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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.

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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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Mayor Buckhorn: Tampa will have 4,000 police for 2012 RNC listen

09/28/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today Tampa’s Mayor took a trip across the bay to build connections with members of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club. The Mayor has seems bent on having a heavy police presence during next year’s RNC.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn has lost many elections in the past, but many of his opponents had consistently won every one of their races. He said that moving past his losses has given him courage.

But some f...

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn considers whether Tampa could be home to Rays listen

09/28/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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While the Tampa Bay Rays and St. Petersburg mayor Bill Foster haven’t been on speaking terms, the future. While The Rays are contracted to play at Tropicana Field until 2027, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said Downtown Tampa could be their new home if the team left St. Pete.

The Tampa Bay Rays are all the rage in both Tampa and St. Petersburg. But the team is looking for a new stadium that St. Petersburg might not be ready to build quite yet. ...

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Occupy Tampa plans another march this Saturday in Gaslight Park

09/28/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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There's a new activist movement in town called Occupy Tampa. It’s loosely based on the Occupy Wall Street protests that began in New York City a week and a half ago. Similar occupations have been spreading throughout the country.

Their next action is Saturday in downtown Tampa's Gaslight Park.

Callers asked questions o...

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Occupy Tampa holds first protest in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street listen

09/26/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement for democracy that began on September 17 with an encampment in the financial district of New York City. A Tampa group began similar protests against financial institutions at downtown’s Gaslight Park on Saturday.

Scott Shepard drove from Lakeland to attend the protest after seeing the new...

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Tampa panhandling ban stalled in a City Council stalemate listen

09/23/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tampa City Council failed to pass a panhandling ordinance Thursday afternoon. With only 6 members voting, and Council member Charlie Miranda on leave with health issues, It's hard to tell if the three-to-three stalemate will let up any time soon.

The fate of beggars, charities, and independent newspapers hangs in the balance as Tampa's City Council failed to d...

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Tampa City Council votes to write letter to Cuba's ambassador listen

09/22/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This month Tampa International Airport resumed direct flights to Cuba. The temporary chair of City Council, Mary Mulhern was one of the first members of Tampa’s government to visit the country. The Council voted yesterday to send a letter to the Cuban ambassador expressing Tampa’s desire to interact more with the Caribbean country.

Mary Mulhern wants the Tampa Port to handle a higher per...

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Restitch Tampa hosts competition to redesign Tampa's Hillsborough Riverfront listen

09/05/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

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Designers are imagining creative new ways to capitalize on Tampa’s downtown riverfront. An international design competition to enhance Tampa’s riverfront kicked off last night at the Tampa Museum of Art. It’s hosted by USF and the Tampa Downtown Partnership and several architectural models of a future riverfront were on display.

Green space has been a popular topic in city architecture a...

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Tampa's WTMP to end R&B & urban music format listen

09/01/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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An institution in Tampa’s urban radio landscape is no more. WTMP, which airs R&B on 96.1 FM and 1150 AM is changing its format. One programmer who was laid off when they switched to automated programming this week is Jarvis El-Amin. He hosted a community talk show called Honest Opinion and says he’s not sure what type of programming will be next.

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