Tampa Bay Buzz
27
January
2015
Tampa Bay won't surrender to pirates!
Batten down the hatches! The invasion is coming! The scurvy krewe of pirate captain Jose Gaspar rode into town Tuesday with guns blazing and cannons firing. Bent on plunder, they hustled Mayor Bob Buckhorn from his office in City Hall and demanded he meet them in Lykes Gaslight Park. They ordered the mayor to surrender the city. As every mayor has done before him, he stood firm. A bunch of the smelly scallywags grabbed for the key, but the mayor kept them at bay. "I waited 20 years to get this key! I'm not giving it up now!" said the mayor as he waved the giant key to the city in front of their swarthy faces. Them's fightin' words! And brave talk,...
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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) --...

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...