Friday, June 22, 2018

Bay Buzz

The Staff of the Tampa Bay Times

School Board, judicial races highlight a short Pasco County primary ballot

School Board, judicial races highlight a short Pasco County primary ballot

Pasco County's primary ballot will be short, with many races to be settled in the November general election.Highlighting the August vote will be a four-person race to replace District 5 School Board member Steve Luikart, who announced his retire...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Tampa’s trees have the summer off. City Council delays action on removal.

Tampa’s trees have the summer off. City Council delays action on removal.

Tampa and trees.The debate about how to fix what all sides agree is a cumbersome process to cut down a tree and replace it has moved at a slightly faster pace than a Bonsai grows.On Thursday, another delay.Both advocates and builders asked council me...
Published: 06/21/18
Mayor Rick Kriseman raises rainbow flag over St. Pete City Hall

Mayor Rick Kriseman raises rainbow flag over St. Pete City Hall

ST. PETERSBURG —For his fifth time as mayor, Rick Kriseman raised the rainbow flag outside City Hall Thursday morning  as the sun beat down on the crowd of supporters.Kriseman said this year "feels a little extra special" following hi...
Published: 06/21/18
Hillsborough County commissioners on board for return of ferry service

Hillsborough County commissioners on board for return of ferry service

TAMPA – St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman cleared another hurdle in his bid to bring back a seasonal ferry service between his city and Tampa when Hillsborough County commissioners agreed to back the project.Kriseman is asking the  C...
Published: 06/20/18
Bay to Bay businesses ask Bob Buckhorn to reconsider scrapped street plan

Bay to Bay businesses ask Bob Buckhorn to reconsider scrapped street plan

A group of 18 businesses along Bay to Bay Boulevard, the South Tampa artery that has been at the center of a raging debate over safe streets, asked Mayor Bob Buckhorn Wednesday to reconsider his decision to squash a plan to make the busy street safer...
Published: 06/20/18
Candidates rush to fill void left by Murman’s withdrawal from District 7

Candidates rush to fill void left by Murman’s withdrawal from District 7

TAMPA – The chance to run for an open seat on the Hillsborough County Commission doesn't come along often.That might explain why there are now 10 wannabe commissioners vying for the countywide District 7 seat.Democrat Mark Nash became the ...
Published: 06/19/18
Pinellas, Hillsborough sheriffs weigh in on ‘devastating’ family separation at border

Pinellas, Hillsborough sheriffs weigh in on ‘devastating’ family separation at border

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri this week denounced the federal government's practice of separating children from their families at the border as "devastating" while calling on Congress to pass laws to slow the flow of undocumented immigrants e...
Published: 06/19/18
Democrat who hopes to challenge Gus Bilirakis put on New Democrat Coalition Watch List

Democrat who hopes to challenge Gus Bilirakis put on New Democrat Coalition Watch List

A major Democratic group just put one of Gus Bilirakis' potential challengers on its list of candidates to watch.The New Democrat Coalition, 68 congressional Democrats who emphasize economic issues and "finding pragmatic solutions to policy challenge...
Published: 06/15/18
Updated: 06/16/18
Valdes fires back, and draws a blistering response from Alvarez

Valdes fires back, and draws a blistering response from Alvarez

[SEE UPDATE AT THE END FOR FIGHTING WORDS FROM ALVAREZ]Victor DiMaio on Thursday released this announcement on behalf of Florida State House hopeful and Hillsborough County School Board member Susan Valdes:"Susan Valdes hoped the race between Democra...
Published: 06/14/18
Tampa City Council hears cautious optimism in Buckhorn’s modest last budget

Tampa City Council hears cautious optimism in Buckhorn’s modest last budget

Tampa City Council members reacted to Mayor Bob Buckhorn's cautious last budget Thursday with their own hedge, saying the city's economic forecast could change on a dime if the national and regional economy goes south in the next few months.Buckhorn ...
Published: 06/14/18