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Florida Aquarium earns Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay for best environmental group

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Pinellas County is home to some of the most avid environmental groups in the Tampa Bay area. The Sierra Club has its regional office in St. Pete. Tampa Bay Watch is posted just outside of Fort DeSoto and activists pushing for conservation-related causes are aplenty. But it was a Tampa group that nabbed Creative Loafing’s nod for best environmental group in the 2015 Best of the Bay series. The Florida Aquarium, located in downtown Tampa’s Channelside district, earned that honor,…

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St. Pete rocks it in Creative Loafing’s 2015 Best of the Bay

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St. Pete fared pretty well in Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay. In perhaps her biggest honor, the Sunshine City was tapped by “reader’s choice” for the best city, beating out Tampa. “Just learned we won Best City (of course!). Best city, best people. Thank you, St. Pete,” Mayor Rick Kriseman wrote on his Facebook page. But it was St. Pete’s eclectic food and booze scene that really stood out. Though Tampa is well on its way with incredible spots…

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Less than one week remains to vote for St. Pete “Good ‘Burgers”

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Voting for the 2015 Good “Burger awards recognizing the best in St. Pete ends August 21. The end of voting for awards hosted by the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce also marks the final day for purchasing discounted tickets for the award celebration on September 3 at Jannus Live from 6-9 p.m. Winners will be announced at the event and is expected to include some “surprises.” The Chamber also announced in an email blast there will be an after party…

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CL Best of the Bay voting open; includes local politics

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Voting is underway for about a bazillion categories in the 2015 Best of the Bay Creative Loafing online poll. Included among those are best and worst local politicians. The lists of nominees in both categories are extensive and even include some substantial overlap. However, with rampant partisanship, it’s no surprise that someone who gets nominated as “best” might also find themselves in the “worst” category. What’s more telling are the politicians in either one category or the other. Hillsborough County…

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Beer dinner at Z Grille tonight!

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As any reader of this blog knows, my favorite chef in Tampa Bay is also your favorite chef. By that I mean my favorite Chef is Domenica Macchia, winner of Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay award. If I had to name a second favorite chef, the answer undoubtedly would be Zach Gross at Z Grille. A Beard Award nominee, Zach is about as good as it gets in Tampa Bay. Yet, what’s cool about Zach is how non-plussed he…

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For your consideration: Saint Petersblog 2.0 for Best of the Bay’s Best Local Blog

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VOTE HERE FOR SAINT PETERSBLOG FOR BEST LOCAL BLOG. As a candidate for Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay’s Best Local Troublemaker award, I forgot to think about how Tampa-dominated these awards can be. How else can you explain Joe Redner leading in this category. Five, ten years ago, sure. But what did Redner do this year to deserve this recognition? Almost everyone else on the Readers’ Poll for Best Local Troublemaker makes their trouble in Tampa. What basically has…

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Peter Schorsch announces candidacy for Creative Loafing’s Best Local Troublemaker

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It is with tremendous enthusiasm and the support of my family and friends that today I announce my candidacy for Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay award “Best Local Troublemaker.” In so many ways, this is a no-brainer: since I returned from New York last year, no one has created more havoc in the local political scene. I told Mayor Rick Baker to shave his mustache. I’ve torpedoed more people than Sean Connery. I even called the St. Petersburg Times…

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