Mitch Traphagen

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High-speed ferry makes a wake in community meeting

“Interest will increase in this region if there is a 25-minute ferry ride versus a 45-minute drive. This could create huge economic development for South County.”
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ABWIG nears goal; hosts Commissioner at open house

“This is real, we’re making this happen and won’t stop until we’re done...”...
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For area artist, a big dedication for a big work of art

Ruskin artist Michael Parker unveils his latest work: possibly the largest outdoor original art in Florida...
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On Monday, come together to remember, to honor

“All of our freedoms and privileges are because there are those among us who will risk all...”...
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BOCC approves project that could bring the beach back to Apollo Beach

The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners voted to approve a restoration / wave protection project that could bring the beach back to Apollo Beach ...
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Star RVHS athletes sign scholarships

By Mitch TraphagenTwo standout Riverview High School athletes signed scholarships on Monday. Senior Shatisha Dukes signed with Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina on a ...
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SCC service group cleans up at Mary & Martha House

For the Mary & Martha House, South County’s only organization providing a shelter and training opportunities for homeless and abused women and their children, every ...
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From the flock, a church leader emerges

For the first time since Saint Anne Catholic Church was founded in Ruskin in 1956, a member of the parish has been ordained as a ...
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Decades later, a big welcome home for WWII veterans

600 people welcomed WWII veterans home from an Honor Flight. Photo gallery below article....
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Observations: Paradise and perspective in the sky

Not believing there will be a tomorrow is no way to live....
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Respect for the dead, respect for the law

The state of Florida has fined the non-profit cemetery for numerous violations due to the extravagantly decorated graves....
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Lost in Florida: So close, yet so far away

Vacationing close to home: The final installment of a series. Photo gallery below article....
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Lost in Florida: The First City

Miami is like a whole 'nother country. Photo gallery below article....
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County ‘Talks Trash’ in SCC

The meeting focused on the approaching Oct. 1 date for the switch to automated trash collection in Hillsborough County. ...
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Saying goodbye to the coach

Hundreds turn out for memorial service for Coach Tom Lota at EBHS....
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Sea Scouts gather in Apollo Beach

Apollo Beach Sea Scouts hosts their 25th annual regatta. Photo gallery below article....
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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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