Friday, January 05, 2018

Community News

William March: Fee or tax? Tampa, hotels fight lawmakers’ efforts to cut marketing money

William March: Fee or tax? Tampa, hotels fight lawmakers’ efforts to cut marketing money

Tampa and the Hillsborough County Hotel & Motel Association are fighting back hard against a lawsuit by House Speaker Richard Corcoran over what he calls an "illegal tax" on a dozen downtown and Ybor City hotels.The city and the association say the $...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Editorial: Hillsborough commissioners need reminding in 2018 of their mass-transit pledge

Editorial: Hillsborough commissioners need reminding in 2018 of their mass-transit pledge

The 2018 to-do list spelled out by members of the Hillsborough County Commission is a heartening one.Transit, economic development, jobs, stormwater drainage, affordable housing, reviving the Museum of Science and Industry.The informal priority list ...
Published: 01/04/18
Updated: 01/05/18
Howard Altman: Military veterans may find right fit in today’s agriculture jobs

Howard Altman: Military veterans may find right fit in today’s agriculture jobs

If you’ve seen images of strawberry farmers spraying down their crops to protect them against a freeze, you know agriculture is big business in Hillsborough County.It’s an industry that worth $1 billion a year in crops, livestock and ancillary produc...
Published: 01/04/18
Updated: 01/05/18
Strawberry farmers spraying water overnight to coat crop with protection against cold

Strawberry farmers spraying water overnight to coat crop with protection against cold

PLANT CITY — Some strawberry farmers in East Hillsborough turned on their sprinklers Thursday morning to coat berries in the field with a protective layer of ice and they’re expecting to do the same the next two nights."I have talked to a number of g...
Published: 01/04/18
Daniel Ruth: Where do I sign up to get paid what Outback Bowl chief makes?

Daniel Ruth: Where do I sign up to get paid what Outback Bowl chief makes?

This has been a miserable failure.For the several days since the Tampa Bay Times’ Richard Danielson reported that Outback Bowl president and CEO Jim McVay earns a salary of — you might want to sit down and swallow that last sip of coffee ...
Published: 01/04/18
Two handguns found in car where two were shot dead by teen-party security guards

Two handguns found in car where two were shot dead by teen-party security guards

TAMPA — Hillsborough County Sheriff’s detectives discovered two handguns in a car two people were occupying at the time they were shot to death by security guards outside a New Year’s party for teenagers.Relatives of the victims had questioned the ve...
Published: 01/03/18
Joe Henderson: Coming clean (I’m no Democrat) on who I am and what I stand for

Joe Henderson: Coming clean (I’m no Democrat) on who I am and what I stand for

We share a common belief in this business that our leaders must be transparent about why they make the decisions they do. The public has a right to know.Period.But until I read a piece the other day by the fine Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwel...
Published: 01/03/18
Free Network starts human trafficking awareness month with kickoff event

Free Network starts human trafficking awareness month with kickoff event

TAMPA — Connie Rose was just 2 when her father began molesting her.By the time she was 16, he would arrange for her to provide sexual favors to men in exchange for money.Rose wasn’t able to escape his clutches until years later when she married her c...
Published: 01/02/18
Updated: 01/05/18
Encore project to expand with first retail outlet: Michelle Faedo’s Tampeño Cuisine

Encore project to expand with first retail outlet: Michelle Faedo’s Tampeño Cuisine

TAMPA — After previous failed efforts to bring retail to Encore, the Tampa Housing Authority is psyched for the grand opening of its first commercial space today and the second coming next month.The Encore project, a $425 million redevelopment of the...
Published: 01/02/18
Updated: 01/03/18
Youth minister brings his message to Winter Jam at Amalie Arena

Youth minister brings his message to Winter Jam at Amalie Arena

Nick Hall travels the world preaching ‘Jesus.’But he avoids the word evangelical. Labels can turn people off to the Gospel, he says.Hall, 35, founded the student-focused ministry Pulse as a junior at North Dakota State. What started as a campus movem...
Published: 01/01/18
Updated: 01/03/18