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Marty Clear

Marty Clear has been writing for various publications in the Tampa Bay area for more than 40 years, mostly covering the performing arts. He studied journalism at the University of South Florida and works nights at downtown Tampa’s legendary Hub bar. He goes to theater, dance and opera every chance he gets (in other words, any time he can afford it or he can cop a free ticket). He used to own a record store/ live music venue in Ybor City called Blue Chair. The first thing you may notice about him is that he’s 6’7”, and to answer your question, no, he doesn’t play basketball. He writes about West Tampa and other topics for 83 Degrees. Follow him on Twitter @martinclear.

Features

Mike Braccia, co-owner of Main Street Property Holders, at his property in West Tampa.

Bullish on West Tampa, investor helps shape its future

What does Mike Braccia and Bay Street Commercial see in West Tampa? A neighborhood of opportunity prime for investments and revitalization. Learn more.

Petit Piquant, a French patisserie in West Tampa that uses farm fresh ingredients.

What's for dinner? Exploring West Tampa dining options

As West Tampa grows and evolves, local dining options are no longer limited to traditional Cuban or Spanish. See what's cooking beyond Boliche Boulevard. 

Domain Homes in West Tampa features a modified shotgun style design.

New homes, investments spur transformational change in West Tampa

West Tampa is an ethnically and commercially diverse neighborhood that includes the University of Tampa, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Raymond James Stadium and that stretch of Columbus Drive nicknamed “Boliche Boulevard” that’s home to many of Tampa’s best Spanish and Cuban restaurants.

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Moving Current Twirls Tampa Onto National Stage

Rather than head off to New York to pursue careers, dancers with Moving Current and other local troupes are increasingly producing and performing their own work at inviting venues like the Ritz Theater and the Hillsborough Community College theater in Ybor City. Another sign of the Tampa Bay region's growing national reputation for dance is Moving Current's ability to attract guest artists from around the country. In recent months, Detroit's Paula Kramer, Miami's Bill Doolin and Nathan Dryden, an internationally renowned aerial choreographer based in Seattle, have presented works in Tampa, often featuring Moving Current dancers.
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