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Arrested activist claims St. Pete Police harass people without homes in Williams Park listen

03/28/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A longtime homeless activist in St. Petersburg is claiming that police officers hurt him while he was trying to defend a homeless man in Williams Park Wednesday. Bruce Wright was arrested and charged with obstruction after another man being arrested got away. According to the St. Petersburg Police Department, officers had an arrest warrant for a man in the park. That report quoted Wright as saying “stop harassing that man” and then asking what he had done wrong.

“You stiffen up...

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Tampa banker honored by city council for feeding the less fortunate listen

02/07/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A Tampa banker and volunteer football coach was honored by city council this morning for his efforts to feed people without homes during the holiday season. But during a commendation ceremony at City Hall, Andre Kirwan asked that Neil Sayers, a local chiropractor and volunteer who passed away in November, also be recognized.

“He always told me, ‘Andre, we’ve got to go big or go home’ and it’s been hard for me to kind of wrap my brain around the fact that through his passing, hi...

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New apartment complex offers housing for Tampa's chronically homeless listen

01/24/13 Ella Wind
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Two years ago, Tampa government officials began to investigate options for addressing Tampa's homeless population, which numbered around 18,000 people. On Wednesday, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Cypress Landing housing complex in North Tampa, the first permanent housing complex for the chronically homeless in Hillsborough County.

The Cypress Landing complex will house the chronically homeless, those who are repeatedly homeless or have been homeles...

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Lunch for veterans without homes opens job opportunities too listen

12/21/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Veterans who don’t have homes this holiday season got a warm meal this afternoon in Tampa. The Hillsborough County Veteran’s Affairs department doled out turkey dinners to about 40 vets, but also took the opportunity to help them get and keep jobs.

Veterans dined ten at a time, starting with this group. Kelly Beaver, a retired sailor in the Navy used to live on the streets. He’s still getting help from the county’s veteran's affairs department, but he said he’s on the road to r...

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Food Not Bombs volunteers share food in downtown Tampa park despite legal concerns listen

12/18/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Volunteers with the group Food Not Bombs served breakfast to people in Gaslight Square in downtown Tampa Tuesday. The group has been feeding people in the city for years, but this particular routine started last week and will continue every Tuesday through the holidays.

“Well, we have sweet potatoes, oatmeal and bagels.”

That could change next week though. Thích Giác Ngô, a Buddhist monk with Food Not Bombs said the group gets most of their food from places who are about to t...

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Incumbent Ken Welch faces challenger Buck Walz in Pinellas County Commission race listen

11/05/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Three incumbent Pinellas County Commissioners face challengers in tomorrow’s election. One of them, Democrat Ken Welch, hopes to be re-elected over his challenger Republican Buck Walz. In the District 7 race Welch is emphasizing community health.

At a town hall meeting last month in Saint Petersburg Welch said although education is the county’s top priority it’s only part of the focus. He said with a limited budget combating systemic poverty will be the c...

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Preview of protest against new Clearwater policies affecting people without homes

10/03/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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This summer, the Pinellas county city of Clearwater approved ordinances ranging from strengthening the city’s ban on panhandling, to restricting whether people can sit or lie on sidewalks, docks or piers.

But some homeless advocates aren’t taking the new rules well. This Saturday they’re organizing a demonstration, food sharing and music at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater to protest To protest what they call an inhumane and un...

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Tampa Police evict squatters who took abandoned house before Republican convention listen

09/07/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A couple who took over an abandoned house in Tampa just before the Republican convention was evicted this morning by Tampa Police.

Tyler Mitchell is an activist who was there to help the squatters, who did not want to be interviewed.

Mitchell said the police did not have legal standing to evict the residents, but they let the Police into the home.

“We are at 208 East North Street in Tampa, Florida. This is a site where there was a housin...

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Romneyville campers may struggle with finding a place to sleep after Republican convention listen

08/30/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Romneyville camp in downtown Tampa was set up as a place for both protesters and people without homes to sleep during the Republican National Convention. Now that the event is drawing to a close people are going to have to start finding other places to go.

Shortly after all of the delegates and journalists leave Tampa, Romneyville residents will have to pack up their tents and go somewhere else. The Poor People’s Economic and Human Rights Campaign leased the property where they’r...

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Amid Republican convention's glamour, Tampa homeless move into abandonded house listen

08/27/12 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In preparation for the Republican National Convention, the City of Tampa has spent a large amount of money sprucing up some of its finest neighborhoods in an attempt to bolster the city image to the international community. But not all of Tampa is lined with mansions, palm trees and newly paved roads, like its iconic waterfront along Bayshore Boulevard. Only a few blocks away from the city’s busy financial and nightlife districts lie unnoticed pockets of poverty which local activists point ...

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