This week we are in Ybor City, Florida, which is just outside Tampa Bay. This is an area of Florida I have never been to, and got to say, it was beautiful. There is a totally different vibe on this side of Florida. Ybor City itself was not what I expected. It had a New Orleans flare to it. There were a lot of bars/restaurants as well as great spots to enjoy a freshly rolled cigar and some good booze. I did get a chance to walk through town when I was not working and it seemed so friendly. What I mean is, that I didn’t get that, you don’t belong here look, which I get a lot of when I travel….lol. The town apparently has a great nightlife scene. Unfortunately for me, I was only able to see it during the daytime, but I could definitely see why & heard some great stories.
Amy & I were brought in to investigate a hotel (The Don Vicente Inn), which from the outside had charming appeal, but once inside and saw how really beautiful it was, I wanted to stay there. The looks, however were deceiving, especially once I learned about its very sordid & dark past, BEFORE it was renovated into a hotel. I could not believe the history in this town. Being born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, it’s hard to conceive that such a small town could have the amount of violence that it had and that it was riddled with organized crime & corruption, I was blown away. As I learned more about the history of the building itself and the characters associated with it, I was getting anxious to hear what Amy’s walk revealed to her. So until next time, stay safe……..SD