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John Dingfelder wants to return to Tampa City Council in 2019

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It’s been seven years since John Dingfelder had to abruptly leave his Tampa City Council seat after more than seven years of service, and he has the itch to return.

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Four Green Fields wins bid to build bar and restaurant in Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced Wednesday that Four Green Fields has been given the rights to build a bar/restaurant inside of Curtis Hixon Park. “The city received seven very enticing proposals but the Four Green Fields concept with a raw bar is exactly what downtown Tampa is craving,” said Buckhorn. “For over 25 years, Four Green Fields has been a tried and true staple in Tampa  and their vision for the park seamlessly integrates with our busy event schedule while…

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Tampa downtown residents convene to talk about revitalizing Massey Park

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More than 40 residents of downtown Tampa gathered Thursday night at the John P. Germany Library to talk about making Herman Massey Park a more desirable place to frequent. Surrounded by trees — and rarely used by the non-homeless — the 29-year-old half-acre park on North Franklin Street is a rare wooded space in the concrete jungle that is downtown Tampa. For most residents (at least those who’ve lived in the city for longer than the past decade), the only…

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Hillsborough Democrats blast Confederate monument vote as ‘white supremacy, white privilege’

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Two days after Hillsborough County Commissioners made national news by voting to keep a Confederate monument in front of its County Courthouse Annex, the Hillsborough Democratic Party says the commissioners who did so “should be ashamed of themselves.” Four commissioners, all Republicans, voted to maintain a statue built in 1911 of a Confederate soldier in front of the courthouse. They also approved Crist’s proposal to add a mural behind the monument, showcasing what Crist called “love and diversity” of the…

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Will Tampa revive Herman Massey Park?

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It’s easy to overlook Herman Massey Park in downtown Tampa. It’s modest half-acre size and predilection for having the homeless congregate there in the past has made it appear “dark and foreboding” in the words of City Councilman Harry Cohen. That may soon change, however,after Councilmembers Frank Reddick and Charlie Miranda recently requested that the downtown Community Redevelopment Agency take a look at what the park needs,with the hope that CRA revenues can pay for those upgrades. For most Tampa residents…

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Tampa to face new financial challenges even before potential 2018 ballot measure hits

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The Florida Legislature’s approval of a constitutional amendment for the 2018 ballot that could severely reduce the level of revenue coming to local governments is just the latest challenge to Tampa’s fiscal health, Chief Financial Officer Sonya Little told the City Council Thursday. If passed by voters, the measure would expand the state homestead property tax exemption to $75,000. Over 4 million Floridians currently receive the current homestead exemption, which lowers the taxable value on a primary residence by $50,000. “We’re projecting a roughly $6 million…

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Jeff Vinik, Will Weatherford, Pam Iorio named to TECO board of directors

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Tampa Electric Co. is adding five prominent Florida business and community leaders to its board of directors, including developer and Tampa Bay Lighting owner Jeff Vinik, former House Speaker Will Weatherford and former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio. In an announcement Tuesday, TECO parent company Emera Inc., the Nova Scotia-based energy conglomerate, said the new members are as part of a commitment to keeping the company under Florida oversight. Emera acquired TECO in July 2016. “Emera believes local directors who are…

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