Plus, USF announces $1 million in scholarships.
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Stewie thinks Tampa is the most dog friendly city there is. | Photo from @acutienamedstewie
Tampa and St. Pete rank No. 2 and 3 respectively in WalletHub’s Most Pet-Friendly Cities list, and we can see why.

Whether you’re in need of a drinking paw-tner at a local brewery, dining out, or hitting the beach, here’s a guide to dog-friendly spots around the 813 + 727. Pro tip: You can use BringFido to find more pup-permitted restaurants, pet-friendly hotels, and events, too.


  • Two Shepherds Taproom, 4813 N. Grady Ave., Tampa | For the free-spirited pup, consider this 21+ indoor-outdoor dog park + taproom where your off-leash lads and ladies can freely roam and mingle.
  • Mutts & Martinis, 2900 Central Ave., St. Petersburg | Catch a game inside before heading out to give Fido some playtime in the pool. Pro tip: Play sessions are divided between big and small dogs, so the little ones can enjoy themselves too.


  • Sparkman Wharf, 615 Channelside Dr., Tampa | If you’re craving something savory, sweet, or spiked, you can camp out by the water with a bite from one of many offerings with your furry friend.
  • Red Mesa Mercado, 1100 1st Ave. N., St. Petersburg | Nothing hits quite like a laid-back Taco Tuesday. Hit up Red Mesa’s walk-up window with your pet and chill out at a courtyard picnic table with an icy soda.

Kevin the Corgi recommends chilling on the patio at Sparkman Wharf | Photo by @corgi.named.kevin

Dog beaches

It’s important to note that city beaches, in particular, are not dog-friendly unless otherwise noted. The following are dog-friendly beaches + parks. Read more from the Barks & Recreation department; yes, that’s real.
  • Davis Island Dog Beach, 864 Severn Ave., Tampa | This dog beach is conveniently located right next to a boat ramp + offers a long stretch of off-leash sand. Heads up: It’s fully fenced.
  • Picnic Island Beach Dog Park, 7409 Picnic Island Blvd., Tampa | Let your pups race along the beach while you take in the sunset over the Gandy Bridge.

City Guides are presented by Water Street Tampa.
What’s the most popular dog breed in the US?

A. Standard poodle
B. French bulldog
C. German shepherd
D. Labrador retriever
Tuesday, April 2
  • Armature Works Book Club: “The Fury” | Tuesday, April 2 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 1910 N. Ola Ave., Tampa | $34 | Enjoy light bites and wine alongside a discussion of the 2024 thriller by Alex Michaelides.
  • Rays vs. Rangers | Tuesday, April 2 + Wednesday, April 3 | Times vary | Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Dr., St. Petersburg | $10+ | Cheer on the boys in the Burg as the 2023 World Champions come to town.
Wednesday, April 3
  • Movie on the Lawn: “Barbie” | Wednesday, April 3 | 7:30 p.m. | Armature Works, 1910 N. Ola Ave., Tampa | $0-$40 | Get ready for neon, roller skates, and beach with this outdoor showing of Greta Gerwig’s instant classic.
Thursday, April 4
  • Acrylic Paint Pouring Workshop | Thursday, April 4 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Beach House 5317, 2135 3rd Ave. S., St. Petersburg | $71 | Discover the masterful techniques behind acrylic paint, and you’ll end up with three new pieces of your own.
  • Astronomy: Solar Eclipse | Thursday, April 4 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Maureen B. Gauzza Public Library, 11211 Countryway Blvd., Tampa | Free | Learn about the upcoming eclipse + how to view it safely from local astronomer Craig MacDougal.
  • Comedy Night | Thursday, April 4 | 8 p.m. | St. Pete Brewing Co., 544 1st Ave. N., St. Petersburg | $8-$12 | Prepare for laughs + brews at the weekly event which brings together some of the Sunshine State’s best comedians.
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News Notes
  • Two University of Tampa students are heading to the 2024 US Olympic Trials. Jacob Hamlin and Parker Knollman will be at the swim trials later this year after helping UT to its Division Two National Championship Victory. The pair are vying for a spot on the plane to Paris. (That’s So Tampa)
  • 8.3 million. That’s roughly how many vacant sqft of office space the Tampa area had at the end of 2023. The I-75 corridor and mid-Pinellas County both had vacancy rates just under 30%. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)
Real Estate
  • Indian Rocks Beach is getting some luxury condos. The Sai Ocean Front complex will be built at 404 Gulf Blvd., and is owned by Dr. Kiran Patel. The eight units range from three to five bedrooms in size, and prices start at $6 million. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)
  • The University of South Florida is giving away $1 million in scholarships. USF says the money will go to students at the St. Pete campus, and there will be a preference given to working single parents. (St. Pete Catalyst)
  • The annual French Fry Festival is on its way back to St. Pete. The event takes place Saturday, April 20 at Albert Whitted Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., where 20+ food trucks have already signed up. It’s free to attend, and your dog is welcome too. (I Love the Burg)
  • No. 1. That’s where St. Pete recently ranked among best cities in Florida for positive work-life balance and mental wellbeing. Coworking Cafe’s list used metrics like work hours, commute times, and green spaces to the findings. The Burg ranked No. 25 in the nation. (St. Pete Catalyst)
Coming Soon
  • Armature Works is gearing up to host a dance battle event this weekend. Red Bull Dance Your Style takes place Saturday, April 6 + features head-to-head dance contests between regional dancers, with 16 people trying to land a spot in Atlanta’s National Final. Get $5 tickets. (That’s So Tampa)
  • What will it take for a deep run in the NHL Playoffs? Get game coverage, analysis, insights, interviews and more from local experts of the Tampa Bay Lightning with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
    🛴 It’s wheely simple
    Three eScooters are parked in downtown Tampa. There are cars riding next to them and tall buildings in the background. The scooters are orange with black handles.
    The Big Guava is laying down the law. | Photo via City of Tampa
    This week, the City of Tampa introduced new rules for e-bikes and e-scooters. To help you stay safe — and out of trouble — we rounded up the info you need:
    • To avoid a fine, e-vehicles must be parked in approved docking stations — here’s a map of corrals, racks, and charging stations. A fine of up to $5 is waiting for those who transgress.
    • Good Samaritans who return misplaced e-vehicles to an approved docking station will receive up to $2.50 as a reward.
    To help clear up sidewalk space and increase safety, the e-vehicles may not be ridden in the following parts of Tampa:
    • The Tampa Riverwalk
    • Bayshore Boulevard
    • 7th Avenue in Ybor City
    • Hyde Park Village
    • Armature Works
    Remember to follow traffic laws, yield to pedestrians, and avoid operating an e-vehicle under the influence.
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    But wait, there’s more. If you haven’t had enough dog-lovin’ fun yet, SPCA Tampa Bay is hosting two pet costume contests in Pinellas County this Saturday, April 6 — one at North Straub Park and the other at Largo Central Park. Get more sign up info.
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