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🌱 Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival Underway + Synovus Water Street Tampa

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Good morning, people of Tampa! Carlos Hernandez here with today’s issue of the Tampa Daily. Today is the last day of Tampa Bay Taco Week.


First, today’s weather:

Sunny and pleasant. High: 73 Low: 57.

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1. A 982-unit apartment complex has changed hands in a deal secured by a $207 million mortgage. The buyer is ZMR Capital in Tampa, which bought it from NorthEnd Equities and Residential Management. NorthEnd paid $123 million for the property in 2019. (Business Observer)

2. The Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival is now underway and running through April 24th. It took 11 days to c0nstruct the 21,000-square-foot Sugar Sand Walk Exhibit that will be viewed by thousands of visitors during the 17 day period. This year’s theme is “An Animal Adventure,” the sculptures include larger-than-life, fantastical bears, penguins, dragons, and more. (Tampa Patch)

3. Plant City’s Keel Farms will release a limited-edition beer in support of Ukrainians who’ve been under attack from Russian forces since late February. Resolve beer will be available on Saturday, April 16th during the Keel Farms’ Tampa Bay Blueberry Festival. Proceeds will go towards two non-profits supporting the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine through direct aid. (Creative Loafing Tampa)

4. Synovus, a Georgia bank with more than a dozen branches in Tampa Bay, is planning a 10,829-square-foot office suite at Thousand & One in Water Street Tampa, which opened last summer. According to a project description filed with the city of Tampa, the space in Suite 700 will be built to include 29 offices, five conference rooms and more than a half-dozen other private workspaces, collaboration areas and break or IT rooms. (Tampa Bay Times)

5. Five years after the start of a news investigation, John Hartnett, the owner of defunct Gulf Coast Boat Sales, was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with two felony counts of money laundering and scheme to defraud. His general manager, James Laden, was also arrested and charged with a scheme to defraud. The Florida State Attorney’s Office claims victims lost around $800,000. (WFLA)


Today in Tampa:

  • Yoga On the Lawn at Armature Works. (9:30 AM)
  • Wtr Pool Party Sundays With Tay James. (12:00 PM)
  • Backyard Laying Chickens 101 at Sweetwater Organic Community Farm. (1:00 PM)
  • 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at All Peoples Fitness Trail. (2:00 PM)
  • USF Wind Ensemble at USF Concert Hall. (3:00 PM)

From my notebook:

  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed RB Giovani Bernard. 📰: bccn.rs/3xegITM. (Facebook)
  • The first game of the season is down for Tampa Tarpons and they took the W, 9-6. Highlights from the game include a homerun from Marcos Cabrera and a GRAND SLAM from Anthony Garcia. (Facebook)
  • Tampa Police Department continued their partnership with Current Initiatives “Laundry Project”, assisting 23 families with free laundry service, with the help of donations from their police foundation, Rise Tampa. (Facebook)
  • Be one of the first 200 guests at Tampa Theatre today at 3 p.m. for the screening of The Sandlot, sponsored by Tampa Bay Rays and receive a FREE foam baseball. (Facebook)
  • Visit Keel Farms for a full day of family fun at the Tampa Bay Blueberry Festival, featuring over 100+ food and craft vendors, live music, a kids area, and u-pick blueberries. (Facebook)

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Carlos Hernandez

About me: Hello my name is Carlos Hernandez and I am a food writer with over 10 years of experience in the industry. I write the food blog Carlos Eats (http://www.carloseats.com) and also contribute to several newspapers and magazines with food-related blogs and articles.

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