GULFPORT — Last year, while looking through discounted holiday decorations at Lowe’s after Christmas, Julie Stenstrom and her wife, Veronica Dasilva, found a large mailbox designed for letters to Santa. “It was on sale, a really good deal, and the last one they had in the store,” Stenstrom said. “We didn’t go looking for it, but…

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Here are some unique gifts ideas created in Tampa Bay. TAMPA BAY, FL — Sure, you could fight the crowd’s at the mall and buy Dad a tie. Or go the easy route and buy Mom a bottle of perfume online for the holidays. But, for a more memorable gift, try looking closer to home.…

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Holiday Stroll The city’s annual Holiday Stroll will be presented Saturday, Dec. 7, 6 to 11 p.m., at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. The event will feature the city’s popular holiday light display, live entertainment including carolers, food and beverage vendors and a strolling market. Admission is free. Limited on-site parking costs…

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The Indian Rocks Beach Homeowners Association is proud to be partnering with the Beach Art Center and Plumlee Gulf Beach Realty to host the Holiday Tour of Homes on Saturday, December 14th from 12 to 6 PM. The tour, sponsored by Plumlee Gulf Beach Realty, will begin at the Beach Art Center, 1515 Bay Palm Blvd,…

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SEMINOLE — The Greater Seminole Area Chamber of Commerce seeks participants for its annual Bright Before Your Eyes Holiday Parade, which takes place Sunday, Dec. 8, starting at 6:30 p.m. The parade lines up at St. Petersburg College’s Seminole campus and travels south to the Seminole City Center. Local businesses, nonprofits and civic organizations are…

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Traffic forecast to be busiest on Wednesday afternoon so expect delays If your holiday plans include a trip, you should expect to have lots of company, regardless of how you travel. AAA says more than 55 million Americans plan to travel 50 miles or more this Thanksgiving, including nearly 2.9 million Floridians. According to AAA,…

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For those who aren’t into fixing the Thanksgiving fixings this year, there are plenty of restaurants will offer Turkey Day feasts. TAMPA BAY, FL — For those who aren’t into fixing the Thanksgiving fixings this year, there are plenty of restaurants will offer Turkey Day feasts. These Tampa Bay restaurants are now taking reservations for…

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​Cooks in Florida are already planning Thanksgiving menus, according to an analysis of Google Trends search terms. With Thanksgiving coming up, cooks across the country are rifling through their recipe boxes, cookbooks and trendy magazines for a menu that will make their guests want to come back for second helpings. A new analysis based on…

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Patch has your complete guide to Fourth of July fireworks shows, parades and other festive events in and around Largo. LARGO, FL — The City of Largo will host a Fourth of July celebrationfeaturing a fireworks show starting at 9:15 p.m. July 4. Presented by Indian Rocks Baptist Church and Indian Rocks Christian School, the event will take place…

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