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IONTB Requesting Your Help to Grow and Flourish

It has been over 8 years since the inception of IONTB. The growth of IONTB has been beyond my wildest comprehension. Recently we exceed over 79,000 folowers on Facebook and was named Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay Blogger and runner-up in the Twitter category. IONTB has been cited by many mainstream news organizations throughout the Tampa Bay area as well as on a national level. It has provided B-Roll video to local news media for their broadcast and content to our local newspaper.

IONTB has been first with so many stories of interest in the Tampa Bay area. We believe that many incidents would likely go unnoticed if it were not for our postings.

IONTB prides itself on what can be described as consumer driven news. It investigates incidents whenever possible, scrutinizing even further when a large number of people begin to inquire. It tries not to post many stories that are not of interest to its followers. The goals of IONTB vary greatly than that of the mainstream media. Another whole set of varied agendas also exist in the many different local agencies, board, departments and corporations. Due to these differences, IONTB continues to experience many challenges that threaten the existence of our service. Some of these very recent challenges may be discussed in further detail at a more appropriate time and forum.

In addition, Facebook has removed many news sites from user’s timeline reducing the viewership of many of our posts. This has led to a large decrease in followers seeing our posts and many people asking about something that was already posted. Also, YouTube has all but stopping paying creators for placing ads in video hosted on their site. Google has also drastically reduced the amount being paid for hosting ads on the IONTB website.

IONTB has incurred ever growing expenses from legal fees, freedom of information requests, web hosting, mobile app development, professional liability insurance, incorporation fees, photo/audio/video equipment and repairs, technology, and promotional material. Of course, none of this takes into account the time and energy needed to provide our non-stop, day in and day out service.

Our operating expenses are not huge by any stretch of imagination but funds are necessary for our continued survival and growth.

We are asking for a one time contribution or contribution on a monthly basis to help continue IONTB to flourish and enhance the coverage of news in the Tampa Bay area. Think of it as just giving up just a couple of your favorite coffee drinks each month.

You fully control your contributions and may increase, decrease, or cancel support at any time.  Donors of recurrent donations will receive an email with information on how to manage or cancel the donations.

IONTB has helped so many over the past 8+ years. It has contributed so much to the community through being an information source and sponsoring many admirable events bettering the community. We have served so many while serving as a victim advocate and helping many others to feel at ease during incidents.

Please contribute today to allow this service to continue.

Corporate sponsorships and customized website ads are also available. If any companies are interested in advertising on IONTB.COM please contact me at [email protected].

Thank you in advance for your continued support.

Donor Wall (51)

Rick | $100

Keep up the good work.

Jo Weinfurtner | $25

Michael | $10

Anonymous | $25

Dave Arazmo | $10

Lee | $25

Keep up the great work Steve

Jill Taylor | $10/M

Your reporting is very.much worth giving up a few cups of coffee each month!!

Susan | $25

Iontb is my go-to to report and find out about real time issues in the area. I applaud you for creating this venue to facilitate reporting and to spread information quickly!

Barbara | $25

Frank | $10

You guys are great!

Marcus | $100

Thanks for all you do!!

Tony Gross | $25

Delane | $25

You are awesome!!!!Thank YOU

Anonymous | $10

your site is awesome & your team does a great job with postin info, thank you

Karen Garrant | $50

James Forret | $10

You guys always are on top of the local stuff. You and Zach have a good thing going here. I would give more if I could but I figure something is better than nothing.

Lorraine Lambert | $10

Steve, love your site and all the up to date info on the roads. Great job!

Rick Koda | $100


I absolutely LOVE IONTB. You guys are always the first to report no matter what time of day or night. Thanks for doing what you do, and thanks for always fighting for whats right!! IONTB is amazing, keep up the good reporting. :)

Cheryl | $25


Keep up the good work!

Tori Lucy | $25

We go to iontb first!!!

Andrew | $250

'Freedom of the Press'

Kevin Malley | $10

Keep up the good local news reporting Steve!

Tim Dederick | $75

Jeremy & Mia

Thank Steven! We love what you do for our community!! Mad props and our wish is that you have many more successful years doing what you love!

Tim Dederick | $50

Loraine | $10

Thank you Steve !

Andrea & Al Cleland | $25


Thanks so much for being a quick unbiased news source and for keeping Tampa Bay informed