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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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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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Florida Aquarium enters into historic partnership with Cuban aquarium

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The Florida Aquarium has entered into an agreement with the National Aquarium of Cuba with coral conservation in mind. The two aquariums entered into a first of its kind Memorandum of Understanding to allow researchers from both groups to share coral reef findings. The partnership is the first agreement the National Aquarium of Cuba has ever entered into with any U.S. aquarium. According to the Florida Aquarium, coral reefs are not only some of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.11.15 — Film incentives bill takes first step in Tally

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Like it or not, Hollywood productions, like sports owners, have been able to play cities and states against each other for years to get the best deal for themselves. Folks in Tampa Bay are all too familiar with getting burned by giving welfare to rich folks. You don’t have to have lived in the area to know how searing the 1996 CIT was. That was the tax that went to fund schools, cultural amenities like Lowry Park Zoo and the…

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Florida Aquarium marks 20th anniversary

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As the Florida Aquarium in downtown Tampa prepares to mark its 20th anniversary, officials say the attraction is thriving. The Tampa Tribune reported that attendance has climbed since the aquarium opened back in 1995. Attendance topped 750,000 for the first time in 2014. In its early years, the aquarium’s success was uncertain. The city had to make an unexpected $2.5 million payment on finishing touches before the aquarium opened and the aquarium lost $300,000 its first year. “We are doing…

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New beer to help fund bird rehab

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Tampa Bay Brewing Company and Florida Aquarium will be serving up a specially brewed beer on Friday to help the rehabilitation efforts for marine life affected by the oil leak along the Gulf coast. The owners of Tampa Bay Brewing Company will launch the new beer, named New Horizon (to reflect the changing Gulf waters as a result of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy), at an event at 5 p.m. Friday. Two dollars from every New Horizon sold will be donated…

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