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Tampa Bay is a large natural harbor and estuary along the Gulf of Mexico on the western coast of Florida, made up of Old Tampa Bay, Hillsborough Bay, McKay Bay, and New Tampa Bay. It is bounded by Manatee County on the south, Pinellas County on the west, and Hillsborough County on the east. Three prominent cities are located along the shores of the bay, Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater. The Sunshine Skyway Bridge crosses the mouth of Tampa Bay.
The term “Tampa Bay” is also informally used as the name of the entire metropolitan area encompassing Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and several smaller cities. The Tampa Bay Area settlers were originally from Cuba and Italy. The Native Americans from this region are known as Seminoles. A town in Pinellas County, named Seminole, Florida, was subsequently named after the Native Americans who lived in the region.
News from Tampa Bay from The Tampa Tribune
May 30, 2016 6:39 am
Memories remain vivid for John Harper, who was an Air Force dental technician. The rush of helicopters. Black body bags stacked everywhere. The stench of death. Today is a stark reminder. "Memori...
May 30, 2016 6:38 am
Silver Airways became the only air carrier to offer nonstop flights from Tampa to Nassau last week. And they're just getting started.
May 30, 2016 6:30 am
A Friday night crash that killed a 38-year-old man and left two hurt signaled a troubling start to a holiday weekend that sees more boats out than usual and, with them, a higher risk of crashes.
May 27, 2016 11:27 am
Have you made your Memorial Day weekend plans? Here are a few suggestions.
May 27, 2016 7:42 am
The demand for bourbon, coupled with a shortage of wood for the barrels in which bourbon soaks, has created a shortage. And bars and liquor stores throughout Tampa Bay are scrambling to manage their i...
May 27, 2016 7:26 am
With ex-Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor a year into retirement and busy with police chief consultant work in other cities, talk of her running for mayor persists. Columnist Sue Carlton writes Castor is...
May 27, 2016 7:19 am
The Lightning's season of destiny came one goal short of its mission, one game shy of a return trip to the Stanley Cup, columnist Tom Jones writes. Not even the stunning return of Steven Stamkos could...
May 26, 2016 1:20 pm
Dickey's Barbecue Pit, a Dallas barbecue chain that is the largest in the nation, has opened its first location in Hillsborough County.
May 26, 2016 8:49 am
Nicole G. Nachtman, tracked down by investigators in Tallahassee, had a difficult relationship with her mother leading up to the 2015 deaths in Carrollwood, court documents show.
May 26, 2016 8:00 am
I just finished reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and I'm offended. Not by the language, and not by the references to sex and drugs. Not by the unseen suicide, and not by the unseen pedophile. ...
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