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Frank Reddick requests public money, donations for sandbags

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Tampa City Councilman Frank Reddick is requesting public donations to pay for sandbags to provide to citizens in East Tampa in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, calling the conditions at the city’s Jackson Heights pickup spot as “deplorable.” Reddick said he saw very long lines of 150-200 motorists waiting to pick up sandbags at Jackson Heights Center at 34th and Lake Streets in East Tampa Wednesday. Citizens are asked to fill up those sandbags, but Reddick called it “disturbing” to see…

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Former Tampa councilmember Helen Chavez died from misdiagnosis, daughter claims

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A medical misdiagnosis and drug interaction caused the death of a former Tampa City Council member, her daughter claims in a lawsuit filed in Hillsborough County. Republican Helen Pappas Chavez, a fine-dining restaurateur, served on the Tampa City Council from 1979 to 1987. She stepped down from the Council in 1987 to run for mayor, later losing to Sandy Freedman. Her restaurants included Chavez at the Royal, Chavez Windows on the Park and the Tea Room in Old Hyde Park. Chavez…

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Jim Davison reacts to Tampa Bay Times endorsing Luis Viera in City Council District 7 seat

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The Tampa Bay Times is recommending Luis Viera for the Tampa City Council District 7 seat, prompting his opponent, Jim Davison, to label it as an endorsement of “the status quo” on taxes and investment in the City of Tampa. Davison and Viera are locked in a battle to win the run-off in the special election to succeed Lisa Montelione on Dec. 6. In their editorial published Monday, the paper writes that while both candidates are serious and on top of…

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Tampa City Council approves six month moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries

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Following a similar measure passed by the Hillsborough County Commission last month, the Tampa City Council on Thursday approved an ordinance that would place a 180-day moratorium on accepting and/or processing for zoning and permitting for the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries. The idea of medical marijuana in Florida is no longer an idea, but a reality after more than 71 percent of Florida voters approved Amendment 2 last week, which legalizes the selling and purchasing of pot for those…

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Joe Henderson: Facing many hurdles, Bob Buckhorn could make a good governor

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The rebirth of downtown Tampa brought inevitable speculation that Mayor Bob Buckhorn might parlay it into a shot at the governor’s mansion in 2018. The job obviously has appeal for someone like Buckhorn, who likes a big stage and challenge. Asking him to tip his hand about a possible run, though, has proved to be a necessary, but ultimately fruitless, endeavor. As he told Mitch Perry of FloridaPolitics.com Wednesday, “Like a lot of people who are contemplating the future, you…

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Tampa City Council members happy charter amendment on audits is approved

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The Tampa City Council’s collective disappointment with not receiving timely internal audits from city department heads led to a rebuke of Mayor Bob Buckhorn Tuesday night, when city residents approved a change in the city’s charter big time, by a 64 percent to 36 percent margin. “I’m happy that the voters of this city decided to put some trust in the City Council and I’m glad that they would give us authority to request these audits,” said Councilman Frank Reddick.  Referring…

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Against Bob Buckhorn’s wishes, Tampa residents approve City Charter amendment

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn began the day by making a pitch for Tampa residents to reject the charter amendment that would give power to the City Council to to order internal audits. The public didn’t follow suit, approving the measure by a 64 percent-36 percent margin. “There’s no accountability there. It’s totally unnecessary,” Buckhorn told reporters as he went to vote at his Davis Islands precinct Tuesday morning. “Our form of government is the envy of most cities around the country. You have…

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