Axios Tampa Bay

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Hello, Friday. Watch the dog that carries the bone.

🌤 Sunny, then isolated storms after 2pm. High of 96. Rainy weekend, looks like.

Situational awareness: The Tampa Bay Lightning, down 1-3 in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup series, play the Colorado Avalanche at 8pm in Denver.

Today's newsletter is 911 words, a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: A year later, still no answers

In an aerial view, a cleared lot where the 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building once stood
A cleared lot where the 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building once stood. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

One year after a 12-story condominium building in Surfside, Florida, collapsed, killing 98 people, the federal agency in charge of investigating the accident has yet to determine the cause.

The big picture: There is no single, obvious trigger for the collapse, investigators have said, and conclusions could take at least another year, Axios Miami's Deirdra Funcheon reports.

State of play: So far, a team from The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has cataloged evidence from the Champlain Towers South and will soon begin "invasive testing" of physical evidence.

  • Investigators will cut into steel and concrete samples, and carry out chemical and corrosion testing.
  • They're also interviewing surviving residents, first responders and others.

Between the lines: Tanya Brown-Giammanco, NIST's director of disaster and failure studies, wrote a blog post in March about why the institute's investigations can take years to complete.

  • "Our engineers and scientists feel a great responsibility to get them right because this work often leads directly to changes in codes and standards that are used when constructing new buildings or renovating existing buildings," Brown-Giammanco wrote.
  • Those code changes could save lives, she added.

By the numbers: While the federal investigation continues at a sluggish pace, two tentative settlements were reached last month involving families of the dead and surviving condo owners.

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2. Startup advice from a toddlers' hockey coach

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Kevin Goodwin with his kids Jack, 5, and Rhett, 3. Photo courtesy of Kevin Goodwin

There's not much difference between a preschool hockey player and the CEO of a tech startup.

Just ask Kevin Goodwin. When he's not at the Tampa Bay Wave running his startup, Reptrics, he's at the rink coaching his 3-year-old and 5-year-old sons in Timbits hockey.

  • "At first they're terrified to fall, but we teach them how to fall safely and all their fear goes away," Goodwin tells Axios of his Timbits team.
  • "​​Once you realize it's OK to fail, you're able to really adapt and be fearless in the way you drive a business."

State of play: Goodwin, who started both his company and his Timbits coaching career in 2019, just capped a $600,000 seed funding round led by TampaBay.Ventures.

  • Reptrics is in the process of moving into its growth phase, and Goodwin is adding team members in Tampa Bay and Utah, where his business partner is based.

Zoom in: The three phases of a hockey game are a lot like the three phases of business, Goodwin says. "When you go from startup to growth and then expansion, your Stanley Cup comes in the form of going public or for a merger or acquisition."

  • "They move quickly, the game changes and you've gotta be able to grow," he says.

And when your back is against the wall, like the Lightning are right now heading into tonight's game, you can always make a comeback.

  • "I know very few entrepreneurs who have one business and that was it," Goodwin says. "You learn and you grow from that experience and you move on to the next great opportunity."
  • "If the Lightning lose the Stanley Cup, that doesn't mean it's over."

3. The Pulp: You were always on my rind

Illustration of a sticker with the Tampa skyline and the word "pulp" on it, stuck to an orange.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

👧 Kids now eat free at Ybor City restaurant The Loft, recently featured on "Bar Rescue." (Creative Loafing)

🪄The Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Florida remodeled a bedroom for a Bradenton girl. (Bradenton Herald)

🏡 The median single-family home in Sarasota-Manatee in May sold for $522,888, well above April's figure of $500,000. (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

👩‍💻 Publix will turn the old FedEx building in downtown Lakeland into a new information technology center, and it aims to bring 100 full-time jobs. (

Quote du jour:
"Someone needs to step up. We need to make sure that Cuban bread is made the right way for generations to come."
— Robbie Faedo, manager of Michelle Faedo's Tampeño Cuisine, speaking of the looming possibility that the man who has harvested palmetto leaves for La Segunda Bakery’s Cuban bread for three decades is nearing retirement, per the Tampa Bay Times.

4. Here comes our fuel tax holiday

Data: NCSL; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

President Biden asked Congress this week to suspend the federal gas tax for three months and requested that states do the same amid soaring fuel prices, Axios' Hans Nichols reports.

Zoom in: In May, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 7071, which provides 10 sales tax holidays for a variety of items commonly purchased by Florida families, including diapers, disaster supplies and tools.

  • One of those, a fuel tax holiday during October, will lower the price of gas by 25 cents a gallon.

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5. Things to do this weekend

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Photo courtesy of Keel Farms

🍉 Watermelon Weekend: This family- and pet-friendly event features fresh watermelons, wine, a cider release, games, craft and food vendors, and water slides.

  • 10am-6pm Saturday and Sunday at Keel Farms in Plant City. Free!

🏳️‍🌈 St. Pete Pride: Todrick Hall and Pussy Riot headline the kickoff concert on Friday. The parade runs along the waterfront parks Saturday and a street carnival takes over the Grand Central district Sunday.

🍽 Tampa Bay Restaurant Week: It's the last weekend to try the finest foods in Tampa Bay, with multiple-course prix fixe menus and exclusive pricing on drinks.

  • A portion of proceeds benefits Feeding Tampa Bay.

6. 1 mural to go

A mural on the side of a building in Tampa
Photo: Ben Montgomery/Axios

Check out this new mural on West Main Street in Tampa by New Orleans-based filmmaker and muralist Brandan "BMIKE" Odums.

  • Called "Change the Whirled," it was funded by Ben & Jerry's and is meant to honor Colin Kaepernick, his Know Your Rights Camp, and the spirit of Old West Tampa.

🤷‍♂️ Selene is watching "My Fake Boyfriend."

🥩 Ben is finally watching "TrueSouth," a bold and interesting show about food and Southern culture by his friends Wright Thompson and John T. Edge.

Tell a tiny hockey player to subscribe and a big tech mogul to become a member.

Editor's note: Yesterday, we incorrectly reported the name of the company leading a lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis. It's Honeyfund, not Honeywell.