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Monday, Mar 30, 2015

Mike Salinero

Tribune Staff

Poll: Bush, Rubio popular in Florida - but Bush more so

- Former Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio both enjoy high popularity rates among Florida Republicans, but Bush is an overwhelming favorite to win if they face off in the state’s GOP presidential primary, accordi...

Judge upholds minimum fare for limos in Hillsborough

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— A judge has upheld Hillsborough County’s right to impose a $50 minimum fare for limousines, a small victory for the county’s Public Transportation Commission in ...

50-acre park a dream come true for Carrollwood Village

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— For years, Carrollwood Village residents told their civic leaders they’d like a park where their dogs could run and play with other dogs.

Tampa lawyer’s estate wants records on heart transplant

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— Steven Burton, a Tampa attorney and former chairman of the Hills­borough County Aviation Authority, received a heart transplant on April 13, 2013, at Tampa General Hospit...

More than 6,000 participate in transportation call-in event

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— Litha wanted to know why she and other older citizens can’t find good transportation to nursing homes.

Hillsborough to bid out youth soccer complex

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— After more than two years of study and discussions, Hillsborough County is taking the first concrete steps toward becoming a destination for youth sports tournaments.

Problems revealed in homeless audit may spark staff shakeup

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— Hillsborough County’s Homeless Services program, which had rebounded after a scandal in 2013, failed to perform promised inspections at agencies that contract to house ...

Hillsborough looks into carbon credits to generate conservation cash

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— Hillsborough County is considering a move that could generate cash for land conservation while reducing the county’s contribution to global warming.

Cluttered Alafia River right of way rankles neighbors

- Neighbors are upset after a property owner said he put up a fence to keep out hoodlums who used drugs and trashed the area, blocking their way to the scenic Alafia River.

Hillsborough transportation debate takes to the phones

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— For at least two years, an ongoing debate has raged about the future of Hillsborough County’s transportation system.

County land conservation program’s well is running dry

- Hillsborough County’s land conservation program is a voter favorite, winning 70 percent approval on three different occasions.

Hillsborough moves ahead with law to get back stolen wages

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— Monica Vargas was making about $200 a week in a Tampa pizza restaurant when her boss quit paying her. At the same time, Vargas’ workload increased as she was forced to ...

Renderings offer glimpse at $25M Amalie Arena upgrades

- The Tampa Bay Lightning announced a nearly complete reconstruction of the club level at the Amalie Arena, including plans to add up to 160 loge seats at the north end, new concession stands, remodeled restrooms and a larger...

Hillsborough OKs $2.1 million to bring Johnson & Johnson jobs

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— Hillsborough County commissioners on Wednesday approved giving $2.1 million in incentives to bio-science giant Johnson & Johnson in return for the company creating 700 job...

Hillsborough, Pinellas counties among worst in state for wage theft

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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

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— 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

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— 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

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— 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

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— 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

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— 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

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— 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

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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

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— 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

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— “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

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— 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

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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.