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The Green ARTery seeks to connect Tampa neighborhoods with bike and walking trails listen

05/30/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Soon pedestrians and cyclist could be able to travel around Central Tampa with ease. Wednesday at Seminole Heights Garden Center residents suggested ways to improve their neighborhood’s portion of what is called the Green ARTery. Those 60 people are part of a grassroots movement in Tampa is pushing to refurbish and connect areas from 20 different districts.

The Green ARTery is a community-based movement which is focused on connecting Central Tampa’s neighborhood assets, the Hillsboroug...

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Summer fertilizer restrictions go into effect Saturday in Tampa, Pinellas and Manatee listen

05/29/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This Saturday is the official start of hurricane season. It’s also the unofficial beginning of the rainy season in Florida and when some local fertilizer restrictions go into effect.

Beginning June 1, residents of Pinellas and Manatee counties and the City of Tampa can’t apply phosphorous or nitrogen to their lawns.

We spoke with Nanette O’Hara, the public outreach coordinator for the Tampa Bay Estuary Program.

"On June 1st, restrictions on use and sales of lawn or landscap...

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HART opens MetroRapid express bus route along Nebraska Avenue to USF Tampa listen

05/28/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Hillsborough County Regional Transit Authority, or HART, kicked off its first day of Express Bus service Tuesday along the Nebraska Avenue corridor. MetroRapid uses GPS technology for traffic signal priority and limited bus stops to get riders to their destination as much as 15% faster – and uses brand new buses.

“I like it. It smells like a brand new car.”

That’s frequent bus rider Jeff Stevens.

“It’s cleaner, it’s a lot nicer looking, it’s a little bit more [...

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New MetroRapid bus service will be free beginning Tuesday in Hillsborough listen

05/24/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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On Tuesday the Hillsborough Area Regional Transportation Authority will begin its MetroRapid north-south bus service.

It runs from downtown Tampa to the university area transit center every 15 minutes along the busy Nebraska Avenue corridor.

From there it continues every 30 minutes to a park-and-ride lot in north Tampa near Fletcher and Interstate-75.

For the first two weeks MetroRapid will be free. Thereafter it will be the same cost as regular fare.

We spoke with Sandra Pinto, ...

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Conservative groups protest at Tampa IRS building listen

05/21/13 Roberto Roldan
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As part of a series of nationwide protests, over one hundred concerned citizens lined the east and westbound lanes of Columbus Drive, outside of the Tampa IRS building this afternoon. Local conservative organizations stood with signs and megaphones calling on the federal government to hold the IRS accountable.

Members from Tampa Bay area Tea Party and 9-12 groups held signs and flags to speak out against extra scrutiny that the IRS has given to conservative groups. Sharon Calvert, co-found...

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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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