Monday, July 23, 2018

Bay Buzz

The Staff of the Tampa Bay Times

St. Pete council votes advance Pier District construction

St. Pete council votes advance Pier District construction

ST. PETERSBURG — The controversy surrounding the proposed location of a Janet Echelman net sculpture on Spa Beach tinged discussions Thursday about an ordinance to amend definitions governing the city's active and passive parks.But an initially...
Published: 07/19/18
Hillsborough County looks to hold the line in 2019 budget

Hillsborough County looks to hold the line in 2019 budget

TAMPA – County leaders won't know until November whether Florida voters will greenlight an increase to the homestead exemption that would take a $30 million chunk out of Hillsborough County's annual budget.But they're not taking ...
Published: 07/19/18
Pinellas County Commission will interview four candidates for county administrator

Pinellas County Commission will interview four candidates for county administrator

Pinellas County commissioners have selected four candidates to interview next month to be the next county administrator.There is a good chance that Mark Woodard's successor could come from another state. Top-ranked pick Barry Burton is the county adm...
Published: 07/19/18
Buckhorn’s last budget: No frills, no tax increase

Buckhorn’s last budget: No frills, no tax increase

For much of his nearly 80-minute budget presentation on Thursday, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn strolled down memory lane.He talked about the long path the city has taken to climb out of the hole it was lodged in when he entered office during the depths o...
Published: 07/19/18
Straz releases ads touting philanthropy in Tampa mayor’s race

Straz releases ads touting philanthropy in Tampa mayor’s race

The air campaign, expected to be the heaviest political bombardment in Tampa's colorful history of mayoral campaigns, is underway.David Straz's mayoral campaign announced Thursday that it will run three television ads in the Tampa market.Straz recent...
Published: 07/19/18
Bob Buckhorn isn’t changing his mind on Bay to Bay Boulevard’s makeover

Bob Buckhorn isn’t changing his mind on Bay to Bay Boulevard’s makeover

  Mayor Bob Buckhorn has no plans to reconsider his decision to shut down the Complete Streets project on Bay to Bay Boulevard. And that has frustrated a coalition of transit activists, residents and business owners, who say they'll continue to pre...
Published: 07/18/18
Updated: 07/19/18
Scott taps Redington Shores businessman to fill Pinellas County Commission vacancy

Scott taps Redington Shores businessman to fill Pinellas County Commission vacancy

Gov. Rick Scott appointed real estate investor and former Redington Shores Mayor Jay Beyrouti to the Pinellas County Commission on Friday, filling the vacancy opened when Commissioner John Morroni died of cancer in May.In a short news release, the Go...
Published: 07/13/18
Names of donors for proposed Echelman artwork released

Names of donors for proposed Echelman artwork released

A day after the City Council voted down a $1.5 million contract with world- famous artist Janet Echelman, Mayor Rick Kriseman is signaling he's not given up on snagging one of the artist's billowing net sculptures.A week after announcing that he had ...
Published: 07/13/18
All aboard! Bob Buckhorn will back the CrossBay Ferry

All aboard! Bob Buckhorn will back the CrossBay Ferry

What a difference a few days makes.On Monday, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn was still pondering whether to kick in $150,000 toward a return of the CrossBay ferry in November.Tampa is still finalizing a tight budget, made tighter by a $5 million deficit.Bu...
Published: 07/12/18
Straz rockets past $1 million mark in his run for Tampa mayor–using his own cash as fuel

Straz rockets past $1 million mark in his run for Tampa mayor–using his own cash as fuel

David Straz Jr. has said he'll spend whatever it takes to best a crowded field to become Tampa's next mayor.In his latest campaign filings this week, the retired banker and philanthropist placed a sizable down payment to back up that vow.In his June ...
Published: 07/12/18