Overheard in Tampa Bay: TBGLCC is ‘mixing’ it up

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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New band forming for Tampa Pride
If you plan an instrument or have ever twirled a flag or a rifle, you have a chance to be part of the brand new Tampa Bay Pride Band. The new organization, led by John Davis, David Rosa and Nancy Corporon, are looking for charter members to join Tampa Bay Pride Band. The new group rehearses every Monday at 7:15 p.m. in Ybor City. The group plans to debut at Tampa Bay Pride on Saturday, March 28. If you can’t play an instrument and don’t want to twirl, your services could also be utilized in the form of a social media leader. For details and more information on rehearsals, email TampaBayPrideBand1@gmail.com.

Flamingo’s new head bird
The Flamingo Resort has undergone some renovations to its rooms, and now it has shaken up its hotel staff. The hotel welcomed new manager Robert Bowden at the beginning of January, and the new man in charge has some plans for the popular resort. Expect some new headlining, out-of-town entertainers in the coming months and more themed weekends, he told GSHRadio.com during a recent show. You can also expect a few other improvements, like a larger dinner menu at the resort’s restaurant and expanded hours to feed those after hours crowds. For more information, visit FlamingoFla.com.

Skyline Fifth set to expand
Expect some major construction to invade the parking lot across from Georgie’s Alibi this summer. It looks like Atlis Cardinal, a Miami real estate company, is about to renovate the large, white towers across the street from the popular bar and Metro Wellness. According to an article in the Tampa Bay Times, the large, vacant towers will soon be part of an expanded Skyline Fifth complex, offering 76 one- and two-bedroom apartment units. Altis paid $19.5 million for Skyline Fifth in 2012 and spent another $16.5 million last January for the six-story building that will be part of Phase One. Details on when construction will actually begin are not yet available.

New year, new mixers
Among the hoopla surrounding the recent Diamond Awards dinner presented by the Tampa Bay Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce was an announcement of the organization’s new monthly mixer. Beginning Feb. 10, the TBGLCC will hold cocktail mixers that will incorporate short programs. The Feb. 10 event is at Edge of 9 at 900 Central Ave., in downtown St. Petersburg and will feature a presentation on social media marketing by TapSnap 1018. The free mixer will feature light bites and will also give attendees a chance to pose for Valentine’s Day photos with their partners. For details, visit TBGLCC.org.

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