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FDOT schedules hearings on replacement of Howard Frankland Bridge

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The Florida Department of Transportation has scheduled hearings in St. Petersburg and Tampa to give residents a chance to comment about plans to replace the northbound Howard Frankland Bridge. The span, which was reopened in January 1993, is nearing the end of its “serviceable life,” FDOT officials say. The FDOT is currently in the second phase of a long-range plan for replacing the bridge by conducting a comprehensive study that will help determine the location and conceptual design of feasible…

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Conservative enters commission race against Mark Sharpe

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An upcoming county commission primary race could test whether hard-core conservatives will continue to dominate Hillsborough County’s Republican Party. The contest pits incumbent District 7 Commissioner Mark Sharpe against conservative Josh Burgin, a former executive administrator with the county GOP. Burgin entered the race hours before last Friday’s noon qualifying deadline. It’s been well known in Republican political circles that conservatives were looking for someone to challenge Sharpe because of his advocacy of a 1 cent sales tax for mass…

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