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                Zachary T. Sampson - Environment Reporter

                Environment Reporter

                I grew up in Rhode Island, on a bay similar to Tampa's. I'm fascinated by where we're from — how places shape us and we shape them. In Florida, our life turns on nature, from the gulf to rivers and flatwoods and swamps. I want my coverage to be just as expansive. Do you have a place to show me or a story to tell? Reach out. I'm friendlier than my face suggests. We can also talk about baseball, but it might be hard to get me to stop.

                1. A Florida panther fitted with a radio collar is released into the Picayune Strand Restoration Project near Naples in January 2013.
                2. Jill Rice, 64, is pictured in her shop, Zaiya ArtiZen Market, in Gulfport, Florida, earlier this year, when the fate of her shop was uncertain. She joked that she wished she had a crystal ball.
                3. A lone manatee swims in the discharge canal next to the Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center at the Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach in 2015.
                4. A phosphogypsum stack is visible in the distance in Mulberry in 2016.
                5. Vegetation grows on a wetland area in Clearwater.
                6. The view looking northwest along Redington Beach.
                7. Tampa Bay Water chairman Dave Eggers speaks at a meeting Monday.
                8. A shrimp boat contracted by Pinellas County in September 2018 collected dead fish amid Red Tide off Madeira Beach.
                9. Former State Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez, D-Miami, wore rainboots in Florida's Capitol.
                10. Ken LaRoe is the chairman of Climate First Bank, which is set to open in St. Petersburg in 2021.
                11. Pinellas County Commissioner Dave Eggers is the chairman of Tampa Bay Water.
                12. Ken Jones, named this week to the Florida Board of Governors, speaks at a 2013 news conference about the economic impact of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa.
                13. A great egret hunts for food in the backwaters of the Withlacoochee River in Sumter County in October 2005.
                14. A sea turtle hatchling is stuck in a plastic cup.
                15. Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, left and Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, right.
                16. A green sea turtle nest on an unspecified beach in northern Pinellas County.
                17. Sandy Sears, 73, surveys displaced items on the front porch of her home in Oldsmar after Tropical Storm Eta.
                18. The forecast track for Tropical Storm Eta at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
                19. The Pinellas side of the Courtney Campbell Causeway, which was badly flooded Wednesday night.
                20. FORCE BLUE diver Robert Casey grabs coral for planting off Miami.
                21. Matthew Jordan is the general manager of Tampa Bay Water.
                22. Ibises feed in a cypress swamp in Pasco County.
                23. Jeff Mendes, an elections deputy with the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections, displays a sign to inform voters of a mail ballot drop-off location at The Centre of Palm Harbor.