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FDOT: TBX toll lanes shouldn’t be elevated through Tampa

The Florida Department of Transportation is shooting down the idea of moving proposed toll lanes from ground level to an elevated expressway in Tampa; Ed McKinney, an FDOT planning and environmental administrator, told Tampa City Council members at the Community Redevelopment Agency meeting Thursday morning that the problems cited by opponents of the Tampa Bay… Read more »

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Opposition to Sarasota County comp plan changes

Sarasota County is updating its comp plan — Wednesday is the first of two informational meetings this month of the Sarasota County Planning and Development Services Department about the proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment — but a local environmentalist is pretty pessimistic about the pro-development slant of the changes. Opposition to Sarasota County comp plan changes WMNF… Read more »

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn Discusses Global Warming, Sanctuary Cities

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/fHqHeur86w8/wmnf_161207_110618_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday we had on Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. He was the governmental affairs Director for the Builder’s Association of Greater Tampa. He was an aide to former Mayor Sandy Friedman. He served on the Tampa City Council and was elected Mayor of Tampa in 2011 and was re-elected in 2015. In… Read more »

New Tampa Bay Times article follows story of Kings Lake, a community devastated by 2006 housing crash

BY Rob Lorei Our guest  on Midpoint Wednesday was Tampa Bay Times reporter Susan Taylor Martin, who was part of an investigative team at the Tampa bay Times who followed up on the neighborhood here in the Bay area that was hardest hit by the housing foreclosure crisis a decade ago. Once an attractive neighborhood for… Read more »

Radioactivity Friday: Could a Monorail help solve Tampa’s traffic woes?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160930_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Our  guest on Radioactivity Friday was Tom Hall, a co-founder of a large public relations firm that is also known for his efforts to build the Florida Aquarium in Tampa and he helped bring what’s now called The Amalie Arena to downtown Tampa. In recent years he’s been touting a monorail as a… Read more »

Planning Earth & People Friendly Communities on Sustainable Living

On Monday’s Sustainable Living Program we talked about planning Earth and people friendly communities. Our guests were the Study Team Leader, Brent Lacy, and Director of Planning, Curt Ostrodka, with VHB, a local engineering, planning and design firm; Melissa Zornitta, the Executive Director of the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission, Plan Hillsborough; and Whit Blanton,… Read more »

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TBX opponents will protest before Tampa FDOT meeting

The Florida Department of Transportation is holding an information session Wednesday evening at the Seminole Heights Library to update residents on the controversial highway expansion project known as Tampa Bay Express, or TBX. But beforehand a coalition of groups focused on smart growth, transportation solutions and historic preservation plans on protesting the TBX plan. Michelle Cookson… Read more »

Florida This Week: Trump levels new charges against Clinton, speaks to anti-LGBT group in Orlando

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160815_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 by Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we aired the latest episode of Florida This Week, a political talks show from local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. Our expert panel of political insiders and analysts discuss the biggest stories in national and state news: Donald Trump uses campaign stops in Florida… Read more »

Environmental Attorney discusses Algae Bloom that is devastating Florida’s Treasure Coast

By Rob Lorei On Midpoint Wednesday, we discussed the massive algae bloom that is choking Florida’s east coast with thick, toxic green sludge. It is believed that the bloom is being caused by agricultural fertilizers and septic runoff from Lake Okeechobee. Gov. Rick Scott says that he will ask the legislature for millions of dollars… Read more »

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Environmentalists object to Sarasota comp plan changes

The Sarasota County Comprehensive Plan is being updated and some environmentalists are concerned that at the same time protections of the public interest will be eroded. Commissioners approved changes to the comp plan Wednesday. Listen to the story here: Before their vote Sarasota attorney Dan Lobeck used two examples to tell Commissioners that comp plan… Read more »

Tampa area express toll lanes approved by MPO

Shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday morning, after hours of heated debate, the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization voted 12-4 to move forward on the highly controversial $6 billion road project known as TBX. Voting against the project were Tampa City Council Members Guido Maniscalco and Lisa Montelione, Hillsborough County Commissioner and MPO Chairman Les Miller and County… Read more »

Perspectives on TBX project on the eve of major MPO vote

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160621_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Tuesday we talked about the controversial TBX project that will be voted on the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization on Tuesday. TBX is the proposal to widen much of the interstate system in Hillsborough County by adding 90 miles of toll lanes to the currently free I-4, I-75 and I-275. The… Read more »

Can Tampa handle the consequences of climate change ?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160609_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei Tropical Storm Colin lashed Tampa Bay earlier this week, causing flooding, road and bridge closures, and forcing some local cities to release raw and partially treated sewage into local waterways. Amid rising sea levels and increased rainfall, the results of global warming as scientists have predicted, can Tampa bay handle the effects… Read more »

Extremely high number of Walmart calls to police raises concerns. Is Walmart foisting cost of security onto taxpayers?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160516_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 BY Rob Lorei We start Radioactivity Monday with the latest episode of Florida This Week, a news and public affairs show, hosted by Rob Lorei, that is broadcast on local PBS station WEDU on Friday Nights. This week’s panel of political experts and insiders discuss the biggest stories in Florida news and politics:  A… Read more »

Transportation officials and TBX opponents debate the controversial interstate project

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160427_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday  we had a debate over the TBX project, the hotly debated interstate project that proposes to build toll roads in the middle  the 1-4 and 1-275 interstates through the heart of Tampa and in parts of Pinellas County. Backers say the new toll roads will easy traffic congestion… Read more »

Debate about lifting the Cuban embargo continues on Radioactivity

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160329_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 by Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Tuesday we continue the debate on lifting the Cuban Embargo from WEDU’s Florida this week. In this webcast-only portion of the debate, we are joined by two local people who just returned back from a trip to Cuba, a political intelligence consultant, and a lawyer who was once a… Read more »

Can Manufacturing Be Restored in the US?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160322_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity we talk about manufacturing in the U.S. Once a  part of strong sector in the U.S. economy that provided solid middle class salaries to those without college educations, Manufacturing companies have largely moved jobs overseas over the last few decades, leaving mostly lower-waged service sector jobs behind. Today… Read more »

Transportation officials responds to criticism of TBX project

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160301_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Within the last month we have had several guests who opposed the TBX Project, which proposes to expand the interstate system throughout Tampa bay adding toll roads. Today we hear from Raymond Chiaramonte, Executive Director of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority, and Debbie Hunt with the Florida Department of Transportation, two… Read more »

Saint Petersburg Mayor delivers hopeful State of the City Address

Mayor Rick Kriseman announces that the state of Saint Petersburg is strong and sunny. Kriseman delivered his State of the City address last Saturday at the Coliseum. The auditorium was packed with city workers, residents and elected officials. The mayor outlined progress already made then laid out his short and long term agenda’s. Mayor Kriseman… Read more »