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Philip Morgan - Tampa Reporter

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.

  1. A tegu lizard belonging to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is displayed during a press conference.
    The invasive lizards, which can reach five feet in length, are well established in east Hillsborough.
  2. Alcaldesa spends time with Mayor Jane Castor in her office at the City of Tampa municipal building. Castor adopted the dog from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
    The super-friendly mutt loves greeting visitors in Mayor Jane Castor’s waiting room
  3. Pat Iacovella started CDB on Fowler Avenue with two business partners, then sold it 12 years ago. The restaurant closed last week after nearly 45 years as a pizza and beer refuge for University of South Florida students and local residents.
    Pat Iacovella said when he and his partners opened the Fowler Avenue restaurant nearly 45 years ago, they worked long hours every day and slept and ate there.
  4. Gus Muench, who spent decades as a crabber, waged a campaign to protect Cockroach Bay and the Little Manatee River, died last month at 83.
    The longtime champion of Tampa Bay’s ecology and history died last month at 83.
  5. Temple Terrace City Hall.
    The city council plans to hold public budget hearings in September.
  6. Charles Stephenson is city manager of Temple Terrace.
    Council Member Andy Ross made a motion to fire Charles Stephenson after an argument. A majority of council members voted against firing him.
  7. Wildlife along the Hillsborough River photographed by Bob Luce. [Photos courtesy of Bob Luce]
  8. Hillsborough County pledged a $5,000 challenge grant to the Hillsborough Fire Museum Foundation to refurbish this 1976 Ford fire truck used by a volunteer department in the Cork-Knights area near Plant City. The county reimburses the foundation for half the cost of restoration — up to $5,000 — after the job is complete. [Courtesy of Hillsborough Fire Museum Foundation]
  9. Matthew Hall, left, and fellow members of a Bradley Fighting Vehicle crew with weapons confiscated from enemy fighters following a raid on a Northeast Iraq village. The weapons include AK-47s, Chinese-made machine guns and some French weapons. [Photo courtesy of Matthew Hall]
  10. Richman Group is expected to sign a contract with the city soon to build 200 luxury apartments in Temple Terrace’s downtown redevelopment area. [City of Temple Terrace]