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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 talks about panhandling, homeless issue listen

09/08/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council continued discussions about possible street solicitation bans that would criminalize panhandling on city streets. Council member Mary Mulhern warned that doing so would be the beginning of criminalizing poverty. The council also heard comments about how to address the high number of people without homes.

Council members have been kicking around whether or not to ban ...

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Panhandling policy workshop at Tampa Chamber fails to draw support for ban listen

07/27/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This morning the Tampa Chamber of Commerce tackled the controversial issue of a possible ban on Panhandling in Tampa. Only two in attendance supported a full or partial ban. Everyone else expressed with a show of hands, their desire to give the matter further consideration.

It took effect in St. Petersburg last June. Parts of unincorporated Hillsborough County adopted it early this year. So far though, the city of Tampa has managed to thwart a ban on street solicitation. That could cha...

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Tampa-area state lawmakers aren't entirely happy about session, but not likely to call special session listen

06/08/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Chips are still falling from the Florida legislative session, which ended early last month. In Tampa today, local state legislators looked back on a session they can all agree was grueling. While almost everyone had something to grumble about, there isn’t much demand for a special session.

Six of the seven state lawmakers present at the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s legislative roundup were Republicans, though not all were gung-ho about how things went this past session. Temple T...

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Turnout low as Tampa candidates hit home stretch listen

03/01/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today is the last chance for Tampa voters to go to the polls for the city election. The Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections’ latest estimate has voter turnout was around 7.19 percent by 2 p.m. Today WMNF spoke to several voters who braved the weather to exercise their right to vote.

At a precinct on Bayshore Boulevard, South Tampa lawyer David Snyder said he voted for Ed Turanchik for mayor, but that there wasn’t enough information about the open city council seats. He said he ...

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Tampa mayor, council candidates hit the home stretch listen

02/28/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tomorrow marks the last chance for Tampa voters to cast ballots for Mayor and city council. More than two dozen candidates in eight races have spent months campaigning on issues running the gamut, from panhandling to high water bills.

More than fifteen thousand people have already cast ballots in an election that may change the face of Tampa’s local leadership. The five mayoral candidates say they want to revive the local economy, but differ on how. Former County Commissioner [Ed Turanch...

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Tampa City Council hears grim homelessness stats, skirts panhandling discussion listen

02/24/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council may have tabled a controversial proposal to ban panhandling, but the debate has spurred discussion on what causes people to ask for money on street corners. Today the council got a pretty dire picture of homelessness and poverty throughout the city.

Those expecting a spar over panhandling at the city council workshop may have been disappointed. Today, the council sought stats on the homeless and impoverished population as well as things like the number of beds available ...

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Homelessness, panhandling and unemployment

02/22/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll talk about panhandling, homelessness and unemployment.

Our guest is Sara Romeo with Tampa Crossroads. She is working to insure that female vets are able to access services that will help them remain independent. This employment program was funded by the Dept. of Labor specifically to assist honorably discharge homeless female veterans. But she also works on ending homelessness and will testify this Thursday befor...

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Interview with Tampa Mayoral candidate Rose Ferlita

02/15/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Coming up next on Radioactivity an interview with Rose Ferlita who is running for mayor of Tampa. Ferlita is a Tampa native. She is by profession a pharmacist- having once owned a local drug store in Seminole Heights, Ferlita now works for a pharmacy in South Tampa.

She served from 1999-2006 as a member of the Tampa City Council and Member of the Hillsborough County Commission from 2006-2010.

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Interview with Dick Greco who is running for Mayor of Tampa

02/08/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. In a moment an interview with former Tampa mayor Dick Greco who is running for mayor again. But first some listener comments about yesterday’s program. We spent a lot of time yesterday talking about the Governor’s proposed budget. Here’s what one listener had to say.

Former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco started his political career in the 1960’s. He was first elected mayor in 1967, serving two terms, leaving office in 1974; He served back to back t...

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