TAMPA — City Council Chairman Frank Reddick walked out of Mayor Bob Buckhorn's office Friday with a sense of having made some progress and the gift of a baseball.
But Reddick did not leave with an agreement about the number of members the City Council will appoint to Tampa's new Citizens Review Board for police.
Rather, Reddick and Buckhorn talked about various possible scenarios for the 11-member board, which is being created to review closed internal affairs cases involving the use of force and police pursuits, as well as other policies and issues of public concern....
More than a quarter of the Tampa Bay area’s renters spend at least half of their pre-tax household income on rent and utilities, according to a survey from the renter advocacy campaign Make Room.
That’s a level that’s considered to be a “severe” burden on the 114,342 local renters who are paying it, said Make Room, whose sponsoring partner is the Maryland-based nonprofit Enterprise Community Partners....
TAMPA — Thanks to a new partnership with some New York-based wellness gurus, Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik's plan for a $2 billion downtown development now includes a major commitment to promoting healthy living.
But still, this is America.
And America is about freedom and choice.
So while salad could be plentiful and sugary drinks scarce in at least some office buildings, planners say the new district will still be a place where you can find a burger and a beer....
10/01/15 Local Government
TAMPA — The City Council voted Thursday to pull back about $75,000 it pledged to the Go Hillsborough transportation project.
The council voted on Sept. 3 to pay $74,985 to the engineering firm Parsons Brinckerhoff, which is managing Go Hillsborough's efforts to get public feedback on the idea of a 2016 referendum on whether to raise the sales tax to help pay for transportation projects....
To Jeff Vinik's list of big ambitions for what he now describes as a $2 billion project near downtown Tampa, add this:
To create the world's first city district designed to make those who live and work there more healthy.
Vinik on Tuesday unveiled a partnership to do that with Delos, a New York-based real estate company that tries to build health and wellness strategies into its projects....
TAMPA — On one thing, there is no argument: In 2013, City Hall suggested to a planning firm hired to redesign Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park that it expand its team to include Tampa public relations consultant Beth Leytham.
That's the same Beth Leytham now facing questions — first raised by WTSP 10News and that she disputes — about whether she worked behind the scenes to nudge Hillsborough County officials toward giving a $1.35 million consulting contract to a firm that employs her as a subcontractor....
The beginning of this week will be plenty wet, according to WTSP 10 Weather, but the weekend is expected to be "cooler" and "not as humid."
"This is a fantastic weekend coming up," said meteorologist Bobby Deskins.
Daytime temperatures should hover in the mid 80s starting Friday, and overnight they'll dip into the lower 70s. Deskins said those mild conditions should last through Sunday....
TAMPA — A few days after the chairwoman of the Hillsborough County Commission called for tighter rules on lobbyists, the Tampa City Council wants a review of its lobbying regulations.
Some of the reasons for the city review overlap with what's going on at the county, where the Go Hillsborough transportation initiative is mired in questions about whether public relations consultant Beth Leytham has gotten government work because she's close to influential elected officials....
Tampa City Council’s Lisa Montelione wants review of city ethics and lobbying rules in wake of Go Hillsborough controversy09/25/15 Blog
First Hillsborough County Commission Chairwoman Sandy Murman called for tighter rules on lobbyists in light of the controversy over the Go Hillsborough contract with an engineering firm and its politically connected subcontractor.
Now the Tampa City Council is asking for a review of city lobbying regulations, too....
TAMPA — Protesters shouted "No compromise!" on Thursday, temporarily shutting down a City Council discussion of Tampa's new Citizens Review Board for police.
But after a four-hour delay and another discussion, the council and Mayor Bob Buckhorn each took a step toward finding common ground.
First the council voted to ask Chairman Frank Reddick to meet with the mayor and explore opportunities for compromise....
TAMPA — A proposal to expand liquor sales to all of Raymond James Stadium won initial approval from the Tampa City Council Thursday night.
The Tampa Sports Authority currently has a city permit to sell beer and wine throughout the stadium, but can only serve distilled spirits to the 15,000 or so fans in the club level and luxury suites.
Sports authority officials say expanding liquor sales to the entire 65,890-seat facility would put the stadium on an equal footing with Amalie Arena and Tropicana Field....
TAMPA — You can buy a cold beer or glass of wine at a Tampa Bay Buccaneers home game, but, for now, you can't get a cocktail unless you hold a pricey club-level ticket or sit in one of the luxury suites at Raymond James Stadium.
That could change soon.
The Tampa City Council has scheduled the first of two public hearings for 6 p.m. today on a request to allow liquor sales throughout the 65,890-seat stadium....
TAMPA — Just because the mayor and the City Council disagree doesn't create a conflict of interest for a city attorney who happens to side with the mayor.
That's the takeaway from an eight-page opinion submitted to City Hall this week by Gwynne A. Young, a Carlton Fields attorney who is the immediate past president of the Florida Bar.
City Attorney Julia Mandell hired Young for $10,000 to sort through legal issues brought up during the roiling debate over Tampa's new Citizens Review Board for police....
Just because the mayor and the City Council disagree — say, for example, about who has the authority to create a Citizens Review Board for police — that doesn’t create a conflict of interest for a city attorney who happens to side with the mayor.
That’s the take-away from an eight-page legal opinion submitted to City Attorney Julia Mandell this week by Gwynne A. Young, a Carlton Fields attorney who is the immediate past president of the Florida Bar....
Mayor Bob Buckhorn heads to Washington D.C. this week to participate in a White House event on Wednesday to greet Pope Francis, City Hall said Monday.
After arriving in Washington following a three-day visit to Cuba, the pope is expected to meet with President Obama, deliver an address to a joint session of Congress and meet with homeless clients at the headquarters of Catholic Charities of Washington....