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Popularity is part of the problem for Straz Center, with a serious lack of parking

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As the Straz Performing Arts Center celebrates its 30-year anniversary, it has never been more popular. That’s part of the problem. With three new museums, a busier-than-ever Curtis Hixon Park, and area construction continuing, the Straz — in the heart of downtown Tampa — is suffering from a serious lack of parking, a problem that’s only getting worse. It’s become so bad, longtime patrons are telling the Straz they will no longer attend events there. “We are truly and deeply concerned…

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Chris Ingram brings the Tiger Bay Club back to relevance

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At its best, Tiger Bay Club forums held throughout the state can provide a valuable public service as a place where the public can interact with lawmakers, political candidates, activists and journalists who are asked to participate each month. Depending on the topic or the featured speaker, however, these same events can often devolve into dull, scripted events. That’s where the audience of Tiger Bay members get to to play their part in what we have of a democracy, raising questions…

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Tom Lee on Tallahassee budget impasse: ‘We don’t know how this is going to play out’

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As state lawmakers prepare to complete unfinished business in Tallahassee in a special session slated to begin in 12 days, one of the most important members of the 120-member Florida Legislature said on Wednesday that he’s not exactly sure what to expect when the House and Senate return next month to the Capitol to hammer out a budget agreement. “We really don’t know how this is going to play out,” said Brandon area state Sen. Tom Lee, the Senate Appropriations Committee chairman. Lee was…

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