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Florida Matters: One City, One Weekend, Two Major Events

Tampa is going to be a rather busy city on the weekend of Jan. 27-28. The city will host the 2018 National Hockey League All-Star Game during one of Tampa's biggest annual events, Gasparilla Pirate Festival.

This week on Florida Matters we’re talking about how the city will handle hosting two major events at the same time, and how Tampa Bay might benefit from the national exposure.

Our guests are:  

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Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan

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Alexis Muellner, Editor-in-Chief at the Tampa Bay Business Journal

We also hear a special report on the Tampa Bay Lightning. The team is celebrating its 25th anniversary, which makes it fairly young considering the NHL has been around for a century. Despite winning the 2004 Stanley Cup and making several, deep playoff runs, it’s been a challenge for the Tampa Bay community to earn the title of “hockey town.”

Do you think Tampa has become a hockey town? And where will you be the weekend of Jan. 27-28?

Whether you scored a ticket to the big game, will don your best pirate attire and hit the parade, want to watch the madness from home or hope to avoid it altogether, share your plans with us on Facebook or by emailing FloridaMatters@wusf.org.

WUSF News will be keeping you up to date on all the events surrounding the NHL All-Star Game and Gasparilla festivities. From traffic problems to the arrival of the Stanley Cup on a pirate ship, we’ll be sharing it – on WUSFNews.org, on twitter @WUSF, on Facebook and Instagram @wusfpublicmedia.

Stephanie Colombini joined WUSF Public Media in December 2016 as Producer of Florida Matters,WUSF’s public affairs show. She’s also a reporter for WUSF’s Health News Florida project.
Carson Cooper has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the host of "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 since he took the job in 2000. Carson has worked in Tampa Bay radio for three decades.
Bobbie O’Brien has been a Reporter/Producer at WUSF since 1991. She reports on general news topics in Florida and the Tampa Bay region.