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Spring breakers are coming to Tampa Bay!

Why it matters: They'll be a boon to beach-adjacent businesses, but some are worried that careless visitors from elsewhere will sling coronavirus all over.

The state of play: Local officials say they are counting on tourists to follow safety guidelines to prevent any superspreader events, per the Tampa Bay Times.

  • Pinellas County requires people to wear masks in indoor public spaces, and businesses can enforce that, but there are no individual penalties for not doing so.
  • Sarasota's mask mandate expired but officials are expected to officially encourage masks in public places.
"The best we can do is try and reinforce good behaviors. Unfortunately, I think a lot of this is out of our control."
Jason Salemi, an epidemiologist at USF, told the Tampa Bay Times

This story first appeared in the Axios Tampa Bay newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.

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Tampa lawmaker pushes to make violence against journalists a hate crime

Andrea Chamblee (center), the widow of reporter John McNamara, at a vigil in Annapolis, Maryland, after he and four other journalists were killed in a mass shooting at the Capital Gazette on June 28, 2018. Photo: Calla Kessler/The Washington Post via Getty Images.

State Sen. Janet Cruz (D-Tampa) has filed a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would extend the protection of the state’s hate crime statutes to reporters, William March reports for the Tampa Bay Times.

Why it matters: 400 attacks on journalists were reported nationwide in 2020, according to the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker.

Florida lawmakers tackle flood risk with slate of climate change bills

A couple walks down Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa in 2017, where the bay had receded ahead of an expected storm surge from Hurricane Irma. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images.

Florida lawmakers unveiled a suite of bills at USF's St. Petersburg campus on Friday aimed at preparing the state for flooding caused by climate change-induced sea-level rise.

Why it matters: A study released by the First Street Foundation last week found that Florida accounts for the nation's heaviest concentration of expected economic loss due to residential flood risk, at nearly $8 billion.

Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired waterfront home asks $7M

By Joe Sale, courtesy of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

This architectural gem has enviable resort-like views from almost every room. And if you've got an extra $7M, it could be yours.

  • With this house, you get 271 feet of water frontage within the highly regarded, gated community of Culbreath Isles, listing agent Nick Janovsky told us.
The exact address is 4937 Lyford Cay Road. At 5,662 square feet, it has 4 beds and 4.5 baths.

Design: The home features elegant, clean lines and a lot of natural materials (exposed wood, stone), inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's signature style. The large windows also help create an indoor-outdoor feel throughout the house and a cohesiveness between the structure and setting.

  • It was designed by architect Sol Fleishman and built by Monogram Builders.

Highlights: Chef's kitchen, stunning architectural details, home office, dreamy resort-like owner's suite, pool, boat dock, expansive patios.

Price reduction: The house has been on the market 100 days, according to Zillow. It was first listed in November at $7.75M.

Listed by: Nick Janovsky at Premier Sotheby’s International Realty.

Photos by Joe Sale, courtesy of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. Know of an interesting or unusual home listing in the Tampa region? Email brianna.crane@axios.com.

This story first appeared in the Axios Tampa Bay newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.

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