Hot dog tycoon Dick Portillo puts his beachfront Florida penthouse on the market

Let's be frank, the founder of Portillo's Hot Dogs is selling his his massive Florida beach condo, and it's certainly not the…

By Colin Wolf

Hot dog tycoon Dick Portillo puts his beachfront Florida penthouse on the market
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Review: Gasparilla Music Festival stages solid, soggy, debut at Tampa's Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park [PHOTOS]

“They called us Friday and said they needed somebody to rock this shit last minute,” Big Boi told a rain-soaked Tampa audience…

By Ray Roa, Josh Bradley

Killer Mike plays Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa, Florida on Feb. 18, 2024.
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This Tampa Bay vacation rental lets you spend the night in an actual Chinook helicopter

Tampa Bay already is no stranger to over-the-top themed vacation rentals, so it shouldn't be too big of a surprise that we…

By Colin Wolf

This Tampa Bay vacation rental lets you spend the night in an actual Chinook helicopter
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Pumpkin Key, a 26-acre private island in Florida, relists with a $20 million price cut

Pumpkin Key, a large private island with enough amenities for a small resort, is back on the market with a hefty price…

By Colin Wolf

Pumpkin Key, a 26-acre private island in Florida, relists with a $20 million price cut
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Photos: Evan Dando and Willy Mason play Crowbar in Ybor City

The Lemonheads founder Evan Dando was in Tampa last week alongside songwriter Willy Mason for a show at Crowbar in Ybor City.

By Ray Roa

Evan Dando plays Crowbar in Ybor City, Florida on Feb. 15, 2024.
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Photos: Gladys Knight returns to Tampa Bay for Valentine’s show in St. Pete

Almost exactly one year since she played Tampa, Gladys Knight, the Empress of Soul, was back in the Bay area for a…

By Ray Roa

Gladys Knight plays Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida on Feb. 14, 2024.
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Review: Boyz II Men gives Tampa all the hits in special career-spanning Valentine’s concert [PHOTOS]

At Tampa’s Hard Rock Casino last Wednesday surviving members of Boyz II Men—Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, and Shawn Stockman—brought a three-decade legacy…

By Isaiah Stephens

Boyz II Men plays Hard Rock Event Center in Tampa, Florida on Feb. 14, 2024.
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Vinny Testaverde's former Tampa house is now for sale

A waterfront home that first belonged to Vinny "The Renaissance Man" Testaverde is now on the market in Tampa's Bay Port Colony neighborhood. Located…

By Colin Wolf

Vinny Testaverde's former Tampa house is now for sale
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Tampa Bay's Beer Can Island is now on the market for $14.2 million

Tampa Bay's premier party island is now for sale. Beer Can Island, a small spit of sand in between Apollo Beach and…

By Colin Wolf

Pine Key, aka Beer Can Island
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Gasparilla Music Festival debuts new venue this weekend—here are the best photos from its time at Curtis Hixon Park

Whataboutmomma won’t be the only group watching the past move into the rearview this weekend at Gasparilla Music Festival (GMF). Organizers at…

By Ray Roa

Grymes Cannon jumps rope at Gasparilla Music Festival 2016
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Whataboutmomma, a band featuring Blake High alumni, is ready for its close up at Gasparilla Music Festival

You only get one first time to do anything. Whataboutmomma and Gasparilla Music Festival (GMF) are about to experience that together in…

By Ray Roa

Whataboutmomma
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A rare spring house, built from local cypress trees, is now for sale on Florida's Rainbow River

A literal treehouse that's just a few paddles away from a first magnitude freshwater spring is now for sale in Marion County.…

By Colin Wolf

A rare spring house, built from local cypress trees, is now for sale on Florida's Rainbow River
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Photos: Activists gather in Temple Terrace to protest Israel’s assault on Rafah

As a lot of the world watched the Super Bowl, refugees and residents in the the southern Gazan city of Rafah saw…

By Ray Roa

Activists in the intersection of 56th Street and Fowler Avenue near Tampa, Florida on Feb. 12, 2024.
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A 1980s South Tampa gem designed by Bern's architect Richard Zingale is now for sale

A contemporary home designed an architect who helped design quite a few Bern's Steak House projects around town is now on the…

By Colin Wolf

A 1980s South Tampa gem designed by Bern's architect Richard Zingale is now for sale
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Craft, Tampa's first dining river cruise, will open March 8

Craft, a new, highly-anticipated river cruise experience in downtown Tampa, is ready to finally set sail. This morning, parent company Yacht Starship…

By Colin Wolf

Craft, Tampa's first dining river cruise, will open March 8
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Review: freeFall’s ‘God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater’ is ripe for these times when the death of our democracy is very real

You can always count on freeFall Theatre. Even though its post-pandemic branding urges audiences to “simply escape awhile,” Artistic Director Eric Davis…

By Jon Palmer Claridge

Cameron Kubly as Norman Mushari in 'God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater' showing at freeFall Theatre in St. Petersburg, Florida through March 10, 2024.
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Photos: Sensei Kreese and everyone else we saw at the 2024 Dunedin Film Festival

Early this month, Dunedin International Film Festival took over downtown for four days of film, and parties to celebrate the work. Martin…

By Ray Roa

Sensei Kreese (R) greets fans at the 2024 Dunedin International Film Festival.
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At Tampa DMV, trans advocates stage die-in as Florida moves to ban changes of gender on drivers' licenses [PHOTOS]

A policy change at the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles takes away a transgender person’s ability to obtain a…

By Ray Roa

Protesters outside a DMV office in Tampa, Florida on Feb. 9, 2024.
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Kevin Durant's former Florida condo is available to rent for $22,000 a month

A penthouse once belonging to Phoenix Suns forward and two-time NBA champ Kevin Durant is currently available to rent in Florida. Located…

By Colin Wolf

Kevin Durant's former Florida condo is available to rent for $22,000 a month
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The best Tampa Bay bars and restaurants for watching sports

It’s here, the Taylor Swift bowl, but sports aren’t important on just one Sunday a year, so here are some of the…

By Jourdan Ducat, CL Staff

Yuengling Draft Haus & Kitchen
We all know it as “America’s oldest brewery” and the favorite beer of middle aged and boomer dads across the nation: Yuengling. The 
popular brewery opened a massive, state-of-the-art restaurant and beer garden in 2023 and it’s probably your dad’s favorite place to watch his team. It boasts five total bars and 88 different taps of lagers, ales and more. 
11109 N. 30th St., Tampa
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Photos: Everyone we saw singing along with Militarie Gun at Crowbar in Ybor City

Ian Shelton and his Los Angeles hardcore band are on a hot streak. Born out of the pandemic, Militarie Gun released three…

By Ray Roa

Militarie Gun plays Crowbar in Ybor City, Florida on Feb. 8, 2024.
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Photos: The Drikung Kyabgӧn Chetsang was in Wesley Chapel last month

The Chap lived up to its namesake a bit last month when  Lama Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche, who teaches at Drong Ngur Jangchubling…

By Ray Roa

Photos: The Drikung Kyabgӧn Chetsang was in Wesley Chapel last month
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Photos: Pantera’s reunion tour comes to Tampa’s Amalie Arena

At  last weekend's show in Sunrise, Pantera played Great Southern Trendkill “Floods” for the first time in 23 years.  At the Monday…

By Ray Roa

Pantera plays Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on Feb. 5, 2024.
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Photos: Matisyahu injures himself onstage, still finishes St. Pete concert

There were Israel flags in the crowd, but Matisyahu kept his political commentary tamped down last Friday. The reggae and pop songwriter…

By Ray Roa

Matisyahu at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida on Feb. 2. 2024.
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Billy Joel relists Florida mansion with a $10 million price cut

After years of trying to unload his massive Florida estate, "The Piano Man" is hoping a $10 million price cut will land…

By Colin Wolf

Billy Joel relists Florida mansion with a $10 million price cut
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Review: Tampa Rep’s ‘Straight White Men’ offers a nuanced look inside complicated family dynamics

As you enter the black box at University of South Florida's Theatre Centre, you are bombarded by the sounds of female driven…

By Jon Palmer Claridge

(L-R)  Don Walker, Jim Sorensen, James Putnam, and Christopher Marshall as the Straight White Men at Tampa Rep.
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Photos: Brazilian death metal band Crypta brings ‘Shades of Sorrow’ to Tampa

Orpheum turned a shade of sorrow last Sunday when Brazilian death metal outfit Crypta landed at the North Tampa venue alongside Virulence and…

By Ray Roa

Crypta plays Orpheum in Tampa, Florida on Feb. 4, 2024.
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Celebrity chef Guy Fieri is selling his Florida waterfront mansion for $8.5 million

Just a few months after purchasing a new pad in Palm Beach County, the "Mayor of Flavortown" is now looking to offload his…

By Colin Wolf

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri is selling his Florida waterfront mansion for $8.5 million
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Photos: Tracy Shedd plays intimate record store show in Seminole Heights

​​Formerly Florida-based songwriter Tracy Shedd has long connections with Bay area label New Granada Records, and last Sunday she dropped into the…

By Ray Roa

Tracy Shedd plays Microgroove in Tampa, Florida on Feb. 4, 2024.
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27 Black-owned restaurants in Tampa Bay everyone should visit

There's plenty of praise to pass around when it comes to Tampa Bay's restaurants. But any examination of our local dining scene…

By Tyana Rodgers, Colin Wolf, Kyla Fields

Gabby Bakes 
Various locations
Thirty-one year-old Tampa resident Gabby Duncan is the one-woman-show and creative mastermind behind Gabby Bakes. The self-taught baker launched her small business right before the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, and it’s swiftly evolved into one of the most popular food pop-ups in all of Tampa Bay and recently opened a brick-and-mortar in Seminole Heights.
Photo by Ivana Cajina
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