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Mayor Bob Buckhorn The Weekly View
Monday, May 7, 2012
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The Mayor took a moment to sign the cast of a Tampa toddler at last Wednesday's Mayor's Food Truck Fiesta.

News Review

  5/3/12 Top Story | City of Tampa introduces redesigned website has gotten a makeover. Some of the improvements incorporated into the redesign are a new interactive map service and streamlined information, as well as enhanced search and menu options. The site now has integrated social networking facilities throughout, including the Foursquare heat map, which is being utilized in the downtown Master Plan, InVision Tampa. The redesign also features increased multimedia options including slide shows of photos, special reports, and video.

"Technology plays a critical role in the economic future of our City," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "This is just one of many steps in our efforts to better meet our customer and constituent needs through technology. We will continue to upgrade and use technology -- from our redesigned website to the new online permitting system -- to modernize how city government works."

  5/7/12 Tampa Tribune: Renovated Tampa courthouse to provide luxury, jobs
  Mayor Buckhorn’s decision to offer the Classic Federal Courthouse to developers will pay dividends for the future. Currently, the City pays $100,000 annually to maintain the building. As a hotel, the building will return to the city tax rolls. As the structure is transformed into a luxury boutique hotel, the project will create 400 construction jobs. After completion, the 130-room hotel will employ an estimated 100 people. The new leaseholders, the Development Services Group, recently took ownership of the building, and renovations are set to officially begin. View photos of the Classic Federal Courthouse or read the full story. 
  5/3/12 New York Times: Tampa’s Plea for a Bit of Disarmament? Rejected
  Mayor Buckhorn approached Governor Scott for help in banning concealed weapons in the “Event Zone,” which will encompass the area of downtown Tampa outside of the Republican National Convention. With 50,000 attendees and 15,000 demonstrators expected, public safety is the top priority for Mayor Buckhorn. Governor Scott rejected the City of Tampa’s request, a move that caught the attention of the New York Times editorial page.

“Tampa once had the power to make sensible laws to control guns and ammunition in protection of citizens, but that was stripped from local government last year by Mr. Scott and the Republican-dominated Legislature. Tampa still has plans to enact a downtown ban during the convention on other potential weapons, including clubs, switchblades and squirt guns — but not real guns….If this situation weren’t so shameful, and so dangerous, it would be absurd. For Governor Scott, pandering to the gun lobby obviously trumps the security of his own citizens and everyone else who will be in Tampa in August.”

  5/2/12 Tampa Tribune Column: City's time in spotlight is coming
  After just over a year in office, Mayor Buckhorn will be at the helm for Tampa’s biggest undertaking to date. The Republican National Convention is an unprecedented opportunity for Tampa – one that Mayor Buckhorn hopes to capitalize on. Preparations for the event have helped the Mayor speed up his efforts to improve the permitting process and fast-track beautification projects that were in the pipeline. Mayor Buckhorn recently sat down with Steve Otto of the Tampa Tribune to discuss the plans:

"I feel great," Buckhorn said over lunch at 220 East on Davis Islands. "This thing has a lot more detail work than I would have imagined, but we will be ready. You know, the truth is, the convention has allowed me in some ways to get a few things done that I don't think we would have been able to accomplish this quickly.” Read more.

Today's Schedule
  Tue May 8 ULI Rose Fellowship Spring Council Forum, Charlotte, NC
  Wed May 9 Washington, D.C.
  Thur May 10, 1:30 p.m. Red Bull Wake Open Media Day
  Thur May 10, 3 p.m. Hillsborough County Tourist Development Council Meeting
  Fri May 11, 7 p.m. Paint Your Heart Out, Tampa! Sponsor & Volunteer Reception
  Sat May 12, 7 a.m. Miles for Moffitt Race
  Sat May 12, 11 a.m. Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind 25th Annual Beepball Game
  Sat May 12, 7 p.m. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity's Black and Gold Ball
  Mon May 14, 10 a.m. Metropolitan Ministries Place Groundbreaking Ceremony
  Mon May 14, 5:30 p.m. City of Tampa Black History Committee Scholarship Awards Ceremony
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