Last Call Friday; Trayvon, Tampa and the RNC and a final nod to homeless advocate Bill Sharpe

04/06/12 Lisa Marzilli
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Good Afternoon and welcome to Last Call. The Tampa city council had its first reading yesterday of Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s proposed ‘clean zone’ ordinance. It was a packed house, full of concerned citizens. We can only hope that the Mayor and City Council will take what was said to heart and fix what many say is a very flawed proposal right now.

Court officials released a partial plan on what to do with protestors arrested during the Republican National Convention.

A grand jury is scheduled to convene in Sanford on Tuesday in the Trayvon Martin case.

The City of Tampa now has a domestic partnership registry. It now joins Orlando, Gainesville, West Palm Beach and Key West, as well as the counties of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach, in allowing unmarried couples to register as domestic partners. Unmarried couples will now be able to visit each other in the hospital, make medical decisions if one becomes incapacitated, make funeral arrangements for a partner who dies and be notified as a family member in an emergency.

And on a very sad note, we learned this week of the death of homeless advocate, Bill Sharpe, who was found dead in his office Monday by one of his employees. It hasn’t been confirmed but officials believe it was suicide. The man who championed the cause of giving dignity - and employment - to the city’s homeless had apparently fallen on hard times himself after being forced out of his own home by foreclosure. According to one report he was actually living in his office with his cat. Bill published the South Tampa Community News and more recently a street paper - both for and about the homeless called the Tampa Epoch. He was our guest on Last Call just before the first edition debuted back in early November. Here’s a few minutes with Bill Sharpe…

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