🌱 Florida Strawberry Festival Fine Art Show + Jabz Boxing Open

Good day, people of Tampa! Carlos Hernandez here with a fresh edition of the Tampa Daily.

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First, today’s weather:

Plenty of sunshine. High: 64 Low: 47.

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Here are the top five stories in Tampa today:

1. Legislation has advanced in Florida that would make it more difficult for people injured by medical providers to win compensation in court if the provider can attribute the harm to COVID-19. The bill comes as state leaders continue to play down the pandemic in public. the Florida Justice Association says the prior version of the bill has already prevented survivors of patients suffering from medical malpractice from bringing claims. (Florida Phoenix)

2. Last week, Citrus County area hospitals asked emergency workers several times to take patients elsewhere if possible, called a diversity, because facilities were overrun and needed time to process the patients they already had. Local hospital officials said they continue to do the best they can given record COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant. (Citrus County Chronicle)

3. Artists are invited to submit work for the 2022 Florida Strawberry Festival Fine Art Show, which runs from Thursday, March 3rd to Sunday, March 13th at Festival Grounds in Plant City. Adults are divided into two groups: professional and amateur. Youth entrants are divided by age. Monetary awards are up for grabs. (Osprey Observer)

4. Jabz Boxing is now open at the Shops at Wiregrass mall next to Barnes & Noble bookstore. Co-owners Amanda Greenleaf and Troy Miller are excited to finally have their doors open. This is the first location of the chain in Florida and the owners of the Wesley Chapel store hope to open two more in Tampa Bay. (Neighborhood News)

5. An inmate who escaped from jail early Monday morning has been captured. 48-year-old Anthony Eugene Ward escaped after being assigned as “Inmate Trustee” and walking off the job at Suwannee County Jail. (Bay News 9)

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Today in Tampa:

  • Hillsborough County Community Action Board Executive Meeting (Hybrid) at County Center – 18th Floor. (10:00 AM)
  • Tampa Heights Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) Community Advisory Committee Meeting at Bush Ross Law Firm. (6:00 PM)
  • Microsoft Excel: Basic Calculations at Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative. (6:30 PM)
  • Remix: Leporello Sketchbook at the Firehouse Cultural Center.(6:30 PM)
  • girls basketball vs. strawberry crest at Robinson High School. (6:30 PM)

From my notebook:

  • Starting this Wednesday, every household will be able to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. visit covidtests.gov for more information and to place your order starting January 19th. (Facebook)
  • Governor DeSantis’ General Counsel, Ryan Newman, submitted the Governor’s proposal for a congressional map in Florida on Sunday night. The Governor’s proposed map has no district in north Florida where Black residents make up more than 40% of the voting population. (Florida Politics)
  • Cru Cellars will be back at the 16th Annual Taste of South Tampa on Sunday, April 3rd. (Twitter)
  • Beginning January 22nd, 2022, telephone customers in the 813 area code overlay region may be assigned the new 656 area code when requesting new service, an additional line or moving their service. (Facebook)

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Carlos Hernandez

About me: Hello my name is Carlos Hernandez and I am a food writer with over 10 years of experience in the industry. I write the food blog Carlos Eats (http://www.carloseats.com) and also contribute to several newspapers and magazines with food-related blogs and articles.

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