[57], Though threatened by tropical systems almost every hurricane season (which runs from June 1 to November 30), Tampa seldom feels major effects from tropical storms or hurricanes. [131] The Gasparilla parade is the third largest parade in the United States. [103], Overall, Tampa is 50th out of the largest 51 metropolitan area in the percentage of the populace that attends religious services of any kind, with less than 35% of the population regularly attending services. "Downtown Tampa: Its Cultural and Historical Significance". Bahía Tampa and Bahía de Espíritu Santo were each used, at one time or another, for the modern Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor. [128] Previously, Tampa had been home to the Floriland Mall (now an office park), Tampa Bay Center (demolished and replaced with the new Tampa Bay Buccaneers training facility, known as "One Buc Place"), and East Lake Square Mall (now an office park). The Veterans Expressway (SR 589), meanwhile connects Tampa International Airport and the bay bridges to the northwestern suburbs of Carrollwood, Northdale, Westchase, Citrus Park, Cheval, and Lutz, before continuing north as the Suncoast Parkway into Pasco and Hernando counties. Water in the area is managed by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. It travels great distances, sometimes as much as 70 miles! [192] Water taxis are available on a charter basis for tours along the downtown waterfront and the Hillsborough River. Tampa has formalized sister city agreements with the following cities:[193], "Tampa" redirects here. [70] Several residential and mixed-development high-rises have been constructed. While temperatures in late spring approach summertime values, the rainy season does not usually begin until June, leading to the threat of brush fires from approximately late March until May. [80], The Story of Tampa, a public painting by Lynn Ash, is a 4-by-8-foot (1.2 m × 2.4 m) oil on masonite mural that weaves together many of the notable aspects of Tampa's unique character and identity. Tampa is the birthplace of the Florida version of the deviled crab and the Cuban sandwich, which has been officially designated as the "signature sandwich of the city of Tampa" by the city council. [48], Profits from the bolita lotteries and Prohibition-era bootlegging led to the development of several organized crime factions in the city. The Tampa Bay area has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa) zone, although due to its location on the Florida peninsula on Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, it shows some characteristics of a tropical climate. [172], Other colleges and universities in the wider Tampa Bay Area include Jersey College, Eckerd College, and St. Petersburg College in St. 2. Many of the genre's pioneers and foremost figures are based in and around the city. Among Tampa's noteworthy religious structures are Sacred Heart Catholic Church, a 1905 downtown landmark noted for its soaring, Romanesque revival construction in granite and marble with German-crafted stained glass windows,[91] the distinctive rock and mortar St. James Episcopal House of Prayer, listed with the National Register of Historic Places,[92] and the St. Paul AME church, which has seen the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.[90] and President Bill Clinton speak from its pulpit. No. Tampa will be the host for Super Bowl LV in 2021. Perhaps the most well known and anticipated events are those from Tampa's annual celebration of "Gasparilla", particularly the Gasparilla Pirate Festival, a mock pirate invasion held since 1904 in late January or early February. In 2004, the team won their first Stanley Cup by defeating the Calgary Flames in 7 games. The company currently offers three services for the mining ecosystem: equipment financing and procurement, mining and staking and consulting and advisory … The team began play at Tampa's George M. Steinbrenner Field in 2010, then moved to St. Petersburg's Al Lang Field in 2011. [110] The Tampa Business Journal found Tampa to be the number two city for real estate investment in 2014. The Italian Club mission "is to preserve and honor the culture, traditions and heritage of the Italian Community and to maintain the historical facility as a functioning memorial to the working class immigrants. Well-known shopping areas include International Plaza and Bay Street, WestShore Plaza, the SoHo district, and Hyde Park Village. Another of Mayor Iorio's initiatives was the Tampa Riverwalk, a mixed-use path along the Hillsborough River in downtown. [125] They have a variety of different tours available.[126]. The United States of America (or U.S.A.) is a country that is located in North America. With 22 fire stations, the department provides fire and medical protection for Tampa and New Tampa, and provides support to other departments such as Tampa International Airport, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue and MacDill Air Force Base 6th Medical Group. Plant's railroad made it much easier to get goods in and out of the Tampa Bay area. The biggest recent growth in the city was the development of New Tampa, which started in 1988 when the city annexed a mostly rural area of 24 square miles (62 km2) between I-275 and I-75. This decade is also on track to see the lowest number of lightning deaths we’ve ever recorded in the United States, and that’s quite the accomplishment. Adventure Island is a 30-acre (12 ha) water park adjacent to Busch Gardens. [171] Southern Technical College is a private two-year college that operates a campus in Tampa. Early Spanish explorers to visit the area interacted extensively (and violently) with the Tocobaga, whose principal town was at the northern end of Old Tampa Bay near today's Safety Harbor in Pinellas County. Tampa sees a slow increase in average temperatures beginning in mid-February, and spring brings mostly warm and sunny weather to the area. Overall, there are 21 completed buildings that rise over 250 feet (76 m) high. They struggled at first, losing their first 26 games in a row to set a league record for futility. 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Pierce Middle School (6th-9th grade), Dr. R. Reche Williams Middle Magnet School, Macfarlane Park International Baccalaureate School, Mount Pleasant Standard-Based Middle School, St. John's Episcopal Parish Day School (PreK–8), This page was last edited on 25 December 2020, at 11:46. It was the longest overwater recreation trail in the world. Cargo service is offered by Ports America, Zim American Integrated Shipping Company, and MSC which has recently partnered with Zim. Yellow fever, borne by mosquitoes from nearby swamps, broke out several times during the 1860s and 1870s, causing more residents to leave. They returned again to the Eastern Conference Final in 2018 but lost in 7 games to the eventual champion Washington Capitals. By Blitzortung.org and contributors. The road has a 6-mile (10 km) continuous sidewalk on the eastern end, the longest in the world. The Civil War ended in April 1865 with a Confederate defeat. Segment, the world’s leading customer data platform (CDP), announced it ranked No. While there is a substantial historical record of the Tocobaga (and the Calusa, who lived far to the south), there is less surviving documentation describing the Pohoy chiefdom, which controlled the area near the mouth of the Hillsborough River near today's downtown Tampa. Bolita was able to openly thrive only because of kick-backs and bribes to key local politicians and law enforcement officials, and many were on the take. The Hillsborough River flows into Hillsborough Bay, passing directly in front of Downtown Tampa and supplying Tampa's main source of fresh water. Often referred to as Tampa's "Mardi Gras", the invasion flotilla led by the pirate ship, Jose Gasparilla, and subsequent parade draw over 400,000 attendees, contributing tens of millions of dollars to the city's economy. We are dedicated to providing top quality workmanship and materials to ensure that your new roof is done right. Except for two cannons displayed on the University of Tampa campus, all traces of the fort are gone.[40]. Three motor vehicle bridges cross Tampa Bay to Pinellas County from Tampa city limits: the Howard Frankland Bridge (I-275), the Courtney Campbell Causeway (SR 60), and the Gandy Bridge (U.S. 92). These include the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI), which has several floors of science-related exhibits plus the only domed IMAX theater in Florida and a planetarium; the Tampa Museum of Art; the USF Contemporary Art Museum; the Tampa Bay History Center; the Tampa Firefighters Museum; the Henry B. The indigenous cultures of the Tampa Bay area had collapsed by around 1600, leaving the west coast of Spanish Florida largely depopulated and ignored for more than 200 years. of the area's hospitals were ranked among "America's best hospitals" by US News and World Report. The India International Film Festival (IIFF) of Tampa Bay also takes place in February. [32][33] Tampa was reincorporated as a town on December 15, 1855. The Tampa area is home to a number of museums that cover a wide array of subjects and studies. Occasional cold fronts push through the area during the season, usually bringing a brief period of rain followed by daytime highs in the 50s °F (10–13 °C) and nighttime lows near 40s (5 C) for a day or two. Several restaurant chains were founded or headquartered in Tampa, including Outback Steakhouse, The Melting Pot, Front Burner Brands, Carrabba's, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Bonefish Grill, Columbia Restaurant, Checkers and Rally's, Taco Bus, and PDQ. [116][117][118][119] WWE's former developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling, was also based in Tampa. Though the Tampa Bay area is sometimes referred to as the "Lightning Capital of the World", it is more accurately called the “Lightning Capital of North America” if measured by average number of days with thunderstorm activity per year. By about 1900, these newcomers came to be known as "Tampeños" (or "Tampeñas" for females), a term that is still sometimes used to refer to their descendants living in the area, and potentially, to all residents of Tampa regardless of their ethnic background.[20][21][22][7]. In 2007, the Rays began the process of searching for a stadium site closer to the center of the area's population, possibly in Tampa. "table with row headers in column A and column headers in rows 3 through 4 (leading dots indicate sub-parts)", "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Tampa city, Florida", "University of Georgia Libraries, Hargrett Rare Books and Manuscript Library: 1695 Spanish Map", "Description del Destricto Del Avdiencia Dela Espanola Herrera", "What are you called if you live in Tampa? The city of Tampa operates over 165 parks and beaches covering 2,286 acres (9.25 km2) within city limits; 42 more in surrounding suburbs covering 70,000 acres (280 km2) are maintained by Hillsborough County. Major television stations include WFTS 28 (ABC), WTSP 10 (CBS), WFLA-TV 8 (NBC), WTVT 13 (Fox), WTOG 44 (The CW), WTTA 38 (MyNetworkTV), WEDU and WEDQ 3 (PBS), WMOR-TV 32 (Independent), WXPX 66 (ION), WCLF 22 (CTN), WFTT 62 (UniMás) and WVEA 50 (Univision). But it’s not all bad news. Tampa is the largest city in the Tampa Bay area. After a decade of futility on the field, the Devil Rays shortened their nickname to simply Rays in 2008 and promptly won the 2008 American League Pennant, finishing runner up in World Series. Scientists estimate that we see about 16,000,000 thunderstorms around the world every year, and the United States alone averages about 22.5 million flashes of cloud-to-ground lightning in a typical year. Adding to its mystique, lightning will travel along the path of least resistance, which can span hundreds of feet along conductive surfaces not quite visible to you or I. The Tampa mayor Pam Iorio made the redevelopment of Tampa's downtown, especially residential development, a priority. November 3, 1996. It will zig-zag all over the place by going up, down, sideways, forwards and backwards. "UT" has undergone several expansions in recent years, and had an enrollment of over 9000 students in 2018.[170]. Generally, the city is divided into the following areas: Downtown Tampa, New Tampa, West Tampa, East Tampa, North Tampa, and South Tampa. Charlie Wall was the first major boss, but various power struggles culminated in consolidation of control by Sicilian mafioso Santo Trafficante Sr. and his faction in the 1950s. First, phosphate was discovered in the Bone Valley region southeast of Tampa in 1883. Well-known neighborhoods include Ybor City, Forest Hills, Ballast Point, Sulphur Springs, Seminole Heights, Tampa Heights, Palma Ceia, Hyde Park, Davis Islands, Tampa Palms, College Hill, and non-residential areas of Gary and the Westshore Business District. During a thunderstorm, it is important to not be near running water and electrical devices. Overall, Tampa continued to expand away from the city center during the 1960s as new hospitals, schools, churches and subdivisions all began appearing to accommodate the growth. … During the Battle of Fort Brooke on October 16 and the Battle of Ballast Point on October 18, 1863, Union forces inflicted serious damage to the city's economy when, under the cover of another bombardment of the fort, troops landed and destroyed two blockade running ships that had been hidden upstream along the Hillsborough River. Previously, Tampa's overland transportation links had consisted of sandy roads stretching across the Florida countryside. The last widespread freeze occurred on the morning of January 18, 2018, when the official temperature at Tampa International Airport dropped to 29 °F (−2 °C). Interstate 4 and Interstate 275 cut across the city and intersect near downtown. [148], Tampa was also home to the Tampa Bay Bandits of the United States Football League. [111], Tampa's port is now the seventh largest in the nation and Florida's largest tonnage port, handling nearly half of all seaborne commerce that passes through the state. After his death in 1954 from cancer, control passed to his son, Santo Trafficante Jr., who established alliances with families in New York City and extended his power throughout Florida and into Batista-era Cuba. 1850 census population included Fort Brooke, which was located outside the municipal limits. For every 100 females, there were 95.3 males. The Mayor of Tampa is the chief executive officer of city government and is elected in four-year terms, with a limit of two consecutive terms. [156] then play a divisional series against the New York Yankees, which they won in 5 games at a neutral site in San Diego. [163], The University of Tampa Spartans compete in 20 sports at the NCAA Division II level in the Sunshine State Conference (SSC). Each February, The Florida State Fair brings crowds from across the state, while "Fiesta Day" celebrates Tampa's Cuban, Spanish, German, Italian, English, Irish, Jewish, and African-Cuban immigrant heritage. [129] Cruise itineraries from Tampa include stops in the Western Caribbean islands, Honduras, Belize, and Mexico. The University of Tampa (UT) is a private, four-year liberal arts institution. The Tampa scene grew with the birth of Morrisound Recording, which established itself as an international recording destination for metal bands.[120]. [12] The Greater Tampa Bay area, has over 4 million residents and generally includes the Tampa and Sarasota metro areas. Today, Tampa is part of the metropolitan area most commonly referred to as the "Tampa Bay Area". No. However, the club folded in 2001 when local ownership could not be secured mainly due to a financially poor lease agreement for Raymond James Stadium. As late as 1774, Bernard Romans called Tampa Bay "Bay of Espiritu Santo", with "Tampa Bay" restricted to the Northwest arm (what is now Old Tampa Bay) and the northeast arm named "Hillsborough Bay". Prior to the United States' involvement in the conflict, construction began on MacDill Field, which served as a main base for Army Air Corps and later Army Air Forces operations just before and during World War II, with multiple auxiliary airfields around the Tampa Bay area and surrounding counties. You will want to contact a local roof expert to inspect your roof and attic to make sure everything is intact and no repairs need to be made. Performing arts companies and organizations which call Tampa home include the Florida Orchestra, Opera Tampa, Jobsite Theater, the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, Stageworks Theatre, Spanish Lyric Theater, Tampa Bay Opera, and the Tampa Bay Symphony. [62] Afternoon thunderstorms, usually generated by the interaction of the Gulf and Atlantic sea breezes, are such a regular occurrence during the summer that the Tampa Bay area and nearby inland areas of Central Florida are recognized as the "Lightning Capital of North America". See lightning strikes in real time across the planet. Spanning the southern part of Tampa Bay is the massive steel-span Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Only the Portland, Oregon area is less observant.[104]. The Tampa Port Authority operates three cruise ship terminals in Tampa's Channel District. [157] The Rays then faced the Astros, who had defeated them in the divisional round the previous year. The National Weather Service says Florida is the lightning capital of the country, with more people dying from strikes in the state each year than any other state. All of these things conduct electricity and start outside your house. The Palm River is a smaller river flowing from just east of the city into McKay Bay, which is a smaller inlet, sited at the northeast end of Hillsborough Bay. [149][150] They played at Tampa Stadium, which hosted the 1984 USFL Championship Game.[151]. The area has become a "de facto" headquarters of professional wrestling, with many pros living in the area. Although San Francisco may seem like it gets its fair share of rain and lightning, it was actually the major city that received the least amount of lightning. The Church of Scientology, based in nearby Clearwater, maintains a location for its members in Tampa. Occasionally, a late-season cold front pushes through the area, potentially bringing a brief round of severe weather followed by a few days of unseasonably cool temperatures. 1 Home Roofing is a family owned and operated roofing company and are conveniently located on US Highway 19 in Palm Harbor, Florida. The Lowry Park Zoo features over 2,000 animals, interactive exhibits, rides, educational shows and more. [165], Tampa is governed under the strong mayor form of government. [127] Palma Ceia is home to the Palma Ceia Design District. With thousands of lightning strikes each year, the Interstate 4 corridor from Daytona Beach through Orlando to Tampa, is the lightning capital of North America. "John Thomas Lesley – 12th Mayor of Tampa". It was during this time period in the city's history that two of the most popular tourist attractions in the area were developed – Busch Gardens and Lowry Park. The water is mainly supplied by the Hillsborough River, which in turn arises from the Green Swamp, but several other rivers and desalination plants in the area contribute to the supply. With an estimated population of 399,700 in 2019, Tampa is the 48th most-populous city in the U.S. and the third-largest city in Florida after Miami and Jacksonville. "Zagat Survey Releases Global Airlines Survey Covering 84 Airlines and 46 Major Airports", November 20, 2007. Just remember though, the odds of you being killed by lightning inside a building during a thunderstorm are considerably worse than winning the Powerball lottery. The City Council is a legislative body served by seven members. [112], The main server farm for Wikipedia and other Wikimedia Foundation projects is in Tampa.[113]. Winter in the area is generally dry and mild. “Though the Tampa Bay area is sometimes referred to as the “Lightning Capital of the World”, it is more accurately called the “Lightning Capital of North America” if measured by average number of days with thunderstorm activity per year. After decades of trying to lure an existing Major League Baseball franchise, the Tampa Bay area finally gained a team in 1998, when the expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays began play at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Lightning can strike as far as 10 miles from the storm, so plenty of distance is needed. The Children's Museum of Tampa opened in 1986. In 1974, the city of Tampa opened the golf course to the public. Four members are elected from specific numbered areas designated City Districts, and the other three are "at-large" members (serving citywide).[167]. The new railroad link enabled another important industry to come to Tampa. SDHC runs 208 schools, 133 being elementary, 42 middle, 27 high schools, two K-8s, and four career centers. [49][50], The era of rampant and open corruption ended in the 1950s, when Estes Kefauver's traveling organized crime hearings came to town and were followed by the sensational misconduct trials of several local officials. Chief among these are Deicide, Six Feet Under, Obituary, Death and Morbid Angel. [citation needed]. Tampa hosted the skills contests and 2018 NHL All-Star Game weekend on January 27–28, 2018. A wise investment would be a lightning protection device such as a properly grounded lightning rod or surge arrestor. [75] The structure was completed in 1992, and is the tallest building in Florida outside of Miami and Jacksonville. The adventure-sports capital of Venezuela, progressive Mérida is an affluent Andean city with a youthful energy and a spectacular mountain position. It boasts over 60,000 sq ft (5,600 m2) of exhibits through 12,000 years. When measured by the average number of days with thunderstorm and lightning activity, Tampa could accurately be referred to as the lightening capital of North America. The major daily newspaper serving the city is the Tampa Bay Times, which purchased its longtime competition, The Tampa Tribune, in 2016. [99] In addition, there is a small Zoroastrian community present in Tampa. Attributes Growth to Increased Demand for Personalized Customer Experiences in the New Digital-First Era. Lightning is a master of trickery and can do some pretty strange things. The largest was at the mouth of Spanishtown Creek in today's Hyde Park neighborhood along Bayshore Boulevard. Average highs range from 70 to 90 °F (21 to 32 °C) year round, and lows 52 to 76 °F (11 to 24 °C). They also won American League East titles in 2008 and 2010 under manager Joe Maddon before slipping back in the standings. Mainly due to the proximity of large bodies of water, the official high temperature has never hit 100 °F (37.8 °C) – the all-time record high temperature is 99 °F (37 °C), recorded on June 5, 1985 and June 26, 2020. © 2019 No 1. 232.52 lightning flashes per square kilometer per year. The most significant was Spanish speakers who made up 17.8% of the population, while French came up as the third most spoken language, which made up 0.6%, and Italian was at fourth, with 0.6% of the population. [16], People from Tampa are generally known as "Tampans" or "Tampanians". [184], The Port of Tampa is the largest port in Florida in throughput tonnage, making it one of the busiest commercial ports in North America. Downtown Tampa also contains some nightlife, and there are more clubs/bars to be found in other areas of the city. II Champions) 1984-85 Swimming Team (2009) - USF Athletic Hall of Fame", "Hillsborough Community College Athletics", "Joe Henderson: Mayor-elect Jane Castor ready to accept the baton in Tampa", "The University of Tampa - Tampa, Florida - UT Profile", Friendship Trail Bridge Claims Status as Longest Overwater Recreation Trail, "It's Final: Friendship TrailBridge Is Closed". The design for the renovated Tampa Museum of Art displays post-modern architecture, while the city hall and the Tampa Theatre belong to Art Deco architecture. Martial law was declared in Tampa in January 1862, and Tampa's city government ceased to operate for the duration of the war. We’re so used to thunderstorms that their presence is almost second nature unless they’re unusually strong. [132], Other notable events include the Outback Bowl, which is held New Year's Day at Raymond James Stadium. [58], Summertime weather patterns predominate from around mid-May through mid-October, which roughly coincides with the rainy season. The four-county area is composed of roughly 3.1 million residents,[4] making it the second largest metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in the state and the fourth largest in the Southeastern United States, behind Washington, D.C.; Miami; and Atlanta. [36][37][38] On June 30, 1862, the gunboat USS Sagamore sailed into Tampa Bay and opened fire on Fort Brooke, which returned fire. Fort Brooke was decommissioned in 1883, further impacting the local economy in the short run but opening up the waterfront for development. [25], In the mid-18th century, events in the American colonies and the early United States drove the Seminole people into northern Florida, but they did not move into central Florida until after the United States gained control of Florida in 1821. The city of Tampa has a large police department that provides law enforcement services. [155] Due to the COVID-19 shortened season, 16 teams made the playoffs, so the Rays had to play a best of 3 series against the division rival Toronto Blue Jays in the first round where they swept the visitors in two games at Tropicana Field. Tampa is served by three airports (one in Tampa, two in the metro area) that provide significant scheduled passenger air service: Tampa's intercity passenger rail service is based at Tampa Union Station, a historic facility, adjacent to downtown between the Channel District and Ybor City. There is also at least one congregation of Messianic Jews in Tampa. The Company went public earlier this year and has continued to grow impressively year-on-year in … After a brief taste of success in the late 1970s, the Bucs again returned to their losing ways, and at one point lost at least 10 games for 12 seasons in a row. During the 1950s and 1960s, Tampa saw record-setting population growth that has not been seen since. This growth spurred expansion of the city's highways and bridges, bringing thousands into the city and creating opportunities for Tampa business owners, who welcomed the influx of tourists and new residents. [34], During the Civil War, Florida seceded along with most of the southern states to form the Confederate States of America, and Fort Brooke was manned by Confederate troops. The Florida Aquarium is a 250,000 sq ft (23,000 m2) aquarium in the Channel District. Related Articles. [63][64] The lowest temperature ever recorded in Tampa was 18 °F (−8 °C) on December 13, 1962. The current mayor is Jane Castor, who took office on May 1, 2019. The zoo serves as an economic, cultural, environmental and educational anchor in Tampa. When the pioneer community living near the US Army outpost of Fort Brooke was incorporated in 1849, it was called "Tampa Town" and the name was shortened to simply "Tampa" in 1855. Again, the most common place for lightning-caused fires in a home is in the attic, but they can start anywhere the lightning has traveled. The factories in Ybor City and West Tampa made an enormous number of cigars—in the peak year of 1929, over 500 million cigars were hand rolled in the city. [183] Union Station also serves as the transfer hub for Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach service, offering bus connections to several cities in southwest Florida and to Orlando. since 2008 in just orange, seminole and osceola counties there have been on average 73,000 lightning strikes each … Average temperatures gradually fall beginning in September, and average daily rainfall amounts also decrease as autumn progresses; November is usually Tampa's driest month. USF began playing intercollegiate sports in 1965. [61], Because of tremendous population growth and coastal development since the last hurricane strike combined with rising sea levels due to climate change, Tampa and the entire Tampa Bay area is considered one of the most vulnerable regions in the world to a direct hit from a major storm. It is the eighth-largest school district in the United States, with around 189,469 enrolled students. January 18, 2018", "The day it snowed in Tampa Bay, 40 years ago today", "WMO Climate Normals for TAMPA/INT'L ARPT FL 1961–1990", "Average Weather for Tampa, FL - Temperature and Precipitation", "Tampa, Florida - Detailed climate information and monthly weather forecast", "Channelside deal approved; now it's up to Jeff Vinik to make it work", "Your Complete Guide to Water Street Tampa", "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790–2000)", "Tampa (city) QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau", "Modern Language Association Data Center Results of Tampa, Florida". 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