Zachary T. Sampson, Tampa Bay Times

Zachary T. Sampson

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Past articles by Zachary:

Tampa man faces murder charge in shooting death

A man in his 40s was found dead early Thursday near a dock on a neighborhood lake, police said. → Read More

Is more algae mucking up Tampa Bay? Scientists need to track it first.

Long-term macroalgae monitoring is another gap in research revealed in the year since the Piney Point release. → Read More

More than 1,000 giant African land snails captured in Pasco invasion

The pests can grow up to 8 inches long and are known as “one of the most damaging snails in the world.” → Read More

Florida springs protection rule is overdue and underwhelming, critics say

Lawmakers determined the state was not doing enough to care for an environmental treasure. That was 6 years ago. → Read More

Supreme Court’s EPA ruling could slow Florida’s climate change fight

A transition to renewable energy needs to happen quickly to avoid tipping points for global warming, scientists say. → Read More

Exotic fruit fly found in Pinellas; state seeks to limit spread

St. Petersburg and Pinellas Park homeowners are urged to be cautious with fruits and vegetables from their yards. → Read More

Almost four years after Hurricane Michael, a hotel rises in Mexico Beach

The Driftwood Inn is a symbol for the city’s ongoing recovery: taller, stronger — and more expensive. → Read More

Florida’s animal crossing aims to break barrier of I-4

Thanks in part to a wandering bear, a segment of Interstate 4 is being lifted between Tampa and Orlando. → Read More

Man retrieving frisbees killed in Largo lake after incident with gator, police say

Police say the man was entering the lake to retrieve frisbees. → Read More

Hurricane 2022: Tampa Bay will flood. Here’s how to get ready.

The risk of flooding has never been greater in Tampa Bay home. But there are ways to get ready and mitigate that risk. → Read More

Pinellas changes hurricane evacuation zones for 93,000 residents

The county is using updated storm surge models and elevation data. Here’s how to check your zone. → Read More

Florida’s ‘Shark Lady’ is now on a Forever stamp

The late Eugenie Clark, founding director of what became the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, was honored by the U.S. Postal Service. → Read More

Florida sues DuPont, other companies over toxic firefighting foam

Lawyers say the manufacturers exposed residents to harmful chemicals, commonly called PFAS. → Read More

Discolored water reported near Demens Landing Park in St. Petersburg

A resident said it looked like a “large, very visible gas/oil leak” in the water near St. Petersburg Municipal Marina. → Read More

Florida to dedicate $30 million to saving manatees amid die-off

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a “record investment” to save the state’s iconic animal. More than 500 of them have died this year. → Read More

Avian influenza outbreak has spread to Tampa Bay

The virus can be deadly for birds, but experts say this strain does not appear to threaten people. → Read More

What we know about Piney Point’s impact on Tampa Bay

One year later, scientists are still studying the effects of an enormous wastewater release. → Read More

Climate change to rule Rays out of St. Pete waterfront stadium?

Neighboring waterfront sites Al Lang Stadium and Albert Whitted Airport have been mentioned as options. → Read More

Inside the effort to close Piney Point and keep Tampa Bay safe

With a new overseer in charge, Florida finally has a plan to shut down an old environmental scourge. → Read More

Florida approves plan to clean up, shutter Piney Point

It represents one more step toward reducing the environmental threat posed by the old fertilizer plant property. → Read More