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Contents Summer 2018 10


MetroLife 8

The Publisher’s Notes

10 Biz Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa Makes A Major Impact

12 Art Marc Bouwer - A Designer for New Hollywood Glamour

14 Philanthropy DeBartolo Family Animal Shelter/Humane Society of Tampa Bay

16 Spotlights Events, Business & Promotions


22 Scene The Bay Area Social Scene

25 Metro Sponsored Events 25 Tampa Bay Heart Ball 26 Bern’s Winefest No. 21 28 Pride & Passion

MetroHome 32 Home Tour Castle in the Clouds, Channelside High Rise Condo



38 Hot Property Key West Inspired Waterfront Estate, Davis Islands

40 Details Ingredients for a METRO Poolside Party

MetroGuide 74 Foodie Caretta on the Gulf, Sandpearl Resort

76 Weekender JW Marriott Grande Lakes Orlando

78 Getaway All Inclusive Hotel Riu Dunamar, Mexico

80 Getaway

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Summer Guide To Cool Summertime is time to relax and enjoy the pleasures of living where everyone else vacations. Discover new places, return to your favorites and check out METRO’S list of some great things to see and do, all in our backyard. COMPILED BY METRO STAFF

METRO COVER CREDITS PHOTOGRAPHER: Brian James, Brian James Gallery, FASHIONS: Mermosa Flagship Winery + Boutique, MAKEUP & HAIR ARTIST: Monique McLaughlin, Makeup & Hair by Monique, MODEL: Sue, Benz Models & Talent Agency,


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The Perry Hotel Key West at Stock Island Marina

82 Latitude Unique Sightings Around Tampa Bay

Special Sections 42 Metro’s Private School Directory Bay Area’s Top Private Schools

61 Faces of METRO Tampa Bay Celebrating Powerful People in Tampa Bay

73 Health + Beauty Guide Discover The Latest Trends And Products

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Publisher’s Notes Summertime is for Relaxing and Recharging

Cool off this summer with ideas in our annual Summer Guide to Cool. From the beach to museums and activities in between, METRO has discovered some outings to keep the kids occupied, so they won’t spend too much screen time inside. Get out there and enjoy all the parks, sports and cultural museums throughout the Tampa Bay area. We’ve also included some great restaurants and bars to satisfy the taste buds and quench the thirst, with stunning waterfront views. Summers are great for escaping with the family and whether you stay local, hop on a plane or drive, we’ve got a few recommendations. The JW Marriott at Grande Lakes in Orlando offers so many activities that the kids won’t even want to come home after spending time in the lazy river pool. A recent trip to Mexico included a stay at the all-inclusive Riu Dunamar. The brand new hotel in Costa Mujeres is family friendly and offers an excellent value. Key West holds a special place for me, as I proposed to Ronda in Key West, nearly 31 years ago. We’ve gone back many times through the years. Overlooking the marina on Stock Island, The Perry Hotel is a new boutique hotel that offers great service, dining and amenities. In METROHome Tour, we feature a beautiful Channelside condo that Gary and Josephine Schaaf put their signature touch on, and they call it their “Castle in the Clouds.” While the social season does slow down in the heat of summer, METRO is proud to support several charitable events. We hope to see you at Martinis for Moffit, Rays On The Runway, Celebrate Sinatra, The FARA Energy Ball and CITY. Enjoy,

Publisher / Managing Editor Ronda M. Parag Associate Publisher Patricia Vorbrich Executive Art Director Chad Vorbrich Contributing Writers Mary Lou Janson Contributing Photographers FotoBohemia Ryan G Photo Brian James Amy Pezzicara Robert Richards

President / CEO Stephen Parag II

Stephen Parag II Publisher/ Editor-in-Chief

Upcoming Metro Sponsored Events: July 21 July 29 Aug. 4 Aug. 5 Sept. 1 & 2 Sept. 14 Sept. 22 Sept. 29

Publisher / Editor-in-Chief Stephen Parag II

Martinis for Moffitt | Elegant Wedding Showcase | 21st Annual Celebrate Sinatra | Rays On The Runway | Summer of Rum Festival | Working Women State Conference | CITY: Fashion + Art + Culture | The FARA Energy Ball |

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Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa Makes A Major Impact By Ronda M. Parag

Set to become a premier destination resort in Tampa, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa announced a nearly $700 million expansion, making the Tampa location one of the largest casinos in America. The centerpiece of the expansion includes a new 15-story hotel. Once the new tower is complete, Seminole Hard Rock Tampa will have nearly 800 guest rooms, including 79 new suites. For VIP high rollers, the top floor of the new hotel will feature a private gaming parlor, with exclusive check in and private elevators to the rock star suites. Plans are underway for three new outdoor swimming pools, with a new outdoor Pool Grille bar and restaurant with 120 seats. For those that love to be pampered, a new Rock Spa & Salon will open in the new hotel tower offering luxurious services. Next fall, a new Italian restaurant will open to create a fine dining trifecta, along with Council Oak Steaks & Seafood and The Rez Grill. “The upscale design and collection of amenities are a great addition to the property and complement


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Joe Lupo, President Seminole Hard Rock Tampa

“The plans are very exciting and we are really looking forward to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa becoming a full destination resort, at the completion of our development in the summer of 2019,” said Joe Lupo, President of Seminole Hard Rock Tampa.

what Tampa Bay already has to offer,” said Lupo. “Providing new experiences with more gaming, 550 more rooms, three new restaurants, a 20,000 square foot Spa and our new Event Center, should lengthen the average stay of the Tampa Bay visitor to engage with all of the activities the region has to offer, much like Las Vegas.” To showcase concerts, conventions, trade shows and private events, the property will be constructing a 30,000-sq. ft. Seminole Hard Rock Event Center, to elevate music and entertainment programming. Six new retail shops will join the existing two retail outlets. “With a record number of tourists – over 116 million – traveling to Florida in 2017 and the Seminole Tribe’s commitment to Florida with expansions in Tampa and Hollywood, we certainly will be proud to see that trend continue in the future,” said Lupo. For more information, visit

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M: Who are some of your favorite women that you have designed for? B: One of the most memorable was Angelina Jolie. I created that white satin slip dress that she wore for the Oscars. Jolie was coming out from her wild child days and into this role as a philanthropic woman. It really put me into another fashion league. I also did seven videos with Shania Twain and created that signature hooded leopard coat and travel case in the desert video, That Don’t Impress Me Much. I’ve great memories of working with Whitney Houston creating her wedding dress, maternity clothes and outfits for her world tours and videos. Currently, Beyoncé is great to work with. I did that white sequin floor length gown for her concert for World Humanitarian Day. I love working with Emily Blunt. She is so down to earth. M: What is a typical day? B: I’m really a late night owl, so mornings can give me trouble. My dog wakes me up and is my alarm clock. I have a green shake, as I’m a vegan. I walk to the subway and go down to my office, where I spend the day designing and seeing clients. I’m also working on a digital art collection. I studied art in school, not fashion. I photograph models and things on the street and then re-color and digitize. Most are abstract faces and landscapes. M: Where is your favorite place to relax?

Marc Bouwer A Designer For New Hollywood Glamour

B: I’m a beach bum and love the outdoors and animals. I like The Pines (FIP - Fire Island Pines), as there are no cars and dogs are allowed on the beach. I can leave all my troubles behind. I also really like the Exuma Islands in the Bahamas. It is close and private. M: What are a few of your favorite spots in Tampa Bay?

By Ronda M. Parag

B: I’ve been to the Don CeSar and I really was surprised at how gorgeous the beach and the white sands are. I also recently stayed at the Le Meridian. M: What is your best fashion advice?

CITY, the 9th Annual Fashion Fundraiser for the Tampa Museum of Art, will showcase the designs of New York’s celebrity fashion designer, Marc Bouwer, who has created stunning gowns for Beyoncé, Oprah, Shania Twain, Angelina Jolie and more. METRO had a chance to chat with Marc, who grew up in South Africa and moved to New York City after winning the South African Vogue Young Designers Award, and was a protege for Halston, before starting his own company.


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METRO: What can guests expect at CITY this year?

B: Get undergarments that fit. It really makes a difference on

Bouwer: It is going to be a spectacular show. It’s going to

how a body is supported. A designer needs some help too.

be fun, dramatic, sexy and daring. The interior of the

M: What is next for Marc Bouwer?

museum is such an artistic venue and we will combine three

B: I have a lot left as a designer. I would like to head a big

of my latest collections with 60-70 pieces to be shown.

house from a big designer, to take on the role as a creative

M: How did you become involved with CITY and

director. I’m also building my digital art business, as that

Tampa Museum of Art?

was my first love. It is the pleasure of creative things.

B: I did a spectacular poolside charity fashion show fundraiser for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s charity, at the home of Kari & Todd Wagner. It was such a success and I was invited to be the designer this year.

CITY: Fashion+Art+Culture

B: I find inspiration everywhere. New York is a hub and

September 22, 2018 Tampa Museum of Art

there is so much visual activity to look at. Women are an

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inspiration and I grew up watching the old Hollywood

For sponsorships and tickets, call 813.421.8368.

M: Where do you find inspiration?

goddesses in black & white movies.

METROLife Philanthropy

The DeBartolo Family Animal Shelter rendering: Thomas Everett Lamb Design & Development, Inc.

A Love For Animals Plans Announced for The DeBartolo Family Animal Shelter By Ronda M. Parag The DeBartolo family considers their pets as members of the family and have long supported animal causes throughout the country. Recently, the DeBartolo family has made a significant contribution and will have the naming rights of the new animal shelter that is scheduled to begin construction in the Spring of 2019, for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. “The DeBartolo family is passionately committed to our community and, because of our personal love for animals, it seemed only fitting to support the construction of a larger and improved shelter to serve Tampa Bay’s homeless pets,” said Lisa DeBartolo, Executive Vice President of DeBartolo Holdings, LLC. “The DeBartolo Family Animal Shelter will undoubtedly provide hope for the animals in our midst needing care and comfort.” The Humane Society of Tampa Bay has cared for Tampa’s homeless animals for more than 100 years. “We have done an incredible job of keeping our animals comfortable and safe in a building that is half a century old,” said Sherry Silk, CEO of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. “But it’s time to do better. Tampa Bay’s homeless animals deserve so much more and we intend to give it to them. In addition to doubling our current capacity, our new shelter will have central heating and air, isolation space to contain illness, and nursery accommodations for under aged puppies and kittens.”

Community support is needed to reach the total funds required to build the new shelter. The Humane Society has currently raised $8.6 million towards an $11 million price tag to construct the new 41,000 square foot shelter. Sisters, Lisa and Nikki DeBartolo will be the Honorary Chairs for the black-tie 2018 Tuxes & Tails event, to be held on October 13, 2018 at the Tampa Convention Center. The evening brings together animal lovers and community leaders for a beautiful evening to raise funds for The Humane Society of Tampa Bay. “Our family will gift our name and support to the construction of a new, state-of-the-art shelter to serve our community’s animals in need,” said Lisa DeBartolo. “We hope our friends and neighbors in Tampa Bay will join us in this worthy cause.” Eddie DeBartolo

Tuxes & Tails Co-Chair, Nikki DeBartolo

Tuxes & Tails Co-Chair, Lisa DeBartolo

For more information on a donation to help build the new shelter, contact Chief Development Officer, Karen E. Ryals at 813.774.4311 or For sponsorship and VIP lounge information for Tuxes and Tails, contact 813.876.4150 or For tickets, visit


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METROLife Spotlight

Land Rover Tampa is #1 Land Rover Retailer in the U.S.

Honored for their commitment to excellence, Land Rover Tampa has been recognized by Land Rover of North America for the 2017/18 Land Rover Pinnacle Retailer Excellence Award. Land Rover Tampa was also recognized with the Marque of Distinction Award, for earning the title of the #1 Land Rover Retailer in the U.S. “Land Rover Tampa is extremely proud to accept this distinction,” said Jennifer Stals, Centre Manager. “Our team is dedicated to providing exceptional and personalized service and are honored that our commitment to every one of our customers and to the Land Rover brand, has been recognized with this award.”


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Congrats to Land Rover Tampa for their 14th Pinnacle Excellence Award and 3rd Marque of Distinction Award, more wins than any other Land Rover dealership in the country. Family owned and operated since

1971, Land Rover Tampa is part of Reeves Import Motorcars, Inc. For more information or to schedule a test drive of a new Land Rover, visit

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Smith & Associates Real Estate Expands with Two New Locations The Tampa Bay area saw more orange throughout the area, with two new Smith & Associates Real Estate offices in Northern Hillsborough County and Southern Pinellas County Beaches. The Westchase and Treasure Island offices each celebrated with a party, ribbon cutting, and lots of fun and philanthropy. A donation was made to

Sand to Sea at the Treasure Island opening to aid in their conservation efforts. “The time is right for us on so many levels,” said Bob Glaser, President and CEO of Smith & Associates. “We have a highly-desirable real estate market, and we’ve created a company culture that is attracting the best real estate agents throughout Tampa Bay. So much of our

success can be attributed to hiring the best in the business and keeping them happy with our family-like and fun atmosphere.” The two new offices allow the Smith & Associates realtors to bring their market expertise and excellence in service throughout the Bay area. Visit for more information.

Innisbrook Resort Announces Renovations to the South Golf Course The complete renovation of the greens on the popular South Course is now underway at Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort. It will include the same TifEagle Bermuda Grass the PGA Tour professionals rave about for the annual Valspar Championship, on Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course, as well as all four of Innisbrook’s championship golf courses.


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The popular South Course at Innisbrook Resort

Additional improvements will be made to ensure a truly exceptional golf experience for guests. The five month renovation

process is expected to be completed by early fall. Visit

Laser Spine Institute CEO Chairs Salvation Army Luncheon The Salvation Army of Tampa is celebrating its 125th anniversary serving the Tampa community, with a Doing the Most Good Luncheon on November 14, 2018. Advisory Board member and Laser Spine Institute CEO, Roger Carey is chairing the luncheon. The planned keynote speaker is former vice chairman of Ritz Carlton and current president and CEO of Capella Hotel Group, Horst Shulze. Under his leadership, the Group was awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in both 1992 and 1999—the first and only hotel company to win even one such award. In addition, Ritz-Carlton was continuously voted “best hotel company in the world,” by meeting and other trade publications. The Salvation Army of Tampa is excited to honor its past and celebrate its future. The community is invited to join in celebrating their 125th anniversary serving those in need in Tampa. For sponsorship information, contact Andi Van Airsdale at 813.224.9119 or email:

Roger Carey, Chair of Doing the Most Good Luncheon

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The Luminaries The Junior League of Tampa

Photo pictured from L-R: Katie Cappy, Junior League of Tampa President; Rosemary Henderson; Richard Sessums (T. Terrell Sessums’ son, accepting the award on his behalf); Mary Lynn Ulrey; WEDU Board member and JLT Sustainer Suzanne Oaks Brownstein

The Junior League of Tampa, in partnership with WEDU PBS, hosted the fourth annual The Luminaries award luncheon on Friday, May 11, 2018 at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. The community leaders honored are individuals who have made a lasting impact on the community. The 2018 Luminaries are Mary Lynn Ulrey, Rosemary Henderson, and T. Terrell Sessums. The three honorees were

chosen from over 38 applications. WEDU produced digital biographies of The Luminaries award honorees. The 2018 Luminaries 30-minute documentary will be broadcast on WEDU. Additionally, a permanent WEDU collection of these digital biographies will be on display at the Tampa Bay History Center. As one of the preeminent leadership development organizations in Tampa,

the League believes in the power of one individual to make a tangible difference in our community. Each year, The Luminaries showcase outstanding individuals, as exemplified by inspiring leadership, commitment to lasting community impact through advocacy, and achievement of prominence or distinction in a particular sphere. For more information, visit

Pop-Up Shop Benefits Circle of Red The Pink Palm hosted a private, pop-up event to help raise awareness for The American Heart Association’s Circle of Red. Guests enjoyed a fun evening of shopping and refreshments and raised more than $500 for Circle of Red’s mission of fighting heart disease and stroke. For more information on joining the Circle of Red, contact Aubrey Oyler at 727-563-8106 or email:


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Susan Stackhouse (2019 Go Red For Women Chair), Maria Campos, Tricia Kelly, Debbie Lundberg (2019 Circle of Red Chair), Renée Vaughn, Kourtney Kellin, Aubrey Oyler, Karla Mastracchio, Renée Dabbs, Hannah Becker

Erica Shea, Debbie Lundberg (2019 Circle of Red Chair), Karla Mastracchio, Commissioner Sandy Murman

Karla Mastracchio checking her blood pressure

Media and Arts Converge

Two Local Television Women To Co-Chair CITY: Fashion + Art + Culture 2018 They have hit the ground running and with their wealth of expertise in TV journalism and news production, award winning anchor/journalist Heather Van Nest and producer Eve Gloede, this year’s 2018 CITY co-chairs, promise that CITY will be the hottest ticket in town. Now in its 9th year, CITY returns to the glam of a runway show with celebrity designer Marc Bouwer on September 22, 2018. “Marc Bouwer has such a beautiful way of showcasing celebrities by creating eye catching, intricate headpieces, glamorous gowns and dramatic designs,” said Van Nest and Gloede. “We are excited to volunteer with such an innovative designer, known for creating entertaining fashion experiences.” Van Nest and Gloede worked together for years at WTSP Channel 10 and became great friends. The women are currently taking time to raise their children and support local charities. “These years are so important and my previous schedule, working until midnight, was hectic,” says Van Nest. “We are both so grateful to be able to spend this time with our children.” Van Nest supports dozens of charitable causes including

CITY co-chairs Eve Gloede and Heather Van Nest

Miles for Moffitt, USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy and Alpha House. Gloede is also active in the local community. She serves on the Mitchell Elementary School Foundation Board, Wilson Middle School Foundation Board and the Florida State Fair Authority Board. Gloede also serves as a Guardian ad Litem volunteer in Hillsborough County. For CITY sponsorship or ticket information, please contact Bernadette Casey at Proceeds benefit Tampa Museum of Art exhibition and education programs.

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St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Foundation’s 2018 Heroes Ball: Nearly 700 guests stepped through the door into a secret garden during the St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Foundation’s 2018 Heroes Ball, held at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina. The event was chaired by Hinks and Elaine Shimberg and Kasey Shimberg Kelly, and raised $450,000 in support of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s Chronic-Complex Clinic. During the black-tie affair, Dr. Daniel Plasencia, medical director of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, was recognized as a Community Hero. | LifePath Hospice Home Runs Breakfast: Held at the George M. Steinbrenner Field, guests


gathered to celebrate and make memories at the fundraising breakfast “Home Runs for


Hospice.” Gayle Sierens Martin was the speaker and guests heard touching stories of compassion, love and strength. | Salvation Army’s Women Auxiliary Spring Style Event: The Salvation Army’s Women Auxiliary hosted a Spring Style event to benefit the Salvation Army Programs. Guests enjoyed a silent auction, luncheon and style presentation by STYLEdge Fashion creator, Patty Soltis. | The Ryan Wells Foundation – 13th Annual Evening with the Chefs: Dreams were fulfilled at the 13th Annual “Evening with the Chefs” presented by local non-profit, The Ryan Wells Foundation at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort. Culinary students along side local chefs including John Harris, Chris Ponte, Doug Bebell, Scott Bebell, Mark Heimann, Tyson Grant, Lee Aquino and others, created culinary masterpieces. Twelve students were awarded scholarships


amounting to $103,000 for post-secondary education in culinary arts and hospitality, and partner schools were awarded $30,000.


(1) Honorary Chair Tino Martinez, Dr. Daniel Plasencia, Kimberly Guy (2) Stephanie Alt, Leslie Mellin, Dr. Daniel Plasencia, Colleen Bartlett, Christa Ellsworth (3) Elaine Shimberg, Kasey Shimberg Kelly, Kate Reed, Nora Gunn (4) Jim & Judi Roberts (5) Trish Melech, Liz Anderson, Kathy Belmonte (6) Jenny McLaughlin, Gayle Sierens Martin (7) Captains Abby & Andy Miller (8) Gayle Guyardo, Sally Bakalyer, Amanda Page-Zwierko, Angela Teague, Abigail Dougherty with baby Liam, Jill Stelzig, Kim Kelly (9) Past scholarship recipient and COO of Buzz Pop Cocktails Jason Isaacs (10) Executive Director Ashley Giasone with parents, President Mike Wells and Board Member Carrie Wells (11) Back: Jill and John Beaudrie; Front: John and Vicky Beach (12) Scholarship Winner Mallary Kulak, Joshua Harper from Osceola Fundamental High School




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Magnolia Ball 2018: It was a silver celebration at the 25th Annual Magnolia Ball chaired by Les and Pam Muma at the Marriott Waterside Hotel. Special entertainment was a performance by The Beach Boys. In attendance was the Magnolia Ball’s first event chair, Marty Couch. The event raised $2.5 million in the fight against cancer to benefit Moffitt Cancer Center. | 2018 Man & Woman of the Year Gala: The 2018 Man & Woman of the Year Gala for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society took place at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, with nearly 320 guests enjoying an evening of silent and live auctions, mission moments and the announcement


of the 2018 Man & Woman of the Year. Man of the Year was Dr. William Dalton, MD, PhD,


Executive Chair of M2Gen, and the Woman of the Year was Lydia Taylor, Director of Sales of Cync Software, helping to raise a total of $435,348. Congrats to Girl of the Year Kendra Cason and Boy of the Year Nicholas Shanahan. | 2018 Handbags & Happy Hour: Event co-chairs Lynette Russell and Sheri Schobert raised over $50,000 at the annual event that benefits The Spring of Tampa Bay, and their essential domestic violence programs. More than 350 guests bid on new and gently-used handbags donated by local boutiques and generous women. Guests enjoyed a wonderful evening with fabulous food, cocktails and entertainment. | Los Vinos de Dalí: The Dalí Museum proudly hosted its 7th Annual signature wine and food tasting, Los Vinos de Dalí. Guests enjoyed a variety of wines, gourmet tapas tastings from


the area’s top restaurants, silent auction and live music on the plaza between the Museum and The Mahaffey Theatre. Proceeds benefited the Dalí Museum’s educational programs.


(13) Beach Boys Mike Love, Dianne & Lee Moffitt, Beach Boys Bruce Johnston (14) Left to right – Nick and Melanie Reader, Marsha & Ed Droste (Moffitt Foundation Board Chairman), Kim & Alan List (Moffitt CEO) (15) Mr. Les & Mrs. Pam Muma – Event Chairs (16) Michelle Frome, Josh Stanaland (17) Ralph Zeiler, Dr. William Dalton, MD, PhD (18) Natallia Shanahan, Nicholas Shanahan (Boy of the Year) (19) Lynette Russell, Katie Wyatt, Sheri Schobert (20) Lisa Andrews, Susan Thompson, Jennifer Carlstedt, Lee Lowry (21) Elaine Sweeney, Mindy Murphy, Austin Simon (22) Dalí Museum Executive Director Hank Hine, Laura Hine, Bill Edwards, Ann Edwards (23) Dr. Kim Brizell, Jake Jacobus, Scott Jacobus (24) Maureen Kolar and Butch Kolar, Sunny Lehnert, Monrico Lehnert




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Tampa General Hospital Foundation’s 21st Annual Gala: Honorary Chairs Gene and Patsy McNichols celebrated with more than 750 people at this years Alice in Wonderland: Mad About TGH themed gala. The event raised over $195,000 for TGH’s Children’s Medical Center and the Foundation’s Fund for the Future. | LAMPLighters’ Lights Fashion Hope 10: The 10th Annual LFH was themed “Jazz it Up” and all proceeds benefited Metropolitan Ministries and Joshua House, to help with summer camp activities. President Anne Carney welcomed guests and co-chairs Kate Wilson and Lisa Kelley Trentalange created a fun evening with live music, casino tables, silent


auction and gourmet food tastings, cocktails and craft beers. Michelle Clark with The Mac of


Trades created the fashion modeling vignettes, with apparel from Dillard’s. The event raised more than $50,000. | 3rd Annual Power Plate Luncheon: Ryan Nece and executive director of the Ryan Nece Foundation, Shelley Sharp, welcomed guests at the annual luncheon to help support and provide resources that encourage teens involved in the program, to be strong and thoughtful leaders and to make a difference throughout Tampa Bay through service. Lauren Dungy provided a moving and thoughtful keynote address about the Power of Giving.| 2018 Wishmaker’s Ball: Presented by PNC Bank, guests enjoyed an intimate concert by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts with dinner, drinks, entertainment, dancing and auctions. Make-A-Wish Southern Florida held its annual fundraiser to help grant wishes for local children that have critical illnesses. More than 400


people attended the event held at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay and raised $325,000.


(25) Honorary Chairs Gene & Patsy McNichols (26) Alice, Dianne Couris and TGH President & CEO John Couris, White Rabbit (27) Jeff & Penny Vinik, Tilda & John Brabson (28) Elena Wagner, Parker Holmes, Lainey Dunn (29) Jordan Fauteux, Chris & Raelyn Rogers, Valerie Fauteux (30) Michelle Clark, Don Gordon (31) Joann Sullivan, Kim Rogers, Vivian Reeves (32) Shelley Sharp, Shirin Kanji, Ryan Romo, Rev. Kathleen Dain, Ryan Nece, Scott Waddington, Congresswoman Kathy Castor, Lauren Dungy (33) James Bashor, Tom Bashor, Todd Osgood (34) Lindsey Mintrone and C.J. Mintrone (35) Tammy & Dan Honegger (36) Jane Castor & Ana Cruz




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METROLife Sponsored Event


60th Annual Tampa Bay Heart Ball When: Saturday, April 21, 2018 Where: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel








The 60th annual Tampa Bay Heart Ball embraced the theme: the HeART of the Possible; all guests were asked to consider what a future would look like without heart disease and stroke. The night was filled with spectacular auction items, powerful stories and hope — hope that the American Heart Association will find a cure for heart disease and stroke. Co-chaired by Todd and Karen Wanek and Ken and Jenny Jones, the 2018 Heart Ball raised a record-setting $2.5 million.  Special guest, former Vice President Richard B. Cheney, answered questions about his heart disease journey in an interview led by Dr. Debbie Rinde-Hoffman — medical director of Tampa General Hospital’s heart transplant program — and moderated by Mr. Cheney’s former chief of staff and the chair of Ground Works Solutions, Kathleen Shanahan. The event concluded with a lively after party and warm welcome to the 2019 Heart Ball chairs, Paul and Rose Reilly. Tampa Bay METRO was a proud sponsor of this event. PHOTOS:



1. Former Vice President Richard B. Cheney,

Dr. Debbie Rinde-Hoffman, Kathleen Shanahan

2. Tampa General Hospital table, CEO John Couris 3. Jenny and Ken Jones, Todd and Karen Wanek 4. Joyce and Ron Wanek 5. Lee and Debbie Arnold 6. Rose and Paul Reilly 7. Trey and Nina Traviesa, Carley Ochs, Abby Bean

and Senator Aaron (auctioneer) Bean

8. Bill and Joanne Edwards 9. Stacie Schaible and family

(sister Carrie Coash, son Cade and Stacie)

10. Bob Schmidt & Elizabeth Elmeer

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METROLife Sponsored Event

Bern’s Winefest No. 21 VIP & Grand Tasting When: Sunday, April 22, 2018 Where: Haven, South Tampa There are few wine tasting events in the Southeast that can rival the quality of food and wine that is presented at Bern’s VIP & Grand Tasting. The sold-out VIP & Grand Tasting offered a rare opportunity to taste more than 200 top-rated wines paired with culinary delights from Bern’s Steak House, Haven, and the Epicurean Hotel outlets, Élevage and EDGE. It was the perfect way to spend a spring afternoon. VIP guests were welcomed into the Grand Tasting with a crisp glass of Dom Perignon paired with select caviar for a delightful entrance. The Grand Tasting delivered a spectacular selection of cheeses in the Lounge du Fromage. Chocolate Pi Patisserie outdid themselves with a selection of truffles, macaroons and other sweet delights. Inspired by Bern’s Dessert Room, the main entrance to the Grand Tasting had an elevated grand piano with Kenny playing. Above the piano was a disco pig that spun around and reflected throughout the room. The highlight of the Grand Tasting was the band Electric Avenue, that got the dance floor packed with their high energy 80s music and performance. There was literally no more room and it was a fun way to wrap up Winefest. Guests also bid at the Winefest Silent Auction on wines donated by wineries from all over the world. Proceeds from the auction benefited the Bern Laxer Scholarship Fund. The fund awards a $10,000 scholarship each year, through the James Beard Foundation to assist students who are interested in a career in culinary, hospitality management or viticulture. Tampa Bay METRO was a proud media sponsor. Visit Photography: Pezz Photo,

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Pride & Passion 2018 When: Saturday, April 14, 2018 Where: Tampa Museum of Art The décor, cocktails and theme of the 13th Pride & Passion 2018 was “Strange Beauty.” It was an evening filled with great music, eccentric décor, and intoxicating food and drinks. Guests enjoyed an open bar featuring Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Many guests wore their finest evening attire topped with a surreal mask or headdress. Presented by Wells Fargo, the 2018 chair was Marvin Meeks and 2019 incoming chair is Xuan Hurt. Tempting and delicious hors d’ oeuvres and desserts were provided by Anise Global Gastrobar, Malio’s, Saltblock Catering, Ella’s, District Tavern, Bake ’n Babes, Mini Doughnut Factory, Toffee to Go, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and Tampa Pizza Co. Proceeds from Pride & Passion will benefit the the Tampa Museum of Art’s education programs and exhibitions. TTampa Bay METRO was a proud media sponsor of Pride & Passion. Photography: FotoBohemia;

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METROLife Sponsored Event

When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Where: Terra Gaucha, South Tampa T Tampa Bay METRO hosted a fun and festive METROmixer at South Tampa’s newest Brazilian Steakhouse – Terra Gaucha. Invited guests enjoyed signature cocktails, wine and a delicious tasting of appetizers and meats while mixing and mingling.


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Presenting Sponsor

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Queen of Hearts Sponsors Dr. Barbara Cook Reitzel, Reitzel Cook Family Foundation As of April 12, 2018

Underwriting Sponsors

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METROHome Tour

Castle in the Clouds By Mary Lou Janson | Photography by Robert Richards


ary and Josephine Schaaf had high hopes about making their next home a highhigh-rise in Tampa’s Channel District. Their search for rooms with stunning views of downtown and the surrounding waterfront ended, when they closed on a ninth floor condo early this year, finalizing the deal while far away in Hawaii. Timing seemed comfortable as the lease on their former residence wound down, leaving them weeks from the time they closed, to when they could move in. With just a few changes, the 1,927


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square-foot-space would become much more than a place for Jo to hang her fashionable collection of hats; it would be a social center for guests to wine, dine and unwind, as well as, the Schaaf’s own unique retreat or, as they like to call it, “T “The Schaaf Castle in the Clouds.” Gary, as the managing shareholder of the law firm of Becker & Poliakoff’s Tampa office, supervises the firm’s business litigation practice. Jo is a real estate agent with Christie’s International, who represents residential properties in Florida and Hawaii, where they have a second home.

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Before they could move into their new Florida residence, both agreed all it needed was some updated hardware and freshly painted cabinets, however, transforming the Ventana condo into a castle turned-out to be a bit more complicated and time-consuming than anticipated, in order to make the interior more modern, with all new finishes, appliances and fixtures. For instance, everyone always gathers in the kitchen, but the existing space wasn’t set up for a sit down meal. Guests can now congregate comfortably seated around the large, quartz countertop that stretches across opposite ends of the kitchen. “I know that the kitchen is an essential point for entertaining friends and family,” said Laura Asay Jacianis of Laura Asay Design. “It needed to be over the top but also functional.” Laura also helped the Schaafs design former homes in Safety Harbor and Orlando. The home improvement to-do list expanded, growing from demolition to renovation, then installation and decoration. One bedroom became a combination office, wardrobe closet and ladies lounge for Jo. A non-weight baring wall was added outside of the master bedroom to create an alcove for a favorite chair. And both bathrooms were completely gutted. ”They got this job done in 30 days. It should have taken six months,” said Jo, referring to the construction and interior design process. The dream team that avoided disaster by making everything happen faster, was Steve Orlando, the general contractor, and Jacianis. “I was on vacation when I received a message from Jo,” said Orlando, president of Residential Design Corp. “She said they had bought the condo and needed everything done in four weeks. Fortunately, I am extremely organized, have access to really good subcontractors and work with an excellent assistant. We got it completed and got them in.”


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Queen and King of their “Castle in the Clouds,” Josephine and Gary Schaaf

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The only elements untouched were the wood floors that the Schaafs previewed and approved, before the former owners had them installed. Additions included an accent wall created from recycled paper products painted with white lacquer, that serves as a backdrop for a larger-than-life photo of the couple that was taken in Hawaii by a friend. The wall helps to guide the eyes of visitors entering the condo beyond the kitchen and through to the floor-to-ceiling windows, open floor plan and striking, stylish formal dining and living rooms. “Jo is easy to work with and

understands there is a design process,” Jacianis said. “I can take her ideas and fine-tune them to what she is looking for. When I walked the space with her to hear her ideas, I knew how to expand on those.” The contemporary design combines elegance with an ease that looks luxurious, as well as livable. The interior mixes custom pieces, furniture the couple already owned, plus personal mementos and treasured items from worldwide travels, as well as, from their home-awayfrom-home, Hawaii. “It is very glamorous but it is a very welcoming space to be in,” Jacianis added. M

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METROHome Hot Property

Key West Inspired Waterfront Estate On Davis Islands By Ronda M. Parag


he sunset views and open bay are just two reasons that this Davis Islands stunner of a home is spectacular. Feel like you are on vacation every day with the Key West architectural style. The two-story home has nearly 8,600 square feet, with six bedrooms and five full baths and two half-baths. Natural light spills into the entrance, through the double wood and glass-side doors and windows, that leads to a dramatic foyer, with a soaring 30 foot cathedral ceiling. Special care was taken on extra details including coffered ceilings, crown


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moldings, built-in shelving and flooring. The interior design lends itself to an open floor plan with the rooms flowing into each other with a formal living room, dining room, study, kitchen and guest suite that are downstairs. A gas fireplace is in the family room. Wine lovers and at-home chefs will appreciate the large walk-in wine cellar and state-ofthe-art eat-in kitchen, with plenty of prep area and an over-sized pantry. The outdoor kitchen has every feature including a sink, BBQ grill, storage space and even a wood-burning pizza oven, that is ideal for hosting friends and

family for a poolside party. Take in the sun and relax around the resort-style, zero edge swimming pool and covered lanais. A dock and boathouse allows easy access to the water, from the back of the home. M

Located in Hillsborough County on Davis Islands in South Tampa, this Signature Collection Home is offered at $6,999,000 through Smith & Associates Real Estate. Presented by Greg Margliano (Margliano Property Group) and Jeanne Wolfe (Wolfe Group), call 813-839-3800 or visit on line at

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METROHome Details Ingredients For A METRO Poolside Party Summertime is the right time to be outside to enjoy a poolside BBQ or chilling with friends. METRO has found a few must-haves for a summer of entertaining.

Stylish Bar Cart

Summer End Table

Roll out your drinks poolside with this Tulum Outdoor Wicker Bar Cart. $369. Available at

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Lounge in Style & Comfort Bring the inside out with a Nadina Outdoor Slipcovered Double Chaise by Lee. Additional slip covers are available. $5,006. Available at Casa Nova,

Tropical Serving Dishes A set of 4 colorful salad plates are sure to entertain, with Hawaiian mixed fish, hand painted designs. $52. Available at

Grill To Perfection Your best outdoor grilling is here with the Aurora A8305 Gas & Charcoal Combo Portable Grill with rotisserie and back burner. $6,345.

From Grill To Pizza Oven Convert your gas grill into a pizza oven and create pies that rival their pizzeria counterparts. The Gas Pro creates a cooking chamber that focuses heat to cook, crisp and brown pizzas to perfection. $299. Available at Crate & Barrel,


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Private School Directory


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METRO Private School Directory

Congratulations Shorecrest Grads! 73 Graduates will attend 47 colleges in 19 different states + DC, Canada, and the UK; 14,167 Service Hours; 10 Recognized by National Merit Program; 3 NCAA Signings; 2 Presidential Scholars Semi-finalists; $5.7 Million in Scholarships*

T the Shorecrest grads, and all of the To he TTampa Bay Area students in the Class of 2018, congratulations! Meet the Class of 2018 at

*as of May 10, 2018.

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METRO Private School Directory Academy At The Lakes Academy at the Lakes is a PreK3 Grade 12 independent school located in north Tampa, convenient to New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Lutz, Carrollwood, and Land O’Lakes. Academy offers a balanced and challenging college-preparatory curriculum, a competitive athletic program, an outstanding fine arts program, technology, and a variety of co-curricular opportunities designed to encourage student exploration. Students find a warm, welcoming community where their talents and curiosities are highly valued. Call 813-909-7919 for more information or visit Berkeley Preparatory School Berkeley Preparatory School is a coeducational, independent

college-preparatory day school for children in grades Pre-K - 12. Dedicated to academic excellence, character development, the arts and athletics, Berkeley’s curriculum is designed to support the talent and ambition of each student. Berkeley strives to instill a strong sense of morality, ethics and social responsibility in its students. Berkeley offers opportunities that are aimed at three enduring measures of success: the well-developed mind, the well-nourished spirit and a series of well-cultivated talents. Visit or call 813-885-1673. Carrollwood Day School “Education with Character” is the foundation of the culture at Carrollwood Day School. Faculty, staff, coaches, and parents partner

We Grow Great Humans! PreK3 - Grade 12

(813) 948-7600 •


the best choice might be north.

100% of seniors will attend college.

Located at the corner of SR-54 & Collier Parkway.

With $1.5 million dollars in scholarships.

2 State Championships in 2018.

Do you want more for your child?

Everyone has an opportunity to play in our sports programs with our “no cut” policy.

Challenging academic curriculum that respects each child’s uniqueness.

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to create an inclusive school community where students feel safe, supported, and connected. As an IB World School, CDS challenges the mind, strengthens the character, and inspires the hearts of our students through excellence in academics enriched by an extensive choice of arts, sports, and extracurricular programming. CDS’s innovative STEEM program combines science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and entrepreneurship education. For more information, visit Corbett Preparatory School of IDS Founded in 1968, Corbett Preparatory School of IDS (formerly Independent Day School — Corbett Campus) is a fully accredited, nonsectarian private school located in Tampa’s Carrollwood neighborhood. The school serves over 500 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade and offers the International Baccalaureate program of study for all students. Teachers are endorsed in gifted education through a master’s level grant with the University of South Florida College of Education. Corbett Prep balances a dynamic, nurturing and safe learning environment with high standards and high expectations to develop a positive approach to life and learning. For more information, visit or contact the Admissions Office at 813-961-3087. Incarnation Catholic School Serving students in Pre-K 3 through eighth grade since 1964, Incarnation Catholic School offers a classic approach to a modern education. Featuring state-of-the-art technology, ICS students experience a comprehensive, challenging curriculum complete with related arts, full athletic program and a 1:1 iPad program managed by Apple-certified

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teachers. Now accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. For information on Incarnation Catholic School, please call 813-884-4502 or visit Shorecrest Preparatory School Founded in 1923, Shorecrest is a coed, nonsectarian, PK-12 independent school in St. Petersburg,FL. In a safe, student-centered environment, Shorecrest educates a diverse community of students to become lifelong learners in the pursuit of personal and academic excellence, physical well-being, creative achievement and the development of a commitment to social responsibility. Shorecrest graduates empathetic, independent thinkers who succeed at the university level, pursue their passions, and lead

purposeful lives. Learn more at St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School St. John’s is an Episcopal parish day school serving over 500 boys and girls in grades K(4) through 8. Grounded by a commitment to spiritual and ethical values, a love of learning, and a dedication to the development of strong character, our students build the foundation to grow into caring and successful adults in an ever-changing world. St. John’s prepares each of its students for lifelong intellectual and spiritual growth, by providing an excellent educational experience within a nurturing Christian environment. The core curriculum includes English language and literature, history and social studies, mathematics, physical

Now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year!

Submit an inquiry or apply today: Located in South Tampa, St. John’s is a not-for-profit, Episcopal PreK-8 Independent Director of Admissions: school with a rich 68-year Cindy Fenlon 813-600-4348 tradition of academic excellence.


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and life sciences, Spanish and Latin, advanced technology, performing and studio arts, and physical fitness and championship interscholastic athletics. Call 813-600-4348 for more information or visit St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School At St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School, your child will experience challenging academics, exciting performing and visual arts, competitive athletics, enrichment classes, advanced technology, public speaking, foreign language, community service, religious education, and more. St. Mary’s is an independent, co-educational Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade school providing intellectual, spiritual, and personal growth. Our highly-qualified faculty inspires students to achieve their best, developing well-rounded individuals ready for the challenges ahead. Specific character-development goals include integrity, self-discipline, self-motivation, good citizenship, friendliness, the ability to communicate and collaborate well and a love of learning. Visit or call 813-258-5508. Tampa Preparatory School Tampa Preparatory School is a coeducational, non-denominational, independent college preparatory school, educating students in grades 6 through 12 in downtown Tampa. The challenging academic program is balanced with a broad offering of artistic programs and a strong interscholastic athletic program. With 19 Advanced Placement courses in the Upper School from which to choose, students are able to challenge themselves and prepare a strong college application. For more information, call 813-251-8481 or visit

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Tampa Preparatory School


the Class of 2018

727 West Cass Street Tampa, FL 33606 | 813.251.8481 | Grades 6-12

Incarnation Catholic School

A classic approach to a modern education. 813.884.4502 accepting applications for 2018-19 school year! Serving students in PreK-3 through 8th grade since 1964. Now offering part-time VPK! 1:1 iPads for all middle school students & Apple-certiďŹ ed teachers

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Photography by Brian James | Fashions by Mermosa Flagship Winery + Boutique

Compiled by METRO Staff

School is out and it is the perfect time to discover the place that many people spend their vacations. The Tampa Bay area is packed with great beaches, parks, sports teams, waterfront dining, culture and so much more. Summertime is the ideal time to relax, recharge and explore with family and friends.

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Out & About

The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art Discover the western themes of American history at St. Petersburg’s newest museum. Filled with more than 3,000 pieces depicting native peoples, cowboys and wildlife. Enjoy the finds in the museum shop or lunch at the cafe catered by Datz.

Coleman, John 1949-Present, American 1876, Gall-Sitting Bull-Crazy Horse, 2008 Bronze, 34 x 56 x 22 in.


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Tampa Bay Rowdies

Salvador Dalí Museum

It’s time to get rowdy and support USL

Head inside for a surreal experience with

with the home team in downtown St.

the largest collection of Dalí works out-

Petersburg at Al Lang Stadium. Matches

side of Spain, with more than 2,000 works

run through October 14. For super fans,

by Dalí. On view through November 25

become part of Ralph’s Mob to cel-

is Clyde Butcher: Visions of Dalí’s Spain.

ebrate the team with unique songs,

Butcher captures the Catalonia coast

music and create energy for the game.

and delivers an inspiring glimpse into Salvador Dalí’s homeland.

Tampa Museum of Art

The Tampa Theatre

Tampa Bay Rays

The views across Curtis Hixon Park and

Head to the newly restored Tampa

Take the family out to the ball field to

along the Hillsborough River allow for

Theatre Movie Palace for the Summer

watch the home team and celebrate

contemplating the art inside at the

Classic Movie Series that includes hits

the 20th Anniversary of Rays baseball,

Tampa Museum of Art. Enjoy From Muse

such as: Gone With The Wind, The Wizard

with special throwback nights and

to Myth to Figure and Gesture: 50 Years

of Oz, Casablanca, Blazing Saddles,

bobblehead giveaways.

of Prints from the Permanent Collection

Sing-Along Mary Poppins and more. For

through Aug. 19. Sono Cafe serves up

beer lovers, don’t miss BeerFest 2018 on

great sandwiches, salads and drinks.

July 21 with an evening of craft beers.

Imagine Museum


Stop in to see the colorful works of glass

It’s fun for the entire family and the best

artists in a museum that showcases the

part, in the heat of the summer, it’s all

art medium of glass. Various types of

indoors with climate-controlled playing

art classes and special events including

“bays.” Regardless of your golfing ability

story time, family time and artist chats

or age, Topgolf is for everyone. There is

are part of the programing.

great food and drink with special trivia nights, lessons, and late night happy hours.

Summer of Rum Fest Taste over 40 varieties of rum drinks

Concerts at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater

at the two day festival over Labor

Heat up the summer with some great

Day weekend, Sept. 1 & 2, that will

musical concerts from Dave Matthews

showcase Sugar Ray as the Saturday

Band on July 25, country music ACM

headliner and a yet to be announced

Female Vocalist of the year, Miranda

Sunday headliner held in downtown

Lambert & Little Big Town concert on

Tampa at Curtis Hixon Park.

Aug. 3, or go back to the old school jams of Janet Jackson on August 7.

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Fun & Sun Tampa Riverwalk / Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park Whether you want to play and stroll on the right bank along the Riverwalk or on the left bank at the brand new Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, enjoy the scenes in downtown Tampa. The Riverwalk stretches over two miles of pathway connecting to museums, restaurants, and hotels. Across the river is the new 25 acre Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park with an event space, sports courts, boathouse, play cove and splash pad, festival lawn and two dog parks. riverfrontpark


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Sunken Gardens

Yoga In The Park

Discover the nostalgia and beauty of

Get your zen on at Tampa’s original “Yoga

Old Florida in the 100 year old botanical

in the Park” in partnership with the Tampa

paradise that is home to some of the

Downtown Partnership, every Sunday.

oldest tropical plants in the region. After

Armature Works also offers “Yoga on the

a trip exploring the gardens and watch-

Lawn” once a month. The Dalí Museum

ing the brightly colored flamingos, head

offers yoga Sundays with Lucky Cat Yoga.

right next door to Great Explorations, a

children’s science museum.

Pinellas Trail

Fort Desoto State Park

Explore Upper Tampa Bay Park

The Pinellas Trail stretches from Tarpon Springs

Spend the day or even a few nights at

The park offers an abundance of wildlife

in the north, to St. Petersburg in the south

one of Pinellas County’s best parks

for devoted nature lovers. Visitors can

extending nearly 40 miles. It is great for walk-

with its beautiful beaches, camping

hike on nature trails and boardwalks.

ing, jogging, cycling and inline skating. Try one

sites, trails and a historic fort. At Fort

There is a canoe/kayak launch, where

of their Pub Crawls with five different stops,

DeSoto State Park you will find yourself

rentals are available, with access to the

from Skip’s Bar & Grill to the Dunedin Brewery

absorbed in the natural beauty of bird

creek and bay. Visit the nature center,

and Sandbar Grill, you just might want to plan

life, sea life, wild life and plant life.

and kids can enjoy the playground.

a stay at a local, nearby hotel. 05_Ft_DeSoto.htm en/locations/upper-tampa-bay-park

Pirate Water Taxi

Honeymoon Island State Park

It’s a fun way to travel up and down the

At the end of the Dunedin Causeway,

Hillsborough River and get on and off all

Honeymoon Island has over four miles of

day. With 15 stops along the Hillsborough

beautiful beach for great swimming,

River, and along Tampa’s RiverWalk, it is

fishing and shelling. Dogs are welcome

easy to visit a museum and grab a bite

on parts of the beach. Two snack bars

to eat at a great downtown restaurant.

offer food, drinks, beach chairs, umbrellas,

The Pirate Taxi is also available for private

kayaks and bicycle rentals.

group charters.

Kayak Wheedon Island Preserve

Segway Tours

Get back to nature with a kayak or

Looking for a fun, easy way to get

canoe rental from Sweetwater Kayaks.

around the Tampa Bay area? Try a

Try the South Paddling Trail, a four mile

Segway. With tours offered in Tampa,

loop meandering through mangroves

Clearwater Beach and St. Petersburg,

and seagrass flats. Plenty of bird watching

most tours are offered year round, 7

with reddish egrets, roseate spoonbills

days a week. To view the city lights,

and white ibis.

schedule a Night Glider Tour and enjoy park/Honeymoon-Island

the bright lights of downtown Tampa. paddling-launch

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Eat & Drink

The Getaway Feel like you are on vacation, but you haven’t even left town when arriving at The Getaway, located on the St. Petersburg side along the Gandy Bridge. The tropical island vibe and water views are a great place to escape for a tantalizing dish of ahi tuna nachos or a signature painkiller cocktail. Listen to live music and dance in the sand to get that relaxed state of mind.

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Paul’s Landing at the Vinoy

American Social Bar & Kitchen

Relax and enjoy a casual lunch, dinner or

The waterfront and Tampa city skyline

cocktail at the newest waterfront restau-

views make American Social (AmSo

rant and bar at the Vinoy Renaissance

to those in the know) a great place

Resort & Golf Club. With easy street

to meet friends and enjoy a delicious

access for guests, the chef-driven menu

hand-crafted cocktail or craft beer.

offers up locally-sourced food and ingre-

The menu offers all American comfort

dients and variety of flavors including

food including great sandwiches,

citrus from Florida.

salads and burgers.

Hula Bay Club and Duke’s Retired Surfer’s Island Bar


Marina Cantina

Located on Tampa’s Riverwalk and stun-

Come by boat or by car to enjoy the laid

Discover the newest Baystar destination

ning sunset views across the Hillsborough

back vibe of both the Hula Bay Club and

in the heart of Clearwater Beach. Enjoy

River, Ulele offers native-inspired food

Duke’s. The waterfront views, along with

two levels of amazing views to soak

and spirits. Using fresh fruits, vegetables

a menu filled with tasty burgers, salads,

up the marina atmosphere. The menu

and seafood from Florida, the menu

fish tacos and sushi will not disappoint.

bursts with incredible Mexican flavors

boasts everything from fresh oysters, spicy

Duke’s offers up a schedule of live music

and don’t miss a shot from the extensive

lobster cake, to native chilis, grouper,

nightly and weekend afternoons.

tequila menu.

fresh steaks and more.

Armature Works


The fully restored mixed-use building,

Seeking tastes from the Gulf of Mexico

breathes new life into the historic Tampa

with stunning views of the Bay, is all

Heights neighborhood and the Bay area

one needs to enjoy this celebrated

foodie scene. From sushi and noodles

Tampa seafood restaurant. Located

to empanadas and chicken & waffles,

at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, the

the 13 food and drink spots offer up

menu offers great steaks, seafood and

some culinary delights.

incredible water views. Don’t miss the Sunday Brunch.

Frenchy’s Rockaway Grille

The Canopy at Birchwood

With five locations in the Bay area,

Perched atop The Birchwood in the

Frenchy’s has become an institution for

heart of St. Petersburg’s waterfront,

their famous Super Grouper Sandwich,

The Canopy Rooftop Lounge boasts

and other fresh from-the- Gulf seafood.

private cabanas, fire pits, living room

Be sure to try the white sangria. The

seating and high top tables. Enjoy

Rockaway Grille offers live music and

invigorating libations and delicious light

stunning sunset views across the Gulf

fare from 4 stories above Beach Drive.

of Mexico.

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Family & Friends

iFLY Tampa For skydiving inside, head over to iFLY and experience the thrill of flying through the air with a cushion of air. A great time for people of all ages, have the freedom of flight and feel the sensation of floating through the air. Discover the sport of bodyflight with additional training and coaching.


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Busch Gardens

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

TradeWinds Island Resorts

The thrill of roller coasters and home to

Beat the heat and head to the CMA

Create some family memories and plan

more than 12,000 animals, Busch Gardens

with a Sundown Special discounted

a staycation on St. Pete Beach at the

serves up summer fun for the entire family.

rate from 4 - 8 p.m. Kids will love

family and pet-friendly TradeWinds. The

Through Aug. 5, enjoy Summer Nights,

Winter & Hope and learning about all

25-acre beachfront destination offers

when the park stays open until 10 p.m.

the marine life. For extra fun, take the

plenty of value with an amenity resort fee

every night. There are party zones, fireworks

Tropical Family cruise with a boat tour

that includes beach cabana, free WiFi

and entertainment on weekend nights.

around Clearwater Bay.

and rides on the three-story waterslide. The kids may never want to leave. buschgardens-tampa

Surf Style’s FlowRider

Glazer Children’s Museum

Catch a wave and discover indoor fun

Bring the kids to several Pop-Up Summer

at Clearwater’s Surf Style FlowRider. It’s

Exhibits with a giant book nook, tents,

similar to the balance needed for snow-

pillows, blankets and books galore, or

boarding, surfing or skateboarding, but

Dino Zone with adventures of Otto, the

it’s a bit of trial and error to ride the

friendly T-Rex and interactive fun. For

wave. You will fall until you get the hang

adult fun, the museum is hosting a Grown

of it and recommended attire is snug

Up Night on Aug. 24 with free snacks

fitting board shorts and rash guards.

and beer by Florida Avenue Brewing.

Florida Aquarium


Kids will have fun at the outdoor water

Kick off the summer with ZooTampa’s

play zone, The Splash Pad, with its wet

brand-new water adventure, Roaring

and dry play areas. Special zero-depth

Springs. Experience a gentle boat ride

water area for toddlers. Cool off at the

through native wild life and landscape

Storks 4D Experience®, a 13-minute movie,

and then feel the thrill of a 3-story splash-

running daily inside the Florida Aquarium’s

down. Also, discover the Country Store

4D Theatre.

with novelties and Joe’s Diner with classic favorites from conch fritters to fish tacos.

Vertical Ventures

Empower Adventures

Get your fun on at Vertical Ventures

Conquer a fear of heights and challenge

with locations in Tampa or St. Pete. If

yourself to discover your strength on a

your new to rock climbing, take the

zip line course spanning over 20 acres

Introductory Class and learn from the

with 5 zip lines. Children must weigh at

experienced staff, or if you are more

least 70 lbs. to participate. For an extra

experienced, try the Movement &

thrill, try a Moonlight Zip Tour usually

Techniques Class. Day Passes are

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The Face of Interior Design

CRESPO DESIGN GROUP Unconventional ideas and distinctive style are what define Enrique Crespo as one of the top designers in the area. A native of South Tampa, Enrique attended the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design which has the number one interior design program in the country. With 18 years of professional experience and projects spanning from New York City to Malibu and the Caribbean, success is evident in his continuously growing and diverse body of work.­ 3119 Bay to Bay Blvd. Tampa, FL 33629 813-831-0949


The Face of Construction Law

CARL MITCHELL With more than 16 years of legal experience, Carl Mitchell enjoys the complexity of commercial and construction litigation as much as ever. He particularly likes facing the challenges that come from having clients of all sizes. “I have represented a wide variety of clients ranging from individuals to small businesses to large corporations. I always try to be mindful of my clients’ resources – both time and money – but most of all I am always focused on what people actually need,” he says. “I still find it so rewarding to be an advocate and to genuinely help people by simply doing my job well.” Older, Lundy & Alvarez 1000 West Cass Street Tampa, FL 33606 813-254-8998


The Face of Connectivity

AAKASH M. PATEL Aakash M. Patel is all in for Hillsborough County! Patel founded Elevate, Inc., in 2012, a business consulting firm providing public relations, target networking and social media. Governor Scott appointed Patel Chair of the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County in 2014. Patel was the recipient of the 2017 Deanne Dewey Roberts Emerging Leader Award from the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. He is currently a candidate for Hillsborough County Commission where he will focus on transportation, economic development and early childhood education. Learn more at #Patel2018


The Face of Cosmetic Surgery

DR. JOSEPH J. CASTELLANO An artist’s eyes, extensive medical training and precise surgical skills are what define Joseph J. Castellano, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.C.S as one of Florida’s top cosmetic surgeons. With a reputation among patients as being kind, skilled and competent, his success is evident in the steady growth of Castellano Cosmetic Surgery Center and from the referrals of his patients. Dr. Castellano offers a range of surgical procedures including breast augmentation, Brazilian butt lifts, liposuction, tummy tucks, mommy makeovers and eyelid surgery. 105 S. MacDill Ave. Suite 203 Tampa, FL 33609 813-872-6093


The Face of Sipping and Shopping

DESIREE NOISETTE As the creator of downtown St. Petersburg’s only winery, Mermosa, Desiree has elevated her resort and swimwear boutique to the next level. Now, while shopping for the latest swim suit styles, accessories or relaxed fashions, guests can sip a refreshing mermaid-inspired sparkling wine made with organic grapes. An outdoor cabana lounge area is planned to elevate the shopping experience. “Our wines are like popping a bottle of paradise ... in paradise,” says Desiree. Stop by and take a bottle home or to share with friends. It’s the perfect wine for summer day drinking. Mermosa Winery & Boutique 400 Beach Drive, Suite 161 downtown St. Petersburg 727-498-8984


The Face of Financial Planning

TODD K. OSGOOD, CRPC®, AWMA® OSGOOD & ASSOCIATES When you have the right financial advisor, life can be brilliant. What matters most to you in life? It’s a big question. But it’s just one of the many questions Todd will ask to better understand you, your goals and your dreams. With over 22 years of experience in providing valued financial advice and actively volunteering in the Tampa Bay area, Todd can help you live confidently-both today and well into the future. Osgood & Associates A private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. 813-870-0892


The Face of Tampa Bay Real Estate

JAY HEIDEL Jay has been in the real estate business since 2009. In 2015 he joined Keller Williams Realty, where he has risen to become a top performer in the market and is now certified in luxury sales. “As my business has grown, I’ve found that one of my biggest challenges is that my network of friends and clients are all over the Tampa Bay area,” said Jay. “Driving from one appointment in Palm Harbor to one in St. Pete and then Tampa can get crazy! I am in the process of creating a team with members located in each area, so we can provide faster, and most importantly, the highest quality service.” Keller Williams Realty 111 2nd Ave. North, Suite 400 St. Petersburg, FL 33701 727-642-9633


The Face of Luxury Residential Interior Design and DĂŠcor

MCKINLAY ROSE INTERIORS Interior designers Kristen McKinlay and Melanie Rose have over 20 years of design experience that will transform a home into a place that clients never want to leave. Kristen and Melanie bring a passion for the design process and offer a seamless approach to transforming spaces into functional and luxurious interiors. As colleagues and friends, Kristen and Melanie opened McKinlay Rose Interiors and recently celebrated their one year business anniversary. 4231 W. Bay to Bay Blvd. Tampa, FL 33629 813-981-0613


The Face of Dispute Resolution & Divorce

NATALIE BAIRD Redefining the approach to end a marriage is why Natalie devotes her law practice to a Court-less way to resolve family matters. Natalie’s credentials as a Board Certified Family Law attorney, Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator, and trained Collaborative Divorce attorney, gives her the expertise and skills to assist the parties to resolution in their case. She is one of the most successful family law mediators in central Florida. Parties that settled their family law matter are happier and healthier because they control their future. Through her experience in the Family Law Courts, Natalie realized there are no winners and parties leave the Courthouse dissatisfied. A healthy divorce is the result of parties resolving their case through mediation or a collaborative divorce. 2901 W. Busch Blvd, Ste. 707 Tampa, Florida 33618 813-440-9975


The Face of Hybrid Concierge Medicine

COLIN CHAN, MD Dr. Chan received his medical degree from the University of Toronto and completed his residency in the US. He is board certified in family medicine, anti-aging medicine, certified in chelation therapy, and is a past affiliate assistant professor at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. His practice focuses on all aspects of wellness and disease prevention utilizing Western and Eastern Medicine, bio-identical hormones, and regenerative medicine. A hybrid concierge program is available for those seeking a more personalized level of care with 24/7 direct access to Dr. Chan. 12450 Roosevelt Blvd. North, Suite 101 St. Petersburg, FL 33716 727-571-1688


The Face of Mortgage and Dream Homes

MIKE YATES Mike is a rock star Mortgage Banker at Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group. After joining the company in 2008, Mike moved from Virginia to the Tampa Bay market to offer his expertise to home buyers and those relocating to the Bay Area. He works hard for his clients, is always available for questions and guides them to select the right lending product. With a very high mortgage IQ and a commitment to communication, Mike’s clients describe him as knowledgeable and responsive. He has a genuine concern for their needs and works hard to ensure they have a successful closing. Atlantic Bay Mortgage 6320 S Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa, FL 33611 813-343-8551




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METROGuide Foodie

Caretta On The Gulf Coastal Cuisine Served with Sunset Views | By Ronda M. Parag


he stunning views and the fresh Florida Coastal cuisine, are reason enough to keep coming back to Sandpearl’s AAA Four-Diamond fine dining restaurant, Caretta On The Gulf. With both indoor and outdoor seating, guests can enjoy the shimmering waters of the Gulf of Mexico and activity below on Clearwater Beach. The cocktail menu offers special hand-crafted cocktails that are inspired by the stunning gulf view. Try the tasty Florida Orange Bourbon Mojito made with Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Orange Peel & Mint infused with Orange & Soda. The Sandpearl Elixir is made with Titos Vodka, Ginger & Lime, Elderflower Liquor and a splash of Veuve Clicquot. For Rum lovers, try the Lavender Hammock Cocktail made with Bacardi Rum mixed with Lavender Thyme Syrup and a Banana Lemon Puree. If you prefer wine, Caretta’s has an extensive wine list with more than 300 wines from throughout the U.S.


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and around the world. Begin dinner with a variety of appetizers including Bluepoint Oysters, Braised Short Rib, Artisan Cheese or Diver Scallops. The cooked to perfection scallops are served on a bed of Leek & Chipotle Cream Corn, Fava Beans, Wild Mushroom, Nueske’s Chip and a Tarragon Beurre Blanc sauce. Try the Roasted Tomato Soup or the King Crab & Coconut Bisque as a starter or Organic Greens, Caesar or Caprese Salad. Upon entering the restaurant, located inside the Sandpearl Resort, be sure to view the Raw Bar & Sushi available. Choose from an abundance of fresh oysters, shrimp, tuna, salmon or lobster. The Seafood Plateau showcases all the seafood offerings with a nice assortment of oysters, shrimp and lobster tail. From a basic California Roll to an elaborate Surf and Turf Roll, sushi lovers will be delighted with the menu offerings. The menu at Caretta’s changes twice a year to reflect the seasons and availability

of freshly sourced ingredients. All the organic vegetables served with the steaks and chops come from Albert’s Farm. The menu offers a variety of fish including Red Snapper, Black Grouper, Chilean Sea Bass and Ahi Tuna. The Black Grouper is delicious and served with English Pea & Parmesan Risotto, Thumbelina Carrots, Spring Onion, Wild Mushroom and topped with a Meyer Lemon Bearnaise. The Chef does offer a Prix Fixe dinner with choice of a starter including Crab Cake, Spicy Tuna Roll, Braised Short Rib, soup or salad; choice of entrée of Grouper or Kansas City Strip Steak and choice of dessert of Creme Brûlée, Seasonal Sorbet or Triple Chocolate Torte. Exclusive wine dinners are hosted throughout the year with various vineyards, so be sure to check the website for upcoming dates. M Reservations are recommended. Call 727.441.2425 or visit


Saturday, August 4, 2018 at eight o'clock in the evening The Historic Orlo House & Ballroom 315 South Plant Avenue in Tampa's Hyde Park

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METROGuide Weekender

All About Family Fun

JW Marriott – Grande Lakes Orlando | By Ronda M. Parag



Most kids will spend the day splashing in the pool and floating in the winding lazy river that circles the property. A schedule of activities also offers dive-in movie pool parties and other poolside activities. Other family fun includes tennis courts, bocce ball, sand volleyball, arcade room, or riding around the expansive property on a surrey bicycle. The Ritz Kids program allows young guests to explore the wonders of nature surrounding the property. The dedicated Ritz Kids building has a garden, petting animals, game area and offers kids to have fun under supervision from the staff. On-site Fishing Excursions, Sunrise Safaris and Eco-Tours can also be scheduled with the concierge. The Eco-Tour is a two hour guided tour through Shingle Creek in a canoe or kayak.

The kids just might want to wake up early to explore the many animals on the 500-acre resort with the Sunrise Safari. Guests on the guided safari tour have seen whitetail deer, bobcats, river otters, fox, raccoons, alligators and a range of birds. On the adjacent property at The RitzCarlton is the Greg Norman designed golf course, that offers 18-holes that meets PGA Tour standards. There is no need to leave the property to dine. Primo offers delicious farm-fresh Italian cuisine under the award-winning Chef, Melissa Kelly. The Kitchen offers small seasonal plates and craft beers at the onsite Whisper Creek Farm. Tropical drinks, salads and grilled items are available at the Quench Poolside Bar & Grill. With the easy proximity to all the Orlando theme parks and an easy drive from Tampa Bay, the JW Marriott is the ideal resort for a summer escape. M For reservations, 1.800.576.5750 or

ummertime is all about family time and the JW Marriott at Grande Lakes Orlando offers tons of fun, less than an hour and half drive from the Tampa Bay area. From In-Room Camping to special Fishing, Eco-Tours, and the Ritz Kids program, there are so many activities, your kids may never want to come home. The 500 acre resort includes the JW Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, golf course, spa, meeting facilities and numerous dining options. The 1,000-room JW Marriott resort offers nicely appointed room and suite accommodations, with plenty of outdoor amenities for kids of all ages. When choosing to stay in the executive suites, kids can opt for the In-Room Camping experience that brings the fun inside with a premium tent, battery-operated lantern, book, stuffed animal and s’mores.

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METROGuide Getaway

Mexico’s Family Friendly Resort Experience the All-Inclusive Hotel Riu Dunamar | By Ronda M. Parag Splash Water World at Riu Dunamar


recent visit to Cancun, Mexico brought me to what many are calling the next tourist destination in Mexico, Costa Mujeres. The resort is located an easy 21 miles from the Cancun International Airport and 11 miles from downtown Cancun. The Nexus Tour driver mentioned there will be at least 10 new resorts opening up in the next five years. RIU Hotels & Resorts opened up the classic hotel, Riu Dunamar in December, 2017 with 740 rooms and on the adjacent property, the Riu Palace Costa Mujeres, is scheduled to open in November, 2018. While the 5-star resort does have a large number of rooms, the scale of the property with the freshly painted white, five-story buildings, does not seem imposing. Located on the white sand beaches of Bahia de Mujeres (Bay of Women), the beachfront property offers stunning views of the Caribbean blue waters and a morning sunset. Off in the distance, almost directly across from the property, is Isla Mujeres, a laid back and tranquil island that can be visited on a day-long excursion from the tour company located on-site. The


kids might enjoy the off-site excursion to nearby Chac Moc Chuc Lagoon, to search for alligators and boat through the protected mangrove areas. The 24-hour all inclusive property offers 11 options for eating and drinking, along with room service too. The main restaurant “Isla Mujeres,” offers a buffet option for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Additional specialty restaurants don’t require reservations and are first-come, first-serve that include Italian, Asian, Fusion and a Steak House. The sports bar is open 24 hours. Perhaps the most fun is meeting people at the two swim-up bars, Tequila and Mezcal. The friendly bartenders serve up a tasty margarita, daiquiri or other speciality drinks from the cocktail menu. Guests have the choice of lounging or taking part in the afternoon activities around five swimming pools, with a separate children’s pool. There are plenty of sun loungers, umbrellas and towels poolside. Additional lounging chairs and shade cover are available on the beach too. If you want to keep up with an exercise routine, there is a gym and group fitness activities including

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Zumba, Yoga, etc., that are included and offered daily. A daily schedule shows the planned family-friendly activities for day and evening. Kayaks, a catamaran, wave runners and snorkeling equipment are included for guests through ScubaCaribe. For those that want to party into the night, check out the disco, open six nights a week. If you can’t turn it off and feel the need to check email or social media, the complimentary WiFi connects throughout the guest rooms and hotel common space. Kids age 4-7 and age 8-12, can enjoy RiuLand that offers daytime programs and entertainment, while parents can relax and re-charge. The Splash Water Works is guaranteed to bring laughs and smiles, sliding down one of five slides that empty into a sparkling pool. While the kids are being supervised, it’s a great time to schedule a massage, hair or nail service at the Renova Spa. Spa services are an additional cost, but use of the steam and whirlpool located at the Spa are available to all guests. M For reservations and more information at Riu Dunamar, visit

Get a cocktail from one of two swim-up bars

Built-in loungers allow for sunbathing

The all-inclusive offers cocktails at the Plaza Bar

Specialty dining at the Steakhouse

Crisp, clean design of the guest rooms

The Asian-inspired Kulinarium restaurant

The Sports Bar is open 24 hours for snacks and drinks

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METROGuide Getaway

Savor A Stock Island Getaway The Perry Hotel Key West at Stock Island Marina | By Ronda M. Parag


ey West is filled with characters, and on a recent visit, it’s the people that make this destination a great place to escape. Of course, having a uniquely designed boutique hotel to call home for a few days, doesn’t hurt either. The Perry Hotel Key West is a 100room hotel at Stock Island Marina, that is just over a year old and offers great hospitality from the moment of arrival. A quick 10 minute drive from the Key West airport, or an 8 hour drive from the Tampa Bay area, The Perry Hotel is made for the traveler who likes a bit of luxury and all the amenities of a full-service hotel. Upon check-in, guests are offered a glass of crisp, bubbly champagne. The hotel is pet friendly and offers a waterfront swimming pool, outdoor fire pits, and two delicious dining options – Matt’s Stock Island Kitchen and Bar and Salty Oyster Dockside Bar and Grill. Chef Kalen searches for only the finest ingredients to prepare delicious dishes with fresh fish, oysters, shrimp and lobster. Don’t miss his fresh-made daily ceviche, crab


beignets or lobster sandwich made with pork belly. For boaters, the hotel overlooks Stock Island Marina Village, that has 220 slips and offers direct ocean access, along with local artists’ studios, dog parks and a community garden. The property and room design showcases the industrial maritime heritage of Stock Island and its working shrimp and fishing boats. Throughout the hotel is artwork from local artists including Key West artist and sculptor, Daniel Siefert and paintings and photographer, Leo Gullick. The rooms are sleek and simple with a nod to the marina location. The wood-paneled headboards and cool, crisp interior creates a warm space complete with an oversized private balcony that calls for lounging and relaxing, with a stunning view of the yachts and sailboats docked behind in the marina. If you are looking to get out on the water for adventures, the hotel partners with many outdoor recreation companies. The easy access from the marina, calls for getting out on the water with a delightful sunset cruise with Captain Ashley aboard the Free

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Spirit, offered by Sunset Sail Key West, or a snorkeling or diving trip with Lost Reef Key West, to view the colored fish and ocean life with Captain Robin, aboard the Dream Cat. For those looking to view Stock Island and Key West from their own personal water craft, the two hour Key West Jetski Tour is a blast. Owner, Jerry has two Key West locations and his guide, Devin, highlighted all the spots around Key West. For those seeking a local culinary experience, check out the Lost Kitchen Supper Club created by Chefs Layla and Martin, with assistance by various local chefs, including The Perry’s Chef Kalen. A recent 5-course dinner offered a taste of Caribbean Street Food with its offerings of lobster grilled on a stick and fresh cobia. Chef Kalen offered up a delicious southern pulled pork and collard greens. It’s a great chance to mix and mingle with the locals over shared cocktails and dinner. M The Perry Hotel Key West: Sunset Sail Key West: Lost Reef Key West: Key West Jetski Tours: Lost Kitchen Supper Club:

Grilled lobster and tomato salad

The communal bar at Matt’s Stock Island Kitchen and Bar

Enjoy the colorful fruit and cheese platter

Feel welcome at the entrance to The Perry

Inside the suite at The Perry

Enjoy a tasty Key Lime Martini

Plenty of chaise lounges to relax poolside

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METROGuide Latitude

Whimsical Gates Welcome Visitors to Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park 27° 57’ 12.3264’’ N; 82° 28’ 2.4744’’ W

“Ripple Gates” by Thomas Sayre Large gateway pylons welcome visitors to Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park. There are two groupings of these large pylons; three greet visitors at the River Center and two bid welcome at the south entrance. This artwork was inspired by Tampa resident’s long history and engagement with the Hillsborough River. The massive cast concrete pylons are similar to the adjacent bridges and bulkheads along the river’s edge. With the playful stainless “ripple” assembly atop the pylon, the art connects to the contemporary recreational uses of the sparkling river surface. Visit


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Digital Edition Summer 2018 Summer Guide To Cool

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Digital Edition Summer 2018 Summer Guide To Cool