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Monday's Axios Tampa Bay stories

Jet Skiers save the day on the Hillsborough River

Photo courtesy of Marlo Ramos

Jet Skiers are a much maligned bunch on the Hillsborough River, due to their loud music and notorious wake-causing speeds. But a few of them did something good recently.

What happened: When a boat caught fire near the Lowry Park Boat Ramp around 11am Sunday, Tampa Fire Rescue responded quickly but faced a predicament.

  • When firefighters began battling the buoyed blaze, the rope holding the boat in place snapped.
  • Pressure from the firehoses sent the flaming 22-foot vessel out into the river like a funeral pyre, putting the homes and docks nestled on the east side of the river in tremendous peril.

Hot homes: 6 houses for sale in Tampa Bay starting at $275K

2430 9th Ave N. Photo courtesy of Redfin

From a mid-century modern ranch with a pool to a historic bungalow in St. Pete, there's a little something for everyone on this week's list.

1224 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. S — $275,000

Why we love it: This house, a registered historic landmark, was originally built in 1907 and has been completely restored.

  • Neighborhood: St. Pete
  • Realtor: Brandi Gabbard at Smith & Associates Real Estate
  • Specs: 3 beds, 2 baths, 1,582 square feet
  • Notable features: Queen Anne Cottage style, old-school architectural details, original hardwoods, charming brick fireplace.
May 10, 2021 - Axios Tampa Bay

How Tampa is helping develop the casualty-free future of warfare

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Sci-fi meets reality, "Stranger Things"-style, inside Tampa's University Mall. It's not the Upside Down, but just beyond the food court, the future of war technology is being designed.

Why it matters: The word "warfare" is often associated with death, but the University of South Florida's Institute of Applied Engineering is creating solutions to minimize casualties.