At ABC Action News, we know it's the combination of all the communities that make Tampa Bay great to live in. That's why we've started a new series of reporting highlighting good things happening around town, discovering cool gems you may not know about, and uncovering the big news events impacting those areas.
On Friday, the Good Morning Tampa Bay team focused on Ruskin.
Ruskin has a rich history of farming here in the Tampa Bay area and we've seen how growers are working to adapt to changing economic times. Now, growers are showing how they're competing with larger farms across the country.
The Council Growers Farm has been on the scene in the Ruskin and Wimauma communities for more than a hundred years. Their business is based in Ruskin but they have a large sod farm in Wimauma.
Circle Pond Tiny Home Community has been listed as one of the Top 10 tiny house communities in the United States by the Tiny House Authority.
When you think of Ruskin, the first thing that comes to mind just may be the Ruskin Drive-In.
What some might say is a lost pastime, the drive-in found a revival in the pandemic.
Marian's Sub Shop in Ruskin has been making one kind of sandwich very, very well for 54 years.
No, seriously, they only have one thing on the menu.
The Catholic Charities Diocese of St. Petersburg is helping those who may be experiencing homelessness in the Ruskin area.
A 20-unit motel is being renovated to provide any temporary housing needs.
A community-led group in Ruskin is dedicated to improving the community.
Right now, the group is working with the University of South Florida School of Architecture and Community Design to redevelop the downtown area.
As far west in Ruskin, you'll find one of the areas hidden gems.
The Cockroach Bay Nature Preserve is so pristine you'd hardly know fossils were once excavated there.
Just on the banks of the Little Manatee River in Ruskin sits Camp Bayou.
A walk here will take you back in time.
Just off Shell Point Road in Ruskin, right on the Little Manatee River, you find a place with a lot of heart and a lot fight.
"So our goal is to provide a place where they can come that is very tranquil and calming. The use of nature, and everything it has to offer. I mean, we were standing there earlier down by the canoes and kayaks and a couple dolphins popped up. I mean, it's just, it's that kind of thing that makes it really cool," explains Kelly Kowall, founder of My Warrior's Place.
Ott’s Off Leash Dog Sanctuary is a dog's dream.
"When you get to be my age, it’s a short road ahead, so you want to make the best use of your time," explains Dr. Hal Ott.
There is an old fire house in Ruskin that hasn’t be in operation in years. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t people still inside making a huge difference their community. The Firehouse Cultural Center is rescuing the local art scene.