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Without private funding, Confederate statue won’t be moved

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The topsy-turvy saga regarding a Confederate monument in Tampa took yet another turn Wednesday when Hillsborough County Commissioners voted that the monument will stay in front of the courthouse annex unless the private sector raises $140,000 in the next 30 days.

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New poll: Hillsborough voters support candidates who want to keep Confederate monument

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A majority of Hillsborough County voters would side with commissioners who voted to keep a controversial Confederate monument in front of a county courthouse annex, according to a new poll.

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Hillsborough Commissioners clash on strategy, cause of sea-level rise

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Over the weekend, The Washington Post reported that major cities in the Tampa Bay area have barely begun to address sea-level rise and its effects on the region, Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp alerted her colleagues Wednesday that it was the time to act in dealing with the situation. The Post cited an assessment that within the next 12 years, the value of state property under encroaching water in the Tampa Bay region could drop by $15 billion. By 2050, that number could reach $23…

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Sean Shaw: Commissioners supporting Confederate monument not OK

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After the Hillsborough County Commission initially voted last month to keep the Confederate statue in front of the county courthouse annex, Hillsborough Democrats vowed to take revenge at the ballot box next year against all four Republicans who resisted the call to move the monument.

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On second thought: Hillsborough Commission opts to remove Confederate monument

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Four weeks after the Hillsborough County Commission voted to keep a controversial Confederate monument outside the courthouse annex, commissioners have changed their minds. In a 4-2 vote Wednesday, “Memoria In Aeterna” will now likely be relocated to the Brandon Family Cemetery. Earlier in the day, county officials said the owner of that facility came forward with an offer to house it. The Confederate monument has stood outside of the Hillsborough County Courthouse for more than a century. Commissioner Sandy Murman…

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Critics of Confederate monument: ‘Move the damn statue’

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Less than 24 hours before a vote to remove a controversial Confederate monument, a coalition of Tampa political leaders and activists is asking one member of the Hillsborough County Commission who voted last month to maintain the monument to change their mind. “The bottom line to those three remaining commissioners … I just got one message for you,” Tampa City Councilman Frank Roddick said at a press conference in front of the monument on Tuesday afternoon. “Vote to move the damn statue.”

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Kathleen Shanahan appointed by HART to new transit board, but not without controversy

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The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) voted to appoint Kathleen Shanahan as its representative on the newly reconstructed TBARTA (the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority) board on Monday, but only after debating whether it was better to appoint an elected official or a member of the general public. Shanahan is a private businesswoman who for decades has been a major player in Republican circles in Florida and Washington D.C. Originally nominated by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn to serve on…

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