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In the News – July 2023 

In the News – July 2023 

Brewing Up a Good Time 

“America’s oldest brewery,” Yuengling Draft Haus & Kitchen opened its newest bar and restaurant location in Tampa. The new dining experience offers a wide variety of options with a pub-style menu along with Yuengling drafts and seasonals on tap.  

This project has been underway for the past four years and is 42,000 square feet, with an 800-person capacity. It will have indoor and outdoor seating, five bars, an outdoor beer garden, an outdoor activity area for kids and a private event space.  

Holy Crepe 

Point Chaud Coffee & Crepes is set to open in the Ark Innovation Center in Greater Tampa Bay. The Ark Innovation Center serves as a hub for tech companies and entrepreneurs looking to make developments in robotics, artificial intelligence, energy, health care and education businesses.  

The addition of Point Chaud is not only new to Greater Tampa Bay but is also new to the state of Florida. The café will include an outdoor patio and offer free internet, the perfect spot for professionals meet and collaborate. Point Chaud serves sweet and savory crepes, as well as salads, paninis quiches and serves Lavazza coffee.  

Bucs in Style 

Members of the Tampa Bay Bucs got their heads and facial hair shaved and colored by pediatric cancer patients and survivors through the “Cut and Color Funds the Cure” initiative. This initiative seeks to raise funds for the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF), headquartered in Tampa.  

The NPCF collaborates with leading hospitals nationwide to fund research that will create less toxic and more targeted ways to treat and eliminate childhood cancer. By the end of the fundraiser, the Bucs had raised more than $65,000. Some of the Bucs who participated were Head Coach Todd Bowles, General Manager Jason Licht, Cornerback Jamel Dean, Center Ryan Jensen and Offensive Tackle Tristan Wirfs. 

Merrick Loyd, 7, of Lakeland, spray paints the hair of Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Luke Goedeke during the annual “Cut and Color Funds for the Cure” event at the AdventHealth Training Center on Wednesday, June 14, 2023, in Tampa.

Cha-Ching goes the City Hall 

Members of Clearwater’s City Council unanimously voted to begin design plans for the City Hall that is being built along Myrtle Avenue. The new City Hall is expected to cost around $44.8 million. The design calls for the space to be 41,679 square feet with grass surrounding the area to create a town square.  

While it has not officially been voted open yet, Mayor Brian Aungst Sr., along with members of the council, are proposing for the City Hall to be named after former City Manager Bill Horne. Horne served the community for 20 years, but sadly passed just before his retirement. 

Out with the Old, In with the New 

400 Beach Seafood and Tap House located in St. Petersburg announces a temporary closure for renovations. This will be a complete, top-to-bottom transformation, expected to last roughly six months. 

Not only will there be a physical change, but there will also be a change in the menu to highlight locally sourced ingredients. 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House has been a dining staple in the Beach Drive area for over ten years, and the new renovations will help the restaurant continue to be a place where memories can be made.  

A Chilling New Beginning  

Pasco County recently approved a hockey academy in Wesley Chapel. The two-story Nest Hockey Academy stretches over a 10-acre lot and has a 36,311 square-foot ice rink and a 7,500 square-foot classroom building.  

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The area is expected to see industrial development in the future, with the new hockey academy beginning this transition. The expansion of the Nest Hockey Academy, along with future expansions within the neighborhood, is set to create new jobs for those within the community. 

A Whole New Life 

Lot Twenty9, a new store in Seminole Heights, the art of upcycling to GTB. This shop is loaded with vintage pieces and furniture that have been brought back to life. These pieces come from many different places, including donations, estate sales or even Facebook Marketplace.  

Nearly everything in the store is reused, showing that all pieces –– no matter how old –– can be given a chance to shine again. The store’s upcycling expert, Tracey Sutphin, plans to host craft classes in order to teach people how to upcycle their own home pieces. 

One Giant Leap for Lagoon-Kind 

Pasco County announces the opening of the largest human-made lagoon in the United States. The Mirada Lagoon spans over 15 acres, is comprised of 33 million gallons of water and has a nearly one-mile-long perimeter made up of 17 million pounds of sand.  

The continued hype is causing an influx of people moving in to Mirada. So far, more than 1,200 homes have been sold since 2020 and, once fully developed, the community will have 4,500 homes. Visitors, however, can check out the Mirada Lagoon by purchasing daily passes ranging from $10 to $45 per person. 

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