May 6, 2021

Axios Tampa Bay

Welcome to Thursday, Tampa Bay.

  • ☔️🤞🙏 We don't want to jinx it, but there's a slight chance of rain today. Highs in the mid-80s.

Situational awareness: CVS Health is offering mental health counseling services at six Tampa Bay-area stores — in Tampa, Riverview, Wesley Chapel, Clearwater, Largo and St. Pete — one of the first markets to launch these services.

Today's newsletter is 876 words, a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: The rise and fall of Florida's Confederate monuments
Data: Southern Poverty Law Center; Note: There are some monuments with unknown dedication dates and they are not represented in the bar chart; Map: Michelle McGhee/Axios

We're keeping the big thing short today. This map is powerful enough on its own.

Where things stand: Two of the seven Confederate statues near Tampa Bay still remain:

  • The Stonewall Jackson Monument in Ft. Meade.
  • A Confederate soldier statue outside a Brooksville courthouse.

When the others came down: Most Confederate monuments in Hillsborough, Manatee and Pinellas counties were removed in 2017 after white supremacists rioted in Charlottesville.

  • An exception: The Cow Cavalry Monument in Plant City was removed along with nine others around the state in 2020.

Check out an interactive version of this graphic to see the change over time.

2. Pasco sheriff retreats on using student data

Page image courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco will bar school resource officers from accessing student records, per the Tampa Bay Times

  • He said he's voluntarily updating the county's policy to "ease any anxiety that parents may have as a result of misinformation perpetuated by media reports."
  • The walk-back comes after a series in the Tampa Bay Times into how deputies used school data to try to predict future criminal behavior. The series prompted an ongoing investigation by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Nocco denies his agency ever used "predictive policing" and said the policy update just "reflects that reality."

🏆 Times journalists Kathleen McGrory and Neil Bedi recently won the prestigious Scripps Howard Award in the local/regional investigative reporting category for the series.

3. Things to do this weekend for yo mama

The Elevage dining room at the Epicurean Hotel. Photo courtesy of the Epicurean Hotel

We've rounded up a big ol' grab bag of things to do this weekend to celebrate the mothers in your life.

4. The Pulp: G-rind it out

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

💸 Florida residents lost a whopping $199 million last year to fraud. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)

🚤 Manatee County has a shortage of boat ramps, and the solution might be a new one along the southern end of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. (Bradenton Herald)

🚔 After seven years of delays, Sarasota police are finally being equipped with bodycams. (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

🏒 Gronk should probably wear a helmet if he’s going to tend goal for the Lightning. (Tampa Bay Times)

🚐 Five people in a First Watch on Fowler Avenue are recovering after a van crashed into the café, according to the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. (WFLA)

5. Screen Time with Cesar Hernandez

Photo illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photo: Omni Public

Cesar Hernandez contains wondrous multitudes.

  • He can sit in a sharp suit, eating a light salad at Oxford Exchange while telling you about the violence of growing up in Brooklyn. His musical tastes range from Mozart to Bad Bunny.
  • As CEO of Omni Public, Hernandez has advised public officials, government agencies, social equity organizations, and companies like Tesla.
  • He's also president of the Tampa Bay Latin Chamber of Commerce. 

How does such a dynamic dude interact with tech? We asked Hernandez about his habits.

📬 Who should we feature next? Hit reply and nominate someone for this recurring item.

6. 🚀 Poem du jour

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Ask and you shall receive: Our poem du jour is now a regular item.

  • Our first poem of May comes from Yuki Jackson.
  • Jackson is a Black and Japanese poet and founder of The Battleground, a youth program in Sulphur Springs.

This poem, Rocket Ships, previously appeared in Cream City Review

Courtesy of Yuki Jackson
5 new job openings in Tampa Bay

Your next opportunity could be one click away.

  1. Vice president, program management, at JPMorgan Chase
  2. Real estate asset manager analyst at Prosperity Capital Partners
  3. Vice president, human resources, at HCA Healthcare, Oak Hill Hospital
  4. Chief financial officer at National Aviation Academy
  5. Product line manager, NHL, at Fanatics Inc

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🎧 Selene is listening to the "Daisy Jones and the Six" audiobook and eating Pin Wok & Bowl's tempura shrimp roll 🍤

🐥 Ben is playing the (Dixie) Chicks on CD like it's 1997. 💿

Hang in there.