Today is a heatbreaking day for Tampa.
My heart sank when I read that Bill Sharpe, publisher of the South Tampa Community News, has committed suicide.
Bill also published the Tampa Epoch newspaper, which was sold at city street corners. Bill was a community leader and supporter of bicycling in Tampa. He was 59.
I wrote stories on bicycling for Bill for his South Tampa Community News and I was happy to say that Bill participated in the Bicycle Bash festival.
Bill was a doer. Bill also put on a blues and barbecue festival and a recent seafood festival in downtown Tampa and offered me the use of his newspaper office space for any bicycle events.
Bill was a wonderful friend who attended LatkeFest.
The Tampa Bay area has lost a very decent man and a community leader and I mourn Bill's loss. RIP Bill Sharpe. It is a sad day.
This photo was taken from Bill's blues and bbq event last October.