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February  2012 Mid-Month Newsletter                                             Visit Ybor.org

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March 2012 Ybor Chamber Membership LuncheonTues., March 13th 11:45AM to 1PM

Speakers From
The CAMLS Center

Dr. Deborah Sulivan CAMLS
Deborah Sutherland, PhD
Dr. Haubner CAMLS
Laura Haubner, MD

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Chamber Happenings 

A Special Thanks For Joining To


Brian Hughes

AAA Security Protection, Inc.

1448 Oakfield Dr.

Brandon, FL 33511


Shere Schiller

Gaspar's Grotto

1805 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33505


Aviva Bowman

Taco Bus

5701 E. Hillsborough Ave.

Tampa, FL 33610


Robert Pierson

Turley Roofing

1228 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Tina Scanio

Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc.

2502 North Rocky Point, Suite 400

Tampa, FL 33625 


A Note Of Appreciation To Renewed Members


Violeta S. Murgado-Lombardia

Tampa, FL 33607


David Anton

Anton Legal Group

1509 E. 9th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


Tom Brice

Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT

5010 West Kennedy Blvd.

Tampa, FL 33609 


Elliott Wheeler

Elliott Wheeler Architect

3419 S. Drexel Avenue

Tampa, FL 33629


Sherry Corson 

H&R Block Premium

1416-2 West Kennedy Blvd.

Tampa, FL 33606


Jason K. Woody

Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research, Inc

1410 N. 21st Street

Tampa, FL 33605


Lorraine Langlois

Metro Wellness & Community Centers

1315 E. 7th Ave., Suite 201

Tampa, FL 33605


Chris Whitaker

Prana Ybor's Premier Nite Spot  1619 East 7th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605  


Tom & Vilma Sabella

Sabella Tours

3017 W. Patterson St.

Tampa, FL 33614


C.J. Roberts

Tampa Bay History Center, Inc.

801 Old Water Street

Tampa, FL 33602


Jay Eckert

Tampa Bay Rowdies

5201 W. Kennedy , Suite 200

Tampa, FL 33609


Frank F. Fernandez, III

The Fernandez Firm

1922 East 4th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Jerry Perry 

The Perry Company

1814 N. 15th Street

Tampa, FL 33605


Darrell Wallace

Wallace & Son Printing Co.

1618 2nd Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605



Click on a highlighted company name to learn more about your fellow  members.


Ybor Chamber  

Member Spotlight


Did you know that the Ybor City Museum Society (Society) was the first of more than 80 Citizen Support Organization for Florida's state parks? Established in 1982, they will be celebrating their 30th Anniversary on July 15, 2012, with year long activities.


The Society's mission is to preserve, promote and celebrate the unique cultural heritage of Ybor City and supports the Ybor City Museum State Park (park) by creating exhibits, programming, educational tours, and cultural and historical resources.


Open daily from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, the park consists of a main exhibit space, housed in the historic Ferlita Bakery building, as well as a beautiful Mediterranean-style garden and a restored cigar worker's casita. The park provides both guided tours of the museum, as well as walking tours of the Historic District.


The Society is the Chamber's next door neighbor. Executive Director, Chantal Hevia and her staff, Elizabeth McCoy, Brian Jeffers and Gina Bowen, are great to work with. Like the Chamber, the Society is known for its annual events promoting the best of Ybor - the Ybor City Heritage & Cigar Festival and the Legacy Awards. They also produce unique events throughout the year, such as the March 1, 2012, Buildings Alive: Architecture Hop.


In addition to the historical and cultural focus of the Society, they also run the Ybor City Museum Store, located next to the state park. You can always find Cookie, Carl or Rosemary behind the counter, eager to help you find just the right Ybor  gift.


Next time you have guests in from out-of-town, make sure and bring them to the park for a glimpse into Ybor City's past.


- Michele Keating 


Chantal Hevia, Executive Director

Ybor City Museum Society 

2009 N. 18th Street

Tampa, FL 33605



Tom Keating Head Shot

President's Message


Hola -


Sunday's Tampa Tribune Metro Section headline read "65th Fiesta Day - Festival pays tribute to Ybor's Latin roots." I am very proud of what Kris Fernandez, our Chair in 1996-97, said Saturday, "This is the best Fiesta Day in years."


"It takes a village" to pull-off a street-event this good. We had over 70 exhibitors, the majority of which were Chamber members. The Main Stage featured three Latin acts all of which have their origin in the Bay Area. The star of the show was Millie Puente - she had people dancing in the streets to her enthusiastic vocals and the rhythms of her Uncle Tito's timbales.


Let's not forget the talented students from our "arts-magnet schools" that performed on the Centro Ybor Youth Stage. Fiesta Day may be the first opportunity for them to perform in public. And, that's how young performers get inspired to practice and grow.


All of Ybor City's historic social clubs participated: Centro Asturiano, Marti-Maceo, L'Unione Italiana and Circulo Cubano through their Krewe of Mambi. In addition, we also had the Ybor City Museum Society out promoting their upcoming Buildings Alive: An Architectural Hop through Ybor City.


We had great support from the City of Tampa and YCDC, but it wasn't just logistical or financial. Mayor Buckhorn and his Chief of Staff, Santiago Corrada, were out on La Setima meeting and greeting guests. And, Councilman Mike Suarez brought three generations of his family to enjoy the day.


We were blessed to have "Chamber of Commerce weather," the leadership of our Fiesta Day Committee, the participation of the majority of our "hands-on" Board of Directors and the dedicated service of Chamber staff from both Member Services and the Visitor Information Center.


From what I heard, our top sponsors Florida Blue, BB&T and Centro Ybor were all very pleased with the wonderful turn-out. And, I have to give our Media Sponsors: Bright House Networks, CBS Radio and the Tampa Bay Times credit for their excellent promotion.


Ciao, Tom Keating

Fiesta Day Delights Scores of Visitors


The Nathan Herrera Trio started this year's Fiesta Day with a Flamenco style kick.
2012 Fiesta Day Image 2
The Millie Puente Band closed the day by reminding visitors to "Celebrate Good Times." 
Chamber Happenings 


March 13- Ybor Chamber Membership Luncheon, Tues.11:45AM- 1PM- Get insight into what it takes to build a one-of-a-kind medical simulation and research facility from the heads of USF Health's new Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS). The luncheon is sponsored by Tricycle Studios. 813.248.3712 x 22   


March 22- PM Networking Event, Thurs. 5:30PM- 7:30PM-  While the weather still meets "Chamber of Commerce" standards, the chamber would like to invite members to a PM Networking Event in the Ybor City Museum State Park garden. Come out and get acquainted with this unique museum & park in our National Historic Landmark District. 813.248.3712 x25

Events and Announcements by Tom Favata
Click on the highlighted event name for more information. 


February 28- TMD Windows & Doors Ribbon Cutting, 2:30PM- 5PM- Join Mayor Bob Buckhorn for a ribbon cutting of the new tenants of the Ferlita Macaroni Co. factory building. RSVP by emailing annec@moldingdepot.com

March 1- Buildings Alive!: Ybor City Architecture Hop, Thurs. 5PM- 9PM- The Ybor City Museum Society will help you get a glimpse into some of Ybor City's historic buildings and how they came to be. For the price of admission you will get to ride trolleys to food, drinks, prizes and a unique scavenger hunt. 813.247.1434

March 1- Visions & Journeys: Opening Reception, Thurs.  5:30PM- 8PM- Join the two artists of HCC's Ybor newest gallery exhibition for a reception and Q & A. If you can't make the opening reception be sure to swing by the gallery through March 29th. 813.253.7674

March 1- HCC Ybor Campus President's Advisory Council Meeting, Thurs. 4:30PM- 7PM- The next meeting of the President's Advisory Council will showcase renovations to the campus over the past year, as well as highlights of upcoming campus and community events. 813.253.7754

March 1- Jeff Ross Roasts America, Thurs. 7:30PM- Join Comedy Central's Roast-Master or Master-Of- Roasting for a night of laughs at The Straz Center. You know him. He is the guy that showed up to David Hasselhoff's Roast in a Speedo. 813.229.7827

March 3- Ybor Lions Club Glaucoma Screening, Sat. 10AM- 2PM- Join the Ybor Lions Club at the Ybor Saturday Fresh Market and get your vision checked. 813.933.1869

March 3- Beerfest 2012, Sat. 2PM- 6PM- Come on down for the Florida Brewers Guild's annual sampling of craft brews from around the state.  Get your tickets by going to www.floridabrwersguild.org

March 6- The Historical Monument Trail Inaugural Honorees, Tues. 3PM- Join the Friends of the Riverwalk and Mayor Buckhorn for the formal announcement of a program that will celebrate our community's heritage at the Tampa Riverwalk near the Tampa Bay History Center. 813.731.4508

March 9- 6th Annual Andrea's Sip for Life, Fri. 7PM-10PM- Help the fight to find a cure for Adolescent Young Adult Sarcoma during a night of wine sampling. The proceeds from the event will benefit research being done at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute. 813.248.3000 x24

March 23 thru 25- The American Pin-Up Burlesque Fest- If you are into burlesque, tattoos, pin-ups, rockabilly, and sweet rides plan to visit the Cuban Club for Tampa Based Pin-Up America's first annual event. Meet vendors models performers and fellow fans.   info@pinupamerica.com

March 24- American Victory Ship: Relive History Cruise, Sat. 10AM- 4PM- See the American Victory Ship come alive as she lived during the WWII era. Experience WWII airplane flyovers and reenactment performers, and the rest of the pleasantries that make a party a party. Experience a unique ride. Get your tickets before space runs out. 813.228.8766

March 29 thru April 1- 15th Annual Festa Italiana- The Italian Club of Ybor City is ready to kick off another great year of Festa activities beginning with Wines of Italy (Thurs. 3/29); Bocce Ball Invitational, Italian Idol Competition, and Cinema Italiano (Sat. 3/31); and the main activities of Festa Italiana including cooking demos., children's activities, and performances by Matt Morgan, The Fabulous Rockers, the Russo Brothers and of course, many food vendors(Sun. 4/1). www.festaitalianatampa.com


A Flan-Tabulous Time-  Flan Fest had another great year. Congratulations to Fiesta Day's neighbors to the North for a great ninth year. 813.241.2442

And Award Goes To-  The GaYbor District Coalition received the "Equality Means Business Award' from Equality Florida for advancing diversity, inclusion, prosperity and equality. Congratulations on the recognition. 813.247.6233