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Tampa Bay Next project to be reviewed at Hillsborough MPO tonight

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(Updated) For the third consecutive summer, hundreds of people are expected to fill downtown Tampa’s County Center Tuesday night for a prime-time edition of the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization’s monthly meeting. They will specifically address the MPO’s Transportation Improvement Project update (TIP), a list of transportation projects in Hillsborough County to be funded over the next five years. Inside that TIP for the third year in a row is the Tampa Bay Next project, formerly known as Tampa Bay…

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Transportation board settles on three for next FDOT head

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The list of names to be the next secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation is down to three. The Florida Transportation Commission, the department’s advisory board, interviewed five applicants Thursday and is set to recommend three to Gov. Rick Scott. They are Richard Biter, a former assistant secretary of the transportation department; Phillip Gainer, FDOT’s District Secretary for northwest Florida; and Florida Transportation Commissioner Ron Howse. The panel will officially vote to recommend those candidates next week. More than 120 people had applied for the…

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Mike Dew is a shoo-in for Transportation Dep’t top job

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Mike Dew, the Florida Department of Transportation‘s chief of staff, is expected to be the department’s next Secretary. Sources told FloridaPolitics.com Wednesday that Dew got a phone call from the Governor’s Office this week telling him the job was his. Dew, who put in for the top spot the morning of this Monday’s deadline to apply, was Gov. Rick Scott‘s external affairs director in 2011-12. The Florida Transportation Commission, the department’s advisory board, met Thursday to schedule interviews of applicants on May 11. The finalists are…

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Mike Dew now vying for top spot at Dep’t of Transportation

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Mike Dew, the Florida Department of Transportation‘s chief of staff, now has applied to be Secretary of the department, according to a list of applicants released Monday. As of Monday’s deadline, 125 people had applied for the open position, created when former Secretary Jim Boxold resigned in January to join Tallahassee’s Capital City Consulting firm. Dew applied Monday morning. Richard Biter, one of two unsuccessful finalists for the top job at Enterprise Florida and a former assistant secretary of the transportation department, also…

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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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Richard Biter among dozens applying for state transportation secretary

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Richard Biter, one of two unsuccessful finalists for the top job at Enterprise Florida, now has thrown in his hat to be the state’s next Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation. Biter is one of more than 80 applicants for the open position, created when former Secretary Jim Boxold resigned in January to join Tallahassee’s Capital City Consulting firm. It would be a homecoming for Biter: He’s a former assistant secretary of the department. But he may not be…

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It’s official: Jim Boxold resigns as state Transportation secretary

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Gov. Rick Scott Monday officially announced the resignation of state Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold after FloridaPolitics.com broke the story of his departure last Friday night. Boxold’s resignation is effective Feb. 3, the governor said in a statement. Rachel Cone, who is now Assistant Secretary for Finance and Administration, will serve as interim secretary. Later Monday, the governmental affairs firm Capital City Consulting also confirmed he was joining the team. “Jim Boxold has done a great job leading FDOT and I want to thank him for…

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