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Tampa considers whether to ban people under 21 from Ybor City clubs, gets resistance from clubs and patrons listen

05/24/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa is considering excluding 18 to 20 year-olds from clubs in Ybor City. But at a City Council workshop today, owners and employees of those establishments warned that move would hurt or kill their businesses. More than a dozen members of the public spoke out against the proposal, including Czar bartender Jennifer Harvey. She says the city doesn’t need to worry about people over 21 buying drinks for underage patrons.

Sandra Hein runs the club Czar. S...

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Tampa passes temporary "Event Zone" ordinance for Republican convention; protesters infuriated listen

05/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council passed an ordinance Thursday that will prohibit certain items and actions in downtown Tampa during the Republican National Convention this August; protesters say it violates their free speech rights and city officials are still working on finding a way to skirt a Florida law that allows guns in the so-called Event Zone.

Among the provisions passed today, groups of 50 or more will have to get permits to march or assemble in certain areas. Even though Tampa City Council a...

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Last Call guest speaks out against Tampa's Republican convention Clean Zone ordinance

05/16/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Thursday Tampa City Council will hold a public hearing and final vote on the proposed temporary Clean Zone ordinance for the Republican National Convention. It has been altered and is now rebranded the Event Zone.

My guest this afternoon is Amos Miers, a critic of Tampa’s proposed Clean Zone or Event Zone ordinance for the Republican National Convention. He is with ResistRNC. We heard why he is opposed to the Clean Zone?

*note, the Event Zone ordinance [passed](http://www.wmnf.org/new...

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Tampa City Council to ask Florida Governor & Legislature for ability to regulate concealed weapons during Republican Convention listen

04/26/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Next Thursday, Tampa City Council will take its first vote on temporary rules for August’s Republican National Convention. Many types of weapons would be banned inside the proposed Event Zone, which was originally called a Clean Zone. But that restriction would not apply to people with concealed weapons permits because of a Florida law prohibiting local municipalities from placing such limits. Today City Council member Lisa Montelione proposed sending a letter to the Governor, Attorney Gene...

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At Tampa conference, United Methodist Church may consider withdrawing investments supporting Israeli military listen

04/23/12 Mike Madison
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Despite decades of conflict, there's still now settlement in the territorial conflict between Israel and Palestine. Some members of a major Christian denomination meeting in Tampa this week are trying to get the church to withdraw investments from major companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.

The United Methodist Church holds a conference every four years to determine policy for its 12 million members. Thousands of leaders will discuss the church’s stances on s...

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Community Stepping Stones offers classes for at risk teens listen

04/16/12 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Recent budget cuts have prompted some nonprofit organizations in Tampa Bay to scale back on their programs. But one organization in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood of Tampa instead offers more classes and extends their urban arts program to youth and adults.

Until the recent budget cuts at Hillsborough County public schools, for the past 15 years, artist Terry Klaaren has been transforming the walls of public schools into community mural projects.

"And the schools had better budgets a...

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Participants in Tampa rally for Trayvon Martin talk about how they would change Florida's gun laws listen

03/26/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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An unarmed teenager was killed in Sanford a month ago today, but the shooter has not been arrested; it has set off a national debate about criminal justice and gun laws. On Saturday, about 1,000 people marched through Tampa’s Al Lopez Park to support justice in the case of Trayvon Martin.

Many in the crowd chanted, held signs and wore hooded sweatshirts similar to what Martin was wearing when he was shot. The alleged shooter, George Zimmerman, was not charged because he claimed self-def...

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New bicycle and pedestrian segment added to South Tampa Greenway listen

03/23/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Community activists hope Tampa can complete a 16-mile network of pedestrian trails spanning from Bayshore Boulevard to the Gandy Bridge and Picnic Island. The South Tampa Greenway have recently added a new segment on the east side of South Manhattan Avenue at Interbay Boulevard.

Created through the Friendship Trail project, the new one-mile trail offers safe transportation alternatives like biking and walking. Brad Suder, Superintendent for the City of Tampa’s Parks and Recreation Depart...

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Historical Monument Trail to open on Tampa Riverwalk listen

03/06/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today Tampa announced details of a new addition to the Tampa Riverwalk, a Historical Monument Trail. It will serve to educate the public and recognize Tampa’s history.

The Riverwalk Historical Monument Trail is being created as an initiative to bring more recognition and appreciation of people and events in Tampa’s history. The non-profit organization, Friends of the Riverwalk unveiled the first 6 historical monuments during an event today. Steve Anderson, chair of the Historical Monum...

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Economic development is possible at Tampa's Riverwalk and beyond listen

02/10/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tampa is committed to a Riverwalk connecting the Channel District to Tampa Heights. But development along the Hillsborough River may not stop there. During a discussion at the Tampa Convention Center this morning experts from the Urban Land Institute shared ways the river can connect neighborhoods to downtown.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn said 20 years from now early plans to transform Tampa’s w...

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