Cayson Boals, 10, and brother Foster, 2, of Lakeland look for seashells on St. Pete Beach on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 in St. Petersburg. They come every year for vacation, their mom said.
Regional leaders say they are trying to tread a careful line: letting visitors know the region is unscathed with open arms, while being mindful that vast swaths of the state are reeling from...
Before the storm, half of the 10 fastest-growing housing markets in the U.S. were on the state’s west coast with Fort Myers at the top.
The changes apply to people in counties that are under a Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster declaration
Oil prices surged this summer as markets worried about the loss of Russian supplies from sanctions over the war in Ukraine


  1. In this Sept. 15 photo, a customer looks at refrigerated items at a Grocery Outlet store in Pleasanton, Calif.  "Best before” labels are coming under scrutiny as concerns about food waste grow around the world. Manufacturers have used the labels for decades to estimate peak freshness. But “best before” labels have nothing to do with safety, and some worry they encourage consumers to throw away food that’s perfectly fine to eat.
  2. Cayson Boals, 10, and brother Foster, 2, of Lakeland look for seashells on St. Pete Beach on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 in St. Petersburg. They come every year for vacation, their mom said.
  3. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister on Wednesday endorsed the transportation sales tax referendum scheduled for the Nov. 8 ballot.
  4. Networking technology maker DZS Inc. is cutting 58 jobs at its Seminole manufacturing plant after outsourcing those operations to an independent company.
  5. Structures and vehicles destroyed by Hurricane Ian remain on Fort Myers Beach on Tuesday, Oct 4, 2022.
  6. FILE - The logo of the Organization of the Petroleoum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is seen outside of OPEC's headquarters in Vienna, Austria, March 3, 2022. A cut in oil production is on the table when OPEC oil-producing countries meet Wednesday, Oct. 5. The OPEC+ alliance that includes Saudi Arabia and Russia is weighing a cut of a million barrels or more.
  7. Stress is running rampant this Medicare Annual Enrollment season because of the economic times the country is experiencing.
  8. Now’s the time to nominate your employer for the 14th Tampa Bay Times Top Workplaces award program.
  9. Fleet supplies manager Scott Wilson, left, and shrimper Steven Maxey walk through the wreckage of shrimping trawlers at Erickson and Jensen Seafood Packers on Friday, Sep 30, 2022, at Fort Myers Beach. The company’s fleet of 12 boats, including the 96’, 200-tonne Double E in background, were heavily damaged as Hurricane Ian made landfall overnight on Wednesday.
  10. Investment firm Baird will move its Tampa office from 201 N Franklin St. into Thousand and One, the new Water Street Tampa office tower at 1001 Water St.
  11. Cigarette manufacturer ITG Brands assumed liability for tobacco settlement payments to the state of Florida when it acquired four brands from Reynolds American in 2015, a Delaware judge has ruled. Reynolds sold the Kool, Winston, Salem and Maverick brands to ITG in 2014 to gain federal regulators' approval of Reynolds’ acquisition of Lorillard Inc.
  12. On Monday, workers for Florida Power and Electric repair a power line damaged by Hurricane Ian in Naples. The utility said it expects to have nearly all power restored to its customers with habitable homes by the end of the week.
  13. Hillsborough Fire Rescue responded to a large fire at a fish farm in Plant City on Tuesday morning.
  14. A mobile home in the Iona community in Fort Myers on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, was damaged by the storm surge caused when Hurricane Ian struck the area.
  15. Jacksonville's First Coast Security, which provides armed security guards at dispensaries owned by Trulieve, the company behind Florida's first legal marijuana crops, has announced it will lay off 289 workers statewide, including 64 in Tampa Bay, as Trulieve switches to another company for security services.
  16. BayFirst Financial, formerly known as First Home Bank, is closing its Clearwater residential mortgage office and laying off 58 workers.
  17. The destroyed bridge leading to Pine Island is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Spring Hill, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022. The only bridge to the island is heavily damaged so it can only be reached by boat or air.
  18. Damage caused by Hurricane Ian seen at Charlotte Sports Park located on the grounds of the Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training complex seen on Thursday. The U.S. Small Business Administration is opening the first of several recovery centers to help residents, businesses and nonprofits apply for loans.
  19. Amanda Tress, founder and CEO of the FASTer Way to Fat Loss, offers a high-five to pro trainer Haven Hennessey while recording a workout session on Sept. 6 at the company’s headquarters in Clearwater. Also participating, at left, is Tress' husband Brandon.
  20. Shrimpers David Newcomb, aka One-Eyed Dave, 62, center, and David Hutchins, 59, aka Sandbar Dave, right, visit on the deck of the shrimping trawler Lexi-Joe on Friday, Sep 30, 2022, at Erickson and Jensen Seafood Packers in Fort Myers Beach.
  21. Remnants of homes and flooded vehicles mingle off the frontage of a hotel on Fort Myers Beach on Thursday, Sep 29, 2022, which was mostly destroyed after Hurricane Ian made landfall overnight on Wednesday.
  22. In this photo taken by a drone, boats lie scattered amidst mobile homes after the passage of Hurricane Ian on San Carlos Island, in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.
  23. Saying no to buying a timeshare can be tough after a high-pressure sales pitch that stretches on for hours.
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