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Free film screening recounts the Tampa Bay ‘water wars’ of the 1990s

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Florida Humanities and the St. Petersburg Museum of History are hosting a screening of “Lightning in a Bottle,” a documentary on Tampa Bay Water, followed by a panel discussion.

When: World Water Day, March 22, 2024, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: St. Petersburg Museum of History
This event is FREE.

The film explores the “water wars” that plagued the Tampa Bay region in the 1990s, and how local leaders came together to find a solution. A panel discussion will immediately follow the film.

Moderated by Dr. Christopher Meindl, Director of the Florida Studies Program at the University of South Florida, panelists Steve Seibert (former Pinellas County Commissioner and Tampa Bay Water board member), Ed Turanchik (former Hillsborough County Commissioner and Tampa Bay Water board member), and Council Member Lisset Hanewicz (City of St. Petersburg Council Member, current Vice Chair of Tampa Bay Water) will discuss the past, present, and future of Tampa Bay’s water.

The documentary explores the problem, the pressures and the people who worked together to create a regional solution and write Tampa Bay's greatest environmental success story that has benefited our region for the past 25 years.

Watch the trailer and register for the event by visiting the link below.