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  • Workers rolling and packaging cigars in a factory in Ybor City, 1938
  • 7th Avenue near the intersection of 18th Street in Ybor City, 1927
  • Crowd watching a baseball game in West Tampa at McFarlane Park, 1922
  • Ybor City on fire, 1919
  • Guests at the ballroom of the Centro Asturiano de Tampa, cira 1940

Tampa History, News and Events

New Eatery will Harken Back to True Old Florida

Posted in Food on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

New Eatery will Harken Back to True Old Florida

Restaurateur Michelle Baker's cellphone is blowing up with Facebook messages. A great-grandmother of a pioneering Florida Cracker cattle family has a hand-me-down recipe for squirrel stew to share, as well as stories about foodways that disappear with every generation.

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Tampa Author Sings Praises of Jazz Great

Posted in Today, People on Saturday, July 26, 2014. Written by Paul Guzzo

Tampa Author Sings Praises of Jazz Great

Michael Connelly is no stranger to crime.

After all, he is the bestselling author of 27 crime fiction books that have sold 58 million copies worldwide, most featuring detective Harry Bosch or defense attorney Mickey Haller.

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WestSide Barbershop's 2nd Annual Back To School Drive!

Posted in Today on Monday, July 21, 2014.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 17, 2014

WestSide Barbershop's 2nd Annual Back To School Drive!

Tampa, Florida – July 21, 2014 - THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR IS ABOUT TO START!

The excitement of a new grade, a new teacher, and new friends makes “the going back to school experience” one of the most memorable and unforgettable moments in a child’s life. However, going back to school without the basic essentials is just as memorable for a child. The unfortunate reality is that many of our Tampa Bay area school children do not have the proper supplies and clothing to walk into their first day of class. This is like running a race without shoes.

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Spoiled by mobsters, Meyer Lansky's daughter recalls family men, not killers

Posted in People on Monday, July 14, 2014.

Spoiled by mobsters, Meyer Lansky's daughter recalls family men, not killers

The daughter sits on the front porch of a little bungalow in Seminole Heights, her new home since her husband died a few months ago down south. She misses him, but she's making do.

At 76, she has her health, and friends. And her son, Gary. And she has the memories.

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Actor Assante energizes indie film industry in Tampa

Posted in People on Monday, July 14, 2014.

Actor Assante energizes indie film industry in Tampa

Many know Assante as the Emmy Award-winning, four-time Golden Globe-nominated actor from Hollywood hits such as “The Mambo Kings,” “American Gangster” and “1492: Conquest of Paradise.”

Assante is also much sought-after in the world of independent film.

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Cigar City beer sets sail with Carnival

Posted in Today on Monday, July 14, 2014.

Cigar City beer sets sail with Carnival

TAMPA — Jezebelle Delgado looked relaxed and comfortable at her table in the Red Frog Pub aboard the Carnival Legend cruise ship Sunday afternoon.

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Jai-Alai in Tampa

  • Jai-Alai in Tampa

    Jai-Alai in Tampa

    Michael Murillo

    The ball flies past players’ heads at more than 150 M.P.H. before striking the front wall with a hard click–and speeding back toward them. In an instant it’s trapped in a basket attached to a man’s hand like a wicker hook. He whips his body forward, flicking the basket and propelling the ball back toward the wall–again at blurring speeds–while another player positions himself for a chance at it when it comes back. The noisy exchanges continue until points are scored, teams savor victory and crowds cheer in the stands. This is Jai-Alai!

Cuscaden Park: Ybor City's Field of Dreams!

  • Cuscaden Park: Ybor City’s Field of Dreams

    Cuscaden Park: Ybor City’s Field of Dreams

    Mark Panuthos

    If Ybor City’s backbone was its cigar factories, Cuscaden Park was its heart. The park still exists today, though a faint shadow of its former self. Its 500 seat capacity grandstand was demolished and its baseball fields gave way to soccer fields. To drive past the park today, some would never know that this field was once Ybor City’s Field of Dreams.  

Key West & the Building of the Over-Sea Railroad

  • Key West & the Building of the Over-Sea Railroad

    Key West & the Building of the Over-Sea Railroad

    Maureen J. Patrick

    Skepticism was enormous despite Henry Flagler's reputation as the man whose railway, steamship, and hotel ventures had brought much of Florida from backwoods to modernity in a few busy decades.

Professional Wrestling in Florida

  • Professional Wrestling in Florida: The Heavyweight Decades

    Professional Wrestling in Florida: The Heavyweight Decades

    Michael Murillo

    From the founding of the Florida territory in the late 1940s to the later decades, when the familiar voice of longtime announcer Gordon Solie would convey the ringside drama to television audiences every Saturday, professional wrestling enjoyed an enthusiastic- if inelegant- popularity in Florida. Thousands would crowd venues such as the Miami Convention Center, the Lakeland Civic Center, the Jacksonville Coliseum and dozens of others.

Historic Theater "Springs" To Life

  • Historic Theater ‘Springs’ to Life

    Historic Theater ‘Springs’ to Life

    Shawn Kyle

    Many famous artists have graced the stage at the Springs Theater. Jennifer Lopez rented the space for private rehearsals when she performed at Super Bowl  XXXV in Tampa. Robert Smith of rock band The Cure recorded vocal tracks there. Swing revivalists Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin, and the Florida Orchestra have all recorded compositions at the theater.

When Florida Left The Union

  • When Florida Left The Union

    When Florida Left The Union

    January 10, 2011 marked the 150th anniversary of Florida’s secession from the United States. Florida followed South Carolina and Mississippi and was the third state to leave the Union. The Civil War began three months later when Southern forces fired on Union-held Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. The opening shots of the war were almost directed at Fort Pickens in Pensacola Harbor, but President Abraham Lincoln decided to resupply the South Carolina fort instead.

Mariel Boatlift & The Columbia Restaurant

  • Mariel Boatlift & The Columbia Restaurant

    Mariel Boatlift & The Columbia Restaurant

    Andrew Huse

    In April 1980, the flood of Cuban refugees continued for several weeks from the port of Mariel. Cubans fled in a desperate flotilla, and Fidel Castro let them go. Family members in the United States suddenly saw hope for relatives still living under the Communist yoke.