Wednesday, March 20, 2024

2024 Local Candidates (Updated 3/20/2024)

Gathered here is a list of all the 2024 local candidates who have currently filed with the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections office as of 3/20/2024.

Candidate names link to that candidate's campaign website. Where a campaign website doesn't exist, the link is to the candidate's Facebook page.

Candidate names for Judicial seats link to their campaign website or to their official Hillsborough County Judicial website.

State Of Florida Adds $50 Million To Israel Bonds

Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis announced Tuesday that the state has purchased an additional $50 million in bonds to assist Israel as it continues to wage war against Hamas in Gaza.....Read More

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Ybor Life

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The Florida GOP on Renaming Sanibel Causeway to Ron DeSantis Causeway

Ron DeSantis floats sending Haitian refugees to Martha’s Vineyard

The return of Air DeSantis may be imminent.

Gov. Ron DeSantis said some undocumented immigrants intercepted while attempting to land in Florida from Haiti may lead to a trip to New England for those refugees.

“We do have our transport program also that’s going to be operational,” DeSantis said. “So Haitians who land in the Florida Keys, their next stop very well may be Martha’s Vineyard.”

Netanyahu says Rafah incursion inevitable despite US warnings

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday suggested the invasion of Rafah in Gaza will be unavoidable to eliminate Hamas forces, despite warnings from U.S. officials.....Read More

Hillsborough County 'Safe Place' program helps kids and teens in need

Whether they've had a fight with their parents or are fleeing domestic abuse in the home, kids and teens without a place to go can visit a "Safe Place" location in Hillsborough County to get assistance.

National Safe Place Week is happening now through March 23 to help raise awareness about the vital program that provides kids, ages 10-17, who are in crisis access to immediate support services.

More info HERE

Tampa Pride returns with diversity parade, and a huge street festival in Ybor

Tampa Pride officially returns to the city of Tampa on March 23 with a full day of celebrations. Festivities for Tampa Pride 2024 include a vendor and wellness fair, a big street parade, and a Pride at Night Party at The Cuban Club in Historic Ybor City. Bands will perform at the Cuban Club Main Stage every hour beginning at 11:30am.....Read More

USF students protest university funds linked to Israel/Hamas war

USF Students engaging in a sit-in protest by the university seal in the Marshall Center. By: Josh Holton (03/18/24)

About 30 students at the University of South Florida protested inside the Board of Trustees meeting at the Tampa campus today. Some of those students began a hunger strike to oppose university investments in companies that are funding Israel’s war with Hamas.....Read More

Monday, March 18, 2024

NAACP warns athletes against Florida colleges

Florida’s ongoing battle with diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is seen as a war against Black athletes according to one civil rights group.

And now, the NAACP is issuing a warning to those athletes who may be participating in college sports in the state, or considering doing so, to look at other places to study and play.

Tampa doctors take healthcare out of the office and onto the riverwalk

Two Tampa Bay doctors are taking health care out of the doctor's office and onto the Tampa Riverwalk.....Read More

The courts will not save us from Donald Trump

The last couple of weeks have brought a steady stream of bad news for people hoping that Donald Trump could be defeated in and through the legal process. Courts, it turns out, will not spare the American people from the task of deciding whether the former president gets a return trip to the Oval Office.....Read More

Tampa Bay Airfest

More Info HERE

Sunday, March 17, 2024

The Market on Water Street

The Water Street Market is held on the 3rd Sunday of each month, year-round. Market Hours are: October through May 10a-3p. June through September 10a-2p.....More Info

Big tobacco is trying to hide its greed behind ‘harm reduction’

You wouldn’t trust a thief to sell you a home alarm system, or a fox to guard a hen house. So why should we trust cigarette companies to help reduce tobacco use?....Read More


Trump says some undocumented immigrants are ‘not people,’ warns US will see ‘bloodbath’ if not re-elected

Former President Trump denounced some undocumented immigrants as “not people” and warned of a “bloodbath” if he is not reelected at a chaotic rally in Ohio on Saturday night.....Read More

Saturday, March 16, 2024

Joe Biden backs Chuck Schumer after his call for new Israeli elections

President Joe Biden expressed support Friday for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer after the Senator called for new elections in Israel, the latest sign that the U.S. relationship with its closest Middle East ally is careening toward fracture over the war in Gaza.....Read More

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Oklahoma medical examiner rules Nex Benedict’s death a suicide

Oklahoma high school student Nex Benedict died from suicide, the state medical examiner’s office ruled Wednesday, ending more than a month of speculation.....Read More

Miami Beach votes on enacting limits on protests following recent pro-Palestine events

The Miami Beach City Commission voted unanimously Wednesday for the city to enact limits on protests after a series of recent pro-Palestine demonstrations.....Read More

More than 1 in 5 Gen Z adults identify as LGBTQ+, survey finds

One in 13 U.S. adults — and more than one in five Generation Z adults — identify as LGBTQ+, according to Gallup’s annual survey.

The poll results, released Wednesday, found that 7.6% of Americans age 18 and older identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or some other sexual orientation besides heterosexual.

That number has risen from 5.6% four years ago and 3.5% since Gallup first began tracking sexual orientation and transgender identity in 2012.

Among Gen Z adults — who were 18 to 26 years old when the survey was conducted in 2023 — 22.3% identify as LGBTQ+.

Tampa considers change to allow more people to build tiny homes

The City of Tampa is considering expanding zoning laws to allow more people to build accessory dwelling units on their property. ADUs are also known as tiny homes or in-law suites.....Read More

Is TikTok going to be banned in the US?

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday that could ban the ultra-popular social media app TikTok. The bill heads to the Senate next, and if it passes there, it’ll go to President Biden’s desk.....Read More

The Supreme Court granted Trump amnesty it has no power to give

The Supreme Court has decided to grant former President Donald Trump and all other insurrectionists running for federal office amnesty, allowing Trump to become president despite being disqualified by lower courts for engaging in an insurrection on Jan. 6. But Section 3 of the 14th Amendment only authorizes Congress with a two-thirds vote, not the Supreme Court, to grant such an amnesty.....Read More

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

BarrieHaus Beer Co. crowned best small brewery in Florida

In the historic Ybor City, BarrieHaus Beer Co. has proudly announced its recent triumph at the Best Florida Beer Championship, earning the esteemed title of Best Small Brewery in Florida. This accolade comes alongside a collection of awards celebrating their finely crafted lagers and European-style beers.....Read More

Sparkman Wharf announces waterfront Spring Break movie series

Sparkman Wharf isn’t just a playground for foodies. This waterfront gem replete with mural-covered shipping containers is also a major events destination that continues to transform itself for specific holidays and seasons. This March, the area will host several “Movies on the Lawn” events that are totally free to attend, and family-friendly.

The first three in the lineup are action-packed blockbuster sensations. Movies begin at noon each day:
  • March 13: The Hunger Games
  • March 14: Wonka
  • March 15: Marvel’s The Avengers

NAACP warns athletes against Florida colleges

Photo by Bryan McDonald

Florida’s ongoing battle with diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is seen as a war against Black athletes according to one civil rights group.

And now, the NAACP is issuing a warning to those athletes who may be participating in college sports in the state, or considering doing so, to look at other places to study and play.