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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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MORRIS BRIDGE PARK - Lance Robson

05/03/05

Barely a quarter of a mile from where Fletcher Ave meets I-75 sits Morris Bridge Park, part of the conglomerate of parks in the Morris Bridge area. Aside from the parks much of the area is protected land where anyone can get away from city or suburban life. Members of the Sierra Club played a major role in protecting a piece of land parallel to Morris Bridge Park from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - who, in 2002, wanted to build a practice facility there. The Parks Dept then bought the la...

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USF HOLDS SIT IN FOR DARFUR-Andrew Stelzer

05/02/05

More than 2 million people are currently living in refugee camps in the Sudan. Oxfam has stated they expect the crisis, in the wake of an attempted ethnic cleansing which has already killed at least 300,000 people in the past 2 years. will last until late 2006. Last week, the University of South Florida’s Black Student Union held what they called a “sit in for Darfur�. An afternoon of music, movies, and speeches to educate the student body and general public about the gen...

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PLAQUE COMMEMORATES GWB RALLY IN NEW PORT RICHEY'S SIMS PARK. Mark Antokas

05/02/05

INTRO: In October of last year, and just before the election, President Bush rallied the party faithful in an appearance at Sims Park in New Port Richey. Under the watchful eye of the Pasco County REC’s Bill Bunting, tickets were handed out to all those who wished to attend. About seven thousand were at hand that day to support the president. Pasco Country narrowly went with Al Gore in the 2000 election; the president took the county in 2004 by nineteen thousand votes. On Friday aftern...

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UNINSURED WEEK - Mitch Perry

05/02/05

A group of local health care providers – and one man without insurance- gathered at Tampa General Hospital this morning to kick off Cover the Uninsured Week, being hailed as the largest nonpartisan mobilization in U.S. history on the issues of the Uninsured.

According to the study, "Characteristics of the Uninsured: A View from the States" released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the number of uninsured in Florida is huge – 3 million, 71,000 – or over 18% of th...

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MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE GOES INTO EFFECT-Andrew Stelzer

05/02/05

Florida’s new minimum wage went into effect today. An hour’s work is now worth at least 6.15 an hour, which is a dollar more than it was until now. For tipped employees, the new minimum wage rises from 2.13 to 3.13 an hour. To let the public, and business owners know about the new wage, ACORN held a rally in South St Petersburg. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story.

SOUND—mic At least 300,000 Floridians will be getting a raise today, be...

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