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Things to do this weekend in Tampa Bay

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πŸ› Museum pro tips: A Bank of America card gets you free entry to participating museums around Tampa Bay and the U.S. the first weekend of each month β€” AKA this weekend.

State dessert poll: Key lime takes the cake

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The results are in.

State of pie: Despite the ongoing efforts of Rep. Lawrence McClure (R-Dover) and Sen. Danny Burgess (R- Zephyrhills) to make strawberry shortcake Florida's official state dessert, our reader poll showed an overwhelming preference for our current sugary state symbol.

Moving scams aplenty in Tampa Bay

Illustration of a hand putting a message into a complaint box that has a swearing emoji on the front.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

People moving to the Sunshine State are getting their first lessons about Florida scammers the hard way.

Why it matters: Complaints to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services about moving companies are on track to double from last year, WFTS reports.

  • Nearly 1,200 people reported moving company problems between January and early November.
Yacob Reyes
Dec 2, 2021

NFL suspends Antonio Brown, 2 others for misrepresenting COVID vaccination status

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Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown. Photo: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The National Football League (NFL) on Thursday suspended three players β€”Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown and safety Mike Edwards as well as former wide receiver John Franklin III β€” for violating COVID-related protocols.

Why it matters: The suspensions come after the NFL reviewed allegations that the players "misrepresented their vaccination status," and ultimately concluded that all three violated league protocols.

Ben Montgomery
Dec 2, 2021 - News

Twitter rants help scientists study red tide

Scientists studying the twitter logo on a blue background.
Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

It's no shocker that we turn to Twitter to complain about the effects of red tide: things like itchy eyes, coughing and dead fish.

Tampa Bay's overheated housing market

Illustration of a for sale sign held up by a thermometer.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

It's only going to get more difficult and expensive to buy a house in Tampa Bay.

What's happening: Tampa had the second-highest national home price increase for a metro market in September 2021 with a 27.7% increase, per the Associated Press, behind only Phoenix.

Babushka's to open new location on Dec. 15

The former home of Boca on W Platt Ave. in Tampa, which will soon house a new location of Russian restaurant Babushka's.
The former home of Boca on W Platt Ave. in Tampa. Photo: Ben Montgomery/Axios

Bring on the borscht.

What's happening: Babushka's, a traditional Russian restaurant that launched in a Temple Terrace strip mall in 2018, is set to open a new site on Dec. 15 in a prime South Tampa location, 901 W Platt Street.

  • The building formerly housed popular brunch spot Boca, which closed in 2020.
Ben Montgomery
Dec 1, 2021 - Sports

What the Wander Franco deal really means

Rays fans celebrate at Fenway Park in Boston during Game 3 of the ALDS as Wander Franco celebrates a home run.
Check out the Rays fans at Fenway Park in Boston during Game 3 of the ALDS as Wander Franco celebrates a home run. Photo: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

When the Rays give an enormous contract to a 20-year-old rookie who has played just 70 major league games, what they are really doing is investing in fans in a place where team loyalty is fragile as a snowflake.