Watermark’s Most Remarkable People of 2017

By : Watermark Staff
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In a year filled with many setbacks and obstacles, the LGBTQ communities in Central Florida and Tampa Bay have met those challenges with amazing resilience and resisted all forms of discrimination.

The individuals selected as Watermark’s Most Remarkable People of 2017 come from many walks of life but all share one thing in common, they all were truly exceptional this year.

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Watermark’s Most Remarkable People 2017: Ed Gonzalez, Owner Enigma St. Pete

By : Jeremy Fetters, bartender for Enigma St. Pete
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Jeremy Fetters

At the age of 14, Ed Gonzalez asked for a work permit to start working at a Country Club in South Florida. Many years later Ed has run, owned and operated two of Tampa Bay’s most iconic establishments: Georgie’s Alibi and Enigma St. Pete.

Through role models like his father and mother and his strong work ethic and attention to detail, he has made sanctuaries for all of us to feel comfortable and call home. I’ve had the privilege of working for this amazing man for upwards of 13 years and everything I’ve learned about the hospitality industry I owe to Ed. When you work for him you become family to him. Any employee past or present will tell you that if you ever need anything he is always there to help.

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Community mourns loss of Enigma St. Pete bartender in tragic motorcycle accident

By : Jeremy Williams
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Enigma bartender Ryan Stroehlein was killed, and passenger Jordan Marcum was seriously injured, in a motorcycle accident in Seminole at Park Boulevard and 128th Street North July 11, according to Bay News 9.

Stroehlein was riding a Honda CBP sports bike with Marcum when they were struck by a 2005 Nissan Quest causing both occupants of the motorcycle to be ejected. Stroehlein died at the scene of the crash. Marcum was rushed to Bayfront Medical Center.

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Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber’s Diamond Awards were the night’s best friend

By : Jeremy Williams
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ST. PETERSBURG – The Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce’s Diamonds in Diversity continues to shine brighter with each year as the annual awards gala took over the Hilton Bayfront in St. Petersburg Jan. 21.

Hosts Miguel Fuller and Holly O’Connor of HOT 101.5’s “Miguel & Holly Show” kept the show on pace, and the powerhouse vocals of Jennifer Real kept the show in tune, along with musicians Nathan L. Mitchell and Jonathan Thomas, as the elite of Tampa Bay was dressed to the nines.

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