Lauren Rozyla-Wong, WFTS

Lauren Rozyla-Wong


Tampa, FL, United States

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Past articles by Lauren:

Tampa Bay area school districts facing 'unprecedented' bus driver shortages

Tampa Bay area school districts are dealing with an unprecedented shortage of school bus drivers. → Read More

Parents, doctors plan to ask board members to require face masks in Hillsborough Schools this year

Parents are asking Hillsborough County school leaders to take action and require face masks again for the upcoming school year. → Read More

Cleveland Street Streetscape Project begins construction on Monday in Downtown Clearwater

Construction begins Monday, July 26 on the city of Clearwater’s Cleveland Street Streetscape Phase III and Festival Core project. Drivers can expect delays and lane shifts as the safety and beautification project on Cleveland Street and Gulf to Bay Boulevard begins, according to city officials. → Read More

Faith and Character Program in Hernando County prison provides life-changing results for inmates

Female inmates are getting a second chance to rebuild their lives at a prison thanks to an innovative Faith and Character program. → Read More

CDC reports Florida is now leading the nation in new HIV cases

Florida now leads the nation in new HIV cases, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. → Read More

Ruskin and Wimauma growers are adapting and thriving despite pandemic, changing economic times

Ruskin has a rich history of farming here in the Tampa Bay area and we've seen how growers are working to adapt to changing economic times. Now, growers are showing how they're competing with larger farms across the country. → Read More

Largo now dropping speed limits on residential streets if the majority of the neighbors agree

A recent road safety initiative through the City of Largo is slowing down drivers and protecting neighborhoods. → Read More

State and county leaders plan to upgrade I-75 interchange at Big Bend Road in Riverview

The Florida Department of Transportation and Hillsborough County are planning to upgrade the I-75 and Big Bend Road interchange. → Read More

HART looks to replace diesel buses with electric battery buses by 2035

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority is working to replace all of it diesel engine buses, replacing them with electric battery buses by 2035. The goal is to reduce air pollution across the Tampa Bay Area and create more job opportunities. → Read More

Florida waits to see if Governor Ron DeSantis extends emergency order declaring state of emergency

Florida is standing by and waiting to see if Governor Ron DeSantis will extend his original COVID-19 emergency order another 60 days. DeSantis has until the end of Monday, April 26 to sign an extension. The decision could have a major impact on students. → Read More

Hillsborough County kids struggling with eye disease as non-profit works to expand services

Some kids in Hillsborough County are facing a silent epidemic: undiagnosed and untreated eye disease. Now, the local non-profit is asking for the community's help to get more children free eye exams in Bay Area schools. → Read More

FDOT road upgrades in Plant City area are designed to make commuting faster and safer

Several road projects in and around the Plant City area are set to make commuting faster and safer for drivers, including changes at the interchange at I-4 and Park Rd. and the widening of Sam Allen Rd. → Read More

Pinellas family's KidCare Insurance rate jumps from $20 per month to more than $400

As families work to rebound from the pandemic, one Pinellas County family found themselves fighting a huge rate increase in their Florida KidCare Health Insurance. → Read More

MacDill Air Force Base to play big role in Tampa Bay's Big Game

Three different Air Force Global Strike Command bombers will conduct a first-of-its-kind "trifecta flyover" during the National Anthem performance at Super Bowl LV over Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. → Read More

Hillsborough school leaders, health department now working toward COVID-19 teacher vaccination plan

Hillsborough School leaders and the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County are now working toward a plan to vaccinate teachers across the district that may be announced within the coming days. However, no official plan is finalized as of yet, according to the district. → Read More

Super Bowl 'Clean Zones' will affect what businesses can advertise, NFL fans will see for miles

Tampa city leaders are creating new protections for fans attending the upcoming Super Bowl, set to be at Raymond James Stadium in February. But this could have a big impact on how local businesses can advertise to capitalize on the big game. → Read More

Wrong-way detection installation to be moved up after deadly crash at Dale Mabry & I-275 Sunday

A deadly wrong-way crash at Dale Mabry and I-275 over the weekend is now prompting the Florida Department of Transportation to take action to install new wrong-way detection technology at that interchange sooner than expected. → Read More

'Spread Love, Not Germs' pledge aims to keep families safe this holiday season

While the COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful and isolating for many people, Hillsborough County leaders say gatherings during the upcoming holidays can be an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends. However, they are asking people to sign a new pledge to stay safe. → Read More

Scam-proofing your holiday online shopping for Cyber Monday

With more people choosing to do their holiday shopping online, the Hillsborough County State Attorney's office is now warning buyers about scams they're seeing that could take your hard-earned money. → Read More

People decorating for the holidays earlier than normal to deal with pandemic stress

Families across the Tampa Bay area are choosing to decorate their homes for the holidays earlier than normal this year. → Read More