TAMPA — She invited Gronk to “pARRGthy” Tampa-style at Gasparilla. She ribbed Tom Brady about his recent stay-at-home violations. And she said it all in a letter that reads equal parts jest and Visit Tampa Bay brochure.
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor penned an eight-paragraph open letter to Tampa Bay’s newest sensations, the GOAT QB and his favorite target, Rob Gronkowski, on Friday, welcoming them to Florida’s third-largest city and cluing them in on the local scene.
After pointing out that they’ll no longer need snow boots, Castor noted that the Gasparilla Pirate Invasion and Super Bowl 55 are scheduled for back-to-back weekends next year.
“Our signature event is the Gasparilla Pirate Invasion and Parade (falls into the ‘have to see it to believe it’ category). This third largest parade in the nation is always big fun, so you must be ready to pARRGHty ... but not too hard (I’m talking to you Gronk)," Castor wrote.
She mentioned Brady’s now-famous incursion into a Tampa park closed due to the coronavirus and apologized for the “miscommunication” — a miscue that Castor mentioned a couple of times on her Facebook Live show before it became national meme fodder.
“No harm – no foul, and thanks for being a good sport,” she wrote.
She ticked off the city’s entertainment districts — Ybor City, SoHo, Armature Works and Sparkman Wharf — and threw in the obligatory nod to Cuban sandwiches and cigars — all to whet Gronk’s appetites.
She thanked Brady and his wife Gisele Bündchen for their generous donation to Feeding Tampa Bay. And she wrapped it up with a nod to the pandemic.
“Thanks again for choosing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and, in turn, our beloved city. This is a very exciting time and we look forward to welcoming you with (virtual) open arms. A proper Tampa welcome will have to wait for a while,” she wrote.
And, for a kicker, she offered a trade of sorts that was a nod to a recent notorious Brady tweet.
“P.S. – Tom, It’s Tampa Bay. You win us a Super Bowl and we’ll discuss Tampa Brady.”
Castor signed off “Mayor Jane.”