1. The cruise line Margaritaville at Sea has announced that Tampa will be the port of call for its next, much bigger cruise ship, the Islander, offering trips to Mexico and Key West.
  2. Crowds gather on Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg at a 2022 First Friday block party. The monthly block party has been going on for more than 20 years on Central Avenue, but organizers are in search of sponsors to continue.
  3. At Clearwater's Blackwell Auctions on Dec. 9, 2023, this photo will be offered for sale. It was taken by Dick Zimmerman, and is an original Polaroid test photo of Michael Jackson taken less than a minute before the photographer shot the version of the pose that producer Quincy Jones recommended for the legendary ‘Thriller’ LP’s cover.
  4. An aerial drone view of the former dog racing track and score board at Derby Lane, 10490 Gandy Blvd. N. Almost three years after greyhound racing ended, the track is now filled in with grass and is remarkably well tended to.
  5. Merk the Moment poets Kelley Johnson, top, and Jessica Merker, type poems for people during the Shopapalooza Festival at Vinoy Park on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023, in St. Petersburg.
  6. Shoppers browse for items at vendor booths at Shopapalooza in St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023.
  7. Target is joining Walmart, Best Buy and Walgreens in closing its stores on Thanksgiving Day, ending a long tradition of jump starting Black Friday sales.
  8. Tinkerbelle the Dog models a Martha Stewart Pets scarf sweater and a Santa hat during the PetSmart holiday collection preview in New York in 2016. Studies show more than half of dog owners and nearly 40 percent of cat owners buy their pets gifts for Christmas or Hanukkah, according to the American Pet Products Association, an industry trade group.
  9. The Chick-fil-A at 6299 W. Waters Ave. in Tampa has gone over the top on its Christmas decorations for nearly 30 years. Some of the features include concerts, visits with Santa and a snowblowing machine.
  10. A cyclist rides along the Riverwalk in Tampa on July 18.
  11. Decorations bring holiday cheer to the Magic Kingdom on Nov. 3, 2023, part of the multiday seasonal transformation across Walt Disney World.
  12. It's holiday market time. You're sure to find all sorts of gift ideas, Christmas tree decorations and home decor.
  13. Busch Gardens is lit up for the season with Christmas Town, running Nov. 11 through Jan. 7. The park transformation is included with admission with seasonal entertainment, and even its coasters, such as Iron Gwazi, shown here, are decorated in Christmas lights.
  14. Thousands of people browse local vendors during the Shopapalooza Festival in 2021.
  15. Savannah Boan is the lead caretaker of the gator nicknamed Jawlene, which was rescued with a missing top jaw.
  16. Jaliyah Pollack of Tampa, left, throws a pretend punch while celebrating Halloween on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg in 2021. Above-average temperatures will haunt Tampa Bay this Halloween weekend, but a possible cool front next week could help usher in fall weather.
  17. Brycen Shute of Lakeland carries pumpkins at Fox Squirrel Corn Maze in Plant City on Oct. 8. With Halloween falling on Tuesday, this weekend will bring lots of parties and even a carnival.
  18. People enjoy Enchant Christmas at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg in 2022. The event returns Nov. 24 and tickets are already on sale.
  19. We suggest some locally inspired Halloween costume ideas.
  20. Bearss Groves has done it again. This year's giant pumpkin is 1,500 pounds.
  21. Kids play in costume at the 2021 Halloween on Central. Nearly two miles of Central Avenue will be shut down to traffic so there can be a costume stroll, block party and market on Oct. 29.
  22. Busch Gardens announced a new ride is coming next spring called “Phoenix Rising” that will take riders on a soaring journey above the park’s Serengeti Plain.
  23. Very high ceilings like these in Leah Chorniak's great room can pose a decorating challenge.
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