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Falling prices, fewer workers have Florida strawberry farmers doubting future

PLANT CITY — Three aerial photographs hang on the wall of strawberry farmer Carl Grooms' office, each a testament to years of expansion. Taking a visitor from one to the next, he begin …


Jeb Bush exploits non-candidate status to rewrite campaign finance playbook


How Tampa Bay became a "foodie" paradise


  1. Hometown clout behind St. Petersburg pier design team (w/video)

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — When the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting at the Mahaffey Theater in January, one of the sponsors of the gathering, which drew more than 1,200 people, was the St. Pete Design Group.

    Destination St. Pete Pier has been endorsed by Ed Montanari, chairman of the chamber of commerce’s pier task force. 
  2. Gasparilla Festival of the Arts announces winners

    Visual Arts

    Thousands converged on the 45th annual Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts Saturday but one person was probably more closely watched by the artist than any other among the throng. Elaine Gustafson is this year's juror, or judge, for the event and in her hands lay the decision for picking winning artists who …

    Carolina Cleere’s Honey Child (mixed media) takes the Raymond James Financial Best of Show Award.
  3. Tell Me About It: She's really not fond of boyfriend's beard


    Q: My boyfriend has had a small beard and mustache the whole time we've been dating. A few months ago, he started growing it out longer. He clearly loves the way it looks, but I don't. He's asked me a couple times if I "love" his beard and I've avoided a direct answer by saying I'm adjusting to it.

  4. Timely Tendings: Take care of edibles in your landscape

    Home and Garden

    Edibles in the landscape

    Vegetable gardening should be in full swing this month. Remember to watch for insects and diseases and be prepared to act at the first sign of invasion. Vegetables are annual plants that require a lot of fertilizer while growing, and vegetable gardens are exempt from the Pinellas …

  5. Editorial: U.S. Supreme Court should uphold health insurance subsidies


    Just after 1.6 million Floridians signed up for health insurance through the federal marketplace, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider blowing it up. The court will hear arguments on Wednesday about killing the federal subsidies received by nine of every 10 Floridians covered through the marketplace. Outlawing the …

    Just after 1.6 million Floridians signed up for health insurance through the federal marketplace, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider blowing it up.

    Cut loose, QB Josh McCown lands with Browns

    Two weeks after he was released by the Bucs, veteran quarterback Josh McCown has found a new home, agreeing to terms on a three-year contract with the Browns, his agent announced Friday....


    Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics

    Winner of the week: Ray Sansom. A circuit judge ruled Friday that taxpayers should cover the legal expenses of the former House speaker, who was accused of trying to fund an airplane hangar for a political supporter but ultimately saw the charges dropped. Runner up: Jeb Bush. He finished 5th in the CPAC straw poll, but managed the leave the lion's den unwounded and showed off his organizational muscle bussing in supporters to counterbalance the conservative critics....


    Live from Port Charlotte: Day 2 of live BP

    UPDATE, 1:04: The Rays set their rotation for the first three exhibition games, with RHP Nathan Karns starting the Thursday opener vs. Baltimore, RHP Matt Andriese on Friday vs. Minnesota and RHP Alex Cobb on Saturday vs. Pittsburgh in Bradenton....