Tampa Bay Buzz
21
January
2015
Come on, Chicago -- unlock Tampa Bay
The giant black banners that hang on the walls of buildings in the heart of Chicago tell a pretty simple story: "Don't just visit. Take over." Visit Tampa Bay's awesome logo -- a keyhole and crossed keys, suggesting a treasure chest (and maybe a certain type of person who buries treasure chests) -- is in white, bigger than life. We're reaching out, Chicago. Come on, you know you want to visit Tampa Bay. The coldest day in Tampa Bay is balmy by comparison to a January day -- the kind of day your can feel your nose hairs freeze when you walk outside. (I know. I lived there.) The salt. The sand. The black ice. The lake-effect snow. The only salt we...
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Coast Bike Share off to a strong start

Tampa Bay's bike-share program, Coast Bike Share, got off to a strong start in its first six weeks of operations. Coast's program director, Eric Trull, said today his group signed up more than 1,100 members between mid-November and this week. The company's sky-blue bikes have traveled, collectively,...

Time for one more ride on Gwazi

Wooden roller coaster fans: Listen up! Busch Gardens Tampa's Gwazi dueling coaster will make its final roar Feb. 1. Catch a ride before Gwazi roars no more with the help of Tampa Bay CityPASS. Park officials announced this month they'll retire their wooden coaster, which has rattled riders...

Conde Nast honors Le Meridien Tampa

Downtown's Le Meridien Tampa hotel has racked up another win. The new hotel is listed as one of the top places to stay in 2015 by Conde Nast Traveler magazine. "An old courthouse converted to hotel in the center of town. The update couldn't have landed in better hands than the folks at Le Meridien,"...

15 reasons to visit Tampa Bay in 2015

The Outback Bowl kicked off another busy year in Tampa Bay, with loads of new things to see, do and eat. If you're local, 2015 is the year to explore your hometown like a tourist. And if you're a tourist, 2015 is the year you should take over Tampa Bay. Here are some good places to start: Lights on...

Tampa Bay: cruising's best-kept secret

Tampa Bay racks up yet another honor, this time from Porthole Cruise Magazine, the leading magazine of the cruise industry. Editor-in-chief Bill Panoff wrote the other day to let us know that his magazine has given Tampa Bay the 2015 Editor-in-Chief Award for Best-Kept Secret Port. The award will be...

Florida Cracker cuisine gets to Shine

Tampa Bay's trendy Seminole Heights neighborhood sprouts another cutting-edge restaurant today with the opening of Fodder & Shine. Fodder & Shine (@FodderandShine), 5910 N. Florida Ave., was created by Greg and Michelle Baker, owners of the award-winning Refinery restaurant a few blocks to the...

Tampa Bay shares the Outback Bowl spotlight

Tampa Bay will be the star of this year's Outback Bowl Preview Special, set to air three times before Wisconsin and Auburn meet at Raymond James Stadium on New Year's Day. The preview show will showcase some of the best that Tampa Bay has to offer -- especially for those fans planning to spend days...