Over the last few decades, Florida’s business environment has evolved from agriculture and tourism to include a more comprehensive mix of business and industry — with ever more sophisticated legal needs. Our Tampa office reflects the diverse nature of our clients’ legal needs.
Life in Tampa
Tampa is one of Florida’s most vibrant cities. The city has a large downtown area, which includes the exciting Channelside and Ybor entertainment districts. If you’d truly like to capture a taste of all that Tampa has to offer, stroll the Riverwalk, unwind at one of many diverse restaurants, or enjoy one of many famous attractions such as the Florida Aquarium, Busch Gardens, and Lowry Park Zoo.
Arts & Entertainment
Tampa’s cultural arts celebrate its diverse community. Theater, the symphony orchestra, museums, and galleries provide an array of opportunities to showcase inspiring performances, and enriching youth programs reflect local heritage and the fabric of the community. Many of Tampa’s cultural arts centers are located downtown, along the Hillsborough River: The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa Museum of Art, Henry B. Plant Museum, and Tampa Bay History Center offer ideal venues to view arts & culture exhibits. The Glazer Children’s Museum is Tampa’s newest attraction and offers engaging exhibits and learning environments for families.
Outdoors and Sports
Tampa’s nearby beach communities boast an average of 361 sunny days per year. The spectacular Gulf Coast extends from St. Pete Beach to Johns Pass and northward to Indian Rocks Beach, and includes 10 barrier islands connected by a stretch of road called Gulf Boulevard. If you love the outdoors and enjoy a good adventure, grab a canoe or charter a boat and check out the costal wetlands. You’ll have an opportunity to view rare plants, spectacular flowers, beautiful birds, and exotic wildlife.
If swinging at a golf ball is more your style, check out the numerous award-winning courses in Tampa. For sports fanatics, the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, MLB’s Tampa Bay Rays, and NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning will provide competitive action and plenty of good times. Central Florida also hosts more than a dozen professional baseball teams for spring training, including the New York Yankees, who play at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.
One of Tampa’s best-known traditions occurs in late January, when pirates invade the city, to the delight of hundreds of thousands of spectators who line the streets for parades and revelry. The Gasparilla Pirate Festival is a annual celebration of the legend of José Gaspar, a fearsome buccaneer who plundered the west coast of Florida during the 18th century.
Tampa is divided into more than a dozen neighborhoods, many of which were towns and unincorporated communities that were eventually annexed into the growing city. These neighborhoods reflect Tampa’s rich heritage and include Ybor City, Sulpher Springs, and Hyde Park. Ybor City is a National Historic Landmark District, founded in the 1880’s by cigar manufacturers. Located within a few miles of Ybor City, Sulpher Springs was the site of a well-known resort and tourist attraction in the Roaring Twenties. Hyde Park is primarily a residential community to the west of the downtown area and is home to Bayshore Boulevard, which has the world’s longest continuous sidewalk and is a favorite of local joggers, skaters, and bikers who enjoy its scenic views of upper Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay’s vibrant community truly makes this city a hot spot, bursting with flavor and diversity.