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St. Petersburg activists call for more work on safer, ‘Complete Streets’

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Wednesday is “Bike to School Day,” but more work needs to be done to make anyone feel safer riding a bike on St. Petersburg’s streets, according to a new report by the Florida Consumer Action Network (FCAN), “The design of our streets have consequences for our health,” says FCAN campaign organizer Lisa Frank. Specifically, the report says nearly half of all adults in Pinellas County don’t get enough exercise, contributing to heart disease and diabetes. People living in neighborhoods with inadequate walking…

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New report blasts TBX project as a “boondoggle”

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(Updated with FDOT response below) The Florida Department of Transportation’s Tampa Bay Express project has been controversial since it was introduced last year. The first phase of “TBX” would add tolled express lanes to I-275 in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, as well as to I-4 and I-275, at a cost of an estimated $3.3 billion, It’s been met with immediate and unified opposition by the local neighborhoods which will be impacted by the expansion of the downtown interchange portion of I-275,…

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Activists want Hillsborough School District to join program ensuring free breakfast & lunch for students

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On the first day of school, in Hillsborough County and throughout the state, activists in stood in front of Miles Elementary School in North Tampa. They were there to call on the Hillsborough County School District to get with the program — the community eligibility program, to be specific — which allows qualifying high-poverty schools to offer breakfast and lunch at no charge to all students without having to collect and process individual meal applications. “We have a bureaucratic problem right now,” said…

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2015 Awake the State rallies take on a quieter tone

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Progressive activists across the state are calling on the Florida Legislature to take up five key issues voted on by supporters of the group Progress Florida. During a rally at Spa Beach near the downtown St. Pete Pier, about 20 members of the community announced their agenda that includes raising the minimum wage, expanding health care and Medicaid, ensuring access to clean water and energy and reforming campaign finance laws. “We want to put the progressive agenda in the forefront,” said…

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