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Occupy Tampa will demonstrate outside downtown park overnight listen

02/28/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Occupy Tampa, Occupy Wall Street, Gasparilla, Tampa

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Occupy Tampa is back -- or, rather, they want you to know they’ve never left. Those are some of the messages Occupy Tampa will be bringing back to the streets of downtown Tampa tonight in their first overnight occupation of Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park since 2012.

One of the organizers of what they’re calling Occupy on the Rise is Kenneth Montigny, who is also with a group called [Anarc...

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Tampa water bill task force update & city spent $165,000 on Gasparilla listen

03/03/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today Tampa City Council heard an update on the administration’s task force into unusually high water bills. Recently the council suspended the top billing tiers for the city’s highest water users. Steve Daignault, the city’s utilities administrator, said only a small fraction of the spiked bills are due to tiere...

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Hyde Park residents call for Gasparilla audit listen

02/03/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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All the plastic beads and empty beer cans may have been swept away days ago in the wake of Gasparilla, but questions about what the city of Tampa gets out of the debauchery still remain. Some South Tampa residents are calling on City Council to audit the nonprofit that puts on the annual parade.

Thousands of people pack Downtown Tampa every year for Gasrparilla festivities. Many patronize nearby hotels and eateries. The festival has become a large part of Tampa’s identity on the national...

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City Council looks at Gasparilla listen

10/22/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa City Council met this morning in a public workshop to discuss all aspects of the 2010 Gasparilla Parade. Members of the public gave input concerning operations and logistics for the event that some residents are concerned has brought too much chaos to their neighborhoods.

Staff from the Tampa Police Department, the Parks and Recreation Department, and the organizers from Event Fest spoke at the workshop. Santiago Corrada is the City of Tampa’s Neighborhood Services Administrat...

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Neighborhood activist pleased at new Gasparilla regulations listen

05/11/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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For years, some residents in Tampa’s Hyde Park District have become increasingly angry at the annual Gasparilla Parade event.

The signature Tampa street party brings several hundred thousand people to town in mid-February. Many of those people drink alcohol, sometimes beginning early in the afternoon. That’s led to lots of reports of public urination, belligerent attitudes, and other related aspects of drunken behavior.

In response, the organizers of the event met with some resid...

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