Mostly Cloudy68° FULL FORECASTMostly Cloudy68° FULL FORECAST
Make us your home page


Chris Stark, a fire training officer, rappels down the side of a three story "burn building" Thursday on the county's new $36.1 million public safety operations complex. [TONY MARRERO   |   Times]

Hillsborough County, driven by 2004 storm season, finishes $36 million safety complex

TAMPA — Larry Gispert surveyed the cavernous space, taking in the huge video screens and rows of work stations, and thought back to an infamous Florida hurricane season. "I could have used this in 2004," said Gispert, who served as Hillsborough County's emergency management director for 14 years. That year, when fo …