Tampa businesses hoping 4th sparks return of patrons

TAMPA, Fla. — As Tampa prepares to celebrate the 4th of July this weekend, Mayor Jane Castor’s Boom by the Bay celebration has businesses hoping it helps generate more regular business that was lost during the pandemic.

Karen Carr, owner of Moxie’s Cafe and Catering on North Tampa Street said business has been slowly returning, but the foot traffic still has not reached pre-pandemic levels.

Carr says there is still uncertainty for customers about what is open, and regular customers from downtown office buildings have still not returned back to offices in full.

Six months ago, Moxie’s Cafe had lost up to 50 percent of its business, Carr said.

COVID-19 restrictions had shutdown indoor dining, and with downtown resembling more of a ghost town than it’s familiar hustle and bustle, it became extraordinarily difficult for businesses to meet their bottom lines.

The City of Tampa has been prompting the Mayor’s Boom by the Bay for weeks, and although…

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