Here's a tip for downtown Tampa bosses on Friday: Don't be surprised if several of your employees (a) take a long lunch or (b) are caught sneaking out a wee bit earlier than usual.
They're likely teeing it up at a temporary driving range set up between the 500 and 600 block of Franklin Street.
The all-day event is open to the public and is a fundraiser for Special Olympics of Hillsborough County. The 4,200-square-foot "range" will be open between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m., and buckets of balls will be sold for $8 apiece. You can also buy a VIP lane for $250 that includes unlimited balls for an hour. (Details are on the event's website, tampateeoff.com).
Mayor Bob Buckhorn will take the first swing. Also planned are golf demos, live music, beer and food, and prizes for those who can hit preset targets.