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Cigar City Magazine is the vision of Lisa M. Figueredo who feels passionately about her blended culture, history, and family. We have all been told stories by our parents, grandparents, abuelos, abuelas, nanas, nanos, tios, tias, zios and zias. The stories captivated us and we always asked questions. "What country did our family come from? How did they arrive? How did they live?"
We were always amazed as the stories of our families unfolded, and we felt proud of our heritage. We felt a little sad as well, since we would never have a chance to meet some of these wonderful relatives. We all have a responsibility to keep these stories alive by passing them on to our own children. By sharing the past, our children will come to know their roots and recognize the foundation of love and family they can carry with them into the future. They will become the voices of our ancestors.
Founder & Publisher Since 2005
Tampa Mafia Magazine
When you start talking about organized crime, things can get dicey. The people of Tampa, especially the ones still around to remember those days still feel a “duty” of sorts to keep quite of these things, as if these people are still amongst us and can hear our chatter.
We have to admit we are fascinated by the whole idea of the mafia and the people we knew and the whispers we grew up hearing.
We can’t help ourself when it comes to watching mob films like The Godfather, Goodfellas, Casino and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and of course The Sopranos in which we found ourselves in a TV love affair with Tony Soprano!
At this point in our collective history, we’re not sure anyone would be surprised to learn that there is, in fact, something called “The Mafia.” What you might be surprised to learn, however, is how prevalent-even rampant–organized crime in Tampa was in the early and mid-20th century. From bolita–an illegal version of the now-legal Florida lottery–to narcotics, Tampa’s experience with organized crime is as notable as Chicago’s or New York’s.
Still, there’s a fine line between exploring a topic and glorifying it. Indeed, some people would rather not dwell on the less-than-noble aspects of our local history. In the 1950s, Tampa’s reputation for corruption and vice was so bad it prompted one national magazine to label the area the “Hell Hole of the Gulf Coast.” Given such negativity, who can blame people for just wanting to forget?
Despite all of this or, perhaps, because of it, a few writers and filmmakers have chosen to focus on organized crime, determined to give Tampa it’s due. We are one of them!
Founder & Publisher Since 2014
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