News & Public Affairs10/27/06
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The Tampa City Council voted Thursday night to rezone Central Park Village for a mixed-use development of 1200 for-sale condos, 800 mixed-income rentals, office towers, and small, ground-level businesses.
Although the vote was unanimous, it wasnâ€™t all clear sailing.
Stan Davis was there and filed this report.
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When gubernatorial candidates Jim Davis and Charlie Crist met for their first televised debate this week, one of the most talked about issues that faces the state after property insurance was property tax. At a conference of housing industry experts this morning in Tampa, Republican Charlie Cristâ€™s proposed tax policies were pooh-poohed.
Pinellas County Commissioner and speaker at todayâ€™s Attainable Housing conference Susan Latvala is also the president ...Be the first to comment
Last week, conservative commentator Ann Coulter came to Tampa, and took home a quick $35,000 for giving a speech at the University of South Florida â€“ a speech that included hundreds of people walking out to show their disgust at her at times vitriolic comments.
Now comes a new humorous attack on Coulter in the form of a book called â€œI hate Ann Coulter!â€?, written by an author who refuses to give his full name, but instead goes by â€œUnanimousâ€?.
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This segment featured guests from local governmnets in Pinellas County who are concerned about an upcoming proposal on the ballot to change the county charter. They say that residents of Pinellas have not been given enough information about how the proposals would shift power from local communities to County government. Our guests were Janice Miller, Vice Mayor of Oldsmar (813-854-3121); Robin Saenger, Tarpon Springs Commissioner (727) 938-3711; Renee Flowers, St. Petersburg City Council memb...Be the first to comment
Both candidates for state CFO have been invited to appear on WMNF. During this segment, Rob Lorei interviewed Alex Sink the Democratic candidate for state CFO. It's a cabinet position which oversees the state's finances. Sink is a former statewide bank president and vice president at Florida TaxWatch. She promises to work to reduce homeowner's insurance premiums and to take a close look at the recent privatization scandals that have rocked Florida's goverment.Be the first to comment
Enough candidates this election season have not shown up for debates with their opponents to make it a trend. In keeping with that, todayâ€™s Tiger Bay meeting in Tampa, was planned as a debate between six of opponents running for the state senate. But as WMNFâ€™s Roxanne Escobales reports, it ended up as an informational session as the three Republican candidates did not show.
Democrat Charlie Justice running for the district X seat has raised close to 250-thousand dollars...Be the first to comment
Today Congressional Republican candidate Eddie Adams was released from the hospital after a three-week stay. WMNFâ€™s Roxanne Escobales reports.
Adams says heâ€™s still in the race against Democrat Kathy Castor for the district 11 seat being vacated by Jim Davis. (roll tape o.q. â€œcouple weeks agoâ€?
Around three weeks ago Adams found himself in the hospital with appendicitis. After his surgery his kidneys failed for no apparent reason and he ended up in th...Be the first to comment
Today local union members and leaders held a press conference in Tampa to release a so-called â€œreport cardâ€? on Gus Bilirakis labor record during his 8 years in the state legislature.
Not surprisingly, labor officials say the GOP candidate for Congress in Floridaâ€™s 9th District is the wrong choice in his race against Democrat Phyllis Busansky next month.
Floyd Suggs is the President of the West Central Florida Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.
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Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis and other Democrats slammed Charlie Crist today for comments heâ€™s made in the past 2 days, critical of the Property Insurance bill passed by the Republican dominated legislature in Tallahassee 5 months ago.
Yesterday the Attorney General said that he â€˜probablyâ€™ would have vetoed that bill if he was already governor. The main provisions of the bill provided for over a $700 million bailout to Citizens Insurer, ...Be the first to comment
The Tampa City Council today agreed to pay a consultant over $300,000 to figure out how to expand the cityâ€™s reclaimed water program. It comes 2 years after the City began the service exclusively in the South Tampa area. But the program has had only limited success, due in part to little financial incentive for customers.
Steve Daignault, the cityâ€™s administrator for public works and utility services, began his presentation to the council by informing them that the ci...Be the first to comment
A Pinellas County Judge today ruled that a vote will go ahead in Pinellas County on 7 proposed charter amendments next month.
Nearly every one of the cities that comprises Pinellas County â€“ 21 of the 24 - had gone to court to argue that some of the proposed amendments were inconsistent with state law and were not stated clearly enough.
But Judge Robert Beach ruled today, that with less than 2 weeks before the scheduled vote, it is simply too late to stop the e...Be the first to comment
A new strategic Visions poll released today shows Attorney General Charlie Crist up by 9 points over Jim Davis in the race for Governorâ€¦That follows up on the Quinnipiac poll released on Monday that shows Davis down by only 2 points.
Nevertheless, the Davis campaign feels the Tampa Democrat is gaining momentum, fresh off his debate with Charlie Crist in South Florida last night.
Each candidate seemed to have one overriding message they wanted to get across to the sta...Be the first to comment
President Bush was in Sarasota this afternoon, the first time heâ€™s been in the West Coast Florida city since 9/11. The President was at Booker Elementary School in Sarasota when he was first informed that the World Trade Center had been attacked.
The President was never more popular than in the immediate aftermath of the attacks â€“ but that was 5 long years ago. Today he appeared in a campaign fundraiser for GOP Congressional candidate Vern Buchanan, who is in se...Be the first to comment
This segment featured an interview with John Russell who is a Democrat running for the congressional seat currently held by Republican Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite. Russell is a nurse-practitioner and community activist. His platform includes an orderly withdrawal of troops from Iraq; he supports a national, single payer health insurance plan; he wants to fix the Medicare prescription drug plan donut hole and he wants to solve the property insurance crisis by spreading the risk across the ...Be the first to comment
Four women peace activists returned to the United States recently, having completed a citizensâ€™ diplomacy mission to the Middle East. The women met with Iraqi parliamentarians in Jordan, and spent five days in Beirut, witnessing the impact of the war and contributing to the humanitarian aid effort. The women are Medea Benjamin of San Francisco, co-founder of the human rights group Global Exchange and the womenâ€™s peace group CodePink; Judith LeBlanc of New York co-chair of the na...Be the first to comment