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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Mike Salinero

Tribune Staff

$1 million impact from Hillsborough’s ‘Infiltrator’ investment, film study says

- Two years ago, Hillsborough County commissioners approved a $250,000 incentive package for “The Infiltrator,” a motion picture portrayal of Tampa resident Robert Mazur’s role in bringing down a Colombia...

Tweak to Hillsborough transit board would ease path for Uber, Lyft

- Hillsborough County’s Public Transportation Commission Chairman Victor Crist says cab companies are trying to preserve their monopoly in the county by barring ride-booking companies. His solution: End the PTC’...

Foes, supporters of sales tax see new path for transportation fixes

- A day after county commissioners voted against putting the Go Hillsborough tax on the November ballot, supporters and opponents vowed to continue fighting for safer, less-congested roads. But there are stark differences on ...

Hillsborough commissioners vote 4-3 to reject transportation sales tax

- A three-hour hearing ended in disappointment for transit advocates as the panel voted against placing a 30- and 20-year tax on the Nov. 8 ballot, leaving the county’s transportation future in limbo.

Hillsborough OKs developers' fees for transportation improvements

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New fees adopted Tuesday by Hillsborough County commissioners seemed acceptable to many developers while ensuring a guaranteed new source of money for transportation projects.

Hillsborough getting closer to reaching deal with Uber, Lyft

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The chairman of Hillsborough County’s Public Transportation Commission said he’s ready to make concessions that will allow ride-share companies Uber and Lyft to operate here much like they do in other U.S...

Transportation tax has spending safeguards to help win voter trust

- Whatever other issues voters might have with a proposed half-cent sales tax for transportation, Hillsborough County administrators are taking steps to assure them that its billions of dollars in proceeds would spent in line...

Tampa chamber supports sales tax for Go Hillsborough transportation plan

- The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce now officially supports the half-cent-per-dollar tax that would finance the Go Hillsborough community transportation plan, a list of more than 400 road, bridge, trail and mass transit p...

Commissioners unanimously support proposed projects for Go Hillsborough

- Hillsborough commissioners remain split on whether to put a half-cent sales tax on the Nov. 8 ballot, but there was no division when they approved more than 400 transportation projects that would be financed by the tax incr...

Hillsborough commissioners approve $40M in Steinbrenner Field renovations

- Pending approval by the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority and Hillsborough Community College, the county and state will pay two-thirds of the costs of the renovations, which will include new seats, a roof, and improvem...

MOSI board votes to modernize by moving to downtown Tampa

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The Museum of Science and Industry will leave its decades-old home in north Tampa for what the museum’s board members hope will be a brighter, more profitable future downtown.

Hillsborough transportation tax draws prominent foes among Democrats

- One Tampa businessman says liberal Democrats, not conservatives, will play a leading role in killing the Go Hillsborough transportation tax at the voting booth.

Tampa’s Ed Narain aiming for seat in Florida Senate

- Narain has quickly gained respect in the state House but faces a tough race in the newly configured District 19 against veteran Democratic Rep. Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg and former Rep. Betty Reed of Tampa.

Hillsborough commissioners surprised by price of new impact fees

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TAMPA — On any number of occasions, Hillsborough County commissioners have proclaimed that developers need to start paying their fair share for new roads to service their new commercial and residential projects.

Poll shows two-thirds support Hillsborough transportation tax

- A new poll indicates a majority of Hillsborough County voters would support a half-cent-per-dollar sales tax increase for transportation improvements if a vote were held today.

Hispanics seeking citizenship in Tampa to vote against Trump

- Groups that work with Hispanics say high numbers of legal residents are working to become citizens so they can vote against Donald Trump.

Poll by Tampa chamber shows split on Hillsborough transportation sales tax

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A poll released Thursday by the Greater Tampa Area Chamber of Commerce says as many as 54 percent of respondents would support a half-cent sales tax increase for transportation improvements.

Local leaders tout value of investment in manufacturing jobs

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TAMPA — Local politicians and school officials got a close look Thursday at Hillsborough County’s efforts to train students for careers in manufacturing.

Hearing, vote set on sales tax to fund Hillsborough transportation needs

- County Administrator Mike Merrill says the proposed half-cent tax has been discussed thoroughly and the board has enough information to make a decision. He proposed an April 27 hearing, and no commissioners objected.

Hillsborough leery of privatizing handicap parking enforcement

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TAMPA — Advocates for people with disabilities got lots of promises but not much action Wednesday when they asked Hillsborough commissioners for help in reducing illegal parking in handicap spaces.

Hillsborough County administrator to pitch transit tax hike

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Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill is expected to make the case once again for putting a half-cent-per-dollar sales tax on the ballot Nov. 8 to fund $3.5 billion i...

App targets illegal parking in handicap spaces

- If you’ve ever been in a hurry and thought — just once — you would park illegally in a handicap parking space, you might want to think again. Local advocates for people with disabilities will ask Hillsboro...

Time for Hillsborough candidates to choose route to ballot: petitions or pay

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More than 30 people in Hillsborough County have announced their candidacies for local offices such as county commission, school board, sheriff and clerk of court.

Hillsborough expanding medical care at clinics to include mental health

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Addressing psychological problems at the same time a patient is treated medically can improve overall health and save the health care system money, a host of studies has shown...

Small businesses seek break as Hillsborough raises transportation fees

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TAMPA — One message came through loud and clear Thursday at a Hillsborough County Commission meeting on mobility fees: Don’t hurt small businesses.

Hillsborough County population up 2.33%, hits nearly 1.35 million

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Hillsborough County added 30,725 people in the year ended July 1, pushing the county’s population to nearly 1.35 million people.

Hillsborough to join in class action suit over Volkswagen emissions

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Hillsborough County plans to join hundreds of other plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against German auto maker Volkswagen, which has admitted installing devices that help vehicles break air emission rules.

Rays’ stadium talks with Hillsborough to be private, but ‘transparent as possible’

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TAMPA — Talks between Hillsborough County leaders and the Tampa Bay Rays will be held behind closed doors to shield the team’s thinking about possible stadium sites and protect its negotiating position.

Workshop Thursday on how much developers should pay for roads

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TAMPA — Hillsborough County officials are being pulled in two directions as they try to develop a new fee structure so developers pay their share for road improvements around new residential and commercial project...

Tampa’s Cesar Rodriguez, who survived car bombs and shooters, dead at 85

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Cesar Augustus Rodriguez was a popular bar owner in Tampa for decades, but he probably will be remembered as the man the mob couldn’t kill.

Investigators: Go Hillsborough critics lacked evidence to back claims

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Tampa tea party founder Sharon Calvert and east-county conservative activist Sam Rashid have been relentless in their attacks on the Go Hillsborough transportation initiative, suggesting that rampant cronyism influenced ...

Voters in Tampa Bay area see dire consequences if the other party wins

- During the weeks leading up to the Florida primary, candidates have done much of the talking. On Tuesday, it was the voters' turn, and many used their ballots to express deep concerns about the country's future.

Palin, Christie, Bondi join Trump at Tampa town hall

- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump held a town hall at the Tampa Convention Center. The event featured former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, a...

Ticket to nowhere? Some think Trump candidacy will hurt GOP chances in Nov.

- Beyond the danger of losing the White House, many Republicans also fear that a Donald Trump-led presidential ticket could cost the GOP control of the U.S. Senate and cut into the party’s majority in the House.

Chill befalls Beckner-Frank race for Hillsborough County clerk of court

- A once-friendly relationship between Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner and county Clerk of the Circuit Court Pat Frank is wilting in a heated Democratic primary campaign.

Hillsborough leaders discuss details of charging developers for road improvements

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Hillsborough County government is still struggling with how to implement mobility fees, a new way of charging developers for the additional traffic generated by their building projects.