Tampa Fire Rescue crews responded to a fire at Aloft Hotel Midtown at
3650 Midtown Drive about 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The fire was caused by a drier in the second-floor laundry room. The hotel was evacuated and no one was injured.
The sprinkler system helped isolate the fire in the Midtown Tampa hotel, according to Tampa Fire Rescue.
The Backing the Bay program will select one Tampa Bay area small business to work with each month.
The airport is one of just five in North America to earn the recognition.


  1. In this photo provided by the New York Stock Exchange, specialist Dilip Patel, center, works with traders on the floor, Monday, March 1, 2021. Stocks are rising across the board on Wall Street as traders welcomed a move lower in long-term interest rates in the bond market. Investors were also watching Washington as a big economic stimulus bill moved to the Senate. (Courtney Crow/New York Stock Exchange via AP)
  2. St. Petersburg resident Sara Fludd will receive help from the Vinik Sports Group to promote her small business, "Pop Goes the Waffle," through the new "Backing the Bay" program unveiled Monday.
  3. This rendering shows 334, a new residential tower scheduled for construction at 334 Second Ave. S in St. Petersburg.
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  5. This Dec. 30, 2019 image from security camera video shows Michael L. Taylor, center, and George-Antoine Zayek at passport control at Istanbul Airport in Turkey. Taylor is accused of smuggling former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn out of Japan in 2019.
  6. Customers shop at a Whole Foods Market in Tampa in 2018.
  7. Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano announced that the airport was partnering with BayCare last fall to offer both PCR and rapid antigen COVID-19 tests for air passengers.
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  9. From left: Yira Jimenez, Nick Galliano and Gianna Galliano, 5, of Tampa, are served lunch entrees by Karen Betancur and Juan Carlos Rengifo, right, on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, at La Cabana Restaurant in Tampa.
  10. A confrontation on board a Delta Air Lines flight departing from Miami International Airport for Atlanta began when the passenger's companion refused to wear a mask.
  11. Kids at Legoland Florida take a spin on Mia's Riding Adventure, part of Heartlake City, the theme park's expansion based on the popular Lego Friends characters.  (Photo courtesy of Merlin Entertainments Group Inc.)
  12. In this September 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson, a pharmacist preparing to inject an experimental COVID-19 vaccine. The nation is poised to get a third vaccine against COVID-19, but health officials are concerned that at first glance the Johnson & Johnson shot may not be seen as equal to other options from Pfizer and Moderna.
  13. FILE - This April 2017, file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website (NerdWallet via AP, File)
  14. A shopper is seen leaving the Publix Super Markets store located along U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs Wednesday, July 8, 2020. All 730 Publix in-store pharmacies will soon be offering the COVID-19 vaccine.
  15. Witness Kirk Morgan, at table left, testifies as the Committees on State Affairs and Energy Resources holds a joint public hearing Thursday in Austin, Texas, to consider the factors that led to statewide electrical blackouts. The hearings were the first in Texas since a blackout that was one of the worst in U.S. history, leaving more than 4 million customers without power and heat in subfreezing temperatures.
  16. Caribbean flamingos flock together in the Bird Gardens at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay on June 11, 2020, in Tampa.
  17. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is seen at the Winn Dixie pharmacy during the first day of vaccination rollout on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 in Apollo Beach. Four new Hillsborough County stores will now offer vaccine appointments after the chain got a new allotment of Moderna vials.
  18. Chuck Fazio (center) debuted his new nonprofit, Picture the Recovery, from the St. Petersburg pier last month. Fazio and other photographers travel in an RV and donate their work to tourism-reliant destinations struggling because of the pandemic.
  19. A person passes the office of the California Employment Development Department in Sacramento, Calif. on Dec. 18, 2020.
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  21. Realtor Carol Hasbrouck poses for a photo at a home she recently sold in the Allendale neighborhood, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021 in St. Petersburg. The house went under contract less than three days after she formally listed it, a quick turnaround that has become typical in today's market.
  22. Lynnette White uses her tablet while interviewed in San Francisco, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. The pandemic has sparked a surge of online shopping across all ages as people stay away from physical stores. But the biggest growth has come from consumers 65 and older.
  23. Andrew "Andy" Hines, who led Florida Power Co., died Sunday. Pictured is Hines. | [Courtesy of Brad Hines]