Welcome back, Tampa! Let’s get you all caught up to start this Thursday, May 19 off on an informed note. Here’s everything going on today in Tampa.
First, today’s weather:
Mostly sunny and humid. High: 89 Low: 75.
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Here are the top five stories in Tampa today:
1. The former senior legislative aide to Tampa City Councilman Orlando Gudes has filed a lawsuit accusing him of “egregious acts of sexual harassment and mental abuse” directed toward her, her underage daughter and college-age interns who worked in Gudes’ office. Orlando Gudes’ former aide reached a $200,000 settlement with the city and received an apology from Mayor Jane Castor. (Free: Tampa Patch, Subscription: Tampa Bay Times)
2. Chicago-founded, modern Southeast Asian restaurant, sunda New Asian is coming to Midtown Tampa, according to Bromley Companies. It joins a growing number of dining options at the massive $1 billion mixed-used development. (That’s So Tampa)
3. Food pop up Good Fortune Baby‘s Instagram recently announced its pop-up schedule for the next few weeks, which include May 27 at Cafe Hey for the “Bloom on Franklin” market, as well as on June 4 at Crowbar for Emo Night Tampa’s anniversary show. (Creative Loafing Tampa)
4. Hillsborough County has millions of dollars to use for affordable housingg, but leaders cannot agree on how to use the money. The money is left over from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and money from the federal government provided for state and local governments in response to COVID-19’s impact. (WTSP)
5. Tampa Bay United soccer club’s under-14 ECNL boys team has qualified for the Elite Clubs National League Playoffs in San Diego, California, happening in June. The ECNL is one of the top youth soccer leagues in the United States. (Tampa Patch)
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Today in Tampa:
- South Shore Readers Book Club at Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative. (2 pm)
- Art On The House at Tampa Museum of Art. (5 pm)
- Bar Method Class At Armature Works (6:30 pm)
- Margarita Wars at Tampa River Center At Julian B Lane Park. (6 pm)
- Downtown Tampa Food Truck Rally at Grand Central At Kennedy. (6 pm)
From my notebook:
- enjoy an evening of Networking & Recognition at Tampa River Center on Friday, May 20. The event will be hosted by Veronica Alfaro of the WEDU Be More Inspired broadcast. †Twitter†
- Some Tampa Bay educators say swelling class sizes and increasing workload are causing strain† (WUSF)
- the Florida ACLU is calling for the Tampa City Council to let voters decide if the police Citizen’s Review Board (CRB) should have an independent attorney and subpoena power. (Creative Loafing Tampa)
- Shumaker Associate Sean Bevil has been President of the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s (HCBA) Young Lawyers Division (YLD) electedwhere he will be sworn in June 2, beginning his a one-year term before becoming president in 2023. (Tampa Bay Newswire)
- Tampa Bay was just ranked as the 3rd best summer travel destination for 2022 by WalletHub. †Twitter†
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You’re all caught up for today! See you all tomorrow morning for another update.
† Carlos Hernandez
About me: Hello my name is Carlos Hernandez and I am a food writer with over 10 years of experience in the industry. I write the food blog Carlos Eats (http://www.carloseats.com) and also contribute to several newspapers and magazines with food-related blogs and articles.
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