A Place Called Tampa Bay

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On the Point Commentary by Greg C. Truax

Tampa Bay has been in the national spotlight.

This is Greg C. Truax with On the Point.

No doubt our three winning professional teams have put us there.  The Tampa Bay Bucs, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Tampa Bay Rays.

But what defines the Tampa Bay region?  In a New York Times story about the Super Bowl, the reporter – appropriately so – datelined the story:  Tampa.  And the story noted in parenthesis that Tampa Bay isn’t a city but a region.

After all, the Bucs and the Lightning play in the City of Tampa.  The Rays in the City of St. Petersburg.

Back in the day, we used the descriptor Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater. Tampa Bay was a body of water.  Not a region.

Today, Tampa Bay is a marketing concept.  But besides our great sports teams, I  wonder what really unites the region called Tampa Bay?          

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Greg C. Truax is a documentary filmmaker and publisher of AliveTampaBay. His On the Point commentaries air weekly on WHBO 1140 AM.
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