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Some alcoholic drinks to be allowed on Tampa Riverwalk listen

11/06/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: tampa riverwalk, Tampa City Council, alcohol, Tampa


Some alcoholic drinks will be allowed along the Tampa Riverwalk.

Tampa City Council voted Thursday to allow people to have open containers in special cups near certain bars or restaurants along the Riverfront.

Several residents spoke for and against the change. The CEO of Mise En Place restaurant, Mary Ann Ference, favors allowing people to carry open containers. Mise En Place also own Sono Café at the Tampa Museum of Art along the Riverwalk.

But Ellen Snelling from the Tampa Alcoh...

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Bar owners convince Tampa City Council to hold off on large nightclub rules listen

04/17/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Tampa, nightclubs, Ybor City, alcohol


Tampa has been working on an ordinance regulating large Ybor City nightclubs for months, but after hearing from frustrated bar owners Thursday, it’s on hold again.

The city wants to avoid repeating violations and aggression that came to a head in shootings two years ago.

But during public comment several bar owners said irresponsible owners were no longer around. Dave Hundley owns The Orpheum nightclub in Ybor and establishments in St. Petersburg.


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Treasure Island set to pass Sunset Beach alcohol ban listen

05/16/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Spring break may be over, but that’s not stopping revelers from packing one Pinellas County beach each weekend for months on end. It’s gotten so bad on Treasure Island’s Sunset Beach that city officials might ban alcohol on certain days.

Every day at sunset, a local rings a bell that’s fastened to a palm tree at a beachfront park on Treasure Island’s Sunset Beach. Some celebrate the neighborhood’s namesake with a plastic up brimming with strong drink. Glass isn’t allowed on T...


Hillsborough Legislative Delegation approves local bills listen

12/18/09 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today at USF members of the Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation considered whether they would support several local bills.

The Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation, comprised of 4 Senators and 12 House members, represents the county in the Florida Legislature. The delegation agreed on several local bills that they will support when the state legislature convenes for its regular session in March.

The Children’s Museum of Tampa requested a bill that would allow alcohol t...

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Tampa Alcohol Coalition listen

11/20/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Tampa Alcohol Coalition held their monthly meeting at the Tampa Police Department on Tuesday. They examined DUI statistics and programs to address concerns about alcohol abuse.

The Tampa Alcohol Coalition is a community partnership with over 100 members. The coalition collaborates with local and state organizations, agencies, media and officials to prevent high risk drinking and impaired driving. Ellen Snelling represents the Tampa Alcohol coalition.

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Nutritionist examines link between diet and cancer listen

12/07/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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According to a major report released earlier this fall, being overweight increases an individual's risk of getting cancer.

The American Institute of Cancer Research issued a stark warning about the clear links between lifestyle, diet and exercise and the risk of developing the often fatal disease.

It states that there is a direct relation between the extent of excessive weight and alcohol intake and the likelihood of falling victim to cancer.

Sally Scroggs is a nutrition counselor...

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