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It’s a good morning to be in New Tampa

At ABC Action News, we know it’s the combination of all the communities that make Tampa Bay a great place to live. That’s why we’re starting a new series of reports highlighting the good things happening around the city, discovering cool gems you might not know about, and uncovering the big news events affecting those areas.

On Friday, the Good Morning Tampa Bay team focused on New Tampa.

Full coverage: GMTB Local Spotlight

Firefighters’ union works with city leaders to improve response time in New Tampa

Emergency response times have been an ongoing problem in New Tampa. With the population of New Tampa increasing, the Fire Department is receiving more calls for help than ever before.

“Statistically speaking, the fire department responds to more calls for service each year,” said Andrew Carter, president of Tampa Firefighters Local 754.

The time it takes Tampa Fire Rescue to respond is a major concern for people who live in New Tampa.

Firefighters’ union works with city leaders to improve response time in New Tampa

The Boasting Book: Haley’s Self at Wharton High School

To say that 17-year-old Haley Self is popular at Wharton High School would be an understatement.

She’s practically a celebrity—photos of her grace the walls of the Wharton Hall of Fame.

Basketball, flag football, softball and track. She’s an academic star, too. Her weighted GPA is 5.8, making her a nominee for the High School Heisman Award.

The Boasting Book: Haley’s Self at Wharton High School

Gorkhali Kitchen in New Tampa is the first ever Nepalese restaurant in Tampa Bay

New Tampa is a diverse community filled with different cultures.

But, there was one thing that was not in New Tampa, and even the whole of Tampa Bay. That’s when four friends from Nepal decided to do something about it.

Gorkhali Kitchen in New Tampa is the first ever Nepalese restaurant in Tampa Bay

The new Tampa Café brings jazz, coffee and tea to the area

New Tampa’s locally owned coffee shop, Coffee Speaks N Tea Talks, is a dream come true for owner Arlene Brooks.

Brooks opened the store in 2019, before the pandemic forced it to close.

The new Tampa Café brings jazz, coffee and tea to the area

Construction continues on Tampa’s first all-capacity stadium

There is a playground for everyone in the New Tampa area.

It will be called the All Abilities Playground, which means that no matter how capable someone is, they can still participate in all the fun of the playground.

Construction continues on Tampa’s first all-capacity stadium

The future of Pebble Creek golf course ownership remains unknown

The controversy over Pebble Creek Golf Course in New Tampa continues.

The course closed last year after its owner said, according to court documents, she was struggling to stay afloat.

The future of Pebble Creek golf course ownership remains unknown

Diversity of religions and cultures in New Tampa

The diversity of New Tampa is illustrated in many ways. You can see it from all different types of food for people. But what makes it unique are all the different religious groups that practice in this community.

“It’s a very diverse community,” said Pam Blazak, of Saint Mark’s Parish.

Diversity of religions and cultures in New Tampa

Al Turath Elementary School uses a seven mindset curriculum to promote positivity

“It helps me if I’m having a tough day reminding myself, well, I put your passion first or I live in a gratitude or attitude, for example, things aren’t so bad. And to remind myself, this school has something like this,” said Stephanie Chino, art teacher at Heritage School Elementary, “It’s a great place to work here.”

Live to give. This is what the mural in Heritage Elementary is supposed to represent. Shino and her students created the mural last year following one of the Seven Minds.

Al Turath Elementary School uses a seven mindset curriculum to promote positivity

The new Tampa Center for the Performing Arts is set to open next month

Construction is nearly complete on the New Tampa Center for the Performing Arts.

The center will have an area of ​​20,000 square feet with room to expand an additional 10,000 square feet later down the road.

New Tampa did not have a home for arts and entertainment groups, such as the New Tampa Players.

The new Tampa Center for the Performing Arts is set to open next month

The popularity of gymnastics and ballet continues at the new Tampa Recreation Center

Since it opened years ago, the New Tampa Recreation Center continues to be a popular spot for families, especially those with kids who are into gymnastics and ballet.

The waiting list never ends.

The popularity of gymnastics and ballet continues at the new Tampa Recreation Center

The Esports team at Freedom High School are preparing for the new year

Once you step foot into Brian Nanns’ class at Freedom High School, you’ll notice that it’s not your usual class. In fact, some might say it’s the future.

“We want to prepare students for the next level, whatever that is in their lives, whether it’s in college or some kind of career, right after they graduate from college, or right after they graduate from high school, we want to make sure they’re prepared for that,” said Brian Nans, Head of Education. Vocational and technical at Freedom High School, whatever the industry.

Freedom High is home to the new Tampa Digital Academy, which prepares kids for the digital workforce.

The Esports team at Freedom High School are preparing for the new year

The newly opened new Tampa road provides an easier route for some drivers

New Tampa is another area of ​​Hillsborough County that continues to grow rapidly.

With all the construction work, getting in and out of some neighborhoods can be a challenge.

The newly opened new Tampa road provides an easier route for some drivers

Flatwoods Park is home to tons of Florida wildlife

In the heart of suburban New Tampa, you’ll find a popular spot for walkers, mountain bikers, and everything in between, including Florida wildlife.

Flatwoods Park is one of nine locations in the Wilderness Park system in Hillsborough County.

Flatwoods Park is home to tons of Florida wildlife

Hillsborough County plans to expand Branchton Park

Hillsborough County leaders are conducting some renovations at Branchton Park in Tonotsasa.

They hope to make the park a regional destination.

Hillsborough County plans to expand Branchton Park

Lotte Plaza Market Coming to New Tampa

The site of Sweetbay’s former grocery store in New Tampa will be transformed into the iconic Lotte Plaza Market Asian Grocery Store.

The company confirms that it will open a location off Bruce B. Downs but did not say what kind of schedule.

Lotte Plaza Market Coming to New Tampa



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