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Tampa Mayor Jane Castor to host virtual dance party as city promotes social distance

Other Tampa initiatives: public signs and sidewalk art. Messages of thanks to medical professionals are appearing in front of Tampa hospitals, too.
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor speaks during a news conference about the recent coronavirus pandemic Thursday, March 12, 2020 in Tampa.
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor speaks during a news conference about the recent coronavirus pandemic Thursday, March 12, 2020 in Tampa. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Published Apr. 6, 2020

TAMPA — With the shutdown of social activities and the closure of public gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor wants you to clap along if you feel like a room without a roof.

"Mayor Jane’s Karaoke Dance Party” will air at 6 p.m. daily starting today on iHeart Media radio stations. It begins with “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.

Castor won’t be dancing, even though her name headlines a virtual dance party that aims to promote happiness amid social distancing.

“It’s false advertising," Castor told the Tampa Bay Times. “Because I can’t sing or dance.”

The radio stations will play one song each night. Listeners are encouraged to listen outside while maintaining safe social distance and “to wave to their neighbors and get some exercise,” according to a news release.

The songs will be those that are “universally liked,” said city spokeswoman Ashley Bauman.

Listeners may be able to request songs by tweeting or emailing the participating stations. They are: 93.3FLZ, Mix 100.7, 95.7 The Beat, Rumba 106.5, 98 Rock and US 103.5.

The dance party is one of a number of efforts city officials have made to promote a sense of normalcy in uncertain times.

Last week, the city announced a campaign featuring printed signs and public sidewalk art to promote social distancing and public safety. The signs are going up along Bayshore Boulevard, the Riverwalk, Howard Avenue and New Tampa Boulevard.

Messages include:

“Keep Your Distance,"

“We’re all in this together.”

“Stay Calm. Stay Kind. Stay Safe.”

Messages of thanks for doctors, nurses and health professionals will also appear in front of the city’s hospitals.

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