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|September 18, 2014 - 11:00am||
TAMPA, FL (September 18, 2014) – For the fifth consecutive year, the City of Tampa Water Department is making $5,000 available to Hillsborough County teachers who want to feature classroom project lessons that include water conservation and awareness.
“Our children have a critical role in environmental stewardship”, said Brad Baird, Tampa Water Department Director. “We have a responsibility to prepare our children for the time when they will be managing our water resources to the benefit of our communities, our natural environment, and future generations.”
The Classroom Grants funded by the Water Department range from $250 to $1,000 per project. The Hillsborough Education Foundation administers the funds, which are available to teachers in grades K-12 whose schools are served by both the Tampa Water Department and the Hillsborough Education Foundation.
The online grant application period runs through October 17, 2014. Applications, eligible schools, and project criteria can be found on the Hillsborough Education website at Apply for a Classroom Grant | Hillsborough Education Foundation. Classroom grant information as well as other environmental education resources can be found on TampaGov.net at Conservation For Educators | City of Tampa.
For more information, contact the Hillsborough Education Foundation at (813) 574-0273, or the Tampa Water Department at (813) 274-8121 option #5.
|September 18, 2014 - 10:30am||
WHEN: 9/17/2014, 11:30 p.m.
WHERE: Falkenburg Road Jail
SUSPECT: Johnny Robert Williams, 7/8/1984, B/M, 2926 North Tampa Street
CHARGES: Sexual Battery, Robbery and Dealing in Stolen Property
DETAILS: A citizen notified police when she found a wallet in her yard. The wallet belonged to Johnny Williams. A Tampa Police civilian Community Service Officer (CSO) was reviewing found property reports and discovered the report with Johnny Williams’ found wallet. Acting on a hunch, the CSO forwarded the information on the found wallet to detectives investigating the sexual battery and home invasion. Williams had warrants for his arrest on unrelated drug charges. Detectives located him and arrested him for those outstanding warrants while they continued their investigation into the sexual battery and home invasion. Last night, the suspect admitted to the sexual battery. The investigation into the other robbery continues.
LOCATION: Area of I275 and Columbus Drive
WHERE: 2707 13th Street North, Apartment A, Tampa
DETAILS: The suspect entered the residence through the unlocked front door with two of the victims inside. He pointed a gun and demanded money. Two additional victims entered the home and the suspect turned and pointed the gun to them. He took money and fled.
|September 12, 2014 - 3:00pm||
SUSPECT: Ruby Lee Brown, 11/9/1947, B/F, 2310 East 11th Street, Tampa
CHARGES: Child neglect VICTIM: 7-year-old, B/M
DETAILS: Yesterday afternoon (9/11/14) Crime Stoppers received an anonymous tip with information about a child with burns at Tampa General Hospital. The caller indicated a crime had occurred. An officer was dispatched to the hospital and learned that on 9/6/14 the victim suffered serious burns after another child lit him on fire. The suspect, who was responsible for his care, did not take the child to the hospital. Five days after the burn, the child's school called to see why he had missed so many days. School employees responded to the residence and the child was taken to a hospital. DCF responded to the hospital and took custody of the victim, who will be hospitalized for an undetermined amount of time. The child has serious burns on his torso. The child was initially taken to another hospital yesterday and he was transferred to Tampa General in the afternoon.
|September 12, 2014 - 1:15pm||
The City of Tampa Parks & Recreation and Friends of Tampa Recreation, Inc. (FOTR) have teamed together and are pleased to announce a series of free, family-fun films at Water Works Park this fall.
What: Screen on the Green presented by Grow Financial Federal Credit Union
October 4: "Muppets Most Wanted", PG
Come on out and join us in watching some good family entertainment on these cool fall nights in an open-air environment, overlooking the Hillsborough River. Cool down, cozy-up and sink in. Admission is free! The City of Tampa’s Teens Leading Change (TLC) will be selling popcorn, candy and drinks to raise funds for scholarships. Just Desserts Ice Cream truck and a food truck will also be on site each.
Screen on the Green is a community event produced by the City of Tampa Parks & Recreation Department and the Friends of Tampa Recreation, Inc., presented Grow Financial Credit Union, and sponsored by The Tampa Tribune, Magic 94.9 FM, and News Channel 8.
|September 9, 2014 - 10:15am||
Master Concept Plan for Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park Unveiled - A public park where the community can come together
Today, Mayor Bob Buckhorn and members of the design team, led by Denver-based Civitas, Inc., presented the master concept plan Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in the West River area.
The new park design is a product of community planning sessions and conversations with more than 350 residents and area stakeholders interested in the park’s future. Together with the design team, the conceptual master plan represents their collective vision for the nearly-25 acre park.
“Riverfront Park is underutilized and undervalued given its size and potential in the heart of our urban core. We’re going to change that, and by building community and investing in this park, together, we are building new opportunities in West River area,” said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “Since May, we’ve worked with the surrounding community and key stakeholders to engage, listen, and create a collaborative vision that will transform this park.”
In a series of public meetings and briefings, residents shared their desires and needs for greater safety and accessibility, public access to the Hillsborough River, fitness trails, picnic site, great lawn for activities and references to community history.
Based on that feedback, the new design creates a public space where the community can come together, that is welcome and accessible to everyone day or night, where history is celebrated, as well as a place for families to relax and have fun.
The new design features the following amenities:
Civitas will move forward on the project, creating detailed design and engineering schematics. An exact cost estimate will not be determined until the schematics are complete.
Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park was identified in the InVision Tampa Center City Plan as well as the subsequent West River Master Plan as a public space with untapped potential.
To download renderings of the park design, please visit use this dropbox link.
|September 8, 2014 - 2:30pm||
Are there more Internet bad guys out there these days? Sure, but experts say that unwise user practices pose a bigger risk to data security.
The reason, according to security analysts, is a massive gap between the way consumers and employees perceive the Internet, and its actual use in today’s world. Most of us view the web as a useful communications medium, similar to the TV airwaves.
But if you talk to law-enforcement pros, you’ll get a darker take: They see the Internet as a
As evidence, consider this: Prosecution rates for the FBI in cyberspace are less
Worst Breach Ever: 1.2 Billion Credentials Hacked
51% of Consumers Share Passwords
One Email from an ID Thief Wipes $300M from a Company’s Value
|September 5, 2014 - 2:15pm||
Video surveillance footage of the suspect during the robbery is available on YouTube:
DATE/TIME: September 4, 2014 at 2:32 p.m.
LOCATION: Florida Capital Bank, 4404 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
SUSPECT DESCRIPTION: Black male, between 5’8”-5’10”, last seen wearing: a red Jordan Bulls jacket, black hat, black bandana, purple/black shorts and armed with a handgun.
Tampa Police detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying an armed suspect who robbed a Florida Capital Bank on September 4, 2014. Shortly after 2:30 p.m., the suspect walked into the bank with a gun. While demanding money, he fired the gun into the ceiling and ordered the employees on the ground. He approached a teller and yelled at the employee to give him money from the cash drawer. The teller was unable to open the drawer, forcing the suspect to leave the business without any money. The suspect fled the area undetected and detectives are still working to identify and locate him at this time.
No one was injured during the robbery.
Anyone with information about this armed robbery is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS(8477) or text "CSTB plus your tip" to 274637 (CRIMES). Anonymous tips leading to an arrest may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash.
|September 4, 2014 - 11:15am||
ARREST DATE/TIME: September 4, 2014 at 7:34 a.m.
ARREST LOCATION: 3730 Mistwood Drive, Tampa
SUSPECT: Calvin Lewis, DOB: 2/2/1964, B/M, 3730 Mistwood Drive, Tampa
VICTIM: Rodrick Randale Alexander, 10/14/1981, B/M, Tampa
Members of the Tampa Police Department's Fugitive Apprehension Unit coordinated with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force to arrest Calvin Lewis on a warrant for first-degree murder. Police officers responded to the Sugar Shack, located at 5110 North 40th Street, at 1:38 a.m. on July 14 to investigate a shots fired' call outside of the club. When officers arrived on scene they were notified that Rodrick Alexander was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he later died as a result of a gunshot wound.
During the investigation, TPD homicide detectives determined that the shooting was related to a prior incident that occurred inside the club. Detectives identified Lewis as a suspect in the Alexander's death and they obtained a warrant for his arrest on September 3rd. The task force started conducting surveillance on Lewis' residence at 3730 Mistwood Drive immediately after the warrant was issued. Lewis was located and taken into custody outside of the home. He was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail for first-degree murder.
|September 3, 2014 - 11:15am||
This month on Spotlight Tampa, kids are flocking to a cool new location along the Tampa Riverwalk – Waterworks Park. The new design for the renovation of Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park is getting rave reviews. We learn about the Tampa Mayor's Alliance Awards Luncheon and one Tampa hero who has fought to overcome his own physical challenges while standing up for his fellow man. We learn the five things you need to know about the new Epicurean Hotel. Busch Gardens visitors are taking the big plunge, dropping 365 feet at 60 miles per hour, on Falcon’s Fury. The TECO Line Streetcar System and the Gasparilla Music Festival have partnered to launch Streetcar Live. The Hillsborough County Extension office has the inside scoop on what fertilizers are good for your lawn and won’t lead to harmful chemicals ending up in our waterways. Brownfield Redevelopment Programs are transforming communities all around the country, including our own. IKEA has created 500 construction jobs and 400 new in-store jobs. The Tampa Museum of Art is currently showing two exciting exhibits: “Poseidon and the Sea: Myth, Cult and Daily Life” and “My Generation: Young Chinese Artists.” Thanks to dedicated staff and volunteers at Tampa Bay Watch, vital sea grasses are moving to a new home to help keep the Bay healthy. The Tampa Water Department is engaged in an ambitious downtown pipeline project. And Tampa’s historic Roy Jenkins Pool has been repaired and is once again a prime destination for our community.
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|September 2, 2014 - 8:30am||
The Internal Audit Department released their audit report of the Consultants's Competitive Negotiation Act and Capital Construction
The Florida Legislature passed the Consultants’ Competitive Negotiation Act (CCNA) as a qualifications-based public procurement method for acquisition of professional architectural, engineering, landscape architectural, surveying, and mapping services. Professional services procured by the City of Tampa, under the CCNA, are the responsibility of the Contract Administration Department.
CAD is made up of three divisions: Planning & Design, Contracts Management, and Construction Management. Planning and Design is responsible for the administration of design and technical contracts and provides architectural design and drafting for capital building improvement projects. Contracts Management is responsible for the bid and award of design, technical, and construction projects. Construction Management provides for the management and inspection of construction contracts and ensures contract terms are met.