The Hillsborough County public school district is updating an aging school bus fleet by purchasing new vehicles; and part of that push is testing buses that run on an alternative fuel: propane. Recently WMNF News spoke about this with School Board Member April Griffin. “We’re going to be looking at multiple manufacturers of buses. We’re also looking… Read more »
A new coalition is trying to make Tampa safer for pedestrians and cyclists; in a press conference Thursday afternoon, Tampa City Council member Lisa Montelione said there have been 43 deaths so far this year in Hillsborough County. On December 3, she’s introducing a resolution to city council called Vision Zero, which pushes for a holistic… 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 »
Former Tampa City Councilwoman and now Creative Loafing contributor Linda Saul-Sena joined the program. Saul-Sena served on and off the council from 1987-2010, before losing a bid to serve on the Hillsborough County Commission. Among the issues discussed included the current impasse with the current council over a civilian review board, Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the… Read more »
The Hillsborough School Board is having a budget workshop Tuesday and it’s trying to figure out how to fill some budget gaps. One issue is that county schools will get much less from a major grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation than expected. WMNF News spoke with School Board member April Griffin during a break in… 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 »
Update from Friday, August 28: Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has announced the creation of a Citizens Review Board to review issues related to the Tampa Police Department. The number of citations Tampa Police are issuing to bicyclists has sharply declined over the past three months; during a presentation to Tampa City Council Thursday morning the… Read more »
Residents of the Tampa Heights neighborhood and others who will be affected by the planned Tampa Bay Express interstate highway expansion are keeping the pressure on elected officials. Thursday morning during public comment, four opponents of TBX praised Tampa City Council members serving as the Community Redevelopment Agency for speaking out against the project. Lena… 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 »
The Florida Department of Transportation has some big ideas for the I-275/I-4 intersection. A multi-billion dollar proposal from FDOT called the Tampa Bay Express would add toll lanes to I-275, from the Pinellas County side of Tampa Bay to Bearss Avenue in North Tampa on I-275. But there is fierce opposition from neighborhood groups in… Read more »
Critics of red-light cameras are pointing to a report in the Tampa Tribune about political contributions to Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn from a the company American Traffic Solutions as another reason to oppose the traffic cameras. The company has a contract with Tampa and has made nearly $7 million from drivers on Tampa roads. A… Read more »
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