Tampa Bay Buzz
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December
2014
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 (Feb. 20-21) brings an explosion of creativity to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and Kiley Gardens. Chicago artist Nick Cave's "Heard" performance piece will take center stage during the weekend festival. The show featuring dancers costumed as horses along with local dancers and musicians. Also on the schedule Sky Striker, an interactive lighted...
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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...

AIDA Vita makes first visit to Tampa Bay

Schiff ahoi! The German cruise ship AIDA Vita (@aida_de) made its first call on Tampa Bay Wednesday, pulling into port at 8 a.m. after an overnight trip from Miami. The visit by the 1,200-passenger cruise ship was the first of six scheduled for Port Tampa Bay between now and April. Passengers spent...

Tampa Pride gets important sponsor

Tampa Bay's first gay pride parade in more than a decade gained an important sponsor this week -- the City of Tampa. Mayor Bob Buckhorn reversed a 2009 city ban on sponsoring events and agree to let the city contribute to the event set for March 28. The city will cover $35,000 of city services --...

Tampa Bay in Top 10 for active lifestyle

In Tampa Bay, a great outdoor experience is never far away. With great weather year-round and an abundance of sports facilities, it's no wonder we ranked near the top of Wallet Hub's 2014 Best and Worst Cities for and Active Lifestyle. We placed 6th on the ranking of the country's 100 biggest...

6 Tampa Bay pioneers honored

Tampa Bay honored 6 of its founding citizens Friday morning with busts on the Tampa Riverwalk. The statues will join the dozen already lining the 2.5-mile waterfront promenade through downtown. The Historic Monument Trail captures important figures in Tampa Bay's history, from Native Americans to...