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Sean Shaw files legislation to get funds for Cuban Club and Florida Community Catalyst Project

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Tampa Democrat Sean Shaw has submitted his first appropriations request for the 2017 Legislative Session. The freshman lawmaker is requesting $1 million for rehabbing the historic Cuban Club in Ybor City. According to the budget request, the facility has damaged structural support columns, beams and floor slabs on all four floors that would be removed and replaced in order to achieve the structural stability of the building. Part of the deteriorated southern part of the building as well as its adjoining fire escape will be removed and replaced. There…

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Cuban Club, insurer face-off over $1.9M water damage claim

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A Texas insurer is taking Ybor City’s venerable Cuban Club to court over the disposition of a nearly $2 million insurance claim dating back to 2014. Built in 1917, the Cuban Club is the successor to the original clubhouse of “El Circulo Cubano,” a mutual-aid society originally created as a gathering place for Cuban immigrant cigar workers. In Oct. 2014, Cuban Club Foundation Inc., doing business as Cuban Club, filed an insurance claim with United Specialty Insurance Company to cover…

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Bob Buckhorn says if asked, he would consider working in a Hillary Clinton administration

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The stakes seemed disproportionately high on Thursday when it took the Tampa City Council some 14 votes before ultimately Mike Suarez edged out Frank Reddick 4-3, to become the new chair. During those 13 earlier votes, Reddick, Suarez and Harry Cohen remained in contention, with none getting the majority of four votes until Cohen ultimately excepted being elected as chair pro tem, easing the way for a one-on-one matchup. Speculation was rife that with Mayor Bob Buckhorn possibly considering a…

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Bob Buckhorn says the rise of Donald Trump could lead to the erosion of the modern GOP

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Although early voting for the March 15 presidential primary began in Hillsborough County and other counties in Florida earlier this week, the process went statewide on Saturday, and the Hillary Clinton campaign seized on that development by sending high profile surrogates go to the polls. In the Tampa Bay area, that meant having Mayor Bob Buckhorn casting his ballot at the College Hill Library in East Tampa. Buckhorn led a short rally on Wednesday night for Clinton at the opening…

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Tampa City Council poised to vote on requesting city hosts U.S.-Cuba signing ceremony

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It was eight years ago today, April 15, 2007, when Barack Obama made his first appearance ever in Tampa. Obama appeared at the Cuban Club in Ybor City on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon, giving a speech from the outdoor plaza after the famed Florida A&M marching band opened the program. But according to Tampa City Council woman Yolie Capin, the long-planned fundraising event (which only cost supporters $25) was almost canceled at the last moment, after officials back at the…

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