The Ybor City bootlegging tunnels are perhaps one of the greatest urban legends in the Tampa Bay area. Solidified in popular culture in Scott Dietche's book "Cigar City Mafia" it is believed that bootleggers had dug tunnels under many of the establishments and clubs along the main drag in Ybor City connecting them to the port for illegal liquor shipments;
"Under the crowded streets of Ybor is a series of tunnels, the use of which has never been fully documented. The tunnels run under some of the early gaming palaces and down along the streets toward the port of Tampa."The most recent sighting was on the Southwest Corner of 15th Street and 7th Ave, across from Czar Nightclub (former Los Novidades). I went out later this week and it appears someone has left a stake around the area where this "hole" formed.
2000, and was demolished the next day. An interesting video from Fox 13 provides more of a background.
|Photos from St. Pete Times (Article links above)|