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  1. The Tampa Sports Authority announced it is bringing the Tampa Taco and Margarita Festival to Raymond James Stadium on March 12. But Tampa organizers say they have learned from the past mistakes of the event's promoter and are taking measures to control the event.
  2. Jack Timmel, 34, and his father, John Timmel, 65, who are licensed harbor pilots, serve as the sail masters for the "Jose Gasparilla" pirate ship that leads a flotilla of private boats into downtown Tampa before its signature parade. They are standing in the elevated perch that the captains use on the ship, which was built in 1954 for the festival.
  3. A Dreamliner 787-10 arriving from Los Angeles pulls up to a gate at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J., Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. Federal safety officials are directing operators of some Boeing planes to adopt extra procedures when landing on wet or snowy runways near impending 5G service because, they say, interference from the wireless networks could mean that the planes need more room to land.
  4. Young revelers yell for beads at the 2020 Children's Gasparilla parade in Tampa. The parade was canceled in 2021 because of COVID-19.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Performer Hector Pazaran performs a futuristic act for Cirque Italia's new "traveling water circus" that will premiere in Brandon and Wesley Chapel.
  10. The departure board for Southwest Airlines Monday in the main terminal of Denver International Airport in Denver. A winter storm hitting the mid-Atlantic combined with the pandemic to further frustrate air travelers whose return flights home from the holidays were canceled or delayed in the first few days of the new year.
  11. ZooTampa has rescued a total of 500 manatees since the opening of its manatee critical care center
  12. Guests stroll along Main Street at the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World. All four theme parks at Walt Disney World have reached maximum capacity today and New Year's Eve, according to Disney's website.
  13. Traditional dancers will be part of the Russian New Year celebration organized by the Russian Heritage Organization. It will be held on Jan. 8 at the TradeWinds Island Resort in St. Pete Beach.
  14. New Years Eve fireworks light up the sky off Clearwater Beach in 2018.
  15. 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.
  16. ICON Park in Orlando in recent years had added a number of tall rides including StarFlyer, left, a record-breaking swing ride. This week it opened Orlando Slingshot and Orlando FreeFall, shown to the right.
  17. Walt Disney World's Typhoon Lagoon water park is set to reopen Jan. 2 after being closed since March 2020. Guests will again be able to take a ride down the Crush 'n' Gusher coaster ride shown here.
  18. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert, wears a face mask as he arrives Monday for the the White House COVID-19 Response Team's regular call with the National Governors Association in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus in Washington. Fauci says the U.S. should consider a vaccination mandate for domestic air travel as coronavirus infections surge. To date the Biden administration has balked at the idea, anticipating legal entanglements.
  19. 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.
  20. A plane taxis to the gate, as another flight departs Tampa International Airport Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 in Tampa.
  21. Travelers board an Allegiant plane at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, Thursday, March 11, 2021 in Clearwater.
  22. From Nov. 18 to 29, the airport recorded 800,000 travelers, according to data shared at a Hillsborough County Aviation Authority meeting on Thursday.
  23. 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.
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