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K-8 SCHOOLS: Empty seats. Competitive nearby charter schools. Concerns over middle schools. The Hillsborough County school district hopes to resolve all those issues by converting three north-county elementary schools into K-8 campuses. Interest is growing. But concerns rise over what the ... education

With about 500,000 new Tampa residents expected in next two decades, Cohen says the region's transportation infrastructure is far from adequate. Cohen backs the recent feasibility plan put forth by Jacobs Engineering using Florida Department of Transportation funding that includes a 41-mile bus ... politics
"She's looking for a date tonight. That's about what I say about her," said Robb Upthegrove, an alligator trapper. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife, alligator mating season in Florida typically takes place in May and June. But, courtship usually begins in April. "During mating season, they have lots ... Tampa
SEMINOLE HEIGHTS-- A restaurant serving only food that starts with one letter seems hard to come by, but Danna Haydar has found a way to succeed with all things beginning with the letter C, at the new C-House located at 6005 N. Florida Ave. in Seminole Heights. The restaurant, which took over ... Tampa
NEW TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - April is the beginning of alligator mating season, but a family in New TAMPA found out Friday morning that one gator may have tried to get things started a few days early. The gator showed up in the backyard of a home on Yellow Clover Drive in the early hours of the morning ...

Carvana's car vending tower for automated storing of vehicles is seen on Wednesday, in Tampa ahead of its Thursday opening. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA
TAMPA, FL -- Mothers Against Drunk Driving dedicated its 11th annual Tampa Walk Like MADD event March 23 to a sheriff's deputy who dedicated his ... MADD named him Florida Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 2016 and the award is now called the Deputy Larry Morrell Law Enforcement Officer ...
TAMPA -- A South Florida company that specializes in luxury high-rises has joined developer Larry Feldman's Riverwalk Place project in Tampa. Two Roads Development, which has been quietly working with Feldman for six months, will be a partner and co-owner of the 50-plus story tower in ...
SCHOOL SECURITY: Florida lawmakers' plan to have at least one armed officer at every public school in the state is running into reality. School and law enforcement officials in the Tampa Bay area say they need millions more dollars than the state is providing to make it happen. In Pinellas County alone, ...
Lucky's first Florida location opened in Naples in 2016. Since then the grocer has continued its expansion in the Sunshine State with store plans in Sarasota, Panama City, Fort Lauderdale, Port St. Lucie and Bonita Springs. Other retailers coming to the Tyrone development include Dick's Sporting Goods, ...
Koch brothers' group targets new Tampa Bay Rays stadium. According to Chris Hudson, director of American for Prosperity's Florida operations, the group aims to draw a line in the sand as discussions continue between local government officials and the Rays to ensure no taxpayer money is used.
Today, ACLU affiliates in California, Texas, Washington, Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, Michigan, Florida, Arizona, and Maine sent a letter to @GreyhoundBus urging ... The advocates say the "warrantless" checks have taken place in at least seven states including California, Florida and Vermont.
Ken Brandon Jr. walks around the confederate monument, relocated earlier this month from the old Hillsborough County Courthouse to the Brandon family cemetery. The cemetery, at Brandon Boulevard and Lithia Pinecrest Road, was picked to appease opponents of the statue. [JAMES BORCHUCK ...
Plaintiffs and others relied on the ATF's determination when purchasing bump stocks and similar devices, such as binary triggers, the lawyers argued. The named plaintiffs in the case are identified as Florida residents Jonathan Hunt, Justin Brashear, Christopher Mays, Clayton Woolfe and Joseph Truex, ...
According to a study by the Florida Office of Economic and Demographic Research, financial incentives from state government to professional sports teams only bring back 30 cents for each dollar given to the team. Amy Baker, chief economist for the Legislature, said the return is likely higher for local ...
Under a pilot program, about 60 officers with the Tampa Police Department wear body cameras like the one displayed here at police headquarters by master police officer Cliff Griffin. Because of costs, the city has decided against equipping all its officers with the devices. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Times].

Students walk across the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus., Thursday, 9/28/17. In the ... So did $885,000 for a special needs shelter for the New Tampa Cultural Arts Center. ... In other notable vetoes, the governor also vetoed $270,000 to buy the Florida Quilt Museum in Gilchrist County.
Almost a decade into Florida's latest real estate cycle, so much is happening in the Tampa Bay area that it's hard to keep track of it all. Here are two significant projects you probably haven't heard much about — a new hotel and an Ybor City apartment complex — with an update on a $600-million ...
... Fla., office in response to the growing demand for the firm's property insurance analytics. It has tapped consulting actuary John Rollins to lead the team. As domestic property insurers expand throughout the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, the new Tampa property and casualty presence demonstrates Milliman's ...
Then University of South Florida history professor J. Michael Francis went to Seville, Spain, and realized Florida beat them all by more than 100 years. There wasn't any green beer, or any beer at all most likely, but the celebration in St. Augustine did feature cannon fire. The far-flung Spanish colony was ...
SCHOOL BOARD TRAVEL: In a less notice measure, Florida lawmakers required school board members to submit more documentation and get more approvals before traveling outside their districts. SCHOOL SAFETY: Hernando County adds resource officers to schools that did not have one, sharing the ...
"Time and tide wait for no man," not even for King Canute or the Florida Legislature, which has approved legislation that would require the state to observe daylight saving time year-round. Humans have lived on the Florida peninsula for thousands of years, and the notion of altering time or tide was as ...
Rough Riders St. Patrick's Night Parade: Krewes from across Florida celebrate St. Patrick's Day with beads, floats and more. Avoid crowds and bad parking situations by taking the trolley to the parade. 8 p.m., Downtown Ybor City, E Seventh Avenue and N 14th Street, Tampa. Free. (813) 248-1898.
Until two years ago, the Calhoun County school district in northern Florida had no collective bargaining unit to support teachers. "We had no contract," said Baggett, president of the two-year-old Association of Calhoun Educators. "They would say, yes, there is money for a raise or, no, there isn't. Whatever ...
Almost a decade into Florida's latest real estate cycle, so much is happening in the Tampa Bay area that it's hard to keep track of it all. Here are two significant projects you probably haven't heard much about — a new hotel and an Ybor City apartment complex — with an update on a $600-million ...
TAMPA — One by one, Florida's local school leaders called on their communities Thursday to deliver this message to Gov. Rick Scott: Don't shortchange schools to boost security in the aftermath of the Feb. 14 Parkland killings. "Let's do more for our students," said Hillsborough superintendent Jeff Eakins, ...
For almost four decades, he wrote the Real Florida column for the Tampa Bay Times, rich portraits of the people and places that make the state unique. Klinkenberg left the Times in 2014. This year, his work has garnered two awards: In early January, he was named one of three 2018 winners of the Florida ...
Fanatics, which has its East Coast headquarters in Jacksonville, employs about 2,500 people across Florida. It also has international headquarters in England and a West Coast HQ in California. While in Tampa, Dobbs and the other visiting players got to design their own products and get a close look at ...
Tampa, FL -- (ReleaseWire) -- 03/05/2018 -- Mynatt Insurance is a well-known independent agency headquartered in Tampa, Florida that represents a number of ... A person can avail a number of insurance policies from Mynatt Insurance such as liability, health, life and home insurance in Tampa and New Tampa, etc.
Officials are working on bringing a new 7-mile system to the University of South Florida area that would connect the campus to nearby medical centers and Busch Gardens. That would include places such as (clockwise from top left) Florida Hospital Tampa, USF, Busch Gardens and Moffitt Cancer Center.
Florida Orchestra conductor Michael Francis discusses scoring with composer Michael Ippolito, seated, of Tampa as they rehearse Ippolito's Triptych at the the Mahaffey Theatre, St. Petersburg, Florida, Feb. 1, 2018. The Florida Orchestra concerts on Feb. 23-25, 2018 will include the world premiere of ...
In a report released by WalletHub.com, Florida ranked No. 1 out of 50 states as the most sinful. By D'Ann Lawrence White, Patch Staff | Feb 21, 2018 6:17 pm ET | Updated Feb 21, 2018 7:34 pm ET. 0. Florida Tops List Of Most Sinful States. TAMPA, FL – It's not Nevada, home of Las Vegas, which happily heralds the ...
27, 2018, in Plant City, Fla. The Florida Strawberry ... PLANT CITY — You can't buy a beer at the Florida Strawberry Festival. You can't bring a ... The Strawberry Festival's concealed-carry policy is in line with similar agriculture-based events across Florida, including the Florida State Fair. Such events are ...
The Winn-Dixie located at 2100 W Swann Avenue, Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, September 8, 2017. ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Times. Officials are working on bringing a new 7-mile system to the University of South. Circulator system could be running in USF Tampa area by summer · Officials are working on ...
LAUDERDALE, FL - Sixt Rent-a-Car, the world's premiere affordable luxury car rental service with more than 2,000 locations in over 100 countries, is renowned around the world for its one-of-a-kind “Sixt Experience”, meeting the unique needs of each customer with world-class service. Here in the U.S. only ...
South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard may be one of the most liberal mayors in Florida, so he would be a natural candidate to push through a package of local gun-control rules in the wake of the Parkland massacre 50 miles away. But that would be against the law. Florida bans cities and counties from ...
This was not my responsibility. I meant no disrespect to the students or parents of Parkland." But Corcoran, who said Harrison immediately contacted him, deemed Kelly's email appalling: "On behalf of the entire Florida House, I sincerely apologize to the students targeted and again commend them for their ...
JACKSONVILLE, FL --The Winn-Dixie supermarket chain may close nearly 200 grocery stores in the Southeast if its parent company files for bankruptcy, Bloomberg News reported. Quoting an ... There are currently about 500 Winn-Dixie stores in five states in the Southeast, mostly in Florida. According to ...
"Tampa attracted, beginning in the early 20th century, a remarkable number of crusaders and evangelists," said University of South Florida historian Gary Mormino. Most, like Billy Sunday, tended to end their sermons "with a summons to make Tampa more moral. And, of course, nothing ever really changed.
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Parents of students at Wharton High School in New Tampa just want to know their kids are safe. Lately, some are not so sure. There have been numerous fights on campus this school year and deputies have made dozens of arrest on school grounds. Earlier this month, there was a ...
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man accused of breaking into a New Port Richey home and raping a 71-year-old woman on Monday. He was described as a Hispanic or black male between the ages of 25 and 35, armed with a handgun with a red or orange tip. He was about 6-feet tall ...
If you love maps, there's a new display at the Tampa Bay History Center that you're going to want to check out. The museum is working with the University of South Florida to showcase more than 6,000 historic maps and charts of Florida leading back to the 1400's.
A woman is transported from The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills as patients are evacuated on Sept. 13, 2017 after a loss of air conditioning due to Hurricane Irma. Fourteen residents of the Broward County facility died of exposure to heat in the days following the hurricane, prompting new rules for ...
Valentine's Day Wedding Ceremony: Pinellas County Clerk of Courts Ken Burke presides over a mass ceremony as sweetheart couples exchange wedding vows among the beauty of the Florida Botanical Gardens. Registration required by Jan. 26 and marriage license applications must be filed by Feb. 9.
TEXTBOOKS: Florida lawmakers continue to propose tweaks to the rules governing public school textbook selection. This year, the bills advancing would allow parents and any other resident to recommend titles, whose publishers would have to be contacted and informed of bidding procedures. Critics say ...
She's waiting outside another house in Northeast Park, leaning on her son Beau Jarred for support in the afternoon sun, as its occupant gathers his dogs for a walk. Beau Jarred Schekeryk, 38, lives with Melanie in Nashville and will move back with her to Florida, back to the one area that always felt like ...
SCHOOL FIGHTS: The epidemic of hair-pulling and punching among students at Wharton High School prompted the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office to arrest several students at the New Tampa school Wednesday, Feb. 7. 3 Students Arrested Following Continued Fighting At Wharton High.
Those countervailing desires are driving Florida's debate over school board member term limits. Several proposals are advancing, making it likely that voters will decide the issue in November. FLEXIBILITY: A proposal to grant charter status to high-performing Florida school district gains more support in the ...
ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Times Downtown Tampa is seen in the background of the construction site at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. The renovations of the 25-acre park located at 1001 North Boulevard along the west bank of the Hillsborough River will be ...


 

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