Sh*t happened 5/31/16: Margarita Fest complaints, Tampa ranked high for staycations, TIA flight scare

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As you return to your cubicles and counters on this the first day following a three-day weekend, please, try to remember this: Labor Day is only 96 days away. That's, like, one trimester.

Two days after Tampa's annual Margarita Festival at Curtis Hixon Park, complaints continued to pour in about long lines and the fest's payment system, in which patrons were required to "load" money onto a wristband — a protocol that was supposed to make things faster and more efficient. Sounds like they committed the cardinal festival sin: not allowing everyone an opportunity to get drunk enough to imagine they enjoyed themselves.

WalletHub, a website I get email from, ranked Tampa the third best city in the nation for staycations, citing, well, all the stuff that gets touted when trying to lure tourists from away here for vacations. Not touted among the things that makes Tampa great for staycations: TOURISTS.

A flight leaving Tampa International Airport for Houston was taking off when one of its tires exploded. The plane was evacuated, along with, one assumes, multiple individuals' bowels. Boom! Achievement Poop Joke UNLOCKED. (It's OK because no one was hurt, see?)

And finally, St. Pete City Council member Karl Nurse wants the city to draft a resolution formally opposing another statewide black bear hunt. St. Pete City Council member Karl Nurse is totally my new man-crush. (The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission votes on whether or not to have another hunt this year on June 22, BTW.)


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