Saturday, August 18, 2018

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The Staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Transportation and sprawl Hillsborough’s biggest woes, say commission candidates

Transportation and sprawl Hillsborough’s biggest woes, say commission candidates

TAMPA -Planners predict some 600,000 people will move to Hillsborough County by 2045, further straining the county's overburdened road network.So it's no surprise that candidates running for the Hillsborough County Commission identified reducing cong...
Published: 08/17/18
Contract to build new Howard Frankland Bridge is record $814M

Contract to build new Howard Frankland Bridge is record $814M

ST. PETERSBURG — The Florida Department of Transportation is prepared to pay a contractor $814 million to design and build a new, 8-lane Howard Frankland Bridge linking Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.A draft request for proposals outli...
Published: 08/16/18
Pinellas County won’t wait on lawsuit to fix Public Safety Complex

Pinellas County won’t wait on lawsuit to fix Public Safety Complex

Pinellas County officials don't plan to wait for a court to decide who's to blame for cracks in the walls of their four-year-old Public Safety Complex before fixing them.In a memo County Administrator Mark Woodard sent to commissioners this week, he ...
Published: 08/08/18
Updated: 08/16/18
Pinellas County’s top choice for top job: Barry Burton

Pinellas County’s top choice for top job: Barry Burton

A nationwide search ended Thursday when the Pinellas County Commission unanimously selected an official from outside Chicago to be the next county administrator.Now, all Barry Burton has to do is accept the job.It took the commission about 35 minutes...
Published: 08/16/18
A Hillsborough school board candidate strikes a nerve when he emails his pitch to teachers

A Hillsborough school board candidate strikes a nerve when he emails his pitch to teachers

This post is updated with the candidate's response.Laurie Rodriguez opened her Hillsborough County School District email and found a campaign flyer for Steve Cona, a builders association executive who is running for School Board.Rodriguez, a teacher ...
Published: 08/16/18
Hillsborough to regulate massage parlors in crackdown on prostitution

Hillsborough to regulate massage parlors in crackdown on prostitution

TAMPA – Hillsborough County has followed the city of Tampa in cracking down on illicit services like prostitution by moving to regulate massage parlors and bathhouses.County commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to adopt a law restrict...
Published: 08/15/18
St. Pete wants to get tougher on single-use plastics, polystyrene

St. Pete wants to get tougher on single-use plastics, polystyrene

ST. PETERSBURG — Food trucks, grocery stores, restaurants and any business that serves food and drink in the city could face some big changes in the way they use plastic and polystyrene products in the coming years.Imagine paying 5 cents f...
Published: 08/15/18
Pinellas commissioners interview county administrator candidates

Pinellas commissioners interview county administrator candidates

ST. PETERSBURG — The four candidates vying to become the next administrator of Pinellas County spent the past two days making their pitch to dozens of community leaders — and to their future bosses, the County Commission.Now it's a waitin...
Published: 08/14/18
Diver sues city of St. Petersburg over sewage spills, hearing loss

Diver sues city of St. Petersburg over sewage spills, hearing loss

ST. PETERSBURG —A certified diver and boat captain is suing the city, alleging that the 2015 sewage spills — and lack of proper notification — caused him to suffer a hearing loss from the bacteria he was exposed to while unknow...
Published: 08/14/18
Voters can meet Pinellas county administrator candidates

Voters can meet Pinellas county administrator candidates

Pinellas County voters will have the opportunity to meet the candidates who are seeking to become the next county administrator.The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners will host a meet-and-greet on Monday from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Hilton ...
Published: 08/10/18