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Happy Monday, neighbors! Here’s everything going on today in town.


First, today’s weather:

Mostly sunny. High: 86 Low: 73.

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Here are the top five stories in Tampa today:

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1. Loved ones of 24-year-old John Larson, who disappeared while on his way to meet friends in Ybor City last month, are asking the public for help. He disappeared on April 26 and his blue truck was last seen on surveillance video around 11:30 p.m. that evening turning left on to N. 15th Street from East Palm Avenue. (Fox 13 News)

2. The Tampa Bay Lightning are advancing in their quest for the Stanley Cup after a 2-1 victory Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will have the Lightning against cross-state rival Florida Panthers, who beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 in overtime on Friday. (ABC Action News, Tampa Patch)

3. The historic Tampa Theatre in partnership with Film Tampa Bay will screen the locally produced film, “Paper Line,” on Saturday, June 18. Doors to the screening open at 2 p.m., and the first 150 visitors will get a free bag of popcorn. (That’s So Tampa)

4. A 96-year-old building in the 2300 block of Central Avenue is being transformed by proprietor, David Fischer, into a new LGBT-friendly hotel in St. Pete’s Grand Central District. Fischer plans to finish renovations in time for Pride. (Bay News 9)

5. The Busch Gardens Food & Festival added new food offerings this past weekend. New food items include Flamin’ Hot Cheetos street corn, beef empanadas, citrus flan and a Colombian street dog. The festival started in spring and is running through May 22. (WFLA)


Today in Tampa:

  • Tampa General Hospital hiring event at Raymond James Stadium. (11 a.m.)
  • Tampa Airport hosts Voice Of TPA Contest at Tampa International Airport. (2 p.m.)
  • Vegan Cooking at TRIBE Seminole Heights. (4 p.m.)
  • Macs Latin Nights at MacDinton’s Irish Pub. (4 p.m.)
  • Magic Midways Carnival at Tampa Premium Outlets. (5 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Preserve the ‘Burg is hosting the inaugural Preserve the ‘Burg Expo on May 21 at the historic St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is family-friendly. (Tampa Bay Newswire)
  • The HART May Board Meeting will be held in a hybrid format today at 9 a.m. The meeting will be streamed on YouTube. (Twitter)
  • Tampa City Council members voted 4-2 to deny a controversial rezoning and a land-use request on Harbour Island, after opposition from residents. Citro, Guido Maniscalco and Orlando Gudes voted with Miranda. Luis Viera and Lynn Hurtak voted no. Bill Carlson was absent. (Subscription: Tampa Bay Times)
  • City of Tampa Water Conservation team member Julia Palaschak will be participating in a WMNF radio segment called “Sustainable Living “ today at 11 a.m. She will be discussing the upcoming workshop, “Florida Friendly Landscape 101.” (Twitter)

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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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