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Rick Kriseman to hold fundraiser — in Tampa

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Rick Baker held a fundraiser in Clearwater last week, leading some to chortle that he had to travel all the way to North Pinellas to help boost his coffers in his bid to return as St. Petersburg mayor. Democrats said there weren’t enough Republicans in St. Pete to prop up the former two-term mayor. But Baker is not the only mayoral candidate who is venturing beyond the city limits to soak up campaign cash. On June 20, Rick Kriseman will…

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Now a CFO candidate, Jeremy Ring to publish book on his experience at Yahoo

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Former state Senator Jeremy Ring, the only official candidate in the 2018 race to be Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, has just completed a book about his experiences working as a founding member of Yahoo. Ring said Monday he plans to publish his book this fall. “We Were Yahoo” will describe how the Silicon Valley-based company changed the world twice, Ring told a couple of dozen supporters who gathered to learn more about him at an appearance at the University Club…

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Popularity is part of the problem for Straz Center, with a serious lack of parking

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As the Straz Performing Arts Center celebrates its 30-year anniversary, it has never been more popular. That’s part of the problem. With three new museums, a busier-than-ever Curtis Hixon Park, and area construction continuing, the Straz — in the heart of downtown Tampa — is suffering from a serious lack of parking, a problem that’s only getting worse. It’s become so bad, longtime patrons are telling the Straz they will no longer attend events there. “We are truly and deeply concerned…

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Tampa City Council wants lawmakers to explain bill that would have gutted CRA’s

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A proposal by Lithia Republican Jake Raburn (HB 13) calling for an end to all community redevelopment agencies (CRA’s) died in a legislative committee in the Florida House last month. And members of the Tampa City Council are happy about that. Raburn’s bill didn’t go as far as a related proposal by Brandon Republican Tom Lee in the Senate (SB 1770). That bill would have placed much stricter requirements on CRA’s, but it also stalled in a committee as well. At Thursday’s Tampa…

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Rick Kriseman, Cross-Bay Ferry get mixed reviews from Tampa City Council

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A year ago, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman requested and received $350,000 from the local governments of Tampa, Hillsborough County, Pinellas County and his own City Council to help fund the Cross-Bay Ferry public-private pilot project that ends Sunday. While those local governments won’t get close to that money back — they were never expected to — but final totals could end up bringing as much as $30,000 back to those local governments. Speaking before the Tampa City Council today…

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Frank Reddick worries that community members are getting ‘paid off’ to back TBX project

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In an effort to retool and “reset” the troubled Tampa Bay Express project, the Florida Department of Transportation led a coalition of local public officials and members of the community this week to St. Louis, where it spoke with officials there about how they worked with the community to rebuild a highway construction project. Speaking before the Tampa City Council on Thursday, Bill Jones with the FDOT gave an update on TBX, and discussed the trip and how officials will meet next month to…

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Yolie Capin elected chair of Tampa City Council

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If you blinked you would have missed it. Unlike a year ago, when it took 14 ballots and over a half an hour to select a chair, Yolie Capin was elected the next chair of the Tampa City Council on the first ballot Thursday morning. The voting began with Councilman Harry Cohen, who some speculated was himself interested in becoming chair, nominating Capin. Luis Viera, the newest member of the Council and a longtime friend of current Council Chair Mike…

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