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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Mike Salinero

Tribune Staff

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.

Hillsborough wants legal fees from winery owner

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— Hillsborough County is set to go after a Plant City winery owner for legal fees spent successfully defending Commissioner Al Higginbotham against an ethics complaint.

Former Fox 13 reporter running for Hillsborough clerk

- Eric Seidel, an attorney, is the first Republican candidate to file to run for Hillsborough County Clerk of Circuit Court. County Commissioner Kevin Beckner, has filed to run as a Democrat, challenging current County Clerk ...

State attorney open to civil citations for pot possession

- Ober’s change of heart comes just as the county’s Juvenile Justice Board is about to discuss a report that recommends using civil citations to help juveniles avoid arrest for pot possession.

Work may start soon on long-awaited park around Seffner library

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— Terry Flott remembers going to see the late Hillsborough County parks director, Ed Radice, to ask that the county build a park at Kingsway Road and Old Hillsborough Avenue in ...

Hillsborough commissioners exploiting term limits loophole

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Term limits, popular among Florida voters, have shown limited success in breaking the cycle of career politicians.

‘Stripper mansion’ owner faces fines for code violations

- A northwest Hillsborough mansion that once housed a school for strippers was found to be out of compliance with county codes for holding special events and running a business in residential zoning.

Sales tax hike for transportation moves closer to ballot

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— A sales tax referendum for transportation projects in Hillsborough County moved closer to reality Wednesday.

Higginbotham cleared of ethics charges in winery dispute

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— The Florida Commission on Ethics has cleared Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham of charges he used his influence to stop a Plant City winery from brewing and sel...

Hillsborough residents: Fix existing roads first

- The 1,000-plus people who participated in Go Hillsborough meetings gave an narrow edge to maintenance over new roads or expanded mass transit. The next step? Figuring out how to pay for it all.

Hillsborough launches new online services center

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— The hip dude with the black leather jacket is driving a Chevy, not a Lincoln, but he’s doing a decent-enough imitation of

County wants to make sure stripper school is shut

- If it wasn’t for the loud parties, the owner of a $2 million mansion in northwest Hillsborough might have continued operating a training school for strippers next door to an exclusive gated community.

Pat Kemp cites transportation in making another run for commission

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— Tampa attorney and political activist Pat Kemp announced Monday she’s running for Hillsborough County Commission District 6, a countywide seat now held by Kevin Beckner...

‘Stripper mansion’ didn’t sell, on TV or with neighbors

- Canadian millionaire Gordon Lownds bought a 12,000-square-foot mansion bordering the Cheval enclave to produce and film a reality television show about strippers. Raucous parties and loud music, however, have brought him th...

New Environmental Protection Commission leader will need to be smart, savvy

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— The last time Hillsborough County went looking for someone to lead the county’s one-of-a-kind environmental agency was nearly 15 years ago, when county commissioners ch...

Transit advocate Willis will seek Beckner’s seat

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— Attorney and mass transit advocate Brian Willis has filed to run for Hillsborough County Commission in the countywide District 6 seat now held by Kevin Beckner.

HART buses generate 2,700 complaints in 2014

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— It was Saturday evening and a bus rider was waiting for the No. 57 at Fowler Avenue and 56th Street. But the bus didn’t stop, didn’t even slow down, so the rider...

Beckner to run against Pat Frank for clerk of court

- Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner has filed to run for Clerk of Circuit Court, setting up an intra-party clash with current clerk and fellow Democrat Pat Frank.

Hillsborough ready again to raze Friendship TrailBridge

- Commissioners approved a budget amendment that includes $6 million for demolition of the former Gandy Bridge span connecting Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Added to money previously appropriated, the county will have u...