SOtampa Sampler: Summer Snow Day, Major Solar Panel Project

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Summer Snow Day Downtown

Sunday, August 9 is the 6th annual Summer Snow Day in downtown Tampa. Several businesses and restaurants will host deals and winter-themed treats to help reprieve residents from the blistering hear of Florida summer.


Get your HD yule log ready on the big screen, trade your fedora for a knit cap and let the cool vibes of the winter season take you over.

Kahwa Coffee (400 North Ashley Drive) will be brewing their refreshing Peppermint Mocha Latte.

Uncommon Finds (406 North Morgan Street) will be running a special from 1-5pm: Malin + Goetz peppermint soap. The store invites you to enjoy a festive cookie and drink while you browse.

eBoats Tampa (333 South Franklin Street) is offering $10 off per hour on their trips Sunday. Use the code SUMMERSNOWDAY to claim your discount. 

Tampa Theatre (711 North Franklin Street) will be hosting a special screening of West Side Story. The screening begins at 3pm. Tickets are $10. Mention Summer Snow Day at the concessions stand a receive 50% off a small coffee. 

View all of the deals available in Tampa this Sunday by following this link.




Tampa Electric to build largest solar project in Tampa Bay

Tampa Electric announced this week the largest solar project in the Tampa Bay area. The project will feature more than 70,000 solar panels on 125 acres of land at the Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach. 

The solar project will have the capacity to power more than 3,500 homes. "With this project, we will have invested more than $50 million in solar since 2000" said Gordon Gillette, president of Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas in a release.

"This large-scale facility will benefit our more than 700,000 customers and showcase how a diversified mix of energy resources delivers affordable and reliable energy to meet Florida’s electricity needs now and in the future," added Gillette.

This project is the company's second large-scale concept. The first, a 2-megawatt facility at TIA (currently under construction on the top floor of the south economy garage). The TIA project, slated to be complete by the end of the year, will provide enough electricity to power the airport's 1.4-mile automated people mover. 

Tampa Electric has installed solar systems at LEGOLAND, Lowry Park Zoo, The Florida Aquarium, Museum of Science of Industry, the MVC along with Walker Middle School and Middleton High School. 

The 25-megawatt solar facility at Big Bend will further reduce Tampa Electric’s overall carbon dioxide emissions. 




Block "Pawty" in Hyde Park Village

Hyde Park Village is partnering with the Human Society of Tampa Bay to find homes for pups. The "Block Pawty," a pop-up dog park in the villiage circle, in Hyde Park will take place on Satuday, August 15. It will be open from 11am-1pm. 

For a $10 donation attendees will receive a Hyde Park Villiage goodie bag containing Village sunglasses, a tennis ball, dog treats, a raffle ticket and more. Nolan Strong will perform live. The event will feature raffles and games for families. Vendors for the day include Downtown Dogs, PiQuant, Color Me Mine, Smartcookee, Nicole Geller Photography, SoHo Hound,  Pawdicures, Bayshore Animal Clinic and others to be announced. 

Hyde Park Villiage, 1602 West Snow Avenue. 


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