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Former Mayor Buckhorn: Regular Tampa citizen, with beard

Former Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, with his dog Ciaran, has grown a beard in the weeks since he left office. [Courtesy of Bob Buckhorn]
Published May 24

Seems not a week went by in the last eight years without a photo of then-Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn — driving heavy equipment at a demolition site, flying a kite with kids, sporting shamrock-green pants for St. Patrick's Day, firing a military machine gun.

(Though new Mayor Jane Castor may turn out to be no slouch in the photo op department herself, having already been pictured on a balance beam while visiting young people at a city gym — perfectly vertical in suit and heels, no less.)

So what has Buckhorn, determined to step off the stage quietly and stay off the grid while Castor took over, been up to?

Attending his daughters' 8th grade and high school graduations. Trying to whittle down nearly a decade of a honey-do list for his wife, Dr. Cathy Lynch, before heading to Ireland for family vacation.

And, according to a rumor later confirmed by photographic evidence, growing a beard.

The motivation for that last one?

"I am hoping if it gets long enough my wife Cathy won't recognize me and will stop giving me chores to do," he responded in a text.

No word, however, on any post-summer employment plans.

"Haven't even started thinking about it," he says.

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