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Tampa Downtown Partnership adds a pair of Chevy Bolts to Tampa fleet

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The Tampa Downtown Partnership and Downtowner cycled a pair of Chevy Bolts into its all-electric fleet Wednesday, promising lightning fast access for plugged-in downtown Tampa commuters. “Adding these vehicles to the fleet will reduce wait times, support increasing ridership demand and provide riders with protection from the Florida heat via air conditioning,” said Downtowner COO Travis Gleason. The app company executive said the Bolts have enough juice to go 200 miles before they need a charge, which is more than three…

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New law brings Hillsborough County in line with rest of Florida regarding restaurant size to sell alcohol

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For decades, aspiring restaurateurs in Tampa and Hillsborough County have had to contend with regulations unlike those in any other part of Florida. State law requires that any restaurant that serves alcohol must be at least 2,500 square feet in size. However, in Hillsborough County,  state law dictated that restaurants that sell booze must be at least 4,000 square feet. Not any longer, after Governor Rick Scott signed a bill (HB 1417) sponsored by Tampa House Republican Dana Young on Friday that revises Hillsborough’s space requirements for liquor licenses for restaurants. “What was…

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Tampa PD expands business watch program into downtown

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A Tampa Downtown Partnership breakfast on homelessness last October was the spark. The conversation that began there ultimately led to the creation of a program between the Tampa Police Department and the downtown business establishment announced today, designed to make the area a safer place to live, work and play. That meeting at the University Club last fall was a relatively sanguine affair until its conclusion, when a few business owners complained that there were still problems with their employees being harassed by some…

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