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Cannabidiol spray delivered to Florida’s first registered patient

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At 10:12 a.m. Monday, Rich Murphy was handed a one-ounce bottle of hope. Murphy, a 61-year-old survivor of a 2014 horrific traffic accident, received one of Florida’s first therapeutic doses of cannabidiol spray. The spray was distributed by Surterra Therapeutics, a health and wellness-focused company. Suterra president Susan Driscoll and Dr. Lisa Avery – Murphy’s neurologist – gave Murphy the orange-flavored bottle of Calm/CDB (Cannabidiol infused with natural Florida orange extract). What followed was a round of hugs, smiles, watery…

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FPL breaks ground on new solar power plants

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At the site of the future Manatee Solar Energy Center in Parrish, Florida Power & Light executives, environmentalists, state and local officials cheered as a groundbreaking ceremony significantly changed the dynamics of solar power in the Sunshine State. At 10:50 a.m. Thursday, FPL President and CEO Eric Silagy and Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam flipped the switches on dual Tuchi pile drivers to start the next phase of a 10-plus-year vision for innovation by the Sunshine State’s largest energy provider. The…

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Pinellas GOP hosts inaugural Land O’ Lakes “shootout” and fundraiser

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Billed as the “First Annual Shootout,” the Pinellas County Republican Party and Executive Committee hosted local and state politicians as well as outdoors enthusiasts at the Tampa Bay Sporting Clays in Land O’ Lakes, days before Florida lawmakers return for its 60-day session. Organized by Matt Lettelleir, Director of Party Development for the PCRP and its Executive Committee, the event was the organization’s first official fundraiser for 2016. Lettelleir said the event’s purpose was multidimensional as an opportunity to raise…

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Metropolitan Ministries brings Christmas spirit to thousands in Tampa Bay

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Mode of transportation is not the issue. Getting Christmas dinner and toys to families is. Arriving by often-compromised automobiles, mopeds, rusty bicycles, public transportation and many on foot, the families served by Metropolitan Ministries throughout this holiday season have reasons to smile, if only temporarily. Arriving by often-compromised automobiles, mopeds, rusty bicycles, public transportation and many on foot, the families served by Metropolitan Ministries throughout this holiday season have reasons to smile, if only temporarily. Relying on corporate and community…

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Immersed in local arts, Cuba delegation visits St. Petersburg

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Representing Cuban arts and culture, an eight-person delegation visited St. Petersburg this weekend, to meet with civic leaders and elected officials for a three-day immersion in all things St. Pete — particularly the arts. Though invitations by Mayor Rick Kriseman, the Dali Museum, and the Downtown Partnership, the delegation, which included representatives of the Ministry of Culture, explored a potential for artistic exchange in the Tampa Bay region. The delegation’s arrival was timed to coincide with “D-17” — December 17 —…

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Dana Young energizes supporters at rousing South Tampa fundraiser

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Approximately 100 enthusiastic supporters gathered at the Tampa Yacht and Country Club Wednesday night to hear a rousing speech from Republican state Representative Dana Young. Young, who serves as House Majority Leader, is currently running unopposed for a fourth term in South Tampa’s District 60. During her 15-minute speech, Young vowed to continue to work on the issues she has been passionate about for several years, particularly Florida’s endangered water supply. “I’ve had the ability to do some very impactful things for…

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