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Tampa Mafia Takeover Of The ‘Burg’

Posted in History on Friday, September 26, 2014. Written by Scott M. Deitche

Tampa Mafia  Takeover Of The ‘Burg’

When bolita kingpin Charlie Williams was killed in Ybor City in February of 1953, it was the end of a local control of the bolita rackets in the ‘burg. While Williams was able to grow his business with little influence from Tampa at first, he started working more and more with wiseguys from across the Bay. 

Prohibition Comes to the Tampa Bay History Center!

Posted in Today on Wednesday, August 27, 2014.

Prohibition Comes to the Tampa Bay History Center!

In a tumultuous era spanning 13 years, Americans could no longer manufacture, sell, or transport intoxicating beverages. Prohibition was now a part of the Constitution, holding the same status as freedom of speech and the abolition of slavery. Ratified in 1919, the 18th Amendment stirred up a passionate and sometimes volatile debate between “wets” and “drys” that will forever cement Prohibition’s place in history.

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The Mafia Tour

Posted in Today on Saturday, August 23, 2014. Written by Lisa M. Figueredo

The Mafia Tour

The tour will take you to old gambling palaces, street corners and alleys where some mobsters met their demise, and restaurants where wise guys like famed boss Santo Trafficante Jr. held court. Join us for this one-of-a-kind walk through Tampa’s most storied neighborhood. We guarantee you’ll never look at Ybor City the same way again.

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The Biggest Hit!

Posted in History on Sunday, August 17, 2014. Written by Scott M. Deitche

The Biggest Hit!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It’s also been about 50 years since the first echoes of conspiracy began circling around the killing. With the release of the Warren Commission report in September of 1964, charges of cover-ups and withholding information about the case began in earnest. To this day, the JFK Assassination is one of the most debated events of the 20th century, spawning hundreds of books, thousands of articles, and a number of movies and television shows.

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Joey Redner & Cigar City Beer

Posted in People on Saturday, August 16, 2014. Written by Paul Guzzo

Joey Redner & Cigar City Beer

Joey Redner, the founder of the popular Cigar City Brewing and the son of one of Tampa’s most infamous individuals, does not flinch when asked if he ever detested living in the shadow of the “Strip Club King.”

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Saint Petersburg Becomes Craft Beer Destination

Posted in Today on Saturday, August 16, 2014. Written by Mark DeNote

Saint Petersburg Becomes Craft Beer Destination

In the thirsty times, seeking out handcrafted, local beer in Saint Petersburg led folks to Gulfport’s shoreline and Peg’s Cantina. The cantina stood alone, and the small, venerable brewpub was arguably located on the outskirts of Saint Petersburg proper in another city.

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