Sunday, September 23, 2018

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The Staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Police update sparks new concerns on Tampa council over ticketing black bicyclists

Police update sparks new concerns on Tampa council over ticketing black bicyclists

TAMPA — A divisive policing strategy that targeted bicycle riders who are black drew fire again at the Tampa City Council meeting Thursday and the city's upcoming mayoral election provided some of the fuel.The Tampa Police Department said the p...
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Pinellas Commission candidate calls police on Times reporter at fundraiser

Pinellas Commission candidate calls police on Times reporter at fundraiser

Pinellas County Commission candidate Amy Kedron called police on Tampa Bay Times reporter Mark Puente when he attempted to interview her outside of a campaign fundraiser at the Vinoy Marina on Wednesday evening.Puente said he stood on the marina...
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Rick Kriseman stands by his support for Pinellas County Commission candidate Amy Kedron

Rick Kriseman stands by his support for Pinellas County Commission candidate Amy Kedron

Democrat Amy Kedron held a fundraiser for her Pinellas County Commission campaign Wednesday aboard a yacht docked in St. Petersburg. It didn’t attract any county leaders, but St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman offered support.Kriseman reiterate...
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Appellate court sides with Hillsborough Dems, blocks referendum on non-partisan offices

Appellate court sides with Hillsborough Dems, blocks referendum on non-partisan offices

TAMPA – Party affiliation will remain a part of the elections for Hillsborough County's sheriff and other constitutional officers following an appeals court decision Wednesday that kills a move to let voters decide.The 2nd District Court o...
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Pasco rejects neighbors’ appeal of Tampa Electric Co.’s solar farm near Dade City

Pasco rejects neighbors’ appeal of Tampa Electric Co.’s solar farm near Dade City

DADE CITY – Pasco Commissioners Tuesday approved Tampa Electric Co.'s plans for a solar farm in the rural northeast Pasco, saying state law didn't allow them to prohibit solar energy collectors."Our hands are tied," said Commissioner Jack Maria...
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Koch network to campaign against proposed Hillsborough transportation tax

Koch network to campaign against proposed Hillsborough transportation tax

TAMPA – Americans for Prosperity has helped derail several plans to raise taxes for public transit over the past few years, including ones in Nashville  and Little Rock.The anti-tax, small government group, which for years was bankrol...
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Historic Stovall House headed toward conversion to private club serving alcohol

Historic Stovall House headed toward conversion to private club serving alcohol

The Stovall House is one step closer to serving booze and putting up overnight guests now that the Tampa City Council has given a first nod to transforming the historic Bayshore Boulevard estate into a private club.The decision came around 1 a.m...
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‘Anything can happen in an election year.’ Tampa City Council sued over zoning denial

‘Anything can happen in an election year.’ Tampa City Council sued over zoning denial

An executive at a West Tampa window company has sued the city of Tampa for rejecting his attempt to turn a residential property into a parking lot.Spencer Kass, a 44-year-old Weather Tite Windows vice-president, claims that council members rejected h...
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A truce on Tampa’s trees? It looks likely.

A truce on Tampa’s trees? It looks likely.

Plenty of people at Thursday’s Tampa City Council meeting said what was happening was historic.For decades, builders and tree advocates had been foes, battling over the city's tree canopy.Advocates said builders wanted to weaken the city’...
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Tight down-ballot races may affect Hillsborough voters’ lives more than marquee contests

Tight down-ballot races may affect Hillsborough voters’ lives more than marquee contests

It's game on for the Nov. 6 general election.Most of the attention and TV ads will focus on the races for governor and U.S. senator, but critical local races in Hillsborough County will have arguably more impact on voters' lives.Here's a look at the ...
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