Jake Peterson, WFTS

Jake Peterson


Tampa, FL, United States

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Past articles by Jake:

St. Pete's Woodson Museum plans expansion

A St. Pete museum dedicated to African-American history is hoping to expand. → Read More

Anna Maria leaders worried about "McMansions" on the island

Some residents and leaders on Anna Maria Island are worried about the growth of so-called “McMansions.” → Read More

Community to hold memorial ride for local musician killed in road rage incident

Friends of Brad Yost will gather Tuesday evening at Peggy’s Coral in Palmetto for a memorial bike ride. → Read More

Manatee County leaders urge residents to know evacuation zones for hurricane season

Manatee County leaders are hoping residents plan now for the beginning of hurricane season. → Read More

Lawn mower accidents injure nine children annually, a new study shows

Around nine children are injured in riding lawn mower accidents each year, a new study shows. → Read More

Southeast High students and staff remember recent grads killed in Peru

Zachary Morris and Albert Ales graduated this month and they were traveling in Peru when they were killed in a traffic crash. → Read More

Veterans group reporting vandalism to flags at a memorial site in Bradenton

Someone had cut the chords to fifteen of the 24 flags that fly at the park, a local veterans group said. → Read More

Sarasota County leaders use new system to give "all clear" after hurricane

Emergency managers in Sarasota County have implemented a new color-coded system to let people know its safe to return home after a hurricane. → Read More

Small levels of red tide detected on Anna Maria Island

The latest Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation red tide tracking map shows a small concentration of red tide near Bradenton Beach. → Read More

Power crews hardening the grid before 2019 hurricane season

Power crews across the Tampa Bay area are working hard to replace wooden power poles with concrete poles ahead of the 2019 hurricane season. → Read More

Worker at Ulele in Tampa tested positive for Hepatitis A but public never told

Three Tampa Bay area restaurants, including Ulele in downtown Tampa, had an employee test positive for Hepatitis A. → Read More

North Port Officers starting to wear body cameras

The North Port Police Department is the latest Tampa Bay area police department to wear body cameras. → Read More

Red tide's impact on 2019 sea turtle nesting season

Group members are hopeful for a robust season this year but they also know the 2018 red tide killed or injured hundreds of turtles. → Read More

License plate readers installed in Holmes Beach

Holmes Beach residents will now notice five newly installed license plate readers throughout the island, and officers say it's nothing to worry about. → Read More

Video shows altercation between Sarasota teacher and student, superintendent wants teacher fired

A Brookside Middle School teacher is being recommended for termination after a video of a 2018 incident was released showing him in an altercation with a student. → Read More

USF researchers discover red tide formation zone

Researchers at USF are discovering how the currents in the gulf contribute to red tide outbreaks. → Read More

USF researchers discover red tide formation zone

Researchers at USF are discovering how the currents in the gulf contribute to red tide outbreaks. → Read More

Sarasota police increasing patrols after uptick in violent crime

Sarasota officers are worried about a recent uptick in violent crime. They are reporting thirty shooting calls in the Newtown community since November. → Read More

Family of Jabez Spann starts foundation to help families of missing children

The mother of murdered Sarasota teen Jabez Spann is starting a foundation to help other Florida families of missing children. → Read More

Florida woman says SunPass issued her thousands in fines, demands answers

Florida residents, like one woman who has 10 toll violations equaling more than $2,000, are getting fed up wish SunPass. → Read More