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USA Today: Hubbard’s Marina has nation’s best fishing charter

Madeira Beach-based Hubbard’s Marina has topped USA Today’s annual rankings of the nation’s 10 best fishing charters for the third consecutive year. The family-owned company has been a Pinellas County staple since 1928. USA Today also ranked Hubbard’s Marina as the nation’s third-best boat tour operator.

Ted Peters restaurant named one of state’s ‘most legendary’

Southern Living magazine has recognized three Tampa Bay restaurants, including one in St. Petersburg, as among Florida's most legendary dining spots. The highest-rated Tampa Bay restaurant on the list was Ted Peters Famous Smoked Fish in South Pasadena at the No. 5 spot. The Columbia in Ybor City came in at No. 6., and Bern's Steakhouse in Tampa ranked No. 10.

Pitch Night returns to Tropicana Field

Entrepreneurs participating in Tampa Bay Wave’s 2024 TechDiversity Accelerator program will pitch their startups Thursday at Tropicana Field. This year’s cohort features 15 burgeoning companies selected from several hundred applicants. The pitch event is at 2 p.m., followed by a cocktail hour and Tampa Bay Rays game. For more information, visit the website here.

University of Tampa’s ninth championship makes baseball history

The University of Tampa’s men’s baseball team claimed the 2024 NCAA Division II National Championship with an 8-3 victory Saturday over North Carolina’s Angelo State University. Their ninth national title ties the Spartans with Florida Southern University for the most in Division II history. The championship is UT's sixth since 2000, an NCAA record.

One week left of Disaster Preparation Sales Tax Holiday

The first of two annual, statewide Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holidays runs through June 14, which means many disaster preparation items can be purchased tax-free. This year, several pet items are also included in the sales tax holiday. For more information, click here.

The Chelsea St. Pete coffee shop to close

The Chelsea St. Pete, a coffee shop in St. Pete's Warehouse Arts District, is closing this week. An announcement on Instagram said June 16 will be the coffee shop's final day of service.

USA Today ranks two local beaches among state’s best

Florida has 825 miles of beaches, and USA Today's editors and readers ranked two in Pinellas County among their 10 favorites. Treasure Island Beach came in fifth due to its beachfront hotels and restaurants. Clearwater Beach placed fourth, earning praise for its "talc-white strand of sand," waterborne activities and "epic sunsets."

County officials seek opioid abatement feedback

Pinellas County officials are asking residents to share their experiences with the opioid epidemic to inform future abatement planning through a brief survey. They are also hosting a series of community listening sessions throughout the county. In 2022, Pinellas had one of the highest overdose rates in Florida, and state lawmakers have allocated $90 million for officials to use over the next 18 years. For more information, visit the website here.

PSTA partners with Rays, St. Pete Pride for parade

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority has partnered with the Tampa Bay Rays and St. Pete Pride to increase accessibility for the annual Pride Parade. Attendees can now park for free in Lots 4,5,6,7,11 and 13 on Saturday, June 22, from 6 a.m. until midnight. They can then take a fare-free SunRunner ride to the parade. PSTA will also offer fare-free rides on Route 9 and the Central Avenue Trolley that day.

Clearwater reaches a lane-repurposing compromise

The Clearwater City Council reached a compromise Thursday on a long-planned project that called for reducing Drew Street from four lanes to three and a dedicated turn lane. The city-owned section from North Osceola Avenue to Alternate U.S. Highway 19 will change; the remaining project area, overseen by the state, will keep the current lane configuration. Lane-repurposing is a controversial topic in Pinellas County and beyond, and the Florida Department of Transportation proposed the compromise June 3.

Space Florida, Florida Power award St. Pete startup

St. Petersburg-based Lonestar Data Holding recently received $40,000 in awards at Florida Venture Forum’s 16th annual Early Stage Venture Conference in Orlando. Florida Power & Light and Space Florida each awarded the local startup $20,000 for finishing as the runner-up in the event’s pitch competition. Lonestar plans to establish the first lunar data center and has already transmitted information to and from space and the Moon.

First 3DE class graduates, receives scholarships

The first area students to participate in Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay’s innovative entrepreneurial program have now graduated, with seven splitting $32,000 in scholarships to further their education. The 3DE instructional model launched in 2020 at Chamberlain, Dunedin, Hillsborough and St. Petersburg High Schools with support from local businesses like Raymond James and ReliaQuest. The program will expand to nine schools in August, with Largo and Seminole High Schools joining in 2025.

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