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May 2013  Newsletter
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A Special Welcome To New Members 


Kevin Farrell

2400 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


The Home Association

Kim Chavez

1203 E. 22nd Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


The Sanctuary Church of Tampa

Terrance Hyman

1725 1/2 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605



Thank You To Renewing Members


Mary Alvarez

Tampa, FL 


Betty N. Dowd

Tampa, FL  


June Fillion

Tampa, FL  


Anywhere Tours of Florida

Liz Sarver

11802 N. US 301

Thonotosassa, FL 33592



Andrew Hall

3405 W. Martin Luther King Blvd.

Tampa, FL 33607


Florida Commercial Group, LLC

Tina Marie Eloian

7211 N Dale Mabry #101

Tampa, FL 33614


Gulfeagle Supply

Jim Resch

2900 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


H&R Block Premium

Sherry Corson 

722 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Seffner, FL 33584


New World Brewery

Steve Bird

1313 E. 8th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


Roal Group, Inc.

Alyce Gross

1602 3rd Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


ScreeningONE, Inc.

Michael Byrd 

1860 N. Avenida Republica de Cuba

Tampa, FL 33605


Singing Stone Gallery & Studio

Nataly Balk

1903 N. 19th St.

Tampa, FL 33605


Woodroffe Corporation Architects

Enrique Woodroffe

5005 W Laurel Street, Suite 215

Tampa, FL 33607


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Ybor Chamber

Member Spotlight


Tampa Bay is fortunate to have twelve YMCA branches, two downtown YMCA Wellness Centers as well as YMCA Camp Cristina in Riverview. Just down the street from Ybor City is the Bob Gilbertson Central City Family YMCA Branch, providing a fully equipped Wellness Center, a group exercise room, semi-heated outdoor swimming pool, two racquetball and two regulation-size basketball courts. Central City Y Senior Group Vice President, Michael Brown, was a Chamber luncheon guest speaker last year.


In addition to wellness, the Central City Y provides a safe, nurturing environment for hundreds of our kids through their After School and Kid Zone programs; aquatics, sports teams; and martial arts programs. In addition, their Teen Achievers programs helps youth develop and realize their potential and their summer camp encourages young people to explore the great outdoors and discover who they are.


The YMCA has been a part of Tom and my lives since our kids were young in Tallahassee. Nikki and Maggie learned how to swim at the Y and summer day camp was an annual event, as well as a week at Camp Indian Springs. Our girls got to spend time with both of their "camp counselor" cousins and just have fun. And, Tom and I knew they were safe and happy. You can't ask for more than that.


- Michele Keating


Michael Brown

Bob Gilbertson Central City Family YMCA

110 E. Palm Avenue

Tampa, FL 33602



Upcoming Conventions 

Now thru May 5
Estimated Attendance: 5,000
HQ Hotel: The Westin Tampa Harbour Island


Now thru May 7  
Estimated Attendance: 1,000
HQ Hotel: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina    

Andrea Gonzmart Chair 4C

Message From The Chair


ˇHola Ybor!


What a year it has been... There has been ups, there has been downs, there has been triumphs, and of course, disappointments.  But throughout my term, the laughter and good times far outweigh it all! 


It has been quite the journey.  I have learned so much about Ybor City (which I didn't think was possible), and I also learned a lot about myself.  My life was already so intertwined with Ybor, but because of this journey, my roots have grown that much deeper.  I have a greater understanding of why my great, great-grandfather, Casimiro Hernandez, Sr. chose Ybor to call home... and why his son, my grandparents, uncles and father have always stood by her, through all of her ups and downs.  Ybor City is a part of all of us, and through that spirit, Ybor will always endure.


One of my father's favorite quotes is "None of us is as strong as all of us," from the infamous Jesuit coach, 'Wild Bill' Minahan - throughout this past year, I have grown a greater appreciation for this saying.  Having good people and an even better community behind you, makes all the difference in the world!  I would like to thank my Board of Directors, Chamber staff, countless past chairs, and my parents, Melanie and Richard Gonzmart, for helping me through  this journey and always giving me guidance and support.


I am so proud to have been given the opportunity to represent my beloved Ybor City.I look forward to the next generation of the Columbia Restaurant that will hopefully lead the chamber, following in the footsteps of the 3rd, 4th and 5thgenerations that proceed... I can only hope that one day I will be bestowed with the honor of swearing in my daughter, Amelia, as the Chairman of the Board for the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce... thinking about it gives me goose bumps! 


Thank you to all of my supporters, it's been a fabulous journey, and I look forward to the future of Ybor - because without you, it wouldn't be possible.  For the last time...


ˇViva Ybor!


- Andrea Gonzmart    

Ybor Shared And Sampled During 
Aficionado Days 
Photos Courtesy of Frederick Communications & Consulting

Chamber Happenings

May 13- 8th Annual Ybor City Chamber Golf Tournament, Mon. 11AM-  The Ybor Chamber will once again be spending a day out on the green with our member golf players in a shot gun start, four person scramble, held this year at Emerald Greens Golf Resort & Country Club. By participating in this event, you will be introducing your company to many local professionals as well as supporting the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce and its HCC Scholarship Fund.  For more details call 813.248.3712 x22  


May 14- Annual Installation Luncheon, Tues. 11:45AM- 1:15PM-  Join us Tuesday, May 14th for our Annual Installation Luncheon.  This is the one time of the year when the Chamber recognizes its own.  New Officers, including this year's Chair David Alvarez, and Directors will be sworn-in and the out-going and in-coming Chairs will speak.  This once-a-year changing of the guard has been conducted for 83 years.  The Installation is a formal sit-down affair where Past-Chairs & Presidents are recognized for their service.  Pre-register by phone with Anna Ramos by calling 813.248.3712 x22 or on-line when you receive your luncheon notices.  

Events and Announcements by Tom Favata 

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Now thru May 12- The Tampa Repertory Theatre Presents Hamlet-  Shakespeare's famed story of a prince, murder, betrayal, insanity and a slight Oedipal Complex will be played out on the Studio Theatre stage at Hillsborough Community College's Ybor Campus. www.tamparep.org

Now thru May 19- Stageworks Presents John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men- Here is your chance to see a classic Amercian masterpiece-  a tale of friendship, loyalty, love, hope and survival set during the Great Depression in the dust bowl Midwest.813.251.8984

May 3- Coyote Ugly 10th Anniversary Party-  10 years of entertaining bartenders, non-conventional drink pours and bar-top line dances have lead to this...can you say "Toga Party"! Stop in for a night of partying, give-a-ways including a Carnival Cruise get-a-way, and if that is not enough, word is there will be an open bar from 7PM to 9PM! 813.228.8459

May 4- Art On 19th Street: Meet The Artists, Sat. 10AM- 3PM-  In their continued efforts to bring art into everyone's home, Singing Stone Gallery & Studio is highlighting the works of both Candy Woolley & Dan Balk this month. 813.728.4325

May 5- Cigar City Blues Band Performs At The Ritz Ybor, Sun. 5PM- 7PM-  Les Sabler of Jazz fame throws a little twang and soul into his stylings with his new band during their Cinco de Mayo performance. 813.247.2555

May 10 & 11- WMNF 88.5FM Presents The 32nd Annual Tropical Heatwave- How does 60+ bands, 2 nights, and 10+ stages sound to you?  Join WMNF for an audiophile's dream as they celebrate music at their annual fundraiser. 

May 11- 2013 National Train Day, Sat. 10AM- 5PM- Every family has a train enthusiast, be it model train or the full sized version.  Here is a chance to show them you are thinking of them.  Visit Tampa's Union Station for a day of exhibits, telegraph demonstrations, model trains, food trucks, live music and more! www.tampaunionstation.com

May 11- Relive History Cruise Aboard The S.S. American Victory, Sat. 11AM- 4PM- Relive history with USO-style entertainment and refreshments on a cruise aboard one of only four operational merchant vessels in the U.S. This will surely be a majestic cruise! 813.228.8766

May 16- Academy Prep Center of Tampa's Annual Fund Society Mixer- Thurs. 6PM- 8PM- Join Ac
ademy Prep at the Oxford Exchange for a night benefiting their Student Scholarship Fund. Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and wine tasting. RSVP by calling 813.248.5600 x1138

May 17- The Big Hair Ball At The Ritz Ybor, Fri. 7PM- 11:30PM- "Tease, Tease, Spray" is the catch phrase being used to blow up this party and your hair! This party has it all- costume contests, cocktails, ticket give-a-ways, cult classic movies, and tribute bands that will make you feel like you are back in High School! Classes of 1980 thru 1999, you have a "Class Reunion" coming up! 813.247.2555   

The Ybor City Saturday Market wants everyone to know that summer hours go into effect this weekend.  You can catch them Saturday's from 9AM until 1PM now thru September.

Chamber members Stantec have been named "Transportation Consultant Of The Year" by the Florida Public Works Association  after receiving "Project of The Year" award in their Transportation Category. Their efforts solved the issues surrounding a Sarasota County road extension using an array of environmentally friendly concepts!  Keep up the good work!