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93.3 FLZ’s Jingle Ball 2016

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On the second to last stop of the national iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour 2016 at Amalie Arena presented by Capital One in Tampa, iconic and emerging performers hit the stage including Pitbull, The Chainsmokers, DNCE, Daya, Lukas Graham, Fifth Harmony, […]
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December 19, 2016 |

Plant City Food Truck Rally this Black Friday 2016!

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Full disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally. I have been compensated for my time and writing. Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally works with more than 100 food trucks and books them for events, corporate and private catering, among other services.

Hey Foodies! Once you finish your Black Friday shopping this holiday on November 25th, head over to the Plant City Main Street Food Truck Rally from 5PM-9PM for a wide-range of gourmet food from local food trucks including burgers, barbeque, pizza, dessert, and more.

Plant City Main Street Food Truck Rally

There will be Santa photo opportunities on-site. The event is held in conjunction with Plant City Main Street and presented by Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally.

Facebook RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/1866000460300805/

Participating Food Trucks:


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November 23, 2016 |

Oktoberfest Tampa 2016 this weekend!

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UPDATE: Due to Hurricane Matthew – Friday’s schedule is cancelled for Oktoberfest Tampa – However Saturday and Sunday will proceed and Friday VIP ticket holders will be able to use their tickets on Sunday. More info is available on their Facebook listed above.

The 7th Annual Oktoberfest Tampa will occur this upcoming weekend from October 7th to October 9th, 2016. Participants will celebrate German culture and enjoy entertainment and German food and beer on Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. The event is presented by Goose Island Beer Company, Audi Tampa, and Are You Safe.

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There will be daily Ceremonial Keg Tappings, Mr. & Mrs. Oktoberfest and Mustache competition on Saturday, and some good ol’ chicken dancing every day.The event is family-friendly and pet-friendly. Oktoberfest Games are FREE to play for all.

Sponsors include Goose Island, Audi, Coppertail Brewing Co., Creative Loafing Tampa, Pepin Distributing, Barrymore Hotel, Victory Brewing Co., Tampa Bay Metro Magazine, Jack Bernstein, The Eagle 107.3, and Aloft Tampa.


Get Tickets

Tickets are on-sale and are $ 10 for 1 day General-Admission and $ 25 for Weekend General Admission passes, plus applicable fees. Buy GA tickets: http://bit.ly/2dzH4DB

VIP tickets range from $ 100-$ 150 and includes a commemorative Oktoberfest stein, no lines, complimentary refills on beer, wine, or pop, König’s Feast (full-plate of food plus a pretzel), table-side service (food delivered to you), air-conditioned VIP restrooms, VIP box office, a VIP shade tent with private bar, VIP concierge, and bottle service.

Use promo code CARLOSEATS and get $ 10 off VIP at Oktoberfest Tampa. Buy VIP tickets: http://www.oktoberfesttampa.com/vip

FREE ENTRY for any Military members (active or retired) & Tampa First Responders (TPD, TFD, EMS) and significant other — simply show proper ID at the front gate.

Event re-entry will be allowed at the event and wristbands will be tied to each day. Cash or Credit Card accepted on site (VISA, MC, AmEx, Discover) and ATMs will be on-site.


Food & Drinks

Beer will cost $ 5 a Half-Liter and $ 10 for a Liter. You must have a commemorative Stein in order to purchase 1 Liter.

Oktoberfest Tampa

Beer line-up:

  • Goose Island Oktoberfest
  • Blue Point Brewery Oktoberfest
  • Victory Brewing Company Festbier
  • Beck’s Brewery Pilsner
  • Oktoberfest Tampa Dunkel by Coppertail Brewing
  • Coppertail Brewing Co – Wheat Stroke
  • Tampa Bay Brewing Company – craft firkins (daily)
  • Hidden Springs Ale Works (frikin tapping Sunday)
  • O’Douls – cans

Wine:

  • Riesling (Chateau St. Michelle)
  • Gewürztraminer (Chateau St. Michelle)
  • Merlot (Clos du Bois)

Coppertail Brewing Co. will unveil a new beer at Oktoberfest Tampa – a German style dunkel.

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Food will include a variety of traditional German food fare such as chicken schnitzel, traditional bratwurst, Sauerbraten (German-style pot roast), German pretzels, cucumber salad, traditional potato salad, sauerkraut, Spätzle, and a variety of bratwurst including Nurmberger Bratwurst, Frankfurter, Debreziner, and Currywurst.


Schedule:

Friday – 4PM-11PM

Saturday – 11AM-11PM

Sunday – 11AM-6PM


Event Name: Oktoberfest Tampa

Venue: Curtis Hixon Park

Address: 600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

Date & Time: Friday, October 7th, 4PM-11PM, Saturday, October 8th, 11AM-11PM, Sunday, October 9th, 11AM-6PM

Cost: $ 10-$ 150, Kids ages 12 and under FREE

Website: http://www.oktoberfesttampa.com/

Twitter: @OktoberfestTPA #beerisgood

Facebook RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/1047043435347720/


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October 7, 2016 |

Chamber of Terror Food Trucks October 2016

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Full disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally. I have been compensated for my time and writing. Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally works with more than 100 food trucks and books them for events, corporate and private catering, among other services.

The American Victory Museum & Ship in Channelside is now transformed into a haunted house called the Chamber of Terror just in time for Halloween. The event is Florida’s only nautical themed haunted attraction. The haunted house forces you to go deep inside the ship where frights await around every corner.

The event is voted #1 by FloridaBestHaunts.com. Enjoy local food trucks during select dates of October during your visit

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Tickets range from $ 25-$ 40 for the haunted house and visitors have a choice between access to the haunted house and an IMMEDIATE DEMISE express line option and entry to the attraction. Closed toe shoes are recommended for the attraction – visitors are recommended not to wear high heels.

Parking is available nearby at the Channelside Parking Garage located at 615 Channelside Drive.

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Food Truck Schedule:

Event Name: Chamber of Terror

Venue: Victory Ship

Address: 705 Channelside Drive Tampa, FL 33602

Date: Select dates October 2016, 8PM-12AM

Facebook RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/181750188924927/

Buy tickets: http://chamberofterrorfl.com/tickets.html

Website: http://chamberofterrorfl.com/


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October 6, 2016 |

Sushi Battle Tampa Bay 2016 Recap

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Full disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Big City Events. I have been compensated for my time and writing and am involved in the event discussed in this post. I helped to promote the event and was a Judge during the event for the restaurants. These opinions posted in this blog are my own and do not represent the views of Big City Events or the participating restaurants.

Last night was the 2nd Annual Sushi Battle Tampa Bay presented by Sapporo at the St. Pete Coliseum located on 4th Avenue North in Downtown St. Petersburg. Restaurants participated in a competition for who has the Best Sushi in Tampa Bay with a category decided by the audience and one decided by judges. Sake distillers hosted a special tasting upstairs and group sake bombs were enjoyed downstairs. The event was organized by Big City Events.

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Participating restaurants included Ocean Prime, YO! Sushi, Pisces Sushi and Global Bistro, iThai Sushi, Kona GrillYume Sushi Restaurant, Wabi Sabi Fusion Cafe, and Ciccio/Water. Restaurants provided sushi samples to guests while they enjoyed Japanese cultural performances from Tampa Taiko, a live DJ set from DJ Fresh, sumo wrestling, and other festivities.

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Each restaurant brought something different to the table and the event definitely evolved from the year before with a larger venue and and a more controlled audience. Most of the restaurants also did good planning and many of them were still serving sushi samples well into the final parts of the event. The categories for judging the sushi were presentation, creativity, and taste for event judges. In addition, there was a people’s choice award.

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I was torn between Ocean Prime and Wabi Sabi Asian Fusion as my two favorite sushi spots as a judge at the event. Ocean Prime has such delicious sushi rolls, the quality was really there – but the creativity was a little bit mixed for me. They went with a more traditional kind of sushi roll at least as far as the design goes. Wabi Sabi Asian Fusion provided 5 different types of sushi to people at their booth and each one showcased creative sushi chef talent that I really enjoyed. I want to definitely take a trip to Palm Harbor sometime to visit Wabi Sabi in the near future.

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Another top choice for me at the event was Pisces Sushi and Global Bistro, they brought a truly delicious sushi roll to the event. It was somewhere between the delicious taste of Ocean Prime and the creativity of Wabi Sabi for me. Pisces ended up winning the judges category of the competition.

I was actually unaware that Ocean Prime served sushi prior to being involved in this event. Regardless of my top choices – all the restaurants did a good job and provided more than your California Roll to the event – many restaurants provided multiple options which was great for the consumer and there was variety in the types of fish presented.

 

Tampa Taiko stole the show again and provided excellent Japanese taiko drumming performances throughout the event. I’ve been working with Tampa Taiko on events since I was part of the Japanese Club at USF back in 2009 and they have always been a supportive community member that puts everything they have into their work.

The Japanese Club participated in the event again and tabled with the help of the Japanese-America Society of Tampa Bay and shared a booth with the Foodies Club that helped spread the event on social media using the hashtag #SushiBattle on Twitter and Instagram.

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Overall, the Sushi Battle Tampa Bay improved from last year and in my opinion it was a fun night filled with a variety of food, drinks, and entertainment. I’m looking forward to seeing where the event goes in the future and am thankful to everyone who helped make it a success for a second year in a row. It can only go up from here.


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October 1, 2016 |

Summer of Rum Festival 2016 – September 3rd

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The Summer of Rum Festival is coming up on Saturday, September 3rd, 2016 at Channelside in Downtown Tampa from 12PM to 11PM. The new space doubles the event size from previous years and will feature an improved VIP experience as well. The event is organized by Big City Events and is for ages 21 & older only.

Reel Big Fish will be headlining the event. They are one of the legions of Southern California ska-punk bands to edge into the mainstream following the mid-90s success of No Doubt and Sublime. Local food trucks and food vendors will sell food around the event.

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Tickets are $ 20 in advance and $ 25 at the door. VIP costs $ 100 and $ 125 at the door (if available). VIP gets you unlimited drinks in the VIP tent, stage view, a seating area, and a cooled air-mist system to cool off.

Participating rum brands around the event:

  • Papas Pilar
  • Malibu
  • Bad Monkey
  • Yolo Rum
  • Ron Barcelo
  • Doc Brown’s Really Bad Rum
  • Koloa
  • Captain Morgan
  • Zacapa Rum
  • Carmelita’s Rum
  • Liquor 43
  • Bayou
  • Gubba Rum
  • Rhum Clement
  • Tanduay Rum
  • Dos Madaras
  • Appleton Estate
  • Chaste No. 850
  • Wicked Dolphin
  • Twisted Sun Rum
  • Florida Mermiad
  • Bumbu Rum
  • Prichards

Also as a bonus – VIP participants will receive 1 rum tasting pass good for unlimited rum tasting at the Island Rum Tasting, as well as a collectible Summer of Rum shot glass.  Additional rum tasting passes can be purchased. Rum tasting opens from 2PM to 6PM ONLY!  No refunds/cash value for unused passes.

Purchase tickets online: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1229913

There will also be a Rum Run before the event begins – more information: http://www.summerofrumfest.com/#!rum-run/lxapo


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August 29, 2016 |

Metro Pix: Pride and Passion 2016

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Pride & Passion 2016

When:
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Where:
Tampa Museum of Art

 

Pride and Passion 2016 presented by Wells Fargo was themed “Now in Technicolor.”

Guests enjoyed incredible entertainment, delicious hors d’oeuvres, open bar and music and fun. Guests were encouraged to dress in colorful attire. The 2016 Steering committee was led by Chair, Okie Tilo and Vice-Chair, Nicholas Buchanan and incoming Vice-Chair, Steven Ballard.

Proceeds will benefit the Tampa Museum of Art’s education programs and exhibitions.

Tampa Bay METRO was a proud sponsor of Pride & Passion.

 


Pride & Passion 2016 Photo Gallery

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Photos: Owen Hunt Photography, Nicole Abbett

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July 6, 2016 |

Metro Pix: Tampa Bay Heart Ball 2016

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Tom and Lauren Pepin

METRO SPONSORED EVENT:
Tampa Bay Heart Ball 2016

When:
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Where:
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

On Saturday, April 30, 650 people gathered in downtown Tampa for the 58th annual Tampa Bay Heart Ball, emceed by WFLA News Channel 8 Anchor, Stacie Schaible.

Themed “Think Smart From the Heart,” the event was chaired by Trey Traviesa, CEO of Fort Brooke Merchant Partners, LLC, and his wife Nina. The festive night included world-class silent and live auctions; live entertainment by the Aerial Dragons; a colorful, heart-healthy dinner; an inspiring testimony of local teen, Charlie Curtis, who survived cardiac arrest; the debut of the 2017 Red Sofa Tour sponsored by Ashley HomeStore; and the first-ever after-party with music by DJ Bash.

Senator Aaron Bean, masterfully led the live auction which raised $ 175,000. The highest bid — and the largest live auction donation in the Tampa Heart Ball history — was $ 55,000 for a one-week stay at an exquisite Italian villa, donated by Jarrett and Veturia Preston on behalf of Obsidian International. Tom and Lauren Pepin donated two one-week Mediterranean mega-yacht cruiser experiences, which each went for $ 19,000.

The Tampa Bay Heart Ball raised more than $ 1.3 million, making it the most successful to date and one of the Top 10 American Heart Association galas in the nation. The incoming Heart Ball chairs are Allen Brinkman – Chairman, President and CEO of SunTrust Bank’s West Florida Division – and Julie Brinkman.

Tampa Bay METRO was a proud sponsor of this event.

Tampa Bay Heart Ball Photo Gallery
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Photos: MamaRazzi Foto; www.mamarazzifoto.com

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July 5, 2016 |

SUMMER CAMPS GUIDE 2016

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Tampa Bay Metro Summer Camps Guide

Tampa Bay Metro’s Summer Camps Guide 2016

 

 


Academy At The Lakes Summer Camp

Academy at the Lakes
Academy at the Lakes offers more than 60 summer programs including academic, creative, recreation, and sports camps. Favorites include Camp Invention, Video Production, and Archery. Conveniently located in Land O’Lakes, our camps serve ages 3 through 14. Visit www.summeratthelakes.camp to view a catalog and register online!


Busch Gardens Summer Camps in Tampa

Busch Gardens Camp
Camp is a time to make new friends, try new things, come face-to-face with a giraffe and challenge a dive coaster. Busch Gardens Summer Camp offers camp programs for animal lovers, coaster enthusiasts, future veterinarians and everything in between. Day Camp for K-12th and Resident Camp – 5th-College. Register now at buschgardens.com/camps or call 1-877-BGT-CAMP.


Corbett Prep Summer Camp

Camp IDS at Corbett Preparatory School
For nearly two decades, CAMP IDS has been one of Tampa’s most popular   summer camp programs offering 60+   different full- and half-day camps. All welcome. PreK3 – high school. Camps offered June 13-July 29. Before & aftercare. Bus service. Performing & Visual Arts. STEM. Sports. Academics. Technology. Languages. Cooking. More. Call 813-961-3087 or visit www.corbettprep.com.


Keystone Prep Summer Camp

Keystone Prep High School
Keystone Prep High School delivers a comprehensive and rigorous college prep education program for students in grades 9-12, who have struggled in school, due to difficulties associated with ADHD, anxiety, dyslexia and other learning differences. Our respect for individual differences, small class sizes, focus on engagement, and flexible learning environment, help students prepare for a range of rewarding career, college, or technical life choices. For more information contact Andrea Mowatt, Head of School, 813-264-4500, amowatt@keystoneprep.org.


Hillsborough Community Coller Summer Camp

Kids’ College at Hillsborough Community College
Tampa Bay’s best youth & teen camps! Not just another play camp, Kids’ College at Hillsborough Community College offers fun with a purpose through a wide variety of educational topics and interests. Programs are offered at nine HCC locations throughout the county for grades 1-10. Camp topics including video game design, fashion, architecture, performing arts, police & fire, athletics, STEM, dance and many more. Visit www.tampatraining.com or call 813-259-6010.


Riverside Military Academy Summer Camps

Riverside Military Academy
Imagine a school that places as much emphasis on developing a young man’s character as it does on meeting his scholastic needs. A school with a rich 108 year history, set on a storied campus where young men mature into well educated, respectful adults – that’s Riverside Military Academy. Located in Gainesville, GA, RMA provides a traditional military college preparatory education tailored toward each cadet’s individual needs and interests. Self-discipline, organizational skills and time management are taught daily to over 530 cadets from 28 states and 26 countries. Visit www.riversidemilitary.com.


Tampa Day School Summer Camp

Tampa Day School
Tampa Day School is an FCIS/SACS accredited, private school for students in grades 2-8 with mild Learning Disabilities, dyslexia, anxiety, and/or ADHD. We have been meeting the needs of bright kids who learn differently for 46 years, using research based instructional strategies in small classes, so students can meet rigorous academic standards. Our Learning Solutions tutoring program provides 1-1 Reading/Math instruction that is individualized to meet each child’s needs. Call 813-269-2100 or visit www.TampaDaySchool.com.


Tampa Museum Of Art Summer Camps

Tampa Museum of Art
Now with more camps and more art making for ages 6-17! Students will explore classical, traditional, and contemporary art concepts while  experimenting with a variety of media to create original works. Inspired by gallery visits, the museum landscape, and layers of history, students will enjoy a summer filled with art. Registration is available at www.tampamuseum.org/programs/children-families/.


Tampa Prep Summer Camp

Tampa Preparatory School
Tampa Preparatory School Summer Programs include a variety of Sports Camps and courses in Robotics, Academics and Enrichment, as well as Camp Terrapin – our sports and fine arts camp for students in grades 1 – 8. Structured activities and theme days  provide friendship and fun in downtown Tampa. Sign up at www.tampaprep.org/summer.


USF Summer Soccer Camp

USF Soccer Camps
USF Soccer Camps, operated by USF’s coaches and players, is one of the   premier soccer camps in the entire Southeast. Camps are offered for boys and girls ages 4-18 and include beginner 1/2 day camps, full day outdoor & indoor futsal camps, residential training camps, and college soccer identification camps. Camps  run from June-July on select weeks at USF Tampa’s Campus and Fishhawk Ranch/Lithia, FL. Sign up by April 15th and SAVE! For more information, visit usfsoccercamps.com (boys), bullssoccercamps.com (girls), or email to k.usfsoccercamps@gmail.com.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April 16, 2016 |

2016 candidates scoop up delegates in West, bid for NY love

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Bernie Sanders is pointing to his growing string of statewide wins and Hillary Clinton to her still-commanding lead in the delegate hunt as the Democratic rivals jostle for momentum heading into New York’s big primary later this month. The Republicans, too, are trying to scoop up delegates out West while bidding for some New York love.

With his win Saturday in Wyoming, Sanders has now won seven of the last eight state contests. But his latest victory did nothing to help him in the delegate chase: He and Clinton each got seven delegates.

"Now that we are in the second half of this campaign, we are going to state after state which I think have a more progressive outlook," Sanders said. "We are in this race to win."

Clinton, looking right past the Wyoming results, told a crowd in Brooklyn that she needs a big win in New York on April 19 to help her quickly lock up the Democratic nomination. She added that the sooner the nomination fight ends, "the sooner we can go after the Republicans full time."

Trying to claim a cloak of inevitability for his candidate, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said in a statement that she "has a nearly insurmountable lead in pledged delegates that will become harder and harder to overcome after each contest."

On the Republicans side, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz completed his sweep of Colorado’s 34 delegates by locking up the remaining 13 at the party’s state convention in Colorado Springs. He already had collected 21 delegates and visited the state to try to pad his numbers there.

Trump organized late in Colorado and left the state convention up to his organizers, and spent about a half-hour on Saturday touring the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum in lower Manhattan.

He and Clinton found a rare point of agreement in poking back at Cruz for his earlier criticism of "New York values."

Trump’s campaign said in a statement after his museum visit that the site was "symbolic of the strength of our country, and in particular New Yorkers, who have done such an incredible job rebuilding that devastated section of our city. This is what ‘New York values’ are really all about."

Clinton, for her part, told a Latino crowd in Brooklyn, that "I actually think New York values are really good for America."

Her agreement with Trump ended right there, as she launched into an argument for electing Democrats to protect the U.S. economy.

"It’s a fact that our economy does better when we have a Democrat in the White House," she said.

Clinton has 1,287 delegates based on primaries and caucuses to Sanders’ 1,037. When including superdelegates, or party officials who can back any candidate, Clinton has 1,756, or 74 percent of the number needed to clinch the nomination. Sanders has 1,068.

Trump still has a narrow path to clinching the Republican nomination by the end of the primaries on June 7, but he has little room for error. He would need to win nearly 60 percent of all the remaining delegates to clinch the nomination before the convention. So far, he’s winning about 45 percent.

Following Cruz’s sweep of Colorado’s remaining delegates on Saturday, the Associated Press count stands at Trump 743, Cruz 545, and John Kasich 143. Marco Rubio, who suspended his campaign, has 171 delegates. To clinch the nomination by the end of the primaries, a candidate needs 1,237 delegates.

Ronayne reported from New York.

Bay News 9 – local-news

April 10, 2016 |

Metro Pix: 2016 White Party

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White Party 2016 at The Seminole Hard Rock Casino & Hotel

 

2016 White Party

 
The 13 Ugly Men hosted one of the hottest parties in town at Tampa’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino last weekend. The rainy weather forced the party inside as Grey Salt and the Hard Rock Cafe were transformed into perfect party spots with colorful lighting, music, cocktails and great food. The sell-out crowd was dressed to impress in the all-white attire. It was a fun night with a silent auction, delicious displays of fresh oysters, shrimp and sushi, and DJ’s spinning the latest music and the crowd moving on the dance floor.

Proceeds from the 2016 White Party will benefit The Spring of Tampa Bay, whose mission is to prevent domestic violence, protect victims, and promote changes in lives, families and communities. For more information visit www.13UglyMen.com.

 

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April 8, 2016 |

State utilities present 2016 hurricane season readiness plans

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It’s been more than a decade since a series of major hurricanes battered Florida’s electrical grid. Despite all that time passed, many state utility customers are still paying a monthly surcharge to cover the losses.

Such surcharges might be unavoidable in the wake of hurricanes that leave multi-billion dollar losses in their wake.

However, utilities companies have been called upon by the state’s Public Service Commission to show how future losses might be avoided by creating storm readiness plans.

Utility executives told state regulators Wednesday at a commission hearting they’re confident their companies’ equipment and personnel are capable of handling virtually anything the 2016 hurricane season throws Florida’s way.

"The network of support and cooperation between utilities nationally is much stronger today than it was back then, in those ’04 and ’05 years," said Duke Energy Director of Power Quality and Reliability Jason Cutliffe. "And so, we all learned from sending our folks out of state."

The plans include fortifying power poles and eliminating trees that pose a threat to power lines and transformers. The plans also refer to implementing best practices developed over the past ten years.

Bay News 9 – local-news

March 30, 2016 |

Charity Polo Classic 2016

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The Fifth Annual Charity Polo Classic was a smashing success, with blue skies and pleasant temperatures at the DI Polo Tour Grounds in Plant City on February 27th.

The proceeds of the Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic benefitted the Children’s Cancer Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, and The Helping Hand Fund.

Tampa Bay Metro Magazine was the event’s Magazine Sponsor.  

 

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March 24, 2016 |
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