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20 FL411 Magazine Staff CEO/Publisher..............................................Kevin Ellsworth Creative Director..........................................James T. Tudor Account Executive..........................................Darrin Tatum Account Executive..................................Gregory L. Snow Staff Writer..................................................Danielle Zubrod Staff Writer................................................Jordan Oliver Staff Writer.....................................................Mike Poepping Photographer....................................................Sonny Hines Media Consultant...............................................................JD Social Media Director......................................Kaitlyn Thayer

Beaches SPRING BREAK!!!

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Its a new look! Check it out and see what’s to do!

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Who’s Hot!

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Meet James Beard, you’ll be happy you do!

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Hornets Win!

Find out why this The Killer Bees is paradise! take the Keg!

Tech.........................................7 Fitness.....................................8 Paparazzi...............................12 Bar Guide...............................13 Events...................................16 Food...............................18 Music.....................................20

Drink. Beats. Eats...................21 Movies.....................................22 HeSaid/SheSaid.....................23 Wine...................................31 Sports...............................34 Horoscopes..........................36 Who’s Hot...............................41

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TECHNEWS

Best GoPro Spring Break Accessories

Fat Gecko Kaboom Courtesy of www.reviews.cnet.com

Essentially the Kaboom is a pole that can be either handheld or attached by a couple of sticky pads to a bike helmet (for example), enabling new and interesting shooting angles.

The advent of the GoPro has brought about a

real surge in adventure and sports photography and videos. Suddenly amateurs have been able to capture some of their pro-level tricks and treks and share them with their friends and the Internet. While some people tend to look down on amateurlevel photography, I think most would agree that at least this avenue has actually made things far more exciting. What has made this instance so different? Well, while some are satisfied simply strapping their GoPro to their head and jumping on a mountain bike (exciting in and of itself) others have found some more inventive ways of utilizing their camera.

give you a perspective of your surroundings few will ever see — at least until you share it on YouTube. Attach it to Sports Equipment or Toys Instead of attaching it to your bike helmet, strap it to your hockey stick while you play a game of hockey, or better yet, strap it to the puck. Don’t play hockey? Try using a sword. Don’t have a sword? Well maybe you should re-evaluate what you’re doing with your life then.

Because let’s be honest, if all you’re doing is capturing your latest attempt at a snowboard trick or your weekend water filled expedition, you’re really only exploiting about 60% of its power and versatility. So heres some ideas what else we can stick it to. Especially on spring break!

Attach it to an Animal Ever wanted to live a day in the life of your pet? Seeing the sheer unfettered joy of running through the yard at knee level — that could be fun. Na, you should let an animal steal it. Bonus points if you let an animal eat it or almost better yet are able to capture your friend getting tackled by an animal. All that said, please be humane. If your animal looks like it’s in pain or unhappy, take it off, no video is worth hurting your pet.

Send it Flying Plenty of people have increased their GoPro’s armor, flown it up on a balloon, and let it drop. Getting a projectile’s POV can be incredibly interesting and will

You should attach your camera to ANYTHING that moves! Seriously, it’s a pretty resilient camera. Don’t let yourself be limited by the mounts or attachments you have either, that’s why God gave man duct tape!

Jaws flex clamp

This flexible mount enables you to attach a GoPro quickly and easily to almost anything you can clamp. What sets the Jaws apart is that it clamps without the need for the usual bolts and sticky pads used with other mounts.

DJI Phantom

This is a lightweight craft with a GoPro mount on its underbelly that cuts out the need to jump from a plane to get impressive aerial footage. Controlled remotely, the quadcopter takes a bit of practice to fly well, but is easy to learn and a ton of fun for even beginners or extremely drunk people. | FL411 MARCH 2014 7


FITNESS HOW TO

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bartenders often put in these drinks, alcohol can be very high in calories. Pick and choose your time for a mixed drink; view it as a treat, like dessert.

by George Guerrin Finally, it’s spring break! Many of you are planning trips to exotic destinations, looking to hit the beach, and have some fun! Vacation should be a time to spend with family and friends, and relax. Yet it doesn’t mean that you have to gain weight either. Below are tips to help you stay on track with your fitness while enjoying your time away. Eat Fresh While on vacation it can be so easy to grab what’s quick, including fast food and snacks high in calories. But if you are going away for spring break try and eat as fresh as possible. Perhaps the locals have a favorite dish that is fresh and unique! Or take the time to splurge and get lobster or a salmon steak. Have your food grilled instead of fried, it will taste so much better! Don’t Drink Your Calories! Who doesn’t love a pina colada or strawberry daiquiri while on vacation? Yet alcohol has 7kcal per gram, whereas carbohydrates and protein have only 4. So in addition to the corn syrup and other sweetener’s 8

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Join a Beach Bootcamp With the weather getting warmer some people prefer to enjoy the sunshine and exercise outside. Sometimes trainers can be found outside with individual clients or a group of people. Beach bootcamps can be great. The sand is easy on the joints, and the sight of the waves relaxing. Look up bootcamps online for your destination, and plan to go a few times while you are there. I know that the least thing you want to do when fighting a hangover is a boot camp, but trust us...your going to feel amazing! Use the Gym So many resorts and cruise ships offer free usage of gyms with state of the art equipment. Some even have personal trainers and exercise classes to keep you motivated and having fun while on your vacation. Consider scheduling a spa visit following your workout for the sauna and a massage. Afterwards you will feel great! Do Something While You Relax Now this topic may seem a little counterproductive since your supposed to be relaxing at the beach. But if you want to still be a part of the party and soak up the sun while you use it as a way to stay in shape...then follow this suggestion! While your out there, just pick up a football, soccer ball, volleyball, just anything you can use to throw around and run after. Trust me, you

FL411 Fit Test

See how you did this spring break with our personal fit test. Go home and fill in the first column and once again after this month (or your spring break week). Compare your results and share with us! Send images and your contact info to info@fl-411.com and we will enter you into our Fit Test contest! Winners will be notified via email and shown in the April issue.

Perform these simple moves to record your fitness level Total number of reps during a 2min span

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0:00-0:30 Quick High knees 0:30-1:30 Squat jumps for 20 seconds; then march in place for 10 seconds. Repeat. 1:30-2:30 Mountain climbers for 20 seconds; then march in place for 10 seconds. Repeat. 2:30-3:30 Burpees for 20 seconds then march in place for 10 sec. Repeat. 3:30-4:30 Alternating jump lunges for 20 seconds; then march in place for 10 sec. Repeat. 4:30-5:00 March with high knees in place.


CLEARWATER BEACH This is your guide for the 6 people you need to know RIGHT NOW 1. Bay Area Nightlife Staffing and Security FL411: How long has Bay Area Night Life Staffing been around town and who are your clients?

BANLS: We have been in business for 6 months with 15 years experience in the industry. We work with anyone in the nightlife industry such as club/bar owners, concert venues and any who need security for private parties or personal protection. Some of our well known clients are celebrities such as Hulk Hogan, Jimmy Hart,Bruce Willis, Dirty Heads, Mike Tyson, Michael Jordan, Lil Wayne, Afrojack and many, many more FL411: When did you know that providing security and protection would turn into a business for you? BANLS: My father was such a big role model for me growing up and him being an officer in the San Diego Police Department. I was impressed with his work ethic and wanted to carry on the same tradition. The knowledge and inspiration he gave me, provided the my drive to succeed and start up my own company and soon I partnered up with Demetrius Sanders, Stefano Pantapas and Don Gammil.

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FL411: What do you love most about Clearwater?

BANLS: The things I love most about Clearwater and The Bay Area are the beautiful beaches. I can not get enough. The difference between working here and other places where I have worked before, is the simple fact that the views are out of this world and the people are amazing. FL411: Clearwater Beach is known to have a few celebrities and well-known people come to the beaches ...Any interesting stories you can share? BANLS: The most interesting story I have about this job so far, has to be about Hulk Hogan. I stared working for him and could not grasp how once I was watching him on WWE. He was my childhood icon and NOW I am now protecting him! The feeling is still indescribable to this day! FL411: Well if you protect Hulk Hogan I think it is fair to say we could all use a little of your security service! Where can our readers find out more about your services? BANLS: www.bayareanightlifestaffing.com, Facebook, Instagram and twitter. We can also be found on the Clearwater strip daily working with clients such as Hogan’s Beach, Brown Boxer, Toucans, Sheppard’s and many more! When you visit our site go ahead and contact Demetrius Sanders at anytime for any questions, comments and pricing.

FL411: We know why people love to have fun in Clearwater beach and taking on the task to protect people and ensure everyone has a good time is quite a responsibility. What type of challenges do you face?

3. Cabana Boy Brandon DAY

FL411: So Cabana Boy Brandon, How did running local tours happen for you? CBB: After learning the Clearwater Beach area and gaining enough knowledge about what tourists like to explore. My work ethic and love to be around people is what drives me everyday. FL411: What is your favorite moment of the day? CBB: My favorite moment in the day is to greeting and meeting people then seeing the smiles. FL411: What tours do your run? CBB: My favorites we do are; Tropics Boat Tours (dolphin sighting),Sunset Tours, and Booze Cruise and the Hurricane Pass Tour that runs on Caladesi Island and Honeymoon Island. FL411: How do people get in touch with you?

BANLS: We decided that Clearwater and the surrounding Bay Areas were the best place for us to start up business, just because there are so many opportunities out here. The only challenge we have had so far in this industry is finding No challenge. I feel so blessed to be able to have this opportunity to work with beautiful views and beautiful people.

CBB: Visit my website: CabanaboyBrandon.com for special promotions and discounts.

2. The Party Cab FL411: How long has The Party Cab been around town? Party Cab: 9 years. New year eve of 2014 I got a call from Jack and his wife (owner of Slyce Pizza) around 11:30 pm, so I told him “It’s gonna be midnight by the time I get there”. He insisted that I pick him up. By the time I got there it was around 11:50 and they come rushing to the car and said to me drive now, I said, “Why it’s almost midnight (New Years Eve), don’t you wanna stay in your restaurant? “. He told me to just to drive. So I drove away from Slyce. He and his wife looked at me and said, “Me and my wife, we talked about it, and both agreed that there is no other place we wanna be in the world but to be in The Party Cab with you and the Disco ball, that’s why we called you now at midnight! “ FL411: What a great story! But what about the other 99% of cab dwellers.. How do you do it? PC: I LOVE PEOPLE TOO MUCH. Most importantly, just knowing the risks people take drinking and driving. Also to show people that taking a cab can be fun AND responsible.

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FL411: So when would people use The Party Cab? Who do you get calls from?

FL411: Any great interesting stories you would like to share?

PC: Everyone! I go to airports, sporting events, ALOT of concerts, partys of all kind and some great company functions both private and public. You can see me driving and picking up and dropping off customers in Clearwater, Clearwater Beach and pick up at Tampa airport (TPA), Clearwater/St. Pete airport (PIE).

PC: OH WOW! They are so many: The great, the sad, the crazy, the funny, and the happy. But I keep it confidential!

FL411: Tell us why Clearwater Beach? PC: It (Clearwater Beach) was the least known beach at the time and most beautiful with the nicest and most respectful people. People in Clearwater are down to earth loving and living among the most perfect weather and water in the world. And of course, the clear and clean warm water, the beautiful sugar white sandy beaches, and fishing. Lot of love from everyone. Rich or poor, locals or visitors, peaceful and very safe place.

Where do people go for more information? Call: 727-678-2521 www.ThePartyCab.com The Party Cab The Original or Partycab Moses #thepartycab

FL411: Who are some well known people you have worked with?? PC: I have driven the mayor of Bellaire, movie stars and singers, football and baseball champs (Philly’s and Ray’s).

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CLEARWATER BEACH SPECIALFEATURE to send a message to anyone you see here, email us at info@fl-411.com

NIGHT 4. WE R PROMOTIONS FL411: How long has WE R PROMOTIONS been in business? WRP: Over 5 years FL411: Besides all the fun, what lead to the interest of opening a promotion company here in Town? WRP: As a former NYC dj I wanted to stay in the nightlife industry but take a different approach Who are your partners? And besides, FL411: I know many people who want to be a promoter..But how does your business work? WRP: Anyone looking to celebrate! (Celebration is a industry within its own) Anyone looking for a day/night on the town ( Clearwater Beach /St. Pete and beyond) . Perhaps someone requesting VIP bottle service. Also nightclubs and business who are looking to have large scale events. FL411: What do you love most about Clearwater Beach? WRP: Shephards beach resort. The atmosphere and vibe is alot different in Clearwater Beach.. For locals it’s like a vacation everytime you step onto the beach. Being in Clearwater Beach is one of the nations top beaches makes it a perfect destination for anyone looking to have fun. Shephard’s beach resort is an amazing venue and continues to be well known to hospitality and event industry around the country for outstanding events.

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FL411: How long have you had your travel agency, ALREADY GONE? AGT: I have been in business since 1989. I started with booking large groups every year to ski location in Colorado and Vermont. Vacation included renting large homes on the ski slopes and having the vacations all inclusive. Every single detail was taken care of and clients loved it. This great service turned into more referrals and more bookings. I have been booking destination travel to places all over the world and for many years. In a very short time. I knew I had a gift of great service and travel knowledge that Clients loved.

FL411: So what is the 411 on the people you have worked with.. I am sure it is a long list: WRP:I work with alot of artists such as George Acosta, Jump smokers, dj skribble, manufactured superstars, Jason derulo, Nikki Williams...just to name a few but you get the idea. FL411:What are some challenges you face/.. Promotions and DJ scene is competitive how do you stay ahead? WRP:24/7 of Keeping fresh themes to keep the crowd engaged- I love watching everyone have the time of there life. No better feeling than seeing an energetic crowd all with smiles on their face to something you created. FL411: What is the most interesting story that has happened on the job or with a client that you could share? WRP: By booking an artist by the name George Acosta so many times and becoming good friends I ended up being a booking agent for his record label so good music. This has led us into hosting events in the famous south beach Miami at venues like The Clevelander, The Viceroy & more. The door that opened for me after years of hard work is the most amazing story I can think of! Additional info:

Andrew Cicale 727 420 2875 werpromotions WeRpromotions.com

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FL411: What was your inspiration- How did you know that this was this business you wanted to start? AGT: I always knew I wanted to be in the travel industry. I love to travel and wanted other people to have those same experiences. Travel opens many doors and exposes us to many different life cultures and world experiences. The best way to do that is to start your own business and travel the world with your clients as a tour conductor and guide. This made it even more special because I had already built a trust relationship with my clients and they know that if I am going they would want to go too. FL411: Tell why you have your business in Clearwater Beach? AGT: I want to tell you I have traveled the world but Clearwater Beach is a great and special destination. Pier 60 Regional Chamber Visitor Center is a wealth of

information at # 1 Causeway Blvd for the newly arrived visitors. They have all the information for where to eat, what to see, and what to do. Sunsets at PIER 60 on the beach are not to be missed. The Sunsets here are as if the sun is melting into the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Clearwater Beach has wonderful restaurants. Grouper sandwich is one my favorite.

FL411: What is the biggest challenge you face in the travel industry today? AGT: The challenge in the tourist industry today is that clients have so many options with information and internet options they do not know which direction to go. A travel agent is a professional that saves you time and money. Deborah Christofferson Already Gone Travel / Trips INC. Clearwater Office 719 393 3283 Colorado office 719 488 8100

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6. AMBER DAVIS

ISLAND ESTATES REALTY

110 Island Way Clearwater, FL 33767 727-743-2722 cell 727-447-0040 office 727-446-2691 fax www.CallAmber.com callamber@hotmail.com FL411: Amber, how long have you been a realtor in clwb? Amber: I began my real estate career in Clearwater almost 10 years ago. 6 years ago I moved to Island Estate Realty so I could work for a highly respected company and work in my neighborhood. Before that I was a bartender. FL411: What has been your most highlighted career moment? Amber: My first sale was a thrill but each time I find a property for someone at a great price never gets old. I feel great and then celebrate with my clients with Champagne. FL411: Amber share with our readers why they should choose Clearwater Beach for when looking at real estate investment. Amber: The people and community. Clearwater Beach has some great events all year round and with the great art, music, theater and more..you feel so connected! This is a community where you know your neighbors and care about what happens next door and down the street. Some great events that you don’t want to miss are The Clearwater Jazz Festival, The Boat Races, The Grand Prix, and of course Gasarilla. So many events all year round all over the bay area. FL411: What would be a good tip for newcomers to cl? In search of a property? Amber: Work with an experienced and established realtor and learn about the community before you visit. You can go to our website (WWW. ISLANDESTATESREALTY.COM) and see virtual tours of our beautiful area. Don’t forget to look me up as I would love to get to know you! Next,make sure you vist WWW.BEACHCHAMBER.COM for live beach cams and what is happening in our beautiful beach communities. FL411: Describe the clwb lifestyle in 1 sentence. Amber: How about one word. Laidback . FL411: Can you share a great real estate story? Amber: One of the first rentals I did for a couple was sight unseen. I took extra phots, measured rooms and walked them through the process. When they arrived to meet me, we discovered that the renters lived a few blocks from the owners in Chicago! FL411: We know there are some celebs, sport figures and politicians who frequent our beaches...any fun stories you can share? Amber: While the film DOLPHIN TALE was shooting here in Clearwater Beach Harry Connick Jr was seen doing his push ups outside my friend’s townhouse.. Nice guy harry.... and cute too!

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PAPARAZZI

DJ Cabana Boy Brandon Rocking The House

Have a Drink after Golf@The Brown Boxer CWB

Get Your Beach On@ Caddy’s in Treasure Island

Hippie Night@The Shipwreck North end of CWB

Good Times@Sheppards Clearwater Beach

Getting Ready to paint it up@ Pinots Palette in St.Pete

Good Times@The Fat Cat Tavern

Music Everyday of the week@ The Beachfyre CWB

Your Among Friends@The Tavern at Bayboro

Nothing Like a Good Time with friends@The Palm Pavilion

Shots Among Friends@The Brown Boxer CWB

This is WHY you DON’T Drink&Drive - call PartyTaxi!

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BARGUIDE

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$1 days - $1 Well Drinks - $1 Domestic Draft / $21 Wines with $7.99 food purchase

mexican monday $7.99 fajitas $1 Taco $1 Margaritas

$9.99 chef special $2 Long Island

Whiskey Wedesday $1 Well, $2 Call, $3 Premiums

$1.50 domestic bottles meatloaf $8.99

Live music Tiki bar on the beach $3.50 coronas $4.50 heinekens

Live music Tiki bar on the beach $3.50 coronas $4.50 heinekens

Live music Tiki bar on the beach $3.50 coronas $4.50 heinekens

Live music Tiki bar on the beach $3.50 coronas $4.50 heinekens

Live music Tiki bar on the beach $3.50 coronas $4.50 heinekens

Live music Tiki bar on the beach $3.50 coronas $4.50 heinekens

Live music Tiki bar on the beach $3.50 coronas $4.50 heinekens

live music 5-8pm 2-4-1 well, domestic & call

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live music 5-8pm 2-4-1 well, domestic & call

$1 days - $1 Well Drinks 12oz. Prime rib $15.99 - $1 Domestic Draft / $21 Beer Battered Wines with $7.99 food haddock $9.99 purchase

happy hour 5-7pm happy hour 5-7pm happy hour 5-7pm happy hour 5-7pm happy hour 5-7pm happy hour 5-7pm happy hour 5-7pm 1/2 off wells, calls, 1/2 off wells, calls, 1/2 off wells, calls, 1/2 off wells, calls, 1/2 off wells, calls, 1/2 off wells, calls, 1/2 off wells, calls, wines & domestic drafts wines & domestic drafts wines & domestic drafts wines & domestic drafts wines & domestic drafts wines & domestic drafts wines & domestic drafts 1/2 off food *rotates daily 1/2 off food *rotates daily 1/2 off food *rotates daily 1/2 off food *rotates daily 1/2 off food *rotates daily 1/2 off food *rotates daily 1/2 off food *rotates daily

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happy hour open til 7pm $1 off all draft beer & wine

happy hour open til 7pm $1 off all draft beer & wine

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Live entertainment

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happy hour open til 7pm $1 off all draft beer & wine

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Jessica Rose on Guitar $3 off pitcher Sangria

DJ CABANA BOY BRANDON 8pm- late

daily food and beer specials

Bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas 11am-4pm 1/2 Price Wine Bottle 50% Off Wine Bottle Night All you can eat, Sunday Night Brunch Buffet, 11am

happy hour BLOODY MARY BAR, opens 11am-7pm at 9am! $2 well / $2 draft / $2 wine

happy hour 11am-7pm $2 well / $2 draft / $2 wine

Stick Martin 8pm - late

Brian Caudell 8pm-11pm

Noah Broe on Guitar Pit Beef Sandwich $5.95

Sal on Guitar $5 Nachos

Happy Hour, 3pm-7pm Happy Hour, 3pm-7pm 2 Draft, $4 Crafts Beers, Boutique Oyster Night, $5 Moscow Mules, Boutique Oyster Night $2 House Wines & $2 Wells fresh Oysters 1/2 Price Apps Midnight Mojito, Margarita’s Thirsty Thursday, $10 1/2 Price Apps Midnight to 3am Teapot Cocktails to 3am

happy hour 11am-7pm $2 well / $2 draft / $2 wine

happy hour 11am-7pm $2 well / $2 draft / $2 wine

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CARLOS and JOE @ 3PM

MARGARITA MONDAYS! $4.75 Margaritas $2 Tacos

Elvis LIVES! @ 6:30PM

Stacey Knights Cool Jazz on Hot Nights! @ 6PM

Fueled Fridays! @ 9:30PM Sizzlin’ Saturdays! @ Rockin’ Pianos @ 7PM gatorscafe.com for 9:30PM gatorscafe.com tonight’s rock band! for tonight’s band!

game day sunday $3 blue moon drafts $4 three olive

Mason jar monday .40 wings $4 Wells and select drafts

All night happy hour #3 wells $5 small plates

Trivia & yard night 7p - close $4 jack Daniels

three for all 7live music $3 craft cocktails $3 purple haze

pix & mix buckets 15% off buckets $7 goose and bull live music

7p- close $10 yard cocktails $4.50 sam adams

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GETOUT

March 8, 2014

Official Spring Break Launch Party w/ Special Guest Dash Berlin

You are not going to want to miss this! Hogan’s does it again with one of our favorite DJ’s, DASH BERLIN making a stop off his #musiclife world tour. If you ready to party, then get your tickets before they are all gone! On sale now at www.Ticketfly.com

Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training

March 8, 2014

MardiGras in Treasure Island Spring Break Saturdays continues with the ultimate Mardi Gras waterfront bash! $3 Bud Light Lime, $3 Jameson and promos with HOT 101.5! Live music 3PMclose, with lots of BEADS! www.gatorscafe.com

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Don’t miss your chance to see the Phillies in action this spring as Phillies Spring Training individual game tickets are on sale now. The Florida Grapefruit League is squeezing out some of the very best talent that you can see for a fraction of the cost of an MLB game. Nearly 40 former players will be on hand for the first Phillies Alumni Day in Spring Training on a sunny and beautiful Saturday, March 8th. Follow all the action on their website if you can’t make it out but remember, you have the whole month to get out there and catch a game. You won’t be disappointed. philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com

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March 22, 2014 Doors open at 8pm

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Simply put, the Cleveland quartet is one of the most important groups in hip-hop history; breaking down doors for other Midwestern rappers; launching their successful Mo Thugs record company and introducing mindsplitting, rapid-fire rapping and angelic harmonies with melodic production to the genre. They are coming to you live at St. Pete’s top stage, and sure to give one stellar performance. Tickets on sale online or available at the door day of the show. www.jannuslive.com


March 8, 2014

WildSplash 2014

March 28-30, 2014

FIRESTONE Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Downtown St. Petersburg. Series of races along a picturesque 14 turn, 1.8 mile temporary track. Features the IndyCar, Firestone Indy Lights, Pro Mazda Championship, USF2000 National Championship, Pirelli World Challenge Championships. Plus Expanded Bright House Speed Zone, Yacht Club, Indy Fan Village, autograph sessions, Ferris Wheel, go cart racing, celebrity sightings and more! www.gpstpete.com

Join 94.1 and some amazing talent at one of the biggest shows of the summer. Check website out for preparty/afterparty info. Check this lineup out; Gates Open – 1:00pm Ty Dolla $ign – 2:30pm Far East Movement – 2:55pm Kid Ink – 3:25pm Sage The Gemini – 3:55pm Rich Homie Quan – 4:25pm B.o.B – 5:15pm Wiz Khalifa – 6:30pm So “roll up” with Wiz and start the month off right! wild941.cbslocal.com

March 19-23, 2014

Gasparilla Film Festival First launched in the summer of 2006, the Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) has grown into an entertaining and educational year-round entity in Tampa Bay. This year GIFF received a record-number of submissions, totaling more than 500+ films from across the world. The GIFF Programming Team narrowed its selections down to 100 films which will be screened at the Tampa Theatre, Cinébistro at Hyde Park and Muvico Centro Ybor 20, Tampa Art Museum and Firehouse Cultural Center during the Festival. For more information about the Gasparilla International Film Festival or to view the full list of featured films, visit: GasparillaFilmFestival.com

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March 10-16, 2014 Formerly the Tampa Bay Championship, the Valspar Championship is part of PGA Tour Championship 2014 at the Innisbrook golf and spa resort in Florida. www.valsparchampionships.com

March 8, 2014

2nd Annual Glow for Education Pub Crawl

The GFWC Tampa Junior Woman’s Club is excited to host our 2nd Annual Glow For Education Pub Crawl! So pull out your fluorescent and/or brightly colored outfits this Sat, and help us light up the night in SOHO to raise money for local college bound students. 100% of the proceeds raised from the pub crawl will benefit our T.I.G.E.R. Scholarship Fund! Ybor Bars/Times: First Chance/Last Chance 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Reservoir 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm Gaspar’s Grotto 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm (Auction) Green Iguana 10:30 pm to 11:30 pm Tickets are available online, so get one. It’s for charity, www.tampajuniorwomansclub.com

March 21-23, 2014 Some of the world’s top BMX racers will make the trek to Oldsmar this weekend to compete in the Gator Nationals, one of the extreme sport’s most prestigious contests. www.oldsmarbmx.org

March 8 & 9, 2014

Gasparilla Music Festival Pick your flavor of music this weekend as this festival is sure to send you into another dimension, The 2014 festival will take place in Curtis Hixon Riverfront Park and Kiley Gardens Park on March 8th & 9th and will feature musical acts from a wide variety of genres on several stages and cuisine from the region’s top restaurants. As part of its mission to support and promote music and education, the organization is involved throughout the year in several initiatives including providing scholarships to music students. gasparillamusicfestival.com

March 7, 2014 If your in town any FIRST FRIDAY of any month and you have to get to downtown St. Pete!

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IT’S OYSTER SEASON IN DOWNTOWN ST. PETE By Jordan Oliver Very rarely is a restaurant as superbly well

rounded as The Oyster Bar on Central Avenue in downtown St. Pete. As the name suggests, you won’t find better oysters anywhere. The Oyster Bar takes pride in the various ways they dish out these shelled favorites… and for good reason. The menu is kicked off with an impressive variety of fresh, cooked to order Oyster offerings. Rockefeller, Parmesan-Herb Crusted, and Cajun are some highlights. The beauty of the shockingly large variety is not only how much fun they are to share and savor, but in knowing there is always something worth returning for. The pearl of Central Avenue is the perfect place to settle in for lunch or dinner, kick off or finish your night. The classy bar stirs with finely tuned libations of all kinds and a distinguished selection of wine. Be sure not to pass up the chance to sample one of their famous Oyster Shooters. Grab a table outside and take in the catching energy teaming all around in the heart of the best strip in St. Pete. There is a relaxed yet sophisticated feel here that manages to enchant diners. The culinary perfection of the Oyster Bar extends

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well beyond their signature dish. Local Red Grouper, Herb-Seared Yellowfin, and Seared Diver Scallops are a seafood lover’s delight. Their impressive Pinot Noir Braised Duck Leg, choice cut Steaks, and Grilled Vegetable stack are just a couple examples of how the Oyster Bar has taken careful steps to ensure there is something for everyone. In fact, there is nothing on the menu that won’t leave your mouth watering. Creamy Risotto, Lemon Aioli, and Blue Cheese Fondue are just a few of the included ingredients you can expect to come with your choice. The hardest part is choosing, and their friendly and knowledgeable staff is always on hand to guide you with ease to a great pairing. In addition to the excellent food and drinks always delivered at the Oyster Bar, patrons are treated to a great vibe and chic restaurant interior. The brick work inside is all class, and there is not a better place in town for a romantic date night. The Oyster Bar’s design is smart and well thought out. With such care, it comes as no surprise that this is consistently ranked as one of the best spots in town and surely will be for a long time to come.

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Seasoned bartender and a personality! Our favorite bartender pours a draft in between shucking raw oysters for a packed house. Easily one of the best downtown St. Pete has to offer.


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rifts that mellow your mood, and lyrics that rope you in and leave you wanting more. If you are tired of fist pumping the night away while trying to decipher the difference between dub-step and house music, be sure to grab a seat and a drink (or 5) at a Burning Trees show. They have a way with the crowd, and always keep the good vibes rolling with refreshing new beats that makes you sink into your bar stool, and stay for another round. Individually Dave, Mike, Mark, and Frank are highly skilled craftsmen of a lost art, but when they come together in one ensemble it’s like making love to your Great White Buffalo (the one that got away). You definitely don’t want to miss out on their upcoming St. Patty’s Day show at the St. Pete Block Party as it’s sure to put you in the right mood to party the night away as if everyone was a reggaeton leprechaun. Make sure you show Burning Trees some love on your favorite social media site, so you can stay up to date on all of the latest band musings, and find their next show in your backyard. I would try and catch one of their upcoming shows if I were you though, because once their new album drops you may find it difficult to grab a ticket (or a seat) anywhere in the state.

by Mike Poepping

These guys are the best thing to hit the Bay area in a long time. With mellow moods teaming up with the warm weather, it’s no wonder Burning Tree is what people talk about these days.

re your ears tired of A bleeding from the overly electronic sounds that go

bump in the night week after week around Tampa and St. Pete? Do you ever wonder what would happen 9 months after you crammed Sublime, Slightly Stoopid, and some female groupies of Incubus into one post concert VIP room? Well you don’t have to wonder any longer because Burning

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Trees is exactly what would come from such a glorious situation. Their flowing reggae tones are a delightfully refreshing take on the classic genre, and their rock influences give their songs an edge that is unrivaled in the area, possibly even the region. Burning Trees have truly stepped up their game on their new EP, which is set to drop in late spring. It is sure to lift your spirits with

New Album Dropping Soon! www.BurningTreeLive.com

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Vertigo

By Jordan Oliver Allen is an Irishman who cares about his craft. He is the real deal, and his passion is evident in every pour. It’s the level of quality one comes to expect from Vertigo, the hottest new club in the Clearwater and St. Petersburg area. This high energy nightlife destination is absolutely gorgeous inside and out. Vertigo has spared no expense and leaves nothing to be desired. The skilled team offers up craft cocktails, full bottle service, and the best VIP rooms in greater Tampa Bay. Every week brings exclusive events and specials. The aptly named Sky bar comes with live house music, chic cabanas and an extensive selection of all you can smoke hookahs. Inside you will find three more fully stocked bars, and plush VIP areas that give Vegas and Miami a run for their money. Vertigo further proves its ultrastatus by showcasing unbelievable national headlining acts like Starkillers. Vertigo is THE premier destination and a force to be reckoned with. The quality is beyond measure and not to be missed.

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Impulse @ Toasted Gators Monkey By Jordan Oliver

By Jordan Oliver Life seems to go on without effort with the soothing music of bands like Impulse, one of many local greats regularly featured at the Toasted Monkey on St. Pete Beach. Life is good here and it is hard to imagine it any better. The Toasted Monkey is directly on the beach and does a great job of bringing the West Indies Tropical vibe to St. Pete. Any night of the week you will find talented artists setting the mood, playing Caribbean influenced world music, island beats, classic covers of favorites and so much more. Serious local talent lives here; One man band Billy Agans, the Tyson Marshall Duo, and Josh Magwood just to name a few regulars. Where words fail to capture just how perfect it is here, the music succeeds. Live entertainment is featured 7 nights a week with two acts on the weekends. The great sounds are accompanied by a full delicious menu and bar, 25 TVs, a beach deck, and great friendly service. Happy hour starts at 11am and the bands usually stick around through beautiful sunsets until 10pm

Gators boasts a menu just as extensive, colorful and perfect as the place itself. Every day their attentive staff serves up a fresh and mouthwatering variety of classic favorites and original creations. Their lunch specials are constantly evolving and together with the ambiance it’s hard to find anything better. From a crisp and perfectly arranged Chicken Caesar Flatbread one day to a tender Steak Wrap the next, Gators has you covered. Sit and watch the boats go by on the beautiful turquoise water and dig into a generously sized Grouper Sandwich, or a plate of their special Treasure Island Rum Ribs. For over 20 years Gators has perfected this on the water landmark. From Mojo to Cajun, Burgers to Seafood… nothing is left out. Daily specials and events, and a generous happy hour make it easy to keep coming back. After the sun goes down settle in for a great night of delicious food, Gulf breezes, and live music. Pull up your boat or your bar stool and realize why everyone in the know says “Ya Gotta Go To Gators!” | FL411 MARCH 2014 21


MOVIES

Liam does it again with NON-STOP Review by Roger Tennis J-R Enterprises/CLIPS TV series | Film reviews and movie info at www.cinemaclips.com

During a transatlantic flight, alcoholic U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) receives text messages demanding that $150 million be transferred into an off-shore account or a passenger will be killed every 20 minutes. Against impossible odds, Marks must fight to save lives. “Non-Stop” is a fast-paced and entertaining whodunit. Liam Neeson proves once again that he’s a dominate figure in the action genre. He reunites with director Jaume Collet-Serra (“Unknown”) for this edge-of-yourseat thriller. Most of the film’s 106 minutes takes place aboard the plane - adding a touch of claustrophobia to this high-flying

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roller coaster ride. Along for the ride is a stellar supporting cast that includes Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Michelle Dockery, Nate Parker, Corey Stoll, Linus Roache, Anson Mount and Lupita Nyong’o - who is a Best Supporting Actress contender for her role in “12 Years a Slave”. The list of suspects is pretty much all of the passengers and crew. For mystery movie buffs, this is a tough one to solve. There are a couple of plot holes, but the numerous twists and turns leave no time to think about them. Even the predictable ending doesn’t detract from the fun. Filled with unending thrills, “Non-Stop” is first-class all the way.


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someone and make an actual connection? What if there are fireworks other than the ones on the beach? What if you may have met The One? Even more so, what if the feeling is mutual and your fling has fallen for you, too? If you think there is a chance that you are leaving Spring Break with love as your souvenir, here are five ways to keep the romance going after you part ways and head back home to Reality, USA:

Five Ways to Turn a Fling Into a Relationship Over Spring Break

BECAUSE LOVE HAPPENS WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT

Across the country, college students and young adults are partaking in a national pastime known as Spring Break, a week off from studies, work and responsibilities. Groups of guys and girls pile in cars for road trips, book flights to beach destinations or board trains to head for lakes and party towns. The destinations may be different, but the goal is the same, have as much fun as possible in seven days or less. A large number of the party goers

are – or behave as if they are – single. Tan bodies, overindulgence of alcohol and lack of clothing makes most of these locations a hedonistic mecca of temptation. The mentality of “What Happens Over Spring Break, Stays in Spring Break” becomes the motto of the week. Random hookups, one night stands and lip locking marathon fests increase with each ‘Vodka Red Bull’ and body shot poured. But what happens if you meet

Talk or text daily. Keep the good thing going by keeping the lines of communication open. In the morning, send a good morning text – at night, call or video chat to catch up on your day. Make this new person a part of your Top 5 people to talk to daily, or every other day. It will help to eliminate the distance. Plan to reconnect. Chances are if you are the typical student, your budget is pretty maxed out after this trip. But, if you plan properly, you can find a decent priced airfare 21 days out or you two can split the difference and meet somewhere halfway.

Be social. Connect on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. It opens up your worlds to each other and gives you a better insight to who this person is. Try not to get jealous over pictures or posts. Remember, they had a life before you. You are looking at ways to build a life with them now. Show you care. Mail a “Miss You” card, send a care package or text when his team wins a game. Little gestures can go a very long way. It’s a nice way to express to someone that even though you are apart, you are thinking about them. Keep it sexy. Chances are your spring break romance included some steamy sex or at least heavy petting. Keep that passion going, even at a distance. Avoid sexting at all costs – imagine the consequences if it doesn’t work out. Instead, playful phone sex or flirty texts can keep your libido in neutral until you have a chance to see each other again.

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CADDYS ON THE BEACH 9001 W Gulf Blvd, Sunset Beach, FL 727-360-4998 wwwcaddysontb.com

CADDYS ANYONE? I NEED A DRINK AND A SUNSET.

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Caddy’s is not just on the beach… Caddy’s owns the beach. When it comes to toes in the sand beach bars and restaurants, look no further. The pride of Sunset Beach offers up an unforgettable experience, no matter what you are in the mood for. This storied establishment is a destination in and of itself, and has been since 1946. Year after year regulars and newcomers alike settle in to enjoy the one of a kind Caddy’s experience. Patrons may come strolling in after a walk on the beach, or after a long flight to escape the winter. The magic of this place lies in its ability to make everyone feel like an old friend. You will find a staff always willing to go above and beyond to make the most of your stay. Feel like you own a slice of paradise in your own private cabana on the beach. Or simply sit back and relax under an umbrella in one of the many lounge chairs Caddy’s provides at no cost on the beach, steps away from the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. The service does not stop there. Caddy’s has thought of everything. The beach toys and picnic tables make for an unbeatable day on the beach with the kids. Sand castles abound outside, and big TVs inside make this the place to be on any given day. Everywhere you look it’s all smiles here. Families, couples, and singles all mingling to the beats of always great live music. And you never know when a friendly game of beach volleyball will come to life out back. Offered seven days a week with two different sets on Saturday and Sunday, the music at Caddy’s brings the best the local music scene has to offer. Island tunes, Classic Rock favorites, Smooth Jazz, and great Dance music can all be found here. It is a

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perfect complement to the delicious made to order food and cold drinks. The menu is bolstered by a legendary offering of delicious Barbeque, the best you will find anywhere. Smoked for six hours, the Barbeque is unforgettable. The ribs are worth the trip alone and like everything else come at a family friendly price. Don’t pass up the opportunity to sample the Corned Beef & Brisket, or one of their many always perfect sandwiches. The Reuben is done right and stacked high. The fresh fish sandwiches and seafood baskets are to die for. Get the kids a fried shrimp basket or some chicken fingers. Go big with the ½ pound Caddy Burger; go bigger with the stuff of legend “Sandkicker” burger, two never frozen ½ pound patties, stacked with double the bacon and cheese. A wide selection means there is something for everyone morning to night. That’s right, Caddy’s even offers a delicious on-the-beach breakfast every day from 8-11a.m. Try a fresh Florida orange juice mimosa, or the Caddy Bloody Mary to get your day kicked off. You won’t regret it; they are the best I’ve had. Yes, the drinks are always ice cold and mixed to perfection. Head upstairs to the 21 and up deck. There is not a better place on the Gulf coast to watch a sunset. Caddy’s full bar and experienced bar staff will serve up anything you’re looking for. The finishing touch is that you can take your drinks out on the beach. Get your toes wet while sipping on their delicious Rum Runner, or get a virgin Daiquiri for the kids. You can even slip your ice cold beer into a Caddy’s Koozie and just drift away. Caddy’s on the Beach is the perfect place to bring your family, your date, or just your friends. More so it is the perfect place to leave your worries behind. MARCH 2014

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food&spirits CADDYS ON THE BEACH

9000 W Gulf Blvd, Sunset Beach, FL 33706 (727) 360-4993 www.caddysotb.com

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f you’re in the St. Pete Beach area (more specifically around Treasure Island) and are looking for fun in the sun mixed with party time antics and adult beverages, than look no further than Caddy’s on the Beach. This quality gem has been a staple of the Treasure Island area for years, and has a reputation as the best place to grab a drink and relax on the water. This ocean side establishment is a 20 something’s diamond in the rough, and is a great place to start or finish a marathon day on the beach. You’ll definitely be impressed by the surroundings, whether you decide to sit inside the facility or out. The decorative indoor area will allow you to recharge the batteries after hanging in the sun for hours with your friends. It will also give you a different experience than the beach side lounging area does, which is great because when you get tired of your surrounds, you can change them up. The artfully playful décor is usually complemented by a DJ or band of sorts, whom never play a bad piece. This makes the atmosphere at Caddy’s unrivaled in the area, and shows why they’ve been a Treasure Island main stay for so long. One thing is certain you can’t go to Caddy’s on the Beach and have a bad time. Even if you’re in a sour mood heading there, whether due to traffic, or a bad day in general, once you park you’ll be transported to an island paradise that will have you sipping on your favorite drinks under a beachside table or cabana in no time flat! What’s that, oh you’re hungry you say, well Caddy’s has some good news for you: they’ve been long known to have Treasure Island’s best barbeque, so eat up!


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You’ll be able to indulge in some delicious down home fixin’s while staring at the scenery and the amazing Gulf of Mexico too. One taste of a Caddy’s BBQ Combo will have you rarin’ to go and reaching for another cold one. If you’re looking for more of a classic meal, try their St. Louis style ribs, which have been voted best on the beach. At Caddy’s, once the food is gone and your stomach has settled it’s time to get back in the game, and grab another round. If you’re feeling a little too full for more beer don’t worry, Caddy’s has thought of everything. They actually offer a full liquor bar to make sure you can get to your hazy paradise whichever way you want. So grab a classic beach cocktail such as a Mai Tai, or even a Margarita for a little Mexican flare and continue to enjoy all that is Caddy’s. Just make sure to tip the staff and you’ll be in your own little slice of heaven until it’s time to retreat back to the real world. If you need a break from the lively action at all corners, just head out for a relaxing walk on the beach to soak in Florida’s pristine coastline, and amazing views of the Gulf. After you decide it’s time to pull a Maverick and reengage, then head straight back to the bar and take advantage of one of the many specials Caddy’s runs throughout the week and weekend. The bottom line is that the bartenders are always cheerful, and the surroundings will have you wondering what time, and day it is after you sink in and let loose. Make sure you have your party hat on when visiting and you’ll love the upbeat tunes coming from every speaker, as well as the culture erupting all around you. This place is truly what a beach bar should be. Don’t let the neighborhood vibe from the road fool you, Caddy’s is like your favorite redneck uncle’s mullet, business in the front, and all party in the back. If you’re down to eat some delicious home style food, pound drinks for days, and dance the night away, I would make Caddy’s on the Beach your next (and possibly only) stop on St. Pete Beach, plain and simple. MARCH 2014

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REAL ESTATE Amber Davis ISLAND ESTATES REALTY

110 Island Way Clearwater, FL 33767 727-743-2722 cell 727-447-0040 office 727-446-2691 fax www.CallAmber.com callamber@hotmail.com

THE SELLERS MANTRA: Are you trying to sell your home or condo? Do you have a Realtor to assist you? Then here are five things you can do to help your Realtor sell your home for the most money in the least amount of time. 1. CLEAN!

You’ve seen properties that just look and smell clean, this is very attractive to home buyers. Make your home as clean and inviting as possible.

2. DECLUTTER

When your agent suggests you DECLUTTER take them seriously. Loaded counters, cluttered closets, refrigerators hidden under mass photos and magnets are all turn offs to buyers. Make your home more inviting by clearing out the personal items and ‘stuff’. Large closets that are filled to the brim won’t show well even if they provide a lot of extra storage, who can tell? Cabinets that are over flowing make it seem as though there is not enough cabinet space. Counter tops that are covered with small appliances and miscellaneous make it seem there will not be space to cook or work together on meals and entertaining. Make the most of your space even if you have to rent a storage unit for the short term, you will be surprised how nice your home really is!

3. PAINT

Touch up those walls, base boards and doors. While it seems like a small thing just a little touching up will make your home feel newer, cleaner and more inviting. Even a new color if you want to go the extra mile, have your Realtor help you decide and keep it simple.

4. FIX

If there is a torn screen, a broken window, tarnished address numbers outside or a slow drain, fixing it is well worth the time and effort. All systems should work without a hitch and all doors, windows and fixtures should be easy to operate.

5. SHINE

What ever your floors are made of they should be clean, windows sparkling and furniture polished or upholstery cleaned and freshened. Buy new accent pillows, a couch throw and a plug in scent (be careful not to overdo it) that makes your home feel ready for company. Your agent will tell you how much this helps with first impressions.

Of course there are more extreme things you can do, stage the property, move furniture out to make more space and so on but these simple items are easy to do and are very affordable. Visit some open houses on the weekend and observe what others do to make a home more attractive and take note of what turns you off so you can avoid those pitfalls.

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veryone knows a Realtor, or two, or three. There are several different types of Realtors. Chances are good that you know may know at least two types. 1 The Go Getter: He or she calls you daily, emails you as often or more and generally makes a nuisance of themselves 2 The Part-time Realtor who works when they have time. Most Realtors are full time and will be there when you need them to assist in your search and acquisition of property. Since the advent of the Internet and all the websites that are available most of the public use their own computers to search for properties and only contact a Realtor when they have found something of interest to them. Websites like Trulia and Zillow are great for information gathering however they are not able to sustain current market availability. What does this mean to you? Well, it may be difficult to tell if a property is still on the market, under contract or sold and most importantly what it really may look like inside and out. Building a relationship with a Realtor is one way to sort through the hundreds of sites offering

by Amber Davis

Real Estate information. Trulia and Zillow can be great ways to see what is or has been for sale in your area of interest and to evaluate the salability or your home but no one knows homes and properties better than a Realtor in the neighborhood you want to live in. New IDX systems are allowing agents to put search functions on their own websites where you can sign up and save searches directly from the MLS. These new searches enable you to stop hopping from site to site and re-entering your criteria each time you visit the site. You can contact your agent with one click of the mouse while you are looking at a property of interest. Visit my company website, www. IslandEstatesRealty.com to see how easy it is to search the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) and to get the assistance of a full time Realtor that is interested in helping you when you are ready and not pestering you in the meantime. Don’t forget to select Amber Davis as your contact so we can connect!Enjoy the process, stay focused on your real estate goal and your new real estate adventure! See you at the beach! MARCH 2014

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TRAVEL

Cruising Out of the Port of Tampa Bay Living here in Tampa, Clearwater and surrounding areas, gives us a great opportunity to take an exciting 3, 4, 5, or 7 day cruise. If you haven’t cruised before then now is the time to do it. You will have many wonderful ports of call, great food, fantastic service and the best on board entertainment ever. Major Cruise lines like Carnival do year round cruising to many Caribbean and Mexico destinations. Norwegian and Royal Caribbean offer a variety of Western Caribbean stops like Belize, Key West, Grand

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Cayman, and Honduras, Holland American operates longer itineraries like the Caribbean, Panama, South America, Europe, Canada/ New England, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Mexico and World Cruises. Seek your fun wandering spirit right from Tampa Bay which is second to none. Rates are very reasonable. Deborah Christofferson Already Gone Travel Clearwater Beach, Fl. 719.393.3283 alreadygonetravel@yahoo.com


WINEAFICIONADO

WINE and WINE NOTS by Gary Metzger - self proclaim Wine Coinsurer and Grape Activist

I always say that wine should be fun. Like buying a home or car .Perhaps you are sipping on a wonderful glass of Pinot Grigio while reading the great feature on Real Estate in the month’s issue of FL411. Or perhaps over the holidays you were given so many bottles of wine as gifts from some very very special (in my opinion) people. Many people are always asking me about wine. They say, Gary, what wine goes with this dinner for my family (the over 21 members of course)? Or, “Gary, I have this smokin’ date and want to impress on my wine knowledge.” Keep in mind for every different wine on the market there are at least five

opinions per each bottle on which is the better wine. However it is gratifying to always exchange ideas and experience with fellow wine enthusiasts. Hopefully, there will be a bit of new knowledge you can take from my article. When FL411 asked to write about wine, my first instinct was to grab a beautiful bottle in my private collection get the computer out, turn on some music and share my knowledge with the masses. I hope you enjoy this as much as I had fun drinking (I mean) writing this feature. Remember everyone, learning just a little will help you enjoy the wine and more important respect the trade, the agriculture and the history of wine.. Everything about wine is personal from the taste on your palette, to the color to the vineyard and now these days even the label. Yes I said it. The branding of wine. It is important because most people are buying wine based on what the label represents. But always remember, The most important decision is what YOU like and what food pairs with the wine. Wines have really taken over and advance in grape growing and wine making have led to very good wines at affordable prices . Wines aged in wood especially the reds will always cost more. For those just starting off with their wine experience good choices would be to find a wine that is off dry or semi sweet. rather than bone dry.. A good example would be Riesling (white and sweet) or Lambrusco (red and robust) Many American wines like Fetzer, Gallo, Taylor,

Italian Swiss Colony, Wolershim, Berringer (found in many restaurants.. distribution is also key to success), Mondovi are all OFF DRY and at a great price point. Sweet wines which can be fortified (brandy added) include: Port, some Sherries, Tokay, Sauterenes and some Ice wines Much taste testing is required until you find the one you like. However these are your wines that you will drink after dinner. Many Europeans continue this tradition in their households. I am thinking of traveling there next year for this exact reason. However, how can we talk about the after dinner wines when we have not had our main course? Grilled Steak cries for a big red wine like a merlot, cabernet, Pinto Noir or Shiraz. You may find many blends of these as well. Most recently a friend of mine is beating the drum on the amazing Argentinean Mendoza region which is producing such a tasting Malbec wines. Once her taste buds had a sample of an Argentinean Malbec.. I think I still see her doing Tangos around town! Back to our dinner. We are in a fishing mecca on the Gulf and while fish and pork is good with white wines like Chardonnay, Savignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio, You may find a nice Rose or Light Red will also do wonders to replenish you. Remember: The best meal is made with laughter, and wine Cheers!

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By Jordan Oliver

Florida is the #1 destination in the country for Spring Break, and the beaches from Clearwater to St. Pete are set to be hotter than ever this year. With a seemingly endless stretch of beach parties and hot bodies it’s no wonder that so many flock to this legendary stretch for the time of their lives.

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Clearwater Beach with its amazing sand and water

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Shephards gets crazy every day of the break

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Come see where the movie “Spring Breakers” was filmed!

off at Clearwater’s famous Pier 60 for some of the best people Start watching in the area. All month long you will find thousands coming to

watch the live street performers and enjoy the pristine beaches. Check out classic beach shops like Wings to get your neon gear, and everything you need to survive. Then hop down to Tropix Tiki Bar and grab one of their famous 32oz. Rum Runners. Throughout Spring Break season you will find a great mix of people pulling up and dropping anchor to enjoy the great vibe, live music and drink specials.

this festival is sure to draw in the Spring Breakers looking for a day spent partying off the sand. Newcomer Hogan’s Beach has something huge planned too, kicking off the season with worldwide top ten DJ Dash Berlin on March 9th. This is a party designed with the Spring Breaker in mind, so don’t miss out. Further south the party will be at Mickey Quinn’s. They too have a four day extravaganza planned for the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. No cover, tons of live music and specials, and their stone’s throw to the beach location is the

For the ultimate and hottest Spring Break party, Shephard’s Beach Resort is the one place you cannot miss. This Spring Break Mecca is suited up and ready to put on an unforgettable display of fun in the sun. All month long Shephard’s will host 93.3FLZ every Saturday night for the bay area’s best time. Beach Party Sunday’s put some of the best DJ’s from around the country pool side. Don’t miss their famous Booty Shakin’ and Hot Body contests on Monday & Tuesday nights in the Wave nightclub. March 14-17th will bring the mother of all Spring Break parties. An epic clash of Spring Breakers and St. Patty’s day shakers will file in to experience this four day event headlined by Vanilla Ice and DJ Scribble. With a never ending list of drink specials and their newly renovated pool, Shephard’s is sure to have everything on your Spring Break bucket list. Over at Coachman Park the Wild Splash 2014 will be kicking off on March 8th. There is no doubt this annual event put on by WiLD 94.1 will be a good time. With huge acts like Wiz Khalifa, B.O.B. and Far East Movement,

perfect combination for a great time. Down at St. John’s Pass and into St. Pete Beach there is no shortage of beachside fun. Gators will hold “Spring Break Saturdays” all month long. Each will bring $3 drink specials and a not to be passed up theme party. Home of the world’s longest waterfront bar, four stages and eight bars, there is something for everyone here. A short drive down Gulf Boulevard and you will land at Caddy’s on the Beach… the only spot on Treasure Island you can take your drinks on the sand. They have plenty of ice cold libations, live music and great people abound. Just a bit South at Undertow Beach Bar, you will find great drink specials and plenty of bikini clad patrons strolling in off the beach. All month long Undertow will be catering to those looking to have a great time. For the epic and die-hard Spring Breakers and those just looking for some fun in the sun, the Gulf Coast of Tampa Bay is definitely the only option you need. Here you will truly feel like it is Spring Break forever… MARCH 2014

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SPORTSTALK

The heart and soul of the Hornets, Dennis Cavalcanti showed up to play. With two goals under his belt in the championship game, his team was able to overcome Dirty Money and bring the Keg home to it’s rightful owners. Pro scouts were in attendance and were very impressed with the skill level of the league. Bob Thomas, a minor league scout noted, “There are all kinds of players in this league. One thing remains true, the work ethic of the players is enough to sell tickets. I think there is some serious potential in these athletes and in the league.” Talks of an affiliation are underway. One thing is certian, if you missed this game then your not out of luck! League play begins in the first It’s been an emotional ride over the past few weeks as the world’s top athletes week of March and all the action can be found at Clearwahave competed fiercly for gold medals. Now let’s be completely honest here, ter Ice Arena every Thursday Hockey is really the only sport that was worth watching. USA vs RUSSIA? from 8-11pm! CANADA vs USA? And the Euro hotbed was nothing short of fun to watch. Come support the league But the real story happened right here in your backyard, where Tampa Bay’s champs as they battle hard to top athletes took the stage at Clearwater Ice Arena to fight hard for true gold keep the Keg where it rightly belongs. in a real close final game against some true competitors, Dirty Money.

USA LOST THE GOLD, HORNETS WIN THE KEG

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WHATS HOT

Pebble Steel smartwatch PebbleSteel There’s no question in my mind that the most generally useful of all the wearable devices at CES 2014 was the Pebble smartwatch. The famous Kickstarter project that raised over $10 million in 2012, released its 2.0 product at CES 2014, the Pebble Steel. It also announced that its appstore for the Pebble will launch at the end of January and they’ve already signed up key partners such as ESPN, Mercedes-Benz, Pandora, Yelp, Foursquare, GoPro, and iControl that will extend the functionality of the smartwatch. However, even its core functionality provides lots of value with its alerts and glanceable information. The new Pebble Steel features the same software as the original Pebble but sports a major design and materials upgrade, going from mostly plastic and nylon to metal and leather. The Pebble Steel comes in brushed steel or matte black, has a much smaller bezel, and comes with both a metal band and a leather band. It looks like something you’d see a professional wearing, and not just a tech geek. The Pebble outpaces its larger rivals in the usability and usefulness of its product. However, at CES, Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky told me that the products from the big tech companies aren’t the primary competitors to Pebble. The biggest challenge is people no longer wanting to wear watches.

LG G FLEX LG

Hewlett-Packard’s Android PCs HP HP’s headliner at CES was the announcement that it’s putting Android on PCs. It’s a slightly odd and surprising move given that Google has discouraged this kind of thing and has pushed PC vendors toward Chromebooks. However, HP makes the case that Android’s robust app ecosystem and the fact that it’s already been readied for the enterprise because of BYOD makes it more of a sure thing for businesses. The company released five different models and sees these ranging from video conferencing systems to kiosks to standard productivity devices for knowledge workers. The base prices range from $399 to $899 and the first models go on sale March 6.

With more than six decades of consumer electronics experience around the globe, LG has proven itself to be a champion of innovation. LG has now leveraged that expertise, forever changing the very shape of the smartphone category by creating the new G Flex, the world’s first curved, flexible smartphone*. Driven by LG’s industry expertise in high-end OLED (organic light-emitting diode) displays, the G Flex represents the latest in OLED screen technology. Borrowing from our growing expertise in curved OLED TVs, the G Flex now brings you a curved form factor that fits in the palm of your hand. Discover the LG G Flex. Featuring innovative technology and a sleek, curved design our flexible phone not only delivers a more comfortable grip and fit, but offers better voice and sound quality. Along with its stunning vertical curve, the LG Flex also features a rear key to help you avoid accidentally powering off your device, as well as QuickTheater, Dual Window and Face Detection technology, a camera timer and an urgent call alert system. Additionally, our flexible cell phone boasts a “self-healing” coating on the back cover, which gives it the ability to recover from scratches and nicks, so your G Flex will look as beautiful as it performs. MARCH 2014

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Horoscopes HOROSCOPES Pisces : Your month gets off to an utterly

Sagittarius - Widening the vistas of your amazing start! You’ve been working hard very existence this with month makes you lately: Gettingisinwhat touch your feelings, do. You still extend warmth and friendship, understanding your creative impulses, letting yourself and reallyatfeel alive. you’re as well aslove cooperation work. All Now, the trends a perfectly space as again series –inwhich startedreceptive last month will now mo-of life’s gifts,focus big and flow your way. mentum, andsmall, direction.

Capricorn - Recognition, re- Gemini - This is a very playful Aries: Reevaluation can sound is the destination, and as long as you’re wards, greater power and pres- period of the year, when you are

intimidating but it can also be a total tige, even your assets, property, relief to reevaluate and realize that belongings are enhanced greatwhat you thought you had to have to ly. The time is being truly genbe a complete human being isn’t so erous, and you deserve it. Your important, after all. So, even if a project vision is practical right now, and scares you a little on the 1st or 2nd, you want to see tangible results reevaluate. Go for it! Seriously. You’ll for your efforts. feel better and clearer afterwards. Taurus: You attract the attention of Aquarius - Long-distance and someone very, very cute, the way a foreign connections, exchange flower attracts a honeybee on the 7th, and trade will be favored. You’ll 8th and 9th. Turn your petals towards travel a fair amount and may the sun and let the pollen be collected! strike up a chance acquaintance Soon, it will be turned into sweet, sweet who shares your views, ideals honey. and ideas. Gemini: Practice the misunderstanding correction skills you Pisces - Once again, you’ll have were working on sharpening earlier to focus your attention on money this month. By the 22nd and 23rd, don’t matters (legacies, trusts, loans forget to really be honest with yourself or fund-raising) even though about how much power you have in this there may still be some health situation. A new perspective on an old problems nagging at you. Pendissue transforms that issue for both (or ing matters may come to an end. all three) of you, on the 26th and 27th. Communicate, communicate and then Aries - Now the focus shifts on talk it over some more on the 30th and people and relationships, rang31st. You’ve been working towards this ing from personal to platonic to all month! just professional. You will realize Cancer: You start the month out super that to help you achieve success in tune with the folks around you on the your people skills need to be 1st and 2nd. By the super receptive 5th, honed. 6th and 7th, you are open to the signals coming from the universe (and from Taurus - There may be some your boss’ office). This can only mean mental strain, or perhaps finangood things for you! cial difficulties, particularly relatLeo: As the month gets going on the ing to held-up payments that are 1st and 2nd, you’d do better to focus still pending, salaries, servants, your energies on art than on finance. health and employee benefits Art is where the good stuff comes from. or perhaps a bad debt and/or a So go to a museum, but don’t commit to check. any partnerships you haven’t thoroughly vetted. Paint with your fingers, but don’t Scorpio - You will have a sense refinance using a package you don’t of awareness of your own limitareally understand the ins-and-outs of. tions this month, leading up to Virgo: There are days when you just your lunar phase, be they physget so much done! And then there are ical, emotional or even financial, days like the 1st and 2nd, when you as well as a sense of being conprobably won’t accomplish a heck of a fined and restricted. No you limlot. But don’t worry: After all, the journey itations this month.

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enjoying yourself, that’s all that really inspired(seriously!). creativelyThose and fiemotionmatters les will get ally. After a period of self-proorganized another day. Promise. tectiveness, aresure nowif more Libra: If youyou aren’t you’re spontaneous and more willing coming or going on the 1st and 2nd, to take risks. rich, and then it could be Ahard for fruitful you to make happy phase comes andto an informed choice whentoit you comes you’re enjoying it. which direction you should be heading in. Don’t worry: Tread water for a little Cancer - House or office while and see where the current may of life require takes you renovation, refurbishing or expansion. Perhaps a Scorpio: Who doesn’t love even romance, shift for either the office home holding hands in the rain, holding hands factory/workplace. You in the sun, holding hands in thewant light working conditions that dusting of snow, holding hands satison the way, heck, physically, fifyrstyou day in of aevery heat wave, holding technically and in the prevailing hands in whatever weather there atmosphere and will you take happens to be, wherever arepains on the to achieve that. that’s who! And 1st and 2nd?just Nobody, you’re going to love holding hands like Leobest - You still need to learn to the of them relate better others,has but now Sagittarius: with Everybody those it’s more on the intimate days when the alarm goes off andand you personal thein exchange just want tolevel keep –lying bed. If you of ideas, innermost thoughts, have one on the 1st or 2nd, keep lying in personal beliefs rather than bed, if you possibly can! If you mustthe get emotions. Familywithties, linkages up, then be gentle yourself. Don’t of loving and you caring now work harder than have to — ifbeyou come sharing. off Vital can put something untilcorresponlater and get dence andrest contacts not be some more now, do must it. neglected. Capricorn: You are a veritable fount of creativity your fount is bubbling Virgo A time youYou willfeel truly over on- the 1st when and 2nd! so needcreative, to “walkit’sthe talk”, stand by darn amazing. Now, your youris beliefs andthis convictions. You job to channel amazing energy will have a lot on your plate and into some super productive projects. most of it will pertain to money Harness your imagination, and there’s – both immediate needs no tellingfor where it might take you.and You future gains. can achieve a lot on the 15th and 16th, especially if you get up nice and early! Libra - It might be a good to Aquarius: Reevaluation cantime sound make a thorough scrutiny of the intimidating but it can also be a total real you, an honest assessment relief to reevaluate and realize that of your face, figure, health andto what you thought you had to have assets and seek to implement be a complete human being isn’t so a make-over where necessary. important, after all. So, even if a project The truly personal scares you intimate a little on and the 1st or 2nd, you, needsGotoforbeit! examined mireevaluate. Seriously. You’ll nutely and where there is room feel better and clearer afterwards. for improvements.

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY

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With everything going on this month, do you really think we could forget about one of the best day’s of the year? Here is your list of a few events that will be sure to give you what you want...and even what you don’s want, like a hangover.

Spring break and St. Pattys day have never really worked well together. However, living on the beach has its perks, and sometimes things can get a little boring. Fighting Spring break traffic on your way tot the beach makes me so thirsty! So take a look on the next page to see a few of our friends that are throwing parties just for your entertainment! See you out there! 38

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The festivities kick off bright and early at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 17. Expect live music all day with headlining bands Less Than Jake, A Wilhelm Scream, and Eye Empire. The Block Party will feature over nine different bars to get drinks from, an entire block area and huge parking lot, VIP Section with private VIP bar, discounted drinks, free food, and premier bathrooms. 98 Rock’s The Kage Kult Show will be broadcasting live from Durty Nelly’s and there will be tons of sponsors handing out free swag all throughout the party. Best of all, Durty Nelly’s St. Paddy’s Day Block Party is completely FREE to attend.

ST. PATTY’S RIVER DYE

Yacht StarShip is the place to be for a one of a kind St. Patrick’s Day experience on the green waters of Tampa! Cruise over the dyed green water up the Hillsborough River as part of the Mayor’s River O Green fest as you dine on a delicious Irish brunch buffet complete with corned beef and cabbage, drink green beer, and dance to Irish & contemporary music.

ST. PATTY’S DAY PARTY

IRISH 31 PADDYFEST 2014

Come get lucky at McDintons! You can sit down, dance or play giant Jenga outside or ping pong inside (weekdays only). Caution, it gets pretty crowded on weekend nights and after every big concert at Jannus. The staff is very friendly and efficient. The security is visible all over the place, so you know, no crazy shenanigans are going to take place. This Party is guaranteed to turn you irish! FREE tshirt for the first 500 people.

This is the biggest and greenest St. Patrick’s Day Party that you dont want to miss out on! A three-day street festival, PaddyFest includes live music, a Kids Zone, a $1,500 Cornhole Tournament, LED walls showing March Madness, and a St. Paddy Look-A-like Contest with the grand prize of a trip to Ireland. 3 days of green beer!!!??? Sign us up!

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WHO’SHOT

JAMES BEARD

FL411: James! So we hear your kind of a big deal around here? Jb: Well, I have been in the area for a bit and work in the service industry, so yeah I am lucky enough to meet a lot of people. Plus i’m just plain awesome. FL411: So slingin’ drinks behind a bar anywhere? I’ve heard things. Jb: You know I am! Uh oh, I hope you didn’t hear anything bad! I work in a few different spots; Drynk in SoHo, SIP social Lounge in St. Petersburg just to name a few! FL411: Where can our readers find you around town? Jb: This all depends on what time of the day it is! I seem to be the captain of team, “No Sleep” so I am always going! There’s too much fun to have to get out there! But after 6pm, you’ll probably find me going onto my bartending shift. After bar close....I know a few good spots that are open Till Dawn. If its’s past 6am, then I am probably winning more money than you can count at the Hard Rock. FL411: Have any cool stories, I am sure you have a million! Jb: Well I love my friends that I work with and this past year they decided to of course, throw me an awesome surprise birthday party. Now I can’t tell you everything that went on there, but I am sure you can browse youtube and find something. FL411: What is one thin you want to tell the readers about yourself, and how can they reach you? Jb: Well, we live on the beach and I pour drinks. What else do you need to know? All of you out there, come see me! Mention that you saw me in here and I will give you something amazing. My schedule is pretty standard every week so I always love new faces to meet! You can email info@fl-411.com and request my work schedule so I can give you a hangover! See ya soon! Visit me at #salmonUltraLounge if you dare.

JULIE SHADLE FL411: Hi Julie! Tell us a little bit about yourself! JS: I’m here in the Tampa area enjoying the golden brown beaches this March, unlike most of the country that’s still shoveling out snow. I’m very laid back and shy at first, until I get to know you, then I’ll start to open up... FL411: So what brought you to Tampa? JS: After living up North most of my life, I needed a break from the long cold winters. I”m enjoying this tropical life and not worrying about freezing my butt off. However, I have to watch myself this time of year because I might get run over by the out of town spring breakers. FL411: Where can our readers find you around town? JS: I’m usually in the St. Pete area relaxing and being low key. I tend to be more of a people watcher. If you see me around, don’t be afraid to say hi. I always enjoy good company and to listen to your stories. FL411: So it’s spring break here in Florida, what are some things you feel someone from out of town would want to do? JS: This isn’t Miami Beach, so please keep your tops on lol. I understand you want a break from school and go wild, but just take a minute and stroll the streets and settle down. Your bank account will appreciate it. FL411: What is one thin you want to tell the readers about yourself, and how can they reach you? JS: I’m the type of girl who’s past the weekend party scene. I like to just sit back on the beach and enjoy either some ice tea or if I want to be bad, pour me a margarita baby haha. I”m real

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