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Melbourne, FL (January 31, 2014) - Florida has many great cities and places to enjoy by just walking around. A good stroll in the great outdoors can do wonders to relieving the stress one get at work. I had the opportunity to visit one of my favorite places a few weeks ago, Ybor City. According to Wikipedia, “Ybor City (/ˈiːbɔr/ EE-bor)[ is a historic neighborhood in Tampa, Florida located just northeast of downtown. It was founded in the 1880s by cigar manufacturers and was populated by thousands of immigrants, mainly from Spain, Cuba, and Italy. For the next 50 years, workers in Ybor City's cigar factories would roll millions of cigars annually.

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The neighborhood had features unusual among contemporary immigrant communities in the southern United States, most notably its multi-ethnic and multi-racial population and their many mutual aid societies.[2] A slow exodus out of the area that began during the Great Depression accelerated after World War II, leading to a period of abandonment and decay. After decades of neglect, a portion of the original neighborhood has redeveloped into a night club and entertainment district.”

Ybor City’s main street has changed over the years as restaurants came and went. Back in the 1980s there use to be a great steakhouse call Brew Masters on 7th street that gave the Columbia Restaurant a run for its money. Well thirty years later, we know who is king. The Columbia Restaurant still stands tall on the east end of East 7th street.
Throughout the year, Ybor City has many great events that bring Tampa residents and visitors together for fun and merriment. The next outdoor event is the BB&T 67th Annual Fiesta Day. According to the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce, “Fiesta Day is a free, family-oriented “street festival.” Celebrated for 67 years, it features ethnic food and entertainment along famed Seventh Avenue.”

So if you do not have anything cook ‘in, you should mark February 22, 20014 on your calendar. The festival is open from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Michele M. Keating, Director of Development, Ybor City Chamber of Commerce tells me that the festival is free and there is two parking garages in Ybor City where you can park for about $10.00 per day. Come early to get your parking space before the crowds arrive. For more information, Michele can be reached at the following.

Michele M. Keating
Director of Development
Ybor City Chamber of Commerce
1800 E. 9th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605
813-248-3712 x 25
mkeating@ybor.org

I have attached my photo essay from my last trip to Ybor City a few weeks ago. I hope you enjoy it.

Until next time, be safe in the sun and have a great day in the great outdoors.

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