Best Of 2019

Couple Arrested Having Sex Outside O’maddy’s

When the Gulfport police arrested a St. Petersburg firefighter for having sex with a woman — consensual sex, on his own car, nonetheless — part of us died inside. Sure, public intoxication is a crime, we guess, but sweet Jesus, in this era of #metoo can we not just appreciate a grown woman and a grown man getting carried away in the most consensual way possible without ending a career? All you need is love, and, well, there but for the grace of god go I, amirite, readers? 

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Best “Are We Breaking Up?”

Tampa Bay Rays

It was an interesting summer for the Tampa Bay Rays, and we can’t help but admit that we’re still hurt about the news that the MLB has given the team — which started playing baseball in St. Petersburg in 1998 — permission to begin exploring a plan that would allow the Rays to split home games with Montreal. Some fans rallied and packed the Trop a few times after the news, but this definitely feels like breaking up, guys. mlb.com/rays

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Best “Fuck You” To Oil Companies

Florida Voters Pass Amendment 9

Was there ever really a chance Big Oil was going to fight Amendment 9, which banned offshore drilling in Florida? If so, Florida voters sent a message loud and clear: Go drill yourself, Big Oil. Even if it means we can’t vape in public places, you can’t have our waters. 

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Winner: Clearwater Beach visitstpeteclearwater.com

Second Place: Anna Maria Island annamaria.com
St. Pete Beach stpetebeach.org/

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Winner: Florida Man cltampa.com
Second Place: Alligator breaks into kitchen in Clearwater cltampa.com
Runner Up: Mayor of Port Richey arrested cltampa.com

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Fdot

TBX. TBNext. “It’s not a toll lane!” The FDOT has wanted to expand I-275 and put the health of neighborhoods underneath and around it in jeopardy for years now, and it finally, kind of, got its way in June when the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) approved moving forward with two controversial projects that would add a lane to I-275 between MLK and Bearss and also add a flyover ramp from southbound I-274 to I-4. With enough money, a large entity can eventually beat the will of concerned residents any day. 

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Winner: Apple A Day Prom appleaday.org/prom/

Second Place: 13 Ugly Men 13uglymen.com
Runner Up: Dancing with the Stars  dancingforcharity.com

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Winner: Jeff Vinik nhl.com/lightning
Second Place: Stella Myers (RIP)
Runner Up: Stellie Bellie of Curv Exchange curvexchange.com
Runner Up: Jeff Conner linkedin.com

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Winner: St. Petersburg stpete.org
Second Place: Tampa tampagov.net
Runner Up: Clearwater myclearwater.com

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Lina Teixeira

To list out Lina’s achievements within the community could fill a whole page. She goes above and beyond to ensure Clearwater is at it’s best, organizing local events, joining forces with charities, and working to address homelessness — all while activating the arts in Clearwater (you can thank her for playing an instrumental role in bringing The Dalí to Tampa Bay). Just a few of the many reasons she remains in good graces. 

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