Mitch Traphagen

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Debby pounds Tampa Bay with wind, rain

South Hillsborough experiences flooding, downed trees in wake of storm.
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Celebrate the 4th with a Bullet Free Sky

When someone shoots randomly into the sky, we are all in danger.” This 4th of July, join a 13-year-old boy in making a difference....
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Friends of Library sponsor magic at the Firehouse Cultural Center

Event at cultural center entertains more than 100 children....
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Local winery invites guests to stomp some grapes

Rosa and Antonio Fiorelli opened the 10-acre vineyard in 1998...
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Kids take to the wind and water with TSS Youth Sailing

The program is designed to get young sailors out on the water....
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Early political convention? No, Metrocon!

If you happened to be in downtown Tampa this past weekend, things may have appeared even more strange than usual....
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Why so sad?

I’m wondering if all the supposed sadness isn’t truly masking a good bit of anger....
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Stolen Beauty

The fragrance of the tropics has gone missing along Apollo Beach Blvd....
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Author info
image Mitch Traphagen Mitch Traphagen is a photojournalist, columnist and online editor for the Observer News Publications. He is the recipient of 55 awards of excellence from the Community Papers of Florida for his photography and writing. He has worked for some of the nation’s largest corporations, as Press Secretary for a U.S. Congressman, owned and published a weekly newspaper, and produced a commercial documentary video on sailing. He is a Commodore in the Seven Seas Cruising Association (ssca.org). Mitch is a writer, photographer, sailor and traveler with a bit of a geek thing going on. You can visit his personal website at mitchtraphagen.com
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