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'Guardians of the Galaxy' star Dave Bautista trolls City of Tampa on Twitter over a gate

By Christopher Spata | Times Staff
Published: February 9, 2018 Updated: February 9, 2018 at 04:33 PM
Dave Bautista, right, with Megan Fox at an Xbox Live Session at the Microsoft Lounge on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 in Venice, Calif. [Casey Rodgers |AP Images for Xbox]

It’s not unusual for people to send off-topic replies to tweets from the official @CityOfTampa account, publicly airing their grievances over garbage pickup or potholes or whatever they think the mayor should be doing.

It's a little unusual when a Marvel superhero with 1.13 million Twitter followers does it.

Dave Bautista, WWE Superstar, portrayer of Drax in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, giant man who threw Ryan Gosling through a wall in Blade Runner 2049 and ordinary Tampa resident with a home improvement project, really wants to build a gate.

He tweeted at the City of Tampa on Thursday to let them know about his perceived gate struggles and permit issues — again, and again and again.

@CityofTampa what the hell do I have to do to get you to approve a GD gate? Its been 7 months of waiting on permits,spending thousands and thousands of dollars on surveys,dealing with inspectors with sh%%tty attitudes, jumping through hoops,etc. Wtf do I have to do?! Its a gate!

— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) February 8, 2018

Bautista was apparently still thinking about his gate an hour after his first tweet, when he saw @CityOfTampa post about the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival at Curtis Hixon park.

Seriously! I mean I realize your busy with beer festivals and bbq but I’d really love to build a gate! 7 months, thousands and thousands of dollars on surveys and permits,rude inspectors, one thing after another after another! It’s a gate for God’s sake!

— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) February 8, 2018

That wasn't the end of it. Obviously still stewing over his gate status, Bautista took to Twitter again a few hours later to tweet one more follow-up question.

@CityofTampa sup guys? Any movement on your end? No. Ok I’ll check back with ya tomorrow. Ive been given the run around for months so another day/month wont kill me. In the meantime I’ll schedule another appointment to make an appointment to be inspected for another inspection

— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) February 8, 2018

The city responded by apologizing via Twitter for the frustration and asking Bautista to send over some info so they could look into it, but Tampa spokeswoman Ashley Bauman said the issues with gate are due to Batista’s contractor and not the city.

Permit applications for a wall and gate around a home in the Port Tampa City neighborhood were submitted via that contractor in August 2017, but the permit was disapproved because adjustments needed to be made to the plan, Bauman said.

The city waited for the contractor to submit a new plan for four months, until Jan. 16. After the city did issue a permit, an inspection showed "they started doing the work incorrectly, so we had to stop them again," Bauman said.

Bautista disputed that in direct Twitter messages to the Tampa Bay Times Friday, saying delays actually came from the city and a mess with land surveys.

Regardless, he said, "Situation seems to have made some progress because of the tweets," and added, "I may actually have a freaking gate sometime soon. Thanks for the interest."

Of course, some of Bautista’s 1.3 million Twitter followers also saw the exchange, and weighed in themselves on the controversy that some were calling #Gategate.

Install the gate, if they come to complain rip their spine out!

— Ben Tonge (@ben_tonge_) February 8, 2018


— Stephanie French (@StephOUAT) February 8, 2018

Seriously, @CityofTampa have you not seen Batista wrestle? I would not waste any more of this man's time. #getDavehisgate! @BobBuckhorn @DaveBautista #Tampa #cityoftampa

— Angel in Tampa �� (@sandyshores813) February 8, 2018


— Tony Gervin. (@trent_hardcore) February 8, 2018

#davesgategate Get that man a gate.

— Rob Paton (@robp1980) February 8, 2018

Have you tried pointing at it?

— Hector Acosta (@hexican) February 8, 2018

From 2014: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’s Drax just wants to relax in Tampa

From 2016: Land of Titans: The WWE greats who live in Tampa

From 2017: Tampa resident sues to block tall gate at Derek Jeter mansion