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Contents February | March 2014


12 MetroLife 8

The Publisher’s Notes

10 Arts Tampa Museum of Art — Graphicstudio: Uncommon Practice at USF

12 Style Colorful Trends

14 People Food Network Star, Scott Conant


16 Event The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

18 Spotlights Events, Business & Promotions

24 Scene The Bay Area Social Scene

28 Gala

38 42

28 Botanica’s 25th Anniversary 30 Epicurean Grand Awakening Weekend 32 Dalí Museum celebrates Warhol: Art, Fame, Mortality Exhibition Opening

MetroHome 34 Home Tour A Charming Classic Hyde Park Bungalow

38 Details Backyard Style

40 Hot Property Treasure Island Waterfront Home

MetroFamily 67 Family Travel O-Town for Kids of All Ages Toddlers, Tweens and Teens

MetroGuide 74 Getaways 74 Pier House Resort & Spa, Key West 76 San Juan Marriott, Puerto Rico

78 Foodie 78 IL Ritorno 80 Rococo Steak House


82 Latitude


Special Sections

Unique Sightings Around Tampa Bay

Gasparilla Marches On A look at the Gasparilla Festivals: Art, Music & Film BY MARY LOU JANSON


Discover the Latest Trends and Products

the American Heart Association

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Professional Profiles of Area Physicians

71 Health + Beauty Guide

Heart Matters Increasing awareness of heart disease with


57 Doctors of Distinction

79 Metro Dining Guide A Guide to Area Restaurants

Publisher’s Notes It is the perfect time of year to enjoy the festivities surrounding the arts. Still ahead in March is the Gasparilla Arts Festival, The Gasparilla Film Festival and the Gasparilla Music Festival. The GAF and the GMF are held in downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park and the GIFF is held in local theaters including Tampa Theatre and CineBistro. Get out there, have some fun and support the arts. METRO has once again partnered with the American Heart Association to help raise awareness and help educate that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women — killing more women than all forms of cancer combined. We are proud of our 10 year commitment with the American Heart Association and the photo of Community Leaders with Heart on page 50, is always fun to coordinate. A special thanks to all the leaders who arrived in early December at Macy’s to have the photo taken. Those individuals and their companies represent a dedication to help spread the mission of the American Heart Association. METRO recommends two great getaways. Key West is always a great getaway with a variety of festivals planned throughout the year, and the Pier House provides a great place to stay in the center of all the action. Escape to another island – Puerto Rico and stay at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. Downtown St. Petersburg has two new restaurants to check out — IL Ritorno, an Italian bistro and Rococo Steaks. Both of these new restaurants add to the hot culinary scene in St. Petersburg. Finally, St. Petersburg is hosting the Firestone Grand Prix on March 28 - 30. Indy cars will be racing along the waterfront streets and will kick off the IndyCar series.

Publisher / Editor-in-Chief Stephen Parag II Publisher / Managing Editor Ronda M. Parag Associate Publisher Patricia Vorbrich Executive Art Director Chad Vorbrich Contributing Writers Mary Lou Janson Contributing Photographers PJ Agostini Delane Ashley Marc Dahl Brian James Brad Marcum Trung Nguyen Amy Pezzicara Christopher Spires Will Staples Stanton Storer Five Studios

Enjoy, President / CEO Stephen Parag II

Stephen Parag II Publisher/ Editor-in-Chief

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WARHOL AT Explore more at See what happens when The King of Pop Art meets The Master of Surrealism in the special exhibit "Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality." appearing now alongside the unparalleled permanent collection of Salvador Dalí works.

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Tampa Museum of Art Graphicstudio: Uncommon Practice at USF By Ronda M. Parag On exhibit at the Tampa Museum of Art is a partnership between the Museum and University of South Florida that chronicles all that has been innovative at Graphicstudio, a renowned print workshop on the campus of USF. “We are thrilled to showcase the exemplary artist collaborations and work developed at USF’s Graphicstudio,” said Todd Smith, Executive Director of Tampa Museum of Art. “Co-organizing this exhibition with our colleagues at USF seemed a natural fit in showcasing the finest visual art projects at the forefront of contemporary art, produced at this boundary-pushing research center.” The exhibit features 45 of the 108 artists who have worked in residence at Graphicstudio. Artists in the exhibition include Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Allan McCollum, Jim Rosenquist, Jim Dine and Louise Bourgeois and more recent collaborations with Christian Marclay, Mark Dion, Teresita Fernandez, Los Carpinteros and Trenton Doyle Hancock. The exhibition chronicles several aesthetic and technical conversations among artists of different generations. Often times, it is the invention of a new technology that transfixes the artists in residence. Graphicstudio Former Director, Alan Eaker says that the inspiration for the Uncommon Practice name came from “taking something that doesn’t exist and making it real. It has always been the primary concern of Graphicstudio to make art that was phenomenal and along the way develop the technology to accomplish it.” “All of the work has been created right here in Tampa,” said Judy Genshaft, President of USF. “The artistic expression is something very, very, special.” Jade Dellinger curated the exhibit and is co-organized by USF Contemporary Art Museum. The TMA exhibit is the most ambitious and comprehensive exhibition since the early years of Graphicstudio, displayed at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in 1991. A commemorative catalogue of the exhibit and history of Graphicstudio is available for sale in the Museum store.

Diana Al-Hadid In Mortal Repose, 2011 cast bronze with applied patina on concrete plinth 72'' × 71'' × 63 1⁄4'' Published by Graphicstudio, Courtesy of the artist Diana Al-Hadid and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY | © 2011 Diana Al-Hadid, Graphicstudio, USF; courtesy of the artist Diana Al-Hadid and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY

Allan McCollum Each and Every One of You, 2004 1,200 digital inkjet prints 4'' × 6'' each Published by Graphicstudio, University of South Florida Collection © 2004 Allan McCollum, Graphicstudio, USF; courtesy of Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA

Graphicstudio: Uncommon Practice at USF will be on exhibit through May 18, 2014 at the Tampa Museum of Art. The Museum opens daily at 11 a.m. General admission prices are: adult $10.00; seniors, groups, military plus one guest $7.50; students $5; and children ages 6 and under free-of-charge. A Pay-What-You-Will fee structure is offered every Friday from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. The Museum is located at 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602;


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Colorful Trends Brighten up this season with a color palette that includes pops of pink, lavender and Pantone’s 2014 color of the year – Radiant Orchid.

Adorned With Amethyst The handmade designs by local designer, Ronit Gordon, includes a variety of bracelets, necklaces and earrings from the Motek Collection. Silver plated round with amethyst bead earrings – $52; Silver plated bracelet with amethyst swarovski stone – $38. Available at {a} haley Boutique.

All Eyes From soft to sultry, the Jane Iredale The Eye Steppes shadows offer five shades and a mirror to create magic on the eyes. $56. Available at Beauty Cosmopolitan, The Salon & Spa at Mystic Hair or New Identities.

Lavender Ensemble Be right on trend in the spectrum of lavender from lilac, in the flowing maxi dress with ruffle bodice and cinched waist, to the darker orchid clutch. Dress $64, Zippered Clutch $26, Neutral Bangle Set $16, Natural Amethyst Druzy Necklace from the Motek Collection $64. Available at {a} haley Boutique.

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Enjoy a limited-edition SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick that showcases the color for 2014. $18. Available at Sephora.

Gems for the Sole The colorful, jeweled Victoria sandal with bright pink straps sparkles with pink, green and crystal stones. $199. Available at Tresca Italia,

A Neiman Marcus exclusive made-to-order BB Suede Manolo Blahnik pump in fuschia, is the perfect fit for this season’s color trends. $595. Available at Neiman Marcus.

Comfort & Style Running around town is easy in a Marrakesh smoking slipper in the seasons hottest color, lavender. $187. Available at Haden Reid,


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Main Photo/Dress: Photography by Delane Ashley

Pump It Up

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Wine and Dine with Celebrity Chef Scott Conant

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa will host Food Network star and celebrity judge of “Chopped,” Scott Conant on February 20, 2014 at Council Oak Steakhouse. Taste buds will be tantalized with a 3-course dinner paired with wine selected by Council Oak’s sommelier. Tickets are $250 per person. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla’s Community Fund.

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Speeding Through Downtown St. Pete for 10 Years Celebrating 10 years of world-class racing, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg returns for the tenth running on March 28-30, 2014 along the waterfront and through the streets of St. Pete. Billed as “the world’s fastest spring break party,” in addition to kicking off the IndyCar Series for the fourth consecutive year, additional races include the Indy Lights, the Pirelli World Challenge, the Pro Mazda and USF2000 Championship. “Ten years of exciting auto racing and exhilarating race weekends is worth celebrating,” said Tim Ramsberger, President of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. “The event just keeps getting better and better. The support we’ve received from the community is tremendous and has allowed us to grow year after year.” There are plenty of activities for the entire family with a full schedule of parades, fireworks, entertainment, beer gardens, driver autograph sessions and interactive games and exhibits.

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be held March 28-30, 2014 in downtown St. Petersburg. For ticket and event information, visit or “like” on


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AT&T Supports The Train Up Foundation Athletes from Bay area high schools were recognized at the inaugural Train Up High School Student-Athlete Star of the Month Award at Raymond James Stadium. Buccaneer Vincent Jackson gave each student an autographed football, along with a certificate to recognize their achievement. Jackson told the student athletes they are citizens of the community as young leaders — both what you do on the field and off the field of play. Visit Photo: Ron Young, Tampa Bay Buccaneer Vincent Jackson, Andrew Hall, H.B. Plant Head Coach Rob Weiner

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Berkeley Preparatory School Plans Innovative Arts and Sciences Center Two large gifts kick off the continuation of a multi-phase capital campaign at Berkeley Preparatory School, as part of a master plan for school improvements. Bob Gries, Jr., along with Dan Doyle, Jr. and his family, have each donated generous lead gifts toward the campaign that aims to raise additional funds, in order to construct The Gries Center for Arts and Sciences. “With our community’s continued support, our faculty will soon be able to teach in an environment unconstrained by space and technological limitations,” said Joseph Seivold, Headmaster. “This is an investment that will pay incalculable dividends for our teachers, countless opportunities for our school, and life-changing results for our students.” The one-of-a-kind center will put Berkeley on the map nationally and will feature modern classrooms with leading-edge technology, college-level lab spaces for science and digital media endeavors, performance studios, an art gallery, group and individual study areas, an intimate recital hall, ample meeting spaces, and a new space for Berkeley’s renowned college counseling team. For more information about Berkeley Preparatory School visit

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Life Time Athletic and LifeSpa Opening Spring 2014 Invited guests were welcomed by Life Time Founder, Chairman and CEO, Bahram Akradi to a recent Influencer event, held at the Oxford Exchange to learn more about the Life Time fitness center that is opening in April 2014. General Manager, Joe Liotine says that his job is to exceed member expectations and partner with each member. Currently, the club operates 108 fitness centers in the U.S. and Canada. Life Time Athletic offers the best features of gyms, health clubs, family recreation centers, sports clubs and spas. Founding members include: Stuart and Karessa Lasher, Stan and Susan Levy, Bill and Paola Schifino, Trey Traviesa and Bill Coletti. A preview center is now open at International Plaza to learn how to become a Founder’s member. For more information on membership call 813.262.1300 or visit


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Ducky's Sports Lounge Opens in Tampa Tampa Bay Ray’s all-star third baseman, Evan Longoria, along with several Tampa area businessmen, have opened Ducky’s Sports Lounge on Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa. In December, a grand opening was held with drinks, food samplings, and, what the name is about — duckpin bowling. Supporting Longoria for the grand opening were a few former Rays teammates: BJ Upton, John Jaso and Reid Brignac. Sports fans will enjoy the big screen TVs throughout the restaurant to watch every game — not a bad seat in the house. Open for lunch, dinner, happy hour and late night dining.

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seeking, Ocean Vodka's distillery is located right in Kula, Maui. Available at Bay area fine wine and spirits. Proceeds from the sale of Ocean Vodka go to support Oceanic Conservation, making the world a better place. Visit for more information.

Ducky’s exterior and ownership group photos by PJ Agostini

Ducky’s Sports Lounge 1719 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa 813.254.6160

THE TRUTH ABOUT MAGAZINES: Up Close & Wild with Ariana Grande

“Magazines build buzz. They excel in reaching people who shape attitudes and behavior.” Source: GfK MRI Fall 2011

Photo: Shani Valencia

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino hosted actress and singing star, Ariana Grande with Wild 94.1‘s Orlando Davis, for an intimate concert and meet and greet inside the Council Oak Lounge. Fans were able to ask questions and pose for pictures. Grande was born and raised in Boca Raton. Visit

Style Is Her Business Gosia Eberle, Fashion Stylist, shares that styling and the services of a stylist are not reserved for just celebrities or the runway. Style is one of the most vital elements in making a first impression. Gosia contends that whether dressing for your profession, a special occasion, that first date, or reinventing yourself, your appearance defines that most impactful first impression. Although Gosia’s work has appeared in numerous fashion magazines, she makes her services accessible to all. For more information, call 727.560.0770 or visit

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12 Great Futures Breakfast 2013: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay hosted the 2nd annual breakfast at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn addressed the guests and attendees heard how programs impact the youth living in Tampa Bay, and Toriana Maura performed for the guests. | Georgette’s 25th Annual Celebrity Fashion Show: Nearly 800 fash-



ion savvy guests attended St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Foundation’s 25th Annual Georgette’s Holiday Fashion Show. The spectacular runway show and elegant luncheon featured musical entertainment, professional dancers, celebrity models, 50/50 raffle drawings and a silent auction. Celebrity models included: Shannon Magrane, Mark Royals, Amanda Mason, Jaimi Hovan, Chris Fields, Veronica Cintron, Belinda Womack and Steve Jerve. The show was chaired by Cherie Schonbrun and Amber Schonbrun McDonnell and emceed by Jack Harris. The event netted in excess of $85,000 to support St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Foundation. | Celebrate the TaTas: A new fundraiser to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research at Hadassah Medical Center in Israel, was held in Clearwater. The Gala honored Dr. Peter Blumencranz, Medical Director of Comprehensive Breast Program and Cancer Services for Morton Plant Mease Health Care. Barbara Baccari, Monica DiGiovanni, Claire Stiglitz and Terri Tankel (Hadassah Florida Central Region President) served as Event Co-chairs, and Honorary Gala Chairs were Reva Kent, Hilda Sachs and Lisl Schick. | Junior League of St. Petersburg Hosts Mayoral Ball: A sold-out crowd of more than 400 attended the Mayoral Ball and dinner that was themed around the Wizard of Oz — “Home ... there’s no place like St. Petersburg,” and catered by Parkshore Grill. An additional 100 guests joined the event for dessert, fireworks, declarations and dancing. Presenters included a City Proclamation read by Bill Dudley, Chair of City Council, Welcome Speech by Kathryn Gillette, Bayfront Market President & CEO and additional speeches by Lisa Johni, President of the Junior League of St. Petersburg and Jim Myers, Chairman of the Pinellas Education Foundation. The keynote address was made by newly elected St. Petersburg Mayor, Rick Kriseman.



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TGH Foundation’s 23rd Annual Night at the Circus: Guests experienced the magnificent aerialists, jaw-dropping daredevils, amazing animals, and the world famous clowns of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus – The Greatest Show on Earth®! Prior to the circus, nearly 500 guests attended a Parton’s Party chaired by Alexis Ciesla and Jennifer Stauffer, with delicious food and entertainment. Proceeds of over $221,000 will benefit the Children’s Medical Center at TGH. | 9th Annual “Home is Where The Heart Is”


Holiday Stroll: Kids Charity of Tampa Bay hosted the 2013 annual event on Davis Island


co-chaired by Brenda Trayner and Hope Marshall. Host homeowners included Bob and Elaine Engelman, Randy and Debbie Zomera, and Chuck and Elizabeth Harris. | American Heart Association – Shopping with a Cause: Local Tampa boutique, Apropos, owner Patti Christen and manager Cathy Boughner, hosted friends and supporters of the American Heart Association. The evening was a wonderful opportunity to shop high fashions, enjoy networking and sip wine and cheese. Ten cent of proceeds benefitted the American Heart Association. In attendance were the next three chairs of the Go Red Luncheon: Katie Pemble, President of C1 Bank, 2014 Chair; Connie Bessler, CEO, Greystone Health Network, 2015 Chair; Dotty Bollinger, CEO, Laser Spine Institute, 2016


Chair. | 12th Annual Nix Bash on the Blue: The Annual Memorial Gary Nix Bash on the Blue Party & Fishing Tournament was held to benefit Kids Charity of Tampa Bay and raise


funds for foster children in our community. (13) Circus Committee Chairs Alexis Ciesla and Jennifer Stauffer and families (14) Bailey Family, Bailey Foundation with circus performers (15) Wendy Linsky and her daughters (16) Gil Singer, Craig Latimer, Betsy Singer (17) Dr. Elaine Engelman (host homeowner), Hon. Herb Baumann, Joyce Sierra, Dr. Shelly Bauman (18) Dr. Linda McClintock and Hon. Dick Greco (19) Elizabeth Harris, Brenda Trayner – event co-chair, Paula Perry (20) Patti Christen, Kay Reid, Sharon Donnelly, Cathy Boughner, Teresa Triay (21) Dotty Bollinger, Kate Sawa, Deborah Brewer (22) Judy Genshaft, Rhea Law (23) Nicole Mancinelli, Dave Guren, Vikki Kaiser, Mark Mulbarger, Elaine Hushek, Brea Birmingham (24) Paula Perry, Tampa Bay Buccaneer Jonathan Casillas, Joe Troy, Denise Young



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36 Children’s Home Society of Florida’s 36th Annual Silver Coffee: An elegant evening was enjoyed by all at the event benefiting the Children’s Home Society of Florida’s (CHS) Gulf Coast Division. This year, Ms. Jill St. Louis and honorary hostess Natalie Safee hosted the event at the St. Louis home in Belleair. The guests enjoyed a “Moon Over the Manor” theme which included an array of English and Pub style food with a gourmet flair. 2013 sponsors included Joanne and Harvey Prior, Pinch A Penny, Inc., Boos Development Group Inc., Patricia and John Slaughter, Sandy and Craig Barkley, Bouchard Insurance Inc., Core Investment Management, Flaharty Asset Management, © TSS Photography


Angela and Kevin Hawkins, The Hayslett Team/REMAX, the Lambert Family Foundation, Lewis, Birch, & Ricardo LLC, and the Cantonis Family Foundation.| LAMPLighter’s 24th Annual Christmas


Silver Coffee: Guests enjoyed the annual Silver Coffee hosted this year at the home of Dr. Michael and Mrs. Susan Scannon. The delicious holiday fare was made by the members and always tasty. The event was chaired by Linda Stacy Mills and Honorary Chair was in loving memory of Joan Schabacker. All proceeds benefited the children of Metropolitan Ministries. | Tampa Museum of Art Preview Party: Gold and Platinum Patrons of TMA received a sneak peek of the current exhibition: Graphicstudio: Uncommon Practice at USF. A panel discussion moderated by TMA Museum Director, Todd Smith included former and current Graphicstudio directors. Tampa artists in attendance included Jim Rosenquist, Robert Stackhouse, Theo Wujcik, Robyn O’Neal, Allan McCollum,

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Iva Gueorguieva and Keith Edmier. | Caribana 2013: Bob Sierra Family YMCA hosted Caribana 2013 – YESTERDAZE, hosted by Jim & Lori Gibson, at the USF Marshall Center and raised $101,400 to provide YMCA scholarships for underserved children in the community. Lee Roy Selmon’s was


the dinner sponsor and the VIP Sponsor Party was hosted by Harvey & Cherie Schonbrun.

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Botanica Celebrates 25 Years of Wow! When: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Where: Botanica International Décor & Design Studio 1713 W. Cypress St., Tampa They began with a retail shop on Bay to Bay Blvd. in South Tampa and 25 years later, Botanica is a leader in the wedding and event décor industry. There was no shortage of fun and festivities as guests and friends joined Ian and Fiona Prosser, in celebrating the 25th Anniversary of their business, Botanica. It is truly a family affair with daughter, Zoë Gallina as Creative Director and son, Jordan Prosser as Flower Buyer and Product Manager. The secret to Botanica’s success: “One word: Integrity. Without it, you have nothing,” said Ian Prosser. The cocktail hour was held inside a tent decorated in a traditional and romantic feel that exudes Botanica’s trademark décor. The white florals and greenery welcomed guests and set the tone including four “man vases.” “People were looking for the surprise element we are known for, and we delivered it by starting with our signature look and opening up into a heavy duty club, in what you would never know is our warehouse,” said Ian Prosser. Contributors to the memorable evening included: Datz Dazzle, Swag Décor, AFR Furniture Rental, Amy Pezzicara/Pezz Photo, Dragonfly Custom Design, uDream Events, Nuage Designs, Inc., Over The Top Rental Linens, Café Ala Carte, Inpulse Entertainment, Flipbook Creations, RSBP Events, US Tent Rental, Styles by Kelly Anne and Arnoldo and Paul Duffy. Photography: Amy Pezzicara – Pezz Photo

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New Exhibit, “WARHOL: Art. Fame. Mortality.” Launch Party at the Dalí Museum. When: January 15 & 18, 2014 Where: Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg St. Petersburg’s internationally recognized Dalí Museum launched a new blockbuster exhibit January 18th saluting the works of Andy Warhol, and has wowed both critics and record breaking crowds. “Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality.” will run through April 27, 2014 and features 35 paintings, 20 drawings, 50 photographs and a selection of Warhol films, including a chance for visitors to create their own “Screen Test” made popular by Warhol. It was a Warhol Week of pre exhibit opening parties as Dalí Museum board members, upper level members and corporate partners enjoyed a sneak preview. More than 80 guests ushered to the third floor outside the Hough Gallery, where the opening reception took place, and a ribbon cutting by Board member Karen Lang Johnston, with husband Eugene Johnston looking on. Board President Tom James with his wife Mary James attended the sneak peek, along with dozens of other proud members of the arts community. The ‘first look’ at the show included a private tour of the Warhol exhibit led by Dalí Museum Director, Dr. Hank Hine and special exhibitions curator, Dr. William Jeffett. Photography: Brian James Gallery Photography

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Epicurean Hotel Grand Awakening When: January 17 - 19, 2014 Where: Epicurean Hotel The opening of Tampa’s eagerly awaited Epicurean Hotel was celebrated with weekend long events that included private receptions, wine tastings, culinary classes, brunches and Winemakers Dinner that showcased the hotel from the lobby to the rooftop bar, Edge. The hotel’s executive chef, Chad Johnson and celebrity chef, Norman Van Aken wowed guests during the numerous culinary events. The Friday evening reception took guests on a progressive tour throughout the hotel for various experiences, including the pool area that was transformed into a gorgeous party space by CONCEPTBAIT, AFR Furniture Rental and Bay Stage Live. The evening ended with a variety of decadent sweet treats including mini cupcakes, cookies, cake pops and macaroons from Chocolate Pi Patisserie. The Saturday evening Winemakers Dinner tantalized tastebuds with a six-course dinner, with each course expertly paired with wines by Patz & Hall, Melville Vineyards, Evangelho Vineyard, and Turley Wine Cellars. Sunday concluded the line up of activities with a Brunch inspired by Champagne and Bloody Marys. For more information on the Epicurean Hotel, visit Photography: Amy Pezzicara – Pezz Photo

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A Charming Classic Hyde Park Bungalow | By Mary Lou Janson


grand dame of the neighborhood for more than 100 years, she still exudes dignity, grace and leaves a lasting impression. She’s gained stature over the years and gracefully gained a bit of girth — porches and


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balconies will do that — but her classic “bone structure” and quiet elegance remain strongholds of her foundation. When Bryan and Lynn Guyton first laid eyes on the Hyde Park bungalow at 825 S. Delaware Ave., they saw themselves

at home there immediately. The couple, with their first son on the way, had sold their previous Palma Ceia residence and were temporarily living with Bryan’s parents on Davis Islands, while looking for the right place to raise their family.

The historic Hyde Park bungalow was built in 1913 and has been completely updated in recent years. The detached 2-car garage has an in-law apartment complete with kitchen, living room, bedroom and bath.

“It was Saturday morning and we were headed to Gainesville for a University of Florida football game. The house was not even listed yet, but as soon as we pulled into the driveway we knew we were sold,� recalled Bryan, a managing partner of

Morrison Grove Retail Income Fund. A friend tipped them off to the upcoming availability of the historic house built in 1913, and they used that advantage to make it their own home. After a few, feverish hours of negotia-

tions, the paperwork was signed and the deal was closed by Monday. For the next 20 years, the stately house would be the only home the two sons, Marshall and Curry, would ever know. Untold numbers of parties and family gatherings would be

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celebrated within its walls. Days and nights would be spent playing in the backyard and heated pool that would later be added to the spacious grounds. Eventually, the family expanded to include pets and the house became the domain of the family dog, Caliber, and their orange tabby cat, Nacho Cheese. But, the time has come for a new family to move in and the former family to move on. After 20 years, the house has been listed. The Guytons will remain in South Tampa, but will occupy a 2,200-square-foot home closer to SoHo, that will be a better fit for their changing lifestyle. “We had always talked about downsizing when our sons were ready to go to high school and college. The house is bigger than what we need now and going forward,” explained Bryan. “There are lots of memories there, but at the end of the day, it isn’t about the house, it’s about the family.” Marshall, 17, begins his senior year at H.B. Plant High School later this year, leaving little time before he’s off to college. Younger brother Curry, 14, graduates from Woodrow Wilson Middle School this school year and begins attending the Plant high campus as a freshman this fall. The Guytons have definitely left their style stamp on their decades-long residence. Through extensive renovations, numerous customizations and by incorporating lots of illumination, as in many large windows, multiple sets of French doors and big porches and balconies, they have created a comfortable living space highlighted by wood floors, high ceilings, gas burning fireplaces and striking light fixtures. Flow and flexibility are defining characteristics that create a cohesive feel, and provide options that will make this an accommodating residence for families raising toddlers to teenagers. The floor plan features three bedrooms plus four full and one half bathrooms, but an upstairs sitting room can easily be converted into a fourth bedroom. M The house is currently listed for sale at $1,595,000 with Stephen Gay of Smith & Associates. For more information, contact Gay at (813) 380-4343. 36

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The frog rain-drum accent table will add pizzaz to any outdoor setting. When the rain comes, enjoy the soothing sound of drops hitting the cast-aluminum table. $199 - $499. Available at Pottery Barn;

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he spectacular water views from inside this four bedroom, three bath waterfront home would be a welcome place to call home. Located in the Isles of Palms subdivision in Pinellas County, on the Intercoastal, the property offers direct access to the open Gulf of Mexico by boat in just minutes. A quick walk or short bike ride will take you to the sandy white beaches of Treasure Island. Enjoy the casual and carefree lifestyle of waterfront living by relaxing on the outside porch, and watch sea birds and dolphins frolic in the water from inside with large sliding glass doors providing unobstructed views. Spend hours fishing from the dock and enjoy front row


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seats, each year, for viewing the annual Christmas boat parade. Built in 1998, the 3,028 square foot home was recently remodeled with energy efficient windows, insulation and a new Rinnai tankless hot water heater. The open plan welcomes guests through the front door into the open foyer with tile entry and vaulted ceilings. Attention to detail offers crown moldings and surround sound throughout the downstairs and master bedroom. A gas fireplace provides warmth on a cool Florida night. The open kitchen offers granite countertops, gas cooking, solid wood cabinets and an island bar that is ideal to cook with friends and family.

Upstairs, the master bath has his and hers sinks, separate shower, oversized garden tub and ample storage and closets. Surrounding the second floor staircase and above the front door, the home has beautiful, sea-inspired custom stained glass windows that cost around $50,000. The tropical landscaping is impeccably maintained and ample parking is available with a circular driveway and two-car garage. M Located in Pinellas County, this Treasure Island waterfront property is currently offered at $1,300,000 through Smith & Associates. Contact Wendy Fields at 727.282.1788 or visit

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Gasparilla Marches On art | music | film by Mary Lou Janson

The JosÊ Gaspar pirate ship has sailed off into the sunset, signaling the end of another successful invasion by its band of swarthy pirates; but the party is far from over. The annual Gasparilla Festival invasion and parade are memories, but there’s still plenty of swagger, minus the daggers, still to come when the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Gasparilla Music Festival and Gasparilla International Film Festival, continue the merriment throughout March. These events are all about pleasure, not treasure, musical beats instead of strands of beads and walking the red carpet, rather than the plank. So get ready to admire and acquire art, celebrate local musicians and view some fabulous films. Eye patches, of course, are optional. February|March 2014


“What makes this event so great is the truly high quality of art in the show. Due to the significant prize money, and the sales generated by our festival patrons, the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts attracts many artists who may not necessarily do art shows on a regular basis.” ——Brandon Hicks, president of the GFA board of directors

44th Annual Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts

It is a rare chance to gaze upon an invaluable collection of renowned art. For two days, downtown Tampa takes on the demeanor of a vast private art collection, or a curated multi-media exhibit presented by an esteemed museum. Among the 235 artists selected by art-savvy local jurors, are professionals and award-winners, as well as some publicly displaying their art for the first time and others who rarely participate in festivals. March, 1 - 2, this one-of-a-kind art assembly will once again blanket Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park with tents filled with fine artworks, when the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts (GFA) returns for its 44th year. It’s an impressive presentation of art representing 13 different media, encompassing ceramics to sculptures and paintings to photography. Just as impressive is the all-volunteer team that works tirelessly throughout the year to shape this long-standing event. “We are 100 percent volunteers. There are no paid staff members. All of us involved have day jobs but we all appreciate and are very supportive of the arts. For instance, I am an


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architect by trade, so the arts are implicit on what I do on a daily basis,” said Brandon Hicks, former festival co-chair and current president of the GFA board of directors. The annual call to artists generates nearly 1,000 responses that must be carefully screened by well qualified jurors, who typically have an arts pedigree due to their education, work experience or affiliation with arts organizations. Not only must they cull the best from the rest, jurors must maintain balance to ensure diversity and cover multiple disciplines, while determining which artists receive a coveted invitation. Yet another juror, this one a nationally or internationally recognized art professional, is selected yearly to oversee the admirable $75,000 that is awarded to artists in various amounts. The opening day of the festival finds that juror carefully scrutinizing each exhibit, to determine what pieces will be considered for a potential award. Those picks are relocated to a room within the Tampa Museum of Art, where the juror makes his final picks in privacy and determines the recipient of the $15,000 Best of Show award, as well as all remaining categories.

Photo Credits: Marc Dahl, Five Studios and Will Staples Photography

March 1-2, 2014

“In 2013, we had 14 hours of continuous music on four stages, 10 national artists, 21 of the best regional bands and performers, parading acts for engagement and entertainment and the Kid’s Fest area. Our five-year plan could see this event spread to multiple venues with different stages ranging from Latin to country music. The sky’s the limit.” ——Ty Rodriguez, executive director of the Gasparilla Music Festival

Gasparilla Music Festival

Live performance photos from 2013 festival : Christopher Spires

March 8 - 9, 2014 Lifelong friends who grew up together in Tampa decided the time was right to bring the local music scene to center stage, and create an event celebrating the city’s homegrown singers, songwriters and performers. Tampa has talent, and Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park provides the perfect setting, and the time was right for local musicians to shine, they agreed. David Cox, Jeff Hunt and Phil Benito recruited more like-music-minded individuals to grow their ranks into a group providing skills ranging from financial expertise, to food-related experience. Among those sharing their passion were John Wakefield of Lykes Bros. Inc. and Ty Rodriguez, a self-professed humongous music fan, who feeds his listening habit by traveling the country to attend outdoor festivals featuring global artists. A partner in the new Seminole Heights, Rooster & the Till Restaurant, Rodriguez is now the event’s executive director, its sole salaried, full-time employee. From the start, the original organizers agreed to focus on artists connected to the Tampa Bay community, but also book from other parts of the country to create a cross-section of musical genres.

“There were no independent music festivals in town, nothing that represented Tampa or, specifically, downtown Tampa,” Rodriguez recalled. Why stop there, they wondered. The performers represent Tampa’s finest, so why not also offer foods prepared by local, independent vendors? In addition to signature sounds, festival-goers should also be able to get their fill of craft beers made here and dishes from some only-in-Tampa restaurants. It was an all-volunteer effort that successfully launched the inaugural festival, a single-day event in 2012, that returned for an even more successful encore last year, proof that those visionaries have sound judgement. Six thousand plus people found their way inside the fences surrounding Kiley Gardens and the park that first year. By 2013, the numbers swelled to more than 9,000. With the festival growing to a two-day event this year, organizers have high hopes of attracting capacity crowds of 10,000 per day. In keeping with those expectations, this year’s multi-day line-up includes headliners who will join stellar Tampa-based solo artists and groups. That means audiences can applaud The Flaming Lips and Trombone Shorty, along with local notables like Zulu Wave and 10th Concession.

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“Once filmmakers come to our festival they want to come back. Many of them will continue to submit their films to us to make sure they are invited back. It’s become known as a filmmakers film festival, but they also love our parties and have a good time while they are here.” ——Monica Varner, executive director of GIFF

8th Annual Gasparilla International Film Festival

Its marquee event is the annual, multi-day, mega-packed schedule of films, panel discussions and parties meticulously planned and presented by the Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) committee members. While all of the pageantry associated with red carpet celebrity photo opportunities and access to award-winning directors who talk freely about their craft is fun and fascinating, there is also the invaluable spotlight-shining moment this event provides its host city. Tampa essentially needs to be ready for its close-up, when noted filmmakers and producers attend this year’s festivities. You never know who may want to cast this community in their next project. “Every year we try to bring in more talent and more filmmakers. While they are here, we show them around Tampa so they can see how easy it is to film here and what this city offers. We try to help the local economy by encouraging these filmmakers to shoot here,” said Monica Varner, executive director of GIFF. Established in 2006, the festival is well regarded and well attended, largely due to its highly anticipated selection of independent films, including many locally produced


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entries, that cover a wide range of categories, originating from all parts of the world and cross all genres. Organizers are also busy year-round creating events that provide local film buffs with a multi-cultural collection of movies, to keep them entertained pre- and post-festival. With a five day schedule to fill, the task of finding the right mix of films every year is rather daunting. Films are submitted for consideration. Festival representatives also seek out films they want to present by attending other festivals. Each submission must be screened and scored by a selection committee. Only those earning the highest number of votes make the cut and get to debut to local audiences at participating venues that range from downtown’s Tampa Theatre, to CineBistro in Hyde Park Village, to Muvico Centro Ybor 20 in Ybor City. Exhaustive, extensive and never-ending, pretty much sums up the process. Varner oversees a small staff that has help and support from dedicated volunteers who ensure each festival is a success. But the satisfaction of showcasing local talent, showing off the city and shining in front of industry heavyweights makes it all worthwhile.

Photo Credit: Trung Nguyen of The Bokeh Studio

March 19 - 23, 2014

BACK ROW (left to right): Dr. Charles Sand – St. Joseph’s Hospital; Dr. Angus Jameson – EMS Medical Director, Pinellas County; Chuck Sykes – Sykes Enterprises, Inc.; Allen Brinkman – SunTrust; Alex Shouppe – Brown & Brown Insurance; Jim Burkhart – Tampa General Hospital; Bryan Glazer – Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Lee Arnold – Colliers International, 2014 Heart Ball Chair; Ted Starkey – Wells Fargo; Lou Galdieri – Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital; Gene McNichols – McNichols Co.; MIDDLE ROW (left to right): Dr. Gul Dadlani – All Children’s Hospital; Bob Dutkowsky – Tech Data; Ira Federer – Raymond James Financial; Lorraine Lutton – St. Joseph’s Hospital; Matt Hawkins – Greenway; Dia Nichols – Northside Hospital; Rhea Law – Fowler White Boggs, Tampa Bay Metro Board Chair;


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Ronda Parag – Tampa Bay METRO Magazine; Robert Sanchez, M.D. – Northside Hospital/Tampa Bay Heart Institute, Tampa Bay Metro Board President; Rick Harcrow – Newland Real Estate Group; Gary Weisenborn – Syniverse; Andrew Hoek – DeWitt Law Firm; FRONT ROW (left to right): Stacie Schaible – WFLA News Channel 8; Katie Pemble – C1 Bank, 2014 Go Red for Women Chair; Tracy Korros Howard – Boehringer Ingelheim; Ami Forte – Morgan Stanley; Briley Cienkosz – Laser Spine Institute; Jay Allison – Tampa Bay Trane; Kevin Hourigan – Bayshore Solutions; Lance Zingale – Sykes Enterprises, Inc.; Susan Hopkins – Heart Survivor/Spokesperson; Patsy McNichols – McNichols Co.

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Lunch and Learn With the Ladies The 2014 Tampa Bay Area Go Red For Women Luncheon is a special event that celebrates the power of women. Taking place on Thursday, May 8, from 10:30 a.m. 1 p.m. at A La Carte Event Pavilion, the luncheon encourages a passionate call to action, and raises funds to support research and community programs dedicated to helping women reduce their risk of heart disease – their No. 1 killer. “The luncheon provides an informative environment geared toward positive actions that each woman should take to protect her health,” said Katie Pemble, president and vice chairman of C1 Bank, and the 2014 Go Red For Women chair. “Few people realize that it wasn’t long ago that there were no medical studies conducted specifically toward women and heart disease. Go Red For Women has changed that. But there remains significant work to be done, and that work requires funding for research and

an awareness campaign. I am proud to be associated with something that directly benefits the lives of women.” More than 300 local women are expected to unite at this American Heart Association fundraiser. “The goal of each year’s The 2014, 2015 and 2016 Go Red For Women chairs: Katie Pemble, Connie Bessler, and Dotty Bollinger luncheon is to expand the reach of our message by increasing and for Health magazine; gourmet fare; activities; broadening the attendance to this remarkable inspiring testimonials from local survivors; event,” Pemble said. “We hope that each and more. attendee will become acutely aware of the Sponsors include Macy’s, Bayfront Health symptoms of heart disease, and that she St. Petersburg, C1 Bank, Tampa General will know the life-saving value of seeking Hospital, Laser Spine Institute, BB&T, immediate medical attention if she Greystone Healthcare Management, HCA – experiences these.” Edward White Hospital, Tampa Bay METRO Guests can enjoy an inspiring keynote Magazine, and the Tampa Bay Times. speech from Cynthia Sass, the nutritionist for the Tampa Bay Rays, a New York Times For more information, please call 727-563-8106 best-selling author, and a contributing editor or email

Have a Ball, Open Your Heart

Heart Ball Chair Lee Arnold (second from right) and executive cabinet members gather around the MINI Cooper. Look for it around town starting in late March for a “chance to win.” #SpotTheRedMini

April in Tampa Bay brings more than welcomed temperatures, the promise of longer days and multicolored sunsets, and lighthearted thoughts of beach season. It also brings a night where compassionate community members and charitable giving combine to fight cardiovascular diseases. Lee Arnold — the CEO of Colliers International Tampa Bay, Central and Southwest Florida, and the 2014 Tampa


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Bay Heart Ball chair – invites you to the Tampa Bay Heart Ball: The Heart of Living, a fundraising gala that benefits the American Heart Association’s research and education efforts. “I am honored to serve as the chair of the 2014 Tampa Bay Heart Ball,” said Arnold. “My commitment to the Heart Ball is personal. My ancestors have a long history of cardiovascular disease, which

in part is why I am dedicating my time and energy to raising funds for cutting edge research necessary for the American Heart Association to prevent, treat, and ultimately defeat the leading cause of death for American men and women.” Held on Saturday, April 5, at the sophisticated A La Carte Event Pavilion, the festive night features delicious, heart-healthy cuisine; exquisite wines; world-class auction lots including a dream getaway to Albany, a luxurious resort in the Bahamas; lively entertainment by The SongStar band; and the chance to win a red MINI Cooper, donated by MINI of Wesley Chapel. The 2014 Heart Ball leading sponsors are Sykes Enterprises, Inc. and Tampa Bay METRO Magazine. For more information, please call 727-563-8112 or visit

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Your heart is telling us something. At Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute, we have the expertise to understand exactly what your heart is saying — expertise gained from more than 25 years as an institute completely devoted to saving the hearts of Tampa Bay. As we continue to lead the way in cardiovascular care, we’re providing groundbreaking procedures not found anywhere else in the region. This wealth of experience helps us deliver better outcomes for our patients. Listen to your heart— for expert cardiac care, your heart belongs here. To find a physician, call (813) 615-7300 or visit

15-Minutes For Your Health | FREE Heart Screenings Friday, February 28 | 7:00 am – 12:00 pm Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute | 3100 East Fletcher Avenue | Tampa, FL 33613 Registration is required. For more information or to register, call (813) 615-7300.


What it Means to GO RED FOR WOMEN G: Get Your Numbers Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol. O: Own Your Lifestyle Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise, and eat healthy. It’s up to you. No one can do it for you. R: Realize Your Risk We think it won’t happen to us, but heart disease kills one of three women. E: Educate Your Family Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active. D: Don’t Be Silent Tell every woman you know that heart disease is our No. 1 killer. Raise your voice at


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Doctors of Distinction

JOSEPH J. CASTELLANO, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.C.S. Castellano Cosmetic Surgery Center Specialties: Breast Augmentation, Liposuction, Tummy Tuck, Facelift, Eyelid Surgery, Botox, Dermal Fillers

Welcome to Castellano Cosmetic Surgery Center, where we offer the latest in cosmetic procedures and treatments that can enhance your looks and your life. Our practice is all about providing you with a satisfying experience and outstanding results. Dr. Joseph J. Castellano is a skilled and experienced cosmetic surgeon, who offers a full range of procedures including breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tucks, facelifts and eyelid surgery. We are available to help you take the first step toward a more confident appearance. Dr. Joseph J. Castellano received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of South Florida. Following medical

school, Dr. Castellano completed his five year General Surgery residency at the University of Florida, Shands Hospital and the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Dr. Castellano then went on to complete a Fellowship in Cosmetic Surgery with the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and he is double-board certified. Whether you are contemplating enhancing your facial features, creating a more youthful appearance, or sculpting your body, Dr. Castellano and his experienced licensed staff will help you make an informed decision on the type of treatment that is the best choice for you. The Surgery Center also offers a med

spa, offering Aesthetic Skincare with expert guidance, treatments, products and support necessary to reach your goals. We offer everything from Laser Hair Removal to Laser Skin Resurfacing, Medical Grade Chemical Peels, Obagi & SkinCeuticals skincare products, Acne Treatment Programs and more. Also popular is the Mommy Makeover — a customized set of cosmetic procedures to help you look your best. You sacrifice everyday, and now it’s time you did something for yourself. Dr. Castellano is a native Floridian, growing up in the Tampa Bay area where he attended Jesuit High School. He has a well-established practice in South Tampa.

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Doctors of Distinction

EDWARD H. FARRIOR, M.D., F.A.C.S. Farrior Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Center Specialties: Rhinoplasty, Facelift, Browlift, Blepharoplasty, Otoplasty, Laser Treatments and Injectables

Dr. Farrior has the very prestigious distinction of serving as the President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for the 2013 2014 term. The AAFPRS is the world’s largest specialty association for facial plastic surgery. Dr. Farrior comes from six generations of surgeons and his father, Richard T. Farrior, MD, was one of the organization’s founders, as well as, its fourth president. With plastic surgery, faces require an artistic eye and a true understanding of form, function and proportion, as well as, exceptional technical skill. No one understands this better than Dr. Farrior. Farrior Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Center (est. 1989) offers a comprehensive range of services, including rhinoplasty, facelift, eyelid surgery, reduction of protruding ears, nonsurgical procedures including skin care, injectable fillers, Botox, laser treatments, and much more, in their accredited (AAAHC) state-of-the-art surgical suite. Dr. Farrior is a leader in his field, not only because of his innovative surgical accomplishments but because of his dedication to education. He has had more than 40 publications and the mentorship of 35 Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeons now practicing throughout the country. Additionally, Dr. Farrior is an affiliate associate professor at the University of

South Florida, and his alma mater, University of Virginia. His dedication to education allows him to stay current in his field, recognizing genuine innovations from passing fads. He is active locally, serving on the board of directors for The Spring of Tampa Bay (shelters abused women and children), and offering his services to the Face To Face Organization (offers severely abused women free reconstructive surgery). Aesthetic sensibilities, practiced hands and genuine compassion has led to his recognition as one of America’s “Top Doctors” since 2001. Dr. Farrior’s experience, judgment and compassion make him the natural choice for your facial cosmetic needs.

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Doctors of Distinction

GEOFFREY M. KWITKO, M.D. F.A.C.S., F.A.A.O., F.I.C.S., F.I.S.O.D., F.N.O.S.S. Specialties: Cosmetic & Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery

For more than 23 years Geoffrey M. Kwitko, M.D. has brought world class cosmetic eyelid surgery to the Tampa Bay area. Dr. Kwitko is board certified and fellowship trained in Oculoplastic, orbital, and neuroophthalmology. He is the former chief of surgery at Memorial Hospital and former chief of ophthalmology at St. Joseph’s Hospital as well as a clinical assistant professor at the University of South Florida. Dr. Kwitko has lectured extensively in the USA and abroad teaching other ophthalmologists his techniques of cosmetic eyelid surgery and orbital surgery and regularly teaches courses

at the prestigious American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting. Dr. Kwitko was awarded the American Academy of Ophthalmology honor award in 2003 and had been elected a “Best Doctor” by his peers every year since 2003. Dr Kwitko also specializes in thyroid eye disease, tearing problems, dry eye, and reconstructive surgery including eyelid and orbital cancers. Dr. Kwitko is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Ophthalmology, International College of Surgeons, International Society of Orbital Disorders, and the Neuro-ophthalmic

Surgical Society. Dr Kwitko had been in practice in south Tampa since 1991 and has earned a reputation for solving difficult ocular problems in his area of expertise Dr. Kwitko has been married to Paula for 29 years and has 2 sons Michael 26 and Daniel 24. In his spare time Dr. Kwitko enjoys skiing and playing competitive ice hockey and is fortunate enough to be able to play hockey with both his sons. One day he hopefully will be able to play hockey with his grandchildren but not too soon! Dr. Kwitko’s office accepts most insurance and will file your insurance for your convenience.

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Doctors of Distinction

JAMES M. SPENCER, M.D. M.S. Director, Spencer Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center Specialties: Skin Cancer Detection and Treatment, Mohs Micrographic Surgery, Cosmetic Procedures, Laser Surgery

Spencer Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center is a multi-provider practice directed by Dr. James Spencer. The center is a private medical practice committed to the prevention, detection, and treatment of skin cancer and to the cosmetic treatment of the skin through cosmetic dermatology and laser surgery. With extensive dermatologic experience, Dr. Joanne Montgomery has joined the practice to round out the team with Scott Freeman, PA -C; a U.F. graduate. A frequent speaker at medical symposiums both here and abroad; Dr. Spencer is a sought after educator for other physicians to learn cosmetic and laser surgery and is the author of 16 book chapters and over

90 scientific publications. His graduate degree in Molecular Biology was received from Stanford University and his Medical degree from Columbia University. He trained in Dermatology at the Columbia Presbyterian Medial Center in New York and completed his fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery; a highly specialized technique for the treatment of skin cancer. Previously the Director of Mohs and Dermatologic Surgery at both the University of Miami and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Currently Dr. Spencer is serving on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Dermatologist and is past

President of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery. Dr. Spencer serves as an investigator for a variety of innovative therapies; having conducted clinical trials for Dysport®, an alternative to Botox® and Artefill® a new permanent filler for scar correction. Treatments available: • Fractionated CO2 Laser • Ebrium Yag Laser Skin Resurfacing • Tattoo Removal Laser • Fractora Skin Tightening • Skin Cancer Treatment • Mohs Surgery • Cosmetic Dermatology • Acne Center • CoolSculpting

900 Carillon Parkway, Suite #404 | St. Petersburg, FL 33716 | p. 727.572.1333 | f. 727.572.1331 |


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Doctors of Distinction

TAMPA GENERAL MEDICAL GROUP Specialties: Cardiology, Endocrinology, Hepatology, Nephrology & Hypertension, Organ Transplantation, Primary Care and Surgery Tampa General Medical Group (TGMG) has 25 specialists working in the areas of cardiology, endocrinology, hepatology, nephrology and hypertension, organ transplantation and surgery. These specialists see patients at their clinical offices at 409 Bayshore Blvd., in Tampa, and the Harbourside Medical Tower, at 5 Tampa General Circle on the Tampa General Hospital campus. All TGMG specialists are boardcertified in their medical fields of expertise, and many are engaged in medical research and present research papers to peers around the country. TGMG specialists are

involved in all aspects of adult heart, lung, liver, and kidney and pancreas transplantation. Pediatric kidney transplants are also performed by TGMG specialists. Perhaps the most visible aspect of TGMG is its family care centers. With 19 primary care physicians, TGMG has eight offices caring for families throughout Hillsborough County and several more in the planning stages. These centers provide both pediatric and adult primary care. Patients can sign up for MyChart and have secure online access to portions of their medical record. TGMG participates in most major health plans.

TGMG Family Care Centers: • Family Care Center Brandon (813) 844-4300 • Family Care Center Carrollwood (813) 844-4500 • Family Care Center Healthpark (813) 236-5350 • Family Care Center Lois (813) 844-4200 • Family Care Center Riverview (813) 844-4600 • Family Care Center Sun City Center (813) 844-4700 • Family Care Center Tampa Palms (813) 844-8100 • Family Care Center Westchase (813) 844-4800

To learn more about Tampa General Medical Group, please visit its website at Locations: Brandon, Carrollwood, Riverview, South Tampa, Sun City Center, Tampa Palms, Westchase SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

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Doctors of Distinction

LARRY WILLIAMS, M.D. General and Vascular Surgery Specialties: General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Endovascular Diagnosis & Surgery

Dr. Larry Williams continues the tradition of excellence in General and Vascular Surgery in his well-established St. Petersburg practice. He is board certified in both General and Vascular Surgery and has additional certifications in Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine. Dr. Williams graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, completed his General Surgery training at the University of Illinois Hospitals and completed advanced training in Vascular Surgery at Northwestern University. Dr. Williams’ busy surgical practice includes the spectrum of vascular diseases such as aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease and peripheral vascular disease,

with an emphasis on minimally invasive techniques such as endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR), and stenting and atherectomy for occlusive disease in the legs. His expertise in General Surgery includes hernia, colon, breast and cancer surgery utilizing the latest laparoscopic techniques. Dr. Williams remains active in academic Vascular Surgery. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor for Surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of South Florida. He is active in the Florida Vascular Society, having been a founding member, SecretaryTreasurer and President. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and other regional and national surgical

societies. He initiated and continues to sponsor a quarterly meeting of Bay Area Vascular Specialists, where complicated cases are discussed and experts give options for treatment that can favorably influence patient care. Dr. Williams cares for patients at Edward White Hospital and St. Anthony’s Hospital, where he has been Chief of the Department of Surgery and President of the Medical Staff. He is the Medical Director of the St. Anthony’s Wound Healing Center and Director of wound care at Kindred Hospital St. Petersburg. Dr. Williams is now in a newly renovated, convenient location at 995 16th Street North in St. Petersburg.

995 16th Street North | St. Petersburg, FL 33705 | p. 727.894.4738 | f. 727.823.6710


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Doctors of Distinction



Hearing, Balance, Ear Surgery Farrior Ear Clinic

Visionary Centre for Women; Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Institute of Tampa Bay & Sarasota

Specialties: Treatment and surgery of the ear in patients of all ages

Specialties: State-of-the-art Gynecology, Robotic Gyn Surgery, Advanced Laparoscopy, Cosmetic Gynecology

Dr. Jay Farrior M.D. has dedicated over thirty-five years to helping, both children and adults, with the treatment of diseases of the ear. Dr. Farrior is recognized as one of the leading otologist and neurotologist in the country, with experience including the treatment of hearing and balance problems, Meniere’s disease, vertigo, chronic infections and tumors involving the ear. After completing residency training at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Farrior underwent advanced training with ear surgeons’ in the United States and Europe. As a result of this specialized training, Dr. Farrior has developed several surgical procedures to rebuild the eardrum and in turn, restore hearing and function to the middle ear. Dr. Farrior’s thousands of successful operations attest to the effectiveness of these procedures. Dr. Farrior’s expertise has also given him the opportunity to share his vast knowledge with others in the field of otolaryngology. Along with authoring numerous articles and chapters in textbooks, Dr. Farrior has taught ear surgery at both national meetings and international courses. Further, as a clinical professor at the University of South Florida’s Dept. of Otolaryngology, Dr. Farrior shares his knowledge and experience with the doctors’ of tomorrow. Every patient is unique and Dr. Farrior understands this. That is why Dr. Farrior takes the time to discuss with each patient their particular diagnosis and treatment, and answer any questions that they or their family may have. Consequently, if you or someone you know is suffering from hearing and balance problems, Dr. Farrior would be honored to use his experience and knowledge to develop a unique and effective treatment for your condition.

As women we want to have our vitality, health, and best quality of life — including our sense of sexual vitality. Board-certified gynecologist, Dr. Jennifer Hayes, has dedicated her life to health care for women. She is a leader in our community, providing innovative solutions for her patients’ issues. Her practice is devoted to expertise in Office Gynecology (including well care and BHRT counseling), Urogynecology (prolapse and leaking), Robotic Surgery and Cosmetic Gynecology. Dr. Hayes was the 1st Tampa Bay gynecologist to perform robotic surgery. Through tiny incisions, she provides safe operations on the uterus (straight forward & complex hysterectomy), removes fibroids to keep the uterus (robotic myomectomy), and repairs uterine & bladder prolapse with no transvaginal mesh (robotic sacrocolpopexy). She lectures on these topics nationally and helps other surgeons learn this breakthrough technology. Dr. Hayes is also the only gyn surgeon in the area who is an Associate of the prestigious Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Institute of America. With skill and trademarked techniques, she has built a reputation as the source for natural appearing Laser Reduction Labiaplasty. Women who have Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation with Dr. Hayes say it’s like turning back the clock to before childbirth. Dr. Hayes is one of the most experienced female surgeons in the country in Cosmetic Gynecology. Dr. Hayes is a favorite with patients, earning her “Patient’s Choice” Award four years in a row. “I’m dedicated to empowering women with knowledge, choice and alternatives — helping each patient find her favorite solution, while providing a healing environment.”

2727 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. | Suite 520 | Tampa, FL 33607 p. 813.879.0810 / 800.342.EARS | Affiliated with Select Physicians Alliance


Feather Sound Place | 2695 Ulmerton Road | Clearwater, FL 33762 p. 727.540.0414 |

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Dr. Laura Cruse, Dr. Harris McIlwain, Dr. Kimberly Smith

Oculoplastic Surgeon, J. Justin Older Eyelid Institute

Specialties: Rheumatology, Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine

McIlwain Medical Group (formerly Tampa Medical Group) is dedicated to providing their patients with compassionate healthcare, including focus on prevention and wellness, breakthrough medications, with the latest technologies in diagnosis and the most comprehensive therapies. Drs. McIlwain, Cruse and Smith are board certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine with a special focus on arthritis and related diseases, osteoporosis, and autoimmune disorders. McIlwain Medical Group strongly believes in cultivating the physician/patient partnership through education. Our doctors have authored many books including topics such as arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia as well as ebook, Diet for a Pain-Free Life, a doctor designed program to control pain, decrease inflammation, and lose weight. To better serve our patients, our practice also offers membership in the popular Privia Health, a program that provides priority access to the nation’s best doctors, online health records, same day/next day appointments, and priority phone/email access to their physician. McIlwain Medical Group proudly participates in clinical trials that help our physicians provide better treatment options, slow progression of disease, and decrease pain. For over 30 years, we have targeted a plethora of disorders including arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, hyperlipidemia, gout, obesity and more. We have two convenient locations, North Tampa and Central Tampa where patients can utilize on-site services, including blood draws, x-ray, and bone density tests (at our central office). To learn more about our practice and access educational materials, visit our website at

CENTRAL TAMPA | 4700 N Habana Ave., Ste 201 | Tampa, FL 33614 NORTH TAMPA | 13801 Bruce B Downs Boulevard, Ste 406 | Tampa, FL 33613 p. 813.345.2380 |


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Specialties: Eyelid Cosmetic Surgery, Botox Treatments and Eyelid Reconstruction for Cancer and Malpositions

Dr. Older is Board Certified in Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology from which he received both the Honor Award and the Senior Honor Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Education. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and past president of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He has lectured on the subject of eyelid surgery in America, Europe and Asia. In recent years, Dr. Older has lectured in the United States and Europe about the value of radiosurgery in oculoplastics. His textbook, Eyelid Tumors: Clinical Diagnosis and Surgical Treatment received an award from the American Medical Writers Association. Dr. Older’s publications include 45 articles for scientific journals and 23 book chapters. Dr. Older graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rutgers University where he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. His medical education and his ophthalmology training were completed at Stanford University. After finishing his residency in ophthalmology, Dr. Older concluded a Fellowship in Oculoplastic Surgery at the University of California in San Francisco. Dr. Older received the 2004 Physician of the Year Healthcare Hero award from the Tampa Bay Business Journal and has been listed consistently in The Best Doctors in America and Who’s Who in America.

4444 E. Fletcher Ave., Suite D | Tampa, FL 33613 p. 813.971.3846 | Other locations: 1109 US Hwy 10, Suite B | Holiday, FL 34691 6940 Central Aveune | St. Petersburg, FL 33707


Doctors of Distinction

PINNACLE HEALTH GROUP Sherissa Chang-Williams, PA; Jonathan Schamaun, ARNP; Sam Diasti, MD; Cheryl A. Reed, MD; Zehra Quadri, MD

THE REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE GROUP Drs. Tarantino, Goodman, McCormick, Yeko

Specialties: Internal/Family Medicine, On-Site Lab and Ultrasound Services

Specialties: Infertility, InVitro Fertilization, Laparoscopy/Hysteroscopy,

Pinnacle Health Group is a state-of-the-art clinic that is dedicated to providing the highest level of health care to our patients. Whether we are at our clinic, or providing our patients with on-site care, we strive to provide personal and friendly care to every patient and family member possible. We now provide Home Visits to patients who, for medical reasons, are unable to come into the office. We offer same day appointments, and accept most insurances. We are also accepting new patients. Our award winning Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system, allows our staff to quickly locate and maintain each patient’s most up-to-date health and examination records. Founder, Dr. Sam Diasti, M.D., has nearly 20 years experience in Internal Medicine. Joining Dr. Diasti are providers: Cheryl A. Reed, M.D., Zehra Quadri, M.D., Sherissa Chang-Williams, P.A., Jonathan Schamaun, A.R.N.P., and Judy Montana-Benincasa, A.R.N.P. Pinnacle Health Group is affiliated with numerous five star, skilled nursing and rehab facilities in South Tampa and the Town and Country area, as well as the following hospitals: Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital, and Tampa General Hospital. We also offer in-office procedures such as: EKG, Spirometry, Echo & Ultrasounds, ABI, Nerve Conduction, ABP, Holter Monitor, and Sleep Studies. Pinnacle Health Group is a diverse team of providers with complimentary services.

The Reproductive Medicine Group (RMG) is the Tampa Bay area’s trusted leader in providing comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of infertility and reproductive endocrine disorders. For more than 30 years, the RMG team has assisted thousands of couples to overcome their infertility and achieve their dream of becoming parents. The group continues to introduce and utilize cutting edge technologies and scientific advancements in the field of reproductive medicine, resulting in pregnancy rates that are among the highest in Florida and the nation. The physicians have consistently been chosen as “Best Doctors in America” and are proud to be named again for this distinction. RMG’s four office locations provide physician services as well as on-site laboratory and radiology testing. Adjacent to the North Tampa office is RMG’s unique IVF/Surgery Center, which houses two fully certified, anesthesiology staffed operating rooms, a state-of-the art IVF (in vitro fertilization) laboratory, comprehensive endocrine and andrology laboratories and a radiology suite. Advanced procedures including ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injectiom), donor egg, oocyte and embryo cryopreservation, as well as diagnostic and advanced laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, tubal reversal and vasectomy reversal are all offered at the RMG Surgery Center. The Reproductive Medicine Group is Florida’s exclusive IVF fertility clinic in North and Central Florida offering a 100% IVF Refund Program. For more information, call 813-914-7304 or visit and Join us on Facebook at

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Tubal and Vasectomy Reversal, Sperm and Oocyte Cryopreservation

5245 E. Fletcher Ave., Suite 1 | Tampa, FL 33617 | 813.914.7304 2919 Swann Ave., Suite 305 | Tampa, FL 33609 | 813.870.3553 3165 McMullen Booth Rd. | Clearwater, FL 33761 | 727.724.0702 612 Medical Care Drive | Brandon, FL 33511 | 813.661.9114

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Doctors of Distinction

Dr. Danner, Dr. Bartels, Dr. Allen


TOWER RADIOLOGY CENTERS Setting the Standard in Radiology

Loren Bartels M.D., F.A.C.S.; Christopher Danner M.D., F.A.C.S.; Kyle Allen M.D., M.P.H. Specialties: Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery


Specialties: Neuroradiology, Vascular & Interventional Radiology, MRI, CT, and Nuclear Cardiology

The Tampa Bay Hearing and Balance Center is a Best Doctors of America® recognized practice. As one of the busiest cochlear implant centers in the USA, we serve both children and adults. Active in clinical trials cochlear implant research, we also serve on advisory boards for cochlear implant design, peer reviewed journal manuscript reviews, and other clinical publications. Our evidenced based evaluation and treatment addresses a wide range of vestibular disorders including BPPV, Ménière's disease, vestibular migraine, and other balance problems. Our Audiologists provide a full range of audiometry and vestibular testing. Advanced solutions for hearing loss include hearing aids, middle ear reconstructive surgery, bone conduction hearing aids, and cochlear implants. Novel methods of dealing with cholesteatoma and spinal fluid otorrhea complement traditional ear surgery methodologies. We integrate with neurosurgery and facial plastic surgery to provide multidisciplinary management of skull base tumors and facial nerve associated rehabilitative surgery and congenital aural atresia surgery. We coordinate with genetics and neuroradiology facilitates evaluating children with congenital and hereditary hearing loss. Cochlear implant services for children can often be accomplished before the age of 12 months. Our highly tailored imaging protocols advantage patients with both common and unusual otologic disorders, especially for congenital disorders, skull base tumors like acoustic neuroma, otosclerosis, dehiscent semicircular canals, and rare clinical problems. At least one of us is available for same day otologic emergencies including sudden hearing loss, acute viral vertigo, Bell’s Palsy, bleeding ear, and acute mastoidits.

Congratulations to our radiologists who continue to be featured in Tampa Bay Metro’s Doctors of Distinction by making the Best Doctors List year after year. Tower Radiology Centers are affiliated with the radiologists of Radiology Associates of Florida, PA. Tower’s team of radiologists is now comprised of 45 board-certified radiologists who sub-specialize in Neuroradiology, Musculoskeletal, Cardiac, Thoracic, Nuclear Medicine, Breast Imaging, Vascular, Neurointerventional, Pediatric, Body Imaging and Emergency Radiology. Tower’s radiologists also participate in the academic missions of research and teaching through serving as the primary teaching faculty for the University of South Florida, College of Medicine, Department of Radiology. Tower’s 13 full-service outpatient radiology centers offer patients quality care throughout Hillsborough and East Pasco Counties. In addition to the radiologists’ vast array of certifications, the outpatient centers are designated as Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence, and hold accreditations in multiple modalities by the American College of Radiology. Tower is also a member of the National Consortium of Breast Centers. Tower utilizes a number of unique safety protocols to make imaging safe for patients. This includes a utilization review system, which better tailors CT imaging for patients, decreasing their radiation exposure. We also pay special attention to pediatric patients in joining an initiative of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging by pledging to “Image Gently” when caring for children. Tower Radiology Centers offer patients the full package of efficiency, reliability, expertise, and convenience with the goal to offer the highest possible quality of care.

5 Tampa General Circle, Suite 610 |Harbourside Medical Tower | Tampa, FL 33606 p. 813.844.4900 | f. 813.844.4905 |

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O-Town for Kids of All Ages Toddlers, Tweens and Teens By Ronda M. Parag


pring break is approaching and why not stay close to home and enjoy all the thrills of Orlando with its theme parks, shopping and entertainment. Plenty of memories to be made at any of Disney World’s four parks - Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studio, or Universal Orlando’s, Universal Studios Florida® or Universal’s Islands of Adventure®. There are a variety of experiences for the entire family.

Head back to the park at night time to view the colorful Main Street Electrical Parade and the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular fireworks show. At Universal Studios, Seuss Landing based on the books by Dr. Suess, will provide fun for the small kids with the Cat in the Hat ride and One Fish Two Fish. Also fun is Camp Jurassic with rope bridges, play slides and water squirters.

For Tweens A popular option for those with a bit

older children, is to stay on property at Universal Orlando. Universal Orlando offers three resorts, The Hard Rock Hotel, Portofino Bay Hotel and the Royal Pacific Resort and each has its own décor and amenities. The Portofino is popular with families and reminiscent of an Italian village. The hotel has a beach style pool with surrounding sand, a kiddie pool, water slide, kid club, spa, fine dining and complimentary water-taxi shuttles to the theme parks. If you want to walk, it is just a quick 15 minutes on a

For Toddlers The easiest option is to stay on Disney property, with three hotels that are connected directly to Walt Disney World by the monorail — The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the Polynesian or the renovated Contemporary. Staying right on property allows easy access back and forth to the park, as well as the privilege of the Extra Magic Hours, which lets you enter the parks early or stay late. If you do run out of something, each Disney Park does have a Baby Care Center that offers the basics and a comfortable, quite place to change and feed the baby. We also recommend bringing your own stroller. Get to the parks early. Take advantage of a toddler’s early morning schedule to be there when the gates open. The parks are less crowded and Magic Kingdom, especially Fantasyland, is the most baby-friendly. Be sure to build in multiple breaks and even head back to the hotel for an afternoon nap.

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landscaped path. The biggest advantage to staying on property, however is the free “Universal Express” pass. Just show your room key and enter the fast-track line. Having an express pass will save lots of time in long lines and allow those thrill seeking tweens, the opportunity to ride all the rides. If you don’t stay on property, an express pass may be purchased for an additional fee and its highly recommended. There are three fun wet rides that will get you completely soaked — Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls, Bluto’s Bilge Rat Barges and the Jurassic Park ride.

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Spa, has reasonable rates and is in a great location to the Disney parks offering two, three and four bedroom condo style suites. Most teens like their own space and having larger accommodations with a kitchen helps with the dining budget. It is easy for a teen to grab a quick breakfast or snack before heading out to the parks. Upon entering any of the Disney parks, check out the tote boards in the center of the parks to see wait times on rides. Disney does offer FASTPASS — so take advantage for minimal wait times. Epcot with its more educational attractions, is best for older children. Splash Mountain, Space Mountain and of course, Test Track in Epcot, are on most of the older kids “mustdo” rides. In Tomorrowland, don’t miss Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, that is fun for the video-game set. Hollywood Studios provides thrills

with Rock N Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror. At Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure there are roller coaster rides for the daredevils in the group, including The Incredible Hulk Coaster and Dueling Dragons. The signature attraction at Universal is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and its Forbidden Journey of Harry Potter ride. It is extremely popular, so expect crowds. The latest technology provides riders with thrills, and the sensation of flying and transporting muggles into the realm of J.K. Rowling’s books and the movies they inspired. M





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Relaxed Luxury Meets Old Island History Pier House Resort & Spa | By Ronda M. Parag


ravel south to Key West for an escape like no other, where there are a variety of activities and festivals year round. The streets of Old Key West are lined with eclectic shops, restaurants and of course, bars. Charming during the day, the streets transform to an eccentric scene by night. From the Key Lime Festival, Hemingway Days, Parrot Heads in Paradise and the infamous Fantasy Fest, Key West offers a host of activities for everyone. The eight square mile island is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico and offers spectacular sunsets nightly. Running through the center of Old Town, at the end of Duval Street, is the ideal location to stay, Pier House Resort & Spa. For more than 40 years, the 199


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guest room and 23 suite Pier House has provided guests with great service, quality dining and a superior location. Nestled among tropical gardens and its own private white-sand beach, the Pier House is perfect for a family getaway or romantic couples retreat. For its spectacular views, the Presidential Suite offers 1,450 sq. ft. and encompasses the entire top floor of the HarbourView Building, with a 780 sq. ft. balcony to relax and watch the sunsets. After a day lounging by the pool or a day snorkeling trip, The Spa offers guests a tranquil place to unwind and recharge. Try a few of the signature services including the Milk and Honey Body treatment, Royal Caribbean Facial or Signature Massage that includes paraffin treatments for both hands and feet. Full-service nail

and hair services are also available. Pier House has dining on property from the casual Beach Bar and Grille serving salads, sandwiches and tropical drinks, to the HarbourView Café offering the freshest, locally sourced seafood and Key West favorites with breathtaking views. Don’t miss the chance to have a spirit or two at Chart Room, located within the Pier House property. Known as the birthplace of Jimmy Buffet’s career and Mel Fisher’s unofficial headquarters, many a tales and memories have been made at this iconic, dive bar. No need to dress up, just kick back and relax. M For more information or to make reservations for Pier House Resort & Spa visit or call 1.800.723.2791.

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Puerto Rico No Passport Required

San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino | By Ronda M. Parag


njoy the beautiful island of Puerto Rico with a quick, easy flight from Tampa to San Juan in under three hours. Located in the heart of nightlife, shopping and fine dining in the Condado neighborhood, the San Juan Marriott & Stellaris Casino is the ideal hotel for either business or leisure travel. Recently, the 4-diamond resort spent $8 million to enhance and update all 525 guest rooms and suites. The high-rise hotel has 21 floors and offers terraces with Atlantic Ocean views. In addition to the rooms, the lobby has been renovated as well. The Red Coral Lounge offers a signature drink of the famous, Dragon Berry Mojito and offers light lunch or dinner, and entertainment and DJs in the evening. While in the heart of the city, the


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resort sits directly on the water, where guests can relax, recharge and soak up the sun in a lounge chair facing the spectacular, blue waters of Condado Beach. The pool area offers fun for the kids with water slide, or sooth tired muscles with a dip in the hot tub. A swim up bar will provide a favorite rum cocktail. For breakfast or lunch, the newly renovated, La Vista Latin Grill & Bar, offers casual a la carte and buffet style menus with stunning ocean views. Be sure to test lady luck at the 24-hour Stellaris Casino offering Caribbean stud poker, blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat and over 400 slot machines. There is plenty of opportunity to experience outdoor activities within 30 minutes of the San Juan Marriot Resort.

For the adventurous, try ziplining at Campo Rico – 2,200 acres of lush valleys, mangroves, lagoons and limestone mountains. Another fun excursion includes riding ATVs through the countryside. About a 10 minute ride from the hotel is Old San Juan, a 475 year old neighborhood that is home today to most of Puerto Rico’s government buildings. Be sure to spend time walking the cobblestone streets and soak in the historic city filled with boutiques, churches, museums and restaurants. Enjoy the spectacular views and discover part of Puerto Rico’s history at the El Morro or San Cristobal Forts. M For more information or to check rates and availability, visit

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Roasted Candy Stripe Beets Salad

Hand-made Short Rib Mezzaluna

Erica & David Benstock

Fresh Italian For The Discerning Palate IL Ritorno, Downtown St. Petersburg | By Patricia Vorbrich


hen head chef and owner, David Benstock, left St. Petersburg for college and then traveled around the world, little did he know he would be back in his hometown to open up his first restaurant, IL Ritorno. The name, IL Ritorno, is fitting for the restaurant, as it means “The Return” in Italian; which is exactly what Benstock did, returned back home, and it’s just what he wants his customers to do, return to his restaurant. IL Ritorno brings a new taste of fresh Italian cuisine, introducing new, interesting flavors and combinations that add elegance to a traditionally rustic genre. Working with local farmers for produce, Benstock and his staff prepare everything fresh, with the menu updated daily. Beginning his educational adventures


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at Florida State University, Benstock went on to Johnson & Wales/College of Culinary Arts in Denver, CO, and then helped Wolfgang Puck open Spago in Bachelor Gulch, CO. Moving on to NYC and working at The Modern, linked to the Museum of Modern Art, Benstock was looking for more in his search for food and his specialty was found in Calabria, the southern most part of Italy, where, as Benstock puts it, “The food is simple, but refined.” From a well stocked wine list, to beer and non-alcoholic beverages, the dishes themselves will add flavor to anything one orders to drink. Starting off with a wide range of antipastis, the Caprese salad has fresh, local tomatoes, and the Roasted Candy Stripe Beets salad is as tasty as it is colorful. Diners will also want to try the Veal Sweetbreads.

IL Ritorno’s signature dish is the Short Rib Mezzaluna, made with truffle fonduta, concentrated tomatoes and pecorino. And don’t leave without sampling the Butternut Squash Agnolotti, handmade from scratch, this can almost double as a dessert with its sage, brown butter and topping of amaretti cookie. Secondi dishes include Seared Scallops, Lane Snapper, Pan Seared Chicken and Cobia – eggplant puree, with caramelized cauliflower, broccolini, and roasted red pepper agrodulce. One dessert item that is not to be missed is the tantalizing, Cannolitini, save room, and return, again and again, to IL Ritorno. M 449 Central Ave., Suite 101 St. Petersburg, FL 33701 727.897.5900,

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Escape The Ordinary

Parkshore Grill

The beautiful Armani’s Restaurant, located on the 14th floor of the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, featuring Northern Italian cuisine and unsurpassed sunsets. Mark your calendar for our Champagne Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 20th.

Award winning contemporary cuisine from Chef Tyson Grant. Natural, hormone free, farm raised, all organic. Lunch, dinner, weekend brunch. Full liquor bar. Wine Spectator award. Voted best sidewalk dining on Beach Drive. Fine food, wind spirits. Valet parking. Reservations suggested.

2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 813.207.6800 |

300 Beach Dr. N. E., St Petersburg, FL 33701 727.896.9463 |

The Capital Grille

Tampa’s Pelagia Trattoria

You are cordially invited to join The Capital Grille for an evening of relaxed elegance and exceptional cuisine. Enjoy their signature dry aged steaks, fresh seafood, and an award-winning list of more than 350 wines, served to you by a gracious, knowledgeable staff who anticipate your every need.

Pelagia specializes in adding a modern twist to traditional Italian cuisine while also featuring seasonal flavors and locally sourced foods. Named to numerous national and local best restaurant lists and awarded multiple Golden Spoons, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

2223 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607 813.830.9433 |

Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, Tampa 813.313.3235 |

Sail Pavilion

Ocean Prime

Located on the RiverWalk, Sail Pavilion is Tampa’s only 360degree waterfront bar. The pet-friendly Sail Pavilion features a Beer Garden and live music on weekends. Mention this ad for a 10 percent discount.

Ocean Prime...the Modern American Supper Club. Ocean Prime showcases a large selection of prime seafood and steak, with handcrafted cocktails and world-class wines. Open for lunch and dinner daily; live piano music featured nightly.

333 S. Franklin St., Tampa, FL 33602 813.373.1193 |

2205 N. West Shore Blvd., International Plaza, Tampa 813.490.5288 |

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METROGuide Foodie

Social, Fun, Playful and Chic Rococo Steak in Downtown St. Petersburg | By Ronda M. Parag


ocated in a 1920s brick building and touted as St. Pete’s first steakhouse in downtown, Rococo Steak opened last fall and delights all the senses. Named for an art movement developed in Paris, Rococo artists created lighter, curvy, intimate and more playful themes in their works and that is the inspiration at Rococo Steaks. Previously, the building was home to the historic YWCA and underwent a three million dollar renovation. “Restoring and renovating this building was a high-risk project,” said Joe Orsino, CEO. “It begins an incredibly ambitious growth movement off Beach Drive.” Rococo strives to be a bit different than the traditional steak house by creating a


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menu of grass and corn fed beef, creative appetizers and delectable side dishes. The restaurant also claims the largest wine collection in St. Petersburg, offering an abundance of Reds from California and French wines to complement the many French influences from the kitchen. The craft cocktails include the St. Pete Swing, Cucumber Fresca and Jell-o Shots made with tropical spirits and fruit. Chef Richard Potts hails from Utah and strives to make the menu fun and vibrant. He believes in sustainable farming and says it is important to know where food comes from. “The better the animal is taken care of, the better the food,” said Chef Richard. The philosophy

at Rococo is always on freshness. “We are prepping in the day, for the day,” Chef Richard says emphatically. There is only one freezer in the kitchen and it is for french fries, which he says make them cook better. Chef Richard has a passion for what he does. He has collaborated with Beehive Cheese Co. to create a one-of-a-kind Fennel & Slideridge Honey Cheddar cheese. He hand collected wild fennel pollen and combined his love of Slide Ridge honey. In addition to the eight steak selections of Filet Mignon, Ribeye, NY Strip and Porterhouse, the menu offers from the Water & Wild side of the menu, a Tasman Salmon because of its high level of Omega 3 fat, which is twice that of

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Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant You’ll feel like you’ve journeyed to Spain when you dine at Florida’s favorite Spanish restaurant. Tantalize your taste buds with the authentic flavor of our homemade Sangrias and over 100 different tapas. Live music and Flamenco dance shows. For showtimes, visit Tampa | St. Pete

typical salmon, and the wild venison chops come from a deer ranch in Texas. Steak toppings include black and white truffle shavings, house-made steak sauce, and a compound butter made from caveman blue cheese and unpasteurized Roquefort. Salt is a great accompaniment with a variety of salts including Hawaiian black and red salt, Maldon Sea salt, sulfuric Black Sea salt and even the protected French Fleur de Sel served at the table. With its art inspired name, the owners commissioned local St. Petersburg artist Derek Donnelley to create a spectacular, modern interpretation of The Swing on the ceiling of the Art Lounge. Donnelley spent weeks upside-down creating this modern classic. M

Eddie V's Prime Seafood Join us at Eddie V’s and let the comfortably sophisticated environment, sparkling atmosphere and sounds of live jazz set the tone for an exceptional dining experience. Choose from a robust selection of the finest seafood available, or indulge in our critically acclaimed prime center cut steaks. 4400 W. Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607 813.877.7290 |

400 Beach Seafood & Tap House Open Sunday - Thursday: 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday: 5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. 655 2nd Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 727.822.0999

Florida Trend Top 20 Restaurant. Relaxed Coastal cuisine. Lunch and Dinner daily. Weekend Sunday brunch buffet. Banquet rooms and Private dining available. Great sidewalk dining on Straub Park overlooking Vinoy Yacht Basin. Best seafood, best raw bar, best happy hour. 400 Beach Dr. N.E., St. Petersburg, FL 33701 727.896.2400 |

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METROGuide Latitude

Causeway Sunset 27.970554, -82.578413

Š Brad Marcum

A spectacular sunset from Ben T. Davis Beach was captured by part-time Dunedin resident, Brad Marcum, as he stopped along the

Causeway before heading home to Austin. M


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