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Morning Watch: How HOA's pile on fees; an 88-year-old triathlete; Tampa's nightlife king returns; Kucherov is red hot for Lightning

The Lopez family has raised their two children in the four-bedroom, three-bath, two-story home they bought in Rivercrest 12 years ago. [D'ANN LAWRENCE WHITE  |  Times]
The Lopez family has raised their two children in the four-bedroom, three-bath, two-story home they bought in Rivercrest 12 years ago. [D'ANN LAWRENCE WHITE | Times]
Published Mar. 2, 2017

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RIVERVIEW FAMILY'S LOSS IN COURT SHOWS HOW HOA LAWYERS PILE ON FEES

A family facing the loss of its home over a $150 homeowners association payment failed in a court bid to reverse the action and has been ordered to get out. Hillsborough Circuit Judge Joelle Ann Ober has upheld the sale of the Riverview home where Tina and Luis Lopez have lived 12 years and raised their two children. The home was sold to an investor at a public auction for $19,000 and a new certificate of title has been issued.

FORMER KING OF TAMPA NIGHTLIFE JIM ROBICONTI IS BACK

People who were part of the Tampa nightclub scene from the 1970s through the mid-1980s likely remember Jim Robiconti. Clubs bearing his name were Tampa's version of Studio 54, where celebrities hung out, chart-topping musicians performed, national dance-themed television shows were taped and lines of well-dressed patrons looped the block. Now, decades after Robiconti left to work as a night club consultant in South America, he's returned to his home town to do the same for a group of local investors opening a new venue in South Tampa.

RUBIO WANTS TO SPEAK WITH SESSIONS ABOUT MEETINGS WITH RUSSIANS

Sen. Marco Rubio wants to speak with Attorney General Jeff Sessions about his meetings with Russians and why Sessions did not disclose those in his confirmation hearing. But Rubio, appearing on NPR Thursday, said it is too early to say if a special prosecutor is needed.

REVIEW: CASS CONTEMPORARY EXHIBIT PAIRS NEWCOMERS WITH ESTABLISHED ARTISTS

Painter Jason Pulgarin could not contain himself when he first walked into Cass Contemporary's gallery. Hanging on the wall was Love Me, his first piece displayed in a professional gallery. Turning to the man who had brought him there, internationally recognized artist Tristan Eaton, he broke down and wept. The 27-year-old's tearful debut was a positive sign for Cass Contemporary's current show, "Paint It Forward." Gallery owners Cassie and Jake Greatens asked 15 established artists to hand-pick one lesser-known artist of their choice, their work to be displayed as a pair.

TREASURE ISLAND TRIATHLETE, 88, CREDITS FAMILY SUPPORT IN HALL OF FAME CAREER

CHERIE DIEZ | Times

Triathlete Jackie Yost, 88, with her racing bike on her Sunset Beach dock Thursday, January 26, 2016 on Treasure Island. Jackie and her husband Larry compete regularly in triathlons. Jackie was recently inducted in the USA Triathlon Florida Region Hall of Fame.

CHERIE DIEZ | Times

Triathlete Jackie Yost, 88, with her racing bike on her Sunset Beach dock Thursday, January 26, 2016 on Treasure Island. Jackie and her husband Larry compete regularly in triathlons. Jackie was recently inducted in the USA Triathlon Florida Region Hall of Fame.

The walls of Jackie Yost's home are lined with the countless ribbons, medals and trophies she and her husband have won in triathlons and Ironman races, 15ks and fun-runs. Yost, who actively trains and competes in triathlons at age 88, recently was inducted into the USA Triathlon Florida Region Hall of Fame. It surprised Yost, who ran her first triathlon at 65.

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RED-HOT NIKITA KUCHEROV LIFTING LIGHTNING

Lightning wing Nikita Kucherov is in a zone right now. And Joe Smith says it couldn't have come at a better time for Tampa Bay, which entered Thursday within three points of the final wildcard spot.

NEW BOOK TELLS HISTORY OF THE GULF OF MEXICO

Most of us who live around the Gulf of Mexico take it for granted, but Jack E. Davis, it seems, had as many questions about the gulf as there are sand grains on a beach (mostly quartz, washed down over millions of years from faraway mountaintops, plus finely ground shell) or feathers on a snowy egret (one of many bird species nearly wiped out by the plume hunters of a century ago, now happily recovered).

He has answered a tide of those questions in his splendid new book, The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea.

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