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  1. Marvel actor and former WWE wrestler Dave Bautista holds Penny, his newly adopted puppy from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. She was found with a metal chain embedded in her neck that required surgery. Batista offered $5,000 reward for information on the abuser, and celebrity friends and others have added more than $7,000 more.
  2. Concert-goers had to adhere to new vaccination rules for a Maroon 5 concert in Ohio in August. When the band performs in Tampa Sept. 24, fans must bring a printed copy of a negative test result or proof of their COVID-19 vaccination.
  3. For free Museum Day on Saturday, the turn-of-the-20th century Cracker Country in Tampa will be open for free, and you can see actors demonstrate how pioneers carved materials, churned butter and did their chores.
  4. A performer is seen inside of new Howl-O-Scream haunted house The Forgotten during dress rehearsal night on Wednesday in Tampa.
  5. A planned $100 million fundraising campaign by the Straz Center for the Performing Arts hinges on a $25 million city contribution. But some Tampa officials have recently signaled their ambivalence over the size of the request.
  6. The Harvest Jam amateur competition at Skatepark of Tampa this weekend will have divisions starting at 8 and younger, and up to 30 and older, with prizes awarded to the top five finishers in each division.
  7. Rescue personnel with a boat help LaPlace, La., residents out of their flooded homes. The way people can most help from afar is sending money, advocates say.
  8. Passengers board the train during the Largo Train Weekend at the Largo Central Railroad in Largo. The first Saturday of every month brings free train rides for families.
  9. Busch Gardens has brought back Bier Fest for its fourth round, with food, beer and cocktails offered at stations across the park.
  10. The big new thrill ride coming to Busch Gardens, Tampa, will finally open this spring, Busch Gardens has announced. It is called Iron Gwazi. The hybrid shocker is creating buzz among coaster fans because it pairs the wooden aesthetic of the old Gwazi coaster, which closed in 2015, with a slick steel track. It will be North America's tallest hybrid coaster at more than 206 feet.
  11. People bike along the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail near Main Street in Dunedin on July 1, 2021. The 50-mile trail that runs the length of Pinellas County jumped from an average of 70,000 users per month pre-pandemic, to more than double to 180,000 per month in 2020, according to sensor data, after bicycle sales exploded during COVID-19 lockdowns.
  12. A scene from the Lionsgate movie "Uncle Drew," a comedy with an all-star roster of athletes and comedians.
  13. Fans at Slipknot's Knotfest Roadshow watch the show at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Sept. 4, 2019. Concert promoter Live Nation, which produces shows at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, has announced that anyone attending or working at Live Nation events will have to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test starting Oct. 4.
  14. Shops and restaurants along Main St, Thursday, July 1, 2021 in Dunedin. Overall, foot traffic among retail stores and restaurants has slowed this summer, which experts say is due to growing concerns over the delta variant.
  15. Tampa’s Pirate Ship, Lost Pearl, will have family-friendly pirate-themed cruises on Sunday that depart from the Yacht StarShip and Pirate Water Taxi’s dock across from the Tampa Convention Center.
  16. Open-air scare zones like this will be added to haunted houses this year for Howl-O-Scream at Busch Garden.
  17. This rendering shows a 630,000-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center that is expected to open in Tallahassee in late 2022. The company has announced five  new warehouses and delivery stations across Florida, including one in Pinellas Park
  18. A participant dressed up as Spiderman poses for a photo during the Megacon Orlando in 2017.
  19. Mha’siyah Blake, 12, prepares to receive a COVID-19 vaccine administered by first year USF physician’s assistant student Caroline Cubero at a back to school health clinic at Middleton High School in Tampa in July. Some parents might be concerned about unvaccinated teachers. Conversely, there are teachers who may want to know if their older students are vaccinated. But how to ask without hurting feelings?
  20. From August 5 through Sept. 5, one-day tickets to the Winter Haven theme park can be purchased for $47 through an exclusive online offer at redcross.org/Legoland — a savings of 50 percent off the gate price. And $10 from every ticket sold will be donated to Red Cross disaster relief.
  21. At the annual Dog Swim Day, as shown here in 2011 at Fossil Park Pool, splashing, swimming and retrieving were the highlights of this dog's day. The end of swim season marks a day of leash-free fun for canine friends as they swim and play in the pool with no humans allowed.
  22. The Star Wars hotel coming to Orlando in the spring will be a two-day, two-night immersive experience that weaves storylines from the Star Wars universe, including rides at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
  23. SeaWorld Entertainment, the parent company of Busch Gardens, reported a second-quarter profit that more than doubled. And even attendance was down from 2019 highs, the company beat market expectations.
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