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Tampa Downtown Partnership adds a pair of Chevy Bolts to Tampa fleet

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The Tampa Downtown Partnership and Downtowner cycled a pair of Chevy Bolts into its all-electric fleet Wednesday, promising lightning fast access for plugged-in downtown Tampa commuters. “Adding these vehicles to the fleet will reduce wait times, support increasing ridership demand and provide riders with protection from the Florida heat via air conditioning,” said Downtowner COO Travis Gleason. The app company executive said the Bolts have enough juice to go 200 miles before they need a charge, which is more than three…

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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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Tourism trends on tap at Tampa Downtown Partnership event May 2

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As Florida’s largest industry, tourism is a major economic driver in both downtown Tampa and the entire region. Official estimates put the number of visitors to Hillsborough County at nearly 22-million annually, with $3.6 billion in spending and supporting more than 48,000 hospitality-related jobs, making it a significant sector of Tampa Bay’s economy. The Tampa Downtown Partnership will examine the latest trends in tourism and future growth in “Downtown Debriefing Series: Trends in Tourism,” scheduled Tuesday, May 2, at the…

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Mitch Perry Report for 4.14.16 – So who wants to go to Cleveland this summer?

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Why do Hillsborough County State Attorney employees even need “key cards”? That’s the question I have after reading the Anna Phillips/Windy March penned story in the Times this morning (and Elaine Silvestrini’s in the Trib). Their story revolves around an allegation made about Mark Ober’s work ethic by his Democratic party challenger, Andrew Warren. Records unearthed by his campaign revealed that Ober only used his key card five times in March, but the GOP incumbent says he “often comes to work and leaves…

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Low-speed vehicles in downtown Tampa are just a City Council vote away from happening

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Back in 2008, people in Tampa could hop little six-seat electronic carts to travel between downtown, Ybor City, Channelside and SoHo to get around the city. They were popular, accessible and free – and were promptly shut down by the Hillsborough County Public Transportation in 2009. The agency concluded that the cars were the equivalent to unlicensed taxicabs and nixed them. Citizens complained that the move was done to protect the cab companies. However, those Low Speed Vehicles (LSV) look poised…

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New law brings Hillsborough County in line with rest of Florida regarding restaurant size to sell alcohol

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For decades, aspiring restaurateurs in Tampa and Hillsborough County have had to contend with regulations unlike those in any other part of Florida. State law requires that any restaurant that serves alcohol must be at least 2,500 square feet in size. However, in Hillsborough County,  state law dictated that restaurants that sell booze must be at least 4,000 square feet. Not any longer, after Governor Rick Scott signed a bill (HB 1417) sponsored by Tampa House Republican Dana Young on Friday that revises Hillsborough’s space requirements for liquor licenses for restaurants. “What was…

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Tampa PD expands business watch program into downtown

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A Tampa Downtown Partnership breakfast on homelessness last October was the spark. The conversation that began there ultimately led to the creation of a program between the Tampa Police Department and the downtown business establishment announced today, designed to make the area a safer place to live, work and play. That meeting at the University Club last fall was a relatively sanguine affair until its conclusion, when a few business owners complained that there were still problems with their employees being harassed by some…

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