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  1. The U.S. Department of Treasury is sending an additional $6.5 million to the Tampa Bay area to help families facing evictions. [SUSAN TAYLOR MARTIN | Times]
  2. St. Petersburg City Council member Ed Montanari will serve as the chairperson of a new economic development-focused committee.
  3. Maggie Duffy, Tampa Bay Times arts and music reporter, is shown here when she recently took part in the "Dream Tapestry" interactive experience at the Dali Museum. She won this year's MUSE Award for literary arts from the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance.
  4. Raymond James Financial in St. Petersburg hired Eugenio Aleman as its new chief economist in 2022.
  5. An architect's rendering shows the outdoor recreation features planned for Pinellas County’s newest middle school, a partnership between the school district and the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg. The school board voted on Jan. 24, 2023, to name the new campus Mangrove Bay Middle School, after the neighborhood that surrounds it.
  6. The Falcon's Fury drop tower ride at Bush Gardens opened in 2014. It was closed "out of an abundance of caution" after a fatal accident on a similar ride in Orlando last March, and it hasn't reopened since.
  7. The SunRunner parked at the 1st Avenue N & 5th Street N station during a media preview on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022 in St. Petersburg. The SunRunner is the Bus-Rapid-Transit service that will take riders from downtown St. Pete to St. Pete Beach with limited stops.
  8. “To think what may be on our horizon makes me that much prouder,” says Terri Lipsey Scott, executive director of the Woodson African American Museum of Florida, shown at the museum in St. Petersburg on Jan. 13. Two proposals for the Tropicana Field site envision a place for a new Woodson Museum.
  9. "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison, shown here with two other frequently challenged books, has been removed from circulation and lessons in all Pinellas County public schools.
  10. “One of the lessons we learned very early on in the process was, trying to tell the community what it needs is a losing proposition,” Rays president Brian Auld said. “But if you really listen and you explain what assets you have as a big-league ballclub, you can really make a difference.”
  11. Gov. Ron DeSantis has been in ads on the radio and on Fox News urging Idahoans to call for a convention of the states to amend the U.S. Constitution. “The members of Congress will never vote to limit their own power," he says. "That’s why we need states to step up and take action.
  12. Tyron Jackasal, 22, was sentenced to life in prison Monday for an armed robbery. He has been accused in the shooting deaths of two moms in 2021, though one of the cases has been dropped.
  13. A rendering of 50 Plus 1 Sports' plan to redevelop St. Petersburg's Tropicana Field as the Historic Gas Plant District.
  14. Four generations show what it's like to toss beads from the Royal Float of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. From left are Hudson Clarke (Bryan Clarke's 10-year-old son and a royal page), Richard S. Clarke Sr., 95, Richard S. Clarke Jr., 69, and Bryan T. Clarke, 38, a Tampa veterinarian. They will all participate in the Gasparilla parade Jan. 28.
  15. Thousands of ravelers cheer and wave during the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates along Bayshore Boulevard in 2022 in Tampa. This year's parade is Jan. 28.
  16. Amjad Namrouti, 28, has been arrested in connection to the death of 42-year-old Jamie Hobdy of Tampa, according to the St. Petersburg Police Department.
  17. Prasant Mohapatra, vice chancellor for the University of California, Davis, was named the next provost of the University of South Florida.
  18. Tampa Bay Water, the regional water supplier, finalized a planned 26-mile pipeline route to carry water from its surface treatment facility in Brandon, shown here, to a Hillsborough County treatment plant in Lithia and then on to southern Hillsborough County.
  19. A gas pump is seen at a Walmart Fuel Station Monday, July 18, 2022 in Palm Harbor. Gas prices in are on a downward trend. The average price for a gallon of fuel in Florida hit $4.27 per gallon on Sunday, according to AAA, The Auto Club Group.
  20. A rendering of the Tropicana Field redevelopment plan proposed by Restoration Associates. The team has provided an option to renovate the 33-year-old ballpark.
  21. Hemingway, a dolphin at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, was estimated to be about 37 years old. He was found stranded off Fiesta Key in July 2019.
  22. Boat renters drive off with a boat owned by Rory Conforti at the Seminole Boat Ramp on Jan. 15, 2023, in Clearwater. Conforti owns several boats, which he rents through GetMyBoat, a boat rental and water experience marketplace similar to Airbnb.
  23. Cubans gathering in front of Lutheran Services, in Tampa on Jan. 10, 2023. The arrival of the new immigrants is reflected in the demand for general information and social services.
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