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Tampa passes partial ban on panhandling listen

10/20/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today the Tampa City Council passed a partial ban on panhandling on street corners. After the four to one vote, street solicitation is now banned every day but Sunday. Newspaper sales are excluded from the ban. Dozens of members of the public showed up comment on the three controversial panhandling ordinances.

After years of deliberation, Tampa City Council has decided to partially ban panhandling in public right of ways. Former City Council m...

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Tampa Police tell Occupy protesters to get rid of tarps but they're allowed for bedding listen

10/18/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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On Monday night Tampa Police told Occupy Tampa protesters that they had to get rid of tarps at their week-long encampment along the sidewalk of N. Ashley Drive. Demonstrators had put the tarps up to protect themselves and their bedding ahead of rainstorms expected this week.

After discussions between the two groups, the police left and Occupy Tampa continued with the ninth night in a row of occupying the space adjacent to Curtis Hixon Park. The protesters took down the tarps but are using ...

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Despite police warning, Occupy Tampa protesters vote to risk arrest and stay on sidewalk

10/12/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In an update to this story: as of 8 a.m. Wednesday there were still 30 Occupy Tampa protesters on the sidewalk along Ashley Dr. east of Curtis Hixon Park. They said the police did not show up again during the third night of the occupation.

On the third night of their overnight occupation of part of a sidewalk near Curtis Hixon Park, Occupy Tampa ...

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Occupy Tampa protesters plan to beat the heat by protesting in fountains: a "pool party" listen

10/11/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Occupy Tampa is planning what they're calling a "pool party" on Sunday to beat heat at Curtis Hixon Park where there is no reprieve from the sun. One protester, Jordan Harrah, said Sunday marks the day that many U.S. cities are beginning occupations in their communities.

“The pool party is going to coincide with a day of action on the 15th were countries all around the world a...

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WMNF exclusive. Video: Tampa Police tell Occupy Tampa protesters to leave Gaslight Park

10/10/11 Josh Holton & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Update: at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday demonstrators began Tampa's first overnight occupation. They were told by police they would not be arrested if they camped out in the southeastern part of Curtis Hixon Park along Ashley Dr.

At about 8:10 p.m. Sunday night Corporal Robin Penix from Tampa Police Department told about 18 protesters that downtown's Gaslight Park was closed and they had to leave.

A couple of hours earlier at a general assembly the Occupy Tampa group reached consensus that ...

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Tampa protesters hold first overnight occupation of downtown park listen

10/10/11 Josh Holton & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Occupy Tampa protesters occupied a public location downtown all night long for the first time, moving one step closer to a 24-hour-a-day occupation in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. But Keith Cuesta said this is just a tryout for the real deal.

"But this is the preliminary trial run of the occupation. It's almost like a beta test, you know when you're doing computer testing and stuff like that. We're seeing where the bugs are, and we're trying to work out the kinks."

Despite rainy...

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"Stop the Machine" protest merges with Occupy Tampa for rally against wars listen

10/07/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Friday marks the 10th anniversary of the War in Afghanistan. Thursday protesters marched on Washington D.C. in protest of American militarism. Several local peace groups marched on Tampa’s federal courthouse in solidarity with the D.C. rally.

After the 2001 attacks on the twin towers, the US invaded Afghanistan, ostensibly retaliating against s...

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Tampa's partial panhandling ban advances toward final vote listen

10/06/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council has broken the tense deadlock by passing a partial panhandling ban. Council vice chair Mary Mulhern fought to stop the ban, to no avail.

The proposed panhandling ban has been tied up in a stalemate for several weeks, and finally passed a first reading this morning with a 6 to 1 vote. Council chair Charlie Miranda has been recovering from health issues, and missed the previous vote. He was preparing to phone in his vote today, but Mulhern took advantage of her position as...

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Interest in Tampa's urban forest is growing listen

10/06/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last night about a dozen Tampa residents met to think about how useful trees can be for the City of Tampa. Tampa is turning over a new leaf with a new tree inventory for its urban forest.

Tampa is always aspiring to be an urban center these days it seems, but some say trees still play a valuable role for the City. Sure, they provide shade and air to breathe, but Director of Parks and Recreation Karen Palus said they can also help the economy.

Supervisor of Natural Resources for the Par...

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Florida Orchestra heads to Havana for historical music and education exchange listen

09/29/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This morning marked another milestone in Tampa Bay’s reconnection with Cuba. The Florida Orchestra sent five musicians from its wind ensemble to Havana to perform and teach master classes. This is the first time in 12 years that a professional American orchestra has sent musicians to Cuba, and only the second time since the 1959 revolution.

Flowing fanfares from fellow musicians in the brass quintet were a fine farewell for the members of the Florida...

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