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Tampa Bay Rowdies announce their under 23 development team

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies would like to grow a player or two on their own. The Rowdies will field a team in the USL’s Premier Development league this year, as the Rowdies U23 team is to begin play. The team will remain based in Tampa at the Waters Soccer Complex and will compete in the PDL’s Southern Conference’s Southeast Division, which currently features seven other teams from around the Sunshine State. “Rowdies U23 will give us an opportunity to develop…

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Treasure Island residents ask judge to declare development ordinances null

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Two Treasure Island residents have filed a lawsuit asking a judge to declare two city development ordinances to be void. If the judge agrees, the effect would be to prevent developments of certain heights and densities from being built in the beach city’s downtown special area. That would include developments that have already been approved under the rules. At issue are two ordinances that were passed in 2012. Both involved the Treasure Island downtown special area plan, which allows mixed-uses…

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Two judges side with Madeira Beach in development lawsuits

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Two judges have ruled against opponents of two proposed developments on Madeira Beach. In one case, Judge Thomas H. Minkoff said the city did not violate state law when it passed three ordinances in 2014 that changed zoning rules and paved the way for the developments. In the other case, Judge Cynthia Newton dismissed a lawsuit claiming that the city had wrongfully failed to grant a petition to take the proposed rezoning and land use changes to a voter referendum.…

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Treasure Island resident wants judge to stop city officials’ advocating for referenda

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A Treasure Island resident has sued the city because he believes officials are illegally spending tax money to influence a political campaign. Ken Weiss is asking a judge to order the city to stop spending money on a referendum that would increase the height and density of buildings in some areas of Treasure Island. Weiss is also asking that judge order City Manager Reid Silverboard to pay back “all such illegal expenditures.” Silverboard could not be reached for comment. The…

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Lawsuit claims Treasure Island ignored state flood requirements in creating new zoning district

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A Treasure Island resident has filed a lawsuit claiming city commissioners failed to follow state law when passing new development rules for hotels and motels. Deborah Toth is asking the court to declare the three ordinances invalid. Treasure Island city manager Reid Silverboard declined comment and referred questions about the lawsuit to the city attorney. Neither Mayor Robert Minning nor city attorney Jennifer Cowan could be reached for comment. The suit arises from three votes made during a July 5…

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Kate MacFall: Florida black bear hunt — bad idea last year; bad idea this year

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On June 22, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will discuss whether to open another Florida black bear hunt. It was a bad idea last year, and it’s a bad idea this year, especially now that a group of knowledgeable Florida scientists has sent a detailed letter to the state’s wildlife agency. They make the serious point that the state doesn’t have the information it needs to responsibly hold a black bear hunt without potentially harming the populations. Florida’s…

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5 things to look for in Bob Buckhorn’s State of Tampa address

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is scheduled to give his State of the City this morning. Here are some things to look for in his speech. Transportation – In his 2014 speech, Buckhorn called for a funding referendum to support expanded bus service and light rail in Tampa, saying that the goal should be a referendum in the fall of 2016. With Hillsborough County Commissioners scheduled to vote on whether to do that later this month, undoubtedly the mayor will encourage not only…

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