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Friday's Axios Tampa Bay stories

Famous hotelier Ian Schrager gives Tampa the stamp of approval

The garden at Residences at Tampa EDITION. Photo courtesy of Strategic Property Partners

Ian Schrager says Tampa is having a moment.

The man behind New York's Studio 54 and the boutique hotel boom of the 1980s admits he's only visited three or four times, but tells Axios that Tampa is on the edge of greatness.

  • "I believe it's Tampa's time now. It's been coming for a while now, and I think Tampa's a great city," he said.

Where Confederate monuments remain across Florida

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Data: Southern Poverty Law Center; Note: There are some monuments with unknown dedication dates and they are not represented in the bar chart; Map: Michelle McGhee/Axios

Two of the seven Confederate statues near Tampa Bay still remain: the Stonewall Jackson Monument in Ft. Mead and a Confederate soldier statue outside a Brooksville courthouse.

When the others came down: Most Confederate monuments in Hillsborough, Manatee and Pinellas counties were removed in 2017 after white supremacists rioted in Charlottesville.

  • An exception: The Cow Cavalry Monument in Plant City was removed along with nine others around the state in 2020.