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Bus, Bike & Ped projects move ahead

New projects continue to receive funding. The MPO has recently added several projects to the Transportation Improvement Program benefiting from competitive grant applications or as a result of lower than expected bids on other projects statewide. In February, the MPO acknowledged the more than $8 million HART was awarded from two Federal Transit Administration grant…

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Hillsborough River TAC Elects New Officers

The Hillsborough River Technical Advisory Council (TAC) is pleased to announce the re-election of Dr. Richard Brown as Chair and Mr. Peter Owens as Vice Chair. Also, we are sad to announce Mr. Ben Koplin, ex- officio City of Tampa Staff member, is departing the TAC. Mr. Koplin has been a valuable contributor to the…

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Legislature expected to revisit fertilizer rules

In preparation for another battle over fertilizer ordinances, the Florida Association of Counties has voted to make protecting fertilizer restrictions one of its top three issues going into the 2013 legislative session. “We’ve been told it’s imminent,” Sarasota County commissioner Nora Patterson, said of the potential legislation to limit local control of fertilizer use, according…

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Lawn watering reduced to one day weekly in Tampa area

By Carl Lisciandrello Published: February 26, 2013 Residents in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties will face tighter watering restrictions starting March 13. The Southwest Florida Water Management District‘s governing board voted Tuesday to enact the tighter controls as below-normal rainfall has resulted in reduced river levels and increased water-supply concerns. The restrictions, which run through…

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$2 Million sought for Laurel Street Bridge repair

TBO.com – By Kevin Wiatrowski – January 22, 2013 Mayor Bob Buckhorn is asking the City Council to approve nearly $2 million for emergency repairs to the aging Laurel Street Bridge after state officials discovered the drawbridge can no longer function properly. Council members will consider the request on Thursday. Inspectors with the Department of…

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Planned highway becomes haven for wildlife

If all had gone as planned, Honore Avenue would be a bustling six-lane highway running south from Manatee County to Englewood. Instead, the 2.5 mile section just south of busy Fruitville Road is a two-lane road bordered by bioswales and punctuated with roundabouts that accommodate nearly as much traffic as a four-lane highway. Not only…

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Stay current on your rivers with USGS WaterNow

For the first time, anyone can find out the current conditions on thousands of rivers and streams across the country, right from their phone, using USGS‘ latest system WaterNow. WaterNow makes the water conditions monitored by more than 16,000 streamgages and other sites across the country available via text or email. Like its predecessor and…

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Imagine 2040 Working Group grapples with future alternatives

After speaking loud and clear “our community needs clear vision” at the first Imagine 2040 workshop, the working group dug into the future alternatives that will ultimately build a clear vision for our region. The second interactive workshop kicked off one simple question… Transportation, jobs and the economy, and quality of life priorities dominated the…

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Location, location, location…

The New Real Estate Mantra – Location Near Public Transportation investigates how well residential properties located in proximity to fixed-guideway transit have maintained their value as compared to residential properties without transit access between 2006 and 2011 in five regions: Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Phoenix, and San Francisco. The selection of these places for the…

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Try filling this prescription at your local pharmacy!

According to the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), park and recreation agencies across the country are working with their local health departments and doctors to prescribe parks and recreation as a way to fight obesity and improve overall health. It seems the more we move and the more fresh air we breathe, the healthier…

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MPO awarded Resiliency Grant

The Federal HighwayAdministration (FHWA) selected the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), in collaboration with the Planning Commission, Hillsborough County, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, and the University of South Florida, to be a pilot project to assess our transportation system’s resiliency to extreme weather.  The project’s purpose is to develop strategies to offset…

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International All-Star Recognition

Thanks to you, we have been chosen as a Constant Contact All Star!– So, what is Constant Contact? It’s the way we send out our ePublications, as well as most of our meeting and event notices. Each year, Constant Contact bestows the All Star Award to a select group of businesses and nonprofits who successfully leverage…

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Regional Award of Honor

On March 25, 2013, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council hosted the 21st Annual Future of the Region Awards to highlight projects and programs exemplifying regionalism and to recognize outstanding achievements and contributions benefiting the regional community. The Planning Commission, Wade Trim, and Strategic Planning Group, Inc., were pleased to receive an Honorable Mention in…

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