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  1. "Home," by artist Matthew Mazzotta, a 21-foot floor-to-ceiling sculpture of a flamingo, has been a popular stop at Tampa International Airport. Mazzotta and the airport agreed that the character itself could use a nickname.
  2. Jo Dyke tests the lights on the branch of a cherry blossom tree. The LED lights can be programmed to display different colors. The cherry blossom trees will be pink.
  3. Christmas Town at Busch Gardens in Tampa a variety of colorful elements.
  4. The downtown Tampa Winter Village has added a new “street curling” attraction that is free to play any time the holiday district is open in Curtis Hixon Park. They will even have a new curling league that is signing up teams now.
  5. A biologist from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium helps a recently hatched sea turtle find its way from the beach to the water. While sea turtle nests are up this year, the aquarium reported an alarming number of times the hatchlings were confused by artificial lights and headed to hotels and garages instead of the ocean.
  6. In this 2018 photo, a bonnethead shark swims in a tank at the Mote Marine Aquarium in Sarasota. The aquarium houses manatees, sharks, sea turtles and otters. Visitors can explore touch pools, hands-on exhibits and windows into the real research being done by scientists in the Mote Marine Laboratory.
  7. On Tuesday morning, Disney announced new park-specific prices that are set to go into effect Dec. 8.
  8. Willie Nelson will perform March 3 at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City.
  9. The X-37B orbital test vehicle concluded its sixth successful mission early Saturday.
  10. Miami Beach's 17-story hotel tower of the historic Deauville Beach Resort implodes on Sunday, sending dust full of debris into the oceanside luxury buildings.
  11. A manatee rises to the surface for air while people on a manatee tour float nearby in Crystal River.
  12. From left, Swapna Chackravarthy, 48, Koruna Pathak, 60, Sapana Amin, 43, Toshina Sethi, 49, and Rama Subramanian, 47, with Academy of Odissi Dance, perform at One Tampa City Center's courtyard in front of  Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center in Tampa on Thursday. The dancers gave a sample of the performances that will be showcased during the 33rd annual India Festival on Saturday.
  13. Virgin Atlantic founder and president Sir Richard Branson greets the crowd, after an airplane lands at Tampa International Airport on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, in Tampa.
  14. Broc Turner of Tampa slides down a single lane of the Snowy Slopes attraction with his cousin, Bishop Griffin, 4, of Jacksonville while visiting the Snowcat Ridge alpine snow park in November 2021. The snow park will reopen Nov. 11 in Dade City.
  15. Guests check in at The Tampa Edition hotel on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, in Tampa.
  16. Darius Rucker, shown here in 2015 at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, will headline the Valspar Championship concert series in Palm Harbor in March.
  17. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse wave to the crowd during the Hollywood Studios 30th anniversary parade in 2019 at Disney World. The Magic Kingdom kept its status as the most-visited park in the world with an estimated 12.7 million visitors, an increase of 83%. That still lags 2019, when it had an estimated 21 million visitors.
  18. Last year's Tampa Pig Jig, which featured headliner Darius Rucker, sold out in a record 13 days.
  19. Runners move across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge during the 2019 Skyway 10K race. Registration opens Oct. 24-31 for the 2023 race in March.
  20. Children play in a fountain in Central Park in Winter Park.
  21. Shonnika Denise, 35, was the winner of last year's Dessert Wars competition in Tampa. She now operates Synergy Sweets out of her home in Tampa.
  22. Workers tend to frame construction on the operator’s building for the Serengeti Flyer, in the background, on Tuesday at Busch Gardens in Tampa. The 135-foot-tall attraction, expected to open in spring 2023, will feature two pendulumlike arms, seating 40 riders that fly progressively higher with each swing, providing sweeping views of the park's Serengeti Plain and downtown Tampa.
  23. Jurassic Encounter, shown here at a recent display in Virginia, was supposed to have been set up this weekend, but the heavy rains from Hurricane Ian made the area too soggy for setup.
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