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Sandy Murman takes a victory lap on approval of $600 million in transportation improvements

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Although Sandy Murman considers the $600 million in funding for transportation improvements over the next decade that her County Commission colleagues recently approved as a weaker version of her original proposal, she doesn’t mind taking credit for it. “I will tell you, and I’m being very honest. If it hadn’t been for me bringing my new plan forward, we would not have $600 million in transportation approved a couple of weeks ago,” she said Friday morning. Murman’s comment at the weekly “Cafe Con Tampa” event…

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Joe Henderson: Cross-Bay ferry – an idea whose time has finally come

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One Saturday afternoon several months ago, I needed to drive from Brandon to St. Petersburg. As always, I took Interstate 4 to I-275 in downtown Tampa and headed toward the lovely ‘Burg. Most days, that trek would take me about 40-45 minutes, assuming the weather was good, and there wasn’t a wreck at Malfunction Junction or on the big bridge. On this otherwise lovely afternoon, though, the journey took nearly 90 minutes. Was there a wreck? No. Police activity? Nope.…

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Tampa to St. Petersburg ferry service to begin on November 4

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Organizers behind a ferry service that will take commuters from downtown Tampa to downtown St. Petersburg provided more details on Wednesday about the service, beginning with giving it a formal title — “The Cross-Bay Ferry.” At a news conference held at the offices of Schifino Lee Advertising and Branding in Tampa’s Hyde Park on Wednesday, officials involved with the service gave a timeline of when the ferry will begin operations this fall. Weekend service (Friday/Saturday/Sunday) will begin for the public starting…

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Adam Putnam espouses the importance of water to Florida while speaking at “Cafe Con Tampa”

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If Florida Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam has a central governing philosophy, it might be the importance of having a long-term memory about the Sunshine State. “Having a longer memory I think helps us maintain the types of protections for our citizens that they expect and that they deserve,” he said while speaking at an hour long town-hall meeting at Hugo’s restaurant in South Tampa Friday morning. The Polk County native, who just turned 42 last month, loves to talk policy, and if he ultimately…

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Brian Willis wants an apology from Pat Kemp regarding transit proposal

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Hillsborough County District 6 Democratic candidate Brian Willis is calling on one of his opponents, Pat Kemp, to apologize to him and the other two Democrats in the race for having a supporter claim that she is the only Democratic candidate that will “fund transit now.” “Every single Democratic candidate has argued that the County Commission needs to put more money into transit now, ” Willis said in a statement. “Pat has heard us say so at forums many times, she knows these claims are false.” That…

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Hillsborough County Commission District 6 Tiger Bay debate dominated by transportation issues

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No race on the ballot in Hillsborough County this year has a richer field of candidates than the County Commission District 6 seat, with no less than six serious players vying to win the countywide seat being vacated by a term-limited Kevin Beckner this fall. In a stultifying warm room at the Ferguson Center of Law in downtown Tampa Friday, all of those candidates, with the exception of Republican Jim Norman, came before the Tampa Tiger Bay Club, where transportation issues like Go Hillsborough…

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Hillsborough County Dems delay vote on Go Hillsborough

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With Hillsborough County Commissioners poised to decide next week on whether to put the Go Hillsborough half-cent sales tax for transportation on the November ballot, members of the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee gathered Monday night to weigh in on the issue. Except they didn’t. After hearing ten-minute presentations in both support and against the proposal, and with time running out on the 90-minute meeting, party officials opted to table the issue for another month. That could leave the group voiceless,…

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