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Candidate’s musician brother entertains early voters at Tampa polling site

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In an interesting twist this election cycle, Jack Henriquez set up his portable keyboard Tuesday and began playing for early voters at the Jan Platt Library polling site on Manhattan Avenue in Tampa. Henriquez, a talented local musician, is the older brother of Hillsborough County Property Appraiser Bob Henriquez. “I have always supported my brother — especially in music,” said Jack Hernandez. “Whenever he has had any party or event for his campaign, and I will always be there for…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.8.15 — USF Athletics audibilizes on Ybor ban

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The biggest news on Labor Day in Tampa was the report that, in the wake of the tragic stabbing death of former USF student and football player  Elkino Watson early Sunday morning outside an Ybor City nightclub, head coach Willie Taggart was banning his players from visiting the historic entertainment district. The biggest story this morning is how Taggart’s boss, Athletic Director Mark Harlan, has overruled him. In a statement, Harlan says that contrary to Taggart’s proclamation, USF players can party there or…

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St. Pete collecting bids for Pier Park restaurant

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The city of St. Petersburg is searching for a restaurant to occupy space in the proposed Pier Park design. This month the city sent out a 56-page request for proposal for a restaurant and bar to sit at the end of the pier above the deck. The RFP asks for a “nationally or regionally recognized chain restaurant or uniquely branded destination restaurant.” The space is meant for casual dining at fairly affordable prices. The space would be about 7,600 square…

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Tampa’s Bob Buckhorn & Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel bet on Stanley Cup

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It’s an age-old tradition, and Bob Buckhorn and Rahm Emanuel are following suit. The respective mayors of Tampa and Chicago are making a bet on the results of the Stanley Cup, the National Hockey League championship that faces off tomorrow evening between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning from Amalie Arena in Tampa. Buckhorn is putting a case of Cigar City Invasion Pale Ale as well as 122 (mini) Cuban sandwiches and the Original “1905” Salad from the Columbia Restaurant against Chicago’s…

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Eat St. Pete’s Elizabeth Dougherty reviews Columbia Restaurant

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By Elizabeth Dougherty: It’s been a little while since I’ve eaten at the famed Columbia Restaurant. However, over the weekend we headed out to the Pier for a little respite and ended up there. The view, as always, is spectacular, surrounded by open water on all sides and it was a beautiful day. The first thing I noticed was the upturn in the level of service compared to some of my visits there months ago. Our server was very attentive…

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Eat St. Pete’s Elizabeth Dougherty reviews Columbia Restaurant

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By Elizabeth Dougherty: It’s been a little while since I’ve eaten at the famed Columbia Restaurant. However, over the weekend we headed out to the Pier for a little respite and ended up there. The view, as always, is spectacular, surrounded by open water on all sides and it was a beautiful day. The first thing I noticed was the upturn in the level of service compared to some of my visits there months ago. Our server was very attentive…

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