Tampa Bay

* Plan Hillsborough projects that this county, the third largest in Florida, will be home to 2 million residents by 2050. According to the 2020 census, Hillsborough had been a little less than 1.5 million. The 2024 estimate is 1.55 million.

* Amid all the changes planned for the mixed-income West River community, none, arguably, will be more appreciated than a planned Publix. That’s a revitalization catalyst and a de facto vote of confidence for an important, urban-renewal project that helps facilitate community roots.


* Last year nearly 4 out of every 5 vehicle burglaries in Tampa were to UNLOCKED cars, according to TPD. From those unlocked vehicles, 197 guns were stolen. Leaving a gun in an unlocked car is beyond stupid. It’s being a clueless crime enabler and societal threat.

* One of the five finalists for Florida Teacher of the Year is Hillsborough County’s Blake High Science Teacher Clayton Nyland. The winner will be announced next month.

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