Platt street bridge project to bring closures
Construction crews will begin a year-long rebuilding project in two weeks that will shut down portions of the 84-year-old Platt Street bridge. The bridge, which carries one-way traffic east from both Platt Street and Bayshore Boulevard out of South Tampa, will shut down entirely in the latter portion of the project as crews bring it up to date with current standards. The first four months of the project will see one lane and the sidewalk closed on the north side of the bridge. The following four months will see the lane and sidewalk on the south side of the bridge closed. The bridge will close entirely for 105 days in the late summer or early fall to allow the drawbridge components to be repaired.
Former council members say they won't run
Former Tampa City Council members John Dingfelder and Linda Saul-Sena said Wednesday they do not plan to try to run again for the council. Dingfelder said he has decided to practice law full time. Saul-Sena noted that she had served five four-year terms and that was enough. "I enjoyed it," she said. "I worked very hard at it." Dingfelder had considered filing a lawsuit challenging a new City Council rule that bans him and Saul-Sena from running again. Both resigned their council seats last year to seek election to the Hillsborough County Commission. Both lost, and two days later, the City Council adopted a rule prohibiting council members who don't finish their terms from running in the next city election. Dingfelder said he feels the rule is unconstitutional, but it became moot in his case after he decided not to run.