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Tampa Police say ‘no credible threats’ against TSA over using controversial pesticide

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Tampa Sports Authority’s intention to use a controversial pesticide on Babe Zaharias Golf Course next week has caused some heated rhetoric from neighborhood opponents. But the Tampa Police Department says an investigation so far shows no ‘credible threats’ have been posed from those critics against officials associated with the TSA. On Thursday, Tampa City Councilman Frank Reddick said that there had been threats made to him, as well as Tampa Sports Authority Eric Hart and County Commission and TSA board member…

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Angry neighbors force Hillsborough County to test air quality after spraying controversial pesticide

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Officials with the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission say they will test air quality at Babe Zaharias Golf Course in Tampa next week, a day after the Tampa Sports Authority applies the controversial fumigant Curfew. Curfew is a restricted pesticide that the TSA intends to use to control nematodes (ground worms) at Babe Zaharias. The State of Florida approved the use of Curfew back in 1999, with the proviso that there be a 100-foot setback from any occupied structure, said Jerry…

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Forest Hills neighborhood fears curfew pesticide spraying on Babe Zaharias golf course next week

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Tampa residents in the Forest Hills neighborhood are fearful about the potential deleterious effects resulting from the application of a fumigant on a city owned golf course believed to be a human carcinogen. The fumigant is called curfew, or 1,3-dichloropropenene. It’s made by Dow Agrosciences and is used to reduce the population of nematodes (round worms) and other soil-borne pests that damage developing root systems of young plants.  While prohibited from being used on golf courses in environmentally conscious California, it has been approved for use on…

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Bob Buckhorn says possible Rays stadium in Tampa will be “complicated transaction”

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The day after the St. Petersburg City Council finally voted to give the Tampa Bay Rays management permission to search for new ballpark sites on both side of the bay, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn fielded questions about what it could mean for his city. “Yesterday was a good day,” the Mayor began his news conference at City Hall, but he wasn’t doing handstands about wooing the Major League Baseball franchise. He soberly emphasized that his goal parallels St. Pete Mayor…

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Bob Buckhorn not high on possible Rays ballpark in Westshore area

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A long-discussed plan that would finally allow the Tampa Bay Rays management to begin discussing a possible stadium in Hillsborough County could come before the St. Petersburg City Council as early as next week, and indications are that the votes are there to have that happen. The immediate focus after that, of course, what sites the Rays will be looking at in Hillsborough. One of the usual suspects, when the topic arises, is the Westshore area of Tampa, which was listed…

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