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Mayor Bob Buckhorn officially proclaims National Cheat Day in Tampa

Mayor Bob Buckhorn issued a proclamation declaring National Cheat Day in Tampa.

City of Tampa

Mayor Bob Buckhorn issued a proclamation declaring National Cheat Day in Tampa.

26

January

Go ahead and have that big, juicy cheesburger for lunch today, and wash it down with a milkshake — the mayor says it's alright to spoil your diet. 

Mayor Bob Buckhorn, apparently inspired by the efforts of South Tampa comfort food favorite Datz to make the fourth Thursday in January each year National Cheat Day, issued a proclamation this morning: 

In the official City of Tampa proclamation, the mayor says that National Cheat Day is "a day to indulge in a favorite food or to discover a new delicious creation," and notes that "the city of Tampa, Florida is known for having some of the most unique and finest restaurants in the nation."

Related: Here's where all those national food holidays actually come from

The procalamation also states that National Cheat Day will "help stimulate the economy by supporting local businesses," and plugs the hashtag #NationalCheatDay, which you're supposed to use when sharing social media photos of your fave "cheat meal."

Good timing? Tampa Bay Times food critic Laura Reiley's list of the Top 50 Restaurants of Tampa Bay for 2017 just arrived this morning.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 26, 2017 11:25am]

    

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