Ducky's: Sports Bar and Bowling Alley

I don't do a lot of reviews in this area. Lets fix that!

Mural, 2019
Opened in December of 2013 by Evan Longoria of (at the time) the Tampa Bay Rays baseball fame, Ducky's is an upscale sports bar located on Kennedy Blvd just outside of Downtown Tampa in a neighborhood that is called West Tampa. The idea was to bring a sports bar to the bustling area around the University of Tampa, and to provide a slightly different offering than anything you could find in the South Howard (SoHo) district. But that's not why you came here.

Mini Bowling, 2019
One other notable feature includes a mini bowling alley, perfect for small hands, children, or just someone too drunk to handle a real bowling ball (we've all been there). The bar has a nice outdoor patio, decent amount of indoor space, and a pretty crappy parking lot. You'll know you're at the right place when you spot the graffiti mural on the side of the building. There are TVs everyone showing the hottest sportsball game…

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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