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Tampa downtown residents convene to talk about revitalizing Massey Park

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More than 40 residents of downtown Tampa gathered Thursday night at the John P. Germany Library to talk about making Herman Massey Park a more desirable place to frequent. Surrounded by trees — and rarely used by the non-homeless — the 29-year-old half-acre park on North Franklin Street is a rare wooded space in the concrete jungle that is downtown Tampa. For most residents (at least those who’ve lived in the city for longer than the past decade), the only…

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Will Tampa revive Herman Massey Park?

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It’s easy to overlook Herman Massey Park in downtown Tampa. It’s modest half-acre size and predilection for having the homeless congregate there in the past has made it appear “dark and foreboding” in the words of City Councilman Harry Cohen. That may soon change, however,after Councilmembers Frank Reddick and Charlie Miranda recently requested that the downtown Community Redevelopment Agency take a look at what the park needs,with the hope that CRA revenues can pay for those upgrades. For most Tampa residents…

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Sandy Murman confirms she will switch seats to run for a four-year term in countywide seat

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Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman confirmed to SPB on Monday that she will leave her District 1 seat in 2018 to run for another four-year term in District 7, the countywide seat that will be open with the previously announced retirement of Al Higginbotham. News of Murman’s switch was first reported by the Tampa Bay Times William March. In switching seats, Murman becomes the second current member of the BOCC to announce that they hope to extend their political career by…

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Jonny Torres to challenge Deb Tamargo for chair of Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee

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Jonny Torres, currently vice chair of the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee, has announced he will challenge incumbent chair Deborah Tamargo when the party holds elections next month. Although the GOP had a big night nationally and in Florida last week, Torres said the results out of Hillsborough were disappointing, and he believes it’s time for a change in leadership. “Today, we bear little resemblance to the organization we once were,” Torres wrote to party members on Wednesday. “Those of you…

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Sandy Murman cruises to victory over Jeff Zampitella in Hillsborough County Commission

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Incumbent Sandra Murman cruised to victory Tuesday over Democrat Jeff Zampitella in the Hillsborough County Commission District 1 race. With 69 of 86 precincts reporting, Murman held a 57-43 percent lead over Zampitella. “I knew this was going to be a tough cycle, so we ran a whole campaign all the way,” she said. “A lot of people in my district have benefitted from the hard work I’ve done on their behalf, and I think that showed.” Murman, a longtime…

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Sandy Murman familiar with winning formula as she pursues another term on Hillsborough County Commission

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For candidates in local races, the home stretch of campaign season often means knocking on neighborhood doors and asking people for their vote. This is Republican Sandy Murman’s ninth run for public office, and she knows the drill well. She is the incumbent in the Hillsborough County Commission District 1 race against Jeff Zampitella, and no one will be surprised if she wins. But while she has been busy trying to pile up votes in advance of Tuesday’s election, she has been…

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Sandy Murman up with first TV ad for re-election campaign

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Hillsborough County District 1 Commissioner Sandy Murman has gone up with her first ad of the election cycle. It’s a light and breezy ad that features a cameo of her grandson, while images of Tampa and Hillsborough County are shown prominently. The ad superimposes the proposals that she is running on for the next four years: fixing roads, preventing floods, lowering taxes and creating jobs. Murman, a Republican, has served on the board representing District 1 since 2010, when she defeated Democrat John Dingfelder.…

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