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Thursday, Feb 11, 2016

Mike Salinero

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Carrollwood couple sues over neighbor’s renovations that block lake views


A Carrollwood couple, who says their view of Lake Carroll was partially blocked by an illegally permitted home, is suing Hillsborough County for allowing the house to be built.

Half-cent sales tax would rescue failing roadways — if voters give it thumbs up


— Whenever a new levy is proposed, taxpayers ask first, “What’s in it for me?”

Hillsborough commission still divided on how to improve transportation


TAMPA — Hillsborough County commissioners met Thursday to talk about mobility fees, a new method of charging developers for the additional traffic generated by their subdivisions and commercial projects.

Hillsborough commissioners call for county registry of animal abusers

- The registry, which could be searched online, would be a “red flag” for animal adoption agencies and the public. The registry would include addresses so neighbors can know whether abusers live in their neighbo...

Candidates keep half an eye on Florida as primary season marches on

- The Iowa caucuses are over, and the tight races on both sides of the political party divide is making Florida’s delegates a more sought-after prize.

Greater Tampa Chamber ponders transportation sales tax poll


The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce is considering polling Hillsborough County voters to gauge their appetite for a half-cent sales tax to finance road, trail and transit pro...

Donor backs away from some parts of lawsuit against MOSI


TAMPA — The Museum of Science and Industry has asked a judge to delay action on a lawsuit filed by a wealthy donor who claims the museum is reneging on an agreement to honor his dead wife’s memory.

See your vote counted with new Hillsborough machines


TAMPA — This year when Hillsborough County voters head to the polls, they will cast their ballots on brand new voting machines.

Balm-Boyette preserve to get makeover


Back in the 1960s, Florida phosphate companies were not required to restore land they ravaged by mining.

Hillsborough County commits $50 million to Vinik’s downtown renaissance

- Hillsborough County has committed up to $50 million toward construction and design costs connected to the downtown redevelopment project planned by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik.

Hillsborough commissioners OK measure to require lobbyists’ fees

- Lobbyists who try to influence Hillsborough County Commissioners must now reveal what they want to talk to commissioners about or face stiff penalties.

Rep. Jolly pitches curb on federal lawmakers' fundraising

- Called the “The Stop Act,” the bill would prohibit federal office holders from directly soliciting people or organizations for campaign contributions.

Accrediting agency unneeded, say advocates for the blind


When one of Florida’s leading advocacy organizations for the blind meets in Tampa this weekend, the group’s long-standing feud with an accreditation agency will ...

Hillsborough commissioners back pumping of water into Hillsborough


Though they took no formal action, Hillsborough County commissioners today supported an agreement to allow groundwater pumping from the Morris Bridge Sink in Thonotosassa.

Foes drop challenge of plan to pump more water into Hillsborough River


TAMPA — A dispute between environmental groups and the city of Tampa over a groundwater pumping permit in Thonotosassa has been resolved, at least for now.

MOSI study says moving museum could bring fresh start

- The Museum of Science and Industry could get a fresh start if the financially challenged science center were to leave its longtime north Tampa home and move downtown, according to a consultant’s report.

Hillsborough commissioners must now carry 2 cell phones


TAMPA — In an effort to increase transparency of Hillsborough County government operations, county commissioners approved major changes Wednesday in the areas of lobbying and

Hillsborough earmarks $350,000 for ferry plan linking downtown Tampa, St. Pete

- Hillsborough County became the second local government to embrace Mayor Rick Kriseman’s plan for a high-speed ferry service between Vinoy Basin and the Channel District, voting 5-1 to match St. Pete’s investme...

Hillsborough’s early education leaders spar over proposal to bring services in house


Board members of the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County sparred Monday over whether the coalition should

Hillsborough school district fighting turf war


Leaders of a local organization that administers funding for early learning and day care programs want to take over some duties now handled by the Hillsborough County school d...

Plan to spend lots more riding Uber on New Year’s Eve

- Many New Year’s Eve revelers who plan on drinking will turn to the Uber ride-hailing service Thursday night, but prospective riders accustomed to Uber’s normal bargain pricing should plan to spend a lot more.

Sheriff finishes Go Hillsborough probe, release set next month

- The Sheriff’s Office has completed its investigation into the Go Hillsborough transportation plan and outreach program but County Administrator Mike Merrill said he has not received the results.

Hometown Hero: Port Tampa’s ‘can man’ serves others with humble labor


People have different ways of living their religion. Wilson Greenfield does it with cans.

Hillsborough drivers have chance to get licenses reinstated


In Florida, more than 1 million driver’s licenses are suspended each year, in some cases for minor offenses that have nothing to do with driving.

Surprise Hillsborough transportation plan came from Tea Party advocates

- Commissioner Sandra Murman’s alternative to the long-discussed Go Hillsborough plan borrowed heavily from a proposal local tea party activist Ken Roberts had been shopping to the board for months.

Hillsborough commission to pay up to $20,000 defending ethics complaint


TAMPA — Two Hillsborough County commissioners facing state ethics complaints are getting free legal representation in those ethics cases care of county taxpayers.

Hillsborough commission approves deal with Bucs for stadium upgrades

- Some commissioners noted they received calls saying the money should be for roads or lighting. Kevin Hagan pointed out the funds are from the fourth cent of a 5-cent tourism tax that can be spent only on tourism promotion o...

Sports authority OKs $100 million in stadium improvements

- Raymond James Stadium is a step closer to joining pro football’s elite in terms of gee-whiz, show-stopping audio and video gadgetry.