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Creative Loafing

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Established in Tampa in 1988, Creative Loafing and its website,, provide up-to-the-minute news, events, blogs and more about the Tampa Bay region.

Our award-winning news stories are rooted in a commitment to the community and an independent perspective. In addition to a comprehensive listing of local happenings, the Loaf offers the Tampa Bay area the most respected and authoritative reporters and critics in politics, food & drink, arts & entertainment, movies & TV, sex & love, and more.

Creative Loafing Tampa has won multiple journalism awards on the national, state and local levels, including AAN Awards, presented by the Association of Alternative Newsmedia to honor superior journalism among alternative publications across the United States and Canada; Sunshine State Awards, presented by the Society of Professional Journalists to recognize quality journalism from across Florida; and Griot Drum Awards, which honor quality coverage of minorities in the Tampa Bay area.

CL is also widely known for handing out some coveted awards of its own: the annual Best of the Bay awards, in which our writers and readers recognize the best of what the region has to offer. OK, we sometimes single out the worst as well, but always with a sense of humor. Like the folks at Studio 10, we try not to take ourselves too seriously.

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