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  1. Hundreds of lights, holiday decorations and entertainers bring Christmas Town to life during the holiday season at Busch Gardens in Tampa.
  2. John Morgan, head of Morgan & Morgan, shown in his offices in downtown Orlando. His career started with the Yellow Pages and billboards in the early ‘80s. Now his firm is offering $100,000 to the winner of an advertising jingle contest.
  3. The May-Stringer House, also known as the Hernando Historical Museum at 601 Museum Court in Brooksville, is said to be Florida's most-haunted home. The 12-room, four-story home was built in 1856 as a two-story, four-room home, and was remodeled in the early 1900s to its present seven-gable style.
  4. A necropsy will be conducted by the Sunken Gardens veterinarian team to determine how Mac the snapping turtle died.
  5. Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley is among the headliners of the 2021 Reggae Rise Up Festival in St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park this Thursday through Sunday.
  6. The book "Burgert Brothers: Another Look" compares 80 Tampa locations photographed by the Burgert Brothers in the early 1900s with how they look today.
  7. Runners move across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge during the Skyway 10K race on March 2, 2019, in St. Petersburg.
  8. Tim Wronka (right) and Matt Infante (left), from Spectrum Bay News 9, shoot footage of Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas at Port Tampa Bay Saturday, October 16, 2021. Port Tampa Bay and Royal Caribbean International celebrated the first cruise vessel departure from Tampa Bay since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a no-sail order about 18 months ago.
  9. The team behind the popular chef's table dinner series Abandon Izakaya has opened a street food-themed brick-and-mortar restaurant in Seminole.
  10. Dozens of people gather to watch the Sylvan Ramble light show on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 in Tampa. Created by Sam Johnson, the computerized light show features special effects such as flames and dancing lights synchronized to music and lasts 20 minutes. In addition to his Halloween light show, Johnson also has a popular Christmas themed show all to raise money for charity.
  11. Fresh stone crab claws are for sale at Frenchy's Stone Crab Co. in Palm Harbor. Crab season runs Oct. 15-May 1, two weeks shorter than in past years, and the state has upped the claw size minimum to combat overfishing.
  12. Come Out St. Pete offers four National Coming Out Day events to help LGBTQ+ individuals come out of the closet with pride and comfort. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]
  13. Skate Park of Tampa brings us the 27th annual Tampa Pro this weekend.
  14. Clearwater native Leon Majcen shares a moment with fans following his performance during the Gasparilla Music Festival last weekend. The event joined other concert promoters in requiring vaccination cards or negative COVID tests for entry.
  15. Young guests enjoy seeing Winnie The Pooh, and Tigger too, at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Disney has announced there will be more socially distanced character encounters and live shows in the coming months,
  16. A COVID-19 particle is pictured in this image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  17. The Battery, a new bourbon-focused restaurant and wine bar in Sparkman Wharf in Tampa, is now open.
  18. The Straz Center for the Performing Arts is holding a free block party on Oct. 16.
  19. The venues that put on concerts have sometimes felt like they landed in the middle of the COVID-19 debates. Audience bristle at the rules, and sometimes it is the artists who put them there.
  20. Fans wait for Tampa Bay Rays players to return to the field from the clubhouse after becoming the 2021 American League East Division Champions at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Sept. 25. The team will be handing out free Rays Up yard signs this weekend as they head to the ALDS playoffs.
  21. At Pho 813 in South Tampa, restaurant manager Richard May activates a robot server to deliver food to a customer. The restaurant is the first in the Tampa Bay area to start using robots to address staffing shortages.
  22. A cabin on Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World will make guests feel like they on board a spaceship. The Star Wars-themed hotel opens March 1.
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