Saturday, November 25, 2017


Caitlin Johnston

Caitlin Johnston

Caitlin Johnston covers transportation, breaking news and features in Hillsborough County. She is a graduate of Indiana University, with her master's from the University of Maryland. She's always looking for story ideas.

Former Tampa firefighter Tanja Vidovic steps out of the federal courthouse in Tampa on Tuesday during the trial of her sexual discrimination case against the city of Tampa. [CAITLIN JOHNSTON   |   Times]

Jurors hear from firefighter who filed sex discrimination case

TAMPA — The firefighter suing the city of Tampa for discrimination took the stand for the first time Tuesday, telling the courtroom how other firefighters slammed the door in her face, refused to let her pump breast milk and propositioned her for...
Published: 11/21/17
Former Tampa firefighter Tanja Vidovic is suing the city in federal court, alleging sex discrimination. [Times (2014)]

Tampa Fire Rescue says pregnant firefighter insisted on working in the field much longer than others

TAMPA — Tampa Fire Rescue had never before had a firefighter in her third trimester of pregnancy who could get called into a hazardous situation at any moment. Former Personnel Chief Jace Kohan told a judge and seven jurors Thursday at a sex...
Published: 11/16/17
Former Tampa firefighter Tanja Vidovic is suing the city in federal court, alleging sex discrimination. [Times (2014)]

Witness in lawsuit tells of inconsistent treatment of Tampa female firefighter

TAMPA — In August 2015, a firefighter broke protocol and went outside his chain of command to email then Division Chief Jace Kohan. In a regimented organization like Tampa Fire Rescue, chain of command is part of daily operations. But Kohan...
Published: 11/15/17
Former Tampa firefighter Tanja Vidovic is suing the city in federal court, alleging sex discrimination. [Times (2014)]

Fired Tampa firefighter’s sex discrimination case opens with talk of shower peepers

TAMPA — The highest ranking woman in the history of Tampa Fire Rescue said Tuesday that she has been peeped on while showering. She said it in front of a judge and seven jurors at a sex discrimination trial in U.S. District Court, while describing the...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/15/17
The Cross Bay Ferry cruises along the Vinoy Yacht Basin after departing downtown St. Petersburg and headed across Tampa Bay to downtown Tampa. The ferry won't return for a second season this fall, but it could come back in 2018. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

The Cross Bay Ferry won’t come back this fall. What about 2018?

Still waiting for the Cross Bay Ferry to return? It’s going to be a while — say, 2018 at the earliest.The ferry’s supporters, most notably St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, had hoped to bring the boat back for another season after the first...
Updated one month ago
Katharine Eagan, who is credited with making the most a shoestring budget as chief executive officer of Hillsborough Area Regional Transit, is leaving the post after nine years. [GABRIELLA ANGIOTTI-JONES   |   Times]

Hillsborough loses transit leader Katharine Eagan to a better funded agency

TAMPA — Katharine Eagan, the leader of Hillsborough County’s transit agency, is leaving the job just a month after implementing a widespread overhaul of the county’s bus network.She will take over as CEO of the Port Authority of Allegheny, Pa.,...
Updated one month ago
St. Petersburg City Council District 2 candidate Brandi Gabbard (left) campaigns at the Coliseum during Election Day on Tuesday. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]

St. Pete Council District 2: Gabbard defeats Harless

ST. PETERSBURG — Realtor Brandi Gabbard will replace term-limited Jim Kennedy on the City Council, after defeating Barclay Harless by a substantial margin Tuesday.Gabbard beat Harless with 61 percent of the vote, wining by 12,519 votes. That...
Updated one month ago
Some speakers Monday faulted Hillsborough Area Reional Transit for stranding people who depended on the bus while other praised HART's new system overhaul as more efficient. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Staff]

Speakers give mixed reviews to new Hillsborough bus-route overhaul

TAMPA — Hillsborough’s transit agency heard its first public comment Monday since overhauling its bus network and cutting about 20 percent of its routes last month.A handful of people spoke at the agency’s board meeting, with one praising the...
Updated one month ago
The proposed location of a new Tampa Bay Rays baseball stadium in Ybor City. The area is bounded by Adamo Drive, Channelside Drive, Fourth Avenue and 15th Street. [Rendering courtesy of Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan]

New ballpark in Tampa faces old issues: transportation, parking

TAMPA — For decades, Tampa Bay football, baseball and hockey fans have become accustomed to driving to games and parking a few hundred feet away from the venue.
Updated one month ago
Riders take in the last few stops of the streetcar route in Ybor City during the tenth anniversary celebration of the TECO line streetcar system in Tampa in 2012. Now officials are looking for ways to expand the service north through downtown to Tampa Heights. [EVE EDELHEIT  |  Times]

Expanded Tampa streetcar system gets first public approval

TAMPA — The plan to extend the TECO Line Streetcar system north through downtown got its first positive reviews from the public on Tuesday night.The streetcar system already runs from Ybor City to the Channel District. The aim of a $1.7 million...
Updated one month ago