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Tuesday, Mar 03, 2015

Mike Salinero

Tribune Staff

Hillsborough, Pinellas counties among worst in state for wage theft


Every year thousands of Floridians are cheated, one way or another, out of wages they’ve earned on their jobs.

Animal Coalition, burned out of home, needs a new one again

- The Animal Coalition of Tampa, which was forced out of its clinic last year by an arson fire, is again looking for a home. The reduced-fee spay and neuter clinic has been operating for 10 months from a rented building at 17...

Hillsborough, Pinellas among four counties with no land-buy plans


— Hillsborough County is considered a state leader in land conservation, with 61,500 acres preserved under the voter-approved Jan Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition and Prot...

Tampa Bay area touted as medical tourism destination

- Tourists like to come to the Tampa Bay area for sunshine and beaches. But what if they came for all that plus a medical procedure?

Tampa kicks off once-a-decade White House conference on aging


— By 2030, Americans age 65 and older will make up more than 20 percent of the country’s population compared to just under 14 percent now.

Treatment program that sent workers to sports events cleared


— New Beginnings, a faith-based treatment program for substance abusers, has been cleared of accusations it violated federal labor laws when it sent clients to work at sporting ...

Hillsborough OKs $3.4M to lure 1,163 new Citigroup jobs


— Citigroup, one of the Tampa area’s largest employers, is considering boosting its workforce by 20 percent in return for millions of dollars in local and state incentive...

Hillsborough to continue exploring ferry options

- Hillsborough commissioners today reaffirmed their support for high-speed ferry service between Apollo Beach and MacDill Air Force Base, but cautioned that environmental and operational questions need to be answered.

Audience suggests ways to improve Hillsborough transit


— Elvira Reyes said she’s lived all over the United States and the Tampa area is the most dangerous place she’s ever seen for pedestrian safety.

Series of 36 meetings on transportation future starts Tuesday


— Tuesday night, Hillsborough County government will hold the first in a series of 36 public workshops aimed at understanding what residents want done to improve the local trans...

HOA spat gets nasty as door slammed on owner

- A long-simmering feud between two Brandon residents and their homeowners association board escalated into a door-shoving melee Thursday night.

Digital comments on transit shielded


Hillsborough County officials took action Thursday to make sure any public comments arising out of upcoming meetings on transportation improvements remain open to the public a...

Jim Norman considering run for Hillsborough County Commission

- Former Hillsborough County Commissioner and state Sen. Jim Norman was once a fast-rising Republican politician who enjoyed support at the highest levels of state government.

Tampa Museum of Art hires new director


— Michael Tomor, who was successful in raising money and boosting attendance at the art museum in El Paso, Texas, will try to replicate those accomplishments as the new executiv...

Merits on minimum fares for limousines, taxis debated

- Some in Hillsborough say the minimum of $50 per ride protects established cab and limo companies. But some of those businesses counter that it prevents cut-throat competition that could leave consumers without transportati...

Port Tampa Bay against ferry terminal on preserve

- Port Tampa Bay is the latest agency to oppose building a high-speed ferry terminal on state-owned conservation lands in south Hillsborough County.

Hillsborough mulls expanding water, sewer services

- For the first time since the start of the Great Recession, Hillsborough County planners are considering expanding the area where the county provides water and sewer service.

Workshops to seek input on Hillsborough transit fixes


— “Go Hillsborough,” the county's effort to learn what types of transportation improvements residents would support, will hold its first community workshops this mont...

Survey: Tampa Bay viewed as pro-business, but workforce, transit lacking


— A survey of national business leaders rates the Tampa Bay area high in factors that weigh heavily in decisions about where to move factories or corporate headquarters, such as...

Prostitution loopholes may close soon in Hillsborough

- With more sex being marketed on the Internet, where actual liaisons take place off the street, Hillsborough’s sheriff is asking county commissioners to expand a so-called “precursor acts” ordinance to i...

Ethics panel reviews winery’s complaint against commissioner


— 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


— 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


— 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


— 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


— 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


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


— 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


— 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


— 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


— 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


— 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.