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Axios Tampa Bay

Another Tuesday is upon us. Good morning.

🌤 Mostly sunny today. High around 90, with a light breeze and slight chance of rain.

  • Sounds like: Waxahatchee's "Fire."

🤿 Let's dive in.

Today's newsletter is 920 words, a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: Renting's dramatic rise in the 'burbs
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Data: RENTCafé; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

Two suburban neighborhoods in the area — East Lake-Orient Park and Egypt Lake-Leto in Tampa — are now, for the first time, mostly occupied by renters rather than homeowners, according to a new study from RENTCafé.

  • And trend lines show that New Port Richey and Temple Terrace will be next and could change from owner majority to renter majority within five years.
  • Westchase and Riverview also saw explosive growth in renters.

The big picture: Renters are now the majority in 103 U.S. suburbs, which previously were homeowner territory, while only four suburbs transitioned to owner majority.

  • Twenty Florida suburbs, including 13 in the Miami area, became renter-majority.

Why it matters: The Boomer-driven idea of the "American Dream" — a mortgage on a home with a two-car garage, big lawn and picket fence — is changing as housing prices rise and more workers value flexibility for career opportunities.

  • Since COVID-19 has compelled businesses to adopt more friendly work-from-home policies, workers have a "newfound appreciation for cheaper, more spacious surroundings," Doug Ressler, a senior analyst and manager of business intelligence at Yardi Matrix, told Ben.

What they're saying: "Many coveted knowledge workers have already made their move or are considering it," Ressler said.

2. Matt Gaetz is preparing for a fight

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) leaves a closed-door meeting at the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in June. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz hasn't been earning headlines like he did when news broke in March that he was a target in a federal investigation into sex crimes, but legal analysts say the team of New York City lawyers he hired indicates he's ready to fight.

  • The legal team includes Marc Mukasey, who has defended the Trump Organization in high-profile cases, and Isabelle Kirshner, a top Manhattan criminal defense attorney, per the Daily Beast.
  • Plus, Friends of Matt Gaetz retained New York-based trial lawyer Marc Fernich, whose clients include Jeffrey Epstein, Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán and Keith Raniere from the NXIVM cult.

Why it matters: Legal experts say that the team — far from where the investigation is playing out in the Middle District of Florida — suggests Gaetz could be taking a "scorched-earth approach."

  • Typically, you hire local, someone who knows the players in the district.
  • "But these attorneys can go down there, burn down the building, and not have to worry about going back in the next day," former New York Attorney General Tristan Snell said.
3. The Pulp: Do you peely want to hurt me?

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

🗳 U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist is heralding a bundle of 50 endorsements from state and local leaders — like U.S. Reps. Kathy Castor and Al Lawson — in his race to become Florida's governor again. (Florida Politics)

🌊 Defenders of Wildlife sent a petition with 40,750 signatures to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service urging swift action to save Florida manatees after a record 946 have already died in 2021 — 10% of the total population. (Defenders of Wildlife)

📢 Pro-choice activists scheduled a march and rally at 4pm Saturday in St. Pete's Vinoy Park to protest new abortion laws in Texas and Mississippi, plus one being considered in Florida. (Progress Florida)

🏗 We finally get a look inside The Nolen, the $50 million, 23-story condo development planned for downtown St. Pete near North Straub Park and The Vinoy. (St. Pete Catalyst)

4. Screen Time with Johnny Crowder

Photo illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photo: Stephanie Hunt

Johnny Crowder is a 29-year-old suicide/abuse survivor, TEDx speaker, touring musician and the founder & CEO of Cope Notes, a text-based mental health startup that provides daily support to users in nearly 100 countries.

  • Let's see what his tech habits look like.

💻 Device of choice: "My M1 Macbook Air is the only device with enough patience to handle my 20+ multi-tab hyper-productivity fits. I take it just about everywhere with me, and the rose gold color is just funky enough to feel special to me."

👇 First tap of the day: "Every weekday morning, after I get my reading done, I watch some kind of architectural walk-through video of a mansion, a tower, some beautiful home or building. There’s something so motivating and fascinating, yet calm and serene, about learning how designers choose to craft a space with such careful intention."

🎧 Podcast or playlist of choice: "I built a 'Calm Down' playlist on Spotify to help regulate my moods and keep me focused."

📚 Reading list: "I just read 'Purple Cow' by Seth Godin and 'It’s Your Ship' by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff, and I’m about halfway through 'Be Our Guest' by The Disney Institute."

📲 Most used app: "It’s probably a tie between Spotify and YouTube. There’s always some music playing in the Crowder house if I can help it, but I turn to YouTube for self-education, professional development, TED Talks and a bit of dream-car window-shopping every now and again."

📬 Who should we feature next? Hit reply and let us know!

5. Let's just call it Coffee Week

Joshua Tree Coffee. Sorry local coffee roasters. Photo: Ben Montgomery/Axios

👋 Ben here.

So, National Coffee Day is tomorrow and International Coffee Day is Friday, and a host of coffee shops are celebrating with giveaways and discounts. Locally, score free coffee at Kahwa on Wednesday.

☕️ If you like coffee, let me recommend Joshua Tree.

  • I know, I know: Joshua Tree is on the Left Coast, and this is a Tampa Bay newsletter! Well, I haven't found local coffee as good as JT's.
  • I do love Naviera for cafe con leche.

Friends, hit reply and change my mind. What should I try?

6. USF's wild unis are growing on us

The South Florida Bulls celebrate after an interception in the second half against the Florida A&M Rattlers at Raymond James Stadium. Photo: Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

They might have a losing record, but the USF Bulls at least looked pretty exciting against Florida A&M by wearing alternative uniforms that somehow evoke both Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters and Nickelodeon slime.

  • The Bulls face SMU on Saturday in Dallas. We'll see if they wear the green version.

💻 Ben is reading Adrienne LeFrance on Facebook's misbehavior and obsessing over Nirvana's appearance at 1992's Live at Reading. 🎸

Selene is off this week.

See y'all tomorrow.