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6 hours ago METROHome Tour: A Coveted Mid-Century Modern
By Mary Lou Janson | Photography by Garrett Brown Photo/Video   Classic architecture, contemporary design and an oversized waterfront lot create a look, lifestyle and level of luxury that few homes in Tampa Bay share or can even compare. The Mid-Century Modern style combines strong geometric lines, floor-to-ceiling windows and an open floor plan, to provide the […]
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7 hours ago Lakeland will finally remove their big dumb Confederate statue
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7 hours ago There's no end in sight for Florida's ongoing war with giant poisonous toads
I, for one, welcome our giant toad overlords.
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7 hours ago 2019 Annual Health Symposium – A Women’s Journey
Presented by Johns Hopkins Medicine, hosted by Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Don’t Miss the One Day That Could Change Your Life. The topics are relevant to our every day lives and you will walk away to new information on the latest women’s health topics. Start the day with a heart-healthy breakfast and networking with […]
813Area has new update 8 hours ago 20 things we learned about 'Vanderpump Rules' from Jax Taylor and Lala Kent's visit to Tampa
YBOR CITY — There's something wrong and yet also extremely right about sitting inside the darkened Tampa Improv on a sunny Thursday afternoon, ...
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8 hours ago Here's the next steps after Tampa Bay's political and transportation leaders rally in support of Jones Act shipping
A range of business and transportation leaders came together at the Gulf Marine Shipyard Friday to kick off the Florida Maritime Partnership, a group advocating for the state’s domestic maritime industry. Backdropped by a Crowley Maritime Corp. ship carrying cars, container and fuel to Puerto Rico, politicians from across the state touted the number of jobs created by domestic shipping — transporting goods between U.S. ports. Those trade lanes are governed by the Jones Act, a century-old law…
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8 hours ago See inside Disney's new Riviera Resort guest rooms, more (RENDERINGS)
The new resort will add 300 new timeshare units at the Disney Vacation Club product.
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8 hours ago 21 beach bars in Tampa Bay you should be drinking at this weekend
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8 hours ago Florida jobless rate up slightly in February
Florida’s jobless rate ticked up in February for the second straight month, according to numbers released Friday by the state Department of Economic Opportunity. The 3.5 percent unemployment rate represents 357,000 Floridians out of jobs from a workforce of 10.34 million. The state’s unemployment rate was 3.4 percent in January. With drops in jobs involving transportation, warehousing and utilities and information fields, 5,000 more Floridians were out of work in February than in the January…
813Area has new update 9 hours ago Buccaneers Draft Profile - LB Vosean Joseph
This guy is a potential option if the Buccaneers opt to wait until day two to address linebacker As mentioned before, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a glaring need at linebacker. Should they decide not to go after one of the elite prospects in Devin White or Devin Bush, they will have to search for a steal on day two or three. The linebacking corps outside of the Devins is slim, but that doesn’t mean they can’t find a diamond in the rough like they did with Kwon Alexander in 2014. Staying close to home, Florida Gators linebacker Vosean Joseph shows some potential, but has some work to do. Vosean Joseph’s Career Joseph was a three year player at the University of Florida, playing in thirty games. He finished with 161 total tackles, 14 tackles for loss, seven passes defensed, four sacks, one interception, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries. Joseph finished ninth in the SEC in total tackles but never won any individual achievements. All four of his sacks and nine of his tackles for loss came in his Junior year, showing the growth he had in just a short amount of time, thus his ability to enter the draft in an already weak year for linebackers. This will allow him to be drafted a little higher than he should at this point in time. Pros Joseph is another guy with solid speed and closing ability. He has incredible range, is extremely explosive once he decides where to go, and has above-average athleticism. He’s extremely physical but with a small build that physicality can be quickly negated by bigger and stronger opposition. He has to rely more on his speed than his strength. Cons He’s a pure wildcard. For every great play, there is a horrendous one. One AFC defensive coach said, “His tape has no middle ground, it’s either really impressive or really ugly. Now go look at his production this year and you realize you can coach some ugly out of his play. He’s a ‘5’ right now but we can turn him into a ‘9.’” He has trouble reading the blocks ahead of him, causing him to be taken out of plays, he doesn’t react quick enough in coverage to be reliable against a running back or tight end, and he suffers from tunnel vision. Why The Buccaneers Need Him Right now, they need breathing humans in that linebacking corps so it’s hard to get too picky. There’s no depth and still the need for at least one more starter - preferably inside. Joseph appears to be trending more towards a weak side linebacker which isn’t exactly what the Buccaneers should be looking for. Will It Happen? As of now, I’d lean towards no. Joseph is a high potential project that the Buccaneers simply don’t have time for right now. They need instant impact guys in the first three rounds and Joseph doesn’t appear to be that. Now, if he were to slip to day three - which is unlikely - I’m all in on bringing him to Tampa. For what the Bucs need out of rounds one through three, Joseph is just too high a cost.
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9 hours ago Super sweet Texas indie-pop band Summer Salt coming to Tampa’s Orpheum Ybor City
Dante Elephante and Motel Radio play support at the July 17 concert.
813Area has new update 9 hours ago Super sweet Texas indie-pop band Summer Salt coming to Tampa's Orpheum Ybor City
The band announced a 30-date summer tour today, and it stops at Orpheum in Ybor City on July 17 (The Abbey in Orlando gets the other Sunshine ...
813Area has new update 9 hours ago A century's worth of baseball memories ready to be told in Tampa
Places such as Cuscaden Park in Ybor City. And MacFarlane Park in west Tampa. Places without names, but just enough room for a group of kids to ...
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10 hours ago Adam Sandler books June 29 show at Tampa’s Amalie Arena
Netflix in real life, y’all.
813Area has new update 11 hours ago Title Match Set for WWN Supershow, EVOLVE 126 Roster Announced
EVOLVE In Ybor City Roster: EVOLVE 126 will take place on April 13th in Ybor City, FL. We have several names to announce for this event. Tickets ...
813Area has new update 11 hours ago Tampa Bay Lightning sign NCAA prospect Ryan Lohin to an entry-level contract
And give the Syracuse Crunch an extra hand on the farm. The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that they have signed forward Ryan Lohin to a two-year entry-level contract. Lohin was a seventh-round draft pick, 208th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2016. He was an overage draft pick after showing well in the USHL with the Madison Capitols and Waterloo Black Hawks in 2015-16. Inked! ??We have signed forward Ryan Lohin (@thereallohin) to a two-year, entry-level contract.Lohin was drafted by us at the 2016 #NHLDraft.https://t.co/GDox3kslix— p - Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) March 22, 2019 Lohin just wrapped up his junior season with UMass-Lowell. Over three seasons of NCAA hockey, he averaged 27 points per season and scored at a 0.74 PPG pace with 81 points in 110 games. Lohin has good size for a forward prospect at 6’0” and 195 pounds. He is a left-handed center, but could also play left wing as a professional. I recently wrote about the Lightning’s unsigned prospects and gave Lohin a 50/50 chance of signing because he still had another year of NCAA eligibility. Lohin will turn 23 years old at the end of June, which is why his entry-level contract is only for two years. It won’t start until next season and he has signed an Amateur Try Out Contract with the Syracuse Crunch so that he may practice and potentially play for the Crunch as they continue their push into the playoffs. The Crunch are already crowded up front, and will get even more so with Kevin Lynch and Daniel Walcott recently starting to skate, making comebacks from injury. Lohin should still at least make a couple of appearances before the end of the season and will provide some depth for the Crunch in case of injuries. The @TBLightning have signed forward Ryan Lohin (@TheRealLohin) to a two-year, entry-level contract.We have also signed Lohin to an ATO and he will report to the #SyrCrunch.https://t.co/83ZlXPBQ2f— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) March 22, 2019 Lohin’s chances of making it to the NHL are still a bit long. He will need to continue his development and show off his offensive skills in the AHL as well as continue to hone the defensive end of his game. He has good hands, vision, and hockey IQ though and that should serve him well towards his goal of making it to the NHL. Randomly, according to his bio on the UMass-Lowell web site, Lohin also plays golf and tennis. His favorite TV shows include Impractical Jokers, White Collar, and Suits. The Philadelphia Flyers, Eagles, and Phillies are his favorite professional sports teams as he was born and raised outside of Philadelphia. For those interested in what numbers he has worn in the past and what he might wear in the future, Lohin has been wearing #18 for UMass-Lowell. He also wore #18 with Waterloo in the USHL. Prior to that, he wore #2 with the Madison Capitols in the USHL and with Team Comcast U18 in Midget hockey. #18 is currently claimed by Taylor Raddysh with the Crunch and Ondrej Palat with the Lightning. However, #2 is available on both teams so we could see a switch back to that number for him. Overall, this is more good forward depth for the Lightning and he could be valuable to the Crunch as soon as next year with multiple players looking to make the jump next year in camp. Highlights: Ryan Lohin with his 2nd of the night for the #RiverHawks to tie the game at 2-2 pic.twitter.com/z9E7sjAcSE— UMass Lowell Hockey (@RiverHawkHockey) November 10, 2018 It's goal #2 of the night for @RiverHawkHockey by Ryan Lohin to give them the 2-0 lead over BC. Watch all the action #LiveOnASN. #BCvsUML pic.twitter.com/dYyTi80Ckh— American Sports Net (@LiveOnASN) February 25, 2017 Ryan Lohin with his 5th goal on the year and a power play goal to give @RiverHawkHockey a 1-0 lead over NU #LiveOnASN. @hockey_east pic.twitter.com/fzUPXCn9XC— American Sports Net (@LiveOnASN) January 27, 2017
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11 hours ago Lawmakers are trying to stop Visit Florida from promoting cities that banned sunscreen
“I don’t want that brand to be changed from the Sunshine State to the melanoma capital of the world.”
813Area has new update 11 hours ago Max Pierre's family will be in St. Petersburg when Tampa Bay Rays honor the late saxophonist
Late Tampa Bay saxophonist Max Pierre was like family to fans at Tampa Bay Rays and Lightning games and beloved by night owls in Ybor City, too.
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11 hours ago Meet Tampa Bay Trust, a 2019 Best Places to Work honoree
Small (10-20 employees) The Tampa Bay Trust Co. Location: Tampa What is your company culture in a #hashtag? #AlwaysDoTheRightThing Tampa Bay Trust Company provides investment management services to individuals, foundations, families, and non-profit organizations. How would you describe your company to someone outside of your industry? First and foremost, we help families manage their financial future to help meet their needs and goals. Our company was created in response to high net worth…
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11 hours ago Get ready to ride: Tampa adds fourth e-scooter vendor for pilot program
Tampa is letting a fourth electric scooter firm roll in its product for the Shared Motorized Scooter Pilot Program. The city discussed adding Lime into the mix during a March 21 meeting. The three initial vendors were: Skinny Labs Inc., known as Spin Social Bicycles LLC, known as JUMP Bird Rides Inc.  The city made the decision to add Lime after receiving protests from additional vendors, Florida Politics reported. The city staffers have to amend contracts before receiving final approval…
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11 hours ago Meet GTE Financial, a 2019 Best Places to Work honoree
Extra Large (100+ employees) GTE Financial Location: Tampa What is your company culture in a #hashtag? #gtelifestyle  GTE Financial is a credit union. We provide financial products and services to people in the Tampa Bay community. Are you currently hiring? Yes, we are hiring! Currently, we have 29 positions open. When hiring, what do you look for in the ideal candidate? We firmly believe that our employees drive the success of the organization. We strive to create an environment that offers…
813Area has new update 11 hours ago Who should the Rays target next for a contract extension?
The team should lock down the next generation of All-Stars now. With free agency a mess, contract extensions are all the rage. The Rays have now handed out two contract extensions of their own to young players as they look to secure the core of a 90-win team for the foreseeable future. It may be wise for all sides involved (players, ownership, and fans who want to see players in Rays jerseys for the long haul) to continue the trend (which it sounds like it might!). #Rays Neander on if there could be more extension coming: "when there are opportunities that increases the chance they can be here for a long period of time - that's something that we will continue to explore whenever those opportunities present themselves."— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) March 21, 2019 So... Who’s Next? With the caveat it takes two to tango, here are some players the Rays should target for contract extensions. *** Previously: What do contract extensions say about the Tampa Bay Rays? *** Willy Adames The 23 year old Rays shortstop of the present seems like the most obvious candidate for the next extension. The former top prospect enjoyed a solid debut season that got better the longer it went on, finishing with a 109 wRC+. It’s true that with all the middle infield talent on the way (Wander Franco, Lucius Fox, Taylor Walls), The Kid might have to move off shortstop at some point. But his bat has always been his carrying tool, and that will play lots of places. Prediction: Adames won’t be a free agent until 2025, and won’t hit his first year of arbitration until 2022. A 6 year / $32M deal with some options in the out years would definitely show the Rays were serious about contending. Adames would stand to add significant cash should he be open to options as well. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Mike Zunino The newly acquired catcher from the Mariners is another likely target. Only 27, he is already an accomplished backstop with a bat that provides plenty of pop. If the Rays can lock up a young and solid major leaguer at a position that has vexed them throughout their existence, they should do so at the first opportunity. Prediction: Already in his arb years, Zunino will be a free agent in 2021. Locking him up soon at 4 year / $28M deal (beginning in 2019) would be a huge win, as it buys out the next three seasons (including two years of free agency) at an $8M AAV. If that’s too light, perhaps a signing bonus gets it across the line. Daniel Robertson The lack of a set position for Robertson is not a bug, it’s a feature. Because while everybody who shows the slightest bit of versatility gets the label “the next Ben Zobrist,” D-Rob might be earning it. Locking him up would be an aggressive move to be sure, but it would be a safer play than one they’ve already made in Lowe. Prediction: The 25 year old Robertson (Happy birthday!) hits Arb-1 next year, and will be a Free Agent in 2024. We think a 5 year / $30M agreement would be fair to both sides, allowing the player to hit free agency ahead of his age-30 season. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Brent Honeywell Jr. The idea that we’re even talking about extending a prospect who is coming back from Tommy John surgery and who hasn’t even spent a day in the Bigs shows how special everyone’s favorite screwball could be. Don’t expect anything terribly soon, but if Honeywell looks like his old self, the chance to secure another top of the rotation arm to pair with Snell would remove a lot of uncertainty from the Tampa Bay rotation for foreseeable future. Prediction: Mama told me never to make predictions about young pitchers, especially those coming back from TJS. Mama was smart. But if the Rays really want to roll the dice, a 6 year / $24M deal with some options would be interesting. Joey Wendle ROY in our hearts Joey Wendle is an unlikely extension candidate. The late bloomer is already 28 and won’t be hitting his first year of arbitration until 2021, and won’t be a free agent till 2024. Teams don’t secure long term success by betting on guys to maintain a high level of success into their mid-30s. Prediction: Wendle likely plays out his pre-arb years with the Rays, then gets moved to make way for the next wave of talent, but if he were to agree on an extension, the Brandon Lowe deal isn’t a bad model at $4M AAV. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Tommy Pham Pham finds himself in a similar boat as Wendle. At 31, a long extension would be a mistake. But given that he is already making decent money through arbitration, and will be a free agent till 2022, a short extension might make sense for the risk-averse Rays. Our previous attempt at projecting an extension for Pham was built around Charlie Blackmon’s recent contract (which offered something north of $20M for his free agent seasons) but the market seems to have already changed, with Andrew McCutchen signing this offseason for a lower $16.5 AAV in his contract with the Phillies. From there, in a contract extension, the Rays would be looking for various discounts due to Pham’s advanced age (in comparison to the players being discussed above), and the risks associated with his previous eye procedure. Prediction: 4/$40M would be nice, as it would lock in Pham at $4M, $8.5M, and $12.5M for his arbitration years and then give the Rays his first year of free agency at $15M, but it’s hard to think of a player more likely to bet on himself than Pham, especially considering his feelings about his treatment with the Cardinals. If Pham wants a longer guarantee, 5 years / $55M would be palatable, but Pham is a great reminder that it really does take two to tango. Wander Franco It is ridiculous to think the Rays would throw a long-term mega-deal at a prospect in High-A. But the Rays haven’t seen a prospect like Franco since Evan Longoria, and how did that work out? An 8 year/$50M deal today would be gutsy, but also not likely, given the bust rate of even the best prospects. Nevertheless, keep an eye on his rise through the minors. If Franco is who we hope he is, the Rays should be very motivated in talking about making Franco a very rich man round about 2021. Prediction: A deal comparable to Eloy Jimenez’s 6/$43M with two club options would be wise to both sides, particularly if Franco would like to ride that rocketship to the majors even faster.
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12 hours ago Who is Anuel AA, and why is he playing Tampa’s Amalie Arena?
Tickets for the July 21 show go on sale next week.
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12 hours ago Meet A-LIGN, a 2019 Best Places to Work honoree
Extra Large (100+ employees) A-LIGN Location: Tampa What is your company culture in a #hashtag? #Allin How would you describe your company to someone outside of your industry? A-LIGN is a global cybersecurity, compliance and privacy solutions provider based out of Tampa that specializes in helping businesses across a variety of industries navigate the complexities of their specific audit and security assessment needs to prevent cyber threats and reduce risk, turning their security into a competitive…
813Area has new update 12 hours ago The Crow’s Nest: Arians is bored, dangerous WRs, and what’s next in free agency
Web links on the Buccaneers. Bruce Arians’ Son: Dad Says “I’m Bored” - JoeBucsFan.comJoe often says the Buccaneers are the greatest soap opera in sports over the last 10-plus years. How Lori Locust used an email to get on Buccaneers’ radar and become NFL’s newest female coach - pennlive.comBefore the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired her, Lori Locust pondered how to phrase an email that could help her make NFL history. Why the Bucs were quiet in free agency and what's coming next - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPNThere are pros and cons to the Bucs' frugal approach to free agency, which was a necessity based on pricey 2018 deals and some past mistakes. Bucs hire first full-time female coaches in franchise history - NFL.comThe Buccaneers made history after hiring the first full-time female coaches in the franchise's history. The team added Maral Javadifaras as assistant strength and conditioning coach and Lori Locust as assistant defensive line coach. Former Bucs DE Returns To Eagles | Pewter ReportIt was a quick reunion to Philadelphia for Vinny Curry as he signed a one year deal with the Eagles worth $2.25 million on Thursday, Ian Rapoport reports. "Dangerous" - JoeBucsFan.comThe Bucs had one of the most dangerous wide receiver groups in the NFL before this offseason.
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12 hours ago Creative Pinellas announces recipients of 2019 Emerging Artist grants
10 Pinellas County artists to exhibit works later this year.
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12 hours ago Smokable medicale marijuana hits the market
A North Florida man who’s struggled with fibromyalgia for years became the state’s first patient to legally buy whole-flower cannabis for smoking Thursday, just days after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into a law a measure repealing a ban on smokable medical marijuana. Trulieve, the state’s largest medical marijuana operator, was the first of Florida’s 14 operators to sell whole-flower products, for use in joints, pipes or bongs. Later Thursday, a second firm, Curaleaf, also was approved by…

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