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At Fort De Soto Park, a towering invasive species is removed

At Fort De Soto Park, a towering invasive species is removed

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Pinellas County’s Fort De Soto Park North Beach is considered a Florida treasure. For some frequent visitors, the towering Australian pine trees were as much a part…

The Hidden Artists of Florida

The Hidden Artists of Florida

Vintage paintings from the Highwaymen By LISA STARK Art collectors and history buffs have long been interested in Florida’s Highwaymen, a group of 26 African-American landscape artists who carved a…

Through the eyes of a photographer: Babies, maternity and more

Through the eyes of a photographer: Babies, maternity and more

By LISA STARK One of the most extraordinary times in a couple’s life is the expectation and birth of a child. Capturing this special moment is the goal of Apollo…

The remarkable development of an artist

The remarkable development of an artist

On Christmas Eve in 2009, Tom Day — an Air Force veteran of 23 years who served as a test flight engineer — suffered a stroke, leading to a diagnosis…

Historic homes to see: A walk through Florida history

Historic homes to see: A walk through Florida history

By LISA STARK If you’re in the mood for a little time travel this summer, you need not invest in a futuristic time machine. All you need is a tank…

Important facts about Florida black bear conservation

Important facts about Florida black bear conservation

The many articles and editorials addressing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s proposal to reinstate limited bear hunting have not gone unnoticed by Nick Wiley. As the FWC’s executive…

Skateboarding Father’s Day

Skateboarding Father’s Day

The Diego Duran Apollo Beach Skatepark on Golf and Sea Boulevard got into the Father’s Day spirit on Sunday with a skateboard competition (for the children, not the fathers, perhaps…

SCC Deputy hits the ground running to protect seniors

SCC Deputy hits the ground running to protect seniors

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN By and large, seniors are not gullible. But they do tend to have assets or money. And living in a safe and peaceful place, such as Sun…

Someplace in Florida: De Soto National Memorial

Someplace in Florida: De Soto National Memorial

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN With a mere 45-minute drive from South Hillsborough it is possible to travel back nearly five centuries at De Soto National Monument. Perhaps what is most amazing…

Just another summer weekend in Tampa … or was it Metrocon?

Just another summer weekend in Tampa … or was it Metrocon?

Depending upon your viewpoint, Florida has a well-deserved reputation for all things weird — or, perhaps, it is simply misunderstood. But while Texas and California work hard to lay claim…

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