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Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch both voiced cautious optimism Thursday after Major-League Baseball announced it had denied the Tampa Bay Rays' proposal for a split season with Montreal.
From Tampa to St. Petersburg, elected officials and business leaders greeted the news of Major League Baseball’s decision to kill the plan with shock, optimism.
A company that has been riddled with complaints in other cities is bringing the Tampa Taco and Margarita Festival in March, but local organizers say everything is under control.
Much of the $1.8 million was ultimately funneled to the architects of the scheme in Jamaica, officials said.
The citrus growing season in Florida lasts from fall into late spring.

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  1. Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota.
  2. 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.
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  4. Florida Sen. Danny Burgess, right, sponsored the bill to protect health care providers from COVID-related lawsuits.
  5. Airlines across the world, including the long-haul carrier Emirates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, rushed Wednesday to cancel or change flights heading into the U.S. over an ongoing dispute about the rollout of 5G mobile phone technology near American airports.
  6. Oranges ripen in a grove in Plant City. If the current forecast holds true through the rest of the citrus growing season, it will be the smallest orange crop since the 1944-1945 season, when the state produced 42.3 million boxes of oranges.
  7. The New York attorney general’s office says its civil investigation has uncovered evidence that former president Donald Trump's company used “fraudulent or misleading” asset valuations to get loans and tax benefits.
  8. This billboard on Adamo Drive in Tampa, paid for by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, targets Tampa General Hospital for having a McDonald's fast food restaurant inside.
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  10. Exterior photo of Radiant Health Care of Brandon, formerly Consulate Health pictured on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022 in Brandon.
  11. 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.
  12. California prosecutors have filed two counts of vehicular manslaughter against the driver of a Tesla on Autopilot who ran a red light, slammed into another car and killed two people in 2019.
  13. 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.
  14. Port Tampa Bay, viewed here from its cruise terminal area in October 2020, has approved several potential manufacturing expansions over the coming years.
  15. Members of the Florida House of Representatives work during a legislative session, Friday, April 30, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  16. Gary MacMath, 70, from St. Petersburg, is pictured outside of the Boley Centers' Butterfly apartments, 715 Fifth Ave. N, on Jan. 18, 2022 in St. Petersburg. MacMath is retiring after 42 years at the Boley Centers, which provide housing to at-risk individuals, including more than two decades as its CEO.
  17. Charles Lockwood, dean of USF's college of medicine, speaks during an Aug. 5, 2021, news conference at Tampa General Hospital.
  18. Young revelers yell for beads at the 2020 Children's Gasparilla parade in Tampa. The parade was canceled in 2021 because of COVID-19.
  19. 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.
  20. A rendering of COhatch's restoration of 2132 W Main St. in West Tampa and expanded seating at Bar-B-Que King.
  21. 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.
  22. Ava Hardy, 9, wears a crown from the kids corner at the second annual "We are the Dream:" MLK Expo 2022 at Gibbs High on Saturday. The event highlighted local businesses, food, live entertainment, a kids corner, inspirational speakers and raffles. "I think of Martin Luther King when I go to protests," Ava said. "Sometimes I think about if it is ever going to end, if everybody in the world is going to get along before the world ends. I'm not sure. But I hope so."
  23. Exhibit designer Joseph Wetzel, left, Florida Aquarium president Bill Crown and Tampa Mayor Sandy Freedman look over a model of the planned aquarium in 1989. Crown, a driving force behind the aquarium, died Jan. 12 at age 80.
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