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marshes and lakes
Our area is going to need a lot more of it in the coming years and officials are trying to anticipate that demand with long range planning. One promising solution may be another multi-billion gallon reservoir like the one currently operating in southern Hillsborough County.
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Kristie and Myron Thomas
Myron describes seeing Kristie for the first time as a disc jockey during the disco era, and thinking that she was so beautiful that she “was out of my league.’’ But their shared love for the popular dances of the mid-1970s soon brought them together again. The Bradenton couple married three months later, and today enjoy a mutual affection for the beaches, arts and culture of West Central Florida after almost 30 years of rarely being apart.

Music credits:
The Hustle by Van McCoy, The Hustle And The Best Of Van McCoy, Amherst Records
Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel by Tavares, Tavares: Anthology, from T.K. Records
(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty by KC And The Sunshine Band, The Best Of KC And The Sunshine Band, T.K. Records
Turn the Beat Around by Gerald Jackson/Pete Jackson; Never Gonna Let You Go,
RCA Records

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coastline
The state's active storm cycle is proving to be a challenge for our famous, white sandy beaches, home to sea turtles, high rise condominiums and hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. About half of Florida's coastline is suffering from erosion. Should we spend millions of dollars to keep the sand where we want it if the next hurricane will just wash it away? Or do we allow nature to take its course? We'll discuss these questions and more with our guests.
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Billie Martini and Paul Roat
Billie Martini arrived on isolated Anna Marie Island as a teenager in 1944 after her father was discharged from the Navy following World War II. She soon fell in love with the tropical surroundings, met the man she would marry and spent decades skeptically watching development and politics transform her island. Here she tells her friend Paul Roat, the news editor at The Islander, about the colorful history of the area, including a unforgettable fish story that captured a “giant seahorse’’ and visitors’ active imaginations.

Music credits: Rinky Dink by Booker T & The M.G.s, Green Onions, Atlantic Recording Co.

Florida Stories - Billie Martini
ANNA MARIA ISLAND
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Republican National Convention
Tampa is a finalist along with Minneapolis, New York and Cleveland for the event to take place in September of 2008. The RNC Site Selection Committee is set to visit the area this August. The convention would bring an estimated 50,000 people to Tampa. Civic leaders say it would provide a $400 million dollar boost for the area’s economy but some critics dispute those figures. What would it mean for the area if the GOP’s big event came to town? Will discuss those issues and more with our guests.
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