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Mayor Buckhorn announces plan to keep police chief one more year during State of the City address listen

03/25/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Bob Buckhorn, Jane Castor, Tampa, North Boulevard Homes, transit, Transportation, economic development, Rays

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced during his State of the City address Tuesday that police Chief Jane Castor will stay on for at least one more year after retiring in May. That means she’ll stay in “the drop” which some consider double dipping - collecting a paycheck and pension. Buckhorn said he wants to keep Chief Castor on board because crime has dropped 69% in the city.

“You know what that means? That means there’s over 150,000 less victims. That’s us. The men and women of the Tampa ...

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Mayor Foster finds himself on the defensive during televised debate in St. Pete listen

08/07/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Three St. Pete mayoral hopefuls took jabs at one another Tuesday night during a debate in downtown. Former City Council member Kathleen Ford, Mayor Bill Foster and former State Representative Rick Kriseman answered questions from both moderators and residents during the one hour televised discussion. One issued centered on a statement made by Foster yesterday admitting that the Rays may need to look at Hillsborough County for a new stadium site. Foster responded to his change in position duri...

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Ken Welch on all things going on in Pinellas County

02/07/13 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Pinellas County Commission Chair Ken Welch joined us for the entire hour, talking about Rays stadium issues, the Pier, a light-rail system in the county, and many other issues.

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Pinellas Commissioners more receptive to a Rays move than St. Pete listen

01/30/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Pinellas County Commissioners went against St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster Tuesday during a discussion with Tampa Bay Rays owners about where the team will play if they leave Tropicana Field. Most commissioners said they didn’t mind if the franchise explored locations within the region that weren’t in St. Pete. Chair Ken Welch said the city could even benefit.

“There’s so many infrastructure needs that exist that could be, I think, addressed if we can all come to a holistic conclusio...

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Callers aren't sold on need for new Rays stadium; mixed opinions on gun control

01/30/13 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Where will Tampa Bay’s Major League Baseball team play a decade from now?

The team seems to be saying it wants out its lease of Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg but wants to stay in the region.

St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster wants the Rays to stay in his city.

This week Pinellas County officials said they are open to the team considering regional options.

The Rays spoke with Hillsborough County Commissioners last week.

We heard from listeners about their opinions.

We also c...

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Proposed second St. Pete baseball stadium has a price, but no funding plans released yet listen

10/01/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A local developer is trying to stimulate conversation about how to keep the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg. A group released plans last Friday for a new baseball stadium in the mid-Pinellas Carillon area that includes a retractable roof and a price tag, but no known way to pay for it.

Owners of the Tampa Bay Rays aren’t happy in their current home at Tropicana Field where many seats are often empty on game days. Speculation of moving the team across the Bay to Tampa prompted St. Pete...

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Listening to residents, St. Pete raises property taxe rate for first time in more than two decades listen

09/28/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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St. Petersburg City Council has approved a budget that doesn’t include the controversial Fire Readiness Fee. After hearing from impassioned public comment, council members increased the city’s millage rate in a final vote Thursday night.

Winding up the 2012 fiscal year, St. Pete officials found themselves having to dig into reserves to cover a more than $5 million shortfall. To cover that, city officials proposed a flat tax on all properties regardless of their value. The [Fire Read...

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Hillsborough Commission invites Tampa Bay Rays to public meeting to talk about their future listen

08/02/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners voted Thursday to invite the Tampa Bay Rays to a public meeting to talk about their long term plans. The major league baseball team has made it clear they want to move to a new stadium, despite being under contract with the City of St. Petersburg to play at Tropicana Field for another decade and a half. Some politicians in Tampa and Hillsborough County, like Commissioner Ken Hagan, want to consider the possibilities of luring the Rays across the Bay.

The v...

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Hillsborough attorney suggests ways county could talk with Rays

07/31/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Thursday the Hillsborough County Commission will hear from their legal team whether they can can talk with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Major League team is under a long-term contract with the city of St. Petersburg to rent Tropicana Field, but some politicians in Tampa and Hillsborough County haven’t been shy about their desire to lure the team across the Bay. In April, Commissioner Ken Hagan requested legal guidance from the county attorney whether they could talk with the Rays “about their ...

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Where will Tampa Bay Rays land? We hear from Foster and Buckhorn listen

01/30/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Mayors of St. Petersburg and Tampa are both hoping to be the long-term host of the Tampa Bay Rays. St. Pete’s mayor, Bill Foster wants to keep major league baseball and Tampa’s mayor, Bob Buckhorn, thinks the team could land east of the Bay. At a Suncoast Tiger Bay meeting last Wednesday, Foster said the Rays are contractually obligated to stay in St. Pete for at least another 15 years...

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