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Tampa City Council moves 1st public hearing on raising taxes to Monday, Sept. 18

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The Tampa City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to continue their first public hearing on Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget until Monday, Sept. 18 at 6:00 p.m.

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At rally in Tampa, a call for County Commission to revisit Confederate monument vote

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Activists and interested citizens gathered in front of the Confederate monument in downtown Tampa on Tuesday, seeking to push the Hillsborough County Commission to reverse its 4-3 vote last week to keep the statue where it’s been standing for more than 100 years. Calling themselves the Hillsborough Community Protection Coalition, they included members of the Hillsborough County branch of the NAACP, CAIR Florida, Fight For 15, clergy, pastors and concerned citizens. “This is a spiritual warfare,” said the Reverend James T.…

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Rick Kriseman heads to Tampa next week for re-election fundraiser

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman hits the other side of Tampa Bay next week for a fundraiser in his re-election effort, joined by some of Tampa’s leading Democrats, including fellow Mayor Bob Buckhorn. Hosted by attorneys Ron Christaldi and Patrick Baskette, the event is Tuesday, June 20, beginning 5:30 p.m. at the offices of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, 101 E Kennedy Blvd., Suite 2800 in Tampa. In addition to Buckhorn, event chairs include Tampa City Council members Luis Viera, Harry…

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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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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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Tampa City Council hopeful Jim Davison cleared of elections complaint

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The Florida Elections Commission has dismissed a complaint made against Jim Davison in his race for the Tampa City Council District 7 race last fall. Luis Veira defeated Davison last December in the special election to succeed Lisa Montelione, who stepped down from her seat to run for a state legislative seat. In the days before the November 8 election, Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee Chair Ione Townsend had filed a complaint with the FEC, calling on the agency to look into the $1,000…

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