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University of Tampa divers help pull up nearly 100 pounds of Gasparilla beads from Seddon Channel
Five members of the University of Tampa diving club pose with some of the nearly 100 pounds of Gasparilla beads they helped fish from the bottom of the Seddon Channel on April 23. The students were among 25 divers who volunteered for the inaugural Gasp-Our Beads cleanup and survey project. From left are Matt Gamache, Stephanie Walker, Ally Marter, Josh Santucci-Smith and Brianna Sierra.
TAMPA — In the murky depths off Davis Islands, Matt Gamache scanned the bottom of the Seddon Channel for sunken trash that had once been treasure.And there it was, like a string of colorful pearls nestled among the silt-covered rocks and...
Businesses and customers at Hyde Park Village in Tampa are now half-way through a two-year beautification project. In the latest phase, a lane of West Snow Avenue has been closed to tie in a water main. [HANNAH J. FARROW 
  |   Times]
New Hyde Park Village taking shape with a year of barricades and dust ahead
At the 2015 Give Day Tampa Bay, the nonprofit Wheels of Success, which provides refurbished cars to the working poor, gave away a car at Elder Ford. On Tuesday, more than 500 nonprofit organizations from all over the Tampa Bay area are poised for the 24-hour fundraising event that benefits a wide range of local nonprofit charities at giveday.org.
Small donations add up to a big difference as Give Day Tampa Bay returns Tuesday
Pasco Sheriff's Office Citizen Service Unit volunteer Frank Hunt, 90, writes a ticket for an expired handicap parking permit. | BRENDAN FITTERER, Times
TIKD aims to make paying tickets easier for Tampa drivers

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The drawings to determine the selection order for the...

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