27.05 Local Wave

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Central Florida and Tampa Bay pick their favorites in the Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, Empath Health, Stratum Health announce merger, LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus conference comes to Orlando, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Watermark’s 2020 WAVE Award Winners

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The Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, better known as the WAVES, are back and the competition was intense this year.

We asked you, our faithful readers, to tells us your local LGBTQ favorites in both Central Florida and Tampa Bay in nearly 50 categories — some new (Favorite Theatrical Show), some old (Favorite LGBTQ Club/Bar) and some returning classics (Favorite DJ) — and you did not disappoint.

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PHOTOS: Tampa Bay celebrates 2020 WAVE winners at Bradley’s on 7th

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TAMPA | Tampa Bay celebrated the 2020 WAVE Awards on March 5 at the WAVE Award-winning Bradley’s on 7th.

The evening’s incredible eats and entertainment were provided by fellow WAVE Award winners. Orange Blossom Catering served delicious hors d’oeuvres, Bloom Envy Boutique provided beautiful arrangements and DJ Mike Sklarz hosted the festivities.

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Watermark’s Central Florida WAVE Awards Celebration

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You voted in record numbers and we’ve counted your responses – now it’s time to celebrate the 2020 WAVE Awards with Central Florida’s best at the Parliament House!

Enjoy delicious Rainbow Cafe hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, incredible entertainment and ride the WAVE alongside this year’s winners at our step-and-repeat for an evening you won’t soon forget!

Performances by Erica Roberts, Rebekah Piatt, Gidget Galore and more. Keep an eye on this space for more details and entertainers.

Watermark’s Tampa Bay WAVE Awards Celebration

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You voted in record numbers and we’ve counted your responses – now it’s time to celebrate the 2020 WAVE Awards with Tampa Bay’s best at Bradley’s on 7th!

Enjoy delicious Orange Blossom Catering hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, incredible entertainment and ride the WAVE alongside this year’s winners at our step-and-repeat for an evening you won’t soon forget!

03.05.2020 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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One of the interesting things about my position as Tampa Bay Bureau Chief, a self-enforced rule more so than a mandated one, is that I work diligently to check many of my personal positions at the door.

It isn’t always easy when you’re writing a column. This space exists so that we’re able to connect with readers; so that to a certain extent you’re able to know us as we work to know you. I’m thankful to have this column for that reason, even if it’s the most self-scrutinized thing that I write, because I care deeply about our community.

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Watermark’s 2020 WAVEs nomination round – VOTE NOW

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We are Watermark, your local LGBTQ news source, and this is 2020! We are settling into the new decade quite nicely and have lots of fun things to share with you as the year goes on. First thing we want to share with you is the first round of voting for our annual WAVEs!

The Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, or the WAVEs as we call them, recognize the best in Central Florida and Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ community in the areas of activism, service, entertainment and more.

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Watermark’s WAVEs 2020 — Let your fans know to vote for you!

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The Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, or the WAVEs for short, recognize the best in Central Florida and Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ community in the areas of activism, service, entertainment and more.

There are 50 categories to vote in. In each category, we ask our readers to write in who best represents the values of the LGBTQ community in your area. It can be any person, group or business that falls anywhere in our alphabet soup — including allies — as long as they have demonstrated their support for the community.

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Watermark’s 2020 WAVEs – Tampa Bay nomination round

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We are Watermark, your local LGBTQ news source, and this is 2020! We are settling into the new decade quite nicely and have lots of fun things to share with you as the year goes on. First thing we want to share with you is the first round of voting for our annual WAVEs!

The Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, or the WAVEs as we call them, recognize the best in Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ community in the areas of activism, service, entertainment and more.

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Watermark’s 2020 WAVEs Central Florida nomination round

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We are Watermark, your local LGBTQ news source, and this is 2020! We are settling into the new decade quite nicely and have lots of fun things to share with you as the year goes on. First thing we want to share with you is the first round of voting for our annual WAVEs!

The Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, or the WAVEs as we call them, recognize the best in Central Florida’s LGBTQ community in the areas of activism, service, entertainment and more.

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The 2019 Watermark WAVE Award Winners

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When we first introduced a two-part voting structure for our annual Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, or WAVEs, we wondered if the added step would leave a lower turnout at the polls.

We were surprised to find that the first year with the new system fetched us more votes than we had ever had before. In the past two years, we have continued with the two-part voting process and you have continued to surprise us with your turnout.

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The 2019 WAVE Awards: Tampa Bay

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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN
First: Rick Kriseman, St. Petersburg Mayor
Second: Bob Buckhorn, Tampa Mayor
Third: Jennifer Webb, Florida House Representative – District 69

FAVORITE LOCAL ACTIVIST
First: Nadine Smith, Equality Florida
Second: Todd Richardson, Equality Florida
Third: Nancy Desmond, PFLAG

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