St. Pete’s homeless protest Mayor Baker’s farewell party

Saturday night, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker was given a farewell celebration at Demens Park, courtesy of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce. The event was protested by homeless activists who believe that Mayor Baker’s record deserves scrutiny for his mistreatment of the homeless population. A small bridge and a waterway separated the attendees of… Read more »

Transgendered citizens could be protected by Tampa’s Human Rights Ordinance after a second reading.

Tampa City Council passed an ordinance today which would amend the city’s Human Rights Ordinance to add “gender identity and expression” as a protected class. The amendment will now include transgender-identified individuals as a recognized group to be considered for equal treatment under the law. Philip Dinkins is the Chair of the City of Tampa… Read more »

Water: A Global Crisis

Water scarcity as a result of climate change could create global security issues. USF’s College of Public Health recently partnered with the Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Patel Center for Global Solutions for a panel discussion on water issues. Disappearing sources of clean water have been a major concern for bay area residents. Aquatic… Read more »

Special Operations Command Central groundbreaking at MacDill

The U.S. military’s Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT) held a groundbreaking ceremony for their new headquarters in Tampa this morning at MacDill Air Force Base. SOCCENT is a subordinate unified command of US Central Command. SOCCENT’s rear headquarters is at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, and their forward headquarters is in the Persian Gulf… Read more »

City Council looks at Gasparilla

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… Read more »

Keep Pinellas Beautiful cleans up Gulfport

The Ocean Conservancy coordinated an International Coastal Cleanup with their affiliate Keep Pinellas Beautiful yesterday as part of a biannual effort to educate the public, business and government officials about the scale of the global marine debris problem. In Gulfport local residents volunteered for the cleanup. Last year, The Great American Cleanup organized 3 million… Read more »

Peta2 sponsors animal cruelty exhibit at USF

This week the Students Protecting the Environment and Animals with Knowledge (SPEAK) are sponsoring an exhibit comparing the exploitation of humans and animals. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ young adult division, PETA2, was also at the exhibit, showing images of torture, mutilation, and imprisonment. They made the point that all exploited species suffer…. Read more »

Dan Gelber campaigns in Tampa

One of the two Democratic candidates for Attorney General, Miami State Senator Dan Gelber, campaigned in Tampa today. Gelber spoke about the economic and political challenges that Florida faces, and what changes he wants to see. Gelber harshly criticized the Republican leadership in Tallahassee. According to Gelber, the current economic hardship facing Florida is due… Read more »

2009 Bike Bash by the Bay

Yesterday afternoon, South West Florida Bicycle United Dealers (SWFBUD), held their 4th annual Bike Bash at Straub Park in St. Petersburg. The event was intended to encourage an expansion of bicycling in the region, while raising awareness about safety and the benefits of cycling. Rachel Van Slyke rode her bicycle to Tampa from Gainesville to… Read more »

The ocean as power plant

Last month at the University of South Florida, researchers from around the state gathered to discuss all types of renewable energies. Compared with some other technologies, energy from the ocean energy is undeveloped but shows potential. Commercial ocean energy harvesting systems do not exist today. Many efforts are underway around the world, but there is… Read more »

SWFWMD hosts district-wide open house

In a district-wide open house last Thursday night, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) solicited input from the public about possible lands the district should acquire for protection, management, and restoration. Only a handful of citizens attended the meeting and voiced concerns about local and regional land acquisition. SWFWMD’s Eric Sutton points out how… Read more »

2009 Florida Energy Services Consortium

The 2009 Florida Energy Consortium Summit was held at the University of South Florida on Wednesday. It was organized to bring together energy experts in the State University System of Florida to share their energy-related research findings and promote future collaboration. Dr. Yogi Goswami is a chemical engineering professor and co-director for the Clean Energy… Read more »

Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor sworn in

Tampa has a new Police Chief. Chief Jane Castor was sworn in this afternoon after being unanimously approved this morning by the Tampa City Council. Castor is the city’s first woman and its first openly lesbian police chief. She served as the Tampa Police Department’s liaison to the gay and lesbian community. LGBT advocates such… Read more »

Jack E. Davis on Marjory Stoneman Douglass and the Everglades

Jack Davis held a conversation at the Tampa Bay History Center this Sunday, discussing his new book An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century. Marjory Stoneman Douglass was a renowned Florida Environmental activist, writer, journalist and feminist who changed the way Floridians and Americans think about the importance of preserving the… Read more »

Hillsborough County Bully Busters Bus Benches

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay hosted a press conference today promoting a program to stop bullying in Hillsborough county schools. Near Lowry Park Zoo, representatives of participating organizations exhibited a bench from their new campaign. Crimestoppers has partnered with the outdoor bench advertising company Metrobench to promote the Hillsborough County’s Bully Buster Program. Using bus… Read more »

USF Hate Crimes Summit

An all-day event at the University of South Florida today focused on building awareness and direct action to solve hate crimes issues in Florida and around the nation. It was sponsored by the College of Education and the Florida Commission on Human Relations. Frank Hernandez, the student government director of diversity and multicultural awareness, is… Read more »