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Published May 24, 2019

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Tampa's Westshore Marina District has sparked an apartment boom nearby

As hundreds of apartments begin to fill up in the new Westshore Marina District, another apartment boom is underway south of the district along West Shore Boulevard. A Swedish investment group broke ground this week on a 444-unit community near the Port Tampa City Library. The nearby 192-unit Harbour at Westshore is almost finished. And construction of 585 units is underway at Bowery Bayside. The flurry of work reflects the success of the Marina District and demand for rentals convenient to downtown Tampa and MacDill Air Force Base.

Busch Gardens offers $49 tickets in Memorial Day weekend sale

Busch Gardens kicked off Memorial Day weekend with a deep-discount sale on admission, offering tickets for $49. Admission normally starts at $84.99. Here are the details, as well as some other options for things to do this Memorial Day weekend.

UT's distinctive minarets loom over the city of Tampa's skyline. A reader wondered: Why?

The towering silver minarets that flank the University of Tampa's campus emerge slowly from behind the trees and foliage of the university and the urban landscape of downtown. When Stephanie Carlos, 75, learned of the Tampa Bay Times' new Florida Wonders series, the minarets were her first thought. We explain why they're there and their historical significance.

Worker at Madeira Beach restaurant tests positive for hepatitis A

A food service worker from the Friendly Fisherman in Madeira Beach has tested positive for hepatitis A, according to the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County. The county has the highest number of hepatitis A cases in the state, with 210 so far in 2019. That's already more than the 113 cases reported in the county for all of 2018.

Andrew Friedman's four best (and worst) moves in building the Rays

Former Rays de facto general manager Andrew Friedman, who returned to Tampa Bay this week with the Dodgers, is widely credited for building the former Devil Rays into a playoff contender. At the same time, though, he sometimes swung and missed — badly. Sports columnist John Romano presents his four best, and four worst, moves with the Rays.

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