What a difference four years make.
On March 1, 2011, Bob Buckhorn and his supporters crammed into JJ’s Cafe and Bar in Ybor City, fingers crossed, hoping he would make it into the run-off election three weeks later. He did, barely, getting 384 more votes than Dick Greco.
Flash forward three weeks later, and Buckhorn held his victory night party in the much more spacious Channelside Bay Plaza, where he celebrated his trouncing of Rose Ferlita with hundreds of supporters. That was the same site that Pam Iorio held her victory party in 2003.
For next week’s re-election party, the mayor and friends will be getting down at Ulele, the hugely successful Gonzmart family-owned Tampa Heights eatery that opened last summer.
Ulele has also been the site of a couple of major fundraisers for City Council candidates Yolie Capin and Jackie Toledo last year.