Best of the Bays

Best Demolition:

The walls of Baywalk

Sorry, Bill Edwards, but you missed a spot. Yeah, I admit, those couple walls were a good start, but hear me out. Sell some tickets, buy a couple barrels of gun powder and a fresh beginning; just blow it up, man. Baywalk is the only place in the world where protesters, 16-year-old “undesirables” with their caps on funny, and St. Pete ladies browsing White House Black Market could collide. This isn’t a good thing. I repeat: This is not a good thing. Sure it’s a lot prettier now, and it’s getting a new name, but it’ll never be a place I want to hang out.


This article can be found here as originally published in Creative Loafing.

Best Local Tech Start-up:

Socks are no longer the worst gift you can get. If I open a card from a friend and there’s a gift certificate in there, I’m going to be pissed. Not like, “This is irritating” pissed. More like, “Have we known each other for six years? Don’t you know I hate Home Depot?” pissed. That’s where comes in. Founded by University of Tampa graduate Nick Chmura in 2011, the site went live with its updated version on August 15. Think Pinterest meets practical and creative gift shopping. Really interesting concept for those of us not satisfied with shitty effort.


This article can be found here as originally published in Creative Loafing.

Best Feel-Good Sports Story:

Eric LeGrand signing

At this point, everything Greg Schiano touches turns to gold. Players can’t stop raving about the new Bucs coach’s hard-ass attitude. His best moment, though, came in July when he helped orchestrate the signing of Eric LeGrand, one of his former players at Rutgers who was paralyzed in a 2010 game. Though he only officially remained on the roster for a few months, the signing gave the Tampa Bay franchise some kudos across the nation and fulfilled LeGrand’s dream of making the NFL. I got goosebumps from the press conference and found a great reason to became a Bucs fan again.


This article can be found here as originally published in Creative Loafing.