Amy Beeman

Journalist | Creative Non-Fiction Writer

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Big acts coming to Tampa bring big ticket prices

TAMPA, Fla. - With huge acts like Gus N' Roses, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Janet Jackson and Justin Bieber coming to town, Tampa Bay is set to have a summer of epic concerts. But the high cost of tickets for these shows means plenty of die-hard fans may not be able to afford the price of admission.

Snakes congregating in Lakeland are just there to mate

LAKELAND, Fla - When Tim Newberry stumbled upon dozens of snakes near Lake Hollingsworth on his regular walk Tuesday, he wanted to warn others about their presence. He posted photos and a warning on Facebook to anyone who may walk or run in that area, saying there was a moccasin nest and snakes were on both the ground and in the trees at the roundabout.

Florida lawmaker files bill to repeal anti-abortion laws

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A Florida legislator filed a bill this week to roll back certain abortion laws. Orlando Rep. Anna V. Eskamani told 10News that while there is no doubt that some regulation is needed in regards to abortion access, those regulations should be based on medicine and science and not political motivations.

A second ancient gold coin found in a Salvation Army Red Kettle in Tampa

TAMPA, Fla - The Salvation Army seems to have a very generous secret Santa. For the second time in six days, the organization is reporting they found a rare gold coin from the years 44-22 BC donated in one of their Red Kettles. The coin is worth $3,000, according to the Salvation Army.

Florida lawmaker co-sponsors Save our Seas Act 2.0, citing marine debris as a threat

WASHINGTON - Every year, billions of pounds of plastics, trash and other pollutants find their way into the world's oceans, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In an effort to combat the barrage of marine debris entering our oceans, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Florida, co-sponsored the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act.

Long after the funerals, it's tough to find people to care for cemeteries

Weather-beaten, crooked gravestones nestled in tall grass and weeds. Faded polyester flowers poke out of vases where the dead were laid to rest; at least the ones whose graves are still marked. These are the neglected and forgotten cemeteries found in virtually every town in America.

Some of the rarest blood in the world is needed to save a 2-year-old Florida girl

Orlando, Fla. -- An international search is on to find some of the rarest blood in the world to help save the life of a 2-year-old South Florida girl. Zainab has neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of cancer. More than 1,000 local and national donations have been tested to match her blood; but of those, only three people have her rare blood type.

Creative Loafing: Tampa Bay
Get your arcade nostalgia on at Replay Amusement Museum in Tarpon Springs

Summer is never better than when you're a kid. Those three months of sleeping late, swimming, playing, family vacations, and intermittent boredom due to lack of structure - those were the jam. Now we're bill-paying adults with time constraints. Yet we still want some of those good-time summer feels.

Creative Loafing: Tampa Bay
The Broad Spectrum: Mixtape of death

I spend what is probably an unhealthy amount of time worrying about death - both my own, and those of the ones I love.

Creative Loafing: Tampa Bay
One for the bartenders

Our longtime bartenders give us so much more than cold beers and cocktails.

Creative Loafing: Tampa Bay
On the bill

White men's hearts really are in the right place sometimes.

Q&A: Sridhar Sundaram, University of South Florida, St. Pete

Last July Sridhar Sundaram, D.B.A., took the reigns as Dean of the Kate Tiedemann College of Business (KTCOB) at USF in St. Petersburg. This January the college opened its new building, Lynn Pippenger Hall, a modern, light and airy four-story building created with the goals of incorporating the best technology with community engagement to maximize the educational experience of USFSP's business students.

Creative Loafing Tampa
On the subject of creepy-ass white vans

On some human level we can still see eye to eye on certain indisputable things. One of those things: the innate creepiness of the white van.

For Good: Social enterprise employs intellectually disabled in St. Petersburg

Just around the corner from St. Petersburg hotspots 3 Daughters Brewing and Brocante Vintage Market, Carl Estes is quietly running a social enterprise. At Louise Graham Regeneration Center in Midtown St. Pete, intellectually disabled adults, often marginalized or ignored by mainstream society, are finding purpose through work while building self-esteem via positive social interaction.

The Penny Hoarder
7 Easy Halloween Costumes You Can Make at Goodwill for Less Than $30

October 24, 2016 For one night a year, on Halloween, we escape our usual personas. We embrace our collective fears and superstitions, and turn them on their heads by becoming them. In your face, Grim Reaper! Halloween is a must in my world, but so are the winter holidays that follow, and all those celebrations add up.

Green Bench Monthly
Documentary-Style Photographer Captures the Beauty in Every Family

Three little girls sit in the grass, fully immersed at the task of painting their pumpkins. It doesn't matter if they get paint on their pale yellow tutus or matching Halloween t-shirts. No one is telling them to position their bodies in a certain way, or to hold a smile.

Green Bench Monthly
Where to Trick or Treat in St. Pete [2016]

Trick-or-treating can be a tricky business. While safety and neighborhood participation are intrinsic to having a great time, other factors may also make trick-or-treating a subjective experience, such as the age of your kids, the level of Halloween scariness they can handle, local traffic, and how much of a crowd mom and dad want to deal with.

Creative Loafing: Tampa Bay
A letter of apology to Florida's natural water

Dear Florida Water, Please, let us explain. It's not you. It's us. We say we love you - that you're the best thing about our state. We wax poetic about your beauty and how being near you is one of the loveliest things in our lives.

Creative Loafing: Tampa Bay
Love & death

As I sit writing this, my grandmother lies on her deathbed.

Creative Loafing: Tampa Bay
Bob Ross: Still boss

2016 has unleashed some unbelievably tough blows on all of us, so the opportunity to swaddle myself in Bob's color-mixing, fan-brushing, buttery-voiced calm is a welcome one.

Creative Loafing Tampa
Controlled porn: Saving our sons

Of the 99 things I worry about as a parent, teenage erectile dysfunction due to unfettered internet porn access ain't one. But maybe it should be.

Creative Loafing Tampa
Public Hulk or Private Bollea?

This has blossomed into something that could be a landmark case for how it applies to the First Amendment, and news outlets’ rights to publish versus celebrities’ rights to privacy.

Creative Loafing Tampa
The Weekend Shift: On the subject of tumble weaves

Looking so forlorn and discarded, you just gotta wonder about the circumstance that led to the fallen hair soldier that ends up laying in a stagnant puddle alongside floating cigarette butts and a baby doll leg.

Creative Loafing: Tampa Bay
On the pill

The efforts to keep ourselves and our families fed is just downright exhausting. It's relentless. Every damn day, three times they say.

Creative Loafing Tampa
Gen X Tampa memories

Remembering the best parts of Tampa from my childhood.

Creative Loafing Tampa
The Weekend Shift: Fecal yourself thin

Many of us have wished there was some magic pill that would melt away the pounds. But what if that magic pill contained freeze-dried poop? Still interested? If so, you may be in luck.

Creative Loafing Tampa
The REAL Florida Man

Generally when we see the words "Florida Man" in the headlines, they're followed by fantastically absurd sentences like, "Eats Homeless Man's Face Off." These types of headlines have pegged Florida Man as batshit-bananas.

Creative Loafing Tampa
The Weekend Shift: The C-word

In the latest study about how yummy and fun things we consume are going to end up killing us, we learned that processed meats, including bacon, ham, and sausage are the new culprits - but not for the usual reason.

Creative Loafing Tampa
The Weekend Shift: Misogynist music

I call myself a feminist, but there I was, joyfully singing the words, "if I catch you, momma, down in the heart of town, I'm gonna grab me a brick and tear your can on down."

Creative Loafing Tampa
The Weekend Shift: Color me relaxed

A new fad is in high gear that promises to relieve our anxieties and put us in a calm state of mind, and it's not even Xanax.

Creative Loafing Tampa
Fucks: To give, or not to give?

The current measure of cool is to give absolutely no fucks. It seems like no one has a fuck to spare anymore.

Creative Loafing Tampa
The Weekend Shift: TV's fantasy Florida

Florida is a lovely place to call home, but it's not without its discomforts. We are intimately familiar with swamp ass and sweaty underboob.

Creative Loafing Tampa
The Weekend Shift: Some '80s trends are better left in the past

The 1980s have come and gone twice already. Once in reality, and again in a nostalgic comeback several years ago, when we Gen X-ers were starting to relate more to the show Thirtysomething than we did to Facts of Life. But, you take the good, you take the bad ...

Creative Loafing Tampa
The weekend shift: Dance face

With so much effort going into trying to look cool on the dance floor, one area that seems overlooked is our dancing face.

Creative Loafing Tampa
The Weekend Shift: The encyclopedia of hangovers

The thing that hangovers have in common with childbirth is that they're worth it. They must be, because who among us gorgeous bastards hasn't sworn off the drink after a particularly soul-crushing hangover, and yet eventually gone back for more.

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