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Spend a Minute Now To Avoid A DUI Arrest At Gasparilla!
Spend A Minute Now To Avoid A DUI Arrest At Gasparilla!

Ahoy, Me Hearties ‘n Landlubbers Alike! Do NOT get a DUI

You can enjoy the big party of Gasparilla AND still NOT get a DUI. Take a few minutes now to look at these helpful hints. They will help keep you safe and help you to still have a good time.

First, the cannon fire will start at 11:30 this Saturday January 26, 2019 as the pirate ship, “Jose Gasparilla” begins the annual invasion of City of Tampa. As a result of the pirate invasion, Mayor Buckhorn will hand the key to the city of Tampa to the pirates. Next, the parade will start (around 2:00pm) traveling north on Bayshore Boulevard until it turns right (East) on Brorein Street. Then, it crosses the Hillsborough River into downtown Tampa. Lastly, it turns left (North) on Ashley Drive and ends at Cass Street near 5:30pm. See the route map. This year’s parade includes 103 floats, 5 marching bands and 50 different crews including the infamous Ye Mystic Krewe.

Don’ts – Avast ye, blimey!

  • There is zero tolerance for underage alcohol consumption.
  • Do not take alcohol (open containers or consumption) outside of designated wet zones.
  • No coolers, kegs, or vessels that provide mass distribution of alcohol.
  • Always use available event port-o-lets. No public urination or defecation.
  • No glass containers of any type.
  • Finally, NEVER operate a vehicle if you have been drinking. The police will be on hand to distribute any DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and BUI (Boating Under the Influence). Call 813-222-2220, if you need an attorney.

Dos – Yo-ho-ho!

  • Text GASPARILLA to 888-777. Then the City of Tampa will text important event updates, safety tips, and traffic alerts directly to you!
  • Drink WATER!
  • Live entertainment from 9:00am – 9:00pm (before and after the parade) in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park Stage (Ashley and Twiggs). It will have Zumba (10:30–Noon), Rumba DJ (Noon–1, 3–5 and 7-8), Fred Lopez (1–3) and Son D Barrio (5:30–7). The MacDill Park Stage (Ashley and Whiting) features acoustic Duo Almost Alice (from 10-3 & 6-8).
  • FREE 1st Annual Gasparilla JazzFEST Sunday January 26, 2019 10:00am-4:00pm in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. First, hear the scintillating saxtress of smooth jazz, Jeanette Harris and the Soul of flutist Althea Rene from 10-noon. Next, NAJEE will fuse his favorite two genres Jazz and R&B from 12:30-2:30. Finally, local Tampa Bay favorite, Omari Dillard from 3-4.
  • Bring Cash – Most charity and event vendors ONLY accept cash.
  • Figure out a safe exit plan right now!
  • Above all, call Expert BUI / DUI attorney Casey at 813-222-2220!

Safe (and Legal) Exit Plan

There are plenty of ways to get home safe without a DUI.

  • Designated Driver – Have one friend drive agree to not drink and drive you home!
  • Use Uber, Lyft or taxi – Since Uber is an official sponsor they are offering $20 off with promo code “PirateResponsibly” before 2pm on Saturday. Also an official sponsor, even Captain Morgan wants you to avoid a DUI. Captain Morgan is giving away $20 off with promo code “LIKEACAPTAIN” before noon on Saturday from within 5 miles of the parade to the first 1000 users. Or call your favorite traditional taxi company.
  • Ride HART Bus or Streetcar – There are many options. First, park in Ybor City and take the free streetcar to downtown Tampa (service from 8:30am to 2am). Second, use the free, continuous bus service from from station No. 3 (Streetcar Society Station) and station No. 4 (Cadrecha Station) to station No. 10 (Dick Greco Plaza) in downtown Tampa (9:30am to 7am). Third, use the bus from home is cheap! An all-day bus pass is only $4. Passes can be purchased on the bus with exact cash only (no change provided).
  • Ask a Friend or Relative – come you up and maybe even drop you off before hand.
  • Hire a Party Bus, Limo, or boat – if you ever needed an excuse, this is a great one. You won’t need to find parking. No need to carry a key. And you won’t have to worry about getting arrested for a DUI.

Read last year’s post.

If you need an expert DUI attorney call 813-222-2220 .

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Avoiding Amalie Arena DUI | Stanley Cup Playoffs | 813-222-2220

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Stanley Cup DUI Tampa

DUI For Visitors to Stanley Cup Playoffs

DUI For Visitors to Stanley Cup Playoffs

Since the site of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is in Tampa, Florida there will be an influx of activity and people. Also, the Tampa Police Department’s intensive DUI enforcement zone is in the heart of Tampa near Amalie Arena. So here is a map of where visitors can expect to see tons of traffic enforcement officers.

Link to Interactive Map: 

DUI Officers Watch Bar Parking Lots.

“Tips to watch locations come from Phone Calls from Bar Managers, letters, pictures”

Tampa is well known for the tactical use of special teams to conduct traffic stops near sporting events and bars. In addition, a former Tampa Police Department Sergeant gives testimony in Tampa Bay police tactics in this video. This former sergeant won’t be working but there are plenty more just waiting to arrest people.


Stanley Cup Tampa Police Department DUI Unit
DUI For Visitors to Stanley Cup Playoffs


The Channelside area will be the focus of the DUI Tampa traffic cops. Assume they watch and wait at parking lots, act on tips received by phone and other types of electronic messages. The police often receive tips to watch locations from phone calls, text messages, emails, letters, and photos. Furthermore, a former DUI specialist said during the final testimony as a Tampa law enforcement officer, “I get all kinds of stuff.”

Assume this is also the practice everywhere: Pinellas, Pasco, as well as Hillsborough counties in Florida. In addition, one DUI attorney has said if “there was a basis for the traffic stop and probable cause for the arrest, how or why an officer got involved in a DUI stop is irrelevant.” Be advised.

To Learn More See: Tampa DUI Bars and Restaurants – Map of Hot Spots – Amalie Arena DUI Attorney Tampa

According to Wikipedia, “The Stanley Cup (French: La Coupe Stanley) is the championship trophy awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) playoff winner after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Finals.” According to our research, the Tampa Police Department will be trying to score some points in a variety of contests to encourage enforcement of Florid’a DUI laws.

Amalie Arena and Florida Drivers are Targets in Law Enforcement Contests  – DUI Arrest Quotas, Contests, and Prizes

As we have reported, “The State of Florida encourages law enforcement again this year by holding an Olympic-like contest in Orlando. A photo in the report had a cop on foot running behind a traffic patrol motorcycle. This contest kept statistics and awarded performance based on statistical analysis of annual numbers of traffic enforcement actions. They call it the Florida Law Enforcement Challenge. Prizes were awarded for “inventive approaches” to traffic law enforcement.”

To Learn More About Tampa DUI Arrest Contests See:



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Tampa DUI Bars and Restaurants – Map of Hot Spots

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Dine, Dance, and Detain

DUI attorneys in Tampa know there are certain locations generally and several bars, specifically that generate much of the DUI traffic stop action for law enforcement agencies. Police are tracking where drivers who have been arrested reported having their last drink. Unfortunately, for the bars on the lists published by the Tampa Tribune, these bar owners cannot control the police or the surveillance of their locations and their customers. Not surprisingly, in general, the neighborhoods close to the Tampa Police Department headquarters are hot spots for DUI arrests. Hyde Park and Ybor City are frequent entries on incident reports according to the media. Best advice – make sure to arrange a ride home.

“Aside from the decision to waive their Miranda rights, the only good that comes of honest answers to these questions will be finding out where drivers can go to increase the probability of an arrest ending the evening.”

Video of a driving under the influence traffic law enforcement officer from court proceedings at the Hillsborough County Courthouse told drivers what many already knew – cops watch bar parking lots. Now drivers and visitors know which geographic areas and which bars are most likely to have officers waiting to issue DUIs.

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Map of DUI Arrest Locations in Tampa, Florida

“The last-drink survey system does have some flaws, Morgan admitted.” Some of the people with DUI charges were drinking at a private residence or refuse to answer deputies’ questions.

The Town N’ Country area located just west of Tampa International Airport is one of the Tampa DUI hot spots. The roads near the airport are confusing and with so much construction. The signage is unfamiliar and is not always clear. The basis for some of these traffic stops is improper lane changes. Visitors are the frequent victim of DUI patrol officers in this section of Hillsborough County, Florida.
Another Tampa DUI hot spot, the Hyde Park neighborhood has several streets that are one-way only. Officers wait for moving violations like not coming to a complete stop, going the wrong way on a one way or weaving to investigate the potential DUI.

5 Bars in Hillsborough County

“Bars on the lists published by the Tampa Tribune, these bar owners cannot control the police or the surveillance of their locations and their customers.”
  • MacDinton’s 405 South Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606
  • The Kennedy 2408 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33609
  • Peabody’s 15333 Amberly Drive, Tampa, FL 33647
  • G Bar/Fusion 1401 East 7th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605
  • Liquid 1502 East 7th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605

Source: http://tbo.com/news/crime/where-did-dui-drivers-have-their-last-drink-hillsborough-deputies-know-20141121/

How to avoid a DUI in Tampa Florida

10 Tampa Bars in 2013


“Police officer candidly admits the obvious – cops sit in bar parking lots.”

The most frequently reported last drink taken occurs at some of the places listed below. Cops ask people they have arrested:
Where have they been?
How much they drank?  and
Where were they going?
Aside from the decision to waive their Miranda rights, the only good that comes of honest answers to these questions will be finding out where drivers can go to increase the probability of an arrest ending the evening.

Where to go to Increase the Odds of a DUI Arrest 

“Next time you visit some of the area’s more popular bars, make sure you arrange a ride home if you plan on partaking in more than one or two alcoholic beverages.’ TBO.com

2- The Kennedy
3- Hyde Park Cafe
4- Seminole Hard Rock Casino
5- Peabody’s
6- The Lodge
7- Blue Martini
8- CDB Pizza
9- The Drynk
10- Gaspar’s Grotto


Source: http://tbo.com/news/crime/where-did-dui-drivers-have-their-last-drink-hillsborough-deputies-know-20141121/

How to avoid a DUI
Link to Interactive Map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zWwaTmFIBMis.k6pwIUV3dnNM

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Gasparilla Arrests – Updated

Tampa Gasparilla
In 2010, Tampa Police cracked down hard on Gasparilla Arrests. That year the police arrested more than 400 party-goers. Since then the arrests have plummetted. You should still be safe. You should still be careful. If you need an attorney call 813.222.2220.

Avoid Gasparilla Arrests

  • If you are under 21 years old do not drink at all.
  • You should only drink or carry an open container in the “wet zone.”
  • You should use the port-a-potty. No one wants to have you urinate in public.
  • You want to be sure and park in an area that is legal parking.
  • Do not drink and drive. You can have a sober friend drive. Or you can call a taxi, Uber or Lyft.

Gasparilla Arrests Report

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s records, there were few arrests at Gasparilla 2016. UPDATE: The final tally from the Tampa Police Department (TPD) was 24 misdemeanor arrests and 2 felony busts.  The Florida Game Commission made a BUI Boating Under the Influence arrest in Hillsborough Bay, there was some Disorderly Conduct, and a few Driving Under the Influence charges. Standby for an official announcement from law enforcement source.
Channel 28 initially reported #Gasparilla Arrest Update: “Tampa Police . . . two felony arrests & 21 misdemeanor busts.”

Tampa Police Department Reports Felony Arrests

1 aggravated battery/active warrant
1 battery on a law enforcement officer
2 Total Felony Arrests for Gasparilla

Misdemeanor Charges Reported by the Tampa Police

4 possession of marijuana
3 adult underage drinking
3 boating under the influence
3 disorderly conduct
3 resist arrest without violence
2 trespass after warning
1 battery
1 open container/striking a police horse
1 open container
1 petit theft
1 possession of a synthetic drug
1 open container citation
24 Misdemeanor Arrests for Gasparilla

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Tampa Gasparilla Pirate Invasion 2018 | Avoid BUI Charge

Every year hundreds join the Tampa Gasparilla Pirate Invasion by boat. This year, Saturday, January 27 the crew will start its journey at 9:00 a.m. and ends at the Tampa Convention Center at 1:00 p.m. when the crew captures the Mayor. Many people have their own parties alongside the Gasparilla Flotilla. You can avoid a BUI charge by having a designated driver on the boat. If you need an attorney call 813.222.2220

Gasaparilla Is Just For Fun Not For BUI Charge Or DUI Charge

You can learn more about the Florida BUI (Boating Under the Influence) Charge. Here are 16 Tips For Surviving Gasparilla Pirate Fest Invasion. Then you can look at The Official Flotilla and Parade Maps. The parade begins Bayshore Boulevard at Bay to Bay Boulevard at 2:00 p.m. Then the parade ends on Ashley Drive when it reaches Cass Street around 5:30 p.m. You don’t want to forget that the NHL All-Star Weekend is also this weekend in downtown Tampa. That will add to the crowds and may increase parking issues, Special event rates will be in place for parking in public garages and privately operated lots throughout downtown Tampa and around Bayshore Boulevard. Most fill up by 10:30 a.m. If you made a bad decision or got confused with someone who did call an expert attorney call 813.222.2220