Tampa Bay Buzz
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January
2015
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 since Custome Coasters International built it in the late 1990s. It's not clear at the moment what will take its place. “No decisions have been made about what lies ahead for Gwazi or for the future plans of that area of Busch Gardens,” said Park President Jim Dean. “But, we are always looking for ways to enhance guests’ experiences, so stay tuned for more...
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Tampa International starts expansion

Tampa International Airport, Tampa Bay's gateway to the world, has kicked off its $1 billion renovation and expansion. Airport officials shut down one of the two shuttle lines serving Airside A and Airside C on Thursday morning. If you're traveling to Tampa Bay by way of those airsides in the coming...

Margaritaville comes to Tampa Bay

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for Jimmy Buffett's April 18 show at Tampa Bay's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. Tickets run $30 to $130. They're available at the Amphitheatre box office, 4802 U.S. 301 North, online through Ticketmaster or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Buffett and his Coral...

Busch Gardens unpacks a pachyderm

There's a new tusker in town at Busch Gardens Tampa. Ganesh (aka Spike), a male Asian elephant, has settled into the theme park's wildlife collection after relocating from the Calgary Zoo in Canada. He's joining the five female Asian elephants Busch Gardens Tampa already has on display in the...

2015 Outback Bowl: ESPN2 ratings peak

The folks at the Outback Bowl report the 2015 game on New Year's Day racked the highest-ratings and the biggest audience in ESPN2's history. The game at Tampa Bay's Raymond James Stadium ended with No. 17 Wisconsin beating No. 19 Auburn 34-31 in overtime after a back-and-forth battle. The telecast...

South Tampa's Ava now serves lunch

Looking for a new lunch place? Try Ava. South Tampa's newest restaurant is now open for lunch at 718 S. Howard Ave. Less than two months after pulling back the curtain on his piece of Tampa Bay's trendy SoHo area, principal owner Michael Stewart has expanded his offerings beyond dinner. "We've got...

Come get married in Tampa Bay

As of midnight, gay marriage is official in Florida. In Tampa Bay, same-sex couples are lining up at local courthouses to get their licenses and get hitched. Tampa and Hillsborough County are welcoming, progressive communities and the perfect place for LGBT couples to make wedding and honeymoon...

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,"...