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Pirate invasion to mark Hillsborough Day at Florida State Capitol

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Members of the Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation will celebrate Hillsborough Day at the State Capitol in Tallahassee March 22. The daylong event will bring many of the county’s most beloved attractions and traditions to the capitol for Florida lawmakers to enjoy, while showcasing all that the community has to offer. Visitors to the State Capitol will include local city and county officials, prominent area business people and representatives from the Hillsborough County Public Schools. Several nonprofit organizations, Visit Tampa Bay,…

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Man’s competency questioned in Busch Gardens flamingo death

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A man accused of killing a flamingo at Busch Gardens is heading to court in Tampa to determine whether he is competent to stand trial. The hearing Wednesday morning is scheduled to determine whether 45-year-old Joseph Corraro of Orlando understands the charges against him and is able to participate in the proceedings. The Tampa Bay Times reports Corraro’s lawyers are asking to have doctors examine him. He is facing a charge of aggravated cruelty to animals stemming from the death of…

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Busch Gardens Tampa named 2016 Theme Park of the Year

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Busch Gardens Tampa was named the 2016 Theme Park of the Year at the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2016 in Orlando. The park was recognized with the Liseberg Applause Award as “a beacon of the industry” for its strong animal exhibits and attention to guest value. The award was presented during a gathering of more than 30,000 attractions industry manufacturers and buyers at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions trade show, which is going on through Friday at the…

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay welcomes 2 baby sloths

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is welcoming two baby sloths. Park officials announced this week that a Hoffman’s two-toed sloth was born March 24, and a Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth was born April 2. The Hoffman’s sloth was born to mother, Grizzly, and father, Teddy, and weighed 6.6 ounces at birth. The Linnaeus’s sloth was born to first-time mother, Daisy, and father, Mario, and weighed 19.4 ounces at birth. Sloth births are part of the Busch Gardens’ partnership with the Association of…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.17.16 – SeaWorld takes seminal step for animal rights

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In a major announcement, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Inc. said Thursday it will stop breeding captive killer whales. On the company’s blog, the company said it’s phasing out over the next three years theatrical performances featuring orcas. “We will introduce new, inspiring, natural orca encounters rather than theatrical shows, as part of our ongoing commitment to education, marine science research and the rescue of marine animals.” For years, animal rights activists had protested in vain that holding such animals in captivity was the…

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Live snake exhibit to highlight new Busch Gardens ride

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Busch Gardens has announced its latest thrill ride, called Cobra’s Curse – a spinning coaster that will feature an air-conditioned queue line with an exhibit of several of the world’s snake species. The Tampa Tribune reports that theme park held a tour of the construction site Wednesday. According to the plans for Cobra’s Curse, guests will be just inches away from the 400-cubic-foot multi-level snake exhibit that will include Jameson’s mambas, Angolan pythons and rhinoceros and gaboon vipers. Busch Gardens officials…

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Tampa officials apply for “TechHire” federal grant to aid University area

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As the economy in Tampa Bay continues to slowly grow, one area that persistently remained low on the socioeconomic level has been the area around the University of South Florida in North Tampa. There’s now a concentrated effort by local business officials to reverse that situation, culminating in the creation of the Tampa Innovation Alliance, a partnership between USF, Florida Hospital, Busch Gardens, University Mall, the Moffitt Cancer Center and 115 local businesses. On Wednesday, a group of local officials led…

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