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  1. After-hours parties at the Magic Kingdom are popular because they give guests a chance to roam the world’s most popular tourist attraction after it closes to the general public.
  2. Grace Bunke began swimming after she lost her leg to osteosarcoma. She died in 2018. Her mother, Vicki Bunke is leading a Team Amazing Grace fundraising tour for Swim Across America, a charity that funds cancer research.
  3. A guest has her temperature checked before entering SeaWorld as it reopens with new safety measures in place because of the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, June 11, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. The park had been closed since mid-March to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  4. The St. Petersburg Museum of History is the first stop on the St. Petersburg Florida Stories audio tour.
  5. Show her you care with a moment of silence.
  6. Founder Carole Baskin walks the property at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Big Cat Rescue is a nonprofit sanctuary committed to humane treatment of rescued anima
  7. SeaWorld Entertainment, the Orlando-based parent company of Busch Gardens, beat Wall Street expectations in its first-quarter earnings report released this week.
  8. City Council member Hoyt Hamilton, 61, pictured in the conference room at the Clearwater City Hall on the sixth floor of One Clearwater Tower, 600 Cleveland Street, Thursday, May 6, 2021 in Clearwater. On April 18, Hamilton picked up hot dog buns from Publix, and later learned he got a $1 million Powerball ticket.
  9. Juju and Phoebe are two of many animals looking for loving homes.
  10. Travelers walk inside Tampa International Airport's Rental Car Center in Tampa, Florida, on March 19, 2021.
  11. Jalapeno Popper Rollups.
  12. The dachshund rescue group that would have put on the wiener dog races for Tampa's Riverfest has decided to go ahead and hold its own event. There will be races, raffles and adoptable dogs on hand for a day of long and low sausage-loving dogs.
  13. At her home in Cross Creek, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and one of her hunting dogs strike a pose.
  14. A conceptual drawing, by FleischmaGarcia Architecture, of the proposed New Tampa Performing Arts Center on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard across from the main entrance to Hunter's Green. Wednesday, Hillsborough commissioners voted 5-2, for a $7.3 million construction contract to build the center.
  15. In this Sept. 2019, photo provided by the White Oak Conservation, Asian elephants, Mable, born April 6, 2006, April, born April 3, 2010, and Kelly Ann, born Jan. 1, 1996, are seen at the Center for Elephant Conservation in Polk City, Fla.  The Florida wildlife sanctuary is building a new 2,500-acre home for former circus elephants. The White Oak Conservation Center announced Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, that it's expecting to welcome 30 Asian elephants starting next year.
  16. The Beach Boys perform on stage with special guest John Stamos at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Jan. 7, 2015.
  17. Steven Kanyer, of Wesley Chapel, waits in line for the opportunity to meet Ray Park, the actor who portrayed Darth Maul in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, at Emerald City Comics in Clearwater.
  18. The Tampa Edition hotel and residences (center, with a 'Water Street' banner on the front side) topped out at 26 stories in February. It's slated to open by 2022.
  19. Jimmy Buffett, shown here in Tampa in 2017, will be at Amalie Arena on Dec. 4.
  20. Iliza Shlesinger, shown in a still from her 2019 Netflix special "Unveiled," will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on May 15.
  21. Julian Mackenzie, chief executive officer, of  the Museum of Science and Industry, announced his retirement.
  22. Throwing your own crawfish boil is easy, if you have the right gear.
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