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  1. A photograph from a 1976 Tampa Bay Times story detailing how a St. Petersburg Pier laser art installation did not go as planned.
  2. A large rehabilitation pool at Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s Fred Howard Park facility in Tarpon Springs. The aquarium announced Wednesday that they are speeding up their efforts to get the facility ready to rehabilitate manatees.
  3. Smoke billows off the Jose Gasparilla pirate ship as it carries members of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla along Seddon Channel for the 2020 parade in Tampa. After canceling Tampa’s signature event this year because of COVID-19 concerns, the Gasparilla parades will sail on in January of 2022, with advance tickets going on sale this week.
  4. Parkgoers are seen riding Montu at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The theme park has dropped its reservation requirement that was put in place to limit crowd sizes because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  5. Fans at the 2016 Metrocon pose for a photo at the Tampa Convention Center. The convention for anime fans was canceled last year but returns July 23-25.
  6. Air Canada will resume international service to Tampa International Airport on July 17.
  7. Lead singer Nicholas Petricca and the Ohio alt-pop band Walk the Moon perform at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg in May 2014.
  8. Author Lenore Skenazy created the book, blog and movement called Free Range Kids that urges parents to give kids more independence, similar to what they had as kids. She has updated her book in the wake of three states passing laws to protect parents from legal issues.
  9. The Alps, a marketplace coming Oct. 1 at this year's Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, will feature a gooey hunk of warm raclette Swiss cheese.
  10. A juvenile alligator shows off its teeth and mouth while it rests along the banks of Lake Maggiore at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St. Petersburg. A newly opened exhibit at the Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center in Tampa explores our enduring fascination with the alligator and the alligator’s symbolic role in Florida history.
  11. Kids love to play in the sheet of falling water at the Kiwanis Sprayground in Dunedin. The 3,000-square-foot splash pad in Highlander Park has been flush with children seeking refuge from higher temperatures and humidity, though it limits capacity to 60 people at a time.
  12. Nikita Kucherov celebrates with the Stanley Cup after the Lighting defeated the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 Wednesday night at Amalie Arena.
  13. In this June 16 photo, a Southwest Airlines ticketing agent helps a traveler at the check-in counter at Denver International Airport. This summer is already shaping up to be a difficult one for air travelers.
  14. They're all coming into the lobby at the same time! Run!
  15. Bert and Ernie command a parade float rolling in front of Mr. Hooper's store at SeaWorld Orlando's Sesame Street land, which opened in March 2019. The parade of characters will resume on Fridays and Saturdays starting July 10.
  16. A giant tree trunk is growing in the kitchen of a recently listed Gulfport house with its tops sprouting through the roof.
  17. Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry (26) and Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) follow a play during the second period of Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup final series, Monday, June 28, 2021, in Tampa, Fla.
  18. A fireworks and laser light show are seen on the Jose Gasparilla pirate ship docked in front of the Tampa Convention Center for Super Bowl 55 in Tampa. Despite a new state law making personal fireworks legal on July 4, Pinellas County says its ban supersedes state law.
  19. Katt Williams attends the LA Premiere of "Father Figures" in 2017. He is bringing is standup comedy tour to Tampa's Amalie Arena on Aug. 21.
  20. Isabelle Hayes of South Tampa plays in the toy trolley at the Glazer Children’s Museum’s new exhibition, "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood." The Tampa museum offers free admission on the first Tuesday of every month.
  21. Support surges as rescue efforts continued on Friday, the day after part of a 12-story oceanfront Champlain Towers South Condo on Collins Avenue in Surfside collapsed.
  22. The Duke Energy Drone Light Show will celebrate the 1st anniversary of the St. Pete Pier with an aerial display of 300 drones equipped with LED lights. Photo courtesy city of St. Petersburg
  23. Austin Valde of Gulfport, a worker for Sand Dunes Beach Services, sets up cabanas on Upham Beach in March 2020. You can get two lounge chairs and an umbrella or cabana for $25-$30 all day.
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