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After 7 hours, Tampa City Council votes to raise property taxes

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Shortly after midnight Friday morning, the Tampa City Council voted 4-3 to raise property taxes for the first in 29 years.

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Tampa City Council takes issue with Bob Buckhorn’s decision to close park to homeless

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In the lead up to last weekend’s Gasparilla events, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn tweeted with tongue firmly planted in cheek that, “Next year we build a wall and make the pirates pay for it.” But on Thursday, Councilman Frank Reddick and some of his colleagues criticized the very real wall – or fence, actually – that the Buckhorn administration constructed at a cost of $32,000 around around Phil Bourquardez Park in Tampa Heights in late December. For years, the park had become a gathering for…

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Florida’s Pastor Protection Act doesn’t go as far as Georgia’s — and that’s a good thing for NFL fans

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After the June 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Obergefell v. Hodges case that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, more than 20 state legislatures reacted by passing religious freedom laws to protect clergy. This month, Florida became the latest state to do so after Gov. Rick Scott signed the Pastor Protection Act. The new law shields religious entities and individuals from any lawsuit if they refuse to administer same-sex weddings. Meanwhile in Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal says he’ll decide by next month whether…

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