Tampa Bay Blog

Dec. 14, 2017

Tampa's Best Beaches

The sunny weather in Tampa makes it an ideal beach destination.

Whether you are in the mood for water sports with friends and family, relaxing on a peaceful quiet beach or watching the wildlife, there's sure to be something here to suit your fancy.

Just a short drive from Downtown Tampa you have plenty of incredible beaches to choose from, here are the best of the best.

1. Fred Howard Park

Located at the North End of Tamp Bay's barrier island, this popular beach and nature reserve offers playgrounds, picnic areas, and glimpses of the local wildlife like dolphins, eagles, and manatees. 


1700 Sunset Dr, Tarpon Springs, Fl 34689


2. Indian Rocks Beach

A laid-back and quiet beach perfect if you are in the mood for some peace and quiet. Visit the surf shops, do some skimboarding or when you are done strolling on the beach, have a meal at one of the many restaurants. 


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1700 Gulf Blvd, Indian Rocks Beach, Fl 33785


3. Treasure Island

A popular family friendly beach with plenty of fun activities and wide stretches of beaches. Visit the souvenir shops, fly kites or have a cocktail at one of the restaurants or bars.

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10400 Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island, Fl 33706


4. St. Pete Beach

There is something for everyone at this quaint beach with its eclectic shops and vintage theatre. In 2012 it was voted the best beach destination in the U.S by TripAdvisor.


4700 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, Fl 33706


5. Fort De Soto Park

You can find a little bit of everything here. Perfect for the whole family. Choose from activities like visiting the military fort-turned-museum, fishing, renting bikes, kayaking or camping.

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3500 Pinellas BaywayS, Tierra Verde, Fl 33715


6. Caladesi Island State Park 

A secluded Pristine beach with a calm atmosphere that is perfect for relaxing in the sun, collecting seashells and watching the view. Known as one of the country's most beautiful beaches, this beauty can only be reached by boat.

1 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin, Fl 34698


7. Sand Key Park

A family friendly beach and a park combo, this spot has a playground, dog park, kayak rentals and if the time is right you might spot a few sea turtles on the beach. Voted "Best Beach Town In Florida" in 2013 by USA Today.

1060 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater, Fl 33767


8. Clearwater Beach

Situated on a barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico this white sandy beach stretches 2.5 miles and has a full marina. You have a choice of activities like boat tours, jet skiing, parasailing, miniature golf, fishing charters and pirate ship cruises.

10 Pier 60 Dr, Clearwater Beach, Fl 33767


9. Honeymoon Island State Park

A lively and popular park where you can enjoy the undeveloped beaches, watch the seabirds from the deck or learn more about the fauna and flora at the nature center.

1 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin, Fl 34698


10. Ben T. Davis Beach

A narrow stretch of shoreline with calm waters and white sandy beaches that are perfect for picnics, a game of volleyball or watching the sunset.

7740 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, FL 33607


Check out some amazing homes for sale in Downtown Tampa: www.DowntownTampaCondoSales.com

Posted in beaches,tampabay
Dec. 12, 2017

Heights Public Market Gets a Makeover by Famous Mural Artist

Beau Stanton is known for his creative Murals, large-scale installations, mosaics, and multimedia animations. This multi-disciplinary artist will be unleashing his creative talents on the walls of the soon to open Heights Public Market in Armature Works facilitated by CASS Contemporary.

Here is a five-story mural he recently completed in Nashville to raise awareness of the importance of Nashville's waterways:

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He started his painting process of the mural on December 8, 2017, and will be inspired by the 100-year-old historic structure it will be embellishing. Armature Works has been reinvented as a premier community destination thanks to its array of eateries, the Heights Public Market, event spaces and its exclusive co-working space. The building dates back to 1910 where it was once a storage and maintenance facility for TECO streetcars and was an integral part of the development of Tampa.

Photo courtesy of ArmatureWorks.com

Originally from California, Stanton studied Illustration at Laguna College of Art and Design. After graduating in2008 he moved to New York and now resides in Red Hook, Brooklyn where he is inspired by the local nautical history of the area. His work has been featured in 12th Century Crypt, on the Berlin Wall, a Fiat 500 and in galleries all over the globe.

Portrait by Ian Maddox

The Co-owner of Armature Works, Taryn Bruck, said that the mural will cater to the masses and will represent the building's rich history and the neighborhood of Tampa Heights. She added that the reason they chose Beau for the job was that they were attracted to his use of eye-popping color, his element of surprise, and his international influences.

The mural will be revealed to the public as soon as Armature Works opens its doors. When that will be is yet to be announced. 

For updates, you can keep an eye on the Instagram Page.

Check out some amazing homes for sale in Tampa Heights: www.SellingTheHeights.com


Posted in Florida
Aug. 14, 2017

Once a Homeless Teen Mother in Tampa

If this story doesn't inspire you this morning you may need to go to the doctor's for a check up lol.  As I was surfing the web for a feel good story to share with you all I came across this article about a homeless teen and her journey right here in Tampa over 45 years ago.  Read all about her amazing journey and what her journey is still doing for our community today:


June 30, 2017

Going out to eat this weekend try something New!!

Here's a list of restaurants around Tampa Bay with Awesome Sandwiches :) Featured on TampaBayisAwesome.com

Such as this sandwich pictured here called the...


8 Awesome Tampa Bay Sandwiches

June 29, 2017

I have a simple question to ask you???

Everyday try your best to do something for someone else.  All day were doing things or thinking of doing things for ourselves to better our own future which is not wrong but the bible says "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 20:35  If we spread joy and happiness to others especially a complete stranger they will no longer feel like a stranger.  Lets breakdown these walls of fear in our communities by asking ourselves the simple question MLK Jr asked: "What are you doing for others?"

June 28, 2017

July 4th Pet Safety Tips :)

June 26, 2017

Tampa Bay Summer Concert Series!

Rock The Yacht Summer Concert Series

The first voyage of the Summer for the Rock the Yacht concert series set sail out of Channelside on Saturday night from 10 pm till 1230 pm w/ the Reggae band IMPULSE!!  Bringing the sounds and flavors of the Caribbean Islands to Tampa Bay it was an amazing experience we danced the night away:)  Click on the Rock the Yacht Summer Concert Series link above to check out the Starship Yacht website to see all the performances throughout the Summer the next one is July 1st which will be a DJ Dance Party w/ DJ FRESH!


June 21, 2017

21 Awesome Things About Downtown Tampa

Downtown Tampa has quickly been shocked back to life over the past year or two!  From the construction of the Riverwalk around the waterfront of the city which is continuing to grow up the Hillsborough river.  Curtis Hixon Park is a prime venue for concerts, festivals, yoga, dog park or a family/friends picnic.  Take a dinner Cruise or party the night away on the Star Ship Yacht!!  Downtown public transportation options have grown from the Street Car Trolley to the Street Car looking Pirate Water Taxi service there's now multiply ways to get around the city and see it from different view points by land and sea:)  To more hotels, restaurants, and businesses coming back to downtown it's hard to keep up with all the action.  For all the details on the downtown development Check out TampaBayisAwesome.com

Here's a link to a feature page from TampaBayisAwesome.com called:

21 Awesome Things About Downtown Tampa

We truly have a Beautiful City!! Tampa Bay is Awesome will help you become more active in your community :)

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June 20, 2017

Kupcake Kidz

Today a young entrepreneur by the name of Noah came into my office with cupcakes for sale.  He asked "would you guys like to buy a cupcake they are homemade by me, my sister, my brother and my Mom we're starting a baking business called the Kupcake Kidz."  Their goal is to save the money to one day open a family cupcake shop.  At his age I was running in the yard with no direction in mind LOL so you could only imagine how amazed I was by his passion for starting this business and most importantly the cupcakes were delicious!!  I told him I'd do whatever I could to help promote the family business on my social media sites so check out the Kupcake Kidz they started this page on Facebook providing contact information w/ more to come as they have recently relocated to the Brandon Florida area.  If your looking to order some cupcakes give them a call and help support there dream :)  




March 7, 2017

Scam alert: Fake Realtor board targets Fla. members

The "Florida Board of Realtors"SCAM LETTER does not exist, but Florida Realtors members have been receiving a "Final Notice" bill from them in the mail, saying their real estate licenses are in jeopardy. Complaints have come into Florida Realtors from all parts of the state.

"It's a scam," says Margy Grant, general counsel for Florida Realtors. "And it's not a simple scam. High-tech criminals put a great deal of work and planning into this."

The form comes with a threat: "Failure to respond with your 2017 Agent Board Listing may lead to closure of board listing. Response required to be included in the Agency listing."

The scam came to light over the past two days when agents, brokers and association executives started calling Florida Realtors. Many submitted copies of a letter that appears legitimate. The "Make check payable to:" address appears to be a post office in Deerfield Beach, Fla.

The letter also includes a website, www.floridaboardofrealtors.org. The website not only appears legitimate, it's very professional. However, most of the links don't work. Blogs in their "archive" appear to stretch back a few years, for example, but no content comes up when you click. The same is true for many other links.

"For now, members should ignore these demand letters, and we ask brokers and agents to spread this message to everyone working in the Florida real estate industry," says Grant. "Florida Realtors is still investigating and in contact with Florida authorities. It's now also in front of the Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Economic Crimes section in Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's office.

"Be vigilant. Be safe. And tell everyone you know," says Grant. "Criminals created a truly impressive fake website, sent a complex fake letter and successfully alarmed Realtors across the state."

We've posted this information on the My Florida Regional MLS Facebook page and encourage you to share this information with your Realtor® colleagues. Click here to share the post.