Category Archives: People and the Bay

Jan Platt: The Young Girl and the Sea

By Sigrid Tidmore When Jan Kaminis Platt was born in 1936, she already had sand in her shoes and salt water in her veins. She came by these traits honestly, having a Norwegian whaler for a great-grandfather, a Greek grandfather st...

Ranger Yearns for More Time Outside

Pete Krulder had no idea what he was getting into when he signed up for a job as a ranger at Honeymoon Island State Park. “I applied on a lark,” he says. “I always loved the outdoors – fishing, boating, hiking, and camping – so th...

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful Brings Home Top Honors

Three first-place awards – including the top honor from one of the nation’s most prestigious non-profits – set a new standard for Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, the Hillsborough County affiliate for Keep America Beautiful. The local or...

Profile: Suzanne Cooper

Her Best-Laid Plans Turn Out Even Better Like many kids who grew up in Florida, Suzanne Cooper always wanted to be a marine biologist. Luckily for Tampa Bay, she ended up earning a master’s degree in botany and then became a plann...

Stand Up for Florida Water & Land Legacy Now

By Pegeen Hanrahan, P.E. We’re all familiar with one spot or another in Florida that used to be untouched, and is now nearly untouchable. Our untouched natural areas make Florida the place we love, and we must leave a legacy...