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Tampa water department hashes half million dollar plan to avoid power failures listen

05/16/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A water boil alert that went out to more than a half million Tampa residents in February was the result of a domino effect of electrical problems that all started with a squirrel chewing through a power line. The power outage meant part of the city’s water supply could have been tainted and left residents and restaurants scrounging for bottled water and ice for 37 hours.

During a Tampa City Council meeting Thursday, Brad Baird, director of the city’s water department laid out a half...

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Tampa City Council approves noise ordinance on first reading listen

05/16/13 Roberto Roldan
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Seven Tampa residents lined up in Tampa City Council Chambers Thursday to speak in support of a proposed noise ordinance. The ordinance passed its first reading and would enforce “steep” punishments for drivers who blast car stereos.

Drivers whose music is audible from 50 feet away would face an initial fine of $250. The first draft of the ordinance only allowed officers to enforce the noise ordinance during the night and early morning. After hearing from members of the public, like Be...

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Planners look to transform Tampa's East Hillsborough Avenue corridor listen

05/15/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday

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Regional planners are looking at ways to revamp an important urban corridor along Hillsborough Avenue in East Tampa. Tuesday at the Cyrus Green Recreational Center some 20 people gathered to listen to a progress report and offer their suggestions.

The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization, or MPO, commissioned a study on traffic congestion and safety. It identified the East Hillsborough Avenue corridor as an area with motorized and non-motorized...

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$3 billion tourism industry celebrated in Tampa listen

05/08/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry in the Tampa Bay area. The region’s tourism marketing team is trying to make sure Hillsborough County continues to grow its slice of the pie. During a luncheon Wednesday celebrating tourism week in Tampa, new Tampa Bay & Company president and CEO Santiago Corrada said he wants to popularize Tampa as a destination for visitors.

“We have a great region here and our biggest obstacle is that a lot of folks don’t know what a great region it is....

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Tampa City Council weighs options on what more to do about panhandling listen

05/02/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thursday Tampa City Council considered further crackdowns on panhandling.

The discussion was still going on when we went to air.

During public comment in the morning nine people asked council to enact an ordinance putting more limits on when and where people can ask for handouts. Shawn Robinson, president of Hillsborough Community College's Ybor City campus, says panhandlers harass students and faculty.

However, two people opposed additional constraints on panhandling. Jon Dengler wo...

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Tampa Threatens Panhandle Crackdown

05/01/13 Warren Elly
Last Call Wednesday
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LAST CALL FOR WEDNESDAY MAY 1ST 2013

Guests: Officer Dan McDonald Tampa Police Liaison to the Homeless and Pastor Tom Atchison of New Beginnings

GOOD AFTERNOON…. YOU’RE LISTENING TO LAST CALL , A LIVE CALL IN SHOW HERE ON WMNF. I’M WARREN ELLY.

OUR TOPIC – HOMELESSNESS- AS TOMORROW MORNING AT TAMPA CITY HALL WE’RE EXPECTING THE ADMINISTRATION TO MOVE ON COMPLAINTS FROM BUSINESS AND PROPERTY OWNERS OVER HOMELESS CAMPING AND AGGRESSIVE PANHANDLING. DOWNTOWN TAMPA AND YBOR...

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Tampa activists hold prayer vigil for victims of Boston Marathon bombings listen

04/18/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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On Wednesday night in downtown Tampa, 15 people lit candles and shared stories about Boston.

Underneath a flag at half-mast in front of the federal courthouse, organizers led prayers for the victims of Monday's Boston Marathon terror attack.

It was billed as "Praying for Boston, Interfaith Vigil."

Here are more photos of the vigil.

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Montelione says Tampa's Bro Bowl skateboard park may be rebuilt, not preserved listen

04/04/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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There’s a fight to save a historic skateboard bowl in downtown Tampa from encroaching development.

During public comment at this morning’s Tampa City Council meeting, Shannon Bruffett, a representative from the Skateboarding Heritage Foundation asked council to protect what’s known as the Bro Bowl in Perry Harvey Park.

Bruffett had a receptive audience in council member Lisa Montelione.

"I know that it is sacred ground to those who've use it and it'...

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Pam Iorio awarded for service, says she isn't planning a gubernatorial bid listen

04/03/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio was recognized for her service to the community during a Hillsborough County Commission meeting Wednesday; after receiving the Ellsworth Good Government Award, Iorio said she was honored, but humble.

"It should never be about the next election. It should never be about the group that’s in the room at the time either. It really should be about taking a look at your community long-term and thinking about what is the best way to solve a problem."

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Tampa Mayor Buckhorn says region needs transit options including rail listen

03/26/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn gave his annual State of the City address Tuesday morning.

He used the example of a squirrel causing a power failure at a water treatment plant last month resulting in a city-wide boil water notice to emphasize the importance of investing in infrastructure.

Buckhorn said Tampa Bay should be a region with a first class transportation system with mobility options.

“That means bus rapid transit, that means HOV and it darn sure means rail.”

Buckhorn also...

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