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Iorio praises city staff, chastises Gov. Scott in final State of the City Address listen

03/09/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio delivered her final State of the City address at the Tampa Convention Center this morning to a room full of supporters. She had glowing things to say about Tampa’s progress over her tenure, but Iorio said there was one missing piece.

Iorio said she had some lofty goals in when she first took office in 2003. The mayor, who leaves office at the end of this month due to term limits, said she accomplished most of them.

"I talked about opening up the river to the peopl...

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Florida Supreme Court rules with Gov Scott on rail, but could "Hail Mary" exist? listen

03/04/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Governor Scott said he is “gratified that the court provided a clear and unanimous decision.” Scott said he “spoke with US DOT Secretary LaHood this morning and informed him that Florida … will not move forward with any federal high speed rail plan."

Senator Bill Nelson says he’s disappointed in the governor’s decision

"It's unfortunate that the Supreme Court has thrown out the Florida legislator's attempt to stay the hand of the governor of returning $2.4 billion of federal grant mone...

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High-speed rail supporters rally in downtown Tampa as officials call for private sector investment listen

02/21/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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High-speed rail backers announced they have a plan to get the project back on the table despite criticism from the governor. Today rail advocates showed their support for the project in Downtown Tampa, and were met with a smaller crowd in opposition.

Activists dusted off their pro-and anti-rail signs from last fall and flooded City Hall Plaza to make the case for – and against – high speed rail. Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern said the project would create thousands of jobs, but its...

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Time for an Energy Revolution in Tampa

02/21/11 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Our guests today are both involved in this coming Saturday’s (February 26) “Time for an Energy Revolution in Tampa” panel discussion that will be held at the Roosevelt Hotel in Ybor City starting at 12:30. This event is sponsored by the Bridge Foundation, and we were happy to have the founder, Rebecca Blanco, join the program to talk about Saturday’s discussion.

Also, one of the panelists at the Saturday event, Taylor Ralph, a local green builder joined the show to talk about energy eff...

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Interview With Rev. Thomas Scott Who Is Running For Mayor Of Tampa

02/21/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. On the first part of today's program we'll hear from Tampa City Council Chair Thomas Scott who is running for mayor. He previously served two terms on the Hillsborough County Commission. Later in this program we'll hear from Tampa City Council member Linda Saul Sena who is organizing a pro-high-speed rail rally today at noon at Tampa City hall.

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Representative Rick Kriseman talks about his recall bill and Scott's snub of rail money listen

02/18/11 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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Today on the Last Call we spoke with St. Petersburg Democratic State Rep. Rick Kriseman on a bill he filed last week (HJR785) that would put the power to recall state officials, including the Governor, in the hands of the people. We also asked him to weigh in on Governor Scott's rejection of almost two and a half billion dollars in federal funds for high speed rail.

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Rick Scott rejects high-speed rail funding - Tampa Bay leaders are critical listen

02/16/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Much of the reaction to Governor Rick Scott’s decision to reject federal funds for the bullet train has been scathing. This afternoon four of the five candidates running for Tampa Mayor said Scott made the wrong decision.

Tampa-area U.S. Representative Kathy Castor says Florida isn’t in the financial position to refuse federal money.

The Democrat says Scott’s decision means fewer jobs for the Tampa Bay area.

Governor Scott complained about the cost of the bullet train.

“Presiden...

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HART may build demonstration rail line to airport listen

02/07/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Could a demonstration rail line between downtown Tampa and the airport convince residents to support projects to ease rush hour gridlock? Hillsborough County’s regional transit board wants to continue looking at rail, but the obvious question is how to fund it.

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, also known as HART, has strongly advocated light rail for combating gridlock. Hillsborough County voters opted not to raise their sales tax in order to fund...

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Mayoral candidates meet in Tampa listen

02/01/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Five of Tampa’s mayoral candidates met today to win support from prominent business leaders and professionals. The Tampa Chamber of Commerce hosted the downtown forum.

Mayoral candidates no doubt expected to field tough questions handed to them by various members of the community today. That includes the issue of whether to ban panhandling along city streets. Current Tampa City Council chair Tom Scott, who previously opposed the ban, now says it will address resident’s concerns.

All can...

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Federal Transit Administrator applauds opening of streetcar extension into downtown Tampa listen

01/31/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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For years, Tampa’s streetcar has linked Ybor City with tourist destinations in the Channel District nearly two-and-a-half miles away, but has stopped short of connecting with downtown. But as of last month, that changed. An extension by one-third of a mile into downtown Tampa cost $5.3 million. It was funded mainly with federal money, including about $1 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Peter Rogoff, the Federal Transit Administrator with the U.S. Department of ...

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