Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, left, and Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy Carlos Monje Jr. ride in a streetcar during a tour of the downtown area on Friday, March 17, 2023, in Tampa.
Problems persist but the infrastructure law is aiding progress. Washington is taking note.
“It has been apparent for a number of years that we need a modern tower,” Rep. Castor said.
A new stadium in St. Petersburg isn’t the only project that could vie for county tourist tax dollars.
Lawmakers are considering putting forward a constitutional amendment for the 2024 ballot.


  1. Dr. Manuel Alejandro 'Alex' Gutierrez, of Tampa.
  2. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, left, and Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy Carlos Monje Jr. ride in a streetcar during a tour of the downtown area on Friday, March 17, 2023, in Tampa.
  3. Bob Croslin reacts as he is given a series of vaccines including shingles, mmr and pneumovax, by RN Robert Leverett at Moffitt Cancer Center on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022 in Tampa. Beginning January 1, 2023, the Inflation Reduction Act eliminated all out-of-pocket costs for vaccines which the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends for adults.
  4. A Disney World visitor, decked out in Orange Bird attire, checks out Epcot's topiaries Wednesday.
  5. The air traffic control tower seen at Tampa International Airport on Sept. 10, 2021.
  6. Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry will offer free admission Saturday when it hosts the second annual Tampa Bay Water Days.
  7. A neighborhood near the planned South Dade Logistics and Technology District. Florida lawmakers are eyeing a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the Save Our Homes property tax cap to provide bigger savings to homeowners.
  8. The interior at The Merchant, downtown on Central Avenue, on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020 in St. Petersburg. The Merchant will expand into the space of the Crislip Cafe, which announced on March 20, 2023 that it was closing.
  9. Chicago, shown here at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Barclays Center in New York in 2016, will perform in Clearwater on Oct. 7 in Coachman Park to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Hooters.
  10. Florida gasoline prices topped the national average for the first time since early February, with pump prices increasing 14 cents in the state over the past week.
  11. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during an event on his book tour on Saturday, March 11, 2023, in Las Vegas.
  12. In this photo taken with a drone, farmworkers and allies march through agricultural land on the first day of a five-day trek aimed at highlighting the Fair Food Program, which has enlisted food retailers to use their clout with growers to ensure better working conditions and wages for farmworkers. [REBECCA BLACKWELL | Associated Press]
  13. Court deputies exit vans that transported jurors to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Aug. 4, 2022, to view the crime scene where the 2018 shootings took place.
  14. Worried woman in the night buying online at home
  15. Tuesday Morning store in Modesto, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023. The national discount chain is closing multiple stores.
  16. There's plenty of evidence for the sport's vitality in Florida, which still has more courses than any other state and all but five countries. Photo courtesy of PopStroke.
  17. The publicity image for the ‘Drag Queen Christmas’ show at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
  18. A pedestrian passes a Silicon Valley Bank branch in San Francisco on Monday.
  19. Simplifying enrolling and understanding Medicare is what the Toni Says Medicare team specializes in. No one wants to make the wrong Medicare or medical decision, which can add stress to retiring.
  20. Notices are posted at the entrance to a Silicon Valley Bank Private branch in San Francisco, Monday, March 13, 2023.
  21. Kat Stickler is a 28-year-old Tampa resident and TikTok star who is approaching 10 million followers.
  22. Gary Miracle of Rockledge told lawmakers he was treated at a hospital for flu-like symptoms. He fell into septic shock and into a coma and left the hospital a quadruple amputee. Miracle sued, reaching a settlement. If he’d been uninsured, the Medicaid rate wouldn’t have been able to pay for the prosthetic legs he uses today, he said.
  23. Businesses and homes are pictured on State Road 674 in Wimauma. Redeveloping the downtown core is one of the goals of the Wimauma community plan.
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