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Hillsborough Homeless Coalition doing more with less listen

01/29/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The head of the Coalition for the Homeless in Hillsborough County says his organization is trying to do more with less this year.

Rayme Nuckles told the Tampa City Council that when the Coalition does its annual count of the homeless next month, he expects to have a higher count than a year ago. And, he says the organization will be doing the count with fewer dollars.

Nuckles said he has great hopes for the economic stimulus package that passed the House of Representatives Wednesday nig...

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PETA wants Lowry Park Zoo investigated listen

12/22/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Lex Salisbury resigned his position as president of Lowry Park Zoo last week after the zoo’s board asked for his resignation. It came on the heels of a Tampa audit that found Salisbury used resources and animals from the zoo for his own for-profit animal park called Safari Wild.

Over the weekend Salisbury resigned from another post, according to tbo.com. He and Lowry Park Zoo’s director of collections, Larry Killmar, resigned last week from the ...

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Lowry Park Zoo president resigns listen

12/18/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Embattled Lowry Park Zoo president Lex Salisbury has resigned. He made the decision this afternoon at a five-hour zoo board meeting at the Mainsail Suites Hotel in West Tampa.

Salisbury has been criticized because of questions regarding his for-profit business called Safari Wild. He came under even more scrutiny following a scathing 60-page audit report released last week by the city of Tampa.

According to the city audit, Salisbury owes the zoo more than $200,000 for such things as $700...

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Tampa officials outline plan for dealing with foreclosures

11/13/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The city of Tampa will get $13.6 million from a federal grant to purchase and refurbish approximately 100 homes in Sulphur Springs and West Tampa.

The funding comes from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, passed by Congress and signed by President Bush to deal with the foreclosure crisis.

According to new statistics issued today by RealtyTrac, Florida posted the third-highest foreclosure rate in the nation in October, with one in every 157 housing units receiving a filing. Foreclos...

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City of Tampa gets new legal eagle listen

06/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio held a news conference this morning to announce that the city’s attorney, David Smith, was stepping down to go back into the private sector.

Smith will be replaced by Chip Fletcher, an environmental and administrative law attorney, who served a short stint on the Tampa City Council last year.

Fletcher also worked with Democratic Congressional candidate Christine Jennings in her challenge to the election results in the disputed election in the 13th District in F...

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Downtown Partnership reviews progress

05/29/08 Mark Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last night, the Tampa Downtown Partnership hosted its third annual community review meeting. The Partnership was formed to expedite the transformation of downtown into a more livable central city, with a focus on residential, cultural and aesthetic improvements. The downtown partnership vision and action plan debuted in 2005.

Last night, the overall progress to date was reviewed and community feedback was solicited from the 50 attendees.

The overall message to the community is that sig...

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Iorio discusses Obama endorsement listen

05/23/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Before Sen. Barack Obama took the stage at his campaign rally in Tampa on Wednesday, the host city’s mayor, Pam Iorio, announced her endorsement of Obama for president.

Today, WMNF’s Seán Kinane spoke with Iorio about her endorsement and why it came this week.

“[I’ll] certainly make sure he knows what Tampa’s needs are and how the federal government can be of help,” Iorio said.

Photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF

[WMNF coverage of Barack Obama rally](http://www.wmnf.org/news_s...

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Co-op nurtures Tampa bike community listen

05/07/08
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The second meeting of the Tampa Bike Co-op was held Monday at Transitions Art gallery on Columbus Avenue E. Green gearheads with a passion for cycling came together to share skills, tools and parts.

Dave Shapango is a bike courier in downtown Tampa. He dreamt of a cooperative that brought together experienced cyclists with those who wanted more experience.

Lilly Richardson is a co-founder of the co-op. She first started hanging out at Transitions Gallery with her band four years ago. ...

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Survey asks: Who is a downtowner? listen

04/30/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This morning the Tampa Downtown Partnership unveiled the results of their surveys of people who live or work downtown. They call it the first-ever downtown study to determine who is a Downtowner?

According to its website, the mission of the Tampa Downtown Partnership “is to be the steward of Downtown Tampa, while cultivating effective public/private partnerships to facilitate catalytic physical and economic development.”

HCP & Associates conducted two surveys that relied on people...

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Interview With Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio

04/22/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Pam Iorio was re-elected to her second term as Tampa mayor last year. Previously she served as Hillsborough supervisor of elections and was a Hillsborough County commissioner.

Iorio is a strong advocate of the environment, neighborhoods and mass transit. But her tenure has been marked by budget cuts, tension between her and the City Council and problems getting major projects such as the new art museum and the Riverwalk under way.

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