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Bob Buckhorn makes his last stand against Gasparilla pirates

Though feeble at first, Buckhorn stood firm in his final battle with pirates as Tampa's mayor.
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn denies the pirates from Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla the key to the city during the annual pirate invasion on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 in Tampa. The event marks the annual beginning to the Gasparilla festivities.
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn denies the pirates from Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla the key to the city during the annual pirate invasion on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 in Tampa. The event marks the annual beginning to the Gasparilla festivities.
Published Jan. 22, 2019

For the last time during his City Hall tenure, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn attempted to ward off the invading pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.

Buckhorn took to twitter Tuesday morning to promise a "fight to the death" when the scallywags came to kidnap him from his office, but the buccaneers gave no quarter. The echo of distant gunfire ricocheted off downtown buildings as the Krewe descended on the mayor.

"We already have the police. We want the mayor. We demand the key," pirates shouted. "We came with beads, we're leaving with the key."

Buckhorn's fight was short lived. He said he was sleeping as he was quickly escorted to Lykes Gaslight Square Park where he made his last stand in protest as pirates continued their demands for the key to the city.

"You want me to surrender?" Buckhorn asked a gathering crowd.

"Nooooo!" they answered.

The pirates continued demanding the key, promising to return with a full invasion force.

"Hell no," Buckhorn shouted surrounded by a group of brightly colored pirates jangling with beads and necklaces.

"This is my last time. We're really gonna fight to the death this time," he said. "For once. For once, maybe we can win."

Gasparilla's Krewe promised a canon-laden and debaucherous return Saturday.

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Contact Daniel Figueroa IV at dfigueroa@tampabay.com. Follow @danuscripts.