What Tampa Bay area projects got vetoed

Published June 23, 2015

With a bevy of powerful lawmakers in its corner, the Tampa Bay region was set up to be a big winner in this year's budget.

But that meant Gov. Rick Scott had plenty of Tampa Bay targets for his veto pen, and more than two dozen projects fell off the chopping block.

Here's a rundown by county:


• $3 million, Hillsborough Community College's South Shore campus

• $2 million, Tampa Innovation Alliance

•$2.5 million, Tampa Bay History Center

• $1.875 million, Museum of Science and Industry, for design and construction for STEM Showcase and Technology Institute

•$1 million, Tampa Theatre capital improvement plan

•$600,000, bus rapid transit for GO Hillsborough plan

•$500,000, Hillsborough School District metropolitan partnership

• $500,000, Northside Mental Health Center's community residential program

• $500,000, Temple Terrace Youth Sports Complex

•$500,000, Temple Terrace Family Recreational Center

• $500,000, East County service center

• $61,366, University of Tampa Plant Museum


• $6 million, Florida Institute of Oceanography, for a new research vessel to replace its R.V. Bellows

• $2 million, All Children's Hospital pediatric research

• $1 million, East Lake Community Library expansion

• $975,570, Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) expansion

• $240,956, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church restoration

• $500,000, Pinellas Education Foundation career path planning

• $400,000, Homeless Empowerment Program (formerly Clearwater Homeless Emergency Project), to renovate apartments for veterans and their families

• $400,000, Tampa Bay Innovation Center, St. Petersburg

• $300,000 Clearwater State Road 60 alternative water transportation

• $250,000 to Vincent House in Pinellas Park for mental health services

• $204,340 to the Clearwater Historical Society Museum to renovate the former South Ward Elementary School for use as a museum

$145,000 for Madeira Beach stormwater retrofit project

• $110,000, Palm Harbor Fire Rescue fire boat

• $100,000, Nelson Poynter Memorial Library digital collection


• $1.9 million, Dade City downtown stormwater improvement project

• $1 million, Metropolitan Ministries transitional housing

• $450,000 for fire protection water line in Zephyrhills

• $500,000, U.S. 19 revitalization program

• $250,000, Elderly Nutrition Kitchen


• $3 million, Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport maintenance and repair facility

• $500,000, Brooksville Horselake Creek/eastern branch drainage restoration

• $150,000, Brooksville Liberty Street/Saxon Brook drainage corrections

• $50,000, Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services non-custodial parent program

Contact Tony Marrero at or (727) 893-8779. Follow @tmarrerotimes.