Friday, October 19, 2018

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The Staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Tampa’s getting some momentum on its flooding problems

Tampa’s getting some momentum on its flooding problems

Tampa isn't on dry ground yet (see Bayshore Boulevard or the Davis Islands ramp among many other trouble spots), but Mayor Bob Buckhorn is declaring a tidal shift in the city's long struggle with flooding.Two years after a contentious City Council vo...
Published: 10/11/18
No Boss Mayor gets boost from trade group; pro-strong mayor PAC leads in cash

No Boss Mayor gets boost from trade group; pro-strong mayor PAC leads in cash

The group fighting the strong mayor initiative in Clearwater has received its single largest boost from the leading organization that advocates professional management for governments.The International City/County Management Association based in...
Published: 10/08/18
Updated: 10/09/18
UPC Insurance to build new St. Pete headquarters, bring 300 jobs

UPC Insurance to build new St. Pete headquarters, bring 300 jobs

ST. PETERSBURG — UPC Insurance has pledged to spend $5 million to buy the 800 block of First Avenue S and build its headquarters there in a deal that could bring 300 jobs to the city.The City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a developme...
Published: 10/04/18
Updated: 10/05/18
If you’re running for Tampa mayor, where do you eat? Mike Suarez has a list.

If you’re running for Tampa mayor, where do you eat? Mike Suarez has a list.

Tampa’s first mayoral debate covered a lot of ground in 75 minutes. Transportation issues, budget details and the history of Tampa pro stadium deals were among the topics chewed up by six of the candidates vying to replace Mayor Bob Buckhorn ne...
Published: 10/04/18
Updated: 10/05/18
After a few jabs, Tampa’s first mayoral debate is a civil affair

After a few jabs, Tampa’s first mayoral debate is a civil affair

Tampa mayoral candidate and former county commissioner Ed Turanchik listens while other candidates speak Wednesday night. The first mayoral debate of the 2019 Tampa mayor’s race was held at Hillsborough Community College. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE ...
Published: 10/03/18
Updated: 10/04/18
Could Hillsborough’s transportation campaign inspire Pinellas?

Could Hillsborough’s transportation campaign inspire Pinellas?

ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman is keenly interested in the latest attempt to pass a transportation sales tax in Hillsborough County.All for Transportation is campaigning to convince Hillsborough voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax i...
Updated one month ago
David Straz won’t be at the first Tampa mayoral forum

David Straz won’t be at the first Tampa mayoral forum

The political attention might be elsewhere–think Gillum, DeSantis, Nelson, Scott– but Tampa's March mayoral election is well underway.Wednesday will mark the first high-profile forum. Hosted by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce at the...
Updated one month ago
Facebook page swap and misleading signs startle Clearwater strong-mayor referendum watchers

Facebook page swap and misleading signs startle Clearwater strong-mayor referendum watchers

Drew Hamilton was driving home from a friend's birthday party on Saturday when he got a frantic phone call from his mother.She wanted to know why Hamilton was listed as 'liking' the Facebook page advocating for the Nov. 6 strong mayor referendum when...
Updated one month ago
Steve Bannon to speak at Hillsborough GOP dinner Oct. 26

Steve Bannon to speak at Hillsborough GOP dinner Oct. 26

The Hillsborough County Republican Party will host a dinner with Steve Bannon, former adviser to President  Donald Trump, Oct. 26.The party announced the event on its Facebook page Friday, but only as a "save the date" notice with no details of ...
Updated one month ago
Hillsborough Democratic Party turns the tables, outraises county Republicans 2-1

Hillsborough Democratic Party turns the tables, outraises county Republicans 2-1

In a dramatic reversal, the Hillsborough County Democratic party is leading the local Republican Party 2-1 in fundraising following a sharp fundraising decline for the Hillsborough GOP.As of late August, the Democrats had raised $418,886 in the 2017-...
Updated one month ago