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About Bay Soundings

Explore Tampa Bay’s magnificent waterworld and watershed with Bay Soundings, a quarterly news journal covering Florida’s largest open-water estuary. Bay Soundings chronicles the news and issues affecting the bay, while profiling the people, places and creatures that make it so compelling. Thanks to generous community support, Bay Soundings is distributed free of charge to local and national subscribers. Interested readers may subscribe online or send an email to Bulk copies also are available for distribution through area attractions, schools, businesses and civic organizations.

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We welcome letters to the editor on topics covered in Bay Soundings as well as articles or story ideas on issues impacting Tampa Bay and the region’s natural resources. Send letters to

Send Us Your News

We’re always interested in news about community organizations involved in Tampa Bay, and our calendar page highlights upcoming bay-related events and activities. Send news to

Help Yourself

If you see an article in Bay Soundings that you would like to include in another publication, help yourself. All we ask is that the story appears with the following credit: “Reprinted with permission from Bay Soundings.” Photos, however, may not be reprinted without express written permission.


Victoria Parsons

Print and Web Design

McShane Communications

Print Representative

Shell Jaroy

Local Distribution

David Kieffer

Contributing Writers

Marcia Biggs
Pam Brown
Sonia C. Lavina
Ann Paul
Mark Rachal
Sigrid Tidmore
Avalon Theisen

Administrative Offices:

Bay Soundings
c/o Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council
4000 Gateway Centre Blvd.
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Pinellas Park, FL 33782

Phone 727.570.5151 extension 32
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Editorial Advisory Board

Suzanne Cooper
Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council

Nanette Holland O’Hara

Tampa Bay Estuary Program

Frank Hearne

Mechanik, Nuccio, Hearne & Wester, P.A.

Allan Horton

Freelance Writer

Robin Lewis

Lewis Environmental Services

Amy Harroun

Southwest Florida Water Management District

George Isiminger, PE

Port Manatee

Wren Krahl

Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council