MidPoint for Thursday, October 27 – Cesar Hernandez

Cesar Hernandez is the Government Relations Director at Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART). He’s also a former student body president at the University of South Florida. A Brooklyn native, Cesar is also an extremely active millennial when it comes to public policy and trying to make the community better. He spoke on the program about… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, October 20 – Tucker/Hall’s Bill Carlson

Bill Carlson is president of Tucker/Hall, a national public relations and communications consulting firm based in Tampa. Carlson has been active in the movement to liberalize relations with the Tampa community and Cuba. His firm worked on brand awareness for the Greenlight Pinellas measure in 2012-2013, and he’s been involved in issues with Tampa’s airport and seaport. He… 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 »

Tampa Heights Community Garden. WMNF News.

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; New doc looks at the lasting health effects of 2010 BP oil Spill

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160919_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we aired the latest episode of Florida this Week,  a panel discussion show on  state and local politics that is hosted by Rob Lorei on local PBS station WEDU. Among the topics this week: Calls for a federal investigation into Donald Trump’s donation to Pam Bondi’s campaign; The number of… 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 »

HART bus

Local Public Transportation Discussion on WMNF’s Sustainable Living

On Sustainable Living Program this week we talked with representatives of two of our local public transportation providers. Our guests were Rose Bruckner, Pasco County’s Transportation Program Coordinator and Bob Lasher, External Affairs Officer with Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, PSTA. A lot is happening in Pinellas; of main interest to our listeners would be the… Read more »

County Commission candidates, except Norman, share transit ideas

Six people are running for the county-wide District 6 seat on the Hillsborough County Commission to replace Kevin Beckner: four Democrats and two Republicans; five of them answered questions Friday afternoon at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club — former County Commissioner Jim Norman said he was visiting his sick father. The remaining five candidates differed on… 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 »

Lisa Montelione

FDOT now has less money to buy property in the way of TBX

The Florida Department of Transportation now has considerably less money to purchase homes and businesses that are in the way of its proposed TBX expressway project. Tampa City Council member Lisa Montelione said Tuesday morning that at the Hillsborough MPO Livable Roadways meeting the nearly $25 million budgeted has been reduced to half a million dollars…. Read more »

Cara Jennings v Rick Scott

Alex Sink on FLORIDA THIS WEEK TV show; Gov. Scott ad attacks woman who confronted him in coffee shop

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160412_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we air an episode of Florida This week, a political talk show that airs Friday nights on WEDU that is moderated by Rob Lorei.  Our expert panel of political insiders and analysts discuss the hottest stories in state and national politics: the coffee shop confrontation of Gov. Rick… 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 »

Opponents say TBX project based on old data, bad engineering

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160203_110618_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei Yesterday we discussed the ongoing fight by local communities to stop an interstate expansion that threaten several historic neighborhoods in Tampa. Known as the TBX Project. It plans to add express lanes to interstates 275 and 1-4 through Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, as way of relieving traffic congestion in those areas. But… Read more »

New report rates TBX Project as one of the worst highway plans in the country

By Rob Lorei On Tuesday, the independent group U.S PIRG released a report called Highway Boondogles 2 which listed 12 highway development projects throughout the country that fail to address transportation woes. Making it the list is the much-criticized TBX project, which looks to expand parts of the interstate system in Hillsborough and Pinellas by constructing new toll lanes…. Read more »