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Environmental attorney calls on Tampa Sports Authority not to use controversial pesticide this week

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With just 24 hours before the Tampa Sports Authority is poised to begin applying a controversial pesticide on a city of Tampa owned golf course, neighboring activists have recruited a well-known environmental attorney for a last-ditch effort at preventing the spraying from occurring. “Please do not apply Curfew to the Babe Zaharias golf course in Tampa,” Cape Canal based attorney Ralf Brookes writes in a letter to the TSA board. “There are too many proximate residents and citizens of Tampa who live too…

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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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AFP-Florida warns Tampa Bay lawmakers to not use taxpayer funds for potential Rays stadium

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Americans for Prosperity Florida is calling on lawmakers from both sides of Tampa Bay not to use public taxpayer dollars in the financing of any potential new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays. “As the Rays search for a potential new sandlot to call home, their focus should steer clear of calling on taxpayers to sacrifice anymore, ” said AFPF state director Chris Hudson. His statement comes on the same day that the Tampa Bay Times published a front-page story on the…

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Tensions build regarding Hillsborough PTC as legislative delegation meeting approaches

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Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission (PTC) Chairman Victor Crist says that Jeff Brandes‘ recent inquiry on whether the PTC should be allowed to hire lobbyists was simply a ploy “to try to stir the pot” in advance of next week’s Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation meeting. “This is a publicity stunt by Sen. Brandes to stir the pot before the delegation meets so he can waive his hands in the air and go, ‘Oh look, here we go again, there’s another…

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers expect to apply for stadium renovation subsidies in 2016

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Florida lawmakers gave no money for sports stadium projects during the 2015 Legislative Session. But that was last session. With a new application period approaching, Legislative IQ powered by Lobby Tools reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tampa Sports Authority are expected to seek state funds for renovations at Raymond James Stadium. This week, the Bucs announced details of a proposed stadium overhaul, with costs estimated at somewhere between $78 million and $100 million. The Bucs franchise would pick up most of the costs, although Noah…

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5 things I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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“Who is Sandra Gadsden?” was the invariable response I received last evening from each person I asked if they knew who Sandra Gadsden is. I was at a fundraising reception chock full of political operatives and their handsome wives.  Each of these people recognized the names of  Adam Smith or Aaron Sharockman or David DeCamp.  Some even recognized John Frank’s name.  But not one person — and this is a room full of people who make St. Petersburg move –…

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5 things I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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“Who is Sandra Gadsden?” was the invariable response I received last evening from each person I asked if they knew who Sandra Gadsden is. I was at a fundraising reception chock full of political operatives and their handsome wives.  Each of these people recognized the names of  Adam Smith or Aaron Sharockman or David DeCamp.  Some even recognized John Frank’s name.  But not one person — and this is a room full of people who make St. Petersburg move –…

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