The Port of Tampa has a new cruise ship. The Carnival ship Miracle carries just over 2,100 passengers and will offer seven-day cruises.
When the pirates had left Bayshore after the Gasparilla parade, volunteers came through to clean up. Thousands of leftover beads and lots of trash were cleared. Volunteer divers will go in to the Bay this weekend to recover more beads that are harmful to sea life.
The web site Thrilllist has ranked Florida as the worst state in the nation in just about every category on its annual Definitive and Final Rankings of All 50 States. Who was ranked as the best? Michigan.
Pier 60 in Clearwater remains closed for repairs. The city has shut down about half the Pier through February 2nd to upgrade the bait house with new siding and air conditioning, and repair the pavilions.