1. Sheila Scolaro, 31, a community programs scientist for the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, holds a PVC pipe as she works to attach a temperature data logger in the Old Tampa Bay near Safety Harbor on Aug. 25. The estuary program has launched a five-year study to determine if warmer water temperatures are hurting seagrasses’ chance to recover.
  2. Orange County sheriff's deputies fatally shot a man who pointed a gun at passing cars early Sunday, authorities said.
  3. A 3-year-old and two adults were fatally shot during an argument over the sale of a dog, authorities said.
  4. The Fight for $15 campaign hosted a rally outside of St. Petersburg City Hall in November 2016 and called for a hike in minimum wage.
  5. A road cuts through a flooded area south of Perry, Fla., following the passage of Hurricane Idalia, on Aug. 30, 2023. Florida agriculture losses from Hurricane Idalia are estimated at between $78 million and $371 million, with producers also suffering widespread damage to such infrastructure as irrigation rigs and fences.
  6. Republican presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition's fall banquet, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023, in Des Moines, Iowa.
  7. Education commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. speaks as Gov. Ron DeSantis looks on during an event put on by the governor’s office at State Attorney's Office 13th Judicial Circuit in Tampa on Wednesday, March 8, 2023.
  8. Maya, Kyle and Jack Kowalski leave the South Coutny Courthouse in Venice, Florida on Thursday afternoon at the conclusion of the first day of their civil lawsuit against Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.
  9. Canadian Maurice Harquail of Ottawa gets a couple of pecks on his cheeks from friends Heidi Watson, left, and Kerry Kinsalla, both of Port Richey, while attending Flanagan's Irish Pub's 2015 St. Patrick's Day Street Festival on Tuesday in downtown Dunedin. The annual party is celebrated with live music, bagpipers, Irish step dancers, traditional Irish food and beer.
  10. Footage from a body-worn camera shows a Tampa officer taunting and cursing at residents.
  11. A year ago, Justina Worrell received a letter from the Social Security Administration saying it had overpaid her. Within 30 days, it said, she should mail the government a check or money order for $60,175.90. (Cox Media Group)
  12. Venice resident Maya Kowalski was sheltered in Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital for three months in 2016 after the hospital reported her mom to the state's abuse hotline. Her mom later took her own life. Maya's story is the subject of   the Netflix documentary "Take Care of Maya."
  13. Kat Wilderness performs for guests during a drag brunch at R House Wynwood in Miami in April 2022.
  14. An eastern diamondback rattlesnake is seen near the door of a Palm City home. An Amazon driver was delivering a package to the house Monday evening when she was bitten by the snake, "which was coiled up near the front door," according to the Martin County Sheriff's Office.
  15. St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch speaks at Tropicana Field on Tuesday in St. Petersburg. The Rays, St. Petersburg and Pinellas County announced an agreement for a new ballpark to be built in St. Petersburg.
  16. The entrance to Florida State Prison in Starke is shown Thursday, Aug. 3, 2023. All Florida prisons are now subject to artificial surveillance of phone calls.
  17. Mosaic's several facilities across Florida take mined phosphate, like this, and turn it into millions of tons of fertilizer a year. What's left behind is a mildly radioactive byproduct called phosphogypsum, which the company wants to use as a test ingredient in road construction. Several state lawmakers and local officials have signed a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency opposing the plan.
  18. This photo posted on the Gatorland Facebook page on Saturday shows Savannah Boan, crocodilian enrichment coordinator at the Gatorland theme park in Orlando, holding an alligator with a missing upper jaw that was rescued and brought to the Florida reptile park to be cared for.
  19. A pari-mutuel plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on the state's gambling deal with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, which owns the Guitar Hotel near Hollywood.
  20. Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, photographed Saturday, June 3, 2023.
  21. Chris Hilbert, 34, of Tampa, holds up a picture of Reptar on his phone while getting a Reptar tattoo during the 90s Con event at Tampa Convention Center on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023.
  22. A defiant Miami City Commissioner Alex Diaz De La Portilla speaks to reporters after bonding out of jail Thursday night. He was suspended around 6 p.m. Friday by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
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