TAMPA — The construction of an apartment complex on the northern edge of downtown is causing major traffic problems for patrons of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.
"My sense from them is that it's really becoming a very critical situation," said Harry Cohen, the Tampa City Council's appointee to the Straz Center board.
When the hit musical Into the Woods played the Straz Center last week, theater managers had to hold the curtain for 30 minutes because patrons were having problems finding places to park. And they held the curtain for other shows in the Straz's smaller halls that night, too....
12/08/16 Human Interest
TAMPA — The six men and women honored Thursday on the Tampa Riverwalk's Historical Monument Trail lived at different times, fought for different causes and confronted different challenges, but they had one thing in common.
Faced with hardship, they didn't flinch.
One lost a job after demanding equal pay for black and white teachers. One mortgaged her home to bring music and opera to Tampa. One saw fellow doctors try to ban him from Tampa General Hospital because he treated everyone. One shrugged off repeated threats on his life....
TAMPA — After outspending his opponent nearly 5 to 1, political newcomer Luis Viera on Tuesday night won the runoff election to represent northern Tampa and New Tampa on the City Council.
With all votes counted, Viera, a 38-year-old lawyer, defeated emergency room doctor Jim Davison 2,588 votes to 2,523 votes — a winning margin of just over 1 percent — in the runoff for council District 7. Viera will serve the 2⅓ years remaining in the term of Lisa Montelione, who resigned her seat to run for the Florida House of Representatives....
TAMPA — Polls open at 7 a.m. today for a special Tampa City Council election in northern Tampa and New Tampa.
The race is a runoff in council District 7, where the seat came open after Lisa Montelione resigned mid-term to run for the Florida House of Representatives.
Emergency room doctor Jim Davison and attorney Luis Viera emerged from a field of six candidates — including a former police officer, a retired teacher, a journalist and another doctor — on Nov. 8....
12/05/16 Human Interest
TAMPA — The day the Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory was dedicated in 1941 was overshadowed by a nation's outrage and grief.
Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor the day before. The new armory opened as Tampa's 116th Field Artillery marshaled for war.
"Grim," the Tampa Morning Tribune said, noting the "serious civilian crowd."
On Thursday, 75 years to the day later, the old building will be rededicated, though under much different circumstances....
TAMPA — For 50 years, the rumble and roar of heavy trucks on 21st and 22nd streets was part of the fabric of life in Ybor City, but that's changing.
Richard Gonzmart, 63, remembers being 12 and hearing his father talk about the 18-wheelers that thundered by on both sides of the family's Columbia Restaurant.
"It was damaging the structure of our building," he said.
Up to 6,000 trucks a day used the pair of roads. Tankers leaving the port fully loaded with fuel and heading north on 22nd Street would shake buildings to their foundations, dent the asphalt and cause parts of the road to collapse....
Jim Davison's talk about New Tampa secession drives Bob Buckhorn to back Luis Viera for City Council12/01/16 Blog
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn typically does not take sides in City Council races, but he said Thursday morning he is backing Luis Viera in the runoff of a special City Council election in District 7.
“I had not planned on it, but as the campaign went on and I was hearing more and more outrageous and patently false statements coming out of Mr. (Jim) Davison, I decided to step in,” Buckhorn said....
TAMPA — The question of whether New Tampa should ever consider seceding from the rest of the city to get more of its taxes back animated a debate Wednesday night in the City Council runoff between Jim Davison and Luis Viera.
Maybe, said Davison, though he didn't say he's for the idea. At a minimum, he said, New Tampa should not give up its leverage by saying it would never think about pulling out of the city....
TAMPA — Steve LaBour, who helped organize and empower dozens of civic associations as Tampa's first-ever neighborhood liaison, died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. He was 60.
Mr. LaBour died in Charlotte, N.C., where he had moved in 2013 to be close to family. The cause of death was complications from diabetes, said his sister, Phyllis Scutt of Indian Land, S.C.
When then-Mayor Sandy Freedman hired Mr. LaBour after her election in 1987, the city had just a handful of organized neighborhood associations. By the time she left office in 1995, there were more than 50, thanks largely to his efforts....
TAMPA — Elections are done most everywhere else, but voters in northern Tampa and New Tampa still have a choice to make for the City Council.
Emergency room doctor Jim Davison and attorney Luis Viera will meet in a runoff election Dec. 6, when voters will pick a replacement for Lisa Montelione, who left her District 7 council seat in mid-term for what turned out to be an unsuccessful run for the state House of Representatives....
TAMPA — Theresa Manuel, who soared over hurdles both on the track and off as the first black woman from Florida to compete in the Olympics, died Monday (Nov. 21, 2016) in Tampa. She was 90.
A longtime teacher and coach at Middleton and Hillsborough high schools, Ms. Manuel had been in the hospital last week and was discharged Saturday but stopped eating on Sunday and declined quickly....
Alternative transportation — electric shuttles, ferry, rental bikes — rolling up mileage on both sides of Tampa Bay11/23/16 Blog
One month in, Tampa's new Downtowner free electric shuttles have covered 7,840 miles, carried 13,000 riders and made a lot of trips to Publix.
That's clear by this heat map of Downtowner destinations. The University of Tampa, Skyhouse Channelside Apartments, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina and the Publix just across from downtown on Platt Street all are hot destinations....
With President-elect Donald Trump and federal officials talking about a big infrastructure bill next year, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik said Monday that new spending aimed at “moving people around” is critically important for the Tampa Bay area....
11/21/16 Local Government
TAMPA — The City Council wants to look to cities like Atlanta and Denver for ideas on improving Tampa's program to steer city contracts toward companies owned by women and minorities.
This month's council vote to explore those ideas follows a series of discussions between the council and the Tampa Organization of Black Affairs, a nonprofit and nonpartisan group that focuses on economic development, political engagement and youth education....
11/15/16 Local Government
TAMPA — After a year of concern, uncertainty and study, the City Council appears ready to tweak its community redevelopment plans in a way to help Ybor City.
Specifically, Ybor City business leaders would like a slice of the new property tax revenue expected to be generated by the future development of the old Gas Worx property. In June, Ybor City investor Darryl Shaw paid $10 million for the 7.6-acre industrial site....