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MORE ON THE BILTMORE - Mitch Perry

05/05/05

Supporters of saving the Belleview Biltmore Hotel are continuing their fight…..This afternoon a meeting of the Belleair Historic Preservation Board was postponed, in part because of the resignation late Tuesday night of Belleair City Attorney, George Tew.

As we reported yesterday, hundreds of citizens opposed to the demolition of the Biltmore were NOT able to stop plans by the Biltmore’s owners, the Urdang group from selling the historic hotel. But opponents of the pla...

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HOW DO WE ELIMINATE THE COLLEGE ACHIEVEMENT GAP FOR LOW INCOME PEOPLE? - Radioactivity

05/05/05

The City of Tampa and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners have partnered to host the Sylvia Rodriguez Kimbell Symposium on Race Relations. The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at the Children’s Board, located at 1002 E. Palm Avenue. Each year the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County sponsor a symposium to address race-related issues of concern and give the community a voice. This year's symposium is part of the Historic Central Ave...

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EX-FELONS SEEKING THEIR VOTING RIGHTS AND TO BECOME PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS - Radioactivity

05/05/05

Our guests during this segment included Frank Kopczynski, chair of the Pinellas Ex-offender Re-entry Coalition (PERC) www.exoffender.org The coalition exists to help ex-offenders get the basics- jobs, housing, transportation- whatever they need to transition back into the community after serving time. It’s a big job because so few employers want to hire people with criminal records for fear the ex-offenders will cause trouble, steal from them or endanger the other employees or property...

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SMALL CLASS SIZE - Mitch Perry

05/05/05

The state Senate soundly rejected Governor Jeb Bush's proposal today that would have asked voters to scale back the constitutional requirement limiting the number of students in public school classrooms.

To reach the ballot, the legislation needed 24 votes in the 40-member Senate. But the measure didn't even muster a simple majority, getting only 19 votes.

The Governor said he was disappointed (roll tape#1 o.q.�I wish them well doing it�)

Voters approved the class size lan...

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TAMPA CITY COUNCIL - BALCONIES, YOUTH CURFEW, TERM LIMITS - Seán Kinane

05/05/05

At today's Tampa City Council meeting, the city's upcoming crackdown on illegal drinking on some balconies in Ybor City was discussed. WMNF's Seán Kinane reports.

Former State Representative and current Ybor City business owner, Sara Romeo, described a tragic death that makes her concerned about mixing alcohol and balconies.

ACT - Sara Romeo, former State Representative and Ybor City business owner [39sec]
"I'm actually a first-hand witness to a lady who top...

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BILTMORE CONTINUED - Mitch Perry

05/04/05

Belleair Town Commissioner Gary Katica called for an emergency order at last night’s meeting to extend the 30-day review period for the demolition application on the hotel by an additional 60 days. The 3-2 vote failed because emergency orders require a two-thirds majority.

Commissioner Katica spoke to WMNF today about his unsuccessful effort(roll tape#1 o.q.�safety and security of the people�)

Last night Town Commissioners suggested that Belleair needs more time to ga...

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COUNTY COMMISSION ON DRIVING RANGE, UTILITY POLES, AND COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS-Andrew Stelzer

05/04/05

Today, the Hillsborough county commission heard from citizens concerned about the use of natural land for the county fair. About 40 people came to speak in opposition to a plan to allow the Greater Hillsborough County Fair to use 65 acres of the land east of Valrico at the northwestern corner of Sydney-Washer Road and State Road 60 as the future home of the Hillsborough county state fair. Known as Sydney- Dover Trails, the land has long been used by horseback riders, many of whom oppose the...

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BELLEVIEW BILTMORE - Julie Togba

05/04/05

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For 4 and a half hours Belleair residents hoping to save the historic Belleview Biltmore Resort and Spa went head to head with representatives of Urdang and Associates, the Pennsylvania based management firm, that currently owns the town’s oldest landmark. While last night’s town hall meeting gave preservationists a forum to voice their opinions, the status of the Biltmore remains the same. But the stakes to knock down the building just got higher for Bellevie...

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MICHAEL STEINBERG RUNNING FOR CONGRESS - Mitch Perry

05/03/05

Tampa Attorney Michael Steinberg is one of a handful of Democrats who have announced their candidacy to succeed Jim Davis in Congress next year.

Davis will step down from the seat he has held since 1996 to run for governor next year.

Kathy Castor, Les Miller, and Scott Farrell have already announced their candidacies, as has Steinberg. He’s never held public office, losing to Kevin Ambler in the race for Florida House seat in 2002….WMNF spoke with Michael Steinberg th...

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RACIAL DISPARITIES IN HOW MIAMI DADE OFFICERS TREAT PULLED OVER CITIZENS-Andrew Stelzer

05/03/05

A 4-year study of the Miami Dade county police has found that there is a difference in how black people are treated once they are pulled over by police, and there are further questions about why the report, which was completed in November, was kept from the public for the past 6 months.
Geoffrey Alpert is a professor of Criminology at the University of South Carolina, his Alpert group conducted the study between 2000 and 2004.

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ACT-alpert “we gave Miami Dade ...

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