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    Posted May 16, 2012 by
    Tampa, Florida
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    City smackdown: Tampa

    No one left behind

    This city provides something for everyone:
    - water and plenty of it: with the bay including Clearwater, St. Pete, Channelside, and the Hillsborough River running right through the city.
    - professional and college sports events: Bucs, Rays, USF, UT
    - some of the best shopping a city can ask for: high end malls (international mall & westshore mall) that also provide the more inexpensive options as well
    - Theater and Music galore: Ruth Eckerd Hall, The Straz Center, Florida Orchestra
    - Dining options that leave no one wanting more: The world famous Berns Steakhouse, Columbia restaurant, La Terracita, more cuban sandwich options you can ask for, to local cuisine that features fresh seafood and organic choices
    - Theme Parks with Busch Gardens, Lego Land, and adventure island. Plus Disney is only 1 hour away!
    - Vacation at home: & why not in Tampa Bay...you can do anything from go to the beach to get on a cruise ship with Royal Carribean and Carnival docking out of Channelside. Plus, we have some of the best resorts and spas in town: The Don Cesar, The Vinoy, The Sandpearl. You don't have to spend alot of money for the ulitmate "staycation".
    My Story: Born and raised in Orlando, I feel in love with a good ol' Tampa boy, Tim Kleman. We dated long distance for a year and decided to move to Nashville for a few years to open a business. It was great. But when push came to shove, we felt the southern feel and right at home but we knew that something was still missing in our lives: the charm of Tampa Bay. So, when we got engaged, we sold our business, and decided to plant our family roots right here in the best city in the world: Tampa Bay, FL. We have the pleasure to opening now 3 businesses here and working full time in the hospitality industry. On the weekends, we participate in everything and there is never a dull weekend: Gasparilla, Boating, the Beach, local festivals, local markets, the theater, the orchestra, dining with friends, you name it, we do it.
    You have it all here in TB: the hussle and bussle of a large city yet the pure peace of the white sandy beaches and nightly sunsets. What do you love? Well, good luck NOT finding it here in Tampa Bay.
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