St. Pete Life Magazine July/August 2018

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SPOTLIGHT 28-30 Life's A Beach

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When’s the last time you went to the beach? If your answer is “it’s been a while,” it’s high time to rediscover the reason so many vacationers head to our beautiful Pinellas County beaches. Sugar sand, blue water, seabirds and dolphins, and spectacular sunsets are only minutes away. We offer a guide, along with beaches where you can frolic with your pooch. We’ve also tossed in some ideas for surviving the summer, from a spin at a local ice rink to our favorite beach bars.

36-39 Summer Craft Cocktails


There’s nothing like a cool, refreshing cocktail to take the edge off a hot summer day or night. We reached out to a number of St. Pete establishments with a reputation for concocting adventurous and, above all, tasty craft cocktails. And, lucky you, they agreed to give us their recipes. Get out your shaker and make some ice, it’s sipping time!



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14-15 Neighborhoods

The small downtown neighborhood known as Historic Roser Park has a fascinating story to tell. Tucked into a hilly enclave, it’s filled with history and a supportive group of homeowners.

42 Dining Out - Yeoman's Cask & Lion

Look for the beefeaters standing guard out front and you’ll know you’re there. The British have arrived to deliver us those standard dishes like Bangers and Mash and Shepherd’s Pie in a super groovy atmosphere.

52 Beauty & The Burg

Cindy Stovall dishes on the latest St. Pete arts scene news.

22-23 French American School Of Tampa Bay

A multicultural and arts-forward school is coming to St. Petersburg this fall. We interview the founder and learn why this unique education brings a fresh perspective to the academic scene in Tampa Bay.

10-11 Rising Tide

Sharing a work space is thriving around Tampa Bay. We take a look at Rising Tide Innovation Center and other co-working spaces in St. Pete.

56 Conversations

We chat with St. Pete entrepreneurs who are making a mark on the local scene from a businessman to a boutique and winery owner to the dynamic duo behind a networking pop-up group for badass working women.

70 Kindness - Davion Graduates 43 Dining Out - Ford's Garage

Fill up your tank and have fun doing it at the kitschy new Ford’s Garage, where you’ll dine in a modern-day version of a 1920s filling station. It’s a hoot to check out the old cars, gas pumps and memorabilia while you're munching on a burger.

Against all odds, St. Pete teen Davion Only-Going graduates from high school. His plea to be adopted was heard across the nation.

46-47 Fashion - Flirty & Fabulous

PLAY 45 Sips & Suds

Chilled sparkling wines are just the thing for relaxing poolside this summer.

Show a little skin, embrace bright colors and make this the season for stepping out in style.

76-80 SPL Scene

The social scene, galas, grand openings and fundraisers around town.

62-63 Travel - Key West

50 Can I Get A Witness

St. Pete’s veteran photographer Herb Snitzer has captured urban life and the jazz culture as a St. Pete activist for more than five decades. Cindy Stovall interviews him about his life and the current exhibit of his work at the Museum of Fine Arts.


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48 Fashion - Staying Cool

Men can be casual and fashionforward this summer with a colorful short-sleeve shirt and short pants. .

Experience a relaxing and fun getaway to Florida’s Southernmost Island.

64-65 Travel - NYC

Cindy Cockburn knows the Big Apple. She gives us insider tips on where to stay and dine.

WELCOME TO SPL One year ago, we had a vision. We had watched St. Pete’s exciting transformation over the past decade, marveled at its growth and the entrepreneurial spirit that has become a hallmark of this fine city. We saw changes that would bring new residents and businesses, excitement and a newfound identity, while preserving our rich history. As we observed this growth – with forward-thinking city leaders forging new ground - we decided to jump in and become entrepreneurs ourselves. We would create a lifestyle magazine directed to the very core of what makes St. Pete our ‘Burg – our entrepreneurs and dreamers, our residents, businesses, organizations and charities, our arts community, our medical community, our colleges and universities, our fabulous restaurants and breweries and bars and festivals. All these components that make St.Petersburg so unique were the impetus behind a publication for all of them - St. Pete Life. As we mark our one year anniversary, we thank all of our supporters who joined us in our decision to bring a fully focused and targeted high-quality magazine to St. Petersburg. We also thank you for the kudos and words of encouragement in the past year. But in order to succeed, we need more continued support. Please consider advertising in an upcoming issue, so we can spread your message to area residents and continue to cover topics of interest for both locals and visitors. It is clear that St. Pete Life has an avid following. In response to overwhelming requests, we have added a mail subscription offer to those not currently receiving the magazine in one of our targeted zip codes. You can sign up for bi-monthly mail delivery by going to our website at and clicking on Subscribe.

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Beth Ann Drake EDITOR


Alicia Brown


Annette Mensch Account Executive CONTRIBUTORS

Cindy Cockburn Travel/Features

Kevin Godbee

In this issue, we celebrate all that our steamy, sultry summers offer us here in the Sunshine City. When’s the last time you headed to the beach for a sunset dinner? Or kicked back with an astounding craft cocktail created by one of our local mixologists at a bar or restaurant? Look for some encouragement within these pages. With this issue, we also announce our partnership with St. Pete Catalyst, the new daily business news platform that is covering many of the city’s remarkable entrepreneurs, leaders and business engines who are giving St. Pete its spark. To see what they are up to, check out .

Dining/St. Petersburg Foodies

We encourage you to follow us on Facebook, as we share fun and interesting events happening around the city between issues. As always, we welcome your comments. Here’s hoping you’ll stay cool this summer.

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Jose Martinez Men’s Fashion

Megan Simons Women’s Fashion

Cindy Stovall Arts Writer

Edith Swierzbinski CO-FOUNDER/BUSINESS MANAGER Ralph Zuckerman

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Marcia Biggs Editor

Cover Photo by Barry Lively. Fashion by Pippa Pelure Boutique

Sunset On St Pete Beach Photo by Kathleen M. Finnerty


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Rising Tide Innovation Center Charting a course in St. Pete’s growing climate of shared work space


BY MARCIA BIGGS Sunlight filters through the windows as a few people tap, tap, tap on their laptops and life unfolds on the downtown streets below. Just before a holiday weekend, it is the quiet before the storm at Rising Tide Innovation Center. Just two weeks ago, nearly 200 people including St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman and St. Pete Chamber President Chris Steinocher gathered here to celebrate the official opening of St. Pete’s newest co-working space. Every day now, the queries come in, a good sign for two law partners who decided to leave their Tampa office space and cross the pond for a new beginning. The vision of law partners Leigh Fletcher and Tina Fischer, Rising Tide occupies some 8,000-square feet of space on two floors in the historic McCrory Building in the 400 block of Central Avenue. After working in a downtown Tampa high-rise for more than a decade, the dynamic duo made the move to downtown St. Pete last fall where they felt a groundswell of support and energy rising.


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“Tina already lived here, and most of my friends and family live here,” explained Fletcher. “We wanted to do something bigger than just a law firm. Our lease was up and we were looking at our options. Since most of our clients are national, we were able to work anywhere. Knowing St. Pete’s entrepreneurial spirit and innovative community, we knew this was where we wanted to be.” They made the move to the new fourth floor space in September, ironically the same week that Hurricane Irma was bearing down on Florida. It was an appropriate name -- Rising Tide – because “a rising tide lifts all boats,” says Fletcher. In early May, the third floor became available and they jumped on it. Within 30 minutes of deciding to take the third floor, a call came in from iSocrates, an educational software firm, relocating from Connecticut and seeking temporary office space. “That confirmed our decision to expand to the additional floor,” said Fischer.


Rising Tide founders Leigh Fletcher and Tina Fischer celebrate their grand opening in May with Mayor Rick Kriseman and other city dignitaries.

Work spaces on the 4th floor enjoy expansive views of downtown St. Petersburg.

After a whirlwind 10 days of contactors, designers, movers and installers all pitching in at breakneck speed, the two floors were transformed into a light, airy and modern co-working center with a sophisticated design focused on natural elements like brick walls, custom-designed wood desks, tables and chairs, and glass partition walls all complemented by furnishings and art in hues of blues and green (ocean and land).

available, and added benefits include a business mailing address, reception services and copy and fax machines.

Members may select from dedicated and temporary workspaces, with high-tech conference capabilities and collaborative spaces available. Monthly fees go from $45 to $325 and range from a “hotdesk” that allows the worker to come and go from communal desks, to a dedicated desk and file cabinet or a private office space. A first-rate free snack bar and gourmet coffee are always

In addition to the iSocrates group, the Rising Tide ranks include local businessman Mario Farias, the Latin Film Festival and tech firm WB3 – and, of course, the law offices of Fletcher and Fischer. They are currently welcoming community groups, small businesses and non-profits to use some spaces for receptions and other functions. Rising Tide Innovation Center is located at 433 Central Avenue, St. Pete. To learn more, go to or call (727) 877-8230.

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The Co-Work Revolution Has Arrived The idea of offering entrepreneurs, start-ups and established small businesses a home or on-the-go office is catching on in cities around the globe. Most co-work spaces offer basic services such as a mailing address, high-speed internet, conference space and board rooms, copy and fax service, and a desk or private office available on a monthly basis. Membership fees come in various levels depending on choice of amenities; most are monthly but some may have daily drop-in fees and longterm office rentals. In St. Pete, the five-story Station House started the wave when it opened in 2014 after extensive renovations to a 100-year-old fire station in the heart of downtown. Station House offers members more than co-work space, calling itself a “networking mecca” by offering monthly breakfasts, business workshops, arts and social events . The web site claims more than 150 businesses as members, many with the “instinctive desire for community and social interaction.” A largely millennial base shares ideas at the coffee house, networks at happy hours at Ichicoro Ane restaurant, enjoys regular yoga classes, or attends social events in 4,000 square feet of event space on the upper floors. Station House owner Steve Gianfilippo is opening a Station House in Tampa’s Hyde Park Village in 2019, occupying 30,000 square feet of co-work and social space in the heart of the village. Over in Tampa, the sprawling new Bay 3 co-working space in the Armature Works building in the Heights takes the industrial warehouse style to new heights. The open two-story 11,000-square-foot space sports steel beams, open ductwork, modern lighting and floor to ceiling windows in a redeveloped part of the old Tampa Electric streetcar trolley barn. (The new Heights Public Market, a busy food court, occupies another part of the building.) Here, long communal tables mix with small work nooks, desks, private offices and even a living room area. Like the other co-work spaces, Bay 3 offers members services from high-speed internet to mailing addresses, a copy center and conference rooms. On a smaller scale, the new Arts Business Incubator recently opened by Creative Pinellas allows local arts and non-profit


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organizations a chance to co-work in a communal space in Largo (formerly the Gulf Coast Museum of Art). Incubators seek to provide additional support for start-ups, with mentors and experts in business, technology, investing and other areas bringing knowledge in a broad variety of skills and acumen. TEC Garage is a tech business accelerator, part of the Tampa Bay Innovation Center, located at the St. Petersburg College Downtown campus. Geared toward startups with a strong business coaching attitude, since 2014 Tec Garage has been connecting young companies and entrepreneurs with capital and coaching. The incubation program provides clients with access to networks, experts, international markets, industry peers, market research, service providers, university support systems and funding. The staff and mentors represent a broad range of skills and technical backgrounds. To co-work here, participants must be a manufacturing or tech company. The Greenhouse, an incubation and learning center for St. Petearea startups, is providing business owners and entrepreneurs with the education, resources and assistance necessary to thrive in the local economy. Comprised of an expert team from the City of St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, the Greenhouse does not require membership to attend its extensive list of workshops which are often free, or low fee. Topics range from how to apply for a small business loan, to internet marketing and sales, software management, and starting a non-profit and taxes.


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Historic Roser Park Tucked into a hilly enclave, this downtown neighborhood is a historic gem PHOTO S/KAI WARREN

BY MARCIA BIGGS What just might be St. Pete’s best kept secret is really as old as, well, the hills that are a part of it. In Historic Roser Park, a jumble of historic homes both large and small are set into hillsides and on hilltops. Once the site of Tocobaga Indian mounds now long buried beneath the streets, this 270-acre district just south of downtown St. Petersburg is home to a fiercely loyal community, a mix of creatives and professionals, artists and entrepreneurs, young and old, single and married, straight and gay, yet all linked together by a love of historic charm and old-fashioned neighborliness. The Historic Roser Park neighborhood lies hidden in the shadow of Bayfront Medical Center’s mass of hospital buildings and parking garages. The steeply descending brick street of Roser Park Drive leads into a surprising landscape of majestic oaks and towering palms, and along the winding Booker Creek which is dotted with benches and blooming bougainvillea. The


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neighborhood is home to a wide variety of architectural styles and types, including Frame Vernacular, Bungalow, Prairie, Foursquare, Craftsman, Mediterranean Revival, Colonial Revival, Neoclassical, and Tudor Revival. But as lots and older homes get sold, more new homes are being built. Like downtown St Petersburg, the Historic Roser Park neighborhood is experiencing a renaissance.

The Roser Park Vision

Roser Park was the vision of wealthy Ohio developer Charles M. Roser. He began work on his idyllic “suburb” in 1911, purchasing a 10-acre citrus grove south of the city and eventually adding more land along Booker Creek. Brick was a rare and expensive material in those days, but Roser insisted upon its abundant use. The subdivision soon expanded to 80 unique and beautiful homes. The first residential subdivision to be established outside of the downtown St. Petersburg business district, Roser Park was an

NEIGHBORHOODS early “streetcar suburb” conveniently located along the downtown trolley line.

more younger couples moving in and more young children.”

To this day, the neighborhood Roser created is a veritable living museum of post-Victorian architectural style with close to 150 residences. Thanks to many years of determination and hard work by members of its neighborhood association, Historic Roser Park became the city’s first Local Historic District in 1987. In 1998, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its significance in community planning and development, architecture, and landscape architecture. The association works closely with the City of St. Petersburg to document and manage the Roser Park “vision” using a Neighborhood Plan.

Like many older urban neighborhoods, Roser Park fell into decline. It was in the early 1970s that people began purchasing the vacated rundown historic homes at rock bottom prices. Ron Motyka was one of them. “History is my passion,” confesses the schoolteacher and resident historian. He moved into a large stately historic home in need of some TLC and jumped in head first, delving into archives and records, determined to restore not only his home but some the neighborhood’s former glory. He worked diligently with the city to obtain the historic district designation, and later the national one. With funding from a St. Petersburg neighborhoods grant, he set about establishing an Outdoor Museum.

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Deb Camfferman has been with the Historic Roser Park Neighborhood Association since moving here two decades ago. She chaired the volunteer committee that put on the 2018 Tour of Homes on March 31, welcoming some 275 visitors. She loves the neighborhood for its proximity to downtown and the close-knit community. “I can ride my bike to downtown in a matter of minutes,” she says. It’s the kind of neighborhood where potluck Porch Parties are a regular thing and a missing dog results in an all-out emergency alert. “Everyone here is very friendly, very social. We all watch out for our neighbors,” explains Camfferman, whose coral pink 1926 Mediterranean Revival home perched above Booker Creek is something of a landmark. Adam Gyson, the current president of the neighborhood association, lives with his wife, Sarah, and young daughter in a 1925 Dutch Colonial home. Coming from a condo lifestyle in downtown, they embraced the idea of living in a historic city neighborhood, with the restaurants and museums of downtown close by. “When we first moved in seven years ago we were one of only a few younger homeowners,” says Gyson. “Now I’m seeing

The display route initially wound along Booker Creek but has since been expanded to most of the other streets in the neighborhood. The 28 plaques, mounted on 3 foot tall wrought-iron poles, describe the history and development of Roser Park, and some show early 20th-century photos of the neighborhood, half of which has disappeared in place of urban development. The district retains many of its original design features, including rusticated block retaining walls, brick streets, original hexagon sidewalk pavers and granite curbstones. Roser Park’s neighborhood association continues to work to restore other original and period features, such as vintage street lighting and signage. It seems fitting that the grand centenarian oak spreading its arms over Booker Creek is called Charles (named after the founder). And yes, there actually is a park in Roser Park. The city has preserved 8-acres along the creek where a walking path offers a splendid reprieve and an almost idyllic sense that you are, indeed, walking through history. To see a 6-minute “Living Local” online video produced by the City of St. Petersburg profiling Historic Roser Park, go to


Yard & Garden Roll Out The Barrel It’s the rainy season, and smart ‘Burgers know they can recycle rainwater to feed their yards and gardens by using a rain barrel. Learn how to make one at the UF/IFAS Extension Florida-Friendly Landscaping workshop on August 3, at Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center. The one-hour seminar starts at 10:30 am with advance registration required. Homeowners will learn how to save that rainwater in a recycled plastic drum for use in plant beds and potted plants. Each attendee will receive instructions on how to build and install a rain barrel, or you have the option of purchasing a completed rain barrel in advance of the workshop. Free to attend; $40 includes rain barrel. For more information or to register, contact Brian Niemann at (727) 453-6524 or

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Summer Fertilizer Ban St. Pete residents are reminded that Pinellas County’s fertilizer ordinance prohibits the sale or application of fertilizers containing nitrogen and/or phosphorous between June 1 and Sept. 30. Phosphorous cannot be used at any time of the year unless a soil test confirms that it is needed. The nitrogen/phosphorous ban aims to prevent fertilizer runoff from entering storm drains and lakes, ponds, rivers, Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Excess nitrogen and phosphorous can cause harmful algae blooms that lower oxygen levels and


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lead to fish kills. Pinellas County is one of more than 90 Florida communities that have summertime fertilizer restrictions. Recent data shows that the ordinance is having a positive impact on the aquatic environment. Pinellas County Environmental Management recommends the

NEIGHBORHOOD following Florida-friendly lawn care best practices to keep a healthy landscape during the summer: • Look for products with “0-0” as the first two numbers on the fertilizer label. • Apply iron to keep lawns green during the summer without increasing growth • Use compost to enrich soil. • Set lawn mower blades between 3½ to 4 inches for St. Augustine turf to encourage deep roots that resist fungus and pests. • Buy plants adapted to Florida’s hot and humid climate and plant them in places that suit their sun and water needs. For more tips on caring for your summer lawn and garden, along with Florida-friendly landscaping information, go to

Mosquito Madness

Pinellas County Mosquito Control asks all citizens to do their part to reduce the mosquito population. Remember that mosquitoes only need ¼ to ½ inch of standing water for the larvae to survive. If you have a pond that appears to be a breeding ground, or if your property seems to be highly active, Mosquito Control technicians are treating known breeding areas and responding to calls from citizens. To make a report or inquiry on mosquito control in your area, call (727) 464-7503. What you can do: • Empty water from flower pots, garbage cans, recycling containers, and buckets - any item that can hold water. Check for standing water under houses, near plumbing drains, under air conditioner drip areas, around septic tanks and heat pumps. • Flush birdbaths weekly and keep rain gutters cleared of debris. These are two major breeding grounds for mosquitoes. • Get rid of bromeliads in your landscape. Mosquitoes love them because they hold standing water.

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Desiree Noisette

Mermosa Winery & Boutique PHOTO/ BARRY LIVELY

BY CINDY COCKBURN When I told a girlfriend I had to go on a cruise leaving from the South of France a few years ago, she literally drove me straight to a boutique downtown called Cerulean Blu for bikini shopping. On behalf of shopaholics everywhere we say congrats to Desiree Noisette on rebranding her store concept and creating a new shopping experience at Mermosa. Located at 400 Beach Drive, daily wine tastings add to the pleasure of shopping. Her lines include a variety of tropical offerings from fabulous bathing suits she is known for to great gift ideas. Check out www.


woke up, I knew there could be a better way for women to go through the swimwear shopping experience without feeling so vulnerable, overwhelmed and exhausted. I started writing a business plan and a few months later, I quit my job and started Cerulean Blu - the place where women feel beautiful in swimwear. With curated swimwear designed for real women’s bodies, expert fit specialists to guide the way, giant dressing rooms with good lighting and a vacation-mode feel.

What is your background? Prior to starting Mermosa, I sat at the helm of Cerulean Blu (now merged with Mermosa). My background was a lawyer, but I must admit I’m really thriving in my role as an entrepreneur because it gives me the opportunity to explore possibilities, create jobs and implement industry disruptive business processes. I am a recovering lawyer, swimwear fit expert, clothing designer, mom of two boys and now, maker of the perfect day-to-night sparkling wine brand Mermosa.

Please explain the unique concept behind Mermosa Mermosa is a metamorphosis of Cerulean Blu into the ultimate sip and shop experience with our own signature line of sparkling wines created for day-to-night. Wine has always been a part of our vacation-mode experience with Cerulean Blu, but it was a challenge to find the right wine to serve during the day in our hot tropical climate. The sparkling wines I tried over the years tasted too sweet, too tart or artificial. So finally my creative juices kicked in and next thing you know I’m on a plane to Oregon wine country and our kitchen transformed into a science lab with beakers and CO2 tanks.

How did the concept for Cerulean Blu first begin? The concept came after a girls’ night out at Red Mesa Cantina. We spent the evening eating nachos, drinking margaritas and complaining about swimwear shopping. The next day when I

We created a mermaid-inspired sparkling wine brand and introduced two in May. Mersecco uses organic grapes and is dry with no residual sugar. It is clean, crisp and refreshing. Mermosa also uses organic grapes and has just a splash of organic orange

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CONVERSATIONS and pineapple. We have beautiful white painted bottles with gold mermaid labels and plan to put the wine in cans later this summer. Both are available for purchase in elegantly packaged bottles in-house and online. The grapes are sourced from Washington State, the wines are blended in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and we finish the bottling process right here in downtown St. Pete. I’m also working on a few other flavors – Mergarita, Mertini, Merjito and C, by Mermosa. What inspires you? I ascribe to the mantra that if you’re not moving, you’re dying. It’s hard not to be inspired in St. Pete where the community is full of creatives who mentor, encourage and support small businesses. Over the years I’ve explored new concepts – a resortwear line, a design studio and an

expansion, among other things. Some things worked, some didn’t – but they were all good lessons that helped me prepare and build a network of collaborators including fellow serial entrepreneurs and St. Pete enthusiasts Jon LaBudde and Beth England for my biggest idea yet: Mermosa. What are some of your favorite spots for dining in St. Pete? Number one is BRUNCH! We are the brunch capital of Florida. With so many options it’s hard to pick, but one of my go-to spots is Red Mesa Cantina. My husband and I love to combine Artwalk with dinner at Brick & Mortar and salsa dancing at Ceviche, later coffee and dessert at Cassis. The perfect date night, worth every penny for the babysitter.

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Willy and Elizabeth LeBihan are bringing the French American School of Tampa Bay to St. Petersburg after running the school in Maine for 17 years. BY MARCIA BIGGS This fall, area children will be offered the unique experience of school learning though a multicultural education at the French American School of Tampa Bay (FASTB). This unique immersion school will be spearheaded by Willy and Elizabeth LeBihan, who bring 17 years of experience running L’Ecole Française du Maine: The French School of Maine. The French American School of Tampa Bay will offer children from pre-school through grade 12 the opportunity to benefit from both French and American education systems. As a native of France, Willy brings knowledge of the French education system while Maine-born Elizabeth integrates the American perspective. Both have graduate degrees and extensive professional experience as teachers and administrators. FASTB teaching emphasizes the importance of art, music, language and outdoor play as part of a successful learning environment. While a traditional curriculum of math, science,


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and history are taught, a strong cultural arts program will help in the process of learning a second language, says Elizabeth. “In the US school system, art and music were the first programs to get cut from curriculums,” she says. “As teachers, we see that as an integral part of an education, not ‘extras.’ Children are not getting enough creative time or physical activity. At our school they will get it all – music, art, science, math, creative play and physical activities – these are all skills we try to develop.” The LeBihans are no strangers to St. Petersburg. With family living in the area, Elizabeth has been visiting since she was a child and the couple has spent many family vacations here with their three children. They now reside in St. Petersburg and are excited to be here to start their new school. After two years of preparation and searching for just the right location, the LeBihans selected a former day care center on

BUSINESS 62nd Avenue near the Gateway area. The school will be 5,500 square feet with 7 convertible classrooms. This summer, the structure is being completely renovated and a new playground installed in the adjacent green space. The school will be affiliated with the Mission Laïque Française, renowned for successfully managing French schools abroad (more than 55,000 students in 41 countries), the French Ministry of Education and its prestigious international network of 400 schools, and the Association of French Schools in North America which comprises nearly 60 primary, elementary and secondary schools in the United States and Canada, all of which are accredited by the French Ministry of National Education. FASTB is going through the process of accreditation by the Florida Department of Education. What if your child does not speak French? The LeBihans figure nearly one-third of their students in the Maine school are American with no prior French skills, while one-third is French and one-third with an international background. “We think our market is really the American families who want their child to interact, learn another language and culture,” says Elizabeth. The French language is not taught though textbook learning at FASTB, but through conversation during school activities. Early childhood is the easiest time for a person to become bilingual, she adds. “It’s much easier to learn a second language when young, particularly for pre-school and younger grades, they can just soak it up.” “In America, we teach languages in middle school or high school and that is the worst time to learn since we have already developed our English language skills,” she says. “The earlier the better. We do not teach the language, we live the language. We do not teach French, we teach in French. And this actually helps to improve English language skills. After 17 years of teaching in Maine, we are now finding that our students in college are excelling in English, scoring very high in writing and language skills.” Why St. Pete for the new school? “The way St. Pete is growing and developing is really exciting,” says Elizabeth. “The French government felt a real need for a school in this area, the nearest ones are in Atlanta and Boca Raton/Miami. There’s a growing French community in Tampa Bay and many businesses find it easier to recruit international talent if their children can attend a bilingual school. If only here for a couple years, they can assimilate better back into their schools in Europe.” The French American School of Tampa Bay opens in the fall of 2018. The school is located at 2100 62nd Ave. N. in St Pete. For more information go to, follow the school on Facebook at or call 727-800-2159 to arrange a campus visit.

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St Pete Paws

More attention will be given to our four-legged residents under a new city initiative announced by Mayor Kriseman in June. The city will aim to partner with animal welfare and veterinary communities to create plans to make St. Petersburg a leading pet-friendly city. St. Pete becomes the second city in Florida to join the Better Cities for Pets campaign. The City has developed a program called St. Pete Paws which will encourage pets are welcome, and owners are caring to provide safe and secure environments.

already an incredibly supportive community for pets, but we’re aiming to do even more.”

“The Better Cities for Pets movement aligns closely with our focus on being a city of opportunity for all – which includes our pets,” said St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. “We used the Better Cities for Pets criteria to take a look at the resources available to pets and their owners, and we found that we’re

St. Petersburg already has plentiful pet-friendly amenities, from petfriendly hotels and restaurants to kennels, doggie daycares and veterinarians to fire stations that are outfitted with special airway equipment for pets.

City officials and staff are working closely with Mars Petcare, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Pinellas County Veterinary Medical Association and animal welfare agencies like SPCA Tampa Bay, PetPal Animal Shelter, Friends of Strays and Pinellas County Animal Services to assess St. Petersburg’s current resources for pets and identify opportunities to make it an even better place for pets.

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SPL NEWS The city plans to develop a pet-friendly business program to encourage more businesses to welcome pets. These pet-friendly businesses make it easier for pets and their owners to share experiences, and it can keep pets healthier by making pets less likely to be left in a car when an owner needs to make a stop, which reduces the risk of heatstroke.

and it’s positively impacting pets. Pinellas County’s live release rate – measured by adoptions, transfers and other factors – reached a six-year high at 73 percent in 2017. In addition, trap-neuter-vaccinatereturn (TNVR) programs that started in 2014 are keeping community cats healthier and limiting the number of litters born into community cat colonies.

“Pets rely on us to keep them healthy, and this initiative makes pet health and happiness a shared responsibility for our community,” said Dr. Jimmy Barr, Chief Medical Officer of BluePearl Veterinary Partners, which is part of the Mars Petcare company. “Even seemingly small changes like adding more water bowls and pet relief areas can have a big impact on a pet’s health.” St. Petersburg is already seeing progress on the Better Cities for Pets criteria that focuses on shelters. Several of Pinellas County’s animal welfare agencies have been collaborating on countywide initiatives,

“A community that’s welcoming and supportive of pets leads to fewer pets being surrendered to local shelters,” said Martha Boden, CEO, SPCA Tampa Bay. “This initiative will lead to more pets living in healthy, happy homes.” Over the coming months, the local Better Cities for Pets collaborators will work together to identify additional areas of focus for pet-friendliness. Focus areas may include increased support of pets in public and commercial spaces through a pet-friendly business program, more pet-friendly housing options and better access to reliable information on pet behavior and health.


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Life’s A Beach

BY MARCIA BIGGS When’s the last time you went to the beach? If your answer is “it’s been a while,” it’s high time to rediscover the reason so many vacationers head to our beautiful Pinellas County beaches – they are world-class travel destinations! Sugar sand, blue water, seabirds and dolphins, and spectacular sunsets are only minutes away. Now stop making excuses and beat the heat by heading to one of our many beaches. If you are new to the area, welcome to paradise. Here’s our guide to some favorites places to lay your beach towel:

Honeymoon Island State Park

Nature lovers will appreciate the beauty of Honeymoon Island, an undeveloped 385-acre barrier island off Dunedin with 4 miles of white, sandy beaches, hiking trails and great bird-watching opportunities along the 2.5-mile Osprey Trail. Florida’s mostvisited state park draws those who are looking to explore real Florida. Be sure to stop in at the Nature Center upon arriving where you can and learn about the island’s critters, birds and history. The South Beach Pavilion and Café Honeymoon provide food, beverages and rent beach umbrellas and chairs,


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kayaks and bicycles. Admission fee: $8 per vehicle; $4 single occupant vehicle; $2 pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers; $4 per vehicle sunset fee starting one hour prior to sunset.

Caladesi Island State Park

Sister island to Honeymoon Island State Park, Caladesi is one of the few completely natural barrier islands along Florida’s Gulf Coast. Ranked as one of the Top 10 Beaches of 2016 by Dr. Stephen Leatherman (“Dr. Beach”), the 3-mile-long island is accessible only by boat. Get here by taking a short ferry ride from Honeymoon Island or rent a kayak from the outfitter along the Dunedin causeway. A paddling trail winds through the mangroves. For boaters, the park has a marina with electric and water hookups. Come prepared by bringing beach chairs and a cooler, although the concession offers great burgers and sandwiches. Ferry service is provided by the Caladesi Island Ferry ($14 adults, $7 children 6-12, free for 5 and younger; (727) 734-1501.

SPOTLIGHT Admission fee: $8 per vehicle; $4 single occupant vehicle; $2 pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers; $4 per vehicle sunset fee starting one hour prior to sunset.

Clearwater Beach

With its wide sugar-sand beaches, lively restaurants and bars, and kid-friendly water sports, it’s no surprise that fun-loving Clearwater Beach was voted the No. 1 Beach in America in 2018 by TripAdvisor. There’s something for everyone here from millennials to couples and families. Stroll the half-mile Beach Walk, check out the surf shops and cafes, sail away on a pirate ship, go dolphin watching, wine and dine on a sunset dinner cruise or head out on a fishing charter. Don’t miss a grouper sandwich at one of four Frenchy’s seafood restaurants or a beachfront margarita at Palm Pavilion. For the best beach sunset view, you can’t beat the rooftop bar at Jimmy’s Crow’s Nest at Pier House 60. Sunsets at Pier 60 are nightly affairs with crafters, buskers and live music on weekends.

Sand Key

If you prefer a little solitude with spectacular Gulf views, quiet and romantic Sand Key Park is just minutes from the hustle and bustle of Clearwater Beach. Pack a picnic, grab a fishing pole or just kick back for a lazy afternoon at this 95-acre county park with its wide, sandy beach, picnic pavilions and bathhouses. Walking trails and a boardwalk wind through a salt marsh where you can spot herons, egrets and other wading birds. Shelling can be excellent just after a storm. Parking fee: $5

Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores

High-rise condominiums share the beach with small hotels and motels, beach cottages, family restaurants, and neighborhood bars, but you can still find some 20 beach access points that lead to the white sandy beaches here. Come early to grab a parking spot at Indian Rocks public beach with its restrooms and bathhouse. Discover the tiny Seaside Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores, home to injured pelicans, birds of prey and other shorebirds. When hunger and thirst strike, you’ll find lots of options like Lulu’s Oyster Bar and Tap House and Guppy’s on the Beach.

Beach Guide Honeymoon Island State Park

Caladesi Island State Park Clearwater Beach Sand Key Bellair Beach Indian Shores & Indian Rocks Beach

North Redington Beach & Redington Shores

Madeira Beach Treasure Island St. Pete Beach

Pass-A-Grille Beach

Treasure Island

Known for three miles of sparkling sand and sea, locals gravitate to popular beach bars like Sloppy Joe’s at the Bilmar Beach Resort, or Caddy’s and the Ka-Tiki Lounge which offer live music most evenings on Sunset Beach. Gator’s Café and Saloon on John’s Pass is where you can sit on the outdoor deck and watch the boats go by. A popular drumming circle gathers each Sunday night on the beach an hour before sunset with bongo and bucket drummers, hula hoopers and fire dancers of all ages.

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St. Pete Beach

Settle in at a tiki bar, check out surf shops or indulge in a romantic oceanfront dinner – it’s all easy to do at St. Pete Beach. Some of the best beach bars can be found here, like Jimmy B’s, the Undertow and Harry’s. Stroll the Corey Avenue District’s boutiques, galleries and stop for a bite to eat. For some great people watching, enjoy a cocktail poolside at the five-star 1928 “Pink Palace” the Loews Don CeSar Hotel.

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Pass-A-Grille Beach

A quiet respite can be found beyond the sea oat dunes at PassA-Grille, just south of St. Pete Beach. When you get hungry, grab a snack at the beachfront Paradise Grille or walk across the street to the legendary Hurricane restaurant for a grouper sandwich. (The sunset views from the rooftop are legendary.) Stroll the galleries along the Eighth Avenue Historic District or head to the Merry Pier for some fishing (rod rentals available) or to find boat excursions for dolphin-watching, snorkeling or exploring Shell Key, a small island that is both a bird refuge and great shelling spot.

Fort De Soto Park

This gorgeous 1,136-acre county park at the southern tip of the Gulf beaches immerses visitors in an unspoiled Florida barrier island habitat. Fort De Soto can’t be beat as an all-day getaway with grandma and the kids. There’s plenty to do with two white, sandy beaches, 15 picnic shelters, a 7-mile paved trail for biking, a historic fort to explore, kayak and bike rentals and two fishing piers. Catch the ferry to Egmont Key for a chance to do some snorkeling and tour a working lighthouse. A 238-site family campground here is one of the prettiest on the Gulf Coast. Parking fee: $5.

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Say ‘No Straw, Please’ Americans use 500 million plastic straws each day, which means that you’ll likely use over 35,000 of these little suckers in your lifetime. In fact, it’s their small size that makes them unrecyclable. Almost a third of all plastics produced escape collections systems and wind up in our oceans where they can be swallowed by our marine life. The Sunshine City’s business community has shown an overwhelming commitment to turning the tide on single use plastic pollution along our coast, with nearly 150 business joining the campaign to provide straws only upon request. Look for the No Straws sign and please, do your part, by saying “No straw, please” when you drink or dine out. To see a list of establishments that have joined the campaign, go to Now stop sucking, please.

Beach Bars... Caddy's Waterfront in Treasure Island is one of the few beachfront bars on the Gulf coast where you can legally wiggle your toes in the water while sipping your beverage of choice. It can get rowdy on weekends, but the panoramic views of the beach you’ll find on the open-air second floor are priceless. A mainstay of Clearwater Beach, Frenchy's Rockaway Grill is the largest of the four Frenchy's establishments in the area. It opens right onto the Gulf of Mexico sand and often hosts live local bands. Don't just come for the drinks and beachy atmosphere--you won't want to miss the classic Grouper Sandwich. Legend has it that Gators Cafe and Saloon is the longest waterfront bar in the world. It has three floors and is the place to watch the game – especially if you’re a (University of Florida) Gators fan. You may even spot a dolphin or two passing by on the water as you sip the night away. One of THE best views of the beach (and sunset!) can be found three stories up on the rooftop bar at The Hurricane Restaurant on Pass-a-Grille. Listen to live music and sip a cocktail overlooking this charming beach town known for the smallest main street in the U.S.

Pete/Clearwater area. Check out the outdoor tiki bar and The Wave, a nightclub featuring DJs and bottle service that’s geared toward a dressed-up younger set. Dance the night away while a live band plays on a massive outdoor stage. A quintessential beachfront spot, Undertow Beach Bar has a great selection of import and craft beers. The oversized wooden beach chairs facing the beach volleyball court are a huge hit, and you can catch sunsets from the rooftop deck. The rustic-feeling PCI Beach Bar is a spring break hub in St. Pete Beach. Old license plates line the ceilings, you can write on the wooden bar and there’s good live music daily. Music. Mai-tais. Sunsets. You can’t go wrong with a trip to Jimmy B's Beach Bar, where most bands play classic rock covers to the delight of flip flop-wearing dancers. There are multiple bars, and a boardwalk leads you out to the beach.

You won't be at the Palm Pavilion for long before you realize you’ve discovered paradise. Locals love this open-air beachfront eatery not just for the sunset celebrations but also for the laidback, down-home feel (not to mention the extensive menu). Head to Clearwater Beach for Shephard's Tiki Beach Bar and Grill, one of the liveliest beachfront spots you’ll find in the St.

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Perfect for the patio or poolside, Sipp mixes organic ingredients to create unique layers of blended fruits and herbs into a refreshing sparkling beverage. Certified USDA Organic, the non-alcoholic beverages come in bottles and cans in six yummy flavors: Zesty Orange, Ginger Blossom, Mojo Berry, Lemon Flower, Ruby Rose and Summer Pear, all lightly sweetened with agave. If you feel like going wild, they make great cocktail mixers. Find Sipp at Target stores; for recipes for Zesty Orange Margarita, Lemon Flower Martini, or Ginger Pineapple Moscow Mule, go to





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Take A Spin Ok, so you’re not Tara Lipinsky or Johnny Weir. If you’ve ever thought about donning a pair of skates and taking to the ice, sign up for a trial ice skating class at one of three area ice rinks. The Learn to Skate trial class is $21, which includes a 30 minute class, 15 minutes of practice time and rental skates. If you want to continue, sign up for the figure skating or hockey classes. If you just feel like trying it on your own (a great date or family fun activity), go to to find rink locations and public skate schedules. Clearwater Ice Arena 14044 Icot Blvd. (727) 536-5843 Tampa Bay Skating Academy – Countryside Mall 27001 US Hwy 19 North (727) 723-7785 Tampa Bay Skating Academy – Oldsmar 255 Forest Lakes Blvd (813) 854-4010

Most rinks offer daily public skating sessions starting at $8.50 for admission and $4.25 for skate rentals.

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Dog Beaches & Parks Feeling like a romp? You can bring your furry friend to one of these area dog beaches and parks. At Fort de Soto Park in Tierra Verde, a beautiful stretch of shoreline is reserved just for dogs. In addition, a Paw Playground offers two fenced-in play areas for large and small dogs to run free. There are even amenities like cooling stations with showers and dog-level water fountains. The 1,136-acre county park has been named one of’s Top 10 DogFriendly Beaches and one of the South’s Best Dog Parks by Southern Living magazine. Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin has awardwinning beaches, one just for dogs. The park’s Osprey Trail is a great nature walk and allows dogs on a leash. Other dog parks: North Shore Park in downtown St. Petersburg, Sand Key Park in Clearwater, A.L. Anderson Park in Tarpon Springs, John Chesnut Sr. Park in Palm Harbor, Walsingham Park in Largo and Boca Ciega Millennium Park in Seminole.

Save Your Skin, Save The Planet Research shows that some 90 percent of sunscreens are taking a serious toll on the environment—contributing to the bleaching and inevitable death of coral. The culprits include common sunscreen ingredients oxybenzone and octinoxate which have proven to be toxic to living coral. Help the planet while protecting and moisturizing your skin with the all-natural and deliciously fragrant Florida Salt Scrubs line of skin care products. Based on locally sourced Atlantic sea salt and made in the Sunshine State, the line includes scrubs for hand, feet and body, soaps, spray lotion, and bath bombs in yummy tropical scents like grapefruit, mango and coconut. We love the spray sunscreen which is reef-safe (PABA and oxybenzone free), made with coconut oil and comes in SPF 15, SPF30 and SPF50. Don’t forget to protect your lips when you’re out in the sun. Florida Kiss lip balms are all SPF15 and come in flavors of orange, coconut, mango and key lime. Find the entire line of products at

Did you know… A lovely beach with white powder sand and palm trees is within walking

distance of the downtown St. Pete core. Grab your beach chair and head to North Shore Park at 901 North Shore Dr. NE; the 33-acre complex includes the beach, playground, dog park, restrooms and pools. Spa Beach Park is now closed due to pier construction.


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Shake it, Baby Nothing beats the heat like a tropical – and oh, so tasty – craft cocktail

It’s summer. It’s hot. It’s time for a refreshing adult beverage, something fruity, or fizzy, or tropical. You know you want it. Yes, we love our margaritas, our mojitos, and our Moscow mules. Florida favorites all. But here in the Burg, it’s fair to say that the craft cocktail has risen to new heights on the popularity-meter thanks to some of the most talented mixologists on the planet. We reached out to a number of establishments with a reputation for concocting adventurous and,


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above all, tasty craft cocktails. One thing we learned was that an essential tool for almost all of them is a cocktail shaker. So if you attempt to create these at home, you’ll need one. You’ll also need a coil-rimmed strainer and the appropriate glass, is, of course, essential (or so say the bartenders). Note that most bars use specific brands of alcohol and liqueurs to get the precise meld of flavors. Substitute at your own risk.

Simple Syrup A key ingredient in most fruity summer cocktails is simple syrup. If you can boil water, you can make simple syrup. Although different ratios can be used depending on how sweet you want it, the rule of thumb is to use equal parts of granulated sugar and water. Here’s how to make a basic simple syrup: Heat 1 cup water in a saucepan, gradually stir in 1 cup granulated sugar, bringing to a boil and stirring until dissolved. For a thicker syrup, lower the heat and stir a few minutes longer. Do not use until cooled. Pour in a jar and keep refrigerated.

SPOTLIGHT Strawberry Social

Birch & Vine at the Birchwood 1.5 oz. Grey Goose Le Citron 1 oz. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur 1 oz. strawberry simple syrup (see below) ½ oz. fresh lemon juice Splash of Prosecco; slapped mint leaf for garnish Combine all ingredients except Prosecco in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a martini or coupe glass and top with Prosecco. Slap a mint leaf to release the oils and place on top for garnish. Strawberry Simple Syrup 1 pint strawberries 1 liter sugar 1 liter hot water Mash the strawberries into the liter of sugar until sugar is completely saturated. Add the liter of hot water and let sit in the refrigerator overnight. Strain the syrup the next day through a fine strainer. Will last up to 30 days refrigerated.

Rum Punch

Paul’s Landing at the Renaissance Vinoy 1 ½ oz. Hibiscus Infused Paul’s Landing Rum ½ oz. Abuelo Rum ¼ oz. Benedictine ½ oz. Demerara Syrup 1 oz. lime juice Lime wheel and ½ jerk seasoning for rim Combine all ingredients into a shaker, add ice and shake 12 times. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice rimmed in jerk seasoning and garnish with a lime wheel. Note: Demerara Syrup is a simple syrup made with darker demerara sugar.

Lemon Ginger-Tini 400 Beach

2 oz. citrus vodka Squeeze of lemon Squeeze of lime Splash of simple syrup Top off with ginger beer Place all ingredients in shaker and shake over ice. Pour into martini glass and serve with a slice of lemon.

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SPOTLIGHT Goblin Punch Ichicoro Ane

1 oz. Agricole Rum (preferably Paranubes from Mexico) ¾ oz dry vermouth (preferably Cocchi Americano) ½ oz. Velvet Falernum (available at liquor stores) ½ oz. grapefruit juice ½ oz. cinnamon syrup, see below ¾ oz. lemon juice Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add cubed ice and shake hard for 8 seconds. Strain over pebble ice into a hurricane glass. Garnish with mint sprig, torched cinnamon stick and cocktail umbrella. Cinnamon Syrup 2 cups water 2 cups granulated sugar 2 cinnamon sticks Bring water to a high simmer in a sauce pot (do not allow water to boil). Whisk in granulated sugar until fully dissolved. Place cinnamon sticks into pot, cover and reduce heat to low. Allow contents to simmer for 45 minutes. Remove from heat, strain out cinnamon sticks and store syrup in a sealable container and place in refrigerator. Syrup has a shelf life of 2 weeks.

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7-8 mint leaves 1 lime wedge ¾ oz. raspberry puree or 10-12 fresh raspberries ¾ oz. simple syrup 1 oz. elderflower liqueur Prosecco Muddle mint and lime in bottom of pint glass. Add ice then the remaining ingredients. Toss gently once with a shaker on top or stir with a long handled spoon. Top with Prosecco.

The Devereaux Callaloo

1 oz. Bulleit Rye Bourbon ¼ oz. St. Germain elderberry liqueur Squeeze of ¼ fresh lemon Champagne to top Place ingredients in shaker and shake over ice. Strain into a snifter glass over ice and top with champagne.


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SPOTLIGHT Eternal Sunshine Mandarin Hide

The key to this cocktail is the layering of ingredients. Mandarin Hide will be serving Eternal Sunshine as a specialty menu item during the months of July and August. 2 oz. Ketel One Botanical Mint & Cucumber Vodka 1 oz. fresh lemon juice ¾ oz. agave nectar 1 ½ oz. hibiscus tea Prosecco and soda water Cucumber for garnish With a vegetable peeler, peel one slice of cucumber lengthwise and place around the inside of an empty tall thin glass. Pour the hibiscus tea into the bottom of the glass and then add ice. In a cocktail shaker add vodka, lemon and agave and shake. Slowly pour into the glass over a small spoon to layer the cocktail on top of the hibiscus tea. The slower you pour the easier it is to layer. Top with a splash of Prosecco and soda water.

Calm Before the Storm The Mill

Fresh pineapple – 1 slice 1 oz. Mount Gary dark rum 1 oz. Oak & Palm Coconut Rum by St. Pete Distillery 1 oz. Orgeat (almond syrup) A few drops of bitters Muddle the pineapple and add to shaker. Shake all ingredients over ice and strain into a tall glass.

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2 oz. St. Pete Distillery Gin 1 oz. mango puree ½ oz. simple syrup Splash of Tipplers Orange Liqueur Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into martini glass.

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Dive In Sweet, sexy swimwear is all the rage. From bikinis to one-piece, the variety of styles to choose from can be endless. Be sure to add accessories from hats and bags to sunglasses and sandals. Add a matching cover-up to go from beach to bar. Fashions from Mermosa Winery and Boutique.

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Yeoman’s Cask & Lion

Traditional British pub fare is a royal treat for the ‘Burg PHOTO/MARCIA BIGGS

Some locals cringe at restaurant theme concepts and think of them as tourist traps. Think that if you want, but you will certainly be wrong and missing out on some mighty tasty eats. I’m letting Yeoman’s slide on the themed decor, as they do it in a fun, tonguein-cheek way that has a more grown-up appeal. Speaking of “vibe,” they actually have a guy, Scott Estes, who is the VP of Vibe. On the wall, visitors are greeted by one-of-a-kind, hand-painted caricatures of British celebs, such as Ozzy Osborn, Queen Elizabeth, Paul McCartney, and boxer Lennox Lewis. Yeoman’s is definitely family-friendly and kid-friendly. The point is to get over any aversion to a themed restaurant. The first few things that popped into my mind for British pub grub were fish and chips, bangers and mash, and Scotch eggs. I didn’t even look at the menu. I just ordered those as soon as I sat down, and yes, of course, they are on the menu. Fish and Chips are made with North Atlantic cod, deep fried with their signature beer batter and served with chips (fries), coleslaw, lemon, and tartar sauce. The portion on the fish and chips is huge! It’s definitely one of the best we’ve had. The seasoning is perfect, it’s crisp and crunchy on the outside, and moist and flakey on the inside. The accompanying fries and slaw are very good, and the tartar sauce is made from scratch in-house. I loved everything about this dish.


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I loved the Bangers and Mash. Fresh sage sausage, homemade mashed potatoes with a hearty Guinness and onion gravy, served with peas and carrots. The Bangers and Mash are great comfort food. These sausages have a very fine casing and filling, compared to Italian sausage, with a mild, but appealing flavor. The Scotch Egg drizzled with a spicy mayo sauce was one of the best I’ve ever had. One of the surprise stars of the show was the Philly Steak Mac & Cheese, homemade and loaded with shaved rib eye steak. This was sinfully delicious! The chewiness of the macaroni, the gooeyness of the cheese, and the well-seasoned meat was extremely satisfying. I’ve been on a shrimp and grits kick lately, so decided to try the Shrimp and Chips. A half pound of Gulf shrimp, hand battered and deep fried, served with coconut-curry sauce, cocktail sauce, chips (fries), and coleslaw. Shrimp and Chips are a nice change of pace from Fish and Chips. We can’t wait to go back to try the Shepard’s Pie, Tikka Masala, and English Breakfast. Speaking of breakfast, they open at 10 am on Sunday for brunch, and there are bottomless mimosas for $9.95.

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Ford’s Garage

Fill up your tank at this fun vintage-auto theme eatery PHOTO /MARCIA BIGGS

BY KEVIN GODBEE Formerly the space occupied by Rowdies Den, Ford’s Garage shares the same kitchen with Yeoman’s Cask & Lion, but with completely different menus and themes (both are owned by Tampa-based 23 Restaurant Services). This is the 9th Ford’s Garage location in Florida. Similar to Yeoman’s, Ford’s Garage is a themed restaurant — a 1920s garage with fuel pumps, Model “A” Fords, engines, the napkins are garage rags, and the female waitstaff are reminiscent of Rosie the Riveter. Some people roll their eyes at a themed restaurant, but Ford’s does it in a fun, non-cloying way. More important, though, the food is actually quite good — high quality and generous portions. We started with the Giant Funnel Tower of Jumbo Piston Onion Rings. These things are huge! They are served on an upside down flexible oil funnel, crispy and a little bit sweet, and definitely filling. You should share this with at least two or three people if you want to have room for something else. Other appetizers include Deep Fried Dill Pickle Planks and Buffalo Chicken Dip. The Model “A” is my kind of burger. Check out these ingredients: Black Angus with Aged Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Applewood Smoked

Bacon, Pico de Gallo, Arugula, Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion, and a Fried Egg on a Brioche Bun. The BBQ Brisket Burger is a half pound of Grilled Black Angus, topped with Bourbon BBQ Sauce. I was told the Hickory Smoked Brisket Burger is very popular. It has Applewood Smoked Bacon, Red Onions, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, and Crispy Onion Straws. Ford’s is a burger joint. Why would I order chicken unless it’s wings? I would have never ordered chicken but I’m glad I took VP of Operations Billy Diamond’s advice. “This one’s a star,” he said referring to the Chicken Henry. He was right. Chicken Henry is a grilled marinated chicken breast, topped with a lemon butter sauce, goat cheese, basil, and sun-dried tomatoes, served with white cheddar mashed potatoes and green beans. The goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes really make this item special. Ford’s Garage is your neighborhood burger and beer joint, where everyone is welcome. Kevin Godbee covers the local food scene at

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Food bites Pier Restaurant Announced Fans of Beach Drive’s Birch & Vine restaurant and Canopy rooftop bar will be happy to learn that the Birchwood’s Chuck Prather has been approved to bring to the new Pier District an upscale restaurant, a rooftop tiki bar and a casual walkup cafe that will sell coffee, ice cream and to-go foods. The city will lease the property to Prather for the highly anticipated 26-acre, $76 million Pier District. Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille was named earlier this year as another restaurant tenant, with Florida owner/author Randy Wayne White at the helm. The projected date for the opening of the new pier is fall 2019.

creativity and give you the confidence to try new recipes, new techniques, and new cuisines.

Dining Deal Early birds can catch a great deal for a light dinner at 400 Beach this summer. Between 3 and 6 pm enjoy 3-course meals from a select menu for only $14.95. Entrees include shrimp scampi, miso-glazed salmon, shrimp linguini, sirloin and mushrooms, chicken tenderloin skewers and vegetable stir fry. Happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 pm also can’t be beat with $3 house wines and $6 bar bites. Beam me up, Scotty!

A Star is Born Healthy dining just got better in the Burg with the opening of Rawk Star Café, a gluten-free, organic, raw vegan restaurant. Don’t let the raw vegan part fool you, though. This is creative culinary genius at work that even a carnivore will enjoy. (Dehydrators are used to give an element of heat). Located next to the Chihuly Collection at 740 Central Ave., the bright, cheery café offers delicious vegan burgers and wraps, salads, and tacos, along with breakfast and dessert selections. Stop by for a super healthy smoothie, kombucha or coffee. Ooooohmy.

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Summer Bubblies Sparkling wines are a perfect choice to beat the heat

EDITH SWIERZBINSKI Pop goes the cork! Time to celebrate sparkling wine on an everyday basis. Crisp, fresh, lively, aromatic and approachable. Aromas of apples, pears, peaches, oh my. Very food friendlyperfect to accompany brunch, cake or barbecue.

Zardetto Prosecco DOC Brut - 100% Glera. Elegant, refined and fine bubbles. Aromas of white flowers, apricot and herbs create a delicately soft bouquet. The palate is comprised of citrus, orange blossoms and stone fruits. Fresh citrus and floral notes linger on the finish. It’s an ideal apertif and the perfect choice for celebrations large and small. Not to mention, an excellent partner in sparkling cocktails. $15

Bubbles in your mixed drink? Yes, please. Cocktails featuring sparkling wine have made quite an impression. From the traditional, French 57 to sassing up a classic mojito, sparkling wine recipes are here to stay.

Champagne Lallier Grand Reserve Grand Cru Brut – 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay. Aromas of delicate buttery brioche, apples, lemon meringue and hints of apricot. Fantastic balance, creamy texture and crisp minerality. Charcuterie, lobster and soufflé will make for a memorable pairing. $46

A few of my favorites: Anna de Codorniu Brut Rose - 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. Produced authentically, Methode Traditionelle, using the finest estate-grown fruit. This cava is well-balanced and refreshing, featuring aromas of summer berries followed with apple, cherry, strawberry flavors and a creamy texture. Great for mimosa’s and will equally pair well with smoky poultry, barbecue or chocolate. $14

So, go ahead, add some bubbles to your everyday. It’s happiness in a bottle with a pop! Edith Swierzbinski is owner of 4th and Vine, a boutique wine shop in St. Petersburg.

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Flirty & Fabulous Step out and have fun with your summer style BY MEGAN SIMONS When it comes to summer fashion we need to be… daring! Well… yes daring, while at the same time having lots of fun showing more skin, wearing bright colors and bold patterns. Let’s start with possibilities -- what we imagine as the perfect style appropriate for hot and steamy days in the tropics. Start with nautical navy and white, adding in Lawrence of Arabia white with flowing linens, and khaki and beige in military styles from African safaris. Finally, there are the predictable palm trees and hummingbirds printed in countless blends and vibrant colors. What if we bravely and, of course, stylishly combine all ideas into one creative summer wardrobe that will make you feel like … you? Does that sound intimidating? Let me walk you through it. The easiest way to start creating a summer friendly outfit is to pick a loosely fitted white dress in a super-light fabric and natural texture. Then take the inspiration from the exotic islands and wild forests, where mystery has an erotic tone, and introduce to your white dress an ambient floral patch. Now we almost have it, with the additional eye-catching accessories like metallic sandals and a large straw hat you can step out with effortless and sensual style.

“Life is too short to wear boring clothes!" That concept can be repeated in a variety of ways since summer is the time of year to have the most fun with fashion. If you are not a dress lover, use the same idea and try to pair a bright tropical printed top with a bottom that gives you options. It could be white or bright colored trousers to refresh your look, or khaki loose shaped, lightweight pants. You can also reverse that concept with a solid top and a wild printed bottom, you get the idea. This summer trends do offer fashionable and functional pieces, a light, intriguing duster paired with a fitted dress or wide-leg pants is one of them. Don’t shy away from stripes. Either in nautical navy and white, or bright palette of super energetic orange, yellow, red and green will give you the style that’s easier to pull off than you think.

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One more beach season idea is worthy of joyfully exploring – the one, multi-use item, to complete your seashore ensemble. One piece that is bright and lightweight, easy to throw on and will serve double as beach cover-up but can also be rocked as a dress appropriate for a water front cocktail party or city dinner out. Plus, if you’re staying at a resort and need to walk through common areas, a cover-up is a must. In summary, it is you who sets the inimitable trend and the style for you. Choose sensibly and have lots of fun in the process, and keep in mind what Coco Chanel said – “Life is too short to wear boring clothes!” Megan Simons is owner and CEO of Capota Trends and owner of Pippa Pelure, a women’s fine clothing and accessories boutique in downtown St. Petersburg.


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Made In The Shade Stay cool and look stylish in a tropical shirt BY JOSE MARTINEZ

As our Florida summer takes hold, many of us plan to beat the heat in the next few months sprawling by our best-in-class St. Pete/ Clearwater beaches or lounging by the pool. One of the most important aspects of a cool summer is wearing something comfortable and effortless that can transition from day to night and from beach to bar without feeling out of place. The first must-have is a short-sleeve patterned shirt. These shirts are not your father’s gaudy collared short-sleeve Hawaiian or bowling shirt that didn’t fit particularly well. These shirts are lightweight cotton, linen or rayon and come in flowered prints, bold patterns and a tailored fit profile which demonstrates a sense of style, confidence and daring in the wearer. Typically, they are buttondown and can be worn with shorts or jeans and sometimes even under a lightweight suit or your core denim jacket. Another stylish and popular option is short pants. These pants are built for instant comfort. They’re the right combination of fabric and wash formula or performance material (35% tencel, 35% cotton, 30% polyester). And with weights at around 7 ounces, they can be significantly lighter-weight than jeans or cargo pants. Another benefit of these shorts is they couple very well with stylish short-sleeve


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patterned shirts and can even be dressed up with a long-sleeve dress shirt. You have many options when it comes to footwear for summer. Espadrilles are the ultimate chill summer shoe that have been resurrected for the past few years now. They can be harmonizing with a great short pant and Irish linen shirt for a classic summer look. Deck shoes are another option that can go with just about anything to fit your summer style. Lastly, a great well-made flip-flop with an activityspecific design will facilitate a summer of memories. Some styles feature nonscuffing rubber with memory foam toe-post grips to keep the blisters away or a beveled sole edge to save you from tripping into the awkward flip-flop face plant. Many are also made with firm arch supports and insoles to channel away moisture and improve foot grip. So whatever you choose this summer, surviving the heat is a little easier when you’re confident you look good! Jose Martinez is owner of Sartorial, Inc., a menswear boutique in downtown St. Petersburg.


Summer of Soul

Our favorite cool cat, “Palladium Paul” Wilborn, is bringing a Florida-driven “Summer of Soul” to the Palladium with a series of bluesy bands and soulful singers performing at the intimate Side Door lounge. The season starts July 27 with jazz sax man Jeremy Carter and continues through September 15 with Sarasota Soul Diva Lauren Mitchell. Others in the series include Little Jake and the Soul Searchers (Aug. 4), Damon Fowler (Aug. 17), Selwyn Birchwood (Sept. 7-8), Rev. Billy C. Wirtz (Aug. 12), The Dukes of Juke and Blue Dice (July 28), among others. Tickets are on sale at the Palladium box office, 253 Fifth Avenue N. or at

Cool Art Show The 30th annual Cool Art Show presents the work of nearly 75 fine artists and craftsmen when it comes to the historic Coliseum July 14- 15. The fact that it will be in the comfort of air-conditioning in July is also pretty cool, we think. Look for high-quality creations in paint, wood, ceramics, photography, metal, glass, fiber, mixed media and jewelry. The Coliseum is located at 535 4th Avenue North. Show hours are 10am -5pm Saturday and Sunday; admission and parking are free. The juried show is sponsored by PAVA, the Professional Association of Visual Artists.

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Can I Get A Witness Herb Snitzer’s life of activism is chronicled in a thoughtful collection of his photographs

BY CINDY STOVALL The history of jazz and the history of civil rights in the United States are undeniably and profoundly intertwined. The images caught on film by iconic photographer Herb Snitzer over a six-decade career is sublime proof of this premise. Snitzer and his wife, artist Carol Dameron, call St. Pete home, but their lives and careers have spanned the world, giving them a global perspective on social justice and humanity. I had the pleasure of speaking with them recently in their South St. Petersburg home, lovingly called “Art on Alcazar” for all the salon gatherings they hope to hold in the future. We were joined by Robin O’Dell, curator of the photographic collection at the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts. She and Snitzer, who have worked together before, collaborated closely to bring the museum’s exhibit, “Can I Get a Witness,” to life.


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Herb Snitzer’s work is most recognized for its documentation of jazz culture and its biggest stars. Some of the most famous images of icons like Nina Simone, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, and Louis Armstrong are attributable to Snitzer. He knew and was close to many of them, particularly Simone, who Snitzer traveled with over a 30-year period. His work has appeared in many publications including Look and Life magazines, he has published books, shown his work all over the world, and is generally considered a master in his field. But what Robin O’Dell revealed as she studied Snitzer’s work for exhibition, was the pervasive message of activism and a profound sense of social justice that permeates his archive. “ I have always considered my work, even the jazz images, a metaphor for civil rights and equality,” says Snitzer. “It suggests

ARTS & CULTURE a view of oppressed communities like African Americans and the LGBT community that I believe have been overlooked and, in many cases, ignored.” Snitzer shared his friend Nina Simone’s views on bigotry and injustice and shot many images of protests and rallies, some of which are present in the MFA exhibit. “In 1958, as I was first establishing my career in New York City, I attended an NAACP event and took a photo of a small boy who was looking right at me. It was a personal moment between us and I saw his pain. It represents a desire for freedom that stays with me and it remains one of my personal favorites.” Visitors to the museum can see this photo in “Can I Get a Witness.” Snitzer still wonders what happened to that boy. “He would be in his 60s now. Unbelievable.” Robin O’Dell said the theme of the exhibit materialized as she reviewed a huge archive of Herb Snitzer’s historic images. “It was an honor to put this exhibit together, and I wanted to create a collection that was reflective of his whole career. As I studied more and more photographs, what became evident was Herb’s sense of social justice. I knew that had to be the focus.” “Whenever I plan an exhibit, especially one that involves a single artist,” the curator explains, “I always look to achieve several things. Of course, I want to show the depth and breadth of the work, but I also want it to tell a story.” How did she come up with the name, “Can I Get a Witness”? “It was just the feeling that I had,” O’Dell replied. “These photos were a sort of testimonial to the struggle and Herb was witness to all of it. It seemed to fit.” Other considerations make this exhibit work, such as its local ties. The opening of “Can I Get a Witness” was in conjunction with Pride month, and there are several photographs depicting our own St. Pete Pride parade, one of the largest such celebrations in the Southeast. This unique collection of photographs also tells us some things about its artist that we, as neighbors and fellow citizens, may not have known – like the fact that Herb Snitzer was co-founder and headmaster of a progressive school for children that taught art and social consciousness for 13 years . Or that he

actively served on the board of the NAACP in St. Petersburg for 5 years and received a lifetime achievement award from the organization. They honored his service to them and a career spent documenting the harsh realities of cultural evolution. Artist Carol Dameron, Snitzer’s wife, was present during some of these dramatic times caught on film. She recalls the scene one year outside of Fort Benning, GA, at an annual protest against the “School of the Americas,” or “assassins” as it came to be known. “Some 16,000 people would come each year led by people like Martin Sheen and Susan Sarandon to protest this program. There was one protestor dressed in a shroud with a stark white face that really struck me. The image Herb took, featured in the museum exhibit, captured the moment perfectly.” O’Dell talks about a favorite photo in the exhibit involving one of the large-scale photos of a drag queen in a St. Pete Pride parade. “She was just so joyous and beautiful with all her rhinestones,” O’Dell recalls. “We later found out that she was very well known and even a contestant on Ru Paul’s Drag Race named Coco Montrese.” Snitzer adds that “It would not have been possible to see an image like this in a museum 50 years ago.” There is still a nod to Snitzer’s more well-known photographs in the collection, for example, a mural of jazz legend Louis Armstrong. “Louis Armstrong did not know his father and his mother was a prostitute,” Snitzer recounts. “He was taken in and cared for by a Jewish family and he was given a Star of David as a gift. He wore it his whole life and was buried with it.” Armstrong’s band musicians were consistently diverse; an apparent homage to the diversity in his own life. “He was the personification of grace, dignity, and everything that is good about America,” said Snitzer. When asked what he’d most like to be known for, Herb Snitzer does not hesitate to say, “For my sense of social justice.” I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that “Can I Get a Witness” will go a long way in solidifying that perception. Cindy Stovall writes about the arts for St. Pete Life.

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Keeping up with St. Petersburg Arts, Theater Events, Performances and Personalities

BY CINDY STOVALL “Hot town, summer in the city.” These lyrics always come to mind as July and August hit Florida. The temps here in the ‘Burg might be soaring but, the fact is, that the art scene is scorching all year long. There are a wealth of shows, exhibits, and events for you and your family to enjoy as you consider what to do with your summer breaks. Here is just a small sampling. Contact me with your art happenings at and don’t forget to listen to my Beauty & The ‘Burg Podcast at

On Stage

Summer is a great time to check out theater offerings beyond the mainstage. For example, American Stage’s “And Beyond” series offers great programming at affordable, family friendly pricing. Look for shows like The Delicious Beats, a 1960’s multi-media extravaganza playing at 7 pm August 25 with special guest comedian G. David Howard. Or, get your laugh

on with Hawk & Wayne’s Karaoke-Prov the first Sunday of each month at 7 pm. Gavin Hawk and Ricky Wayne, both California transplants, are two of our most talented, award-winning actors, improv artists, and performers. Treat yourself and discover alternative theater. The Tampa Bay Theatre Festival returns for its 5th year on August 31 through September 2. Organized by not-forprofit theater company RL Stage Inc., the festival takes place over three days and in multiple venues throughout the Bay area. Attendees will experience powerful, informative workshops led by trained professionals, in addition to scene, monologue, and short play competitions. A full schedule of theatrical entertainment , including the staging of submitted plays, parties, and networking opportunities can be found at

Museum Happenings The Florida Holocaust Museum doesn’t only represent somber themes. Survival, hope and joy are ultimately the message, and music is a huge part of that. This summer FHM welcomes a nationally lauded show that the whole family will enjoy. “Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution” is the first comprehensive retrospective about the life and career of renowned music industry impresario Bill Graham. Recognized as one of the most influential concert promoters in history, Graham launched the careers of countless rock and roll legends in the 1960s at his famed Fillmore Auditorium. He conceived rock and roll as a powerful force for supporting humanitarian causes and was instrumental in the production of milestone benefit concerts such as Live Aid (1985) and Human Rights Now! (1988). As a promoter and manager, he


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worked with iconic artists including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Fleetwood Mac, the Who, Led Zeppelin, the Doors, and the Rolling Stones. The exhibit opens on August 18 and runs through Feb. 10, 2019. In addition to the stunning exhibit “Clyde Butcher: Visions of Dali’s Spain.” summer brings some fun family events to the Dali Museum. For example, the showing of Cult Classics on the Dali lawn (first Thursdays) is a great free event. Food trucks and refreshments are available and the films show rain or shine! The August 2 film is “Die Hard” with doors opening at 7 and film starts at 8:30 pm. “DillyDally with Dali” happens every Saturday at 11:45 am through the summer and allows children to discover the creative world of Dali through games, puzzles, and arts and crafts activities which educate and encourage family interaction.


Galleries & Alternatives Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave., has been a mainstay of St. Pete’s cultural life since 1986. Representing the fine craft art of some 300 Florida artisans, this eclectic gallery and studio space is home to multiple events both in house and throughout the community. Here’s a summer sample: You still have time to catch the beautiful exhibition Dolls and Where They Live. This fascinating collection of artist-made dolls ranges from sweet to gothic and includes pieces from the National Institute of Doll Artists. But you’d better hurry! The exhibit runs through July 28. Florida CraftArt is also the starting point of one of the fastest growing activities in the Central Arts District - mural tours. Walk or bike to view the ever growing collection of large-scale murals that now dot and define the downtown St. Pete landscape. You’ll see and learn so much, so schedule your tour today! Walking tours are on Saturdays from 10-11:30 am. Bike tours are the first Saturday of each month from 9-11 am. Go to for more info or to reserve your spot on a mural tour. The Morean Arts Center continues to celebrate its centennial with another milestone event. “One Hundred: 2018 Members Show” literally commemorates the 100th such show. Morean members have been invited to submit a piece with “one hundred” as the theme – interpreted in any way they choose. This exhibit opens on July 14 and is free and open to the public, so bring the family and enjoy! Check for associated events. Enjoy your summer! ‘Til next time … Cindy Stovall’s Beauty & the ‘Burg podcast covering the arts in St. Petersburg airs on Wednesdays at 6 pm at Archives of previous shows are available.

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Dali’s Spain

The “Ansel Adams” of Florida landscapes has captured the sublime beauty of Dalí’s homeland in exquisite detail in Clyde Butcher: Visions of Dali’s Spain. The iconic photographer’s large scale, super-sharp monochromatic images explore three areas in the Catalonia region where Dali resided and served as inspiration for a number of his paintings.

to an environmental talk about “Real Florida” with author Jeff Klinkenberg on August 9. Clyde Butcher: Visions of Dali’s Spain will be on exhibit through November 25, 2018. For more information, go to

The thoughtfully curated collection takes viewers on a journey through the region, showing comparisons of landscapes and geologic formations to select Dali works along the way. An informative 11-minute documentary introduces the viewer to Clyde Butcher, showing his evolution over the decades, starting in California and moving to his epic photographs of Florida where he spent decades capturing images in Big Cypress and the Everglades. His attention to nature, particularly natural light and shadows and attention to the sky and clouds, enabled Butcher to find new aspects and subtleties within Dalí’s Spain. Butcher’s images show that Dalí’s painted landscapes were not a product of his imagination, but were indeed very real. In conjunction with Dali’s Spain, the museum will be hosting several events. Butcher himself will host book signings on Sept. 29 and Nov. 3. Check the online events schedule for added programs from photography workshops

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Stroll into the lobby level of the downtown Priatek building and you are immersed in contemporary fine art. For years, gallery owner Darin Kucera has featured internationally known as well as local St. Pete artists, some of whom you may meet while browsing their works. From paintings and sculptures to lithographs and photography, the selection is diverse.

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Featured artists: • Timothy Raines is known for his representation of autos, teams and emblems created from iconic drops of paint • Ari Robinson is local to St. Pete, creating paintings and sculptures through form, color and energy • Jason Brueck is pioneering digital collage with cultural symbolism • Shane Bowden is an Australian-born modern artist working in paintings and prints • Zeus is a London artist, known for his 80’s inspired graffiti art

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Phil Yost

Compass Land & Title LLC St. Pete resident Phil Yost loves our town. He started Compass Land & Title over 10 years ago and his company quickly grew from two employees and 900 square feet on Central Avenue to 4,000 square feet in a towering building at 360 Central Avenue. A new office grand opening was held in January with friends and VIPs cheering his success. His office overflows with artwork and surfboards. Today the founder of a respected title agency, Phil oversees seven employees and handles real estate transactions for clients throughout Florida. The industry awardwinner manages an experienced team that takes pride in maintaining a small “boutique” firm downtown. Tell us about the local real estate scene from the eyes of the president of a title company. Is the local real estate scene booming? Yes, residential is really robust right now in St Pete. The amount of construction cranes operating downtown is very telling of the amount of residential properties being constructed in our downtown. The popularity of downtown, Snell Isle, Northeast, and Kenwood, in addition to lack of inventory is creating all kinds of new residential opportunities for our city. What is the status of the commercial real estate scene? St. Petersburg has a large need for Class “A” Office Space with accompanying parking in our downtown. The prospect that the 80acre Trop site appears will become available for re- development is a very unique opportunity for our city. The 2017 Federal Tax Law which will allow this project to be a Low Tax Opportunity Zone makes it very attractive to new developers from around the world. What are you most excited by re: the growth here in St. Pete? I am really enthused with how much of an emphasis we as a city have put on the arts. As I have traveled it always has jumped out that the difference between a good city and great city is the support of the arts and our amazing public green space. St. Petersburg has such fabulous public space and a community that supports the arts. I truly feel we are the best city in the state of Florida. My current passion project is the work I am doing for a development project here in St Petersburg that would bring international art and cinema lovers. Are you finding a lot of new real estate buyers are from outside the country? The State of Florida reported an all-time high for visitors in the first quarter of 2018 at 33.2 million. Yes, we have several clients who specialize in selling to buyers from very specific countries.


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I hear all of the time what a bargain St. Pete is for international buyers. We understand 10.7 million visitors came from overseas and 3.5 million from Canada in the first quarter. You are a great example of yet another successful St. Pete entrepreneur – have you always thought of yourself as a “noncorporate” kind of guy? I graduated from FSU about the same time we were going through a mini-recession, that coupled with a strong leaning towards entrepreneurial pursuits led me to being a business owner. I have been a business broker, owned an indoor rock climbing gym, restaurant owner, ran a construction company, licensed realtor for 20 years, food court franchisor, manufactured paddleboards in South Africa, to name a few of the ventures that led me to owning a title company. I love being in business and mentoring all of the amazing people I have gotten the pleasure to work with over the years. I wake up every morning excited about getting to work, so the spark that motivates me is as strong as it was when I first struck out on my own. Why do you love living here – has the sunshine always been in your DNA? Driving over the Skyway Bridge last weekend my wife Valerie and I spent much of the trip discussing how lucky we are to live in paradise. A sunset at Pass A Grill compares with any exotic location on the planet. Our art scene and dining have become world class. What are your passions? I am motivated by the following: travel with my amazing wife Valerie, stone crab season, daily fellowship of my work crew at the Vinoy, boat days to Egmont Key and Anna Maria Island, collecting great art, weekends on Longboat Key, the dessert room at Euphemia Haye, and the occasional surf trip to Cocoa Beach or Jupiter. You are a foodie and wine connoisseur – where do you love to dine in St. Pete? Lunch: LaV, Moon Under Water, Blake’s Crabs, Locale Market, Chiefs Creole, Cassis, and Alesia. Dinner: IL Ritorno, Rocco Steak, Sea Salt, Ruth Chris, Reading Room, Maritana Grille at the Don Cesar. Brunch at the Vinoy and happy hour at the municipal snack bar on Pass A Grill What’s your definition of relaxation? A destination where no shirt is required, and I only wear board shorts and flip flops for a week!.


Tanisha Chea Tala Baby

At 36 weeks pregnant, Tanisha Chea learned that she wouldn’t be returning to the ST. PETE corporate world. After 11 years in corporate America, Chea had been laid off from her position as VP of Marketing at Carrabba’s Italian Grill. Naturally, with C-suite experience and an MBA under her belt, Chea began building out a business plan for Tala Baby - an inspired baby line that teaches morals, values, and character traits that she and her husband believe in. Born out of a need she saw for her own children, Chea did what every good entrepreneur does - filled a need and solved a problem. Now she’s expanding her line to toddlers, Mommy & me apparel, and wall prints. What do you do at Tala Baby? I do everything - I create the brand, I create the garments, the designs, I take all of the orders, I sell, I package, I ship. Why do you do it? I wanted my boys to have clothing that taught them good morals and values and the character traits that my husband and I believed in. So instead of just creating it for them, I made it for others as well. The name Tala comes from the Icelandic language, which means “to speak.” It’s about speaking positivity into the lives of your babies. Every onesie comes with a Tala card that has a story about the trait and the animal that’s on the onesie.

How did you get started? I started this company when I was 36 weeks pregnant with twins, and I now have 4 month old twin boys. And it really started because I was doing a lot of online shopping and I couldn’t find what I was looking for for my boys. I wanted more for them than to have onesies that said, “Future Heartbreaker.” What’s a common misconception or unknown aspect of what you do? The most common misconception is that I just found these clothes online and I’m reselling them. Because I think a lot of people do that these days, especially with baby clothes. And I actually created these myself based on the inspiration of my babies. And so I think to know that this has been from conception - from start to finish - thought of in my own brain and done with my own two hands is the message I want to get out to people. What’s the most challenging part of your job? People think that it’s just clothes but the Tala card that comes along with it is really a big piece of that. What’s the most valuable piece of business advice/insight that’s helped you? I have a corporate background so all of that I’ve parlayed into being an entrepreneur. Some of the best business advice has been from my 11 years in corporate America in marketing. From my packaging, to my branding, to reusability. Find the Tala Baby line at Content provided by the Catalyst, St Pete’s daily business platform. Subscribe for free at

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Ryan Griffin Attorney. Entrepreneur. Influencer. Ryan is a true community asset in the classic sense. ST. PETE He generously gives of his time, expertise and money on civic initiatives like Grow Smarter. He brings value in jobs and service in his entrepreneurial endeavors. He serves clients, righting business wrongs as an attorney. This combination of contributions is important and greatly appreciated. The greatest treasure he delivers to St Pete, however, is culture our culture. Mandarin Hide, Souzou and the new Trophy Fish are St. Pete culture factories, pumping out the intangible sweetness that sustains our je ne sais quoi. His establishments are unique and varied, each delivering the complex nuances of a passionate owner. That they all came from the same person is impressive. And he’s just getting started. Not yet 40, Griffin has more projects close to launch and more planned to follow those. As neighborhoods wind their way through the treacherous journey to gentrification, it’s Influence like Griffin’s that will protect that quality in St. Pete that’s difficult to articulate. Organizations involved in Chamber of Commerce - the Executive Committee as well as the Vice-Chair of the Grow Smarter strategy What gets you out of bed every day? Every day is a new day for me. I don’t do the same thing every day. There’s a lot of excitement with it, a lot of stress. I like to make new accomplishments and at the end of the day when the dust settles, I like to see if I won more than I lost. Why St. Pete? St Pete is the perfect sized city to do some really spectacular things. It’s up and coming with unique character. Very distinct place and people. It’s a place you can make an impact. What is one habit that you keep? Sundays are holy to me in the sense that I stay away from emails and technology and getting immersed in too much work. I use that as a day to spend with my wife. Who are some people that influence you? As a lawyer, I have a partner Guy Burns, he’s a very successful lawyer. He’s got a great balance and way with people. For restaurants, design wise, Phillip Stark and his design. I like that, his whimsical nature, keeping everything fun. Besides that - every entrepreneur that I see. They are always giving me creative ideas. When I see people working hard, that motivates me, pushes me.


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What is one piece of insight – a book, methodology, practice – that you would share with our readers? You never know how much sand is in the hour glass. Don’t leave anything for tomorrow that you can do today. Take risks. What is the one thing you wish you knew about your work 3 years ago? For the restaurants, it’s about the people. When you boil everything down, it’s the people who are part of your team. That also translates to the law world as well. What’s Next? Working on our fish restaurant, which opens up soon. And Mandarin Heights, in Tampa. Partnered with Bodega. That’s an exciting project in the Seminole Heights area. I’ve got a couple other projects after that - a fish market and some other cool concepts. Content provided by the Catalyst, St. Pete’s daily business platform. Subscribe for free at


The Doyenne Maghan Morin and Jeanine Suah There’s not much difference between Maghan Morin ST. PETE and Jeanine Suah’s professional and personal lives. They live for their work, and they believe in what they do. The co-founders and directors of the Doyenne identified and solved a problem – where can women business professionals come together in a stress-free work environment, to get things done and network with one another, outside of the typically maledominated workplace? As successful businesswomen, they’d each wondered the same thing individually. Together, they dreamed up a combined professional development platform and co-working space designed specifically for women. Following its inaugural “pop-up” event in December, interest and membership in the Doyenne has been exponentially growing – which means that Morin and Suah’s idea, conceived over coffee, crullers and a pair of well-worn laptops, is quite likely to impact the way business is done in St. Petersburg in the future. Why Do The Doyenne? Maghan: To make a difference, in whatever I do. Right now, to make a difference in St. Petersburg as a black woman entrepreneur. I can make a difference in my life, and in my family’s lives. My vision for what I do is bigger than St Pete – so I can make a difference within the world. Jeanine: To make people feel good, and smile, and feel loved. We’re hustling our butts off because it’s what fulfills us. How did you get started? Jeanine: Not wanting to live for anybody else’s dream but my own. There’s just something more than working for somebody who doesn’t always appreciate it. That’s not a great feeling. What’s the most challenging part of your hustle? Maghan: Raising money, absolutely. Also, always thinking of new ways to be engaging – to keep women interested, and keep them coming.

Jeanine: It’s hard to have a concept and not be able to put it into effect right now. But it requires patience. What’s the most valuable piece of business advice/insight that’s helped you? Maghan: To always keep going, no matter what. Whether it’s someone who doesn’t answer your email, or blows you off on an email, or you don’t get the client that was about to sign … keep going. Because there’s always going to be something, as long as you’re persistent. Jeanine: My business philosophy: Always give more in value than you receive in payment. Even if you haven’t got the money. Megan and I are very much like, ‘All right, we don’t have it, but we’ll give it.’ And by the grace of God, and by the universe just being in our favor, it comes right back. And we’re like ‘Why did we even worry to begin with? Why St. Pete? Maghan: I don’t see many people of color who are growing large businesses and succeeding, especially in the downtown area. That’s why Jeanine and I are very adamant about having the Doyenne in downtown St. Pete. I really want to show the black children here that yes, you can be successful in St. Petersburg. And you can come back here after college, or after traveling out of the country. St. Pete is a place you can be successful, as long as you work hard towards it. Jeanine: It’s a very vibrant community which prides itself on diversity, and there are a lot of diverse groups here. But it shouldn’t be an anomaly to see people of color, or blackowned businesses, downtown. This city is too great to not have something like this downtown. I feel like this is one of my homes, even though I’ve only been here for two years. And it’s the way that the city has treated me. Keep updated on the Doyenne pop-ups in St. Pete by going to the Facebook page at Content provided by the Catalyst, St. Pete’s daily business platform. Subscribe for free at

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Free Museum Passes

Got a Pinellas County library card? If so, you can get free admission passes to the Florida Holocaust Museum, the Great Explorations Children’s Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts thanks to a new partnership program with the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative. Up to two adults and three children can receive free family admission with the checkout of a museum pass from a Pinellas County library. Libraries will have two museum passes each. Passes are available

for checkout on a first-come, firstserved basis. You may check the availability of passes on the PPLC online catalog or by contacting your local library. Check out a pass in person, at your local library circulation desk, and take the printed receipt with you. Present the receipt from the library to the museum staff upon entry. There is a checkout limit of one pass per family. Passes may be checked out by adult cardholders and are valid for one visit within the 7-day loan period.

Considering Solar Residents of St. Petersburg are invited to learn more about the benefits of joining a solar co-op on July 19 when a public information session wlll be offered by Solar United Neighbors at 6 pm at Campbell Park Recreation Center, 601 14th Street

South. The co-op helps to organize 50 to 100 neighbors into a group, or co-op, and give you support through each stage of the solar process. Co-op members leverage bulk-purchasing power to get discounted pricing and a quality installation, while

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Smart Homes On The Rise St. Pete-based Salt Palm Development was recently certified as the first B Corp real estate development company in the southeastern United States. B Corps are certified for-profit companies that are required to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Think of it as a USDA Organic certification for businesses. Salt Palm’s first multi-unit development, Sabal Smart Homes, is located in downtown St. Pete at 532 4th Avenue

South. The project consists of two high efficiency four-story buildings — each containing four townhomes. The high-tech, high-efficiency units include a spacious rooftop covered lanai and open deck, with such options as rooftop alfresco kitchen, electric car charger, and a connected-home “Einstein Package.” Salt Palm has pledged to give at least half of its profits toward community improvement endeavors such as beautification projects. For more information on Sabal Smart Homes, go to

USFSP News USF St. Petersburg recently signed a collaboration agreement to become the first American higher education institution to form a relationship with South East European University in Macedonia. The agreement promotes joint educational and research activities between the two

universities, such as allowing for the exchange of visiting scholars to participate on joint projects. It also begins discussions for developing a future undergraduate and graduate exchange program that would offer

students from both universities the opportunity to study in a different country and experience that nation’s culture. South East European University is the first and only private-public not for profit university in Macedonia, established in 2001.

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Key West Getaway Latitude determines attitude when you vacation on Florida’s Southernmost Island



Bustling with tourists, scooters and revelers, Mallory Square has become a mecca of restaurants, bars, museums and attractions. But at the northern tip of Key West, 24 North Hotel is the perfect destination to enjoy a “shoes off ” vacation. Complete with resort style pool and the Toasted Coconut tiki bar for drinks and snacks, stress levels decline upon arrival at this Highgate property.

burlap bed runners and throw pillows by local artisan Noelle Rose. This is the savvy traveler’s destination away from the fast pace of Duval Street. Bicycles are one of the best ways to explore Key West, and cruisers are available for hotel guests. For a quick ride to Mallory Square, however, their Old Town Shuttle runs every half hour until 11 p.m. and is by far the best way to get to where the action is.

24 North Hotel has forged unique partnerships with local artisans and brands, which creates a one-of-a-kind authentic Key West experience for guests. Rooms showcase imagery by local photographer Jorge de la Torriente, and reclaimed touches including

24 North Hotel, 3820 North Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 320-0940 Rates start at $199 a night with complimentary parking.

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Tour A Rum Distillery

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Key West’s first legal rum distillery hosts tours and hands-on mojito making classes. Owner Paul Menta (kiteboarder, chef and author) opened the distillery in 2013 at the old Coca-Cola bottling facility location. Their original white rums are distilled six times from Florida sugar cane with infusions of coconut, vanilla crème brulee and real key lime. After sailing to Cuba and learning the true art of making mojitos, Paul brought the tradition back to Key West where you can make your own right there in the distillery. Free tours are offered Monday through Saturday.

As the oldest cigar manufacturer in the Keys, the Rodriguez family brought their Cuban heritage to the states after the Cuban government nationalized their private plantation. In 1971 they opened in Key West, keeping the traditional Cuban manufacturing process and sourcing tobacco from private plantations worldwide. Touring the factory is a special treat, with several generations of the family working side by side. Spend five minutes with Danny Rodriguez and you will understand the pride and tradition that his family carries on. Conversations usually include good cigars and rare rum, ending with a hands-on lesson rolling your own cigar.

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New York City Sizzles In Summer BY CINDY COCKBURN Looking back at my childhood growing up in and around New York City, Manhattan was the equivalent to a Disney World today. If every kid had access to Radio City, Broadway shows and museums like I did, there would be no need for an Epcot or Magic Kingdom.

58th Street, overflowing with Europeans and very tiny rooms but with an outdoor café, just a block from Central Park and the shops of Columbus Circle. I try to avoid the larger convention hotels and prefer a smaller hotel where the staff smiles and says “welcome back” and knows my name. Best kept secret: the Europeanstyle Hotel Elysee located on 60 East 54th Street, where you can relax on the second floor with a “living room style” den for complimentary breakfast, tea throughout the day and a wine happy hour every evening.

As a grown up, I became an uptown girl preferring caviar at the Russian Tea Room and shopping at Bloomingdales a few blocks from my apartment on East 64th Street. The city continues to offer amazing adventures. Yes, I do recommend visiting Manhattan in the heat of the sizzling summer. The locals have escaped to the Hamptons or Newport, so the best culinary and cultural options are yours to discover.

My new favorite hotel is the Benjamin, at 125 East 50th at Lexington Avenue. They have refrigerators in each room and a popular restaurant off the lobby called the National. You’re close to all that Fifth Avenue offers from St. Patrick’s Cathedral to the Museum of Modern Art, and a quick walk over to the theater district.

Finding a Room Where to stay? Depends on your passions. The West side is closest to Times Square and the theater district. Downtown is casual and trendy with fun hotels located in Soho, the Village and Tribeca. New York has over 115,000 hotel rooms and the biggest sustained hotel-building surge since the 1920s-’30s. The rise of Airbnb hasn’t made a dent. Summer rates are discounted on most NYC hotels. If you only need to book a standard single room and stay away from the Upper East Side, rates start around $300 a night. Or, live like royalty at The Ritz-Carlton overlooking Central Park and pay at least $900 a night. Best bet: look online for best prices, deals, packages and call ahead. After August, room rates can jump to over $400 a night for a bare bones room once the new “season” comes along in September. One of the most affordable hotels is the Hudson at 358 West


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Dining Out Be proactive with your dining plans, the best restaurants are usually booked months in advance. Stroll around town and you’ll find outdoor cafes every few blocks for al fresco dining. The West 79th Street Boat Basin Café overlooks the Hudson. Every summer, Rockefeller Center replaces their winter ice skating rink with the Rock Center Café, a beautiful garden and bar for relaxing in the sun. For a romantic dinner, the upper east side has my heart, but venturing over to Brooklyn at least once is a MUST since the River Café on Water Street should be on every food lovers bucket list. The stunning views of the water and the

TRAVEL Brooklyn Bridge are totally seductive at night. The fresh menu ingredients, ambiance, wine list and outstanding service is worth the trip. The piano bar in the intimate lounge is a plus, before or after dinner. Some guests book a year in advance for a Saturday night special celebration here. If you are fortunate enough to have a very close friend score a reservation and drive you over the Brooklyn Bridge to the restaurant like I did - congrats! Otherwise, jump in one of 65,000 vehicles affiliated with Uber in the city for your romance fix.

Celebrity Watching Dress up and enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail at the St. Regis Hotel at 1 East 55th Street in midtown and think of Dali and his wife Gala sipping champagne in the King Cole bar. Walk literally across the street for an intimate “who’s who” dining experience at Ralph Lauren’s Polo Bar serving people-watching and classic dishes. Warning: You can’t just pop into the tiny, intimate bar and check out the country club atmosphere complete with polo mallets. You need a dinner reservation first. At least two months in advance. Last time we were there, Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford were holding court over dinner with Savannah and Hoda. A woman named Trump was sipping champagne.

Outdoor cafes line the streets in New York City.

When booking your flight, remember LaGuardia airport is closer to Manhattan, but it’s under major construction. Kennedy airport is further away from midtown. Newark will be closer to the west side of the city. It’s all about logistics from uptown to downtown and everywhere in between with five boroughs.

Cindy’s Favorites Best Breakfast: Sarabeth with outdoor seating and the best pancakes in town overlooking Central Park on 59th Street. Best Outdoor Dining: Bar Boulud overlooking Lincoln Center at 1900 Broadway with Chef Daniel Boulud presiding. Best Italian: NELLO outside dining in the heart of the upper east side with fine Northern Italian cuisine in a casual yet sophisticated (yes, very expensive) ambiance. Located at 696 Madison Avenue Best Seafood: Marea on Central Park South, filled with male executives at lunch, very high-end Italian seafood and fresh pastas from Michael White in a chic setting at 240 Central Park South Best French: Le Bernadin at 155 West 51st Street, very oh-la-la Reasonably Priced: Becco at 355 West 46th Street for family style Italian pre-theater Best Rooftop Bar: Bar 13 on the lower east side at 1335 East 13th Street located downtown in Union Square, two floors and a newly remodeled rooftop deck. Hotel Elysee on the upper east side is a quaint place to stay. .

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Tropical Oasis In The Heart of St. Pete PHOTO S/KELLER WILLIAMS

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Smart Home Technology Home security is changing just as rapidly as smart phone technology. While most security systems only protect your home, Select SmartHome systems protect your home and your lifestyle. A single 7-inch LCD touchscreen control panel and single mobile app keeps you connected to your home 24/7. Here are a few advantages you have at your fingertips: • Lock and unlock your door remotely, or set scenes to control your heating/cooling and lighting, check on your pets and children using interior cameras – all from one app. • The term “porch pirates” has become all too common, even after the holiday delivery season has ended. Never worry about packages getting stolen off your porch again. A Skybell doorbell camera allows you to see who’s at the front door. Need to let in the dog walker? Use the camera to verify their identity, then the two-way voice function to let them know you’ve just remotely unlocked the door for them.


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• Going on vacation and worried about flooding in your home during potential storms? Use flood sensors combined with a Watercop valve. In the case of flooding, your system will shut down any water supply and notify you immediately of an issue so you can call for help.

ICON Residential is building its third luxury urban townhome community, The District on 9th. The sister community to The Arlington St. Pete and Uptown Kenwood, is set to open its model in Fall 2018. The townhome community is located just outside the heart of downtown. The District on 9th will offer four units with unique live-work floor plan options which will give home owners the option to occupy the space for their own office/retail uses or rent out an additional work space that generates income.

• Want to know who just disarmed the security system? The panel captures and sends disarm photos whenever the system is disarmed directly from the panel. So from any devise, smart phone, laptop or computer, you can control your home environment easily. Lighting, temperature, camera surveillance and locks can all be remotely activated. And whether you need to check on children or fur babies, today’s technology makes it simple. To learn more about Select SmartHome systems, call 1-844-735-3285 or go to

This portable wifi interior camera is small enough to be placed in a hidden spot and features night vision. The camera interfaces with your home security system and allows you to connect to an app on your smartphone for up-tothe-minute viewing.

The work space totals around 800 square feet and includes a restroom and private street-level entrance with abundant windows for a retail store/office space front entry. Designed to give home owners the equity/ rental option, The District on 9th’s limited Live-Work units are a perfect option for those looking to capitalize on their new home’s prime urban location. The separate entry provides homeowners with the option to live upstairs and use the first-floor work area for business or lease it out or use the work area for business and rent out the upstairs living space. The District on 9th will have a total of 34 luxury townhomes with four unique floor plans ranging in size from 1,500 to 2,600 square feet, featuring a sleek and contemporary design. For more information, go to

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Against All Odds

A life-long foster child who made national news reaches a new milestone PHOTO/CHRIS DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY

Five years ago, the likelihood of Davion Only-Going graduating high school was low. He had lived in the foster care system his entire life and never had a forever family to support him through the normal challenges of school.

But, years of shifting homes and schools and very little familial support left Davion far behind in school. He struggled until his new mother discovered MYcroSchool Pinellas Charter High School.

In 2013, when Davion was only 14 years old, he did the most extraordinary and heartbreaking thing a child in his situation could do. With the support of his case worker, he stood up at the podium in church and begged the audience for a family. The plea was recorded on video and then went viral. His story swept the web and then national TV news. He went on “The View” to tell his story to increase the odds of finding a family.

MYcroSchool charter high schools are nonprofit, tuition-free high schools in Florida. They offer flexible schedules so students can work at their own pace and learn the skills needed to finish high school. They have small class sizes that allow teachers to focus on students like Davion who need help the most. This individual attention ensures students ages 16- 21 are not left behind and obtain skills to be ready for the future. Graduates go on to enroll in college, start a career, and/or join the military.

Thousands of requests came into the agency overseeing his adoption and a minister in Ohio asked him to come live with him. But that did not work out either and he was sent back to Florida and into foster care once again. Now at 16, Davion understood that the likelihood of being adopted was low and so did the case worker who had been by his side since he was 7. Davion then took another brave step and asked his case worker, Connie Going, to adopt him. But Connie was a single mom with three kids who didn’t know if she would be enough for him. Without hesitation her family decided that Davion would have the family that he had begged for and in April of 2015, the adoption was final.


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Without the support that Connie Going and Davion received, it is hard to imagine how he would have been able to accomplish this unlikely goal. Against all odds, Davion and more than 50 former at-risk youth celebrated their graduation on June 7 at the Palladium. With a diploma in hand and the support of his forever family, Davion is now planning to attend St. Petersburg College in Fall 2018 and eventually a college specializing in the Culinary Arts. To learn more about Pinellas MYcroSchool, go to or call (727) 825-3710.


The Importance of Banking Local ADVERTORIAL

Scott Gault, Pinellas County Market President at The Bank of Tampa For The Bank of Tampa, a community bank with a more than 30 year history in the Tampa Bay area, being part of the “Go Local” movement is essential to doing business. The bank, which is privately owned by its staff, directors and clients, prides itself in being a relationship bank that understands that when the Tampa Bay community does well, everyone wins. We had the opportunity to catch up with Scott Gault, Pinellas County market president at The Bank of Tampa, and he shared with us the importance of banking local with a community bank. What is a community bank, anyway? In the simplest of terms, a community bank derives funds from and lends to its local community. A community bank like The Bank of Tampa specializes in relationship banking, rather than transactional banking. For us, profits are driven through long-term, multi-account relationships that suit the needs for each individual client or business. Larger banks, which often operate on a transactional model through economies of scale, make money on volume through standardized accounts and automated service. What is the benefit to banking with a community bank? There are endless benefits to banking with a community bank. I usually like to speak to benefits that don’t always immediately come to mind – like the fact that at The Bank of Tampa, our leaders are based in the areas where we operate. Therefore, decisions are made locally allowing for quick decision making without bureaucracy. At community banks, loan approvals and other key decisions are made by people who live in the community, have face-to-face relationships with their clients, and understand the local economy and its needs.

What do community banks bring to the economy? When you partner with a community bank like The Bank of Tampa, you are investing in your local economy. Your dollar in a community bank will likely go to underwriting a local business or be invested in U.S. government-backed securities. Community banks tend to obtain deposits from local individuals and businesses and lend them out to local borrowers. More or less, your money stays local. Community banks have a critical role in keeping local economies vibrant. One of the key ways we do that is by lending to creditworthy borrowers in the Tampa Bay area. Because we can respond to lending requests with agility due to our knowledge of client needs, we are able to help facilitate a growing economy by partnering with business and enabling them to buy new equipment, add employees and make investments in their future. At a glance, those effects may appear to be modest. However, when you multiply these effects across the thousands of community banks in the country, you can see the impact we can make on a national economy. Community banks are also intimately tied to the prosperity of the local community. When a community prospers, the community benefits. That is why so many local banks are involved in their communities. In 2017 alone, The Bank of Tampa donated more than $745,000 to local community organizations. Our employees get out there and get involved. In fact, The Bank of Tampa supports more than 200 community organizations, either through financial giving or volunteer support. We want to ensure we’re giving back to the community that gives so much to us.

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Good Burgers Celebrate our local do-gooders at the 6th annual Good ‘Burger Awards, presented by the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce on August 30 from 6 to 9 pm at the State Theater. Nominations are closed, but the drum roll has started for this evening off fun, camaraderie and salutations to local businesses, organizations, and individuals who have made a positive impact in St. Petersburg. Tickets are $15 before August 10, then $20/members $25/non-members. Purchase tickets at

Start Your Ovens Think you make great cupcakes? Novice and professional bakers in all age groups (even kids) can show off your stuff in the Morean Arts Center’s 2018 Best Cupcake in St. Petersburg contest. Specialty categories include gluten free and vegan. Registration closes August 20; limit is 100 contestants. The official tasting tastes place on August 25 at the Morean Center for Clay. For entry forms and more information, go to

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Hit Musical Returns In 1999, the Pinellas County Millennium Celebration commissioned Bill Leavengood and Lee Ahlin to create a new musical based on the life and times of J. E. “Doc” Webb, the colorful St. Petersburg entrepreneur called the “P.T. Barnum of Retail.” In 1925, Webb opened a tiny drug store on 9th Street and over the next five decades transformed it into a shopping complex covering 10 city blocks. In its heyday, Webb’s City attracted thousands of visitors per day. The 2000 world premiere was presented at both Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Mahaffey Theater, where it broke their box office records, selling over 10,000 tickets. A September 2017 production was such a success, despite Hurricane Irma, that producers, sponsors, and performers have come on board again to revive it once more. The Palladium Theater and Will Knot Di Artists have teamed with The St. Petersburg Museum of History to present this multimedia musical set for September 21-23 at the Palladium. Tickets are on sale at the Palladium box office, at (727) 822-3590 or visit

Al Lang Concert Veteran rock band Counting Crows will celebrate 25 years of making music by hitting the road for a worldwide “25 Years and Counting” tour, stopping at Al Lang Stadium on Tuesday, July 31. Tickets are $32-$125 at or

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Crown Eurocars Mercedes-Benz Grand Opening

Earlier this year, local artists submitted a painting in the Art Ties Us contest. The community voted online for their favorite piece and now the big reveal takes place. On July 27, the Art Ties Us Gala will present the top artworks during a fundraising evening to be held from 7 to 10 pm in the Grand Ballroom at The Birchwood, 340 Beach Dr. NE. The tribute to the arts and artists of St. Petersburg will

feature food from six top restaurants, live music, art auctions, and open bar; proceeds will benefit The Public Art Project founded by Derek Donnelly. Special guest Duncan McClellan will be presenting awards to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners as well as this year’s Enso award. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased at

Copa Caliente Those Queens are at it again! The glitzy St. Pete Glitter Queen 7th Annual Royal Ball is being held September 28 at 7 pm at the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater. “Copa Caliente: A Night in Old Havana” is the theme for this year’s evening of fun and fund-raising for underserved children’s charities in

Pinellas County. Evening includes dinner, dancing (of course), and a silent auction. The Glitter Queens have donated over $302,000 to local women’s and children’s charities since 2012. For more information or tickets, go to

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A new 28,000-square-foot regional skatepark opened with an official ribbon cutting on June 2. The park has features for all levels, including a street course, a snake run, an intermediate and a 12-foot-deep bowl designed for advanced level skateboarders and BMX riders. Part of the St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation Department, the skatepark is located at 600 12th Street S.







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Skatepark Ribbon Cutting


Heels To Heal The 5th Annual Heels to Heal fashion show fundraiser was held May 11 at the Renaissance Vinoy.


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Fashion Funds The Cure Over $500,000 was raised for the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation on May 19 at Fashion Funds the Cure Tampa hosted by Jesse Palmer.


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It is with much pleasure that we introduce to you the winners of the Teachers ROCK $20,000 Teacher Appreciation Dream Wedding, Kaylan Figueroa & Will Burnham. Kaylan and Will are both from the Tampa Bay area and Kaylan is a 5th grade teacher at Riverhills Elementary Magnet School in Hillsborough county. On behalf of Old McMicky’s Farm, our Sponsors, Media and Vendor Partners and all of our staff, customers and supporters of the Farm, Thank You to all of our community’s teachers, school staff and administrators for your huge contribution in helping to shape the lives of our next generation of children. Thank you to our Sponsors: DeBartolo Family Foundation, Pepin Family Foundation, Avalon Building Corporation Thank you to our Media Partners: Tampa Bay Times, Newspapers in Education, Beasley Media Group, B98.7 FM, St Pete Life Magazine Thank you to our amazing vendor partners for donating their great services: Catering - Whaley’s Blazin BBQ Wedding Planning - Exquisite Events Rings - Gold & Diamond Source Cake - Chantilly Cakes Bar Service - Spunky Spirits Floral - Tampa Wedding Studio

Limo Services - Showtime Transportation DJ - Events Done Right Photography - Darin Crofton Photography Bridal Gown - Truly Forever Bridal Tuxedo - Sacino’s Formal Wear

Linens - Connie Duglin Linens Officiant Services - A Beautiful Wedding in Florida Videography - Viegas Photography Invitation - Eva Lu Designs Atlas Results Hummingbird Consulting

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