1. Donyelle Johnson, Retha Hiers and Margaret Dash, pictured from left to right, all vanished from the Tampa Bay area after trying to end affairs with the same man. Their families have lived without answers for decades.
  2. Belleair Shore has had a ban on beach umbrellas and other "temporary shade structures" since June 2020, but Pinellas County sheriff's deputies have mostly been giving verbal warnings. Two citations have been given so far.
  3. Beach visitors explore the shallows off Clearwater Beach south of Pier 60 recently. The water in the Gulf of Mexico and Clearwater Harbor is more often blue, green or even tea-colored, depending on the light and the algae in play. Originally named Clear Water Harbor, the city got its name because clear springs gurgled from the banks into the bay of what would be known as Clearwater Harbor. The springs, long since gone, were located along the high bluffs upon which Clearwater’s City Hall and most of its downtown are now situated.
  4. A rendering shows the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority's proposed multimodal transit center planned for downtown Clearwater. Officials announced on Aug. 10, 2022, that the U.S. Department of Transportation had approved $20 million to help pay for the long-sought facility. It will feature six bus bays, bicycle and scooter storage, ride-sharing connections, solar panels and electric bus charging stations.
  5. The view off the Gandy Bridge on a June day in 2021. A man was arrested early Sunday after he was caught racing over the bridge at 132 mph, the Florida Highway Patrol reports.
  6. The Tampa Bay Water board of directors unanimously approved an expansion of its surface water treatment plant Monday to meet growing water demands for the region.
  7. A tanker ship travels east under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge en route to the Port Tampa Bay on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, in St. Petersburg.
  8. Pinellas County Commission District 2 Republican primary candidates Debbie Buschman, left, and Brian Scott.
  9. The Cross Bay Ferry Provincetown III is shown carrying passengers headed from St. Petersburg to Tampa in 2019. Wednesday, Hillsborough commissioners will be asked to accelerate the planning work for service to southern Hillsborough.   [Times 2019]
  10. Tiara Holmes, 31, inspects a box of items people left on Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority buses. She mans the front desk at the bus headquarters and tries to contact the items' owners so she can return them.
  11. The teenager, who has been identified as Trill Tewan Wright, was shot in the Childs Park neighborhood.
  12. Monica Williams, 33, and Daquan Marquel Lindsey, 25, are charged with murder in the first-degree murder in connection with the death of a 3-year-old girl in St. Petersburg.
  13. Jennifer Wilson, Berny Jacques and Dipak Nadkarni are the Republican candidates for House District 59.
  14. Water filled a reservoir at the old Piney Point fertilizer plant site in Manatee County earlier this year. A leak triggered a crisis in 2021, and crews dumped 215 million gallons of wastewater from Piney Point into Tampa Bay.
  15. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's community chart on Friday shows many Florida counties are at "high" risk of COVID-19. Those are the ones colored orange. The "medium" risk counties are colored yellow and "low" risk counties are green.
  16. Police arrested a woman they said called the agency's emergency call center more than 11,000 times this year.
  17. Rep. Michele Rayner (D - St. Petersburg), her Florida House District 70 predecessor Wengay Newton (top right) and political newcomer Jesse Philippe are in the Aug. 23 Democratic primary for the redrawn House District 62 seat that spans from south St. Petersburg to East Tampa, Gibsonton and Riverview.
  18. Law enforcement officials search the Uhuru House at 1245 18th Ave S. on July 29 in St. Petersburg.
  19. Peggy Elias, 66, of St. Petersburg, Jabaar Edmond, 43, of St. Petersburg, and Rev. Andy Oliver, pastor of Allendale United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg, watch as organizers argue with police about whether tents should be allowed to remain outside City Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022 in St. Petersburg. Organizers want City Council to declare a housing state of emergency and to put rent control on the November election ballot.
  20. Ashley Richards, 32, was arrested Wednesday and faces a child abuse charge, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Deputies say the preschool teacher repeatedly punched a 4-year-old child in the head while on a playground at the facility.
  21. A nurse prepares a monkeypox vaccine at the Pride Center at Equality Park in Wilton Manors, Florida, on Tuesday, July 19, 2022. It's difficult to find a vaccine in Tampa Bay.
  22. A medical laboratory technician picks up a reactive to test suspected monkeypox samples at the microbiology laboratory of La Paz Hospital on June 6, 2022, in Madrid, Spain. Florida has the third-highest number of monkeypox infections in the United States.
  23. A view of Tropicana Field with St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay in the background.
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