Category Archives: Profiles/Spotlight

Profile: There’s something about Mary

Tampa Bay’s Mary Mangiapia becomes the first woman to through-kayak 1,500 miles around Florida By Marcia Biggs When the 300-mile Everglades Challenge sea kayak race from St. Petersburg to Key Largo was cancelled in early March due...

Mark Rachal: Audubon sanctuary manager

Growing up in Chicago, Mark Rachal wanted to be a zookeeper. About 25 years later, he’s manager of Florida Audubon’s Coastal Island Sanctuaries, including islands named the state’s most important bird colony by the Florida Fish an...

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...