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YBOR CITY MAY REINVENT ITSELF YET AGAIN ... AND AGAIN

Tampa Digital Studios plans to officially announce its fall 2007 move from SoHo to Centro Ybor on Tuesday, giving Ybor City another creative industry.

The multimedia company's relocation signals that the historic district could be on the verge of reinventing itself - again. Someone once told me the proliferation of nightclubs doomed Ybor's future, but Tampa's most famous neighborhood always seems to survive.

I don't believe that will ever change. ...

As a member of the Super Bowl XXXV Task Force in 2001, Krista Soroka played a lead role in staging a rousing party at the Florida Aquarium featuring the B-52s.

Now, with Soroka leaving her post as the Tampa Bay film commissioner to serve as events and hospitality director for the 2009 Super Bowl Task Force, we expect nothing less than another sterling bash. I'm thinking a triple dose of Rob Base, Salt n' Pepa and Naughty by Nature.

Hey I'm old school all the time. ...

The Clearwater Chamber of Commerce called last week wanting to know if I would again serve as a taste judge for the 18th annual Taste of Clearwater on Sept. 18.

Like they had to ask. ...

The Rays made a good move by opening an office in the Park Tower in downtown Tampa, but here's an even better idea: Bus conventiongoers from Tampa to Tropicana Field for evening games. For major conventions, I think you could round up a sizable contingent, especially if you have one or two of those sweet party buses.

Of course, I'm not the Rays owner. I just play one in the newspaper.

That's all I'm saying.

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