satellite view of the Tampa Bay area Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority
In May, state lawmakers created a regional mass transit authority with the goal of exploring future transportation options for a seven-county region. Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota are among the counties in the new Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority. Polk County is notably absent from the list. Commissioners there didn't rule out joining in the future, once the authority's roll becomes clearer. Governor Crist held off on funding the authority for now so local dollars will be vital to its success. We'll take a look at the new Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority on this week’s Florida Matters.

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Linda Southworth has spent her life in artistic expression. From private art lessons at age 10 in Long Island, to her masters degree in fine arts in 1978 and living in New York and teaching as well as creating and displaying her own work, she can attest to both the challenges and rewards that go with artistic pursuit. She recently sat down with her father, William Southworth, to talk about her background and education, her influences and her own creative process.

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