Parks & Rec: No, not the TV show

Well, at least it's not the 80's.
Parks & Rec, 2020
I'm going to start this blog with a disclaimer: I did not like this place, at all. "But Mark," I hear you shouting, "Then why should I even bother reading this?" Because I feel like there is a market for it. And a dude in his 30's who enjoys craft beer and more intimate spaces most definitely is not their target audience. 
Coins, 2020
Branching off of the popular Downtown St. Pete bar of the same name, Parks & Rec Tampa opened in (as far as I can see) 2019. The bar covers an outdoor area, mainly used for giant beer pong and Jenga, an indoor area with a handful of arcade games and a DJ, complete with TV's showing ESPN (because, of course you would), and an upstairs second story with pool tables, air hockey, and a few more games. I counted no less than four different bars, which was impressive for the size of the space used. The entrance to the bar is adorned with security who seem to be st…

BREAKING: Hillsborough County Votes to Relocate Confederate Monument

The controversial monument now has a new home.

Monument in its current location, 2017

Hillsborough County has found a new home for the controversial confederate monument next to the county courthouse in Downtown Tampa. The new location will be located at the Brandon Family Cemetery in Brandon, Fl. The vote was a 4-2 in favor of the move. Hillsborough County commissioners Hagan and White were the only two to oppose the move. 

The other side, 2017

Half the battle was finding a location that suited the monument. Mayor Bob Buckhorn made it clear to Hillsborough County that the placement of the monument in Downtown Tampa would hinder our message of diversity, and the original location (Oaklawn Cemetery) was off the table because of it's proximity to primarily African-American establishments. The Brandon Family Cemetery reached out to the commissioners for relocation as the family has a history with the confederate army, thus removing the statue from public land and moving it onto private property.

The text, 2017

The biggest advantage to the move comes from the cemetery vowing to take care of the monument, thus removing the cost from the tax payers. It should also make for a good compromise among both parties as the statue no longer rests just outside of the Hillsborough County Courthouse and the statue will still be available for viewing in the public eye. 

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