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Saturday, Nov 28, 2015

Mike Salinero

Tribune Staff

Go Hillsborough transit supporters lay low until critical vote


— During the past two months, conservative activists have unleashed an all-out attack on the Go Hillsborough transportation initiative in hopes of blocking a sales tax referendu...

Lawmaker challenges Hillsborough’s hire of lobbying firm

- State Sen. Jeff Brandes, a longtime critic of the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission, is challenging the commission’s authority to hire a Tallahassee lobbying firm.

Troubling signs could have grounded pilot in Spring Hill crash

- Federal aviation authorities knew about Gary Cohen’s drug abuse and mental instability a year before he crashed his amphibious plane in Spring Hill.

VWs remain popular at Tampa auto show


Volkswagen’s expanding emissions-cheating scandal seems not to have hurt the company’s drawing power among car enthusiasts at the

Higginbotham has change of heart, votes against sending half-cent tax to voters

- As a candidate for the Hillsborough County Commission last year, Republican Al Higginbotham promised to support a sales tax for transportation projects if it was approved by a city-county board called the Policy Leadership ...

Half-cent sales tax hike recommended for transportation needs


TAMPA — A Hillsborough County transportation board voted overwhelmingly Thursday to move forward with a sales tax referendum for transportation projects, but the measure faces an uncertain fate on the county commi...

Murman has alternative to ‘Go Hillsborough’ transportation plan


Hillsborough County Commission Chairwoman Sandy Murman appears to backing away from support for a sales tax referendum for transportation projects.

Hillsborough wants road money from Big Bend developer


TAMPA — Hillsborough County commissioners balked at amending a development agreement for 1.5 million square feet of warehouse-distribution on Big Bend Road because the amendment would absolve the developers of wid...

Transportation leaders get three ‘Go Hillsborough’ options

- For more than a year, Hillsborough County leaders have been awaiting a transportation plan that would guide the county’s road, trail and transit needs for decades to come. But the long-awaited document turned out to ...

Bush touts experience in pledge to fix America during Tampa stop

- Once again refusing to exchange his eternal optimism for the role of angry agitator, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush promised a noisy crowd this morning that he will win the Republican nomination for president.

Developers face bigger bills for road fixes


— As Hillsborough County struggles with the question of whether to raise taxes for better highways and mass transit, people on the fence want assurances that developers will pay...

Troubled MOSI rejects county loan, calling conditions onerous

- The board that runs the Museum of Science and Industry voted Tuesday against accepting a $400,000 loan from Hillsborough County government, citing conditions attached to the loan that some board members considered onerous.

Seminole tribe sues Florida in midst of talks over gaming pact


The Seminole Indian Tribe filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday charging that the state of Florida has violated the tribe’s exclusive rights to hold “banked” card games, such as blackjack, at Semin...

Hillsborough narrows in on site for amateur sports complex


Hillsborough County leaders are close to choosing a 65-acre tract on the Columbus Drive extension as the future home of an amateur sports complex.

Hillsborough commissioners approve program to fight wage theft


TAMPA — Workers who are cheated of wages now have an ally in Hillsborough County government.

Hillsborough sets museum contribution at $325,000 each


TAMPA — Museums and arts venues that apply now and then for money from the Hillsborough County Commission will get an annual grant of $325,000 from now on to put toward building preservation.

MOSI asks Hillsborough County for $400,000 loan to pay bills

- More than a year after an audit found the Museum of Science & Industry’s finances “in decline,” cash flow problems have hit new lows. County Administrator Mike Merrill has tentatively OK’d the lo...

Concrete recycler faces citation in neighborhood dispute


TAMPA — A concrete recycling company is headed back to court for violating a judge’s order to stop operations at its former location in Gibsonton.

Concrete firm closed by court hopes to reopen in Gibsonton


Army veteran Bob James spent 2½ years fighting a concrete recycling company about noise and clouds of dust encroaching on his once-peaceful corner of rural Gibsonton.

Murman pushed own consultant in Hillsborough transportation plan

- Hillsborough County Commission Chairwoman Sandy Murman crusaded for government transparency this week, sponsoring an ordinance that will shine a light on meetings between county officials and paid lobbyists. But Murman has ...

Sheriff’s office will remain in charge of Go Hillsborough investigation

- The county commission rejected calls from the transportation plan’s critics to ask an outside agency to handle the probe. Commissioner Ken Hagan said, “Nobody in this community is as respected and revered as S...

Hillsborough to post paid lobbyists’ visits online


TAMPA — Paid lobbyists in Hillsborough County will soon have to register so notice of their visits with county officials can be posted online.

Chamber CEO: Group still supports Go Hillsborough transportation process

- Bob Rohrlack, of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber has not backed off its support for the program. He said a recent news report that the group was backing away in light of recent controversy was incorr...

Hillsborough regulators offer olive branch in Uber spat

- The Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission has halted all legal action against ride-hailing company Uber in hopes of brokering a compromise with the company and its allies.

Hagan critical of Bucs’ tactics in RJS renovation deal

- Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan blasted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday for “changing the parameters’’ of a stalled agreement plan for renovations at Raymond James Stadium.

Activist: Sheriff’s office not impartial enough to investigate Go Hillsborough questions

- A conservative activist who sits on the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority is questioning whether the Sheriff’s Office is qualified or independent enough to investigate the county’s Go Hillsborough transport...