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Ben Montgomery
22 hours ago - News

100 years ago: A long walk to Tampa

One hundred years ago today, "a pink-checked youth of about twenty-one," a veteran of "the World war," walked into the Tampa Tribune offices to report he had walked to town ... from York, Pennsylvania.

  • His name was Henry Shanabrough, and he'd walked more than 1,000 miles on foot. He told the editors his plan was to turn around and walk home, then maybe head west in the spring.

Coincidentally, that same month, a niche architectural journal ran a story called "An Appalachian Trail: A Project in Regional Planning."

  • A young conservationist named Benton MacKaye called for the construction of the Appalachian Trail, a protected natural footpath which roughly follows Shanabrough's route south.

Top Democrat predicts "nastiness" for Florida's 2022 legislative session

The Florida Capitol. Photo: Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Nothing about Florida's current political discourse would lead you to believe that our representatives are nearing something resembling peace and understanding — and that's not changing anytime soon.

What's happening: State Rep. Evan Jenne, the House Democratic caucus' co-leader, expects a "knock-down, drag-out" legislative session next year, full of "nastiness and controversy" ahead of the 2022 midterms, per Florida Politics.

What to expect in tonight's St. Pete mayoral debate

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

After their first one-on-one debate last week, St. Pete mayoral candidates Ken Welch and Robert Blackmon face off again tonight.

State of play: The election is exactly two weeks away. The city could have its first-ever Black mayor, Welch. Or it could elect a conservative — which hasn’t happened in over a decade.

Rooster & The Till chef Ferrell Alvarez's last meal

Photo illustration of a plate, knife, and fork in the form of a skull and crossbones with Ferrell Alvarez inside the shapes.
Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photo: Ferrell Alvarez

Chef Ferrell Alvarez is co-owner of Rooster & The Till in Seminole Heights and "director of all things creative and cool" for The Proper House Group, which is slated to open two new eateries in Tampa next year.

We were dying to know: What would he eat for his very last meal?

  • "It would have to be multi-course because I'm bad at favorites, but I like eating the way we cook at Rooster & The Till, with lots of courses," he told Axios.
Ben Montgomery
Oct 18, 2021 - COVID

Florida's secret delta toll

Illustration of a market arrow breaking through a pile of coronavirus cells.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Roughly 4,500 Tampa Bay residents — an average of about 36 per day — died from COVID-19 over the four months the Florida Department of Health did not share daily pandemic information with citizens.

Driving the news: The data is now available and gives a clearer picture of the heartbreaking toll of the latest record-breaking spikes from the delta variant — which is only now subsiding — between June and October.

Screen Time with K. Alicia Schulhoff

Photo illustration of a headshot of K. Alicia Schulhof.
Photo illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photo: Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

K. Alicia Schulhof became Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital's first woman president over the summer. She moved back down to St. Petersburg from Indianapolis, where she served as president of Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.

How does a health leader like Schulhof interact with tech? We asked about her habits.

Barrier-island gem hits market near Sarasota

A photo of the front yard of a house listed for sale in Casey Key.
The front/backyard of the Casey Key home. Courtesy of Coastal Home Photography

This island retreat flows seamlessly from indoor to outdoor living on one of Florida's hidden gems, Casey Key.

  • The 1.5-acre property lists for $14 million.

Address: 1906 Casey Key Road, Nokomis, FL 34275

  • The property, including the guest house, is made up of 4 bedrooms, 4 full and 2 half-bathrooms. 

Spotlight on SHINE muralist Jason Harvin

Vera Herrera and Jason Harvin work on his SHINE mural festival piece.
Vera Herrera and Jason Harvin working on his SHINE mural festival piece. Photo: Selene San Felice/Axios

Three years ago, Jason Harvin just wanted to paint a few walls in his new Riverview house. But as soon as he laid on his first pieces of painter's tape it was over — he was in love.

What's happening: Harvin has come a long way since then. Now, he's tackling the whole side of a building as a 2021 SHINE muralist, one of 19 artists adding new murals to St. Petersburg over the next week.