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Cuban bread flies during 59th Ybor Naval Invasion
Tampa Tribune – January 18, 2015
The deck of the SS American Victory was covered with water, Cuban bread crumbs and palm fronds.  For a moment, those aboard the merchant ship used during World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam war, took a break from hurling bits of Cuban bread overboard, and their shouting voices fell silent.  Then, an arch of water sprayed from the Dixie Rebel tugboat came over the SS American Victory’s railing and chaos commenced at the 59th Ybor Naval Invasion, the official start of Gasparilla. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Ybor City street to be named for publisher
Tampa Tribune – January 16, 2015
Roland Manteiga used the pages of his newspaper to help preserve the historic social clubs of Ybor City.  Now, the Manteiga name will link those clubs in a more permanent fashion.  Street signs to be erected today will designate five blocks of Palm Avenue as Roland Manteiga Road, in recognition of the man who owned and operated La Gaceta for four decades before he died in 1998. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Review: Jobsite's 'Twelfth Night' puts Shakespeare into action
Tampa Bay Times – January 12, 2015
The true test of a Shakespeare performance is how well the characters turn words into visible action. By that measure, Jobsite Theater's current production of Twelfth Night at the Shimberg Playhouse succeeds. There is much gamboling, capering and stumbling about in the play, set in 1920s Ybor City. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Ybor City: Visit a piece of Cuba right within the USA
USA Today Travel – January 12, 2015
When Cuban-born Don Vicente Martínez-Ybor was looking for a place to move his cigar factories from Key West in the mid-1880s, his friend Gavino Gutierrez told him about an area just northeast of Tampa: 40 acres of swamp and scrub in a familiar warm climate, a railroad and a port – perfect! In a short time, cigar makers from Havana, Key West and the Northeast moved their factories to what was now known as Ybor City as well, and with them thousands of people.  Read more from USA Today Travel.

Ybor brewery supplied Havana with beer before embargo
Tampa Tribune – January 12, 2015
Tampa’s reputation as Cigar City, the factory town that imported more tobacco from Cuba than any U.S. city, has spread far and wide.  Less well-known is what Tampa shipped back to Cuba — including beer, ships full of it, made at Florida Brewing Co. in Ybor City. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Solution to Ybor truck traffic seen in road project
Tampa Bay Times – January 11, 2015
The connector road linking Interstate 4 and the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway was supposed to mean an end to semitrailer trucks chugging through Ybor City.  The 1.1-mile road, which opened a year ago this month, was meant to curb big rigs from rumbling along 21st and 22nd streets on their way to Port Tampa Bay, about a mile south. But while fewer of the trucks are cutting through the historic shopping and entertainment district, merchants and others say they still see them.  Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ gets Ybor City atmosphere
Tampa Tribune – January 8, 2015
It’s 1926, and after a hurricane hits Florida, shipwrecked twins are separated and end up in Ybor City, causing romantic confusion in the Jobsite Theater production of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” The play, considered one of the Bard’s funniest, is playing through Feb. 1 in the Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center in Tampa. This comedy about mistaken identity, gender confusion, ribald revelry and the bumpy road to romance fits in with what Ybor might have been like during Prohibition, says director David Jenkins. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

‘Infiltrator’ filming will be Ybor restaurant’s salvation
Tampa Tribune – January 7, 2015
Count Cephas Gilbert as one big supporter of efforts to grow the film industry in Tampa. Gilbert’s Caribbean-themed business, called Cephas’ Hot Shop Restaurant, was shut down in August after 32 years because of damage caused by fire. It will take $15,000 to bring it up to code. Enter Hollywood director Brad Furman, visiting Tampa to scout locations for his movie “The Infiltrator.” Furman was driving through Ybor City when he spotted the colorful restaurant, went inside and fell in love with Cephas’ Hot Shop. He now plans to film scenes there depicting four of the locations in the movie — Tampa, Los Angeles, Miami and Nicaragua. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Suzanne Camp Crosby’s art work highlighted
Tampa Tribune – January 7, 2015
An exhibit celebrating Suzanne Camp Crosby’s 20 years as a full-time member of the art faculty on the Hillsborough Community College Ybor City campus will open Monday. Crosby will retire in April. The show, Assembly Required, will be on display through Feb. 12 in the community college’s Ybor City School of Visual and Performing Arts Gallery. Crosby, a directorial photographer, “creates” or “makes” her photographs by staging or assembling people or objects in front of her lens or intervening in real-life situations through direction of the participants. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Artist captures the uniqueness of Ybor
Tampa Tribune – January 7, 2015
Artist Maryelin Sagafi, of South Tampa, says she finds Ybor City enchanting, which is why her art reflects many of the city’s symbols such as streetlights, cigars and flamenco dancers. Sagafi will share her artistic renditions during a solo art show, “Ybor Colors,” running through Feb. 1 at The Bunker, 1907 N.19th St., Ybor City. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

5 Things to start the day: Fleet of German tourists arrive this morning
Tampa Bay Business Journal – January 7, 2015
The AIDAVITA, part of AIDA Cruises, a German subsidiary of Carnival Cruise Line, will be docking in Tampa today at 8 a.m., allowing 1,200 German passengers an entire day to explore Tampa until about 6 p.m., according to a statement. The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce is providing walking guides and maps at cruise terminal No. 3 and is working with Visit Tampa Bay to promote Ybor City as a place to visit. The Ybor Chamber is encouraging businesses to consider opening early, as the streetcar service will begin at 9 a.m. Read more from Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Gonzmart plans Italian-Sicilian restaurant for Ybor
Tampa Tribune – January 3, 2015
An authentic Italian-Sicilian restaurant will soon join the Columbia Restaurant Group. Fresh off launching the Ulele restaurant downtown, and buying the Goody Goody cheeseburger brand, Columbia patriarch Richard Gonzmart is deep into planning for an Italian-Sicilian comfort-food restaurant in a historic Ybor City building. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

3 reasons Ybor City, Seminole Heights will begin to blossom in 2015
Tampa Bay Business Journal – January 2, 2015
Deals in downtown Tampa made for some splashy headlines in 2014, but this year, expect to also see some action just outside the urban core. Ybor City and Seminole Heights are both well-positioned to see revitalization movements of their own, and there's a good chance we'll look back at 2015 as the year that process began. Read more from the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Auburn fans cheer on the Tigers during New Year’s Eve parade in Tampa – January 1, 2015
Auburn fans celebrated New Year's Eve by attending a parade through Tampa's Ybor City on Wednesday night that featured the Tigers and their opponents. During the event, fans were able to watch the Auburn University Marching Band, cheerleaders and more perform. In addition, Aubie, who was named the 2014 Mascot of the Year during the Orange Bowl on Wednesday night, was there to take photos and entertain the crowd. Read more from

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