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Sunday, Feb 01, 2015

Mike Salinero

Tribune Staff

Ethics panel reviews winery’s complaint against commissioner

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— The Florida Commission on Ethics has begun investigating whether Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham tried to derail a rezoning sought last year by the Keel and C...

TBARTA names new executive director

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— Longtime Hillsborough County transportation and urban planner Ray Chiaramonte will be the next executive director of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority.

Radice, ‘coach’ and builder of Hillsborough parks and rec, dead at 78

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— When Ed Radice first took over as Hillsborough County’s parks and recreation director in 1974, his office was his car and his department files were boxed in the trunk.<...

Sewage spill closes nature preserve

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— A Hillsborough County nature preserve in the Rocky Point area was closed Monday morning because of a sewage spill that occurred Friday.

Tax collector to add Drew Park office

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— Hillsborough County Tax Collector Doug Belden has chosen the Tampa neighborhood of Drew Park to build a new service center where custome...

Homeowner group fights resident over mowing

- If you mow the lawn for an older neighbor or a sick relative, that’s called a good deed. But what’s it called when someone forces you to mow, edge and maintain land you don’t own?

Initiative could dramatically increase state's solar power

- Florida may be known as the Sunshine State, but you wouldn’t know it from the state’s ranking at No. 13 for solar energy production. Proponents of the so-called Solar Choice ballot initiative say they can revers...

Hillsborough plans 36 public forums on transit plan

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Twenty-eight public meetings were proposed to collect the thoughts of Hillsborough County residents on what should be done to fix gridlocked county roads.

Uber questioned about accessibility for disabled

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— The general manager of Uber Tampa Bay said Tuesday the ride share company is working on better serving people with disabilities and wants to eventually offer transportation fo...

Hillsborough appraiser’s trip cost over $12K but raises profile

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— Hillsborough County Property Appraiser Bob Henriquez and five of his employees attended a four-day conference in California last August, all on the taxpayers’ dime.

Hillsborough wants your input on transit

- Hillsborough County wants the public's opinion about its transportation future, whatever that may be.

Hillsborough OKs $100,000 for new Tim Burton film

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— Hillsborough County commissioners today approved $100,000 worth of incentives to have the parts of the latest Tim Burton movie “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar C...

Big box proposal that riled Bloomingdale is revealed as Walmart’s

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— An unnamed big-box store proposal that fueled protests and a lawsuit by Bloomingdale-area residents in 2013 has been revealed to be a Walmart Supercenter.

Hillsborough sends letter ordering Uber, Lyft to stop

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— Hillsborough County authorities sent a cease and desist letter to ride-share companies Uber and Lyft last week, the latest in a series of county warnings aimed at making the c...

2-county incentive could lure Burton to film in Bay area

- Film director Tim Burton, who is seriously considering making his next movie in the Tampa Bay area, may be getting some incentives to make sure he doesn’t look elsewhere.

Signatures wasted; council candidate misses deadline by 45 minutes

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— Joseph Citro estimates he knocked on more than 3,400 doors to collect enough petitions to qualify as a Tampa City Council candidate.

Hillsborough County wants to get the word out on services, events and initiatives

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— Whether he’s munching from a food truck, pedaling a bicycle or cutting a ribbon, there’s no one in the Tampa area getting more public exposure than Mayor Bob Buc...

Jury backs owner of botched home, but judge disagrees

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— Michelle Gray defied steep odds when she represented herself in a Tampa courtroom to ask that jurors award her damages for the botched construction of what she hoped would be ...

New Beginnings’ clients working at RayJay again after federal probe

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Workers from New Beginnings, a Christian work-therapy program for substance abusers, again are selling concessions at Tampa Bay Buccaneers games — but under different c...

A year later, Tampa’s new garbage carts are on a roll

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— It was just over a year ago that Hillsborough County pulled off the largest conversion in the country from the old-style, manual collection of garbage to an automated, roll-ca...

Gay marriage in Florida by Jan. 6? Maybe, maybe not

- A U.S. Supreme Court decision last week cleared the way for same-sex marriage in Florida by Jan. 6, but that doesn’t mean gay couples will immediately be able to get married.

Tampa’s new courthouse may stay downtown

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Court administrators, who were looking at building a new county courthouse on Falkenburg Road, have now expanded their options to include downtown Tampa after hearing concerns...

New leader turns around Hillsborough’s homeless program

- After years of floundering, Hillsborough County is picking up steam in its efforts get homeless people on a new track and officials give much of the credit to a new leader.

Long road ahead to fund Hillsborough transportation needs

- Property taxes, sales taxes and other revenue sources have increased two years in a row, a reflection of improving real estate values and job growth.

Hillsborough commissioner says he violated state ethics laws

- Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan has admitted he violated state ethics laws by failing to list individual stock investments on his yearly financial disclosure statements.

Environmental groups stood up by Florida Forever panel

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— More than 70 people showed up in Bradenton last week for a meeting of the panel that recommends land purchases for the Florida Forever conservation program.

Hillsborough looks to carve a niche in competitive amateur sports market

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— Hillsborough County is joining communities around Florida and the nation in trying to capitalize on amateur sports complexes as tourist attractions.