Sunday, August 12, 2018

Bay Buzz

The Staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Echelman sculpture edges closer to approval in new location

Echelman sculpture edges closer to approval in new location

ST. PETERSBURG — City Council members on Thursday praised the proposed new location for Janet Echelman's floating art sculpture near the St. Petersburg Museum of History, signaling that the new location could be approved as soon ...
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Tampa formally approves money for ferry

Tampa formally approves money for ferry

The Tampa City Council, meeting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, approved spending $150,000 Thursday, its share of the $600,000 public subsidy to bring back a seasonal ferry connecting St. Petersburg and Tampa.St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman...
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Hillsborough Democrats aim to kill ballot measure on non-partisan constitutional offices

Hillsborough Democrats aim to kill ballot measure on non-partisan constitutional offices

The Hillsborough County Democratic Party has filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent a referendum that would make the county's constitutional offices non-partisan positions.The county Democrats charge the measure is "self-serving politics" and a voter sup...
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St. Petersburg ranked best parks in Florida by national non-profit

St. Petersburg ranked best parks in Florida by national non-profit

ST. PETERSBURG — Thanks to nearly 40,000 acres of parks, including a plethora of basketball hoops and dog parks, the city edged out Tampa, Miami, and Orlando as the best city for parks in Florida, according to an annual ranking by the Trust For...
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Harry Cohen wants Gov. Rick Scott to call special session on Stand Your Ground law

Harry Cohen wants Gov. Rick Scott to call special session on Stand Your Ground law

Tampa City Council member and mayoral candidate Harry Cohen wants Gov. Rick Scott to call a special session to address the state's "Stand Your Ground" law.A fatal shooting in a Clearwater convenience store parking lot on Thursday thrust the controver...
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More big donations for transportation initiative as organizers say signature drive reaches 59,000

More big donations for transportation initiative as organizers say signature drive reaches 59,000

TAMPA – A citizen's group trying to put a transportation initiative before voters says it has amassed almost 59,000 signatures as it begins a final push to meet a Friday deadline to qualify.That exceeds the threshold of roughly 49,000 that All ...
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Clearwater police chief: ‘Stand your ground’ law needs ‘significant improvements’

Clearwater police chief: ‘Stand your ground’ law needs ‘significant improvements’

Clearwater police Chief Dan Slaughter said Florida's "stand your ground" law needs "significant improvements" days after a fatal shooting last week riled his community.While the death of Markeis McGlockton, who was shot during a confrontation that st...
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St. Pete council votes advance Pier District construction

St. Pete council votes advance Pier District construction

ST. PETERSBURG — The controversy surrounding the proposed location of a Janet Echelman net sculpture on Spa Beach tinged discussions Thursday about an ordinance to amend definitions governing the city's active and passive parks.But an initially...
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Hillsborough County looks to hold the line in 2019 budget

Hillsborough County looks to hold the line in 2019 budget

TAMPA – County leaders won't know until November whether Florida voters will greenlight an increase to the homestead exemption that would take a $30 million chunk out of Hillsborough County's annual budget.But they're not taking ...
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Pinellas County Commission will interview four candidates for county administrator

Pinellas County Commission will interview four candidates for county administrator

Pinellas County commissioners have selected four candidates to interview next month to be the next county administrator.There is a good chance that Mark Woodard's successor could come from another state. Top-ranked pick Barry Burton is the county adm...
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