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Friday, Nov 28, 2014

Mike Salinero

Tribune Staff

Rogel quits as Tampa Bay Partnership chief

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Stuart Rogel, the only leader the Tampa Bay Partnership has known since it was formed in 1994 to promote regional economic development, resigned Friday as president and CEO.

Hillsborough moves ahead on amateur sports complex

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Two years after pledging $15 million for an amateur sports complex, Hillsborough County commissioners are ready to start searching for land and seeking bids from companies int...

Election snafu could leave Dist. 64 constituents without representation

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— Florida’s House of Representatives voted last week to reject the results of an election, something the grayest of old timers had never seen happen in their decades roam...

Hillsborough continues land search for ferry service

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— A high-speed ferry service connecting South Hillsborough County with MacDill Air Force Base has been delayed as Hillsborough County continues to look for a ferry terminal site...

State fails to deal with invasive plants at Cockroach Bay, critics say

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— Local conservationists say a new management program for Cockroach Bay Preserve State Park falls short of what’s needed to reverse a growing invasion of exotic plants.

UT asks ride-share drivers to stay away

- Hillsborough County authorities are throwing up more roadblocks in an effort to stop ride-share companies Uber and Lyft from operating in the county without proper licenses.

Abe Brown Ministries gets $1.5 million to help ex-cons start over

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— Abe Brown Ministries, a non-profit Tampa agency that has been working to help ex-convicts rejoin society since 1976, is putting to work $1.5 million in state money for a train...

Sharpe leaves commission with moderate’s philosophy intact

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— In 2010, Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe spoke anywhere someone would give him a platform, advocating an unpopular sales tax increase to fund transportation impro...

Hillsborough appraiser can now review property from air

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— Add the Hillsborough County Property Appraiser’s office to the host of government agencies snooping with the help of modern surveillance.

2016 transit plan will need backing of voters outside Tampa

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— Transit supporters know it will be tough persuading Hillsborough County voters to tax themselves in return for a better transportation system.

Higginbotham, Crist re-elected to Hillsborough County Commission

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— Riding a tidal wave of campaign cash and connections he built through eight years in public office, Republican Al Higginbotham narrowly won a third term Tuesday on the Hillsbo...

Group starts effort to educate public about Hillsborough Children’s Board

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— Television is still saturated with attack ads for Tuesday’s general election but already, advocates for children are thinking ahead to the 2016 vote in Hillsborough Cou...

Greenway will elevate area below expressway

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— A new walk and bike path under construction in downtown Tampa will deliver the added benefit of beautifying some desolate spaces in the city’s core.

Nelson urges automakers action on faulty air bags

- Sen. Bill Nelson threatens to seek financial penalties against car manufacturers if they don’t provide loaners or other transportation to customers with defective airbags.

Concession companies donate to airport board campaign

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— Next year, the board that runs Tampa International Airport will approve new concession contracts worth $1.3 billion.

Hillsborough to finance 75-bed shelter for homeless

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— The chilly winds of winter add another degree of misery to the lives of Hillsborough County’s homeless population.

New York firm hired to push Hillsborough transportation plan

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— An international consulting firm with a record of success in shepherding transportation tax referendums will try to do the same thing for Hillsborough County.

Hillsborough may expand domestic registry beyond partners

- Domestic partnership registries, which give legal rights and decision-making power to partners in unmarried relationships, are often seen as a gay issue. But when commissioners vote Wednesday, they will also consider allowi...

Taxi owner blasts Uber, Lyft role in transportation forum

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— Local cab executive Louie Minardi has landed the latest blow in the taxi wars.

Hillsborough cracks down on unpermitted building

- People all across Hillsborough County have built additions to houses and businesses without obtaining the required permits.

Hillsborough votes to include gays in civil rights protections

- The county commission votes 7-0 to expand the Human Rights ordinance to cover sexual orientation and gender identity, reversing a former board’s action in 1995 to strip gays and lesbians from the groups protected.

Hillsborough approves plan to negotiate with Rays

- Commissioners move ahead in their baseball pursuit, naming Tampa Sports Authority as the lead agency to talk with the Rays if they are allowed to look outside Pinellas for a stadium.

Hillsborough vote today may extend protections to gays

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— Hillsborough County commissioners will decide today whether to join Tampa and scores of other local communities in extending anti-discrimination protections to gay, lesbian, t...