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Hey, people of Tampa! Carlos Hernandez here with your Monday edition of Tampa Daily. I hope you had a great weekend, now let’s get this week started right.

First, today’s weather:

Partly sunny and pleasant. High: 83 Low: 63.

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1. True Food Kitchen is serving up fresh, health, and delicious eats at growing Midtown Tampa. The founder is originally from Tampa. It been open for a few weeks now and regularly rotates their seasonal items with the next change coming in April. I visited last week for a taste of the menu. (Tampa Patch)

2. The resignation of Tampa Councilman Dingfelder has shaken the community with several groups speaking out against what they perceive to be a forced resignation by powerful interests. Local attorney James Michael Shaw Jr. tweeted that the resignation of Dingfelder, “sets a terrible precedent for the removal of elected officials by private individuals with personal agendas.” He also tweeted, “Tampa City Council should immediately pass an ordinance requiring the City to defend elected officials sued under Chapter 119.” (Creative Loafing Tampa)

3. The artists at Flirt Wax Bar aim to be top of the line hair removal and brow experts of Tampa Bay located at 4004 South MacDill Avenue #2 in Tampa. Owner, Raya Schwartz, is striving to provide clients in the Tampa Bay region with a high end, clean, and comfortable environment, while offering the best quality services in the area. Schwartz was only 23 years old when she opened her business and worked her way up to her current shop. (That’s So Tampa)

4. On Saturday, city of Tampa hosted an “Unlock the Block” event as a way to get the community involved in its new initiative to eliminate traffic deaths known as “Vision Zero.” A portion of North Avenida Republica de Cuba was shut down for the event. It’s the first of many block parties planned for neighborhoods across the city over the next few months. Last year, Tampa recorded more than 80 traffic deaths, an increase from years prior. (Fox 13 Tampa)

5. The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance (SPAA) is inviting the local community to celebrate Melissa Seixas, Duke Energy Florida State president, as SPAA’s FIRST “Arts Advocate of the Year” on April 24th. Ms. Seixas was the originator of the idea of creating a Comprehensive Arts Strategy for the City of St. Petersburg and took that idea to Jason Mathis, CEO of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership, who involved SPAA and the rest is history. Guest will enjoy gourmet bites and beverages and opportunities to support SPAA’s work for the arts in the community. (Tampa Bay Newswire)

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Today in Tampa:

  • Book Discussion: Florida at Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library. (11:00 AM)
  • Baseball: St. Petersburg College Vs. University Of Tampa JV at University Of Tampa Athletics. (6:00 PM)
  • Remix: Paint Your Pet at The Bryan Glazer Family JCC. (6:00 PM)
  • Friends Of The New Tampa Regional Library Board Meeting. (6:30 PM)
  • Dirty Comedy Latte at Cafe Hey. (6:30 PM)

From my notebook:

  • CareerSource Tampa Bay, in collaboration with CareerSource Polk, recently received a $ 3.1 million dollar grant to expand current training for the region’s veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses. The program is called, “Get there Faster” and is expected to help as many as 250 individuals; focusing on upskill training, employment, and support programs. (Tampa Bay Newswire)
  • Jane Davis Doggett is an internationally recognized designer, known in Tampa for her design of Tampa’s original airport. Doggett was recognized this past weekend at Tampa International Airport’s gala honoring women in aviation. (Bay News 9)
  • Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative (SBAC) is presenting “Black Identity in the Arts: Generational Perspectives,” a free panel discussion exploring the role of contemporary Black artists on Thursday, April 28th, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Ringling College of Art and Design’s Larry Thompson Academic Center. (Tampa Bay Newswire)

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