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Pinellas manatee protection zone meeting gets heated pushback from boaters listen

09/26/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, US Fish and Wildlife Service, boaters, pinellas, speed zones, manatees, boating, FWC, Pinellas County, treasure island

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Some Pinellas County boaters are upset about proposed manatee protection zones. Thursday night’s public information session at Treasure Island City Hall was supposed to put the finishing touches on plans which have been in the works for more than a year. But, many in the crowd were irritated about fuzzy statistics and lack of transparency.

Twenty-one slow-speed zones are being proposed to help cut down on manatee deaths. But most of the people in the audience spoke out saying the restricti...

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Bus ridership continues to grow in Pinellas and Hillsborough listen

11/11/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: transit, psta, HART, TBARTA, pinellas, Hillsborough, Bob Lasher, Philip Hale, Connect Tampa Bay, Greenlight Pinellas

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The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit authority posted an all time high ridership record last month and Pinellas wasn’t far behind. But Kevin Thurman with the pro-transit group Connect Tampa Bay said that trend isn’t anything new.

“We’ve been getting record ridership month after month after month from both PSTA and HART and one month of not building on the last October doesn’t create a trend, I guess is the best way to put it. The trend is clear that we have a significant amount of deman...

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Hillsborough activists organize to advocate for mass transit listen

01/29/13 Ella Wind
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Pinellas County transit leaders recently sent a referendum for the 2014 ballot to county commissioners for a sales tax to fund light rail. Community leaders and activists from Hillsborough County met in downtown Tampa yesterday to plan a movement for mass transit in their county.

Thirty local activists and representatives from unions, environmental groups, city administration and others met to begin a plan for a political movement to demand that Hillsborough move forward with planning a...

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Labor unions hard at work at Pinellas HOPE on Labor Day weekend listen

09/06/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Many Americans marked Labor Day weekend as a start to the football season, a day to fire up the barbeque, and enjoy a national holiday away from work. But the holiday began to honor labor unions that fought for 8 hour work days, a minimum wage, and an end to child labor. Last Saturday the executive vice president of the labor union visited Pinellas Park, calling on local labor unions to help some of Florida’s unemployed get back to work.

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PSTA approves rate hike for bus system for people with disabilities listen

03/23/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Disabled bus riders who rely on Pinellas County’s on-demand bus system to get around will have to make a little more room in their budgets if they want to keep riding. The county’s transit board raised the system’s fares by 50 cents in what they’re calling a stop-gap measure to help deal with massive revenue shortfalls.

Pinellas Park activist Marshall Cook said he uses Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s Demand Response Transportation, or [DART](http://p...

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Tampa Bay area transit officials and business leaders hope to resuscitate rail listen

11/17/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Looking to raise rail from the ashes of the November Second vote, Tampa Bay area transit leaders met at the Straz Center this morning to reflect on what they’ve learned. They discussed possible reasons the penny transit tax withered on Hillsborough’s ballot, and speculated possible strategies for its future success.

Officials say there’s no silver bullet that nails the reason Hillsborough County voters didn’t buy into funding rail, bus and road improvements with a penny from every ...

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Nina Hayden loses to Jack Latvala in Florida Senate Race listen

11/03/10 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Nina Hayden lost by about 19,000 votes in Pinellas and by around 17,000 in Hillsbourough, her district split between the two counties.

When asked about the possibility of running again, Hayden was vague about what was in store for the future.

When she called Jack Latvala, the winner of the race, to congratulate him, she made it clear that she wanted to stay involved with the community.

According to Hayden, Latvala expressed regret that money was so essential when running a campaign.

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Goodwill Is Looking For Some Good Guide Mentors

09/22/10 Robert Lorei
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Goodwill recently launched a teen mentoring program called GoodGuides. The program helps teens who face risk factors such as school failure and juvenile delinquency by pairing them with volunteer mentors -- caring people who can offer support and guidance. The goal is to encourage these young people to finish school and make choices that will lead to successful futures.

Unfortunately, the number of teens who want and need mentors currently exceeds the number of mentors. We're joined by Ste...

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Planning the future of mass transit in Pinellas County

03/18/10 Robert Lorei
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Yesterday the Hillsborough County Commission approved language for the November ballot that will ask citizens whether they want to raise the countywide sales tax by a penny on the dollar. The money would be used for transportation- roughly $0.75 for mass transit and 25% for road improvements. Frank Hibbard, the mayor of Clearwater spoke to the county commissioners about the importance of their decision.

Whether or not voters will approve the tax remains to be seen. But if Hillsborough buil...

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Fertilizer ban in Pinellas County listen

12/01/09 Mark Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Pinellas County Board of Commissioners met today to discuss a proposed new ordinance aimed at reducing nitrogen levels in the Tampa Bay area. The Board voted to hold a public hearing on January 19th, and took a step toward strengthening the ordinance during the meeting.

Environmentalists are concerned that fertilizer runoff is a major contributor to pollution in Bay area waters. The proposal is centered around controlling fertilizer use during the rainy summer months. Fertilizer...

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