11-14-17 Dishing with Mark n Carrie

THIS Wednesday Night

Tree Lighting in Centro Ybor 6PM




THIS Thursday Night




Metro Wellness and Community Centers celebrated their 25th Anniversary!!!!



Ybor Holiday Calendar


Ybor For Heroes

New in Ybor City. Visit their web site for upcoming events.



North Ybor City

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From the MC Film Mail Bag

Mayor Buckhorn names Brian Dugan as Tampa’s new chief of police

Tampa Bay Times

Calling it a “battlefield promotion,” Mayor Bob Buckhorn on Tuesday took the “interim” from Police Chief Brian Dugan’s title. Buckhorn called the 50-year-old department veteran and asked him a simple question.



Tampa ranks high among US cities with fast-growing incomes

Tampa Bay Business Journal

A study by the personal finance site SmartAsset shows that the median income for Tampa households increased in 2016 to $50,405, up from $44,432 in 2015.


With $15 million donation to USF, top donors urge others to follow their lead

Tampa Bay Times

At a black tie gala at Amalie Arena on Saturday, philanthropic giants Pam and Les Muma surprised the crowd by announcing yet another massive donation to the University of South Florida.


After $1.7M renovation, Port Tampa Bay opens cruise terminal that can handle bigger ships

Tampa Bay Business Journal

Passengers taking Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas out of Port Tampa Bay started their trip in the port’s newly improved cruise terminal 6, which has opened after months of renovation.


Airport            Tampa International Airport’s cargo volume jumps, with more on the way

Tampa Bay Times

Over the last couple of years, the story of the double-digit growth of Tampa International Airport’s cargo business has been a story about Amazon.com.

You Can Not Make This Up

Here is a very cool “Did You Know?” story. Back on the 1990’s Ybor City was thinking about decorating for Christmas. Diane & Dean James were very active property & business owners in Ybor City. Dean is a very creative artist. At one time owned and operated a stain glass studio and glass blowing studio in Ybor. Dean is also very talented with metal. At one of the many Ybor meeting, Diane & Dean came up with the idea……. To build light bridges across 7th.  Then they wrapped lights on the metal art works. Everybody so loved them that the light bridges were never taken down! Today they are maintained by TECO. Some Holiday decorations are just so FABULOUS that we should enjoy them year round!

Photos of the Week

Photos of the Week    

St. Petersburg Mayor
Rick Kriseman

Bradley’s on 7th
Hamburger Mary’s 
Steam @ The Honey Pot

Tea Cup

Ybor Wine Bar



GaYBOR-Ybor City 


11-15-17 Dishing with Mark and Carrie


Tampa Pride BINGO

2 Grand Prizes of “Baskets of Booz” Proudly donated by Bradley’s on 7th.

WIN TONIGHT Hamburger Mary’s Ybor City



Visit the New Tampa PRIDE Web Site at www.TampaPride.org  Early Sponsorship are needed to bring the Community the Biggest and best Tampa Pride Ever!


Celebrating 25 Years


Happy 27th Anniversary



Hello All, Please support USF Football by purchasing a ticket to USF Pride Night at Raymond James on 11/16/17. Your $25 gets you a lower level ticket, Pride Shirt and a really fun night. https://groupmatics.events/s/other/Usfpride


Movie Night

Tampa PRIDE and Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival



Trans Fashion Expo

Saturday, Nov 18th 12-6PM at the metro Wellness and Community Center Ybor City.

A 1st for Tampa Bay! Trans Fashion Expo is a free event to support the trans community and is open to Veterans and the LGBTQ+Community. Clothing, accessories, and workshops are available for all gender identities in a trans-friendly environment.  FMI https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=trans%20fashion%20expo


PFLAG St. Pete

Get a great discount on tickets, help PFLAG St Pete and see a Tony award-winning musical, all at once!

Use promo code “PFLAGS”.

Fun Home The Musical and Straz Center for the Performing Arts GIVE BACK! SUPPORT YOUR PFLAG CHAPTER!

Use the promo code “PFLAGS” for a 20% discount on tickets and Fun Home will send PFLAG St Pete $5!!

Fun Home, a tragic-comic musical that tells the coming out story of a lesbian cartoonist, is the winner of five 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel. Score by Jeanine Tesori Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron.

Tickets are available at http://www.strazcenter.org/…/S…/Shows/1718_Broadway/Fun-Home

Eight showings are scheduled from 11/28/2017 to 12/3/2017.

Please help out PFLAG St Pete by sharing with your friends and family.




New Restaurant in Ybor City



New Apartments




Aspen Love




Jan Platt

Passed away November 3, 2017 at the age of 81. Preceded in death by her parents, Adele and Peter Kaminis, and her sister, Bobbie Lou Kaminis, she is survived by her husband of 55 years, William R. “Bill” Platt; their son, Kevin Platt, his wife, Michele, and their daughter, Emma.


Jan was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, September 27, 1936 but lived most of her life in Tampa. After graduating from Hillsborough High School in 1954, Jan attended Florida State University where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She was also chosen for Mortar Board and Garnet Key, was President of the Student Senate, Vice President of the student body, and selected as the “Most Outstanding Senior Woman” in the class of 1958. She attended the University of Florida Law School for one year where she was the only female student, before returning to Tampa where she taught American history at both Hillsborough and Plant High Schools.


After her younger sister died at age 31, Jan was moved to reevaluate her life goals which resulted in her decision to run for public office. In 1974, Jan was elected to the Tampa City Council where she served for four years and then to the Hillsborough County Commission where she served for 24 years. Jan’s accomplishments and public service, however, went far beyond her elected offices. She served on numerous community boards including the Environmental Protection Commission, the Hospital and Welfare Board, the Hillsborough County Hospital Authority, the Sports Authority, the Arts Council, the Performing Arts Center Board, the Florida Aquarium, and the Florida Council on Aging.


Her community service and philanthropy were as extensive and varied as her public service. Early in her career she served as President of the Suncoast Girl Scout Council and remained active with the Girl Scouts throughout her life. She founded and served as president of the Hillsborough County Head Start Community Foundation. She helped found the “Ybor City Farmer’s Market.” She was an avid supporter of the libraries until her death and was an active member of the Friends of the Library. In 2000 the “Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library,” was named in her honor. In 2016, Jan endowed a scholarship at the Florida State University School of Music in honor of her sister, Bobbie Lou.


Jan was an active member of the League of Women Voters (and the recipient of the League’s 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award), a member of the Athena Society, Tampa Yacht & Country Club (where she sailed for many years with the Mainsheet Mamas), and the Tampa Bay Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association. Jan was also the recipient of numerous awards including the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Liberty Bell Award, the Hillsborough County’s Women’s Hall of Fame, and the University of South Florida’s Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Lifetime Achievement Award.


Above and beyond all else she did, however, Jan’s greatest passion was for the environment. She loved the water and would choose to be out in the bay fishing over anything else in the world. She enjoyed sharing her passion with her family and friends, but most especially with her granddaughter, Emma. Much of her community service reflected that love. She was instrumental in the creation of the Agency on Bay Management, the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, and the Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (now known as the Jan K Platt ELAP Program in recognition of her commitment). She chaired the Environmental Protection Commission numerous times, and was an active member of the Sierra Club, the Florida Wildlife Federation, and the Audubon Society.


Jan leaves a legacy of a lifetime of love and service to her community. Hillsborough County and all its citizens will forever be better off for her dedication to good government, to preservation of the environment, and to a strong library system.


Funeral services will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 906 S. Orleans Ave., Friday, November 10, at 1 pm. Visitation will be at the Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 605 S. MacDill Ave., Thursday evening, November 9, from 5-7. In lieu of flowers, please remember Jan with a memorial contribution to the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida (www.gswcf.org ), Coastal Conservation Association of Florida (www.ccaflorida.org ), or Friends of the Library of Tampa-Hillsborough County (www.hcplc.org  or c/o the Jan Kaminis Platt Library, 3910 S. Manhattan, Tampa, 33611).



From the MC Film Mail Bag

From the MC Film Mail Bag

From Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn Office


Tampa ranks 3rd in cities with fastest-growing incomes


SmartAsset examined the most recent income data to find the U.S. cities with the fastest-growing incomes.


Metlife MetLife to add 430 jobs at expanded Tampa campus

Tampa Bay Times

MetLife plans to add 430 new jobs and spend $25 million upgrading its existing campus in New Tampa, the nonprofit Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. announced.


Tampa ranked 6th best city for veterans to live



WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 17 key indicators of livability, affordability and veteran-friendliness.


Old City Hall  

Renovation of Tampa’s Old City Hall 80 percent complete

Bay News 9

Old City Hall, built in 1915, has recently been in the midst of a multi-million dollar makeover. Now, the renovation is 80 percent complete.


Seminole Heights

Seminole Heights Halloween celebrations gives residents night of normalcy


It was a night both anticipated and dreaded by the citizens of Seminole Heights. Halloween was always a beloved occasion in the historic Tampa neighborhood. But, this year was different