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Bob Buckhorn says possible Rays stadium in Tampa will be “complicated transaction”

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The day after the St. Petersburg City Council finally voted to give the Tampa Bay Rays management permission to search for new ballpark sites on both side of the bay, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn fielded questions about what it could mean for his city. “Yesterday was a good day,” the Mayor began his news conference at City Hall, but he wasn’t doing handstands about wooing the Major League Baseball franchise. He soberly emphasized that his goal parallels St. Pete Mayor…

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Mitch Perry Report for 12.2.15 – Here’s Hillary … and her plan to begin fixing our infrastructure needs

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A new national Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday morning shows Hillary Clinton walking away with the Democratic nomination for president, about two months before the Iowa caucuses. Clinton leads Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders by 30 percentage points, 60-30 percent. No doubt Clinton enthusiasts will be reveling in that new nugget when they gather Wednesday afternoon in Orlando for a speech she’s scheduled to give at 1 p.m. She’s expected to speak in-depth about her plan to fix the country’s infrastructure…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.30.15 — Ybor and Florida lose out to Georgia in Hollywood production

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2015 was supposed to be the year that the Florida Legislature authorized funding to replenish its depleted film tax incentives package, allowing the Sunshine State to compete with Louisiana, Georgia and other Southeastern states in getting its fair share of movie and television production work. It didn’t happen. Despite the reshaping of the incentives and the advocacy of Tampa Bay area state lawmakers like Jack Latvala and Nancy Detert, once again the entertainment community struck out in Tallahassee. One of…

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Jeff Vinik says it’s no sure thing that MOSI will move downtown

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After their dramatic unveiling of their billion-dollar project to redevelop 40 acres of real estate in the Channelside District last December, Jeffrey Vinik’s Strategic Property Partners group has been relatively quiet in terms of news about what will actually be housed there. In recent months there has been discussion about the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) moving from its current North Tampa location across the street from USF to “Vinikville.” Though Hillsborough County officials have expressed excitement about the…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.24.15 — Scary movies

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Happy Friday, everyone. I was going to write about another subject for today, but it feels a bit trivial compared to the big headline of the morning. I know that the overwhelming majority of gun owners in America are responsible. But even if there’s only a tiny, tiny percentage of people who are irresponsible with guns in this country (of which there are reportedly around 300 million floating around), it’s a problem. This morning Americans are awakening to yet another gun shooting…

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Bob Buckhorn delivers his ‘not sexy’ $850 million budget

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn appeared before the City Council on Thursday for nearly an hour to deliver his $850.2 million FY2016 budget, a budget he admitted is “not sexy.” “This budget is not going to include a lot of glamour, but it gets the job done,” he said, emphasizing the much-needed investments in basic infrastructure, such as a large increase in stormwater improvements. As every resident or visitor to Tampa realizes, one large rainstorm can paralyze traffic throughout the city,…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.11.15 — Picking winners and losers in Tallahassee

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The Tampa Bay Times’ lead today is a story that we touched upon briefly yesterday as the Legislature is now half-way through its special session in Tallahassee — that being the very real fears among movers and shakers in Tampa that state funding for a USF College of Medicine building ($17 million) and accompanying USF Heart Institute ($15.75 million) is in peril. There is a dispute about whether the projects should be bonded, since legislators say there’s not enough funding to pay for the projects…

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