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Tuesday's Axios Tampa Bay stories

Steven Currall retires from USF helm after just 2 years

Photo: USF

Steven Currall announced Monday that he will resign as president of the University of South Florida after just two years leading the school on Aug. 2.

Why it matters: With more than 50,000 students and more than 16,000 faculty and staff, USF is Tampa's 5th largest employer.

Jul 20, 2021 - Axios Tampa Bay

"My Girl" house in Bartow hits the market for $675,000

Photo: Google Maps

The gorgeous home that was used as the exterior of the Sultenfuss residence in the terribly sad coming-of-age film "My Girl," starring Anna Chlumsky and Macaulay Culkin, is for sale in Bartow.

Details: The 1906 Victorian is 9,508 square feet and features seven fireplaces, a commercial kitchen and a pool.

  • It's listed for $675,000.

Check out the interior on Realtor.com.

Alumni defend Tampa's Academy of the Holy Names after lawsuit alleges "woke culture"

Photo: Ben Montgomery/Axios

More than 430 alumni from Tampa's Academy of the Holy Names and other Catholic academies are pushing back against a lawsuit alleging that the school has "become woke" and strayed from Catholic teaching, per the Tampa Bay Times.

State of play: The alumni signed an open letter that says the practices the lawsuit criticizes are not lapses, but examples of Catholic faith in action.

Clearwater resort-like mansion with a band stage asks $4.8M

Photo: Photo Studio Solutions, courtesy of Jim Henning

With its blue and white exterior and resort-like amenities, this house feels more like a waterfront hotel.

Why it's worth checking out: Overlooking Moonshine, Malone and Core Islands, listing agent Jim Henning described it as "kind of a legendary house."

Jul 19, 2021 - Axios Tampa Bay

Red tide forces St. Petersburg to clean up hundreds of tons of dead fish

A dead fish floats near the seawall in Coffee Pot Bayou in St. Petersburg. Photo: Annette Baesel for Axios

As the stench of dead fish takes over Tampa Bay shores, politicians are fighting for resources while citizens fight for action.

What's happening: The red tide fish kill is primarily along the St. Petersburg coast, where about 800 tons of dead fish have been removed over the last 25 days. 142 tons were collected on Wednesday alone.

Dunnellon farm shows how to keep plants happy without phosphate fertilizer

A curious goat waits for moringa leaves at the Garden Doctor's Teaching Farm. Photo: Ben Montgomery/Axios

There are more sustainable, earth-friendly wayd to grow fruits and vegetables without mined fertilizer — and they're on full display at the Garden Doctor's Teaching Farm in Dunnellon.

Why it matters: Florida is home to the majority of phosphate mining for fertilizer in the U.S.

Florida leads U.S. in COVID cases amid Delta-driven surge

Florida now leads the nation in coronavirus cases, with its biggest spike since last summer, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Driving the surge: Hospitalizations and deaths are rising among the unvaccinated, while the small number of infected but vaccinated people are not getting seriously ill.