🌱 Tampa Tarpons Union Effort + Kōsen Japanese Restaurant Coming Soon

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Hello everyone and happy Saturday! It’s me, Carlos Hernandez, your Tampa Daily host – back in your inbox with all the latest news in town. Let’s take a quick look:

  • 🏫 Hillsborough County is considering changing school boundaries to balance class sizes.
  • ☕ Popular Tampa-area coffee chain Kahwa Coffee is expanding to offer franchise opportunities.
  • 🍣 An upscale Japanese restaurant is coming soon to Tampa Heights across from Armature Works.

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A parasitic thunderstorm in the afternoon. High: 91 Low: 76.


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Here are the top stories in Tampa today:

1. In three legal briefs filed this week in federal court, 183 lawyersincluding former Supreme Court Justices and Florida Constitutional Scholars say of Governor Ron DeSantis State’s Attorney Warren’s suspension from office was unlawful. The governor’s power is not “arbitrary”; it is “protected by constitutional limits that must be strictly adhered to,” said the 8-member Florida Constitutional Review Commission from 1997-98. (Tampa Patch)

2. Players on the Single-A Tampa Tarpons discussed efforts to unionize minor league players after the Major League Baseball Players Association paved the way for more members to join their union. The average minor a league player currently earns around $400 a week. Minor league players would have a separate bargaining unit from the big leagues. (WFLA)

3. Omei Restaurant Group plans to open upscale Japanese restaurant, Kōsen, in Tampa Heightsi in the former space of Xochitl Cocina Mexicana. Future chef, Wei Chen, has spent the past six years at New York’s Masa, a 3-star Michelin concept. The restaurant will offer omakase and chef’s tasting menu. (Creative Loafing Tampa)

4. Hillsborough County Schools looked setting current school boundaries to deal with overcrowded or too empty schools. There will be public meetings to discuss changes from September 12-16 and to respond to questions or concerns from parents and the community. The change comes after the defeat of a property tax intended for schools. (WTSP)

5. Based in Tampa Kahwa Cafe now opens for franchise opportunities. The cafe concept will first seek to expand around Florida. The local channel has over 5 local locations and just opened on the University of South Florida campus in St. Petersburg. (It’s so Tampa)


Today in Tampa:

  • Free fish available to eat mosquitoes at Mosi. (8:00 a.m.)
  • Repicon Tampa Reptile Show at the Florida State Fairgrounds. (9 am)
  • Sale of cacti and succulents company at the USF Botanical Gardens. (9 am)
  • Take-Away Craft: DIY Horse at JOAN. Multiple locations. (10am)
  • BYU Cougars vs. South Florida Bulls at Raymond James Stadium. (4 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • The Tampa Bay Community Foundation reward $221,966 to 8 associative projects of territory in the field of positive education, intended to promote environments that meet students where they are developmentally and emphasizing a growth mindset in students. Foundations include Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay, Frameworks of Tampa Bay, Inc., Gentlemen’s Quest of Tampa Inc., and more. (Tampa Bay Newswire)
  • Stephanie Owens, Deputy Mayor of St. Petersburg resigned in the middle allegations of “bullying” in the workplace. Communications director Janelle Taylor resigned on Thursday over Owens’ alleged “hostile work environment” and “culture of bullying.” (Bay 9 News)
  • Hillsborough Community College (HCC) launched his first bachelor’s degree offer with online courses for registered nurses seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). It’s a first for the college and is intended to help the state’s nursing shortage. (osprey observer)
  • The 5th Annual Wellness Expo will take place on Thursday October 20 at Bradenton Waterfront. The event is free and will feature over 40 local health and wellness providers. (Tampa Bay Newswire)

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Carlos Hernandez

About me: Hello, my name is Carlos Hernandez and I am a food writer with over 10 years of experience in the industry. I write the culinary blog Carlos Eats (http://www.carloseats.com) and also contributes to several newspapers and magazines with food-related blogs and articles.

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