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  1. Andrew Potts, 61, left, displays two bearded dragons as his brother Bob Potts, 53, has a trio of geckos climbing around in his hands at Herp Hobby Shop Reptile Breeding Center at 700 St Petersburg Drive W in Oldsmar. The brothers have owned the pet shop for over 30 years.
  2. Greg Sgrignoli, 63, catches a small crevalle jack from the north Skyway Fishing Pier. The Pennsylvania man visits often to fish from the pier.
  3. University of South Florida undergraduate students, from left, Peyton Lebron, Matt McNamee and Spencer Manuel helped drop ocean circulation sensors into Tampa Bay during a research cruise aboard the R/V W.T. Hogarth.
  4. A Florida black bear stands on a picnic table in the backyard of a home in Holly Hill, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 31, 2009.
  5. Flooded furniture and personal belongings of Diane Carr, 59, lie in her yard the morning after Tropical Storm Eta at the Twin City Manufactured Home Community in St. Petersburg. Eta flooded thousands of properties in Pinellas County in November 2020.
  6. A gate secures the waterfront side of Port Tampa Bay's cruise ship Terminal 2, which is used by cruise ships about 30 days a year. Downtown boosters hope to see it open to the public when not in use.
  7. Three simultaneous wildfires in North Florida burned more than 34,000 acres, destroyed two homes and forced evacuations from more than a thousand homes in March. New research suggests climate change could double Florida’s fire risk in the next 30 years.
  8. Three endangered Florida panthers have been struck and killed by vehicles over the last week, officials said.
  9. Hillsborough County's northwest regional reclaimed water facility is shown in March. Monday, the Tampa Bay Water board of directors nixed a plan to add new groundwater water wells in southern Hillsborough if reclaimed water was injected simultaneously at sites several miles away. The plan was shelved because the county and regional water supplier couldn't agree on a price for the reclaimed water.
  10. The skyline of Miami is seen at the entrance to the Miami River from a boat on Biscayne Bay this week. Detectives determined that about 50 deflated party balloons had been dumped into Biscayne Bay at the Bayshore Landing on Tuesday.
  11. Clearwater Gas System’s headquarters, on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, at 777 Maple St. in downtown Clearwater.
  12. Sugar cane grows in a large field owned by the US Sugar Corp. as a rainstorm rolls in over Clewiston in August 2014.
  13. This satellite image provided by the NOAA shows five tropical storms churning in the Atlantic basin on Sept. 14, 2020. The storms, from left, are Hurricane Sally over the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Paulette over Bermuda, the remnants of Tropical Storm Rene, and Tropical Storms Teddy and Vicky. A NOAA study released on Wednesday says cleaner air in Europe and the United States is helping trigger a dramatic increase in the number of Atlantic hurricanes.
  14. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor delivers her State of the City address titled “Resilient Tampa” at the Tampa Convention Center on Wednesday.
  15. The construction of Sumner High School near homes in the Southfork Lakes subdivision, Riverview, is shown in March 2020. Earlier this school year, the school already was 700 students over capacity. Tuesday, Hillsborough commissioners approved rezoning land in Wimauma that could pave the way for three new schools to be built.
  16. The Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife and the Save the Manatee Club filed a second federal lawsuit over poor water quality in Florida, which is blamed for “catastrophic mortality” of manatees.
  17. A sheen is seen on the water near Demens Landing on May 2 in St. Petersburg.
  18. Tampa Bay Times reporters Corey G. Johnson, right, Rebecca Woolington, center, and Eli Murray, left, are announced as the winners of the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting on Monday, May 9, 2022. The winning series, "Poisoned,"  exposed dangers at Florida’s only lead smelter. This marked the 14th Pulitzer Prize awarded to the Times.
  19. In this March 2 photo, a variety of fluorescent and fleshy solitary stony corals are on display at the Coral Morphologic lab in Miami. Coral Morphologic was founded by marine biologist Colin Foord and musician J.D. McKay to raise awareness about dying coral reefs, presenting the issue through science and art.
  20. Heavy construction equipment sits idle off Patterson Road in Keystone after Hillsborough County issued a stop -work order for site development at a planned 194-home project from Taylor Morrison.
  21. Bradley Wiersma, of New Port Richey, explores a fallen tree at the bottom of the Weeki Wachee River within the boundaries of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, in Hernando County. Swimming is not permitted in the river within the state park boundaries.
  22. A rowhouse in New Rochelle, N.Y., has a front yard full of flowers and other plants, while neighboring houses have lawns of grass. Many people are converting parts of their lawns into planting beds for a variety of flowers, perennials and edible plants.
  23. To alleviate gas prices, lawmakers this year have agreed to suspend collection of the state’s gas tax for a month, from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31 of this year.
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