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Friday, Jul 03, 2015

Mike Salinero

Tribune Staff

Democrats Scott, Frank enter Hillsborough County races

- Democrats Tom Scott and Pat Frank formally file to run for Hillsborough County offices. Scott will become the third Democrat in the race for county commission District 6. Frank is seeking a fourth term as Clerk of Circuit C...

Does ferry’s fate depend on transportation tax vote?

- Proponents say waiting until a November 2016 vote on a half-cent tax proposal could endanger a $5.3 million federal grant, which is contingent on Hillsborough providing 20 percent matching funds and spending the money befor...

Hillsborough eyeing ways to make growth to pay for itself

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As Hillsborough County leaders get ready to sell residents on a new transportation tax, part of their sales pitch will be a promise that new subdivisions will pay their fair share for roads and transit.

Hillsborough residents could benefit from increase in county’s revenue

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— Hillsborough County’s proposed budget for next year calls for a 5 percent increase, enough to fund new parks, increased road resurfacing and redevelopment projects with...

Company’s gone, but its equipment might do USF some good

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— Local leaders hoped a partnership between Hillsborough County, the University of South Florida and Draper Laboratories would kick-start a thriving biosciences industry in the ...

Disabled access to aquarium’s eco-cruise boat elusive

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— The Bay Spirit II, The Florida Aquarium’s eco-cruise boat, offers visitors an affo...

Hillsborough half-cent tax increase for transportation gains support

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— Hillsborough County political leaders expressed nearly unanimous support Wednesday for putting a half-cent-per-dollar sales tax increase on the November 2016 ballot to finance...

No support seen, so tax for county transportation plan slashed

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— Hoping to bolster voter support for a sales tax referendum on transportation projects, Hillsborough County leaders plan to scale back a proposed tax increase to pay for them &...

Tampa construction fuels rise of 7.3% in county property value

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— Driven in part by a construction boom in the city of Tampa, taxable property values in Hillsborough County increased to $73.6 billion at the end of last year — 7.3 perc...

Water managers, Hillsborough at odds over selling preserve land

- More than 170 acres of Hillsborough County conservation land, purchased in part with county taxpayers’ dollars, are on the verge of being declared “surplus” and eligible for sale or trade by state water au...

No vote on proposed Hillsborough wage theft ordinance

- A long debate among Hillsborough County commissioners today boiled over with accusations and recriminations but didn’t produce an ordinance to help workers who are cheated out of their wages.

Hillsborough coalition’s anti-violence plan targets east Tampa

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At the same time East Tampa is reeling from a rash of street shootings, a Hillsborough County violence prevention group is ready to act on a pla...

Condo towers, grocery project planned for edge of Ybor

- A residential and commercial development featuring two condominium towers and a grocery story is slated to occupy the old TECO Peoples Gas site between Ybor City and the Channel District.

Lawmakers spare Children’s Board another voter approval

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— The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, once facing a life-or-death tax reauthorization by county voters next year, wo...

Pedestrians get protection on deadly stretch of Hillsborough Ave.

- Florida’s Department of Transportation and Tampa’s government are teaming up to put a traffic signal at the entrance to East Gate Plaza on the south side and Meridian Pointe Apartments to the north.

Hillsborough County may ease marijuana law for juveniles

- The county’s Juvenile Justice Board agreed to appoint a subcommittee to study adding misdemeanor pot possession to a list of offenses eligible for civil citations. A pilot program could begin in public schools in lat...

Facebook rant costs Hillsborough Republican a prominent appointment

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— Valrico businessman and Republican kingmaker Sam Rashid has never been known to pull his punches.

Hillsborough picks business favorite as environmental leader

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— Janet Dougherty, a businesswoman and favorite of the development community, will be the next director of the Hillsborough County

Hillsborough commissioners reject proposed wage theft ordinance

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— All five Republicans on the Hillsborough County Commission agreed Wednesday that they dislike wage theft but said they don’t want to hire a new county employee to help ...

Business pushes hard for favored Hillsborough environment leader

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— The search for a new director of Hillsborough County’s Environmental Protection Commission has been clouded by questions since Commissioner Al Higginbotham complained p...

Closed Brandon Wal-Mart to get new roof

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The Brandon Wal-Mart store that closed abruptly April 13, is getting a new roof.

Even local pro-transit officials don’t ride HART buses

- The Tampa Tribune surveyed 30 current and former leaders by email and found that their reasons for skipping mass transportation mirror those of a public reluctant to shed the convenience of the car.

Backed by fans, Uber, Lyft win delay in new county rules

- Dozens of Uber and Lyft supporters packed a meeting of Hillsborough County’s Public Transportation Commission, pleading with commissioners to loosen regulations so the companies can operate here legally.

Drop in cats at animal shelter puzzles Hillsborough officials

- Fewer cats are coming through the doors of Hillsborough County’s animal shelter, and no one is sure why.

Security heightened after man brings gun to Lightning game

- Fans attending tonight’s Lightning playoff game against the Canadiens will have to allow some extra time to enter Amalie Arena after a man brought a gun into the facility on Wednesday night.

Hillsborough stormwater fees, unchanged for 23 years, set to double

- People who live in unincorporated areas of Hillsborough County will likely see their stormwater fees more than double starting next year.

Hillsborough wants legal fees reimbursed after failed ethics complaint

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— A Plant City winery owner who filed an unsuccessful ethics complaint ...

Hillsborough charter review board delays electoral proposal

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— During a two-hour, often-heated discussion Tuesday night, members of Hillsborough County’s Charter Revie...

One finalist quits hunt for county environment officer

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— One of three finalists being considered for director of the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission has dropped out, citing health concerns.