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82° | Partly cloudy | 10% chance of rain | Sunrise: 6:55 a.m. | Set: 5:36 p.m. | Tides | Old Tampa Bay | High: 7:08 a.m. + 11:04 p.m. | Low: 3:30 p.m. | Clearwater Beach | High: 6:28 p.m. | Low: 11:52 a.m.

 
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Publix has a heart for the Florida community, supporting organizations that focus on youth, education, reducing hunger, and alleviating homelessness. | Photo via Pexels
We’re back for a second round, TBAY.

Just in time for the season of giving, we’re once again partnering with Publix on our second Publix Giveback Giveaway to award a free TBAYtoday advertising package to the two lucky local nonprofits that are most-nominated by our readers (aka you).

Prizes total nearly $6,200 in value, and will be used to help nonprofits spread the word about their mission and impact on Tampa.

There’s no easier way to give this holiday season than to nominate a local organization that works hard for our community.

How to nominate a nonprofit:
  1. Open our nomination form.
  2. Enter your name, email address, the name of the Hillsborough or Pinellas County nonprofit or charity you’re nominating, and why you believe they should be selected to win. Please use the full proper name of the organization (think: Use “Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay,” — not “Boys & Girls Club” or “BGCA”).
  3. To go the extra mile, share our giveaway on Instagram or Facebook and tag the local organization you’re supporting so they help spread the word, too.
  4. The two organizations with the most nominations will win the two prizes.
Enter now through Friday, Dec. 1, 11:59 p.m. (one entry per person allowed).

New to TBAYtoday? Subscribe to our newsletter to learn which organizations will take home the prizes in an announcement on Wednesday, Dec. 6.
 
 
Events
 
Monday, Nov. 20
Tuesday, Nov. 21
  • Cirque Dreams Holidaze | Tuesday, Nov. 21 | 7:30 p.m. | Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg | $40+ | Bring the family to enjoy this annual holiday spectacular.
  • Acts of Faith | Tuesday, Nov. 21-Sunday, Dec. 17 | Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg | $0-$52 | This witty + subversive play tells the story of a young woman mistaken for a prophet.
Wednesday, Nov. 22
  • Peppa Pig’s Sing-Along Party | Wednesday, Nov. 22 | 6 p.m. | Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg | $34-$56 | Sing, dance, and clap along as Peppa and the gang go through musical favorites.
  • Tampa News Force Live | Wednesday, Nov. 22 | 8 p.m. | Tampa Fringe Theatre, 1624 E. Seventh Ave. #228, Tampa | $5 | The monthly comedy show brings together founding member Josh Santos and special guests.
Click here to have your event featured.
 
News Notes
 
Development
  • You could soon be crossing Old Tampa Bay on light rail. The $865.3 million Howard Frankland Bridge replacement will have a section designated to rail. Officials expect the work to be complete in about a year’s time. (St. Pete Catalyst)
Number
  • ~$1.1 billion. That’s how much revenue was generated by Pinellas County hotels in FY23, according to Visit St. Pete/Clearwater. The report logged almost six million hotel room occupancies during that time. (I Love The Burg)
Announced
  • Raymond James Stadium has been nominated for Pollstar’s Stadium of the Year 2024. Ray Jay faces competition from the likes of Fenway Park in Boston and Inglewood’s SoFi Stadium. The 35th annual awards are on Wednesday, Feb. 7.
Closing
  • Three Tampa area Wendy’s locations are closed. The Starboard Group shut down spots in Seminole Heights, Carrollwood, and New Tampa as they face a bankruptcy-enforced restructuring. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)
Biz
  • Construction continues on the Pendry Residences Tampa, but officials have already announced over $230 million in condo sales. Those who have bought face a wait, as the building is not set to open until 2026. (That’s So Tampa)
Community
  • Two restaurants in Tampa have been named among OpenTable’s top 100 restaurants in the country. Lilac and Bern’s Steakhouse made the list which was compiled using over 12 million user reviews.
Correction
  • We were a bit busy lacing up our sneakers for all the fantastic turkey trot options this year, and said that Thanksgiving is on Thursday, Nov. 24. Turkey Day is actually on Thursday, Nov. 23.
Travel
  • Did you know? Greenville, SC is a pet-friendly haven for travelers. Plan the paw-fect trip with these dog-friendly experiences.*
 
 
Holiday
 
🙌 We’re grateful for TBAY events
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It’s time to show thanks, TBAY. | Photo by Karolina Grabowska via Pexels
Grab the stuffing, Turkey Day is almost here. Here are a few ways to celebrate Thanksgiving in the Tampa Bay area:
We also rounded up some of the turkey trots going on this week. Have fun out there, TBAY.
 
The Buy
 
A Black Friday deal on the ultimate gift: A Bwine F7 GPS Camera Drone. They’ll have fun flying it and capturing incredible footage. Get it for $529.99 $370.99.
 
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The Wrap
 
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From the editor
Happy Thanksgiving week, TBAY. I know we’re not supposed to have favorites, but this holiday is definitely the one I enjoy most. It’s a chance to surround yourself with the people that matter, one of life’s most precious gifts. So eat too much, laugh too loud, tell the same stories as last year, and let people know that you love them.
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