The City Six: Tampa’s Best Stories, Photos and Videos (10/23/12)

Vinik drops bid to purchase Channelside Bay Plaza – TBO.com

Just when we thought things at Channelside were starting to look up, Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik has dropped his bid to buy the failing entertainment complex because of legal issues, “beyond our control.”

Ground Breaking at the Epicurean Hotel

Image via facebook.com/EpicureanHotel

This week marked the groundbreaking of the Epicurean Hotel – a $33 million upscale hotel that will sit next to Bern’s Steak House. With a projected opening date of November, 2013, it will still be awhile before this mega hotel makes SoHo a true dining destination.

Tampa to add 8,400 street lights in the next five years - Tampabay.com

It’s about to get a little bit brighter in the Bay area. In addition to adding 8,000 street lights, Tampa Bay officials are going to perform a major lighting inventory where they will replace dead lamps and cut trees blocking lights all in the name of citizen safety.

Avett Brothers Bring the Clearwater Jazz Festival to an End

Via Dive In Friends

Showing some love to our sister city, here is an awesome shot of the last night of the Clearwater Jazz Holiday just before The Avett Brothers took the stage. Coachman Park provided an amazing bridge backdrop for this four day food and music festival.

UT Student Contributes to Seventeen Magazine as One of the Freshman 15 – UT.edu

Read about what life is really like inside the campus of the University of Tampa. UT freshman Lesley Rowland is documenting her first collegiate year for a column on Seventeen Magazine’s Seventeen.com. (Read about her first trip to Busch Gardens and how she really feels about her single dorm room.)

A Duck and a Dart

Image via Facebook.com/tbocom

Well, it wasn’t really a dart. A duck with an arrow speared through his face just below his bill was seen wandering around several times over the last few weeks. Finally on October 18, officials were able to capture the goose on the loose and perform surgery to remove the arrow. The duck will make a full recovery.

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Mystery Giant Eyeball Shows Up at the Beach

Via tbo.com

Creepy giant, softball-sized eyeball that washed ashore a beach in South Florida belonged to a massive swordfish (not a Syfy channel massive squid).

Weirdest Play Ever Features A Punt Block, Interception, And Touchdown – Buzzfeed.com

Bucs win, even if the kicker threw an interception. It’s weird. Watch it.

Downtown Fresh Market Returns to Tampa

Via Facebook.com

Over 30 booths kicked of the return of Downtown Tampa’s Fresh Market. The market will take place every Sunday through May.

Trappers on scene after mystery monkey bites St. Pete woman - Tbo.com

The mystery monkey is Tampa newest outlaw. After biting a woman, authorities are after Tampa’s favorite monkey bandit.

Tampa hoping to have bike share program by next year - Baynews9.com

In 1997, Tampa tired to implement a bike sharing program, and it didn’t work. Will it work this time?

Can’t Get Enough of Urban Kai

Via Facebook.com/urbankai

We can’t get enough of the awesome shots posted by Tampa stand up paddle board company, Urban Kia.

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Cigar City Brewery to expand into the restaurant business with new brewpub – Tampa Bay Times

Any news with the words Cigar City Brewery and expand in the headline is great news in our book – especially when it includes construction to triple the tasting room and add up to 24 new taps.

Final Cruise Ships Slipping Under the Skyway?

Via  TampaBay.com

Seeing cruise ships slide under the Sunshine Skyway could become a thing of the past. New megaships that don’t fit under the megabridge might be coming to the cruise industry pushing the cruise industry out of Tampa into Pinellas country.

Pillow Fight Day 2012

You can celebrate the first ever half way to International Pillow Fight Day (apparently this does exist) in St. Pete on October 13. Bring you swinging pillow to South Straub Park to join in the fight.

Toxic toads put pet owners on alert in Temple Terrace – TBO

Look out. Toxic toads are on the loose. Sounds like the beginning of a bad horror movie, but that is actually the case in Temple Terrace where pet owners are advised to be on the look out for toads that could poison their pets.

Major Pile Up

Via Tbo.com

TBO staff photographer Pat Brammell took some crazy shots of the massive pile up that took place on Interstate 75 near Sarasota on October 5.

Bailey’s owner closing restaurant to focus on catering – TBO

Someday a restaurant will be able to handle the beautiful corner courtyard lot on Davis Island. Until then, I guess we will have to settle for a catering storefront settled into the spot.

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Rendering of Possible Ray’s Stadium in Channelside

Via Facebook.com/tampabaycom

Developer Joel Cantor thinks that a 33,000 seat stadium could fit in Channelside. This rendering shows what it would look like if a park of similar size, AT&T Park, the San Francisco’s Giant Baseball Stadium was placed in Tampa.

Could former Crabby Bill’s be site of Hulk Hogan reality show? – Tampa Bay Times

Crabby Bills at Rocky Point is definitely about to undergo some changes, but what kind of changes are up in the air. Word on the street is that the resturant could be a part of a plan to bring in Hulk Hogan and a reality film crew.

Don’t Ride the Manatees

Via Tampabay.com

If you bump into a manatee in the water and you feel like latching on to go for a ride, think again. This woman was caught catching a ride on a manatee and the police aren’t too happy about it. “Go ride a Jet Ski. Don’t use animals,” the sheriff said.

Cru Cellars Expands, Adds Wine Garden, South Tampa – 83 Degrees Media

Cru Cellars wine bar located on 2506 S. MacDill is expanding and adding a 35 seat wine garden. After the grand opening on October 11, guests will be able to reserve the wine garden space for private parties and events.

No More Subs on Swann

The corner of Swann and Howard saw its first big change about a year ago when the Blockbuster went bye bye. Now, another major change in the landscape, the building that also housed a Subway and dry cleaners has been demolished to make way for a new Chase Bank.

October’s must-see concerts in Tampa Bay area – TBO Extra

From Boyz II Men to Marilyn Manson, October is bringing a wide variety of music events to the Bay Area. Our pick of the month – The Avett Brothers at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday which happens in Coachman Park Thursday October 18-21. Avett Brother play on the 21st.

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Air Force One Arrives In Tampa – TBO.com

Via Facebook.com/tbocom

Tampa Bay Online caught a glimpse of Air Force One at the Tampa airport when Obama dropped in for a fundraiser in Palma Ceia on Thursday, September 20th. Other event attendees included Eddie Vender, Gov. Charlie Crist, Tampa Bay Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber, and Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

Tampa looks to add museum and restaurant to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park – Tampa Bay Times

Word on the street is that Tampa’s Downtown is about to get even better as news spread about a possible new restaurant to be added to the waterfront at Curtis Hixon Park.

Tampa’s Beautiful Downtown – Dive In Tampa Bay

Via Facebook.com/diveintampabay

Yeah, this is a photo from Dive In, but we liked it so much we wanted to make sure that you say it again. We love Downtown Tampa.

Tampa NFL fans may soon get NFL Network on Bright House - Tampa Bay Business Journal

Brighthouse customer football fans rejoice. The NFL Network may be moving into your channel line up.

It’s A Bucs Life – Tampa Bay Buccaneers Anthem

This has been out for a couple of weeks, but its too great not to share this week.

Urban Kai Photo Shows Stand Up Paddle Boarding Is Taking Over the Bay

Via Facebook.com/urbankai

Stand Up Paddle (SUP) boarding is a low impact, athletic activity that brings people into nature in a unique way – standing on water. Urban Kai in Tampa is helping bring the SUP to the mainstream with a long list of weekly events, activities, and classes.

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