrilled to be here and committed to telling stories that keep power in check and amplify the voices and experiences of this community, my new home. I attended Brown University, where I won scholarships from the Overseas Press Club Foundation and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Have a question or story idea? Let’s chat. I’m here to listen and learn.

  1. A tanker ship travels east under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge en route to the Port Tampa Bay on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, in St. Petersburg.
  2. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates.
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  4. Traffic streams southbound over the existing Howard Frankland Bridge over Old Tampa Bay on Thursday, June 30, 2022, between Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. FDOT is rebuilding the existing northbound bridge, far left, which was originally constructed in 1959, and adding capacity to alleviate traffic congestion with a new bridge, at right.
  5. The teenager, who has been identified as Trill Tewan Wright, was shot in the Childs Park neighborhood.
  6. HART busses at the Marion Transit Center, 1211 N Marion St, on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022 in Tampa.
  7. The Resilient Tampa Bay Transportation Federal Highway Administration Pilot Project examined the region’s vulnerability to potential extreme weather and provided strategies to meet and recover from those impacts. Among the project’s findings was that 115 miles of critical roads in the county are vulnerable to storm surge and inland flooding.
  8. Al Burns Jr., PSTA director of procurement, looks at what the Bay Pines VA booth has to offer at the PSTA Career Fair on Wednesday in St. Petersburg.
  9. The HART Transit Center in downtown Tampa, unlike many of Hillsborough County’s bus stops, boasts benches and shelter galore.
  10. Demar Dotson, 37, of Tampa helps kids JJ and Leah put syrup into their free shaved ices from Kona Ice during Party in the Park at Fremont Linear Park on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022 in Tampa.
  11. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates.
  12. A passenger walks toward a bus at the HART Transit Center in downtown Tampa on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.
  13. The option, first rolled out in Dallas and Houston in July, furthers Uber's expansion into modes of transport beyond its core ride-hailing business.
  14. Alicia Drumheller, dressed as Darth Talon, and Erica Parlow, dressed as Darth Raven, pose for photos with fans during the Tampa Bay Comic Convention on Sunday.
  15. Construction at Tampa International Airport June 22, 2021. Inflation is taking a toll on infrastructure projects nationwide and in Tampa Bay.
  16. Low-cost carrier Avelo Airlines announced a new non-stop route between Tampa International Airport and Lexington, Ky., beginning on Nov. 11. One-way introductory fares start at $39.
  17. Brandon Harris, 27, a houseman at Bilmar Beach Resort, restocks linens on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 in Treasure Island. Tourism in the Tampa Bay is booming despite lingering labor shortages in the hospitality industry.
  18. Brad Miller, chief executive of Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, announcing the launch day of Tampa Bay's first bus rapid transit system, July 13, 2022. The  will SunRunner will open Oct. 22, 2022.
  19. Traffic streams over the existing Howard Frankland Bridge over Old Tampa Bay on Thursday, June 30, 2022, between Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. FDOT is rebuilding the existing northbound bridge, which was originally constructed in 1959, and adding capacity to alleviate traffic congestion.
  20. Tommy Del Zoppo, New Hotel Collection’s chief executive officer, says that the company’s vision for the historic Cordova Inn in downtown St. Petersburg has been “providing an affordable place that is a boutique experience for our customers but at a much more reasonable price point. We have vigilantly stayed very close to that core value.” Del Zoppo is seen here in the Cordova's lobby.
  21. A Virgin Atlantic airplane is pictured at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Virgin Atlantic is launching a year-round direct flight between Tampa International Airport and London’s Heathrow airport.
  22. The SunRunner rapid transit line, opening in September, is expected to increase Pinellas-Suncoast Transit Authority ridership by establishing a route between downtown St. Petersburg and the beaches.
  23. An image from the Tampa Police Department Twitter account of the buyback event at West Tampa Community Center, one of two locations in the city where participants could receive $100 for handing in a gun. [Tampa Police Department]
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