From the Editor and Creative Director Carla Dubis

Published on 14 July 2017 in Editorial
Carla Dubis (author)

Carla Dubis

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First of all, I want to start by introducing myself. My name is Carla Dubis, I am the Creative Director and new editor of Tampa Bay News and Lifestyles. You may have seen my name here and there throughout the last 4 issues of our publication.  

I am 31 years old and I am originally from Venezuela, even though my mother is Italian and my Father, who unexpectedly passed away 2 months ago, was from Poland. What can I say? I am a mutt! 

I moved from Venezuela to Tampa when I was 16 years old to attend UT. I have a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Tampa and a Masters in Education with a concentration in Instructional Technology and Web Design from USF.

I have called Tampa my home since 2003, and even though at first I thought to myself “As soon as I graduate I am out of here!” I fell in love with this city and I have no intentions of ever leaving. I have lived in Harbour Island for the past 10 years and I have seen this city grow exponentially in the past decade. I have seen so many of spots close its doors throughout the years, but so many other businesses and restaurants have opened, making this medium sized city, feel like a big metropolis. I never get bored, there’s always something to do. From an art festival to a margarita festival, from broadway plays to fantastic concerts... Tampa has it all!

I am a big foodie, a craft beer lover, a caffeine addict and a big lightning fan! I spend most of my weekends eating all over Tampa Bay, hanging out with my family (who moved to Tampa 5 years ago after I bragged about it so much!), rooting for our local sports teams, or catching the newest flick at cinebistro in Hyde Park Village. 

Whenever I get the opportunity to travel, which is one of my biggest passions, I find myself missing Tampa a lot (something I never really thought I would experience!) because it’s home, and because I got spoiled with all the things this city has to offer... Here we have it all! We have beautiful beaches, amazing weather (most of the time, that humidity though!), luxury boutiques, fantastic shopping malls, and some of the best restaurants I have ever had the pleasure of trying. The best part? Most of it is minutes away from South Tampa, the place I am so proud to call home. 

Living in Harbour Island, I get to walk to lightning games and other events at the Amalie Arena, I get to watch the most unbelievable sunsets from Sail Pavlion while enjoying a cold beer. I get to hop on the Trolley and get to Ybor City to enjoy a craft beer or two at local dive bars and finish my night eating some delicious New York Style Pizza...I absolutely love South Tampa, and there’s no other place I would want to live. Especially now, with Mr. Jeffrey Vinik’s future plans for downtown Tampa. Make sure to read “Mr. Vinik’s Plans for Downtown Tampa” on page 18. 

I want to take this opportunity to thank the people who believed in me and trusted me with the positions I currently have, the Selby Family. Tampa Bay News and Lifestyles has been owned and operated by the Selby Family for over 25 years, and I am lucky to be the newest addition to the family. I could not be happier God put me in the path of this family, they are seriously the most amazing, loving, hard-working and honest individuals I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Working with them is as rewarding as it is fun. 

So what can I offer the magazine? Exceptional graphic design skills and my personal insight about all things South Tampa. I will be keeping you up to date with the latest news and fun events happening in the area, I will tell you about the best restaurants and hot spots to visit... after all, I have been living here for over a decade, so I know a thing or two about South Tampa ;)

If you ever want to reach out to me because you want us to share a local event in South Tampa, or if you have an amazing story you want published in our magazine, please email me directly at

Last but not least, I want to thank our “Dad and I - Tampa Bay Rays Contest” winners; Jaime Lynn Gomez, Amanda Plumley, Matt Gaska, Tommy Pearson and Enrique Izaguirre. They participated for a chance to win press level tickets to see the Tampa Bay Rays at the Tropicana Field and won BIG! We hope you enjoy the game, and take lots of pictures because we will be reposting them on our social media pages!

The Rays Giveaway Contest is still going! So if you want to win press level tickets and complimentary parking passes so you can enjoy a fun-filled day at the ball park with your loved ones, please follow us on instagram @TampaBayNews and like our facebook page “TampaBayNewsAndLifestyles.”

Make sure you like a lot of our posts and comment on as many as you can so you can get noticed. Extra points will be given to those supporting readers who give us a 5 star review on our Facebook Page :)... Good luck!

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