Laurie Garrett is a 3rd generation native of Tampa. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Tulane University, Laurie served for several years as Director of Social Services for the Lighthouse for the Blind before returning to school to earn a Masters of Business Administration (MBA de...
Downtown St. Petersburg Cooled by the salty breezes coming in from Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg's downtown is home to retail shops, restaurants, art galleries, museums, and other entertainment - as well as the largest marina in Florida.
Historic Ybor CityYbor City is lined with historic brick buildings and cigar factories, where over a million cigars were rolled annually. The former "Cigar Capital of the World" is one of only three National Historic Landmarks in Florida.
St. Petersburg PierThe iconic St. Petersburg pier stands over downtown's waterfront and marina. Home to retail shops and restaurants, it is adjacent to the Vinoy Resort, Straub Park, the Museum of Fine Arts, and beautiful Beach Drive.
Tampa BayA waterfront city, with the central business district flanked by Tampa Bay and the Hillsborough River, Tampa has various neighborhoods - from newly-built planned communities to quaint tree-lined historic streets.
St. Pete BeachKnown as the "Pink Palace," this historic St. Petersburg luxury resort resembles a pink sandcastle. Built in the 1920's by Thomas Rowe, The Don Cesar Resort was a favorite of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Al Capone.
TampaTampa is home to some of the most renowned institutions of higher education in the country - including the University of Tampa and the University of South Florida - as well as many first-class public and private schools.
TampaThe Annual Gasparilla Pirate Fest, celebrating the long-ago invasion of Tampa Bay by the pirate Jose Gaspar, is regarded as Florida's Mardi Gras. Since 1922 it has grown to attract people from all over the world!
Belleair BeachThe Tampa Bay area is well known for Pinellas County's 35 miles of sandy white beaches bordering the Gulf of Mexico, with Caledesi Island and Fort DeSoto listed among America's Top Ten Beaches for Spring Breakers.