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Monday, Sep 22, 2014

Mike Salinero

Tribune Staff

County aims to clean up Ed Radice Sports Complex


— The Ed Radice Sports Complex is Hillsborough County’s premier center for amateur soccer tournaments.

Uber fines upheld in Tampa; failed to get permits, licenses


— A hearing officer has upheld citations that Hillsborough County inspectors issued earlier this year to drivers working for the ride-sharing company Uber.

Hillsborough commission OKs domestic partner registry


— Continuing to shed a longtime reputation for intolerance, Hillsborough County commissioners moved two issues forward Wednesday important to gays and lesbians.

Concerns over preserve may sink ferry plan


A proposed high-speed ferry terminal on conservation land in south Hillsborough County faces rough water as opponents question a new study showing the project would do little ...

Hillsborough commission to revisit domestic partner registry


— Sensing a shift in the public’s mood, Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner is ready to strike up another debate about domestic partner registries for unmarrie...

Commissioner Beckner sues former business partner


— Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner filed a lawsuit last week accusing his former business partner at Ameriprise Financial Inc. of breach of contract.

Teen interns help drive Hillsborough transit planning


— Kevin O’Hare rushes out of the summer heat and into an air-conditioned café on the ground floor of the County Center, mumbling apologies for being late.

Proponent says TrailBridge could be solar power source

- A man trying to save the span is floating a plan to put power-producing solar panels on the shut down linear park, as well as on the newer Gandy spans and the Howard Frankland.

Hillsborough renames roads for four fallen heroes


— Hillsborough County commissioners approved naming sections of four county highways Thursday in honor of fallen heroes.

Hillsborough OKs funding for anti-violence plan

- It could take three or four years to see positive results from a violence-prevention plan that Hillsborough County commissioners approved today.

Tampa seeks young people but ranks No. 1 for retirees


TAMPA — Even as Mayor Bob Buckhorn tries to shift the city’s economy toward tech-savvy young people, Tampa is offering older folks more reasons to come here than any big city in America, a new study says.

Commission candidate Stacy White has deep roots in Hillsborough County

- Stacy White grew up fishing the flats off Port Manatee and hunting the backwoods of Wimauma. He can still remember the wide-open vistas south of Big Bend Road.

Ethics panel to investigate Hagan


— The Florida Commission on Ethics has agreed to investigate whether Hillsborough County

Stacy White wins outright; Higginbotham vs Kemp for Hillsborough commission


— Al Higginbotham remains unbeaten in his political career, crushing three opponents Tuesday in the Republican primary race for Hillsborough County Commission District 7.

Hillsborough aims to prevent neighborhood violence

- A year in the making, the plan calls for a broad-based approach to preventing violence through services that will strengthen families and build cohesiveness in tough neighborhoods.

Hillsborough hires expert to assess juvenile diversion program


Hillsborough County’s civil citation program is making progress in keeping first-time juvenile offenders out of court and detention facilities.

Stewart, longtime Tampa defender of environment, dies at 89


Roger Stewart, a fearless environmental champion in an era...

Hillsborough commissioners reconsidering support of ferry plan

- Reacting to complaints from environmental groups, Hillsborough officials are backing off their earlier support for a high-speed ferry terminal on conservation lands along Hillsborough Bay.

Hillsborough seeks audit of animal shelter ‘live release rate’


— Hillsborough commissioners on Wednesday asked the county’s internal auditor to review the rates at which dogs and cats leave the county animal shelter alive.

Civil citations keeping Hillsborough kids out of trouble


— A program that gives juveniles a second chance after they commit misdemeanor crimes is proving effective in keeping them from offending again.

Audubon VP blasts plan for ferry site at preserve

- Charles Lee, vice president of organization, is criticizing plans to use part of the 134-acre Schultz Preserve in east Hillsborough for a ferry terminal, parking lot and service road.

In Hillsborough, a legacy of recession: construction fraud spike


We know the major consequence of the housing bust of 2007 — the Great Recession.

Hillsborough transportation tax plan going public in September


— If you don’t know a lot about Hillsborough County’s big plans for transportation improvements, you’ll get plenty of chances to find out more next month.

HART near the bottom in fleet size


— HART, the agency that runs Hillsborough County’s bus system, is on track this year to break its fifth straight ridership record.

Hillsborough off the hook on repaying HUD, official says


— Hillsborough County’s affordable housing director said Wednesday the county will not have to repay more than $1 million in grant money that federal investigators said w...

6 vying for open Hillsborough commission seat


Three Hillsborough County Commission seats are up for election this year, but only one of the races is open to all county voters.

Detective, consultant, school board veteran in race for county commission


— Three Republicans are vying for the District 4 seat on the Hillsborough County Commission — the only candidates running in a conservative district that includes all of ...

Hillsborough commissioners’ vision: A HART board that thinks like they do


— The writing is on the wall for the board that runs the HART public bus system.

Hillsborough tax rate falls, but values rise for bigger bill


— Hillsborough County Commissioners set property tax rates today at just a little below last year’s, but homeowners will likely pay more out of pocket due to higher prop...

Tax would fund radical transportation plan

- Hillsborough County leaders unveiled a massive transportation plan that includes light rail, dedicated bus lanes, bike trails and other improvements to alleviate traffic.

Hillsborough’s Pet Resources chief proves to be lifesaver


— When Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill hired a new Animal Services director in February, he likened his pick to a Super Bowl-caliber quarterback.