TAMPA — Hillsborough County officials said Tuesday that they will start paying tipsters $1,000 for information about an illegal gun that leads to an arrest.
The gun bounty program — part of a new partnership between the county's law enforcement agencies and Crime Stoppers Tampa Bay — is the first of its kind in Hillsborough. It was spurred by a deadly 2015, one of the area's bloodiest years in recent history....
TAMPA — Commuters who travel north along Interstate 275 into Tampa can breathe a sigh of sweet relief: two lanes opened Tuesday morning on the congested stretch of highway between Lois and Armenia Avenues, easing the bumper-to-bumper traffic that plagued that stretch of the interstate for a month.
The Florida Department of Transportation reopened the northbound I-275 lanes after shutting them down Monday and detouring traffic off the highway overnight. That's so crews could work through the night to open a new lane from N West Shore Boulevard to east of Himes Avenue and re-open an auxiliary lane east of Himes that had been closed since Jan. 12. ...
TAMPA — Drivers who have spent the past few weeks stuck in the hellish traffic of northbound Interstate 275 between Lois and Armenia Avenues could finally see relief when new lanes open on Tuesday — weather permitting.
Florida Department of Transportation will shutdown northbound I-275 lanes in that area from 10 p.m. Monday to 5:30 a.m. Tuesday and detour everyone off the highway. That's so crews can work on opening a brand new lane and re-opening an auxiliary lane that has been closed since Jan. 12....
TAMPA — Hillsborough County Commissioners are prepared to ask developers to pay more for the transportation solutions needed to support the growth they bring, but the details of just how much to charge are still being hammered out.
For many years, the county charged developers an impact fee based on location and type of development. Then the state changed to a process where counties would make the improvements and charge the developer for a proportional share of the new traffic created, which typically amounts to a fraction of the real cost....
ST. PETERSBURG — Transportation leaders from Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties met Friday to discuss their 2016 priorities for the Tampa Bay region.
Though the list has not been finalized, the Tampa Bay Transportation Management Area Leadership Group listed several leading projects:
• Tampa Bay Express, the Florida Department of Transportation's plan to add express toll lanes to Interstates 275, I-75 and I-4, known as TBX....
Transportation leaders from Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough discussed their 2016 priorities for the tri-county area Friday.
The following projects lead the list, which has not been finalized: Tampa Bay Express, a transportation hub at West Shore connecting downtown and the airport, commuter rail along CSX tracks, a regional farebox system, and improvements to the Duke Energy Trail....
Hillsborough commissioners face April deadline to decide on transportation referendum, mobility fees02/04/16Transportation
TAMPA — Hillsborough County commissioners went through their own Groundhog Day on Thursday as they discussed, yet again, how to pay for much-needed transportation improvements.
It's a conversation they've had countless times over the past several years. But now there's a deadline looming.
County Administrator Mike Merrill told commissioners they have until April 6 to vote on two potential solutions: putting a half-cent sales tax for transportation on the November ballot and requiring developers to pay more for the roads and transit projects needed to support new growth....
Middle and high school students will be able to ride Hillsborough County buses for free this spring, in a move that transportation leaders hope will boost transit use in the area.
The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority will once again offer free rides to students under 18 who show their school ID starting March 1.
This is the seventh year of the program, which normally only runs in March to coordinate with spring break. However, HART is extending the discount through June 10 this year. At the end of the three months, officials will determine whether the program will be continued on a larger scale, perhaps for the whole year....
TAMPA — As Tampa Bay's biggest party weekend approaches, wannabe pirates are finalizing their plans, including how to get home from Saturday's Gasparilla festivities.
Sure, there are cabs, buses and designated drivers. And then there is Uber, the rideshare company that came to Tampa more than a year and a half ago and has caused all sorts of drama.
On the plus side, it's cheap. Usually. Fares are 65 cents a mile while cabs are set at $2.40 a mile. Riders can use an app on their phone to page a nearby driver and watch on the map as the car approaches — which means no waiting around for 20 minutes wondering when your ride is going to arrive....
As Tampa's biggest party weekend approaches, wannabe pirates are finalizing their plans, including how to get home from the Gasparilla festivities.
Sure, there are cabs and buses and designated drivers. And then there is Uber, the rideshare company that came to Tampa more than a year and a half ago and has caused all sorts of drama.
On the plus side, it's cheap. Usually. Fares are 65 cents a mile while cabs are set at $2.40 a mile. Riders can use an app on their phone to page a nearby driver and watch on the map as the car approaches -- which means no waiting around for 20 minutes wondering when your ride is going to arrive....
TAMPA — Stephen Diaco is no longer a lawyer in the state of Florida.
He was permanently disbarred by the Florida Supreme Court, according to a Thursday court filing, a move long expected as the state's highest court punishes three Tampa lawyers who orchestrated the arrest of rival lawyer C. Philip Campbell in 2013.
"Stephen Diaco is now finished as a lawyer, and deservedly so, for his role in the scandal involving the setup arrest of Phil Campbell," said John Fitzgibbons, the attorney for Campbell....
TAMPA — Dense fog closed Port Tampa Bay for much of the day Thursday, preventing a Carnival Cruise ship and other vessels from entering or leaving.
The Carnival Paradise was schedule to arrive in downtown Tampa at Cruise Terminal 3 at 8 a.m. Thursday after sailing to Grand Cayman and Cozumel for five days.
However, the heavy fog, which obscured the tops of downtown buildings and hung over the bay, limiting visibility on the bridges, made it impossible for the ship to enter the bay through the Skyway Bridge and make its way to Port Tampa Bay....
TAMPA — Driving in downtown Tampa as hordes of pirates descend on the city is a nightmare in and of itself. Now add a mess of road construction, a performance of The Lion King and a Little Big Town concert and things really get interesting.
But the city says it's ready for the congestion, armed with detours and traffic plans aimed to ease the worries of frazzled drivers who will attempt to navigate downtown during Saturday's annual Gasparilla parade....
Despite a temporary cease-fire with local regulators, Uber continues to face all sorts of issues in the Tampa Bay market, including a lawsuit, driver protests and the embarassing mistake of revealing a woman's Social Security number to other drivers.
Jami Ermlich, 34, was notified by drivers in several different states on Sunday when the company made her 1099 form available to other drivers. Uber issued a statement saying it was in touch with Ermlich, who lives in New Port Richey, and that it values partner privacy....