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  1. Incoming House Speaker Paul Renner (left) and incoming Senate President Kathleen Passidomo spoke during the Republican Party of Florida's Sunshine Summit earlier this year.
  2. Oranges rot on the ground on Oct. 12 at Roy Petteway's Citrus and Cattle Farm after they were knocked off the trees from the effects of Hurricane Ian in Zolfo Springs. According to U.S. Agriculture Department estimates released Friday, production of oranges in Florida is forecast to drop by 36% for this season compared with estimates from October, in part a reflection of twin hurricanes that battered growing regions.
  3. This is the Duke Energy substation at 5400 Ulmerton Road in Largo, similar to the Clearwater and two Zephyrhills locations that were broken into in September, according to local officials. Investigations into the break-ins remain ongoing.
  4. Jeremy Brown, 47, is accused of taking part in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Federal agents say they found unregistered guns and two hand grenades and classified military documents at his Tampa home.
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  6. This rendering shows the future home of Tampa Electric Co. and Peoples Gas, which in 2025 will move into the new Midtown East office tower at Midtown Tampa.
  7. Marley Wilkes joined Mayor Jane Castor's staff in 2019.
  8. Marilyn Fassell, left, and Thomas Fassell, on Jan. 6, 2021, seen in photos attached to federal court records.
  9. In this Sept. 29 file photo, Jonathan Strong, of Cape Coral, holds his vest above the water as he wades through floodwaters while knocking on doors in a flooded mobile home community in Iona, in unincorporated Lee County near Fort Myers. Medical examiners have confirmed 144 deaths from Hurricane Ian, with 67 in Lee County, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement reported Friday.
  10. FILE - Serena, a dugong, swims at the Toba Aquarium in Toba, Japan on Sept. 5, 2012. Populations of the vulnerable species of marine mammal, numerous species of abalone and a type of Caribbean coral are now threatened with extinction, an international conservation organization said Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Linda Lombardi, File)
  11. On Dec. 7, 2022, Pinellas County Animal Services said it was suspending dog adoptions and intakes after an outbreak of canine pneumovirus. Rebecca Gleeson, of Clearwater, is pictured at the Pinellas County Animal Services Shelter, on Sept. 12, 2014.
  12. Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas will call Port Tampa Bay on Saturday, one of six ships to come and go from the port by Monday.
  13. Gov. Ron DeSantis signs the Parental Rights in Education bill at Classical Preparatory School in Spring Hill on Monday, March 28, 2022.
  14. Pinellas County commissioner Dave Eggers, District 4, attends a regular board meeting of the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners at the Pinellas County Clearwater Courthouse on Tuesday, Feb 8, 2022, in Clearwater.
  15. Dave Smewing, 56, of Dunedin, watches the sunset while parked along a city street Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022 in Dunedin.
  16. A report issued Tuesday by the Legislature’s Office of Economic & Demographic Research said the state had $3.23 billion in net general revenue in October. That was $141.4 million over a projection for October that economists issued in August.
  17. The inside of a Trulieve medical cannabis dispensary.
  18. A Clockwork Orange, The Bluest Eye and The Awakening are three of several books conservative groups have tried to get removed from Florida public schools as containing pornographic material.
  19. Tampa's first Sweetgreen is opening Dec. 13 in Tampa Heights.
  20. Beachgoers crowd Clearwater Beach in March 2021, evidence that Tampa Bay's tourism and recreation economy was doing well a year into the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Thursday that Tampa Bay's gross domestic product grew slightly from 2019 to 2020, and even more in 2021, as the nation's economy recovered from the pandemic.
  21. Representatives for the Pasco County school district and the United School Employees of Pasco sign an agreement to provide teachers an average raise of 5.4% on Aug. 31, 2022. The two sides now are focused another issue that is delaying completion of their contract.
  22. We asked, you answered: What was the moment you finally felt like a Floridian?
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