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Visit Florida hopes rapper Pitbull attracts millennials

Published:   |   Updated: September 2, 2015 at 08:56 AM
Yvette C. HammettTribune staff

Pitbull, the Miami rapper known for his spirited dance music, will take on the role of state tourism ambassador, hoping to thrust Florida to the top of the millennial generation’s travel ticket.

Visit Florida announced Pitbull as its new spokesperson during the Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism Tuesday at the Tampa Convention Center. More than 1,100 travel experts are meeting in Tampa this week to discuss all aspects of the tourism industry, including marketing strategies and successes.

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7 engaging photos that will help you stay on top of world news Aug. 22-28

StaffTBO Seen

Food Truck Madness, Patton Oswalt and Tropical Storm Erika are all headed for the Tampa Bay area, but what’s going on in the rest of the world?

If you want to stay on top of events happening around the globe but are pressed for time, here’s the answer.

We’ve rounded up engaging photos from every day this week, Aug. 22-28, so you can get a taste of went went down.

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Adoptable dog has bucket list with ultimate goal of finding forever home

Brianna KwasnikTBO Seen

Dogs can set goals, too.

Angel, an Australian shepherd chow mix, is probably the only dog in the Tampa Bay area with a bucket list.

The 12-year-old pup lives at Suncoast Animal League in Palm Harbor but is looking for a forever home. After volunteers treated Angel to her own hamburger during one of their fundraising events, the shelter wanted to help Angel experience more fun activities.

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Meet the new businesses at Hyde Park Village

Published:   |   Updated: August 27, 2015 at 10:16 AM
Mary Scourtes GreacenSpecial Tribune Correspondent

As the drone of hammers and drills moves toward conclusion, the ringing of new businesses’ cash registers adds to the sounds of Hyde Park Village.

A playful dragonfly, bartaco’s logo, evokes the summery, relaxing feel of this upbeat eatery. Its short menu, inspired by the beach street foods of Brazil, Portugal and California, is eclectic Mexican with a twist. Snack-sized spicy chorizo, cauliflower, duck, wild boar and falafel tacos are swallowed in two or three bites.

“It’s fresh food done in front of you,” said Janice Dehn, director of Marketing.

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Walt Windham of Party Down South talks about filming in St. Pete, his work ethic and more

Published:   |   Updated: August 26, 2015 at 04:28 PM
Brianna KwasnikTBO Seen

There’s at least one thing about Walt Windham that sets him apart from the rest of the Party Down South cast.

He’s much quieter than everyone else.

The 28 year old from Drew, Miss., is so laid-back that he has even taken on a uniform of sorts. You’ll never seem him in anything other than a white T-Shirt, a pair of blue jeans, and an old baseball cap.

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Tampa Bay area pet owners share photos of their pups on National Dog Day

By Ashley Reams Mistretta

Wednesday is National Dog Day, so let’s celebrate.

Share photos of your dog(s) by emailing them to, and we’ll post them on TBO Seen.

Thanks to Michael McKinley and his dog, Murphy, for being the first to contribute.

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Artwork moves from near trash bins to Bayshore Blvd.

Published:   |   Updated: August 26, 2015 at 08:51 AM
Christopher O’DonnellTribune staff

For years, one of the most important pieces of the city’s public art collection sat nestled among garbage bins and delivery trucks at the end of a park access road.

“Visual Welcome,” by internationally known Israeli artist Yaacov Agam, originally took pride of place outside the old Tampa Museum of Art. When the museum was demolished, it was moved to the end of Twiggs Street outside the parking garage beneath Kiley Gardens, a spot almost invisible to the public.

The installation is likely to attract much more attention in its new permanent home in the median of Bayshore Boulevard opposite the Monte Carlo Towers.

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10 ways your dog adds happiness to your life

By Ashley Reams Mistretta

There’s a reason they’re called man’s best friend.

Dogs are always ready to greet you when you get home, snuggle up with you when you need love, and stroll by your side when you go for a walk.

In honor of National Dog Day on Wednesday, Aug. 26, we’re counting 10 ways your pup makes your life happier. Click through the photos, and then share your own by emailing them to

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Movoto tallies best Tampa suburbs for young couples

Published:   |   Updated: August 24, 2015 at 02:49 PM
By Ashley Reams Mistretta

Think you live in the best Tampa Bay area neighborhood for settling down?

If you’ve made Apollo Beach your home, then you’re right, according to Movoto. The online real estate brokerage known for posting city-specific lists has named the bayside suburb No. 1.

Movoto scored Tampa’s ’burbs on criteria like percentage of residents married, median household income, and total crime per 100,000 residents to come up with its post, “These Are The 11 Best Tampa Suburbs For Young Couples.”

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Proposed cat café would be the place to go when you’re feline like coffee

Published:   |   Updated: August 19, 2015 at 01:23 PM
By Ashley Reams Mistretta

Ginger Boyd wants to open a coffee shop with purrsonalilty, and she’s hoping to get your suppawt.

Boyd, 34, is working to create Downtown Tabby, the area’s first cat café, in St. Petersburg.

“It’s a coffee house with kitties,” she explains in a video for her Kickstarter campaign. “You can adopt them, or you can just hang out.”

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