Thursday, December 14, 2017

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The Staff of the Tampa Bay Times

St. Pete City Council likely to approve hike in reclaimed water rates

St. Pete City Council likely to approve hike in reclaimed water rates

ST. PETERSBURG — City Council members are poised to approve a steep hike in reclaimed water rates at Thursday’s meeting.However, that increase could turn into a 25.5 percent hike that may only be a one-year bump, instead of the five-year ...
Published: 12/06/17
Why money for Lightning arena upgrades canít go to teachers

Why money for Lightning arena upgrades canít go to teachers

TAMPA — On Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Times reported that the Tampa Bay Lightning and Hillsborough County were working on a deal to keep the team at Tampa through 2037.As part of the proposal, the county will put $61 million into upgrades at Amalie...
Published: 12/06/17
That time when you rode a Coast bike for more than 28 milesÖ

That time when you rode a Coast bike for more than 28 milesÖ

When the Coast bikes first started popping up in St. Petersburg last year, the idea was for residents to use them for short hops around town.But some users had more ambitious plans.At the request of the Tampa Bay Times, CycleHop, which partners ...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/06/17
Hillsborough taxpayers to foot bill for a Home Depot commercial

Hillsborough taxpayers to foot bill for a Home Depot commercial

TAMPA —A California-based production company was awarded $12,754 by a Hillsborough County panel to film a commercial here for Home Depot, the  home improvement chain worth $176 billion.Wild Plum, LLC applied for the incentiv...
Published: 12/05/17
Kriseman traveling to Chicago for global climate change summit

Kriseman traveling to Chicago for global climate change summit

Mayor Rick Kriseman won reelection, in part, because of his public commitment to confronting a changing climate in the Sunshine City.During the campaign, Kriseman repeatedly attacked his opponent, Rick Baker, for not fully embracing the scientific co...
Published: 12/04/17
Hillsborough official: Rays need more than $150 million for ballpark deal

Hillsborough official: Rays need more than $150 million for ballpark deal

TAMPA — Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill said Thursday that it will take more than $150 million from the Tampa Bay Rays to build a ballpark in Ybor City.Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg recently floated the $150 million figur...
Published: 11/30/17
Rankings: Tampa Bay second-best in job growth, second-worst in road safety

Rankings: Tampa Bay second-best in job growth, second-worst in road safety

When local business leaders unveiled a study comparing Tampa Bay to 19 other areas across the country, the results were a mix of good news and bad news.The Tampa Bay Partnership’s Regional Competitiveness Report aimed to measure factors that ma...
Published: 11/29/17
DOJ official, county judge among 11 candidates vying for Pinellas-Pasco circuit judge seats

DOJ official, county judge among 11 candidates vying for Pinellas-Pasco circuit judge seats

The names of 11 candidates vying for two judicial vacancies in the Pinellas-Pasco circuit were forwarded to Gov. Rick Scott last week.The judicial nominating commission that reviewed applications and conducted interviews for the two positions selecte...
Updated one month ago
Murman again named Hillsborough chair two years after controversial ouster over transportation

Murman again named Hillsborough chair two years after controversial ouster over transportation

TAMPA — Two years after her unexpected ouster, Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman is once again the board's chairwoman.The seven-member commission chose Murman on Thursday over Victor Crist, who has never led the board during his sev...
Updated one month ago
Rick Krisemanís administration sacks engineer who accused mayor of bullying tactics

Rick Krisemanís administration sacks engineer who accused mayor of bullying tactics

Steven Marshall, the city engineer who went public with allegations about bullying and intimidation in Mayor Rick Kriseman's administration,  has gotten the ax.Marshall, who appeared with Kriseman's opponent, Rick Baker, days before the Nov. 7 e...
Updated one month ago