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Tensions build regarding Hillsborough PTC as legislative delegation meeting approaches

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Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission (PTC) Chairman Victor Crist says that Jeff Brandes‘ recent inquiry on whether the PTC should be allowed to hire lobbyists was simply a ploy “to try to stir the pot” in advance of next week’s Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation meeting. “This is a publicity stunt by Sen. Brandes to stir the pot before the delegation meets so he can waive his hands in the air and go, ‘Oh look, here we go again, there’s another…

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Tampa International Airport concession files suit amid denied bid

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A company that had previously bid on retail space in Tampa International Airport is suing the airport because it didn’t win a contract. WDFG North America competed in a bid process along with several other companies. The contract for one of five packages was awarded to a retailer called Paradies. That company is opening a Spanx retail store, the Body Shop, Dylan’s Candy Bar and a cluster of newsstands. The bid was for “package one,” which allows concession companies to…

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Tampa International Airport’s parking garage rates to rise

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If you leave your car at Tampa International Airport overnight in the future, it’s going to cost you a little bit more starting this fall. The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority is scheduled on Thursday to vote on raising the fees on all three parking garages at the airport. The short-term garage will raise its rates per 24 hours from $20 to $22; the long-term garage’s rates will go from $16 to $18; and the economy garage will go up a…

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Hillsborough Aviation board chair Steve Burton’s 2013 death may have been result of malpractice

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One of Tampa’s most prominent leaders died nearly two years ago. Former Hillsborough Aviation Authority chair Steve Burton died following a heart transplant at Tampa General Hospital. Burton’s death was originally reported as a transplant-related complication. According to reports following his death on April 21, 2013, Burton’s new heart functioned perfectly for four hours, but suddenly failed after that. He was never brought out of sedation. Earlier this month, Burton’s heirs filed a request with the Hillsborough County Courts for…

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