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Wednesday's Axios Tampa Bay stories

Florida court: Police who shoot citizens can remain anonymous

Photo: Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

Citing Marsy's Law — Florida's constitutional amendment granting privacy rights to crime victims — the 1st District Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday that municipalities cannot make public the names of police who shoot citizens if the police officers themselves were crime victims, which is almost always the case in police shootings.

What happened: Two Tallahassee police officers who fatally shot suspects in different incidents argued in a lawsuit that the city shouldn't release any information that would personally identify them as the shooters.

Sarasota named top destination for movers in 2020

Data: Zillow; Map: Sarah Grillo/Axios

More people moved to Sarasota in 2020 than almost any other U.S. metro, according to Zillow’s latest study.

Big picture: The study looked at inbound and outbound moves, and Sarasota had the fifth-highest number of net inbound moves.

  • Other top destinations (in order) included Phoenix, Charlotte, Austin and Dallas-Fort Worth.

Manatee County lifts evacuation order near Piney Point leak

Port Manatee, where water from the containment pond at the old Piney Point phosophate plant is being released into Tampa Bay. Photo: Ben Montgomery/Axios

Officials on Tuesday reopened roads and lifted the evacuation order for residents and businesses near the old Piney Point phosphate plant as they continued to pump nutrient-rich water into Tampa Bay at Port Manatee to relieve pressure on the leak and look for ways to seal it.

What's new: Manatee County commission chairwoman Vanessa Baugh said that the commission approved a nearby injection well to funnel treated water from the leak into the deep earth instead of Tampa Bay, and assured local residents that their drinking water is safe.

Tampa Bay leads the way on blockchain

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Whether you understand the world of cryptocurrency and are already using it — or you’ve been living under a rock and trying to avoid it (like us) — there’s one thing you need to know: Tampa Bay is where its future is being built.

What's happening: Like the garage Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built the first Apple computers in, Tampa has become the hub for startups centered around blockchain.

Downtown Tampa really wants a Target

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Data: Tampa Downtown Partnership; Chart: Michelle McGhee/Axios

Downtown Tampa residents and workers want a Target, according to a recent survey by the Tampa Downtown Partnership.

  • Asked what big-box retailer they craved, 40% said Target. It was trailed by Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Publix, Costco, Walmart and Aldi — none of which cracked 5%.
  • Of note: 33% said they didn't want any big-box store at all.

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.