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Ybor City development plan unveiled: Park, condo towers lead 50-acre proposal
Ybor City development plan unveiled: Park, condo towers lead 50-acre proposal
Ybor City development plan unveiled: Park, condo towers lead 50-acre proposal This rendering shows a west-to-east view of Gas Worx, a proposed mixed-use development on 50 acres between Ybor City and downtown Tampa. An initial master plan for the project is being filed with the city by real estate investor Darryl Shaw and lead developers
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Welcome to the Neighborhood!
Welcome to the Neighborhood!
Ybor City’s residents and unique businesses are what make up the strong culture of the district and are a catalyst to why Ybor City is the Heart of Tampa. We are proud to see the district continue to economically advance with the following newly welcomed businesses! Casa Santo Stefano Long-awaited Sicilian restaurant in the former
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Ybor City’s Roots Revived
Ybor City’s Roots Revived
J.C Newman Cigar Factory Creates Living History   In 1885, the city of Ybor was brought to life through the cigar industry. Founded by cigar manufacturers, supported by cigar factories, and built to foster a thriving business community, Ybor was the cigar capital of the United States. While today you may not see the booming cigar factories
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Ybor on TODAY
Ybor on TODAY

Did you see a familiar face on the TODAY Show? That’s right! Our friends at BarrieHaus Beer Company were interviewed by Kerry Sanders with NBC’s TODAY Show. Co-owner and Ybor City lover, Junbae Lee, had the opportunity to talk about Super Bowl weekend and what it meant to the Tampa Bay area.    It was a great month for the BarrieHaus team! Just days after

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Wear Your Heart on Your Face
Wear Your Heart on Your Face

Did you snag a Heart of Tampa facemask? Through a partnership with Visit Tampa Bay, the Ybor City CRA was able to give out over 200 facemasks in just under four hours! Featuring what makes Ybor special including our cigars, lampposts and chickens the Heart of Tampa logo will now be seen across all of

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DISTRICT IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS
DISTRICT IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS
East Ybor Gateway Monument Project Moves Forward   Thanks to the incredible work of the Ybor CAC’s Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Committee, the Historic East Ybor & Gary Neighborhood Association and the Barrio Latino Commission (BLC) the East Ybor Gateway Monument with streetscape completion is moving forward. The monument will represent the entrance to the east end of the 7th Avenue corridor, which was recognized as one of the Ten
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Tampa Baseball Museum Celebrates Ybor’s Diverse History
Tampa Baseball Museum Celebrates Ybor’s Diverse History
Tampa Baseball Museum Celebrates Ybor’s Diverse History In 1920, during the height of ‘Jim Crow’ and racial segregation, a group of talented young athletes walked out onto Plant Field near the University of Tampa. Known as the Tampa Giants, these athletes became the pride of the black and multi-ethnic community in Tampa Bay. This year for
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Historic Ybor City Launches New Campaign: Heart of Tampa
Historic Ybor City Launches New Campaign: Heart of Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 20, 2020) – Historic Ybor City, also known as America’s Neighborhood, is launching a new campaign to celebrate its strong history, diversity, and collective economic impact to the area. As the Heart of Tampa, Historic Ybor City is the essence of Tampa – from the culture to the new businesses that reach

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Lift Up Local Continues for Ybor Businesses throughout the duration of the local state of emergency
Lift Up Local Continues for Ybor Businesses throughout the duration of the local state of emergency
The City of Tampa is continuing the Lift Up Local Economic Recovery Plan, including in Ybor City, throughout the duration of the City of Tampa’s local state of emergency. Lift Up Local temporarily allows restaurants and retail businesses to expand their business footprint onto the public rights-of-way or in privately owned parking facilities without meeting
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Hotel Haya combines Ybor’s Historic Roots with Modern Comfort
Hotel Haya combines Ybor’s Historic Roots with Modern Comfort

A brilliant adaptive reuse of two distinctive buildings combined with a smart new build, Hotel Haya captures the exuberant Cuban, Italian, and Spanish influences of the famed Ybor City neighborhood. The hotel’s design by Alfonso Architects Incorporated evokes the 1950s Golden Age of Havana and features period fabrics, joyous colors and exposed brick walls that

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Hillsborough County Accepting Applications for Financial Assistance
Hillsborough County Accepting Applications for Financial Assistance

Hillsborough County’s R3 Utility and Housing Assistance portal is open and accepting applications. The financial assistance is awarded on a first-come basis to residents who have had a reduction in wage or are newly unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is recommended to complete the application all at once to ensure your application is submitted before

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City of Tampa launches Phase III of One Tampa Relief Program
City of Tampa launches Phase III of One Tampa Relief Program

The City of Tampa plans to spend another $1.2 million to help approximately 580 small businesses that previously didn’t qualify for aid. While businesses must be located in the City of Tampa city limits, the previously required geographic zone parameters for Phase I & II are not applicable in Phase III. Phase III will start with businesses

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Hillsborough County’s R3 Program Opens to Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
Hillsborough County’s R3 Program Opens to Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
The Early Access period for Hillsborough County’s R3 program opened to the public today, offering financial assistance to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. $100 million in recovery assistance is available through the County’s R3 program, which was created to direct Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to local businesses in need.
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Hillsborough County now offering online registration for COVID testing
Hillsborough County now offering online registration for COVID testing
Hillsborough County now offering online registration for COVID testing Hillsborough County residents can now make appointments online for free COVID-19 coronavirus testing through hcflgov.net/covidtesting. There are seven testing locations in the county. A phone option is still available by calling (888) 513-6321. Though the tests are free, appointments are required. No doctor’s referral is needed, and
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Mayor Castor Issues Face Covering Mandate and Announces FREE Face Covering Pickup Locations
Mayor Castor Issues Face Covering Mandate and Announces FREE Face Covering Pickup Locations

Mayor Castor Issues Face Covering Mandate and Announces FREE Face Covering Pickup Locations The distribution of masks to businesses is now closed (6/28/2020) In an effort to prioritize public safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Jane Castor has issued any executive order mandating the use of face coverings for all individuals in the

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City of Tampa Launches Lift Up Local Campaign to Support Local Businesses to Re-open Responsibly
City of Tampa Launches Lift Up Local Campaign to Support Local Businesses to Re-open Responsibly
City of Tampa Launches Lift Up Local Campaign to Support Local Businesses to Re-open Responsibly Tampa, Florida (May 4, 2020)—In conjunction with the Governor’s Order for a phased re-opening of restaurants and retail businesses, the City of Tampa is launching the Lift Up Local Economic Recovery Plan to support local businesses to re-open safely and
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Ybor City workers and small businesses asked what the biggest challenges are of COVID-19
Ybor City workers and small businesses asked what the biggest challenges are of COVID-19
Ybor City workers and small businesses asked what the biggest challenges are of COVID-19 TAMPA, Fla. (April 28, 2020) – COVID-19 has caused ominous impacts to the Ybor City economy, revealed in a survey conducted by the Ybor City Development Corporation (YCDC). With most of the businesses in the hospitality industry and/or independently owned, immediate and widespread financial impacts have hit the Historic District.   YCDC, which facilitates economic revitalization and business development in Ybor City, wanted to learn the challenges the community is experiencing during this
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COVID-19 drive-thru testing site opens near Ybor City in East Tampa
COVID-19 drive-thru testing site opens near Ybor City in East Tampa
COVID-19 drive-thru testing site opens near Ybor City in East Tampa  Hillsborough County has opened drive-thru testing site for COVID-19 near Ybor City at the Lee Davis Community Resource Center at 3402 N. 22nd St.  Drive-thru testing will ONLY be administered to individuals who have pre-registered and have scheduled an appointment online (hcflgov.net/covidtesting) or through Hillsborough County’s call center at (888) 513-6321. The call center is open Monday through
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City of Tampa launches COVID-19 relief fund for residents and small businesses
City of Tampa launches COVID-19 relief fund for residents and small businesses

April 21 update: The City of Tampa has received the maximum number of individual/family applications at this time. The online application process is now closed. The City is reviewing applications against the qualifying criteria and will notify individuals of the outcome of their applications within the next 10 days or less.    On Tuesday, April 14, Mayor

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Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Tampa – Special Call Meeting
Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Tampa – Special Call Meeting The CRA Special Call Meeting will discuss a possible loan or grant program for businesses located in the Community Redevelopment Areas in the City of Tampa that may be economically impacted by the COVID-19 Emergency.   Date: April 23, 2020 Time: 9 a.m.  To view
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Covid-19 Updates
Covid-19 Updates
Our neighborhood is our family, and like all families, we want the best for you. We’ve put together resources for small businesses and residents that can be helpful during this challenging time. We’ve made it through over 135 years of many good times and some challenging times, and we are going to persevere through this too –
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Ybor City Development Corporation’s ‘More in Ybor’ Campaign Wins Second Award
Ybor City Development Corporation’s ‘More in Ybor’ Campaign Wins Second Award
Tampa, Fla. (Nov. 5, 2019) – The Ybor City Development Corporation (YCDC), in partnership with the City of Tampa Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and HCP Associates, was recently given its second award for the “More in Ybor” campaign. The campaign won an award of excellence in the community engagement category at the Hillsborough County Planning
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Ybor City Development Corporation’s ‘More in Ybor’ Campaign Wins Prestigious Award
Ybor City Development Corporation’s ‘More in Ybor’ Campaign Wins Prestigious Award
The Ybor City Development Corporation (YCDC), in partnership with the City of Tampa Community Redevelopment Agency and HCP Associates, won the 2019 Florida Redevelopment Association (FRA) Award in the promotion category for the ‘More in Ybor’ campaign. The ‘More in Ybor’ campaign was launched in part due to the long-held perception that Ybor was solely
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Accountant, Cop Pair on Ybor City Fraud Prevention Firm
Accountant, Cop Pair on Ybor City Fraud Prevention Firm
Fraud Doctor, one of the first tenants in The Undercroft, has made itself right at home in the cybersecurity hub in Ybor City. Fraud Doctor helps companies manage their risk for fraud. Alexis Bell, Fraud Doctor’s founder and managing partner, and Paul Dunlop, partner at Fraud Doctor, view themselves as go-betweens for fraud-fighting industry and
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The Undercroft Aims to Make Ybor City a Cybersecurity Hub
The Undercroft Aims to Make Ybor City a Cybersecurity Hub
The Undercroft Aims to Make Ybor City a Cybersecurity Hub The Undercroft is a member-driven cybersecurity guild and development center located in historic Ybor City. They offer secure workspace, tailored resources, and security-focused programming for individuals and organizations that seek to grow and advance in: cybersecurity tools & tradecraft, secure innovation, and national security. Recently,
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Ybor City Museum Society to Honor 2019 Legacy Awards Recipients
Ybor City Museum Society to Honor 2019 Legacy Awards Recipients

Ybor City Museum Society to Honor 2019 Legacy Awards Recipients Tampa, FL– The Ybor City Museum Society (YCMS) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2019 Legacy Awards, who were selected for their significant contributions to the Historic District. Copeland Moré (Vicente Martinez-Ybor Award), Rosalie Guarino Simms (Anthony “Tony” Pizzo Award), and Michael A.

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Blair Witch Project Director Will Turn Ybor City Into a Horror Hotbed- Tampa Bay Times
Blair Witch Project Director Will Turn Ybor City Into a Horror Hotbed- Tampa Bay Times
Ybor City’s Cuban Club will be featured in a horror web series directed by The Blair Witch Project’s Dan Myrick. Then, in October, it will host the iHorror.com film festival. The community that made Tampa Cigar City will be temporarily transformed into Horror City. Director Dan Myrick, whose The Blair Witch Project is one of the highest grossing independent
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J.C. Newman Breaks Ground on Multimillion Dollar Factory Expansion
J.C. Newman Breaks Ground on Multimillion Dollar Factory Expansion
As part of the factory renovations, J.C. Newman will be constructing a brand new rolling gallery. The handmade cigar production space will include room for a dozen rollers, aging rooms and tobacco storage. "We are hoping to create something that will be on every cigar lover’s bucket list,” - Drew Newman, general counsel for J.C.
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Mexican Cocktail Inspires Ybor City Craft Beer in Old Tampa
Mexican Cocktail Inspires Ybor City Craft Beer in Old Tampa

Fresh off its one-year anniversary in April, Ybor City’s Zydeco Brew Werks has released some of its best beer yet, proving that it has more to bring to the table than a bustling location. There’s a Blanton’s bourbon barrel-aged English-style barleywine and a hop-laden hazy IPA brewed in collaboration with Coppertail and Oxbow Brewing companies.

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Ybor City 2019 Spring Photo Contest Launched
Ybor City 2019 Spring Photo Contest Launched
Ybor City 2019 Spring Photo Contest Launched FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TAMPA, Fla. (March 29, 2019) – The Ybor City Development Corporation (YCDC), in search of striking Ybor City imagery, announces the launch of the Spring 2019 Photo Contest. Photographers of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels are encouraged to enter up to five of their
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Tampa Baseball Museum to Celebrate Local History of the Game with Free ‘Homeruns & History’ Event in Ybor City March 23
Tampa Baseball Museum to Celebrate Local History of the Game with Free ‘Homeruns & History’ Event in Ybor City March 23
Homeruns & History is hosted in partnership with the Ybor City Saturday Market and the Ybor City Museum Society.  Proceeds of the event will benefit the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House, which is currently in its final capital-raising campaign. TAMPA, FL – The Tampa Baseball Museum, along with Honorary Host Lou Piniella, Tampa’s
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Crowds Gather in Ybor City for St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Crowds Gather in Ybor City for St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The annual Rough Riders 2019 Parade held in Ybor City was a huge success! TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - St. Patrick’s Day celebrations got underway Saturday night in Ybor City with hundreds of people coming together for the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. “It’s fantastic," Eileen Davis said. "We love it. We look forward to it every year.”Dozens of parade
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Ybor City Launches Vision 2020- Tampa Bay Newswire
Ybor City Launches Vision 2020- Tampa Bay Newswire
Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc. (VHB) has been selected to lead to lead the Ybor community visioning process. VHB will provide a roadmap for the district’s future with areas of focus to include: market analysis, urban planning, transportation, and infrastructure. TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 25, 2019) –The Ybor City Development Corporation (YCDC), in partnership with the Hillsborough
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Former Ybor City Brewery Mixes Past with Future in Tampa
Former Ybor City Brewery Mixes Past with Future in Tampa
Former Ybor City Brewery Mixes Past with Future in Tampa Once the Florida Brewing Company and home of La Tropical beer, the 19th-century industrial building on the corner of Nuccio Parkway and East 5th Avenue has been restored into one of Tampa’s most professional office spaces. If walls could talk, those at the former Florida
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Adventures galore here in Ybor!
Adventures galore here in Ybor!
Adventures galore here in Ybor! Serious novelists and reporters alike can spend their lives in search of a perfect opening sentence. Here's a doozy from crime writer Dennis Lehane from his bestseller Live by Night: "Some years later, on a tugboat in the Gulf of Mexico, Joe Coughlin's feet were placed in a tub of
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Couple convert judge’s decaying Ybor City home into a stunning ‘Rainbow Plantation’
Couple convert judge’s decaying Ybor City home into a stunning ‘Rainbow Plantation’

Leaders of the Tampa Pride Organization restore a 94-year-old plantation style home on the outskirts of Ybor City. TAMPA — Through the years, Gianna Russo has nearly broken into tears as she watched parts of her grandfather’s old home on the outskirts of Ybor City splinter and rot away. Leo Stalnaker Sr., a judge remembered

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Southern Pride: A Guide to Tampa’s LGBTQ Scene-Livability
Southern Pride: A Guide to Tampa’s LGBTQ Scene-Livability

Ybor City is proud of our area’s dedication to promoting a culture of acceptance, support, and inclusion. Tampa’s beautiful year-round weather, sunny beaches and a thriving job market are all huge draws for anyone who’s looking for a fresh start. Now, with a recent perfect MEI score from the Human Rights Campaign, Tampa is also becoming

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The 8th Annual Rotary Club of Ybor City Golf Classic
The 8th Annual Rotary Club of Ybor City Golf Classic

The 8th Annual Rotary Club of Ybor City Golf Classic Please join us for our 8th Annual Golf Classic fundraiser. This event raises funds that are distributed through local charities. The event is a scramble format with a shotgun start. There will be multiple contests on the course, including a putting contest, closest to the pin

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FSU Entrepreneur Center Coming to Tampa, Partners with HCC, Hillsborough County- Tampa Bay Business Journal
FSU Entrepreneur Center Coming to Tampa, Partners with HCC, Hillsborough County- Tampa Bay Business Journal

Hillsborough Community College (HCC) will soon open an entrepreneur center for driven business students. “The Jim Moran Institute is partnering with Hillsborough County and Hillsborough County Community College to offer opportunities for mid-level entrepreneurs.” Click Here to Learn More – Tampa Bay Business Journal.

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Holiday Season Event Lineup
Holiday Season Event Lineup

Experience the magic of the Holidays in Tampa! Come and enjoy the seasonal events and celebrations that are guaranteed to get you in the festive mood. To Learn More Click Here. 

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Vintage Roost Market Coming to Ybor City Every Second and Fourth Weekend
Vintage Roost Market Coming to Ybor City Every Second and Fourth Weekend
Vintage Roost Market Coming to Ybor City Every Second and Fourth Weekend The Vintage Roost, a new recurring weekend-long vintage market, is set to take over 2326 East 7th Avenue every 2nd and 4th weekend of each month. The 5,000 square foot market will feature 18 vendors, running from 9am-8pm on Fridays, and 9am-5pm on
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Ybor City Featured in REVITALIZATION News: Link to story
Ybor City Featured in REVITALIZATION News: Link to story
The Mega-Revitalization of Tampa's Historic Ybor City is One of the Nation's Largest This Feature Article was written for REVITALIZATION by Eric Polins of HCP Associates. When I moved to Tampa, Florida in 1995 from the northeast, the downtown was very small and literally shut down at 5pm on a Friday night with absolutely nothing
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Ybor City’s Blind Tiger Taking Over WestChase Coffee Scene
Ybor City’s Blind Tiger Taking Over WestChase Coffee Scene
Ybor City's Blind Tiger Taking Over WestChase Coffee Scene Shoulders shrug when passers by are asked “Hey, what is going in here?” After almost a year the wait is over! Blind Tiger Coffee Roasters, one of the most notable homegrown, independent coffee roasters helping to lead the coffee scene brewing in Tampa Bay, announced today
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Ybor City’s Jason Fernandez Featured on WFLA GR8 Inspirations
Ybor City’s Jason Fernandez Featured on WFLA GR8 Inspirations
Ybor City's Jason Fernandez Featured on WFLA GR8 Inspirations Ybor City restaurateur Jason Fernandez, owner and operator of the Historic Hospitality restaurant group that manages the popular historic district restaurants Bernini, Carne Chophouse and Tequilas was recently featured on WFLA's GR8 Inspirations segment. Jason Fernandez will be honored at the 53rd Annual Ybor City Chamber
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Ybor City Showcase to Spotlight Work of Local Female Artist in Tampa
Ybor City Showcase to Spotlight Work of Local Female Artist in Tampa
Ybor City Showcase to Spotlight Work of Local Female Artist in Tampa A curated art show being held at the Centro Asturiano de Tampa on  October 5, will feature work from some of the areas most talented female artists. Filmmaker Renee Warmack has been documenting the stories of public female figures in Tampa Bay since her
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Fort Lauderdale Based Law Firm Opens Offices in Ybor City
Fort Lauderdale Based Law Firm Opens Offices in Ybor City
Fort Lauderdale Law Firm Opens Offices in Ybor City TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Lubell Rosen Managing Partners Mark Rosen, Esq. and Steven L. Lubell, Esq.are pleased to announce that the firm — based in Fort Lauderdale — has expanded to open an office in Tampa, located at 1710 North 19th St., Suite 214, Tampa, FL 33605, in the historic Ybor City area. Lubell Rosen is dedicated
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‘A Planet for Tomorrow: 100 Poster Exhibition’ in Ybor City this Weekend
‘A Planet for Tomorrow: 100 Poster Exhibition’ in Ybor City this Weekend
'A Planet for Tomorrow: 100 Poster Exhibition' in Ybor City this Weekend TAMPA, Fla. — “Day for Tomorrow” returns to Ybor City for its third year and Florida for its seventh exhibition the weekend of September 16 (International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer) with “A Planet for Tomorrow,” a 100-poster art exhibit
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AXIS Dance Company brings Radical Impact to Tampa
AXIS Dance Company brings Radical Impact to Tampa
AXIS Dance Company brings Radical Impact to Tampa TAMPA, FL – Hillsborough Community College’s Visual and Performing Arts Series present AXIS Dance Company (CA) as they hit the stage with their 30th Anniversary Radical Impact Tour on September 14 & 15, 2018 at the Mainstage Theatre, HCC Ybor City campus. AXIS will perform the headline
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Eighth Annual Fantasma Fest Prepares Ybor City for Weekend of Halloween Activities
Eighth Annual Fantasma Fest Prepares Ybor City for Weekend of Halloween Activities Throughout the '70s and '80s, Ybor City's fall parade drew thousands of visitors to the district. As Ybor City evolved, so did it's yearly Halloween events, now celebrating its eighth year, Fantasma Fest 2019 will host a number of family-friendly events along with
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Vicente Martinez-Ybor and the Butterfly Effect that Created Ybor City
Vicente Martinez-Ybor and the Butterfly Effect that Created Ybor City
Vicente Martinez-Ybor and the Butterfly Effect that Created Ybor City As we get set to celebrate the bicentennial birth of Vicente Martinez-Ybor, Creative Loafing looked back on the life of Martinez-Ybor, and the long but strange true story about how a Spanish immigrant escaped war, unfair trade deals, fires and even assassination to start what
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Columbia Restaurant Teams Up With Community Harvest To Support Nonprofits
Columbia Restaurant Teams Up With Community Harvest To Support Nonprofits
Columbia Restaurant Teams Up With Community Harvest To Support Nonprofits For over twenty years, Columbia Restaurant has teamed up with Community Harvest to help support local nonprofit organizations. Once again, every Columbia restaurant in Florida will donate 5 percent of each lunch and dinner check to select charities throughout the month of September Since it's
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Snobachi Serves Perfect Solution to Hot Summer Days
Snobachi Serves Perfect Solution to Hot Summer Days
Snobachi Serves Perfect Solution to Hot Summer Days Ybor City's Snobachi Handcrafted Ice Cream has been rolling up the perfect solution to hot summer days. Serving Thailand and Philippines inspired rolled ice cream, called Snorolls, the ice cream shop has been giving customers a new way to escape the heat. Check out the full story
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Business Sector Leads Ybor City’s Creative Renaissance
Business Sector Leads Ybor City’s Creative Renaissance
Business Sector Leads Ybor City's Creative Renaissance Ybor City's storied history includes a culture of change.  What began with artist revitalizing dilapidated and neglected buildings has grown to a new creative renaissance spun from new technology, architecture and design firms showing that there is more to Ybor City than it's entertainment hours. Read the full
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Call for Entries for the Ybor City Summer Photo Contest
Call for Entries for the Ybor City Summer Photo Contest
Call for Entries for the Ybor City Summer Photo Contest TAMPA, Fla. (August 2, 2018) The Ybor City Development Corporation (YCDC) announced today the launch of a photo contest in search of the best images of Ybor City. Amateurs and pros alike are encouraged to submit up to five of their favorite images in the
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Virtual Tour Takes a Look at the Future of Tampa
Virtual Tour Takes a Look at the Future of Tampa
Virtual Tour Takes a Look at the Future of Tampa With the announcement of the Sparkaman Wharf development at the site that was formerly known as Channelside Plaza, Fox 13 decided to take a look at all the major developments happening around Tampa Bay and how the area could look like 10 years from now.
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Burn Rubber Showcases New York City Graffiti Culture on Reebok Classic Sneakers Art Show
Burn Rubber Showcases New York City Graffiti Culture on Reebok Classic Sneakers Art Show
Burn Rubber Showcases New York City Graffiti Culture on Reebok Classic Sneakers Art Show Artist from the 80's graffiti culture in New York City showed off their 'soles' for a special art show at Ybor City's Burn Rubber, a boutique sneaker shop on 7th Avenue.  The artist shared their one-of-kind designs on Reebok Classic sneakers
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La Segunda Bakery’s World Famous Cuban Bread
La Segunda Bakery’s World Famous Cuban Bread
La Segunda Bakery's World Famous Cuban Bread Since 1915, La Segunda bakery has been supplying the Tampa Bay area with it's world famous Cuban bread. The fourth-generation family-owned bakery has recently expanded outside of Ybor City for the first time in over 100 years to its second location in South Tampa. Copeland More, the great
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Ybor Saturday Market Vendor Expands to Specialty Food Markets Across Tampa Bay
Ybor Saturday Market Vendor Expands to Specialty Food Markets Across Tampa Bay
Ybor Saturday Market Vendor Expands to Specialty Food Markets Across Tampa Bay What began as Vivian Clark making her specialty Cajun crawfish pies for friend's parties, soon became it's own popular stand at the Ybor City Saturday Market. Now, Vivian's Cajun Pies can be found all over the bay area at about 10 specialty food
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Flynn’s Retro Bar & Gaming Coming to Ybor City
Flynn’s Retro Bar & Gaming Coming to Ybor City
Flynn’s Retro Bar & Gaming Coming to Ybor City A one-of-a-kind retro arcade gaming bar dedicated to ’80s and ’90s nostalgia is set to takeover the location that was home to Ybor City’s Liquid nightclub at 1502 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. Co-owner Ricky Ricardo Zayas says to expect tons of pop-culture memorabilia, as well as
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Ybor Biennial Worker and Resident Study
Ybor Biennial Worker and Resident Study
Ybor Biennial Worker and Resident Study In 2016, the Ybor City Development Corporation (YCDC) launched its first district survey of residents and workers. Many changes and improvements have occurred since and the YCDC needs your feedback to continue to bring about programs and activities to improve your district. If you live or work in Ybor
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TECO Line Streetcar To Offer Free Rides, Faster Service Beginning in August
TECO Line Streetcar To Offer Free Rides, Faster Service Beginning in August
TECO Line Streetcar To Offer Free Rides, Faster Service Beginning in August The City of Tampa announced today that thanks to a special grant from the Florida Department of Transportation, the TECO Line Streetcar System will offer free rides and increased service. Beginning August 2018, the free streetcar will run every 15 minutes along all
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Old-line Members of Ybor City Families to be Honored at This Year’s Legacy Awards
Old-line Members of Ybor City Families to be Honored at This Year’s Legacy Awards
Old-line Members of Ybor City Families to be Honored at This Year's Legacy Awards Now in its 34th year, the Ybor City Museum Society has honored more than 70 members of our community with awards that recognize their contributions to the economy, cultural heritage, and history of Ybor City.  This year’s award presenters and honorees
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Historic Cigar Factory Converted To Apartments With Help From County Grants
Historic Cigar Factory Converted To Apartments With Help From County Grants
Historic Cigar Factory Converted To Apartments With Help From County Grants Ybor City is home to beautiful buildings that were formerly cigar factories. Hillsborough County has helped to revitalize these buildings into apartments, offices and more, while preserving their historic charm.  The three story, 32,000-square-foot wooden cigar factory that was once home to several historic
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Study Shows Proposed Rays Ballpark in Ybor Accessible by Majority of Population in Region
Study Shows Proposed Rays Ballpark in Ybor Accessible by Majority of Population in Region
Study Shows Proposed Rays Ballpark in Ybor Accesible by Majority of Population in Region Image courtesy of Twitter While the proposed location for a new Rays ballpark has not been finalized, and still requires support and approval before becoming a reality, a study has shown that 920,000 citizens currently live within 10 miles of the
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Four-Story Boutique Hotel Set to Begin Construction on East Seventh Avenue
Four-Story Boutique Hotel Set to Begin Construction on East Seventh Avenue
Four-Story Boutique Hotel Set to Begin Construction on East Seventh Avenue A groundbreaking ceremony took place this week for Ybor City's largest construction project which is set to convert a section of historic Seventh Avenue into a four-story, $50 million boutique hotel. The 176-room hotel will be constructed on what is mostly a parking lot
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Ybor City’s New Orleans Inspired Restaurant and Brewery
Ybor City’s New Orleans Inspired Restaurant and Brewery
Ybor City's New Orleans Inspired Restaurant and Brewery Zydeco Brew Werks recently celebrated its grand opening in Ybor City, giving guest a New Orleans Bourbon Street inspired experience in Tampa's very own National Landmark Historic District. The 13,000 square foot, two-story historic building mixes Cajun cuisine with a line of custom beers, all brewed in-house,
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Ybor City’s La Segunda Recognized as World’s Largest Supplier of Cuban Bread
Ybor City’s La Segunda Recognized as World’s Largest Supplier of Cuban Bread
Ybor City's La Segunda Recognized as World's Largest Supplier of Cuban Bread The fourth generation Ybor City bakery, La Sengunda Central Bakery, has been baking fresh Cuban bread in the old-world style for over 100 years.  With over 20,000 loaves a day shipping across the country, La Segunda has earned the title of the world's
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The Last Remaining Cigar Factory Continues Heritage
The Last Remaining Cigar Factory Continues Heritage
The Last Remaining Cigar Factory Continues Heritage The J.C. Newman Cigar Factory has outlived all its competitors, since taking over the E. Regensburg and Sons Cigar Factory at 2701 N 16th St in 1954, the factory has continued its work producing thousands of cigars a day using the same 1930s technology and hand rolled techniques
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Ybor City Museum Society Announces 2018 Legacy Awards Recipients
Ybor City Museum Society Announces 2018 Legacy Awards Recipients
Ybor City Museum Society Announces 2018 Legacy Awards Recipients Tampa, FL– The Ybor City Museum Society (YCMS) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2018 Legacy Awards, who were selected for their significant contributions to the Historic District. Ariel Quintela (Vicente Martinez-Ybor Award), Stephen M. Barbas (Anthony "Tony" Pizzo Award), and Stephanie Agliano (Adela
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Sci-Fi Solo Performance Premiering at Ybor City’s Fringe Festival
Sci-Fi Solo Performance Premiering at Ybor City’s Fringe Festival
Sci-Fi Solo Performance Premiering at Ybor City's Fringe Festival Tampa, FL May 3, 2018: Seattle-based science fiction writer, performer, director, and all-around nerd L. Nicol Cabe brings her third science fiction solo performance, “The Sibyl of Mars,” for its Florida premier at the Tampa Fringe Festival in May. The Sibyl, a seer from Mars, has
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Ybor City Development Corporation Board Nominations
Ybor City Development Corporation Board Nominations
Board Nominations The Nominating Committee of the Ybor Community Advisory Committee (CAC)/Ybor City Development Corporation (YCDC) seek nominations for its 2021-2023 Board of Directors. The CAC/YCDC Board serves as the official advisory committee to the City of Tampa and the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) on issues and policies affecting Ybor City. Nominees must represent one
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Orlando Weekly’s Guide for Road Tripping to Tampa
Orlando Weekly’s Guide for Road Tripping to Tampa
Orlando Weekly's Guide for Road Tripping to Tampa Orlando Weekly recently published a guide for road tripping to Tampa, featuring a number of tips for visitors passing through including a visit to the Historic District. Click here to read the full list.
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Ybor City’s Naviera Coffee Mills Expands Nationwide
Ybor City’s Naviera Coffee Mills Expands Nationwide
Ybor City's Naviera Coffee Mills Expands Nationwide Naviera Coffee Mills began in Ybor City with a small family run operation. Throughout the years they have expanded and grown their operation, with their products now being stocked in grocery stores around the country. While the company recently moved their production facility to West Tampa, Danny Fernandez,
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25th Adela and Cesar Gonzmart Awardee Announced
25th Adela and Cesar Gonzmart Awardee Announced
25th Adela and Cesar Gonzmart Awardee Announced Fourth generation Tampa native Jason Fernandez will be honored with the 25th Adela and Cesar Gonzmart award by the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce at the 54th Annual Gala on September 29, 2018 at the Historic Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City. Mr. Fernandez, the owner of the Historic
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Tampa Bay’s Center for Architecture and Design Ready for Ribbon Cutting
Tampa Bay’s Center for Architecture and Design Ready for Ribbon Cutting
Tampa Bay’s Center for Architecture and Design Ready for Ribbon Cutting Just in time for Tampa Bay Design Week, Tampa Bay's Center for Architecture and Design will be holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of their new location at the historic Sans Souci building at 1315 East 7th Avenute, Ste. 105,  Friday, April
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Historic Mafia Bar Being Converted in Ybor City
Historic Mafia Bar Being Converted in Ybor City
Historic Mafia Bar Being Converted in Ybor City After a fire in 1988 brought down the building that once housed an illegal casino ran by the mafia, the historic site known as the Yellow House will soon be restored to become the newest commercial building in the National Landmark Historic District. What's left of the
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7th Annual Cuban Festival Set to Crown Best Cuban Sandwich in the World
7th Annual Cuban Festival Set to Crown Best Cuban Sandwich in the World

The 7th Annual Cuban Sandwich Festival is set to kick off Saturday, March 31 through April 1 at the HCC Ybor Campus, 1320 E. Palm Ave. The family-friendly event is free to attend, with over 40 entries from all over the world including South Korea, Florida, London, Tennessee, England, and many more competing to see

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New Beginnings for Last Wooden Cigar Factory in Ybor City
New Beginnings for Last Wooden Cigar Factory in Ybor City
New Beginnings for Last Wooden Cigar Factory in Ybor City What was once home to the Oliva Tobacco Co. will soon open as the Angel Oliva Sr. Building. The 32,000-square-foot wooden cigar factory was built in the late-1800s and is currently going through some final touches before leasing begins on what is now home to 38
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Ybor Pride Parade Draws Big Crowds
Ybor Pride Parade Draws Big Crowds
Ybor Pride Parade Draws Big Crowds Ybor City entertained thousands of citizens from the Tampa Bay region for their annual LGBTQ pride festival and parade, which many stated was full of color, thrill, and elation. Many of those who attended remembered a time when Hillsborough County banned gay pride parades, but now armed with rainbow
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Welcome to the District, Bainbridge
Welcome to the District, Bainbridge
Welcome to the District, Bainbridge A packed crowd gathered outside of the entrance of the newly completed Bainbridge Ybor for a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the official opening of the 240 luxury apartment community in Tampa's National Historic Landmark District. The Barrio Latino Commission approved Bainbridge Ybor apartments boast high-class amenities along with being placed
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Italian Club Prepares for 21st Annual Festa Italiana
Italian Club Prepares for 21st Annual Festa Italiana
Italian Club Prepares for 21st Annual Festa Italiana The annual Italian food and culture festival, Festa Italiana is gearing up for the 21st time.  This years' festivities will begin with the official opening party, Wines of Italy, which gives guest a chance to taste over 80 wines from Italy and California along with fine Italian
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Rays Vision for Ybor City Ballpark
Rays Vision for Ybor City Ballpark
Rays Vision for Ybor City Ballpark Since the announcement of the Rays intention to pursue a new stadium in Ybor City, many have speculated on the details surrounding the move.  Rays president and CEO Brian Auld spoke at an event where he laid out the vision for the new Ybor City ballpark. If the team
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Rays Fever Hits Ybor City Real Estate
Rays Fever Hits Ybor City Real Estate
Rays Fever Hits Ybor City Real Estate After the most recent announcement from the Tampa Bay Rays and their selection of Ybor City as the proposed site for a new stadium, many Ybor City realtors have seen a spike in interest for properties in the surrounding area. The proposed stadium still needs to gather enough
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Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program
Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program
Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program In an effort to promote heritage tourism, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners has budgeted $1 million for the Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program. The grant provides one-to-one matching grant funds for projects that help improve non-residential historic buildings, landscapes and sites. Applications are currently being accepted through May 14, 2018. 
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Gasparilla International Film Festival Announces Special Guests
Gasparilla International Film Festival Announces Special Guests
Gasparilla International Film Festival Announces Special Guest Film fans have a lot to look forward to at this year's Gasparilla International Film Festival. Stars of the cult classic 'The Room' Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero announced they will be in attendance for the screening of their new film Best F(r)iends on March 23 at 9
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Newest Distillers in Ybor City Crafting Up Gaspar’s Rum
Newest Distillers in Ybor City Crafting Up Gaspar’s Rum
Newest Distillers in Ybor City Crafting Up Gaspar's Rum Setting up shop along North 21st in Ybor City, Tampa Bay Rum Company has been crafting up small batch fine rum in a building that once housed a motorcycle repair shop.  Guest are now invited to visit and tour the facility as well as try some
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Ybor City’s Abandoned Tunnel System
Ybor City’s Abandoned Tunnel System
Ybor City's Abandoned Tunnel System Did you know that below Ybor City's brick buildings and busy streets lies an extensive network of tunnels that were carved in secret and used during the Prohibition era by smugglers and bootleggers? That is just one of the many discoveries from ABC Action News on their report of the
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Tampa Bay Rays Announce Ybor City as Preferred Site for New Stadium
Tampa Bay Rays Announce Ybor City as Preferred Site for New Stadium
Tampa Bay Rays Announce Ybor City as Preferred Site for New Stadium Rays principal owner Stu Sternberg announced today that the Rays have decided on historic Ybor City as the preferred location for a new stadium to accommodate the Tampa Bay Rays. Tampa Bay Rays 2020, a new organization created by local businessmen Chuck Sykes
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Spend a Day In Ybor City
Spend a Day In Ybor City
Spend a Day In Ybor City My Wanderlusty Life's Ashley Smith recently spent a day exploring Ybor City. From checking out the historic monuments and museums, to enjoying a hand rolled cigar, cafe con leche and a cuban sandwich.   Check out her latest post on 10 Ways to Spend a Day in Ybor City,
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A Look Behind the Scenes at Ybor City’s Oldest Cigar Factory
A Look Behind the Scenes at Ybor City’s Oldest Cigar Factory
A Look Behind the Scenes at Ybor City's Oldest Cigar Factory With Gasparilla season upon us, News Channel 8 got an inside look at J.C. Newman Cigar Company, the oldest family-owned cigar factory in Ybor City. Click here to see the full story from News Channel 8, and view the full tour below.
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Ybor City Welcomes TransferWise
Ybor City Welcomes TransferWise
Ybor City Welcomes TransferWise The J. Seidenberg & Co./Havana-American Cigar Factory, Ybor City's second oldest remaining brick cigar factory is now the new home of TransferWise. The London-based financial tech firm has grown from an obscure startup to a worldwide corporation that makes sending money from country to country cheap and easy. The new 21,000
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The Distinguished Restaurants of North America Induct Columbia Restaurant Group’s Richard Gonzmart to Hall of Fame
The Distinguished Restaurants of North America Induct Columbia Restaurant Group’s Richard Gonzmart to Hall of Fame
The Distinguished Restaurants of North America Induct Columbia Restaurant Group's Richard Gonzmart to Hall of Fame The Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRōNA) announced their 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees which include Ybor City's fourth-generation caretaker of the Columbia Restaurant Group, Richard Gonzmart. The world-famous Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City was opened in 1905 by
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Restored Building to Open as Zydeco Brew Werks
Restored Building to Open as Zydeco Brew Werks
Restored Building to Open as Zydeco Brew Werks Zydeco Brew Werks founders have been working nonstop since December 2015 to renovate the space on 1902 E. Seventh Ave. When completed, the 13,000 square-foot facility will feature a brewery, three bars and a New Orleans Inspired kitchen. Read the full story by Creative Loafing Tampa Bay.
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La Segunda Bakery Expanding Outside of Ybor City
La Segunda Bakery Expanding Outside of Ybor City
La Segunda Bakery Expanding Outside of Ybor City Ybor City's La Segunda bakery, which is celebrating its 103rd anniversary, has announced plans to open its second location.  The busy Ybor bakery hopes its new location on Kennedy Boulevard anchoring a plaza between West Shore Boulevard and Dale Mabry Highway, will bring a slice of Ybor City
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Ybor City Prepares for 71st Annual Fiesta Day
Ybor City Prepares for 71st Annual Fiesta Day
Ybor City Prepares for 71st Annual Fiesta Day On February 25th, the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce will be presenting the 71st annual Fiesta Day.  The family-friendly and free event celebrates the cultural diversity and history of Ybor City.  Fiesta Day is currently accepting event sponsors as well as any interested food, Arts and Crafts,
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Tampa Police Department Expanding Business Watch Program in Ybor City
Tampa Police Department Expanding Business Watch Program in Ybor City
Tampa Police Department Expanding Business Watch Program in Ybor City The Tampa Police Department is currently seeking businesses in Ybor City to join Business Watch. The Business Watch program opens up several lines of communication – via direct electronic communication and face-to-face conversation – that enable police officers and business owners to work together with accurate and
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Looking back on Ybor City’s Kitty Daniels Career
Looking back on Ybor City’s Kitty Daniels Career
Looking back on Ybor City's Kitty Daniels Career Ybor City native, Kitty Daniels has been a performer and entertainer for more than 50 years. Tampa Bay Times Correspondent, Kenya Woodard spent some time with singer and pianist to chronicle her storied career which includes working with artists such as Etta James and B.B. King. Click
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SBA Offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to Small Businesses  In Florida Affected by Hurricane Irma
SBA Offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to Small Businesses In Florida Affected by Hurricane Irma
SBA Offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to Small Businesses In Florida Affected by Hurricane Irma ATLANTA – Small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations located in the declared counties of Florida that have suffered financial losses as the result of Hurricane Irma, should consider applying for an
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Ybor City Remembers the Legendary Ferdie Pacheco
Ybor City Remembers the Legendary Ferdie Pacheco
Ybor City Remembers the Legendary Ferdie Pacheco Ybor City native and Muhammad Ali's ringside doctor, Ferdie Pacheco passed away November 16, but his life will be celebrated this Thursday, December 14 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Centro Asturiano, 1913 N. Nebraska Ave., in Ybor City. Pacheco was a trained medical professional who went
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Authentic Italian Cuisine and Fun at Cheezy’s Bistro and Speakeasy
Authentic Italian Cuisine and Fun at Cheezy’s Bistro and Speakeasy
Authentic Italian Cuisine and Fun at Cheezy's Bistro and Speakeasy 15th Street in Ybor City has seen many improvements this year, from a distillery, to a brewery and venue, to an authentic Italian restaurant above a speakeasy?  Cheezy's Bistro in offers two exciting ways to spend time in Ybor, from nice Italian dinner with family
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Tampa Bay Times Maps Out Remaining Cigar Factories
Tampa Bay Times Maps Out Remaining Cigar Factories
Tampa Bay Times Maps Out Remaining Cigar Factories When Tampa was known as Cigar City, there were about 10,000 cigar rollers working in more than 200 factories producing an estimated half a billion hand-rolled cigars a year. As times have changed and the number of remaining cigar factories continues to dwindle, Tampa Bay Times Senior
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Bainbridge Ybor City Opens Its Doors to Future Residents
Bainbridge Ybor City Opens Its Doors to Future Residents
Bainbridge Ybor City Opens Its Doors to Future Residents Those looking to move into the historic district are in luck as Bainbridge Ybor City is currently accepting applications for potential residents.  The four-story 240-unit luxury apartment complex offers one and two bedroom apartment homes with a host of amenities, while also being walking distance to
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Ybor City Attributed for Tampa’s Ranking in America’s Hippest Cities
Ybor City Attributed for Tampa’s Ranking in America’s Hippest Cities
Ybor City Attributed for Tampa's Ranking in America's Hippest Cities Ybor City's vibrant club scene, wide assortment of restaurants, microbreweries, specialty shops and flourishing culture, were among the many reasons behind MoveHub's listing of Tampa as one of the Hippest Cities in the United States.  Using MoveHub's Hipster Index, Tampa was ranked as 17 among the
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Outback Bowl to Pit the Michigan Wolverines Against the South Carolina Gamecocks
Outback Bowl to Pit the Michigan Wolverines Against the South Carolina Gamecocks
Outback Bowl to Pit the Michigan Wolverines Against the South Carolina Gamecocks This year's Outback Bowl will see the return of the Michigan Wolverines and the South Carolina Gamecocks, as they make their way to Tampa Bay to play "Football in Paradise".  Currently, both teams have a record of 8-4 and have only played four
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Mixed-Use Building to Replace Ybor Resort & Spa
Mixed-Use Building to Replace Ybor Resort & Spa
Mixed-Use Building to Replace Ybor Resort & Spa Darryl Shaw and Ariel Quintela of A-Investments are preparing for the demolition of the Ybor Resort and Spa that burned down in early 2017 to make way for a new mixed-use building. The project was unanimously approved by the Barrio Latino Commission and will feature 16 to
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Burn Rubber Sneaker Boutique Prepares for Grand Opening
Burn Rubber Sneaker Boutique Prepares for Grand Opening
Burn Rubber Sneaker Boutique Prepares for Grand Opening Looking for some fresh, new sneakers? Look no further than Ybor City as we welcome Burn Rubber Sneaker Boutique in the coming weeks! They will be the first official independent sneaker boutique in Tampa. They will be holding their official grand opening celebration on Friday, Dec. 15th at 7pm with
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Ybor ’s first public school, long gone, still has a story to tell about district’s history
Ybor ’s first public school, long gone, still has a story to tell about district’s history
Ybor ’s first public school, long gone, still has a story to tell about district’s history TAMPA — It’s been more than a century since Ybor City’s first public school was demolished on the plot of land now identified as 1311 E. Eighth Ave. For the past 22 years, the popular concert venue New World
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HART Expands Wi-Fi Connections
HART Expands Wi-Fi Connections
HART Expands Wi-Fi Connections Free Wi-Fi Now Available on the TECO Line Streetcar System and Top Transit & Transfer Centers! HART is expanding the availability of free wireless Internet service to include the TECO Line Streetcar System and the agency's top transit and transfer centers. Until recently, complimentary Wi-Fi was only available on all fixed-route
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Local Organic Farm Offers Weekly “Farm -to -Table” Food at Centro Ybor Market
Local Organic Farm Offers Weekly “Farm -to -Table” Food at Centro Ybor Market
Local Organic Farm Offers Weekly “Farm -to -Table” Food at Centro Ybor Market Tampa, Fla. (November 15, 2017) Shopping for and eating natural organic, pesticide and GMO-free food can be hard, expensive and time consuming. That is why starting on November 17, Ybor City residents, workers and visitors will be able to stop by Centro
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Rasoi Indian Cuisine Now Open in Ybor City
Rasoi Indian Cuisine Now Open in Ybor City
Rasoi Indian Cuisine Now Open in Ybor City Rasoi Indian Cuisine is the latest addition to Ybor City's eclectic mix of restaurants. Featuring a variety of dishes, vegetarian specials, and a weekly lunch buffet, Rasoi is the first and only Indian restaurant to be located in the National Historic Landmark District. Visit their website at
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HART CEO Talks History and Future of Transportation in the latest Faces of Ybor
HART CEO Talks History and Future of Transportation in the latest Faces of Ybor
HART CEO Talks History and Future of Transportation in the latest Faces of Ybor Tampa, Fla. (November 8, 2017) Katharine Eagan took over as CEO of Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) in 2015 after serving for years as the Chief Operating Officer for the transit authority. Eagan is the newest face in the Ybor
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Hop Aboard the Winter Village Express
Hop Aboard the Winter Village Express
Hop Aboard the Winter Village Express The TECO Line Streetcar has partnered with Tampa Downtown Partnership to offer a holiday experience aboard a themed Streetcar with the Winter Village Express. Riders can board the Winter Village Express at the Centro Ybor or Whiting Station during select Sundays between 3pm and 8pm to enjoy treats, music
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Ybor City’s Immigrant Entrepreneurs Featured on Florida Documentary Series Making it in America
Ybor City’s Immigrant Entrepreneurs Featured on Florida Documentary Series Making it in America
Ybor City's Immigrant Entrepreneurs Featured on Florida Documentary Series Making it in America Since it's inception in 1885, Ybor City has welcomed immigrants from all over the world looking for a better quality of life for their families. As part of the second episode of the Miami Herald and PBS documentary series, Making it in
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Ybor City Facade Grant Program
Ybor City Facade Grant Program
Ybor City Facade Grant Program The City of Tampa's Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) approved the Ybor City Fiscal Year 2018 budget for the Ybor City Facade Grant Program. More than 35 façade grants have been awarded since 2009 to help stimulate private investment by property owners that are ready to improve the appearance of their
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Tis the Season in Historic Ybor City!
Tis the Season in Historic Ybor City!
Tis the Season in Historic Ybor City! Historic Ybor City is planning to celebrate the holidays all season long with a variety of family-friendly offerings, proudly brought to you by the Ybor Collaborative; Ybor Chamber of Commerce; Ybor Merchants Association and GaYBOR. On Wednesday, November 15, join Mayor Buckhorn as Ashley Global Retail presents the
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Hillsborough County Secures Land in Ybor City for Potential Rays Stadium
Hillsborough County Secures Land in Ybor City for Potential Rays Stadium
Hillsborough County Secures Land in Ybor City for Future Rays Stadium Image courtesy of Twitter The search for the location of the next Tampa Bay Ray's stadium may have finally ended with Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan announcing that 14 acres along Adamo Drive, between Channelside Drive and 15th street have been secured.  A group
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Ybor City State Museum Showcases Progressive History of District
Ybor City State Museum Showcases Progressive History of District
Ybor City State Museum Showcases Progressive History of District The large yellow brick building across from Centennial Park in Ybor City is home to the Ybor City State Museum, where visitors are invited to explore over 100 years of Ybor City's history through displays and the option of a guided or self-guided tour. The museum
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The Historic Holiday Spirit Program Selected for 35th Annual Planning and Design Awards
The Historic Holiday Spirit Program Selected for 35th Annual Planning and Design Awards
The Historic Holiday Spirit Program Selected for 35th Annual Planning and Design Awards TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 20, 2017) The Ybor City Historic Holiday Spirit program was awarded by the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission for contributing to a better quality of life in the community. The annual awards cermony is held every October to coincide
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Tampa Bay Lightning Honor Jason Woody
Tampa Bay Lightning Honor Jason Woody
Tampa Bay Lightning Honor Jason Woody Jason Woody, one of the YCDC's most recent guest on Faces of Ybor, was honored by the Tampa Bay Lightning as the third Lightning Community Hero of the 2017-2018 NHL season.  Lightning owner, Jeff Vinik presented Woody with a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes
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Tampa Police Department Teach Ybor City Business Owners and Employees how to ‘Run, Hide, Fight’
Tampa Police Department Teach Ybor City Business Owners and Employees how to ‘Run, Hide, Fight’
Tampa Police Department Teach Ybor City Business Owners and Employees how to 'Run, Hide, Fight' More than fifty Ybor City area business owners and employees attended “Run, Hide, Fight.” an active shooter training course put on by the Tampa Police Department. Tampa Police Officer Sean Mahabir led the class in the Ybor Room of the
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Faces of Ybor Web Series Goes Inside the Lions Eye Institute
Faces of Ybor Web Series Goes Inside the Lions Eye Institute
Faces of Ybor Web Series Goes Inside the Lions Eye Institute Tampa, Fla. (September 20, 2017) Jason Woody began his career as a nurse in Hillsborough County. His passion for helping others led him to the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research (LEITR) where he became president in 1996. Woody is the newest face
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Baseball, Tampa’s Greatest Export
Baseball, Tampa’s Greatest Export
Baseball, Tampa’s Greatest Export TAMPA, FLA (Sept 19, 2017) A young boy named Alfonso grew up in Ybor City, but he didn’t want to become a cigar factory worker like his father, and at 16 quit his job and left school to play for the local minor league team, the Tampa Smokers. That boy, better
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AIA Tampa Bay Opening new Center for Architecture and Design
AIA Tampa Bay Opening new Center for Architecture and Design
AIA Tampa Bay Opening new Center for Architecture and Design After moving from their previous Downtown Tampa location, AIA Tampa Bay is finally set to cut the ribbon to their new Center for Architecture and Design. Located on the first floor of the Community Design Award-winning San Souchi building at 1315 E. 7th Ave., the
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Project AbleNook Designing Homes for the Displaced
Project AbleNook Designing Homes for the Displaced
Project AbleNook Designing Homes for the Displaced Based inside of an Ybor City district warehouse, USF Grad Sean Verdecia has spent the years following Hurricane Katrina designing modular popup style homes that can be quickly deployed for a variety of uses. With the current devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, many are seeking solutions for those
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Quarterly Trep Talks Give Entrepreneurs a Chance to Meet Mentors
Quarterly Trep Talks Give Entrepreneurs a Chance to Meet Mentors
Quarterly Trep Talks Give Entrepreneurs a Chance to Meet Mentors The Hillsborough County’s Economic Development Department recently held their quarterly Trep Talk panel at the Mark Sharpe Entrepreneur Collaborative Center in Ybor City. The networking event brings together business leaders and encourages hard discussion as well as providing entrepreneurs with tips on finding business mentors.
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Roberto Torres Discusses Immigration with Tampa Bay Times
Roberto Torres Discusses Immigration with Tampa Bay Times
Roberto Torres Discusses Immigration with Tampa Bay Times Local entrepreneur, Roberto Torres, was recently awarded the American Dream Award by U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, during her recent town hall meeting that celebrated the work of immigrants that Castor says reflect the values of America. Torres, of Panamanian descent, is the owner of the expanding Blind
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“Faces of Ybor” Web Series Features Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus President Dr. Shawn H. Robinson
“Faces of Ybor” Web Series Features Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus President Dr. Shawn H. Robinson
“Faces of Ybor” Web Series Features Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus President Dr. Shawn H. Robinson TAMPA, Fla. (August 15, 2017) – With a campus scattered among historic brick buildings, entertainment venues, shops and restaurants, Hillsborough Community College (HCC) Ybor Campus shows that there really is more in Ybor. HCC Ybor Campus President, Dr. Shawn
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Tampa Baseball Museum to Celebrate Local History of the Game with Free ‘Homeruns & Heroes’ Event in Ybor City Sept. 23
Tampa Baseball Museum to Celebrate Local History of the Game with Free ‘Homeruns & Heroes’ Event in Ybor City Sept. 23
Tampa Baseball Museum to Celebrate Local History of the Game with Free 'Homeruns & Heroes' Event in Ybor City Sept. 23 TAMPA, FL – The Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House, along with the Ybor City Museum Society will host Homeruns & History, a free family-friendly event to celebrate the rich history of
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Scientist Studying Ancestry and Evolution of Chickens in Ybor City
Scientist Studying Ancestry and Evolution of Chickens in Ybor City
Scientist Studying Ancestry and Evolution of Chickens in Ybor City Ybor City's chickens, where did they come from, why are they here and how are they still around?  These are some of the questions Eben Gering, evolutionary biologist and professor at Michigan State University is trying to find out.  With the help of Ybor Chicken
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Millennials Prefer Revitalized Historic Areas
Millennials Prefer Revitalized Historic Areas
Millennials Prefer Revitalized Historic Areas Ybor City may be a hit for millennials. A new survey from moderncities.com finds millennials prefer to live, work and play in neighborhoods with historic buildings. Ybor City is the perfect place for that! Click here to see more results from the study: http://www.moderncities.com/article/2017-jul-millennials-prefer-revitalized-historic-areas-not-malls   
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“Faces of Ybor” Web Series Showcases Ybor City Saturday Market
“Faces of Ybor” Web Series Showcases Ybor City Saturday Market
“Faces of Ybor” Web Series Showcases Ybor City Saturday Market Market Manager Lynn Kroesen turns passion into priority TAMPA, Fla. (July 20, 2017)—Lynn Kroesen’s love for markets comes from her Midwest roots. Today, she serves as the manager of the year-round Ybor City Saturday Market. “I came looking for a market,” she said. “The only
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Ybor City Development Corporation is Accepting Special Events Grant Applications
Ybor City Development Corporation is Accepting Special Events Grant Applications
Ybor City Development Corporation is Accepting Special Events Grant Applications  Ybor City Development Corporation (YCDC), Inc. is NOW ACCEPTING applications for its annual Special Events Co-Sponsorship Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22).  This grant program is designed to help fund new or existing special events scheduled in Ybor City’s CRA 1 area between October 1, 2021, and September 30, 2022. Events
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Ybor City Attracts New Business Owners
Ybor City Attracts New Business Owners
Ybor City Attracts New Business Owners Former army lieutenant colonel turned entrepreneur hopes Ybor City’s charm can boost his new business. Bob Burmaster launched Image 360, a graphic design and sign business. He recently renovated an old building on 10th Avenue for his office space. “Ybor City is on the cusp of significant growth,” Burmaster
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PSA with John Cena Filmed in Ybor City Nominated for Emmy
PSA with John Cena Filmed in Ybor City Nominated for Emmy
PSA with John Cena Filmed in Ybor City Nominated for Emmy TAMPA, Fla. (July 18, 2017)—Professional wrestler, actor and now Emmy winner? John Cena may have another title to add to his resume. The Ad Council’s We are America featuring the World Wrestling Entertainment superstar has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy in the category
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The Domino Effect in Ybor City
The Domino Effect in Ybor City
 The Domino Effect in Ybor City A classic game makes a comeback in Ybor City. The Ybor City Development Corporation unveiled a permanent dominoes table in Centennial Park. Tampa design firm, Urban Conga, crafted the original piece specifically for Ybor City. Community advocate Leo Alvarez approached the YCDC with the idea. He hopes it will
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Ybor City Development Corporation 2017-2019 Board Nominations
Ybor City Development Corporation 2017-2019 Board Nominations
Ybor City Development Corporation 2017-2019 Board Nominations The Nominating Committee of the Ybor City Development Corporation (YCDC), Inc. is seeking nominations for its 2017-2019 Board of Directors. The YCDC Board serves as the official Community Advisory Committee to the City of Tampa and the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) on issues and policies affecting Ybor City.
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Carnival Launches Tampa to Havana Cruise
Carnival Launches Tampa to Havana Cruise
Carnival Launches Tampa to Havana Cruise Carnival’s first cruise to Havana set sail on Thursday from Port Tampa Bay. Cuba has strong ties to Tampa and Ybor City from the cigar industry in the late 1800s. To help document the history of Tampa’s Cuban culture, Carnival donated $25,000 to the Ybor City Museum Society. The
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New Video Web Series to Squash Stereotype
New Video Web Series to Squash Stereotype
New Video Web Series to Squash Stereotype Ybor City wants to shake off its party reputation. The Ybor City Development Corporation has created a new web series called the “Faces of Ybor.” One of the videos features Blind Tiger owner Roberto Torres. ABC Action News reporter Isabel Rosales talks to Torres and why he says
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“Faces of Ybor” Web Series Features Tampa Entrepreneur Roberto Torres
“Faces of Ybor” Web Series Features Tampa Entrepreneur Roberto Torres
“Faces of Ybor” Web Series Features Tampa Entrepreneur Roberto Torres Blind Tiger Owner Shares His Success in Ybor City TAMPA, Fla. (June 26, 2017) -- From the corporate world to a coffee café, Roberto Torres lives the American dream. Torres is the owner of The Blind Tiger Café and Black & Denim, a clothing company.
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New Speakeasy Comes to Ybor City
New Speakeasy Comes to Ybor City
 New Speakeasy Comes to Ybor City Cheezy’s Bistro and Speakeasy at 1909 N. 15th Street is new to the historic district and offers internationally and seasonally inspired small plates. The building ties in the complete feel of an old Italian Bistro. The Speakeasy is downstairs with a full cocktail bar. The Tampa Bay Times talked
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The Blind Tiger Café Brews More Than Just Coffee
The Blind Tiger Café Brews More Than Just Coffee
The Blind Tiger Café Brews More Than Just Coffee The Blind Tiger Café has become a staple in Ybor City. Owner Roberto Torres started his clothing company, Black & Denim, before the coffee shop. “We didn’t really have a community hub or footprint in the community so we thought we were going to open a
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Ybor City Museum State Park is What’s Right with Tampa Bay
Ybor City Museum State Park is What’s Right with Tampa Bay
Ybor City Museum State Park is What’s Right with Tampa Bay The Ybor City Museum State Park is a hidden gem right in the heart of Tampa. FOX 13 shares this unique building and the story it tells in their segment called "What's Right With Tampa Bay." *The correct date of the first cigar rolled was
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Fintech Firm Moves to New Office Space
Fintech Firm Moves to New Office Space
 Fintech Firm Moves to New Office Space Another business will soon call Ybor City home. TransferWise, which is based in London, is moving from their Carrollwood office to the historic district. The fintech firm offers computer programs and other technology used to support or enable banking and financial services. “They’re very conscious of the environment
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Man’s Mission to Make Ybor a Cybersecurity Hub
Man’s Mission to Make Ybor a Cybersecurity Hub
 Man’s Mission to Make Ybor a Cybersecurity Hub Adam Sheffield, director of SecureSet Academy From cigars to cyber, one man hopes to make Ybor City into Cyber City. Adam Sheffield, director of SecureSet Academy, wants to make the historic district into a cybersecurity hub. The growing industry is projected to be worth more than $1
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Cool Off at Ybor City’s Snobachi
Cool Off at Ybor City’s Snobachi
Cool Off at Ybor City’s Snobachi A summer staple gets a new twist. Ybor City’s Snobachi offers custom ice cream rolls or stir-fried ice cream. ABC Action News’ “Taste and See” gives us a look at how this culinary creation comes together. http://www.abcactionnews.com/lifestyle/taste-and-see/ybor-citys-snobachi-offers-tasty-twist-with-rolled-ice-cream-dragons-breath
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Masonite Opens Door into High-Tech Business
Masonite Opens Door into High-Tech Business
 Masonite Opens Door into High-Tech Business Who ever thought buying a door could be so tedious? Global door designer, manufacturer and distributor Masonite, is making it easier. Masonite launched a program called Advisar. The unique online platform is designed to help professional residential contractors. It’s all thanks in part to Masonite’s tech savvy team at
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New York Times Reporter Stops in Ybor City
New York Times Reporter Stops in Ybor City
 New York Times Reporter Stops in Ybor City You often hear those ‘Only in Florida’ stories, but New York Times writer, Jason Diamond, describes it as a fascinating place. He traveled up and down the state, including a stop in Ybor City. “I look around and, for the first time on my trip, feel as
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“Faces of Ybor” Video Series Promotes Ybor through Inspiration
“Faces of Ybor” Video Series Promotes Ybor through Inspiration TAMPA, Fla. (May 16, 2017)—The Ybor City Development Corporation (YCDC) is launching the “Faces of Ybor” video series showcasing vignettes of Ybor City stakeholders. Produced by HCP Associates and filmed by the City of Tampa Television (CTTV), these testimonials share unique and inspiring stories of success
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Explore the Ybor City Saturday Market
Explore the Ybor City Saturday Market
 Explore the Ybor City Saturday Market The Ybor City Saturday Market offers something new each weekend. From goodies to eat, unique crafts and gifts, The Laker/Lutz News explores what vendors have to offer. You can catch the Ybor City Market every Saturday in Centennial Park at 1800 E 8th Ave, in Tampa. Click on the
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Largest Exhibit of Ybor Inspired Art and Artists
Largest Exhibit of Ybor Inspired Art and Artists
Largest Exhibit of Ybor Inspired Art and Artists Unprecedented Collection Goes On Display May 8th through the 12th The largest exhibition of Ybor only artwork ever seen will be unveiled next week at Hillsborough Community College's Art Gallery in Ybor City. The Exhibition is in cooperation with the Tampa Museum of art and the artists
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Ybor Resident Protects City’s Beloved Chickens
Ybor Resident Protects City’s Beloved Chickens
Ybor Resident Protects City’s Beloved Chickens Dylan Breese holding a rooster in Ybor City, Photo by Octavio Jones | Tampa Bay Times Ybor City resident Dylan Breese founded the Ybor Chickens Society in February. Since then, his goal is to promote harmony between the businesses and the birds. “People have come and gone, businesses opened
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The Last Surviving Cigar Factory
The Last Surviving Cigar Factory
The Last Surviving and Thriving Cigar Factory The J.C. Newman Cigar Company is the last surviving cigar factory in Ybor City. The company is still thriving, and as Eric Newman, the grandson of the legendary cigar maker says, it’s like taking a step back in time. Click here to learn more.
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Ybor City Entrepreneur Interviewed by Forbes
Ybor City Entrepreneur Interviewed by Forbes
Ybor City Entrepreneur Interviewed by Forbes Entrepreneur Roberto Torres at his Ybor City Coffee Shop the Blind Tiger Entrepreneur Roberto Torres has had tremendous success with his coffee shop, The Blind Tiger, in Ybor City. But it’s his other business, a clothing company called Black & Denim, that helped Torres get his start. Forbes interviewed
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WTSP Channel 10 Uncovers Ybor’s Growing Tech Community
WTSP Channel 10 Uncovers Ybor’s Growing Tech Community
 WTSP Channel 10 Uncovers Ybor's Growing Tech Community Fred Mastropasqua, ClearlyAgile Co-Founder, talks tech and Ybor with WTSP Channel 10 Ybor City, once known for its cigars, clubs and crime has undergone some major changes over the years. This now trendy historic district is made up of an eclectic group of people who live and
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Design Styles Architecture Planning Expansion of LEED Certified Historic Building Headquarters
Design Styles Architecture Planning Expansion of LEED Certified Historic Building Headquarters
Design Styles Architecture Planning Expansion of LEED Certified Historic Building Headquarters Design Styles Architecture (DSA), recently purchased the lot next to their current headquarters and plans on expanding.  The current headquarters is the first building in Tampa to be a part of the registry of historic buildings and to receive a LEED Gold certification for
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Cracking the Code: Ybor City’s Tech Boom
Cracking the Code: Ybor City’s Tech Boom
Cracking the Code: Ybor City’s Tech Boom TAMPA, Fla. (April 24, 2017) The cigar industry put Ybor City on the map in the 1800s as the Cigar Capital of the World, but now it’s getting another claim to fame as a tech district. Ybor City has more than 30 tech-related companies housed in the historic
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Quiet Developer Makes Big Impact in Ybor
Quiet Developer Makes Big Impact in Ybor
Quiet Developer Makes Big Impact in Ybor CEO of BluePearl, Darryl Shaw with his dog Charlie He wasn’t born in Ybor City, but CEO of BluePearl Veterinary Services, Darryl Shaw, is determined to revitalize one of Tampa’s oldest neighborhoods. After a failed remodeling attempt in the district in the 1980s, Shaw didn’t give up his
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Ybor City Market Vendor Opens New Store
Ybor City Market Vendor Opens New Store
Ybor City Market Vendor Opens New Store What started out as selling smoothies to customers at Ybor City’s Saturday Market has now flourished into something bigger. Raw Smoothie Co. has opened their own shop on North Howard Avenue in Tampa. RSC specializes in serving organic, made-to-order smoothies, smoothie bowls and acai bowls. Creative Loafing showcases
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Ybor City featured in Atlanta Magazine
Ybor City featured in Atlanta Magazine
Ybor City Featured In Atlanta Magazine Ybor City, the Cigar Capital of the World, dates back to the 1800s with immigrants from Cuba, Spain, Italy and even Germany. Over the years, the Latin Quarter of Tampa has kept to its roots. Atlanta Magazine uncovers Ybor’s colorful culture in their latest issue. Click the link below
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Tampa Mayor Delivers State of the City Address
Tampa Mayor Delivers State of the City Address
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn Delivers State of the City Address Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn delivered his annual State of the City address earlier this week. In his speech, he remarked on the city’s progress during his time in office. “Together we brought this city back from rock bottom,” he said. “Together we rose up from
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Developer Keeps History Alive in Ybor
Developer Keeps History Alive in Ybor
 Developer Keeps History Alive in Ybor Ariel Quintela has been renovating buildings in Ybor City for years. In each project, he not only restores the building, but the history of it as well. The Tampa Bay Times reports on his latest project and what his goal is for Ybor. Read the full story by following
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Ybor City’s Latest Growing Demographic
Ybor City’s Latest Growing Demographic
Ybor City's Latest Growing Demographic Thousands of residents live in Ybor City for its urban appeal, but now the Historic District is attracting a new demographic for single-family homes. Read the full story by following the link below. http://www.tampabay.com/news/families-are-building-suburban-homes-in-ybor-city/2316134
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Tampa Bay Times Covers Tourists in Ybor City
Tampa Bay Times Covers Tourists in Ybor City
Tampa Bay Times Covers Tourists in Ybor City With the College Football Playoff National Championship game taking place at Raymond James Stadium between Clemson and Alabama, thousands of tourist descended upon Tampa and many took the time to visit Ybor City to learn about the culture, dine on authentic dishes and purchase hand rolled cigars.
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Major Overhaul of 21st and 22nd Street Complete
Major Overhaul of 21st and 22nd Street Complete
Major Overhaul of 21st and 22nd Street Complete With the recent street improvements to 21st and 22nd street in Ybor City, the main exit streets off I-4 and Adamo Drive, merchants now look ahead to growing the renovated area.  After years of damage from being a major truck route through the Port of Tampa, trucks
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Ybor City Development Corporation Unveils Redesigned Website Showcasing there’s “More in Ybor”
Ybor City Development Corporation Unveils Redesigned Website Showcasing there’s “More in Ybor”
Ybor City Development Corporation Unveils Redesigned Website Showcasing there's "More in Ybor" TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ybor City Development Corporation (YCDC) today announced the launch of a new, redesigned version of its website, www.yborcityonline.com, in addition to its new campaign, "More in Ybor." The site was created to promote Tampa's National Historic
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Florida and Iowa to Square-Off in Outback Bowl
Florida and Iowa to Square-Off in Outback Bowl
Florida and Iowa to Square-Off in Outback Bowl Tampa, FL— The Florida Gators and Iowa Hawkeyes will square-off in the Outback Bowl on January 2nd in Tampa, bowl officials announced today.  Both teams are 8-4 with the SEC East Division Champion Gators ranked No. 17 in the CFP Ranking and No. 20 in the AP
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Ybor City Praised by Judges in Redevelopment Awards
Ybor City Praised by Judges in Redevelopment Awards
Ybor City Praised by Judges in Redevelopment Awards OCT 31st Ybor City received several nods at the 34th Annual Planning & Design Awards in housing, commercial and infrastructure redevelopment.  The event which was held at T Pepin’s Hospitality Centre, and presented by Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas brings in expert judges from outside Hillsborough County
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Military Development Company SOFWERX Takes CNN on Tour of Ybor City Headquarters
Military Development Company SOFWERX Takes CNN on Tour of Ybor City Headquarters
Military Development Company SOFWERX Takes CNN on Tour of Ybor City Headquarters TAMPA, Fla - Sep. 19, 2016 SOFWERX is a high-tech military development command based out of an old tattoo parlor in Ybor City.  In this special report, CNN was granted access into the facility where students, professors and military personnel help the US
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Ybor City Development Corporation Completes Baseline Assessment, Preparing for Historic District’s Population Boom
Ybor City Development Corporation Completes Baseline Assessment, Preparing for Historic District’s Population Boom
Ybor City Development Corporation Completes Baseline Assessment, Preparing for Historic District's Population Boom TAMPA, Fla - Aug. 30, 2016 In May, the Ybor City Development Corporation (YCDC), a division of the City of Tampa's Economic & Urban Development Department, launched an assessment of the district, gathering feedback from various stakeholder groups. The assessment included in-depth
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John Cena on Set in Ybor City for National PSA Commercial
John Cena on Set in Ybor City for National PSA Commercial
John Cena on Set in Ybor City for National PSA Commercial TAMPA, FL - June 28th, 2016 Professional wrestler and actor John Cena was on set in Ybor City yesterday filming a national public service announcement (PSA) said to be produced for the National Ad Council promoting diversity and inclusion. Ybor City was like a
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Florida Cane Distillery Moves to Ybor City
Florida Cane Distillery Moves to Ybor City
Florida Cane Distillery Moves to Ybor City TAMPA, FL - June 17th, 2016 Florida Cane Distillery was founded by the entrepreneurial team of Lee Nelson and Pat O'Brien who are capitalizing on the made in Tampa movement by making vodka. Brenda Thrower attended the grand opening celebration of the duo's distillery and filed this report
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Historic Ybor City Business Owners Hold Firefighter Appreciation Event
Historic Ybor City Business Owners Hold Firefighter Appreciation Event TAMPA, FL - May 17th, 2016 Businesses in Historic Ybor City will hold a firefighter appreciation event to recognize the firefighters from Tampa Fire Rescue and the pilots from the Tampa Police Department whose successful efforts contained a fire that destroyed the Amphitheater Club April 6.
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Monthly Lectora Tuesday Series Continues With This Months Topic: Talking Tech
Monthly Lectora Tuesday Series Continues With This Months Topic: Talking Tech TAMPA, FL - May 17th, 2016 Visionaries and leaders from all across Tampa Bay will meet once again on June 14th for a monthly discussion over coffee and pastries held every second Tuesday at Stone Chef Events & Catering in Ybor City. This month\'s
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Florida Cane announces grand opening for new facility
Florida Cane announces grand opening for new facility Cltampa.com - May 9th, 2016 Quietly open since the beginning of April, Florida Cane Distillery has revealed the grand opening of its Ybor City headquarters as 3 to 5 p.m. Friday. The relocation of Florida Cane, whose move from an industrial park in East Hillsborough to Ybor\'s
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Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office opens history center in Ybor City
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office opens history center in Ybor City Baynews9.com – Thursday, May 05, 2016 The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office cut the ribbon on its history center Thursday. A team of retired and current deputies transformed an old home on the corner of Ninth Avenue and 19th Street in Ybor City into the history
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Startup Weekend Returns to Tampa with a Toast to the Local Beverage Scene
Startup Weekend Returns to Tampa with a Toast to the Local Beverage Scene TAMPA, FL - May 3rd, 2016 Startup Weekend Tampa Bay to host their 13th event in the community and this time they are seeking entrepreneurs in the beverage industry. The event aims to merge the top talent of Tampa’s strong beverage community
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Ybor City cigar shop, jazz club back in business after Amphitheatre fire
Ybor City cigar shop, jazz club back in business after Amphitheatre fire April 14, 2016 Before the club next door burned and water flooded their Ybor City cigar shop, the Ogando family was already dealing with a far greater tragedy. Marya Ogando, a co-owner of Nicahabana Cigars on Seventh Avenue, died of cancer at age
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Ybor City celebrates its Italian heritage
Ybor City celebrates its Italian heritage TBO.com – April 10, 2016 Hundreds of Italian-Americans and Tampa Bay area locals took to the streets in Ybor City on Sunday for the 19th annual Festa Italiana. The weekend event, which honored the traditions of Italian culture, allowed attendees to enjoy authentic cuisine from more than 25 restaurants,
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Gasparilla Film Festival honors Rita Moreno
Gasparilla Film Festival honors Rita Moreno Film Journal International – April 1, 2016 The 10th Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) opened March 30 at the Tampa Theater and Ybor City’s Carmike Cinemas in Tampa, Fla. This year’s special tribute will celebrate the many accomplishments of Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony winner Rita Moreno. GIFF will honor Moreno with a Lifetime Achievement
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The Improv in Ybor City serves up comedy, cocktails
The Improv in Ybor City serves up comedy, cocktails Tampabay.com – March 30, 2016 The Improv — Ybor City's branch of the iconic chain — is known for its big-name comedy acts, but it also hosts an open-mic night on Wednesdays that folks interested in the less-polished side of comedy will want to check out.
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New in-fill homes planned in Tampa’s Ybor City
New in-fill homes planned in Tampa’s Ybor City Tampa Bay Business Journal – March 26, 2016 An in-fill development group plans to restore three bungalow-style houses and build three new row-style houses in the Ybor City section of Tampa. A group of investors lead by Michael Mincberg, president of Sight Real Estate in Tampa, is
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Tampa’s pride parade draws colorful crowd
Tampa’s pride parade draws colorful crowd TBO.com – March 26, 2016 Thousands of cheering, rainbow-clad LGBT supporters flocked to the streets of Ybor City on Saturday to celebrate gay pride in Tampa and a monumental year for marriage equality.Tampa Pride returned for its second annual parade on Saturday, about three years after local authorities lifted
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Ybor transforms for 2016 Tampa Pride Parade and Festival
Ybor transforms for 2016 Tampa Pride Parade and Festival WTSP-TV – March 26, 2016 Ybor city was full of excitement Saturday for the 2016 Tampa Pride Parade and Festival.Thousands of people took to the streets to celebrate LGBT rights and equality.The parade was co-sponsored by the city of Tampa and kicked off by Mayor Bob
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Tampa’s Cuban community split on restoring relations
Tampa's Cuban community split on restoring relations WFTS-TV ABC Action News – March 21, 2016 Many of the Tampa Bay area's thousands of Cuban Americans are keeping close tabs on the historic developments in relations between the two countries and now the president's visit to the island nation. But the community remains largely divided on whether
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Tampa’s Last Cigar Factory Ponders More Competition From Cuba
Tampa's Last Cigar Factory Ponders More Competition From Cuba Voice of America – March 20, 2016 Rising hopes that the half-century U.S. trade embargo on Cuba might be coming to an end are raising concerns for U.S. cigar makers who may face stiffer competition from Cuban cigar imports. But the people who run the last
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Ybor festival celebrates the Cuban sandwich
Ybor festival celebrates the Cuban sandwich TBO.com – March 20, 2016 Jesus Perez laughed as he stood in line at the Smoking Cubans tent Sunday during the fifth annual Cuban Sandwich Festival in Ybor City. A Cuba native, Perez said he moved to the U.S. from Havana in 1967. In Cuba’s capital city, he said,
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Tampa, Cuba have a history that was forged on baseball diamond
Tampa, Cuba have a history that was forged on baseball diamond TBO.com – March 19, 2016 The last time a professional baseball team from the Tampa area competed in Cuba, it was the hottest ticket in that nation. It was the early 1950s — before Fidel Castro rose to power — and a minor league
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Ybor City is Tampa’s off-the-radar Latin Quarter
Ybor City is Tampa’s off-the-radar Latin Quarte The Toronto Star – March 14, 2016 Roosters strut around Ybor City, congregating in the public parking lot, loitering in the park, cock-a-doodle-dooing like they own the joint. They do, actually. These privileged chickens are descendants of the backyard birds raised by the neighbourhood’s first residents — the
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Clinton, Sanders make Tampa ‘Ground Zero’ on Thursday
Clinton, Sanders make Tampa ‘Ground Zero’ on Thursday TBO.com – March 9, 2016 Hillsborough County will serve briefly as the epicenter of the Democratic battle for the presidential nomination Thursday with both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders making campaign stops in Tampa just days before the critical Florida primary. Clinton is scheduled to address supporters
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Lasagna fans line up for one last Spaghetti Warehouse meal
Lasagna fans line up for one last Spaghetti Warehouse meal Creative Loafing – March 8, 2016 Last week, Spaghetti Warehouse in Ybor City revealed it would close its doors, effective March 10. Since opening in 1983, the neighborhood restaurant has provided a space for countless special occasions — birthdays, anniversaries or just a lunch out with friends. Many
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Gasparilla Film Festival lineup draws Rita Moreno, Diane Ladd, Mark-Paul Gosselaar
Gasparilla Film Festival lineup draws Rita Moreno, Diane Ladd, Mark-Paul Gosselaar Tampabay.com – March 7, 2016 As if Rita Moreno needed another award, for EGOT's sake, she'll soon pick up another at the Gasparilla International Film Festival. Now in its 10th year, the festival runs March 30 through April 3 at Tampa Theatre and Ybor
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WMNF Tropical Heatwave lineup: Ra Ra Riot, James McMurtry, more; concert moving out of Cuban Club
WMNF Tropical Heatwave lineup: Ra Ra Riot, James McMurtry, more; concert moving out of Cuban Club TampaBay.com – February 6, 2016 WMNF-88.5's long-running Tropical Heatwave festival rolled out the first major wave of artists on its 2016 lineup, and it's headlined by the same act that headlined the inaugural Gasparilla Music Festival back in 2012:
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Rescue crews simulate streetcar crash during Ybor City emergency drill
Rescue crews simulate streetcar crash during Ybor City emergency drill TBO.com – February 26, 2016 Folks visiting Ybor City this morning may have been alarmed by increased law enforcement presence, flashing lights, and quite a bit of hurried rescue activity. No worries, it was just part of an emergency drill. Tampa Fire Rescue, along with
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In Ybor City, U.S. special ops go off base and on offensive to find best of best ideas
In Ybor City, U.S. special ops go off base and on offensive to find best of best ideas Tampabay.com – February 26, 2016 As the U.S. Special Operations Command guy in charge of equipping the nation's special ops forces with the best possible — best imagined — tools to do their dangerous jobs, James "Hondo"
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400 new apartment units planned for Ybor City
400 new apartment units planned for Ybor City ABC Action News – February 25, 2016 There are currently about 1,000 units available for rent in the Ybor City area. Managers at the Ybor City Development Corp. expect about 400 new units to be online within the next two years. One of the projects anticipated to help bring
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Obama’s historic Cuba trip is boon to Tampa Bay
Obama's historic Cuba trip is boon to Tampa Bay WTSP-TV Tampa Bay’s 10 – February 23, 2016 In just a few weeks, history will be made a few hundred miles off the coast of Florida. It's been 88 years since a sitting president last visited Cuba. In March, President Barack Obama is set to end that streak.
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Opinions From Ybor City Vary On Obama’s Cuba Visit
Opinions From Ybor City Vary On Obama's Cuba Visit WUSF-FM – February 19, 2016 To call an American president's visit to Cuba 'historic' doesn't reflect the rarity of the occasion. In January 1928, President Calvin Coolidge arrived in Havana via the USS Texas, a warship. 'Talkies' was still a phrase people used when referring to
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Pirates invade Ybor City for Krewe of Sant’Yago Knight Parade
Pirates invade Ybor City for Krewe of Sant’Yago Knight Parade WFLA-TV – February 14, 2016 This year’s Crewe of Sant’ Yago Knight Parade in Ybor City kicked off on Saturday night.  Every year thousands come to enjoy the festivities, hundreds come dressed as pirates. Parade organizers say there are 124 units in this year’s parade,
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Ashley Global Retail honored for Tampa redevelopment project
Ashley Global Retail honored for Tampa redevelopment project Furniture Today – February 10, 2016 Ashley Global Retail picked up the award for Best Repurpose Project by the NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Assn. for its new offices that will open in Ybor City later this month. The project involved repurposing a portion of an existing
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Fernando Noriega Jr., Tampa administrator who fought for Ybor City’s revival, dies
Fernando Noriega Jr., Tampa administrator who fought for Ybor City's revival, dies Tampabay.com – February 9, 2016 Fernando Noriega Jr. understood how special Ybor City could be, how vibrant a community its mix of Cuban, Italian and Spanish immigrants could create. He was the son of a Cuban mother and a Spanish father who worked
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Rays’ Kiermaier, Odorizzi grand marshals for Sant’ Yago Knight Parade
Rays’ Kiermaier, Odorizzi grand marshals for Sant’ Yago Knight Parade TBO.com – February 8, 2016 Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier and pitcher Jake Odorizzi will serve as grand marshals in the Sant’ Yago Knight Parade in Ybor City on Saturday. The Rays will be joined by Big Brothers Big Sisters in the parade through
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Krewes seek pooches to strut their stuff
Krewes seek pooches to strut their stuff TBO.com – January 6, 2016 Get into the Gasparilla spirit with your pooch in two events over the next two weekends where dogs can strut their stuff in pirate gear and costumes. The events, sponsored by local krewes, are open to the public with proceeds benefiting local animal
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Tampa’s toll-lanes plan intrusive, elist, obselete, protesters say
Tampa’s toll-lanes plan intrusive, elist, obselete, protesters say TBO.com – February 6, 2016 About 150 people decked in bright-yellow rain ponchos marched through portions of Ybor City on Saturday morning decrying the state’s plan to build express interstate toll lanes. Pushing children in strollers and walking dogs on leashes, the protesters chanted as they hiked
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Fun sailing with Gasparilla continues until April
Fun sailing with Gasparilla continues until April The Oracle – February 5, 2016 Tampa’s 101st Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of Pirates came Saturday with its usual lively flair. The annual celebration kicked off with the invasion of Jose Gaspar and his krewe at the Tampa Convention Center, and the parade continued down Bayshore Boulevard with
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Rays meet with Tampa, Hillsborough officials
Rays meet with Tampa, Hillsborough officials WTSP-TV – February 5, 2016 The Tampa Bay Rays' search for a place to play across the Bay is officially on. Team leaders met privately with Hillsborough County and Tampa leaders on Friday for the first time since St. Petersburg agreed to allow the team look for a new
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Secretive SOCOM Opens Up to Private Sector
Secretive SOCOM Opens Up to Private Sector National Defense Magazine – January 25, 2016 U.S. special operations forces are exceptionally tight-lipped about their duty assignments. But they are becoming increasingly forthright about their interest in innovative technology. Taking a page from the Silicon Valley business playbook, the U.S. Special Operations Command has opened up its
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Survivors: Designer Michael Vollbracht rescues vintage fashions to help fight cancer
Survivors: Designer Michael Vollbracht rescues vintage fashions to help fight cancer Creative Loafing – January 7, 2016 “I have a good eye for trash,” says Michael Vollbracht. Boy, does he. Except that what the designer spotted on New York City sidewalks and thrift shops is more treasure than trash — a trove of extraordinary fashion
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BHS marching band brings home grand champion trophy
BHS marching band brings home grand champion trophy The Pentagraph (Bloomington, IL) – January 6, 2016 During the final moments of 2015, members of Bloomington High School’s marching band paraded through Ybor City in Tampa, Fla., to cheers and applause. “It was one of the largest crowds we’ve ever seen at a parade,” said Max
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Florida Cane Distillery moving to Ybor City
Florida Cane Distillery moving to Ybor City WTSP-TV – January 5, 2016 A local craft vodka distillery is preparing to make a big change this spring. The Florida Cane Distillery is moving from a warehouse in Brandon to the old El Encanto building at the corner of 15th Street and 8th Avenue in Ybor City.
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