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Tampa City Council approves red light cameras for two more years

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Red light cameras will continue to operate in the City of Tampa for at least two more years, after the city council voted 4-3 Thursday to approve a contract with Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions. The new contract guarantees the city $75,000 more per year annually than the current contract, as well as giving the city more help when disgruntled motorists challenge their $158 tickets in court. Council members Mike Suarez, Harry Cohen, Lisa Montelione and Charlie Miranda voted for the cameras. Guido Maniscalco, Yolie Capin, and Frank Reddick voted no.…

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Southern Strategy Group earns more than $2 million for legislative lobbying in Q2

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Southern Strategy Group remains one of the top government affairs firms in the Sunshine State. The Tallahassee-based firm reported second quarter median compensation of more than $2.1 million for its legislative services. Those median earnings mean the firm will once again be among the Top 3 earners in the state. Firms must file compensation reports each quarter, and the most recent reports were due Sunday. The reports list a firm’s clients, and typically include compensation ranges. One of the firm’s…

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Matt Florell: My role in giving the red light to South Pasadena’s red-light-cameras

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After a contentious Tuesday meeting, South Pasadena City Commissioners signaled the end of the last red-light-camera program in south Pinellas County. I am proud of my role in making that happen. About a week before voting 4 to 1 to end RLCs, the South Pasadena held a two-hour workshop, where city leaders hashed out many of the points brought up at the Feb. 9 meeting. At that meeting, David Mast, an account representative from RLC vendor American Traffic Solutions (ATS) brought Kevin…

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Jeff Brandes files bill to (once again) repeal the use of red-light cameras

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St. Petersburg based GOP state Senator Jeff Brandes has been trying for several years now to put a stake through the heart of the red light camera industry in the Sunshine State, so it should come as no surprise that he introduced SB 168 today. The bill would repeal the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act and eliminate red light cameras in Florida. “Red light cameras are another example of taxation by citation, and Florida cities are in full retreat as municipalities…

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Louis Betz & Associates collects $110K in Q2

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The two-man team at Louis Betz & Associates hauled in an estimated $110,000 in compensation for their work during the second quarter of 2015, according to recently release state lobbying records. The lion’s share of the fees — all from work within the Legislature, as opposed to executive branch lobbying — came from four major clients: American Traffic Solutions, Epperson Ranch, Tampa Taxi Coalition and Waste Management Inc. of Florida each employed the firm’s services to the tune of up to…

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Bob Buckhorn rewarded for RLC support with big American Traffic Soutions donation

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As Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn continues to support red light cameras, it may come as little surprise that he received a big campaign check from Florida’s leading red light camera provider. State records filed last week show $10,000 in June coming from American Traffic Solutions (ATS) to the Buckhorn-supporting “One Florida” political action committee. Siobhan Harley, a former Buckhorn aide, formed the PAC in late 2014. Although Buckhorn easily won re-election – facing nearly non-existent opposition — PAC money could…

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Parsons Brinckerhoff contributes $5,000 to Bob Buckhorn’s PAC

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Next Thursday, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will sit along with his colleagues on the Hillsborough County Policy Leadership Group on whether or not to support the half-cent transportation tax proposal announced last month by County Administrator Mike Merrill and Parsons Brinckerhoff. Parsons Brinckerhoff is the national transportation consultant hired by the county last year for $900,000 to help facilitate the public outreach effort regarding transportation issues in the county. Although there has been criticism about the plan from a variety of…

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