Monday, May 20, 2013
The information is designed for hurricanes and other emergencies.
With hurricane season just a few weeks away, some Tampa Bay residents are in preparation mode. The Office of Emergency Management has created "Get Ready Tampa" to give residents guidelines that include creating a disaster supply kit, creating a household disaster plan and a items needed for evacuation. For the list of items, click here.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
The "Welcome to West Tampa" mural will honor the neighborhood, according to city officials.
Earlier this week, Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced plans to paint the elevated water tower in west tampa to welcome residents and pay homage to the area's culture. “When I think of West Tampa, I think about the social clubs and cigar factories, little league games, and community leaders like Charlie Miranda and EJ Salcines. This is an opportunity to tell West Tampa’s story, which is so ingrained in the fabric of Tampa,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn in a news release. “It is just one way to honor the heritage and culture of the West Tampa community that continues to shape our city.” Before the process begins, city officials plan to repair and re-coat the tank at a cost of $350,000. That work will begin in January, and should take about four months …
Friday, May 17, 2013
The Tampa City Council has begun the process of putting a new noise ordinance in place.
Loud car stereos in Seminole Heights may soon be quieted by fear of receiving tickets from the City of Tampa. On Thursday, City Council provided initial approval of a noise ordinance that would give officials such as police officers or code enforcement the ability to crackdown on bass-booming offenders, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Final approval could be granted on June 6, making a first offense $250 and a second offense $450. Three or more equals an arrest or pricier fine, the Times said. What do you think about the loud car stereo issue or the ordinance? Tell us in the comments. Previous coverage:
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The mural is on Adamo Drive between 17th and 18th streets, according to city officials.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Tampa community leaders are dedicating the Adamo Driver Mural at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21. The mural, which covers a large warehouse that spans two blocks, will be along Adamo Drive between 17th and 19th streets. Michael Parker, a local artist overseeing the project, taught a class at Hillsborough Community College specifically for the mural, and researched the neighborhood by interviewing residents. That feedback combined with the area's history has been integrated into the content of the mural. HCC students also helped Parker paint the large scale project. “The mural is a tribute to the history of Ybor City," said Buckhorn in a news release. "It even reflects the character of the neighborhood today; it’s bright, …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Fire Station No. 11 will be located at 1500 W. Waters Avenue in the Sulphur Springs area.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Tampa community leaders will break ground today on Fire Station No. 11 in the Sulphur Springs area just north of Seminole Heights. The groundbreaking will begin at 10 a.m. at the fire station, 1500 W. Waters Avenue. “As a city, we put a premium on keeping the public safe, and that means that we have to give our firefighters and first responders the tools to get the job done. Station No. 11 is aging and out of date,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn in a news release. “The new station will help ensure that the residents of Sulphur Springs and the surrounding neighborhoods get the quality services they expect and deserve.” The station will replace the former Station No. 11 at 710 E. Fairbanks Street, which was built in 1959 …
Friday, May 3, 2013
An announcement was made this week by Mayor Bob Buckhorn.
City officials released some good news for walkers or bikers who trek in or around downtown Tampa. Four downtown-area streets will receive pedestrian and cyclist-friendly makeovers that entail new sidewalks and bike lanes or shared use pathways, according to a news release by the City of Tampa. The announcement, made this week by Mayor Bob Buckhorn, includes the following streets: Palm Avenue, Willow avenue, Bougainvillea Avenue and Cypress Street. "Projects like this are part of our strategy to make Tampa more pedestrian and cyclist friendly. These improvements will make these streets safer for everyone, and provide both residents and visitors more options to get around," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn in the news release. "This is just the …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
The six honorees will have busts placed along the trail that winds around the riverwalk and along the Hillsborough River, according to city officials.
This just in from City of Tampa officials: Mayor Bob Buckhorn, in partnership with the Friends of the Riverwalk, unveiled this week the six 2013 honorees whose busts will be placed along the Historical Monument Trail that will wind around Tampa’s Riverwalk along the Hillsborough River and Garrison Channel. The Historic Trail uses busts, statues and monuments to educate the public about significant events and noteworthy people that have shaped the history of Tampa and Hillsborough County. “The Trail allows us to remember and honor those who were so committed and dedicated to moving our community forward,” said Mayor Buckhorn. “As importantly, it is a place where our citizens not only connect along this incredible Riverwalk, but they …
Friday, April 12, 2013
Rogero was the City of Tampa's director for budget and neighborhood empowerment.
From City of Tampa officials: Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced today that he has appointed Dennis Rogero as his Chief of Staff. Rogero is currently the City of Tampa’s Director for Budget and Neighborhood Empowerment, overseeing budget and neighborhood services departments. “Over the last two years, Dennis has proved himself to be a critical part of our efforts. He has excelled in his role as Budget Director, and possesses a working knowledge of every city department and the challenges they face,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “Dennis is uniquely prepared to assume this job, and I look forward to working even more closely with him.” Rogero started with the City of Tampa in 2009 as the Budget Operations Manager. He was promoted to Budget Officer …
Friday, April 5, 2013
The Tampa City Council will vote on an ordinance to make it illegal to sell, possess or manufacture the synthetic drugs.
Spice, K-2 and other popular synthetic drugs may soon be banned in the city of Tampa. Sales of the synthetic drugs would be illegal under an ordinance the Tampa City Council is expected to vote on April 18. Tampa's city attorney has drawn up an ordinance that would make it against the law to sell, possess or manufacture synthetic drugs within city limits. The new law would impose a $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail for offenders. The ordinance is expected to pass. Other municipalities as well as the state are working to make the retail drugs illegal in Florida. According to WFLA.com, Tampa assistant city attorney Julia Mandell said that: "It is really an alternative mechanism to our municipal authority to get to the place that we can …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s ‘Bright Lights, Safe Nights’ Initiative continues in local neighborhoods around Tampa Bay.
From City of Tampa officials: Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Gordon Gillette, president of Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas, will celebrate and cut the ribbon on the first street lights installed as part of Mayor Buckhorn’s ‘Bright Lights, Safe Nights’ Initiative. The event will be today at 2 p.m. at the new streetlight located between 2106 and 2108 E. Nedro Drive. “Sulphur Springs is only the first neighborhood that will benefit from this initiative. We’re illuminating streets across this city that are dangerous for motorists and pedestrians and the dark corners where criminals can hide,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. The Sulphur Springs neighborhood was the first to receive the tree trimming and installation of new lights. In total, 127 new lights …