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St. Pete Beach firefighter honored by neighbor for First Responder Friday this week. Kerstin is honoring her neighbor, Brian. Brian is a lieutenant for the St. Pete Beach Fire Department. We asked Kerstin what makes Brian a great lieutenant. She says, “He always puts everyone before himself. He always makes sure everyone else is okay and has what they need before he does anything for himself.”

Congrats to Brian, the St. Pete Beach Firefighter honored by his neighbor this week, as he receives a $100 Visa gift card from Crown Buick GMC . He also gets another $100 Visa gift card from Demesmin & Dover Law Firm.

Every Friday we honor a first responder in Tampa Bay. Do you have someone in your life that is a first responder? Someone that you admire, a relative, a friend? Whoever it is that you want to spotlight. We want to hear from you, and you can nominate someone right now by doing so HERE. The nomination process takes about five minutes. Once you nominate someone we will be in touch with you to schedule a call with you.

Tampa Hotel Named One Of The Best In The World

Firstly, a Tampa hotel has been named as one of the best new hotels in the world. The list comes from Travel + Leisure and they named the 100 best new hotels in the world. One of those hotels on the list is right here in Tampa. The Tampa Edition hotel came in at #41 on their list.

Here is what Travel + Leisure say about the Tampa Edition, “You’ll know you’re in Florida the minute you step into the lobby’s verdant forest of palm fronds. And you’ll know you’re at the white-hot Tampa Edition because, as a guest, you just breezed past a line of locals hoping to get in at one of the hotel’s seven dining spots, now among the city’s most coveted bookings.”

The Tampa Edition is located on Channelside Drive in the Water Street Tampa neighborhood. The hotel has 172 guest rooms, a gym and a spa.

So, a Tampa hotel has been named on of the best new hotels in the world. It didn’t make the Top 10, but what an honor to make the list. So, what cities are in the Top 10? Well, New York City, Paris and Bangkok are just a few of the cities. Check out some of the best new hotels in the world below.


  • The Peninsula Istanbul

    Istanbul is located in Turkey and sports an 82-foot long indoor pool.

    Istanbul the capital of Turkey

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  • Hôtel Dame des Arts — Paris

    Located close to the Louvre. Some of the rooms also have gorgeous view of the Eiffel Tower.

    Paris cityscape with Eilffel tower

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  • The Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad

    The location this 50-story tower, which is on the corner of 28th and Broadway, was a parking garage. The hotel opened in July 2022.

  • The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon

    Located in Thailand it has 155 rooms.  Some of the rooms have a whirlpool tub while others have a small balcony or fully functional kitchen.

    Sunrise with Grand Palace of Bangkok, Thailand

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  • InterContinental Khao Yai — Thailand

    Another hotel in Thailand. It is located near Khao Yai National Park. Some of the rooms are modeled on old-school Orient Express-style train cars.

  • Gleneagles Townhouse — Edinburgh

    This hotel is located in Scotland. The hotel only has 33 rooms.

  • Tampa Edition

    Located on Channelside Drive in the Water Street Tampa neighborhood. The hotel has 172 guest rooms, a gym and a spa.

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