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The annual Florida Python challenge is back in Florida.  Is this enough money for you to hunt pythons?

If that is your thing…this is the time to do it!  There are cash prizes that range from $1,500 to the longest snake up to $2,500 for the person who kills the most.  To me, that is not enough money.

Now, why do we want to kill all these snakes?  Well…we have way to many of them in Florida and they are a threat to native wildlife.

Most of the pythons were pets that either escaped or were released there.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are putting money into the Everglades to try and restore it.  In order to do this, they have to make sure that non-native animals are not living and reproducing in the Everglades.  The pythons are destroying the natural food chain in Florida.

How many pythons are living in and around the Everglades?  According to the FWC, they say there could be tens of thousands of Burmese pythons.

Back in June, the biggest python was captured, 18-feet long and it weighed 215 pounds and there were over 100 eggs inside of her.

The FWC says that you can kill pythons at anytime, however, they do this big event to try and control the population.  Hundreds of hunters spend time in the Everglades this week, cleaning out the population.

Since 2000, they have removed more then 16,000 pythons.  The challenge lasts for 10 days.  If you are not experienced in python hunting, the FWC will train you at no cost and help you practice safe python capturing.

You can read more HERE

There isn’t an amount of money that would convince me to hang out in the Florida Everglades at night looking for giant snakes.  I couldn’t even deal with the two snakes that I had on my patio a few months back.

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What Are The Most Popular Restaurants In Ybor City

There are many restaurants in Ybor City, but what is the most popular one? Ybor City is losing one restaurant because they are closing after 93 years of business. That restaurant is Tony’s Ybor City Restaurant on 22nd St. The owner of the restaurant talked about why he is closing the restaurant, “Some people are gonna wonder why. It’s just time.” He has been thinking about closing the restaurant for about a year, but now it will close on September 2nd.

What is the most popular restaurant in Ybor City?

  • Columbia Restaurant

    It opened in Ybor City in 1905 in the same location it is in now. It’s Florida’s Oldest Restaurant and the world’s largest Spanish restaurant. They have Flamenco dinner shows on Tuesday through Saturday.

  • The Barterhouse Ybor

    This is a newer resturant as it only opened in 2018, but it is already making waves. It is located on 15th St in Ybor City. The say on their website, “You’ll find the fare at Barterhouse to be an honest homage to the local farmers market. It graciously speaks to an enriched way of life prior to planes, trains and automobiles. The cocktail menu is equally as committed to the swanky traditions that once-ignited iconic 1940’s bars. All brought to life through details that capture the rich history of Ybor City.”

  • Tampa Bay Brewing Company

    Located on 8th Ave. they have a brewhouse and 24 constantly rotating taps. They also have a full service kitchen specializing in beer-infused food and a large outdoor patio and bar.

    TBBC release new beers every week and they have live music on Friday nights.

  • La Terrazza Ristorante Italiano

    Located on 7th Ave. and located in Ybor City since 1996. On their website it says, “Perfectly mastered Northern Italian classics from the Emilia Romagna region paired with it’s friendly and unpretentious atmosphere exudes an aura of dining in Italy.”

  • Casa Santo Stefano

    It is located on 22nd St. and is owned by the Gonzmart Family who also own the Columbia. Richard Gonzmart says of the restaurant “Housed In A Former 1925 Ybor City Macaroni Factory, Casa Santo Stefano Pays Fond Tribute To The Sicilian Food I Ate Every Sunday With My Best Friend Vincent Palori.”