TAMPA — Hillsborough County commissioners approved a $600 million list of transportation projects that consists largely of road work, telling opponents they'll deal later with expanding transit options in the county.
The commission voted in September to set aside the money for the work over the next 10 years, starting with $35 million in 2017 and increasing $5 million each year for a decade....
About 15 people spoke during the Hillsborough County Commission’s meeting Wednesday morning about a proposed $600 million, 10-year transportation plan -- and more are waiting to share their thoughts later this afternoon.
Commissioner Chaiman Les Miller limited the public comment period to 45 minutes so the board could vote on other matters on the agenda. He said more than 30 people had signed up to speak. Those who did not have time in the morning are invited to address the board in the afternoon session. It’s unclear how many will come back to give their statements....
Rep. Darryl Rouson, after narrowly edging out two other well-known lawmakers in the Democratic primary, will take on political newcomer John "Mr. Manners" Houman, a Republican, to replace longtime Tampa lawmaker Arthenia Joyner in the state Senate.
About the job: Senate District 19 once covered portions of three counties, but has now narrowed to Pinellas and Hillsborough. State senators serve four-year terms and are paid $29,697 a year....
TAMPA — Tampa City Council members want to know the full economic impact of Tampa Bay Express, the $6 billion road project that will add tolls to the area's interstates.
The Florida Department of Transportation updated the council Thursday on the status of the massive road project, known as TBX, including potential community enhancements the state hopes to make once TBX is finished....
TAMPA — The City Council wants to know the full economic impact of Tampa Bay Express, the $6 billion road project that will add tolls to the area’s interstates.
The Florida Department of Transportation on Thursday updated the council on the status of the massive road project, known as TBX, including potential community enhancements the state hopes to make once TBX is built....
TAMPA — Community members on Tuesday berated local officials who voted to approve Tampa Bay Express, calling them "chumps" and accusing them of failing to properly vet the interstate expansion project that will add toll lanes from Tampa to St. Petersburg.
The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization, a group of elected and appointed officials who oversee transportation decisions in the county, had its first board meeting since state officials decided Monday to change course on an important part of TBX: replacing a free lane with a toll lane on the new northbound span of the Howard Frankland Bridge....
Community members berated officials during a board meeting Tuesday morning for voting to approve Tampa Bay Express, calling them “chumps” who failed to properly vet the road expansion project.
The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization, a group of elected and appointed officials who oversee transportation decisions in the county, had its first board meeting since controversy broke last month over the state’s plan to put a toll on the Howard Frankland Bridge....
The Florida Department of Transportation reversed course Monday and abandoned a controversial plan to add a toll to an existing lane on the Howard Frankland Bridge when part of it is rebuilt in 2019.
The department also canceled two public hearings on the bridge replacement scheduled for this week.
In a letter from DOT Secretary Jim Boxold to State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, the state announced it would keep all four of the bridge's lanes free for drivers....
10/01/16 Human Interest
ST. PETERSBURG — Residents of the Mosley Motel continued their exodus Saturday as the threat of eviction loomed.
While many had cleared out their belongings and found new places to stay, about 25 of the motel's 110 rooms were still occupied Saturday afternoon, said Cliff Smith, the city's manager of veterans, social and homeless services.
Some who were still there Saturday were waiting on friends or family to help them move, Smith said. ...
We asked 14 local officials if they knew the Howard Frankland was losing a free lane. Only four did.09/29/16Transportation
Confusion is swirling around the Florida Department of Transportation's plan to replace the northbound span of the Howard Frankland Bridge.
The state is converting one of the four lanes in each direction to a toll lane, leaving one fewer free lane for people to drive on.
Officials said this doesn't reduce the road's capacity because the outside lane in each direction is currently an "auxiliary lane" that's meant to connect on- and off- ramps, not to carry traffic between Tampa and St. Petersburg....
Another prominent elected official said Monday the Florida Department of Transportation mislead him about its plans to rebuild the Howard Frankland Bridge with one fewer free lane for drivers.
Florida Sen. Jack Latvala, R- Clearwater, wrote a letter to DOT District Secretary Paul Steinman conveying his "great concern" about the agency's plan to add a toll on one lane in each direction, creating "express lanes" that could cost as much as $6 to use. Drivers who don't pay will have three lanes instead of the current four....
Commuting across the Howard Frankland Bridge is already a slog.
And state officials are poised to make the congestion even worse — unless you can afford to buy your way out of it.
The Florida Department of Transportation plans to add a toll on one lane in each direction, creating "express lanes" that could cost as much as $6 to use. Drivers who don't pay will have three lanes instead of the current four....
PINELLAS — U.S. Rep. David Jolly and former Gov. Charlie Crist have the same strategy in the race for the 13th Congressional District: link his opponent to Donald Trump.
Crist issued a statement after winning the Democratic primary last week, turning his attention to the matchup against Jolly.
"This Republican primary season has been pretty frightening," Crist said. "It saddens me to think that anyone who supports Donald Trump's agenda could ever represent Pinellas County."...
The morning after he fell fewer than 100 votes short of a seat in the Florida Senate, Ed Narain's wife had one question for the soon-to-be former legislator:
Did he regret running in the Senate race instead of seeking re-election in his Florida House of Representatives district?
"I told her no, I really don't have any regrets," Narain said. "Over the last few years, I've accomplished so much....
It took four days and two recounts to confirm that state Rep. Darryl Rouson narrowly edged out fellow Rep. Ed Narain in the race to replace longtime Sen. Arthenia Joyner in the Democratic primary in state Senate District 19.
Florida election officials won't certify the results until Thursday, but machine and manual recounts in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties on Friday confirmed that St. Petersburg's Rouson garnered 75 more votes than Tampa's Narain in the state's most closely contested primary....