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May 11, 2021 - Axios Tampa Bay

Florida State Rep. Ben Diamond announces run for Charlie Crist's House seat

State Rep. Ben Diamond announcing his run for Congress at the USF St. Petersburg campus. Photo courtesy of Preston Rudie

Now that Rep. Charlie Crist is officially running for governor, a candidate for Crist's congressional seat has stepped forward.

State Rep. Ben Diamond (D-St. Petersburg) announced his run Monday for the District 13 House seat.

  • The seat covers most of Pinellas County and its beaches, including St. Petersburg, Pinellas Park, Seminole, Largo and most of Clearwater.

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.