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Thursday's Axios Tampa Bay stories

Downtown Tampa residents love the Riverwalk

Chart: Axios Visuals

When asked for feedback on downtown Tampa's greatest assets, more than half of residents identified the Riverwalk, according to a survey from the Tampa Downtown Partnership.

What's happening: "Walking used to be a liability for downtown Tampa," said Robert Allen of HCP Associates in Channelside. "Now it’s a strength."

Piney Point owners may dodge accountability for Tampa Bay cleanup

The Sunshine Skyway bridge from Bishop Harbor at Terra Ceia Preserve, just south of where polluted water is being discharged from the old Piney Point phosphate plant. Photo: Ben Montgomery/Axios

The head of Florida's Department of Environmental Protection has vowed repeatedly to hold the owner of the leaking Piney Point phosphate plant "accountable" for pollution that threatens to crush marine life in Tampa Bay and hurt local tourism.

Yes, but: That's easier said than done.

Hillsborough County schools cutting 1,000 jobs to cover $100 million budget shortfall

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Hillsborough County Public Schools are set to cut 1,000 positions in order to cover the system's $100 million budget shortfall.

The big picture: It's the 7th-largest school district in the nation, yet Florida ranks as one of the worst states for funding public education.

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.