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How to transform dead sea urchins into crafts

Hundreds of dead sea urchins on Maderia Beach on Sunday.
Hundreds of dead sea urchins on Madeira Beach on Sunday. Photo: Selene San Felice/Axios

👋 Hey, Selene here!

After I saw that thousands of dead sea urchins washed up on Madeira Beach over the weekend, most probably because of recent storms, I knew I had to get my hands on those little spiky guys.

  • Why? In the name of crafts.

Craft Beer Spotlight: Motorworks Brewing

A flight of beers at Motorworks Brewing.
A flight of beers at Motorworks Brewing. Photo: Selene San Felice/Axios

In advance of Tampa Bay Beer Week in March, we're heading out to sample some of the region's most interesting flavors, starting with Motorworks Brewing in Bradenton.

Selene San Felice
6 hours ago - News

Algal bloom crisis to get worse in Florida

Thousands of dead fish float in the Boca Ciega Bay last year.
Thousands of dead fish float in Boca Ciega Bay last year. Photo: Octavio Jones/Getty Images

Red tide in Florida may soon be uncontrollable.

What's happening: A task force appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to address the state's algal bloom crisis concluded that "without hard work and careful planning," more people will suffer from respiratory illnesses and more animals will die, per Inside Climate News.

Wild Child delivers on the hype

Wild Child's jerk octopus.
Wild Child's jerk octopus. Photo: Ben Montgomery/Axios

Axios finally made it to the Tampa Bay's top new restaurant.

  • With all the hype around Wild Child in St. Pete's Grand Central district, we were skeptical, but the hip eatery certainly delivered.
Ben Montgomery
Jan 24, 2022 - News

One Canadian's take on Florida's pandemic response

Animated illustration of a speech bubble with animated typing ellipses shaped like Canadian maple leaves
Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

A Canadian journalist who vacationed in Florida and then made fun of the Sunshine State has stirred up a social media hornet's nest of debates about individual liberty and government mandates.

  • "While Quebec is in full confinement mode, Florida is Cowboyland, where you barely know COVID is happening, despite much higher new case and hospitalization rates than ours," writes columnist Josh Freed in the Montreal Gazette.
  • "It's lunacy by Canadian standards, but an eye-opening experience."
Ben Montgomery
Jan 24, 2022 - Politics

Steps to safer Florida highways

Data: Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety; Map: Jared Whalen/Axios

Florida is failing miserably compared to other states when it comes to enacting laws to make driving safer and reduce traffic deaths.

Why it matters: Urgent action is needed to make roadways safer as traffic deaths climb at record rates despite fewer miles being driven, according to a new report from Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.

Supermarket turned immersive art installation now open

Artist Lucy Sparrow poses with two of her art pieces during the opening of her new exhibit "Tampa Fresh Foods."
Artist Lucy Sparrow poses with two of her art pieces during the opening of her new exhibit "Tampa Fresh Foods." Photo: Octavio Jones/Getty Images

What British artist Lucy Sparrow calls her most ambitious project to date — "Tampa Fresh Foods" — opened to the public Thursday, and it is something to behold.

  • Two years in the making, press materials call it an immersive art installation of a fully functioning supermarket at Water Street Tampa.

Break out the tweed again this weekend

Illustration of a latte with "weekend" written in the foam.
Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

🧥 Don your finest vintage and join the 10th annual St. Pete Tweed Ride, a fundraiser for the nonprofit St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club.

  • 4pm Saturday at the club, 559 Mirror Lake Dr.
  • Tea and scones before the ride; dinner, live music and Cycle Brewing beers after. Members $40, others $50, under 17 free.