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Ben Montgomery
21 hours ago - News

Mapping what Florida's heat will look like in 30 years

Data: First Street Foundation; Map: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

Think it's hot here now?

In 30 years, the counties along Florida's Gulf Coast, from Monroe in the south to the northern extremes of the Tampa Bay region, will experience 35% to 45% more days when the heat index temperature climbs over 100°F.

Feast on fried frog legs at Joanie's Blue Crab Cafe in Ochopee

The inside of Joanie's Blue Crab Cafe.
Photo: Ben Montgomery/Axios

Have you worked up an appetite stomping around the Big Cypress swamp looking for giant pythons?

  • Well, you're in luck. There's one restaurant in the 725,000-acre national preserve: Joanie's Blue Crab Cafe in Ochopee, a faded throwback to old Florida that serves swamp vittles like fried frog legs, gator nuggets, and, sometimes, snake.

Florida swing voters view Ron DeSantis as too extreme

Photo illustration of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis with lines radiating from him.
Photo Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photo: Tristan Wheelock/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Some Florida swing voters who former President Donald Trump won over in 2016 say Gov. Ron DeSantis' agenda is too extreme for them.

Driving the news: Axios partner Engagious/Schlesinger conducted two online focus groups last week with 12 Floridians who voted for Donald Trump in 2016, then Joe Biden in 2020.

Florida Python Challenge lessons: Snakes are good at hiding

Selene looks for snakes
Look at Selene in the swamp! Photo: Ben Montgomery/Axios

Well, friends, we didn't catch any snakes.

Why it matters: The 2022 Florida Python Challenge ended Sunday, and while the winners and total haul will be announced soon, rest assured Axios Tampa Bay's Ben Montgomery and Selene San Felice came in last place.

Ben Montgomery
Aug 12, 2022 - News

Bealsville folk artist Ruby C. Williams dies

Ruby C. Williams. Photo courtesy of Katherine Gibson

Ruby C. Williams, a self-taught artist, minister and farmer from Bealsville whose playful but edgy paintings have hung in galleries across the country, died Monday.

  • Williams' longtime friend and champion Katherine Gibson confirmed Williams' death and told Axios Williams' large family was planning a memorial service for Aug. 20.

Happy 813 Day, Hillsborough County

sign that says TAMPA with 813 stickers all over the letters
Photo courtesy of Press Marketing

Saturday is 813 Day – get it? August 13 … 8/13? The area code for greater Hillsborough County? Yeah?

Well, to celebrate, Sparkman Wharf is hosting a social media fundraiser to benefit the nonprofit environmental group Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful.

Ben Montgomery
Aug 11, 2022 - News

Florida county's naming of a park after DeSantis is drawing shade

Illustration of someone using a lawnmower to etch Ron DeSantis' face into park grass.
Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Manatee County's newest park will include things the vast majority of residents like: wetlands, shade trees, walking trails, open space, restrooms.

Yes, but: It's the new name that's rubbing some the wrong way.

What Tampa Bay voters need to know ahead of Florida's primary election

Illustration of a checkmark over a square changing into a question mark.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Less than two weeks away is the Florida primary election to decide which Democrats will face off against Ron DeSantis for governor and Marco Rubio for U.S. senator in November.

  • Also on the ballot: Candidates for the U.S. House, the state Legislature, state attorney general and agricultural commissioner, judges, school board members, and important local questions.