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 »
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 »
A regional coalition is setting the groundwork to enhance bicycle and pedestrian safety in the Tampa Bay area. Last night Bike/Walk Tampa Bay met at the downtown Tampa library to hammer out action plans. There are many moving parts associated with bike and pedestrian safety but most agreed on a few key concepts. The Tampa… Read more »
The growing number of residents of downtown Tampa are finally getting a large grocery chain. Mayor Bob Buckhorn told reporters Tuesday morning that the Publix to be built in the Channel District will create about two hundred construction jobs and two hundred permanent jobs. “I think it will bring something that’s been missing.” “This is something… Read more »
Mayor Bob Buckhorn and the City of Tampa have major redevelopment plans for the area west of the Hillsborough River north of downtown. The West River redevelopment means two large public housing developments will be torn down and the residents of more than 800 units at North Boulevard Homes and Mary Bethune High Rise apartments… Read more »
By Rob Lorei This Saturday the fifth annual St.Petersburg Science festival will be held from 10 am to 4 pm on the Bayboro waterfront at the USF St.Petersburg campus. One of the festival’s organizers,E. Howard Rutherford from USF St.Pete’s College of Marine Science, joins us to talk about the festival that aims to engage children… Read more »
By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity, we are joined by David Schlissel, a director of the Cleveland-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, about Lakeland Electric’s 364-megawatt coal-burning generator, McIntosh Unit 3, which is jointly owned with Orlando Utilities Commission. The IEEFA recently conducted a study that found that the financial and environmental costs… Read more »
Tampa Bay Lighting general manager Jeffrey Vinik says his planned massive development in Tampa’s Channel District will be secure against the threats of sea-level rise. Vinik spoke to the Tampa Tiger Bay Club political gathering this afternoon. Afterward, WMNF News asked Vinik if he is concerned about sea-level rise and global warming since his development is… Read more »
The City of Tampa will use some money from the settlement with BP over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster to help fund redevelopment on the west side of the Hillsborough River. The city’s chief financial officer, Sonya Little, told City Council yesterday that some of the funds will pay for some of the… Read more »
Today we look at the latest research in early childhood development with Dr. Dana Suskind, founder and director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative at the University of Chicago. ‘Thirty Million Words’ to a 1995 study that found that children from affluent backgrounds are exposed to over 30 million more words than low-income children by… Read more »
By Rob Lorei Today we talk with economist James Henry about the recent drop seen in the U.S. stock markets in response to market fluctuations seen in China caused by the devaluation of its currency a few weeks ago and overvaluation of its markets amid fears of a slowing Chinese economy. Henry explains what that means for… Read more »
this Saturday marks the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina hit the northern gulf coast, devastating New Orleans as the storm overwhelmed its aged levee system and flooded 80 percent of the city, leaving over 1800 dead. Over the last few years New Orleans has experienced what many see as a renewal with as it economy… Read more »
Today on Radioactivity, we listen back on WEDU’s Florida this Week, a political discussion show moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. This week the panel (Political Consultants Chris Ingram and Victor DiMaio, Tampa Bay Times Politics Editor Adam Smith, and 10 News investigative reporter Mike Deeson) tackle several of the top story in Florida politics, including: Corrine… Read more »
Today on Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei talks with Patrick Mantaiga, publisher of trilingual newspaper La Gaceta. In a column published last week, Mantaiga addressed five contentious issues affecting Hillsborough County and Tampa: the formula for increased stormwater tax which he says unfairly affects the poor and nonprofits, the spending of more than half of the Hillsborough… Read more »
St. Petersburg is looking for citizen input on how to improve its parking situation. Wednesday night it held the 4th public meeting on downtown parking at the Museum of Fine Arts. The city offers free and metered street parking as well as parking garages, but some say those spaces aren’t being used as efficiently as they could… Read more »
Will express toll lanes transform neighborhoods like Tampa Heights?
FDEP head wants to allow commercial use on State Park land,and details on the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Urban Activist Peter Kageyama on successful cities and the people who love them
St. Pete City Council rejects deal for Rays to explore stadium sites in Hillsborough and Pinellas
St. Pete unveils 8 new design possibilities for Pier
Local Christmas Charity enters its 21st year of gift-giving to underpriveleged children.
Environmentalists fight to save pristine Florida forest
Today on the Last Call, Rob Lorei speaks with LEED Architect, Raul Quintana about the process to select a new pier design in St. Pete.
Walmart is proposing a new store on Hillsborough Avenue, in Seminole Heights.
During the next twenty-five years the area of Tampa that is just North West of downtown will be transformed. The City of Tampa, InVision Tampa and the Tampa Housing Authority unveiled their Master Plan today.