The average cost of rent in the Tampa metro area was $2,118.75, according to April data.
Tampa ranked 18th on an index of the most overpriced metro areas in the country.
Lot Twenty9 sells recycled and reused home goods, furniture and craft materials and hopes to teach more people how to upcycle.
The grant, one of six awarded nationally, aims to boost efficiency and safety.
Steve Hayes offered no details about his departure in his resignation letter.


  1. The average cost of rent in the Tampa metro area was $2,118.75, according to April data.
  2. People enjoy warm, dry weather on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022, in St. Pete Beach.
  3. Lot Twenty9 is a new small business located in Seminole Heights, Tampa that focuses on reusing, recycling and refurbishing different items like furniture, kitchen utensils and decorations.
  4. Solar panels on Ruskin homes purchased with PACE loans.
  5. A view of Clearwater Beach on Friday, Mar 10, 2023, off Pinellas County.
  6. A man moves through gulf water flowing through a broken section of Pine Island Road on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Matlacha, Fla. following Hurricane Ian.
  7. In this Aug. 29, 2017 photo, water from Addicks Reservoir flows into neighborhoods from floodwaters brought on by Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston. Nasty hurricanes that cause billions of dollars in damage are hitting more often.
  8. Outside the Publix at 3617 W Gandy Blvd. in Tampa, the first of Publix's prototype stores the brand is focusing on as it steers away from GreenWise Markets.
  9. An aerial drone view of the Mirada Lagoon on Saturday in San Antonio in Pasco County. The lagoon features sandy shorelines, a swim-up bar, water slide, kids play area, kayak, paddleboard and cabana rentals and a floating obstacle course.
  10. Bradenton police are searching for Demitrius Tyrone Bell in connection with a shooting at the Tropicana plant on Monday night. Police said Bell shot a co-worker.
  11. Fernando Rendon prepares a concrete floor for carpet and tile with the Tampa Convention Center's new floor-to-ceiling windows behind him showing off Tampa's waterfront.
  12. Flood waters surround storm-damaged homes on Aug. 31, 2021, in Lafourche Parish, La., as residents try to recover from the effects of Hurricane Ida. Louisiana and nine other states filed a lawsuit against the federal government Thursday, June 1, 2023, to block sharp impending national flood insurance rate increases slated to be phased in over the coming years.
  13. Thousands of Microsoft Outlook users reported issues with accessing and using the email platform Monday morning.
  14. Country artist Luke Combs performs at the 2022 CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville, Tenn.
  15. Harvard University students celebrate their graduate degrees in public health during Harvard commencement ceremonies, Thursday, May 25, 2023, in Cambridge, Mass. A pause on student loan payments that's been in place since the start of the COVID pandemic will end late this summer.
  16. People visit the Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., April 18, 2022. A federal judge overseeing the First Amendment lawsuit that Walt Disney Parks filed against Gov. Ron DeSantis and others is disqualifying himself, but not because of bias claims made by the Florida governor.
  17. Summer Camp St. Pete announced Friday, June 2, 2023 that it will open in the Grand Central District this year.
  18. A pair of American bald eagle chicks sit in their nest atop a cellular communications tower Tuesday at U.S. 19 North near Drew Street in Clearwater.
  19. The St. Petersburg Yacht Club is seen in this Google Earth image.
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  21. Beach goers enjoy Pier 60 and the surf along Clearwater Beach Tuesday, March 16, 2021. Visit Florida staff members have crafted a tourism-marketing plan intended to combat increased competition from states that in the past few years imposed tougher COVID-19 restrictions.
  22. From left, Glenn Danzig, Lionel Richie, Post Malone, Beyoncé, Madonna, Kenny Loggins, Selwyn Birchwood and Eric Church all have upcoming concerts in the Tampa Bay area.
  23. Pro-Ron DeSantis merchandise is sold outside First Baptist North Spartanburg church in Spartanburg, S.C., during an appearance there by Florida's governor on April 19. The appearance was part of DeSantis' first public trip to the early voting state before he kicked off his 2024 Republican presidential bid.
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