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  1. Instagram posts from the ARTpool Gallery & Vintage Boutique account show damage to the front display windows caused by a skateboarder early on the morning of January 17, 2022.
  2. Young revelers yell for beads at the 2020 Children's Gasparilla parade in Tampa. The parade was canceled in 2021 because of COVID-19.
  3. The Jolley Trolley, shown here on Mandalay Avenue on Clearwater Beach, will become the Jolley Roger Trolley for free rides to the Children's Gasparilla Parade on Jan. 22.
  4. Captain Tiger Lee, 59, the owner of Pirate Fashions in Tampa, helps 9-year-old Evan Hughes as he tries on a pirate costume while his family watches at the specialty store at 4006 W Cayuga St. In the background, from left, are Evan’s grandmother, Gloria Hughes, 57; his grandfather, Joe Hughes, 65; and his sister, Elaina, 11, from Riverview.
  5. Fans hangout at Buc's Beach prior to a NFL football game between the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Jan. 9. The team will hand out free swag to fans on Friday morning to get ready for Sunday's playoff game against the Eagles.
  6. Shoppers browse booths at the 2021 Localtopia in Williams Park in St. Petersburg, when crowd capacity was limited. The festival will be back with more than 300 vendors when it returns Feb. 12.
  7. Busch Gardens in Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando are bringing back the popular Preschool Card, letting kids 5 and younger in the theme parks for free in 2022. But you need to go online and register soon.
  8. ZooTampa has rescued a total of 500 manatees since the opening of its manatee critical care center
  9. At Busch Gardens in Tampa, a slick steel track is combined with the footprint of the old wooden Gwazi coaster to make Iron Gwazi, North America's tallest hybrid coaster. It will open in March 2022, two years after it was originally slated to debut.
  10. Snow Days have returned to the Florida Aquarium. The snow play area set up in the week after Christmas is included with admission. New this year, kids can launch snowballs off the Aquarium’s TECO Deck.
  11. Consumer watchdogs are warning of an uptick in holiday scams this season.
  12. A float and a balloon in the Holiday Parade during a nighttime preview event of Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's.
  13. Thousands of people browse local vendors during the Shopapalooza Festival at Vinoy Park on Saturday in St. Petersburg.
  14. A worker carries a large parcel at the United States Postal Service sorting and processing facility Nov. 18 in Boston. Last year's holiday season was far from the most wonderful time of the year for the beleaguered U.S. Postal Service. Shippers are now gearing up for another holiday crush.
  15. A JCPenney store, similar to this one in California, was one of the original anchors of DeSoto Square Mall when it opened in 1973.
  16. People shop at International Plaza and Bay Street in Tampa on Monday, Nov. 14, 2021.
  17. Enchant Christmas at Tropicana Field returns Nov. 26, turning the baseball field into a massive holiday winter wonderland.
  18. Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill is one of several St. Petersburg's Central Avenue businesses accepting Bitcoin as payment.
  19. Shelby McIntyre searches for a horror movie title at his store, Viper Video, during the business’s opening day at 706 W MLK Jr Blvd.
  20. You're not likely to see many special deals right now, but doing your research and being patient when buying a car can go a long way.
  21. Clockwise from top left: Fairgrounds St. Pete, the Love Letters from St. Pete coloring book, artwork from local writer Steph Post and bread from the Crumb Factory Bakery.
  22. The Peppa Pig Theme Park coming to Winter Haven in February is working with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards to achieve the designation as a certified autism center.
  23. Guests get an early start at the Winter Village ice skating rink at Curtis Hixon Park on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 in Tampa.
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