The first time I’ve ever met Uriel was back in late February of  2017 when I was rehired as a photographer at the Busch Gardens’ merchandise department. I had accidentally called her Ariel before proceeding to sing ‘Under the Sea’ with her for a solid few minutes. It was safe to say that we became pretty good friends at work shortly after that.  Uriel was originally from Merritt Island, Florida before moving to Tampa in June of 2013 to go to The University of South Florida as a theater major. Uriel had always held a strong passion for the magic that was hidden in the art of music and performance, she continues to hold on to that passion whenever she goes on her frequent trips to Broadway in New York or her upcoming visit to the Straz Center to watch RENT.  Her favorite memory of Tampa Bay is when her friend has came to visit and she was able to drag them to all of her favorite destinations such as having a coffee at Time & Space Cafe on Fowler, playing with small pups at All About Puppies in Dale Mabry, and hanging out with the rest of her friends at Busch Gardens as they try to conquer all of the rides and attractions.

Sabrina Cabrera Rivera is a new columnist for OnTampa. She was originally from Orlando, Florida and is of Puerto Rican descent. She is currently a student at The University of Tampa earning her bachelor's degree as a creative writing major. Ms.Cabrera Rivera has published pieces for a online blog called Geekwhale and published a poem at Polk State Community College in 2012 when she was only 14. She also holds a nice skill set of photography experience that she had build in her young adult life. When she isn't studying or writing her life away she uses her free time to take photos of her adventures in Tampa bay, teaching herself Italian, or losing herself in a bookstore. She is always on the move, meeting new people and ready to travel for another adventure. If you wish to contact Sabrina, you could send her a message to her email or Facebook account at hikaroma13@outlook.com.