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Tampa Bay Business Journal President Bridgette Bello named St. Pete College Trustee

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Tampa Bay Business Journal President Bridgette Bello is the newest member of the St. Petersburg College District board of trustees. On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott announced Bello, 46, of Seminole will fill a vacant seat for a term ending May 31, 2019. Bello, a veteran advertising and media professional with more than 20 years’ experience, has been the publisher of the Tampa Bay Business Journal, a part of the American City Business Journals network, since February 2007. She is the…

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Tampa Bay Rowdies welcome 2017 Season with 1,000 fans at Mahaffey Theater

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies kicked off their 2017 Season Thursday night. Rowdies officials and players were joined by over 1,000 fans at the Mahaffey Theater in downtown St. Petersburg to welcome in the regular season. Highlights of the night included a question and answer session with Rowdies Chairman and CEO Bill Edwards, former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker and Rowdies COO Lee Cohen, moderated by the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Alexis Muellner. In the Q&A, Edwards and Baker emphasized the…

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Local media figures dissect the 2016 presidential election at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club

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While some parts of America are ecstatic and others scared in the wake of Donald Trump’s shocking presidential victory earlier this month, most others are simply thankful the whole long, ugly, divisive campaign is history. Then there is the political class, who in opinion pieces and discussions on cable news, continue to chatter about what led to perhaps the biggest political upset in modern U.S. history. The Tampa Tiger Bay Club hosted their debriefing of the election on Friday with four local reporters…

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As contentious primary campaign comes to a conclusion, Kevin Beckner has no regrets

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On the eve of what has been the most raucous primary race in Hillsborough County, Kevin Beckner says he wouldn’t do anything differently in his campaign to defeat Pat Frank for Clerk of the Circuit Court. “No regrets whatsoever,” Beckner said while attending the NAACP sponsored “Souls to the Polls” event at the College Hill Public Library in East Tampa on Sunday afternoon. “Some people have characterized it as a negative campaign, but I have based it on a campaign of facts,…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.4.16 – Trib out

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The news yesterday that the Tampa Bay Times and absorbed the assets of the crosstown rival Tampa Tribune marks the end of rumors which I can recount starting back in 2008. That’s when stories surfaced that the paper would fold after the 2009 Super Bowl; That didn’t come to pass. Then the rumor was the Trib would fold after the 2012 Republican National Convention. That too proved to be false. It’s no longer false, and our community is less for it.…

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Tampa Chamber of Commerce “disappointed” by rejection of Go Hillsborough initiative

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Although they didn’t show their full support for the measure until a week ago the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce says it’s “disappointed” by the fact that the Hillsborough County Commission narrowly voted to reject the proposed half-cent sales tax referendum on transportation on Wednesday night. “Kicking the can down the road is not what we expect of our elected officials nor what our community deserves,” writes Bob Rohrlack, the chamber’s President and CEO. “With 1200 member companies representing over a…

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Hillsborough Republican lawmakers mixed on PTC future

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(UPDATED) Last month, Florida Senate Transportation Chairman Jeff Brandes and Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commissioner (PTC)  Victor Crist discussed their opinions on how to regulate Transportation Network Companies like Uber and Lyft. They met at Shula’s Steakhouse in Tampa’s Westshore district, and both have said  they enjoyed themselves and came to common cause on several issues regarding the regulation of the ridesharing companies going into the 2016 legislative session. Since those discussions, the PTC has announced it’s postponing further litigation with Uber until lawmakers…

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