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  • Jason Carroll Memory Maker
    May 3, 2017
    Tampa Bay is filled with people who make it their job to help visitors have a good time and make great memories during their stay here. Some of them work in the spotlight, having daily interactions with visitors. Others work behind the scenes, making sure you experience the best visit you can. Either way, take a moment and thank them for their efforts. They're doing it for you. Jason Carroll Executive Director Friends of The Tampa Riverwalk Over the past two years, The Tampa Riverwalk has
  • Memory Makers Wally Reyes
    April 17, 2017
    Tampa Bay is filled with people who make it their job to help visitors have a good time and make great memories during their stay here. Some of them work in the spotlight, having daily interactions with visitors. Others work behind the scenes, making sure you experience the best visit you can. Either way, take a moment and thank them for their efforts. They're doing it for you. Wally Reyes Historian, Ybor City expert Cigar Industry History Tours Take a walking tour of historic Ybor City...
  • Nicahabana Cigar Roller
    April 13, 2017
    Few things are as deeply rooted in Tampa Bay as the humble cigar. Since Cuban cigar baron Don Vicente Martinez Ybor opened his first factory here in 1886, hand-rolled cigars have been a staple of Tampa history and culture . A Tampa cigar may have even carried the secret message to start the Cuban revolution against Spain in the 1890s. It's safe to say Tampa was literally built by cigars. Until Ybor arrived, Tampa was a tiny outpost of a few hundred people best accessed by ship. Cigars...
  • Memory Makers George Guito
    April 10, 2017
    Tampa Bay is filled with people who make it their job to help visitors have a good time and make great memories during their stay here. Some of them work in the spotlight, having daily interactions with visitors. Others work behind the scenes, making sure you experience the best visit you can. Either way, take a moment and thank them for their efforts. They're doing it for you. George Guito General Manager Columbia Restaurant As George Guito tells it, the Columbia Restaurant "saved my...
  • Memory Makers Justin Toomey
    March 31, 2017
    Tampa Bay is filled with people who make it their job to help visitors have a good time and make great memories during their stay here. Some of them work in the spotlight, having daily interactions with visitors. Others work behind the scenes, making sure you experience the best visit you can. Either way, take a moment and thank them for their efforts. They're doing it for you. Justin Toomey Lead Bartender Fodder & Shine Justin Toomey found his way to Tampa Bay via Flint, Michigan, and
  • Memory Makers Dianne Montes
    March 20, 2017
    Tampa Bay is filled with people who make it their job to help visitors have a good time and make great memories during their stay here. Some of them work in the spotlight, having daily interactions with visitors. Others work behind the scenes, making sure you experience the best visit you can. Either way, take a moment and thank them for their efforts. They're doing it for you. Dianne Montes Patron Services Representative Tampa Theatre Dianne Joy Montes is a relative newcomer to Tampa Bay,
  • Salt Lake City skyline
    March 15, 2017
    Folks living west of the Rockies just go another non-stop route to sunny Tampa Bay! This week, Delta Airlines and Tampa International Airport announced a new flight from Salt Lake City starting at the end of this year. The new flight links the deserts of Moab with the lush green cypress-lined Hillsborough River and the mountains and canyons of Park City with the peaks and valleys of Busch Garden Tampa Bay's roller coasters. Tampa Bay can also be the gateway to manatee encounters in Crystal
  • Thomas Aue Tampa Museum of Art
    March 13, 2017
    Tampa Bay is filled with people who make it their job to help visitors have a good time and make great memories during their stay here. Some of them work in the spotlight, having daily interactions with visitors. Others work behind the scenes, making sure you experience the best visit you can. Either way, take a moment and thank them for their efforts. They're doing it for you. Tom Aue Concierge, Front desk manager Tampa Museum of Art Visit the Tampa Museum of Art, and Tom Aue will be one...
  • Memory Maker Eric Hovland
    March 6, 2017
    Tampa Bay is filled with people who make it their job to help visitors have a good time and make great memories during their stay here. Some of them work in the spotlight, having daily interactions with visitors. Others work behind the scenes, making sure you experience the best visit you can. Either way, take a moment and thank them for their efforts. They're doing it for you. Eric Hovland Associate curator, resident shark guy The Florida Aquarium A native of Wisconsin, Eric Hovland has...
  • Gasparilla Ship Anchored
    February 13, 2017
    Soon the cannons will roar in downtown as Gasparilla sails into Tampa Bay again. The scurvy krewe of mythical pirate Jose Gaspar, aboard their pirate ship Jose Gasparilla, will make their annual assault on our fair city on January 28, bringing hundreds of thousands to Bayshore Boulevard to witness the third-largest parade in the United States: the Gapsarilla Parade of Pirates. The day-long party kicks off Tampa Bay's annual Gasparilla Season -- two months of parties, parades, sporting...