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Digital billboards closer to reality in Tampa listen

05/06/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Digital billboards are one step closer to reality in Tampa. This morning, City Council passed a digital-billboard ordinance on first reading. Only two members voted against it, including Mary Mulhern, who wants the city to wait until after a safety study is released.

*This is much better than what it could have been, but it still — I don't think, there's no public benefit from this decision today. I don't think ther...

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Kendrick Meek submits signatures to get on ballot listen

03/29/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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While Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio bask in the national spotlight, whichever one survives the Republican primary will still face opponents in November’s general election. The leading Democratic candidate, U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, appears to have submitted enough petitions to get on the ballot.

*I'm very, very excited, and thankful to the people of the state of Florida for helping me to place my n...

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Saul-Sena protested by police union during commission run announcement listen

01/05/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This morning Tampa City Council member Linda Saul-Sena officially announced she is running for Hillsborough County Commission. But outside, police union members braved gusty winds and temperatures in the low forties to protest her recent vote against a raise for some Tampa police. Saul-Sena said she chose to make the announcement at Tampa Union Station because it represents transportation, history, and cooperation.

But many police officers are upset with Saul-Sena for joining four other Ci...

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Environmental groups want more protections from pesticides listen

12/02/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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According to the Tampa Tribune, Tampa City Council member Linda Saul-Sena wants the city to ban a type of pesticide. Saul-Sena wants Tampa to forbid the use of Curfew, made by Dow AgroScience, which is used to kill tiny worms on the lawns of city parks and golf courses. The pesticide, which contains the chemical 1,3-dichloropropene, has been banned in some northern states and in Miami-Dade County because it might contaminate drinking water.

In other pesticide news, a coalition of nonprof...

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Tampa City Council discusses Cuba listen

07/23/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern has just returned from a 5 day trip to Cuba. But she appeared less than enthusiastic today when a colleague said the Council should take time out to discuss promoting international trade with the communist island.

The proposal came from Councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena, who asked that a special discussion take place on the issue next month.

Mulhern said the timing appeared premature.

Although the economic embargo against Cuba continues, President O...

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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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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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Tampa Museum of Art breaks ground listen

04/18/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Construction of the new Tampa Museum of Art building officially began today with a groundbreaking ceremony at Curtis Hixon Park.

Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio acknowledged the role of the City Council in making the new Art Museum possible. Iorio gave a verbal tour of the attractions that will be along the proposed Riverwalk, including the Tampa Bay History Center, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, the new Tampa Museum of Art, Children’s Museum and Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

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Parents push schools to go green listen

04/01/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A group of environmentally conscious parents and educators has formed in Hillsborough County to encourage schools to go green. This Environmental Improvement Force met today to share their accomplishments and ideas for upcoming initiatives with Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia.

The Environmental Improvement Force met at the Jan Platt Library in South Tampa. Leslie Farrell, chairman and founder, described the group's mission.

“We’re a nonpolitical, no...

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Iorio meets with City Council on budget listen

02/13/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio briefed members of the City Council about budget concerns resulting from Amendment 1.

The property tax cut approved last month by Florida voters will greatly reduce revenues for local governments. In the meeting at City Hall, Iorio said the city projects collecting $4.1-million less in property tax in 2009. That would result in a $16.8-million difference between total revenues and total expenditures.

Iorio proposed making up $3.4 million of that deficit with ...

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