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Things to do this weekend in Tampa Bay

Betty White in a green dress in front of a flower garden.
Celebrate Betty White this weekend. Photo: ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images

🎡 Sarasota Winter Carnival: Enjoy games, rides, festival foods and tons of family-friendly fun.

  • Tonight 5-11pm, Saturday 12-11pm, Sunday 12-10pm and Monday 12-8pm at The Mall at University Town Center. Entry and parking are free, ride tickets extra.
  • Plus: A Beer & Burger festival next door, 12-8pm Saturday. $15.

Screen Time with "Selling Tampa" star Rena Frazier

Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photo: Rena Frazier

After Rena Frazier of "Selling Tampa" gave us tips on how to navigate the hot housing market, we began to wonder how an influencer like her interacts with tech.

Ben Montgomery
Jan 14, 2022 - Sports

Incoming storm could affect Buccaneers playoff game

Buccaneers Offensive Guard Alex Cappa readies for a pass rush.
Here's Bucs guard Alex Cappa, because offensive linemen never get their picture in the paper. Photo: Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

A storm is coming. That much we know. But when?

Paul Tash to leave the Tampa Bay Times

Paul Tash outside the Tampa Bay Times office. Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times.
Paul Tash outside the Tampa Bay Times office. Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times.

Paul Tash, the Tampa Bay Times' longest-serving CEO and chairman, is retiring.

What's happening: The paper's controversial leader is leaving after 47 years, it announced yesterday, but will continue to chair the board of trustees at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, the nonprofit owner of the newspaper.

  • Times Publishing Co. president Conan Gallaty will replace him as CEO and is expected to become chairman when Tash, 67, leaves its board of directors July 1.

Getting the scoop on the Gasparilla Pirate Festival

 Ethan Chitwood and father, Noah Chitwood, with family friend Lukas Gowder, watch the 2012 Gasparilla Parade.
Ethan Chitwood, his father, Noah Chitwood, and family friend Lukas Gowder watch the 2012 Gasparilla Parade. Photo: Linda Davidson/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Reader mailbag: "Ahoy! I'm a newly adopted Tampan and realize I know very little about Gasparilla — a name that seems to pop up in the strangest of places.

  • "I'd love to read more about it (him?)."
Ben Montgomery
Jan 13, 2022 - COVID

COVID still worries Americans

Data: University of South Florida; Chart: Baidi Wang/Axios

😬 We're worried about Omicron.

Driving the news: Per a new public opinion survey from the University of South Florida, nearly 75% of Americans are "very concerned" or "somewhat concerned" about emerging variants.

Ben Montgomery
Jan 13, 2022 - Politics

Bill cutting customers' savings from solar advances in Florida

Former President Barack Obama tours the DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center in Arcadia in 2009.
Former President Barack Obama tours the DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center in Arcadia in 2009. Photo: Mandel NGAN/AFP via Getty Images

Florida senators on a panel were apprehensive but voted 6-2 to advance SB 1024, a bill intended to restrict the expansion of rooftop solar in Florida.

  • SB 1024 would lower utility savings for Floridians using rooftop solar panels by reducing how much utilities pay solar users to buy back their excess energy.
Ben Montgomery
Jan 13, 2022 - COVID

Florida's stockpiled COVID tests can be used

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried speaks in Nov.
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried speaks in Nov. Photo: Lynne Sladky/AP

The FDA extended the expiration date on one million COVID-19 test kits that have become a political football in recent weeks, per the Times/Herald.