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People
12:17 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Florida Community Asks Mermaid To Swim Elsewhere

Jenna Conti, also known as Eden Sirene, before being asked to stay out of the water.
Courtesy of Bob Abruzzese

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 4:27 pm

Jenna Conti just wants to swim.

In her custom-made mermaid costume.

At the Fishhawk Ranch community pools in Tampa, Fla.

But rules are rules, the local development district board says. And the rules say no swim fins in the pools.

So Conti, or Eden Sirene as she's known when she swims, has been left high and dry.

She "just wanted to really show some magic here in Fishhawk," Conti says.

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Politics
1:51 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

At 'Nuestra Noche,' GOP Welcomes Hispanic Candidates

National Republicans showed off some of the results of a Hispanic candidate recruitment drive during a packed-to-the-rafters blowout in Tampa's colorful latin community, Ybor City, during the Republican National Convention this past summer. The gala is called "Nuestra Noche", and the event took place at the historic Cuban Club.

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Under the Sun
5:52 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Green Card Stories

WLRN

Green Card Stories (Umbrage Books) is a collection of profiles and photographs of fifty immigrants from around the country by journalist Saundra Amrhein and photographer Ariana Lindquist.  Amrhein has been a journalist for seventeen years.  She spent ten years at the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times.)  Immigrants profiled include a triathelete, a magician, a flea market worker, small business owners and executives.

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Election 2012
4:00 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Isaac Doesn't Drench Party Plans For Florida Delegates At RNC

Dr. and Mrs. Steve Zieman
Gina Jordan

Even as events were cancelled because of the weather, Florida’s delegates to the Republican National Convention managed to stay busy Monday.

The Florida delegation started the party Sunday night with a convention kickoff at Tropicana Field. Then, buses brought them back to their hotel for another reception.

Steve Zieman from Gulf Breeze in the Panhandle drank a beer and smiled after getting an update on Isaac. He almost didn’t make it.

“I had to decide whether or not the storm was really going to go on that course,” Zieman said. “But I wanted to support America.”

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Social Services Funding
11:37 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Funds Slashed For People With Disabilities

A network of Florida facilities that supports people with disabilities will lose nearly $1.6 million this year – just as the social services provided by the network are needed most.

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Arts
11:09 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

The Cuban Sandwich War Is Over, Miami Concedes Defeat

This looks seriously delicious. The question is: Where was it made, Miami or Tampa?

After an incursion by the upstart Miami Cuban community, the people have spoken – Tampa is the true home of the Cuban sandwich.

More than 7,200 people voted at the NPR food blog, “The Salt,” and the results speak for themselves: 57 percent for Tampa, 43 percent for Miami as the true home of the Cuban sandwich.

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