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 getting 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.
The "Welcome to West Tampa" mural will honor the neighborhood and its culture, 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 …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
The announcement will be made on Tuesday at the Riverwalk.
From City of Tampa officials: Mayor Bob Buckhorn, in conjunction with the Friends of the Riverwalk, will unveil the second group of Tampa's greats who will be memorialized along the new Historical Monument Trail that will wind around Tampa’s Riverwalk. Serving as an educational tool to residents and visitors alike, the trail, created in 2012, will use busts, statues and monuments to represent significant events and noteworthy people that have shaped the history of Tampa and Hillsborough County. Ultimately, more than 30 honored historical people and numerous historical informational monuments will spread across the length of the Riverwalk, and the public will be encouraged to nominate significant events and people for consideration. …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Hillsborough County is looking into passing a local law that would regulate these establishments to discourage them from being used as fronts for prostitution and human trafficking. Do you think it’s necessary?
Recent allegations of human trafficking at a South Tampa massage parlor have Hillsborough County Commissioners taking notice. During its meeting today, the board discussed creating local legislation that would limit the hours massage parlors can operate in the county. The law would also forbid parlors from letting employees live on site. Commissioner Sandra Murman brought up the proposal, she said, to give law enforcement another tool in its arsenal to crack down on trafficking and prostitution both. She wants the county to consider an ordinance that’s similar to what the City of Tampa has already put on its books. Florida alone is home to thousands of human trafficking victims, perhaps as many as 40,000, Murman said. Many of these victims…
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Commercial services will occur one day after the scheduled collection day for some residents, city officials say.
This just in from City of Tampa officials: City of Tampa solid waste customers with regularly scheduled collection on Friday, March 29 will be affected by the Spring Day Holiday. There will be no residential garbage, yard-waste recycling, or blue-box recycling collection on Friday, March 29. Garbage collection will resume on the next scheduled service day - Tuesday, April 2 - and blue box recycling and yard waste collection will resume on Friday, April 5. Commercial Services will occur one day after the scheduled collection day. Commercial accounts scheduled for service on Friday, March 29 will be serviced on Saturday, March 30. Commercial accounts scheduled for service Saturday, March 30 will be serviced on schedule. Normal collection …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award to be presented at the celebration.
From city of Tampa officials: The City of Tampa will hold its 17th Annual Women’s History Month Celebration on Tuesday, March 19 at 10:30 a.m. The event will be held in Ballroom D at the Tampa Convention Center, located at 333 South Franklin Street. The celebration is free and open to the public. The event will also feature a display focusing on the national Women’s History Month theme, “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.” Mayor Bob Buckhorn will present Catherine Barja with the 2013 Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award. Barja was the first woman elected to Tampa City Council in 1971. The award was created to honor a current or former City of Tampa…
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Severe weather moved through South Tampa on Tuesday.
Scattered debris and tree branches peppered parts of downtown Tampa today as severe weather moved through Tampa Bay. A tornado hit a hotel downtown and damaged its roof and awnings, while a waterspout formed near Davis Islands, according to the Tampa Bay Times. In addition, traffic signals were out on Adamo Drive from 34th Street to 40th Street, said Ali Glisson, spokeswoman for the City of Tampa. No injuries were reported, Glisson said. All reported damage between Channelside and Davis Islands was minimal, Glisson said. While the rain is projected to subside, a cold front is expected to move through Tampa Bay this weekend bringing below-freezing temperatures, according to the National Weather Service. To report a tree blocking a street…
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced the locations earlier this week.
Seven Wi-Fi hot spots for the public's use have been designated in downtown Tampa by Mayor Bob Buckhorn, according to a story in the Tampa Bay Times. The locations were chosen to accommodate city residents and workers, Buckhorn said. The hot spots are: Users should search for "COT Public WiFi" and agree to the terms, the story said. About $9,500 was spent on equipment and installation, and $5,000 more on Internet and software maintenance charges, the story said. Other hot spots are being explored that include Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park downtown. What do you think about the new Wi-Fi spots? What suggestions do you have for others? Tell us in the comments.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Enroll this month for the 'Build Your Own Rebate' program.
From the City of Tampa Water Department: The City of Tampa Water Department is offering its residential customers a unique opportunity to save water and money. It's called the "Build Your Own Rebate" (BYOR) program. By making a commitment to save a pre-selected percentage of water in 2013, customers can reduce monthly water charges on their bills and receive a rebate. To participate in the rebate program, customers need to enroll between January 2 and January 31, 2013. The program is open only to single-family account holders whose average monthly water use with the City of Tampa is 15,000 gallons or more. The department estimates about 10 percent of Tampa's single-family customers may meet this criteria, although the average use for this …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
The project's officials asked for input from members of the community.