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Occupy Tampa members camp overnight at Kiley Garden listen

11/08/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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After two consecutive nights of arrests, Occupy Tampa has completed their first arrest-free overnight occupation of Kiley Garden in downtown Tampa. Four people slept on blankets on the grass from 2 until 6:30 this morning.

Three Tampa Police woke up protesters Becky Rubright, Tim Sommers, Nick Windholz, and Derek English inside Kiley Garden and said ...


Former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio discusses her new book STRAIGHTFORWARD

11/04/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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My guest today is Pam Iorio, former mayor of Tampa. She was first elected to public office in her 20's as a member of the Hillsborough County Commission. later she served as Hillsborough's Election Supervisor and earlier this year she completed her second term as mayor of Tampa. She's written a new book called STRAIGHTFORWARD: Ways To Live And Lead.

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Occupy Tampa asks Mayor Buckhorn for a public park listen

11/02/11 Josh Holton & Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Occupy Tampa protesters are growing tired of Tampa Police seizing their property. They are asking city officials for a permanent place to legally occupy.

About 10 protesters with Occupy Tampa lined the sidewalk on North Ashley Drive outside Curtis-Hixon Park this morning. Several of them were playing music. One protester named Felix said the police came almost ten times within the last 24 ...

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Red-light cameras in Tampa: safety or intrusion? listen

10/31/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The private company American Traffic Solutions administers Tampa’s new red-light cameras. The warning period ends Monday; beginning Tuesday, the city will issue $158 citations for red-light violations caught on tape. According to the city, nearly 4,000 warnings have been issued this month from the 24 cameras in Tampa. But people differ on whether they’re a good or bad thing for drivers.

The intersection safety cameras were proposed to reduce red-light running and collisions. They were ...


Occupy Tampa protester arrested Saturday for trespassing in the park listen

10/31/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This weekend another protester with Occupy Tampa was arrested. Tampa Police have now arrested 12 occupiers in total. 55-year-old diabetic Christopher Villanueva was arrested at 3 in the afternoon on Saturday for trespassing in Curtis-Hixon Park. He has posted bond, and was released an hour ago. Although he used to work, he has been homeless and unemployed since an assault left him wi...

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Three members of Occupy Tampa arrested Friday; Protesters say video disputes battery charges listen

10/28/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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At about 3 o’clock this morning the Tampa Police Department arrested three protesters from the Occupy Tampa movement on the sidewalk in front of Curtis Hixon Park. WMNF’s Josh Holton reports, video shows Corporal L.J. Miles and about a dozen police told the group to remove newly-erected tents, and arrested the first of three protesters, Karel Soucre.

Protester Samantha Bowden said Soucre is originally from Venezuela. She said he is seeking political asylum in the U.S. He has visited th...


Curtis Hixon Park is Occupied; If arrests, group will pay for bail, Linda Moreno will represent them

10/22/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday


Sunday update: there were no arrests overnight Saturday night - Sunday morning.

Saturday night some members of Occupy Tampa took part of Curtis Hixon Park for a permanent occupation. It happened a few minutes after 10 p.m., when the park closed. In a General Assembly meeting that began after 7 p.m., the finance working group proposed that if anyone is arrested tonight, 75% of Occupy Tampa's funds would be used to bail them out (that comes to a little over $2000). Occupy Tampa accepted tha...


Tampa passes partial ban on panhandling listen

10/20/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today the Tampa City Council passed a partial ban on panhandling on street corners. After the four to one vote, street solicitation is now banned every day but Sunday. Newspaper sales are excluded from the ban. Dozens of members of the public showed up comment on the three controversial panhandling ordinances.

After years of deliberation, Tampa City Council has decided to partially ban panhandling in public right of ways. Former City Council m...

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Tampa Police tell Occupy protesters to get rid of tarps but they're allowed for bedding listen

10/18/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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On Monday night Tampa Police told Occupy Tampa protesters that they had to get rid of tarps at their week-long encampment along the sidewalk of N. Ashley Drive. Demonstrators had put the tarps up to protect themselves and their bedding ahead of rainstorms expected this week.

After discussions between the two groups, the police left and Occupy Tampa continued with the ninth night in a row of occupying the space adjacent to Curtis Hixon Park. The protesters took down the tarps but are using ...

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Despite police warning, Occupy Tampa protesters vote to risk arrest and stay on sidewalk

10/12/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In an update to this story: as of 8 a.m. Wednesday there were still 30 Occupy Tampa protesters on the sidewalk along Ashley Dr. east of Curtis Hixon Park. They said the police did not show up again during the third night of the occupation.

On the third night of their overnight occupation of part of a sidewalk near Curtis Hixon Park, Occupy Tampa ...

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