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Q: What’s the easiest way to connect 20 Tampa neighborhoods?

A: The Green ARTery The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the City of Tampa partnered to develop the Tampa Walk-Bike Plan. Two phases of the Tampa Walk-Bike Plan have been completed:  Phase I identified candidate projects to connect the surrounding neighborhoods to each of the City’s three major business centers (Downtown, Westshore, and USF) and…

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Berkeley Prep’s Future City Club has 2040 vision!

Coming off their big win as the first place team in the Tampa Bay Region Future City competition, students in Berkeley Preparatory School‘s Future City Club just returned from Washington, D.C., where this young team made a winning impression with the judges at the national finals. Their hard work and first place regional finish already…

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Tampa International Airport Master Plan seeking public comment

The public was invited to attend an open forum on the Tampa International Airport Master Plan in October 2012. Consultant HNTB shared the latest details on the proposed Master Plan, including suggested changes to the existing facilities and land usage. The centerpiece of the plan so far: A consolidated rental car center near the entrance…

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EPA approves Florida’s rules to protect waterways from nutrient pollution

The EPA has approved the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (FDEP) rules to protect Florida’s waterways from excess nitrogen and phosphorus. These pollutants, called nutrients, cause algal blooms, contaminate drinking water supplies and are among the largest contributors to water quality problems in Florida. These rules establish numeric limits on the amount of nutrient pollution…

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Talk of Riverfront Park changes alarms some West Tampa residents

That’s the plea from several West Tampa residents who worried Thursday that Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s musings about the future of Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park are leaving them out of the loop. In particular, residents of the West Riverfront neighborhood are worried that one of the mayor’s ideas, putting a waterfront restaurant in the park,…

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Felled trees pose a hazard on the River

SEMINOLE HEIGHTS — It was worrisome from the beginning: two men in a small boat and a storm-tossed tree snagged on bridge pilings in murky water. Now Thomas Jones worries that boaters and kayakers should keep a sharp lookout for three runaway logs on the Hillsborough River. They could be adrift somewhere west of the…

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Maximum levels for Hillsborough River revised

Minimum levels for the portion of the river that runs through Temple Terrace have still not been set. By Ashley Reams September 27, 2012 Ron Smith knows about the changes that Temple Terrace  residents see in the levels of the Hillsborough River. As chairman of the Temple Terrace River Watch Task Force, Smith monitors the…

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Tampa Tribune owner looks to split properties on Hillsborough River

TAMPA – As the parent company of the Tampa Tribune looks to sell the newspaper, it has asked the city of Tampa about splitting two properties it owns overlooking the Hillsborough River. Media General of Richmond, Virginia, has filed a three-page application asking whether splitting its properties at 200 and 202 S Parker St would…

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FSU honors Tony LaColla as Outstanding Returning Peace Corp Volunteer

In November, as part of the 20th anniversary of the Peace Corps Masters International Program in Urban Planning, our own Tony LaColla was selected as the inaugural honoree of the Florida State University (FSU) Outstanding Returning Peace Corp Volunteer Award. Given to an FSU alum who exemplifies the goals of Peace Corps and mission of…

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Thank you, Chair Amon, for 10 years of service!

Joe Amon was appointed by the Tampa Port Authority to serve on the MPO’s Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) in 2001. A geo-technical engineer with Ardaman & Associates, Joe was elected Chair of the CAC in February 2003. Supported by his wife, Debby Amon, in his CAC duties, he has been re-elected every year until this…

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New Port CEO on board

In December, the Tampa Port Authority Board of Commissioners voted unanimously today to hire A. Paul Anderson as the authority’s new port director and chief executive, succeeding Richard Wainio, who had served in the position since March 2005. Most recently the port director at the Port of Jacksonville, Mr. Anderson has a distinguished, 30-year professional career…

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Queens development hangs tough in hurricane

The new urban Arverne-by-the-Sea, one of the largest current residential developments in New York City, surprised many residents by its resilience to Hurricane Sandy. Arverne, located on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens at a subway stop, is mostly complete and will eventually be home to 2,300 households. The last major section, a two-block-long mixed-use main…

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MPO studies connections to CSX Intermodal Yard

The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), in cooperation with Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Seven, conducted a Freight Sub-Area Study focusing on the CSX Intermodal (CSXI) Terminal in East Tampa and general truck circulation within the area between Columbus Dr, Orient Rd, 50th St (US 41) and the terminal. The roadway connections within this…

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Tampa launches Bright Lights, Safe Nights program

Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced in October an initiative to add 8,400 new streetlights in the city over the next five years. Tampa plans to spend $2.2 million increasing the total number nearly 30% above the current 30,000 streetlights. Buckhorn’s “Bright Lights, Safe Nights” program takes on a problem that contributed to the death of a…

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Shimberg Gardens Dedicated

  Shimberg Gardens was dedicated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 10th in Town ‘N Country. Named after the Shimberg family, brothers James H. Shimberg Sr. and Mandell “Hinks” Shimberg, the developers of Town ‘N Country beginning in 1959, these gardens are part of the Town ‘N Country Community Plan developed from 2000 to 2003….

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