Lloyd Sowers, FOX 13 Tampa Bay

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Recent articles by Lloyd:

New 'smart' pond in Tampa can lower its water level before a storm, may help with flooding

A new "smart" pond in Tampa uses forecasting data from the National Weather Service to know when rain is coming, and can automatically lower its water level before a storm. Developers say the system reduces flooding and water pollution from runoff, and can filter the water it holds before it empties into the bay. → Read More

Arrival of COVID vaccines for kids uncertain at Florida retailers

Children age six months to five years old are now approved to receive COVID-19 vaccines, but FOX 13 News checked with local Walgreens, CVS, and Publix stores Monday. None of the Tampa Bay area retailers had the vaccines available. We also checked with Tampa General and Johns Hopkins All Children’s hospitals. No children’s vaccines had been received. → Read More

Tampa exhibit highlights old Florida through kitschy maps

Old Florida opened a world of wonder to the tourists of yesterday. Some of us were just kids at the time. → Read More

Old flour mill demolition will connect downtown Tampa, Channelside in Water Streets next phase

The flour mill is a giant barricade that separates downtown from Channelside. When its gone, streets like Whiting Street won’t stop at a dead end at the flour mill and will extend, across the railroad tracks, from downtown to Channelside, and the two will grow together into one, larger urban core. → Read More

Utah family surprised by responses from Bay Area homeowners to postcard asking to buy a house

A family in Salt Lake City decided to make a personal appeal to thousands of homeowners in the Tampa Bay Area, sending a postcard with their photo, saying “We’re looking for a home in your neighborhood.” They were pleasantly surprised that "everyone was kind." → Read More

'Forgotten Angels' helps young people aging out of foster care

Young people caught between childhood and adulthood can face a crisis as they age out of foster care. → Read More

East Tampa soon to have new affordable housing options

Three homes are under construction at Wast Emma street and East 32nd Avenue. → Read More

Tampa opening new solid waste facility at McKay Bay to keep pace with growing city

When you double the size of a downtown, as the city of Tampa has done, the need for services grows, too. → Read More

Florida film industry pushes for incentives to bring back blockbuster productions

There's a new wave of movie-making in the Tampa Bay area, with film crews currently shooting scenes at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Pinellas County. At least six more are in the pipeline, but it may take more than good weather to bring blockbuster movies back to Florida. → Read More

US 19 overpasses mean businesses passed over by real estate boom

US Highway 19 was once notorious for stop-and-go traffic through parts of Pasco and Pinellas counties. Years ago, the state replaced traffic lights with overpasses, but now that’s causing a new problem. While real estate is booming elsewhere, it’s different for land and businesses passed over by overpasses. → Read More

New laws could make craft beer easier to find in Florida

Craft breweries are looking to Tallahassee for new laws that could make your favorite beer easier to find. → Read More

Aerial photographs showing Tampa's changing landscape donated to History Center

The work of late Tampa pilot and photographer Bill Morris gives a view of Tampa’s transformations through time. Many saw his aerial photographs in the pages of the Tampa Tribune, but now his work will live on for generations at the Tampa Bay History Center. → Read More

Plant City community mourns death of iconic Whistle Stop Café owner

Jerry Lofstrom, the owner of The Whistle Stop Café, died December 13 after a long illness. The café he built more than 20 years ago contains a treasure trove of antiques, collectibles, model trains, model cars, and everything Jerry liked. But many came because they liked Jerry. → Read More

Tampa's Vila Brothers Park to get 'totally red white and blue' makeover namesakes always wanted

After bombs were dropped on Pearl Harbor, Tampa brothers Joe and Willie Vila told their parents they were going to fight for America. All 7 Vila brothers ended up fighting in the war and the Tampa park that bears their name is getting an upgrade worthy of their service. → Read More

Small Business Saturday: Why shopping local is more important than ever

The holidays are a time of traditions and U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Tampa) has made shopping local hers. Castor says 67 cents of every dollar spent at local businesses goes back into the local economy, which will be the key to continued recovery from the pandemic. → Read More

Lakeland recruits NYPD officers as 'anti-police sentiment' grows in big cities

“He said, ‘You can park your police vehicle in front of your house,’ and to me, that was mind-blowing. I used to lie about what I did. I used to tell people I was a bartender. I was ashamed to be a law enforcement officer,” said a former NYPD officer who moved to Lakeland. → Read More

Cora apartment building opens in Water Street district

The second residential building in Tampa’s Water Street transformation is open and leasing luxury apartments. → Read More

Heat, steam, and chemicals help AdventHealth keep surgical procedures safe

AdventHealth Tampa’s new Taneja Center For Surgery is a six-story, gleaming tower in Tampa’s Uptown, with the largest operating rooms in the city. But the small surgical instruments get all the attention in AdventHealth's new, state-of-the-art Sterile Processing Center (SPC). → Read More

Homecoming mission complete for airmen deployed to Middle East

There was a joyous homecoming at MacDill Air Force Base Monday as more than 30 airmen who were deployed to the Middle East for six months arrived back home safely. Families said they were relieved after their loved ones were overseas during some tense times. → Read More

Cross Bay Ferry to return seasonally in mid-October, may be permanent fixture by 2024

The Cross Bay Ferry will come back for the season in mid-October, but will it become a permanent fixture? → Read More