Tampa Bay Buzz
9
January
2015
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, 6,278 miles -- the distance from Tampa to San Francisco and back. The bulk of that pedaling has been around downtown Tampa, Ybor City, Davis Islands, Hyde Park and Bayshore Boulevard. Coast Bike Share kicked off Nov. 17 with a members-only period. It opened bikes to the general public on Dec. 7. Memberships are $79 a year, but bikes are available on...
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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...

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...