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In the pandemic, Tampa Bay shows resolve with light

Local healthcare and essential workers on the front lines in the fight against coronavirus get support from local venues, businesses and residents who use light to send messages of thanks and hope.
Tropicana Field's dome lights are illuminated with patriotic colors on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in downtown St. Petersburg.
Tropicana Field's dome lights are illuminated with patriotic colors on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in downtown St. Petersburg. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Apr. 28, 2020

As residents of Tampa Bay work together to flatten the curve, slowing the rate of how the coronavirus spreads, businesses and schools and offices have closed. Our only recourse is social distancing that makes it hard to be in touch in ways we normally take for granted. Through the isolation, people are finding ways to communicate using light and color -- to say thank you to the health care and essential workers, and to encourage each other. The messages can be seen at our local landmarks, including The Dali Museum, Tropicana Field, Museum of Fine Arts, The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, Straz Center, Tampa Theatre, Amalie Arena, Ruth Eckerd Hall and Capitol Theatre. Through the emptiness, they illuminate our muted but persistent resolve.

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