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November 25, 2014 - 3:00pm

Lane Closures: East Hillsborough Avenue Between North 36th Street and North 38th Street

TAMPA, FL (November 25, 2014) –Two westbound lanes of East Hillsborough Avenue are closed between North 36th Street and North 38th Street to allow the Water Department to repair a water main leak. One westbound lane will remain open during repair. Barricades and signs are located in the area to assist with traffic flow. Please use caution when traveling in the area. 

 The repair work is expected to be completed by 11:30 p.m. today, November 25. Restoration is expected to be completed with a return to routine traffic patterns by 4 p.m. Monday, December 1, weather conditions permitting.

The staff and crews of the Tampa Water Department appreciate everyone's patience during this time.

November 25, 2014 - 11:45am

Coast Bike Share to Launch with Coast. Park. Play. Event at Water Works Park - Mayor Buckhorn to lead community bike ride to celebrate cycling

Beginning Sunday, December 7, 2014, Coast Bike Share, Tampa’s bike sharing program, daily, monthly, and annual memberships are available for purchase, and to celebrate Tampa’s new bike sharing program, Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Coast Bike Share are hosting a community ride and event, “Coast. Park. Play.” at Water Works Park in historic Tampa Heights.

"Over the last three years, we’ve made it a priority to expand our bike infrastructure and to get our bike share program rolling on the streets. There’s still work to do in transforming Tampa into a more pedestrian and cyclist friendly city, but for now, let’s celebrate how far we’ve come," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “I hope everyone comes out to Water Works Park and joins me for spin around town.”

At approximately 10 a.m., Mayor Buckhorn and Coast Program Director Eric Trull will join Rose from 93.3 FLZ’s The Kane Show, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla pirates as well as Thunderbug and the Tampa Bay Lightning Girls along with other local notables on a community ride to historic Ybor City escorted by Tampa Police. The public is invited to attend, and no registration is required for the community ride. However, those wanting to participate should plan to bring their own bikes or plan to rent a Coast bike at one of the available stations (with the exception of Water Works Park).

Immediately following the ride, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rock the Park presents live entertainment, including Fowlers Bluff and The Tattered Saints. Local food trucks will also be on hand as will a variety of local cycling groups, including City Bike Tampa, Velo Champ, Tampa BayCycle, History Bike Tampa, and Florida Bicycle Association.

“Coast is fundamentally about making it easier to get around our community, tying our neighborhoods closer together with one seamless network. It's events like this, with local leaders, celebrities, and people of all ages riding together that helps to define the future of Tampa,” said Coast Bike Share Program Director Eric Trull. “This marks the beginning for Coast and we look forward to building our system alongside the growth of our great city in the years to come.”

In the last three years, the City of Tampa has more than doubled its bike infrastructure, and now has 44.3 miles of bike lanes. Another 35 miles of bike lanes are currently in the works, along with the City of Tampa’s first buffered, painted bike lanes along Platt and Cleveland Streets in South Tampa. Currently, the Selmon Greenway, which will connect historic Ybor City to downtown Tampa, is under construction, as is the Tampa Riverwalk. The City is currently designing the Cass Street cycle track, which will provide a vital east-west connection from V.M. Ybor west to the Homer Hesterly Armory on Armenia Avenue.

The City of Tampa and Coast Bike Share would like to thank our sponsors, TBT*, 93.3 FLZ, Rock the Park, and Tampa Downtown Partnership.

Background

Coast Bike Share is Tampa’s official bike share program providing 300 bikes located at 30 hubs across downtown, Ybor City, and Hyde Park. The program is managed by Cyclehop, LLC a bike share consulting and operations company with 20 years of experience in the cycling industry. With hundreds of bikes around town, it’s transit at your speed, a healthy, fun and affordable way to breeze around the bay.

To find out more information or to join, please visit CoastBikeShare.com.

For additional information, please contact: 
Ali Glisson, Public Affairs Director 
(813) 274-8262
ali.glisson@tampagov.net

Eric Trull
Program Director, Coast Bike Share
407-569-8993
Eric@CoastBikeShare.com

November 25, 2014 - 7:30am

City of Tampa to Begin Work on Platt, Cleveland Streets Projects provide for Tampa’s first green, protected bike lanes

The City of Tampa is set to begin work on Platt and Cleveland streets in South Tampa. The two projects along major thoroughfares into and out of downtown Tampa will include resurfacing of both roadways and provide for new cycling infrastructure, the City of Tampa’s first green, protected bike lanes.

Crews will formally begin work on Cleveland Street on Monday, December 1, 2014; work will begin along Platt Street on Monday, December 8, 2014.

“There probably isn’t a roadway as in need as Cleveland Street is, but we’re going in to fix the source, the problems you can’t see below. As the City moves forward to repair and improve our existing infrastructure on streets like Platt and Cleveland, it’s important that we make sure they are really serving all its users, including cyclists and pedestrians,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “In this case, we are adding new bike infrastructure, the first of their kind in Tampa, but we’re already planning miles more.”

The Cleveland Street reconstruction project runs from the Hillsborough River west to S. Armenia Avenue. The major scope of the project provides for the repair of existing utilities and drainage system. LED streetlighting and ADA compliant pedestrian ramps will also be installed. A buffered bike lane will be added on the north side of Cleveland Street with strategically marked green paint to alert drivers to watch for cyclists. Additional on street parking will be added along the south side.

The work along Cleveland Street will be done in phases and is scheduled to be completed in April 2015. The project costs $2 million and is being constructed by Ajax Paving.

On Platt Street from Audubon Avenue to Bayshore Boulevard, crews will resurface the roadway and remove one travel lane to accommodate a protected bike lane with strategically placed green paint and provide additional on street parking. Both the parking and bike lane are along the south side.

The work along Platt Street will be done in phases and is scheduled to be completed in February 2015. The project costs $1.4 million and is being constructed by Asphalt Paving Systems Inc.

Both projects will impact traffic. The City of Tampa recommends that motorist consider using alternate routes during this construction period to avoid any potential traffic congestion. However, access to businesses and residents will be maintained throughout the course of construction.

A visual rendering of both projects is available at tampagov.net in the folder marked “Cleveland, Platt Renderings.”

For additional information, please contact: 
Ali Glisson, Public Affairs Director 
(813) 274-8262
ali.glisson@tampagov.net

November 24, 2014 - 7:30am

Tampa Police Join "Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow" Traffic Safety Campaign

The Tampa Police Department is joining a statewide campaign to keep motorists and pedestrians safe.  Starting on November 24, extra officers will patrol Tampa’s roadways to educate drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians about Florida’s traffic laws.  During this 60-day educational phase, officers will issue warnings along with safety tips to violators.  They will start issuing citations when the educational period ends.

The department’s goal is to reduce crashes by increasing awareness of traffic laws with motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

The traffic safety initiative is part of the Florida Department of Transportation’s, “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow” campaign.  FDOT awarded the police department a contract to provide an increased police presence in high traffic areas in an effort to remind all roadway users to pay attention and follow the rules of the road.

Janelle McGregor
TPD PIO

November 20, 2014 - 1:15pm

City of Tampa Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

The City of Tampa offices will be closed Thursday November 27th and Friday November 28th in observance of Thanksgiving

November 20, 2014 - 12:15pm

Tampa’s Outdoor Ice Skating Rink is Now Open

Just in time for the cooler weather, outdoor ice skating has returned to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. The Tampa Bay Lightning has partnered with the Friends of Tampa Recreation, Inc. and the City of Tampa to present Tampa’s Downtown on Ice.

The grand opening was hosted by Mayor Bob Buckhorn on Friday, Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. The rink will be open daily through January 4, 2015.

Rink Hours of operation
Monday –Thursday: 4-9 p.m.
Friday: 4-10 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday: Noon- 9 p.m.

Holiday Hours
Thanksgiving – Closed
Christmas Eve: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Christmas: 4 p.m.-10 .pm.
During Hillsborough County School Fall and Winter breaks, the hours of operation are
10 a.m.-10p.m. Monday-Saturday and Sunday Noon-10p.m.

The 4500 square foot rink is its fourth season and has become a popular holiday tradition in downtown Tampa. Tickets are $10 and includes skate rental. New for this year, ice skating lessons are available on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Classes are $25/30 minutes. The rink is also available for private parties and children’s birthday parties.

For more information on Tampa’s Downtown on Ice, please visit us online at tampasdowntownonice.com.

November 19, 2014 - 1:30pm

Information Security Advisory - Longlining

Longlining,” the latest evolution of phishing attacks, have much higher success rates and can seriously compromise organizational and personal information.  Due to their growing popularity among spies and criminals, we thought it a good time to answer some common questions about these attacks.

Q:  What is longlining?
A:  It’s a very sophisticated form of phishing, which helps explain the moniker: “longlining” is a type of commercial fishing.  Longliners use impressive craft in creating their attacks; each message is customized for its recipient, and the attackers possess detailed knowledge of the organizations, departments, and individuals they go after.

Q:  Is longlining effective?
A:  Very.  Experts commonly see “click-through” rates topping 10%, an unheard-of success rate for phishing.

Q:  What are the bad guys’ goals in a longline campaign?
A:  Typically, longliners seek the same thing other modern-day phishers do: a toehold into an organization’s network.  While they may unlock sensitive personal information about victims, their endgame is more often a “long-tail” espionage campaign in which they electronically eavesdrop on a company, sometimes for years.

Q:  How can I guard against longlining?
A:  At its core, longlining is simply a phishing attack, which in turn is an example of social engineering.  So while the email you receive may be extremely convincing, your defense measures remain the same:

  • Don’t be rushed.  Any email demanding an immediate response is suspect, as this is a classic social-engineering ploy aimed at compelling you to act before you think. 
  • Listen to your gut.  Sure, an email may look exactly like one from your manager; it may even refer to the round of golf you two played last month.  Nevertheless, if that message urges you to violate policy by, for example, replying with your network login and password—that’s a red flag. 
  • Never click on links in emails unless you are absolutely certain of their authenticity.

 

Security FYI

 

Ex-Employees Pose Big Risk to Businesses
There’s been an increase in computer network exploitation and disruption by unhappy or former employees, according to a new warning from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security.  The agencies say that because of authorized access to sensitive information and computer networks, fired and dissatisfied employees are posing a significant cyberthreat to U.S. businesses.  In recent months, the FBI has launched several investigations into cases in which individuals used their access to destroy data, steal proprietary software, obtain customer information, purchase unauthorized goods and services using customer accounts, and gain a competitive edge at a new company.

Hackers Grab 800,000 Banking Logins
Malware-wielding attackers have compromised over 800,000 banking credentials, primarily from the five largest financial-services firms, a new study warns.  The Russian-speaking attackers used malware dubbed “Qbot” to accomplish the thefts, installing that software an astonishing half-million PCs. Authorities say it’s unclear how many of the stolen credentials have already been used to commit fraud, but according to experts, it’s only a matter of time.  About half of the credentials came from computers running Windows XP, which is now unsupported by Microsoft.

FBI Warns of Cyberattacks Linked to China
The FBI has issued a warning to companies of cyberattacks by people linked with the Chinese government.  The advisory contains information those companies can use to help determine whether their systems have been compromised, and provides steps they can take to mitigate any continuing threats. An FBI spokesman said the agency “has recently observed online intrusions that we attribute to Chinese government affiliated actors.  Private-sector security firms have also identified similar intrusions and have released defensive information related to those intrusions.  In the law-enforcement and counterespionage community, it is widely known that China has a massive, longstanding policy of spying on U.S. businesses for commercial and military gains.

November 19, 2014 - 12:45pm

Suspect Arrested on 7 Counts of Child Pornography

WHEN: 11/19/2014, 8 a.m.

WHERE: 862 Warren Road, Lutz

SUSPECT: David Giberson, 09/23/1946, W/M, 862 Warren Road, Lutz

CHARGES: Possession of Child Pornography x7

DETAILS: After a joint investigation with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, detectives from both agencies conducted a search warrant at the suspect’s residence and he was arrested. Hillsborough County School Security contacted the Tampa Police Department after an iPod with questionable images was turned in. At that point, it was unclear who the iPod belonged to. Officers responded and drafted a search warrant for the device. After the search warrant and an FDLE analysis, several hundred images of young boys were discovered on the iPod. Through the investigation, the iPod was tracked back to the suspect’s IP address and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s detectives assisted with the investigation and search warrant of the suspect’s home. The suspect admitted the iPod belonged to him and he was arrested without incident. The joint investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.

November 19, 2014 - 9:30am

Thanksgiving Holiday Solid Waste Collection Schedule

The collection schedule for City of Tampa customers with regularly scheduled collection days on Thursday, November 27, 2014 and Friday, November 28, 2014 will be affected by the Thanksgiving Holiday. The modified holiday collection schedule is as follows:

  • Residential: There will be no garbage, yard-waste recycling, or blue-box/green cart recycling collection on Thursday, November 27. A make-up collection for residential customers with service normally scheduled for Thursday will take place on Friday, November 28. Collection for residential customers with service normally scheduled for Friday, November 28 will take place on Saturday, November 29. Normal service schedules for residential customers will resume on Monday, December 1, 2014.
  • Commercial: Commercial accounts scheduled for service on Thursday, November 27 will be serviced on Friday, November 28. Collection will run one day behind for the remainder of the week. Normal collection schedules will resume Monday, December 1, 2014.
  • McKay Bay Transfer Station and Scale House will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, and the normal schedule will resume on Friday, November 28, 2014.

For questions or concerns, please contact the City of Tampa Utilities Consolidated Call Center at (813) 274-8811, or visit the website at tampagov.net/solidwaste.

NOTE: New Tampa residents are encouraged to contact Hillsborough County Solid Waste Management at (813) 272-5680 for their holiday collection schedule.

November 18, 2014 - 11:45am

FDOT Partners with Tampa to Expand Opportunity Corridors Efforts

The Florida Department of  Transportation will partner with the City of Tampa and provide over $1 million in beautification efforts as part of the ongoing Opportunity Corridors effort.

The funding, which comes from Landscape on State Roadways grant program,  will be used to improve the aesthetics along Hillsborough Avenue from the Hillsborough River to I-275 as well as along Dale Mabry Highway from Gandy Boulevard to MacDill AFB. 

“Just as we did throughout the urban core, we’re expanding our beautification efforts and working to transform our arterial roads to become the welcome signs they should be.  A community feels about itself the way it looks,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “These roads are true gateways throughout our community.” 

By improving the aesthetics along main transportation arteries, such as Dale Mabry Highway and Hillsborough Avenue, the city believes it can stimulate greater economic opportunity. 

In 2012, the City of Tampa announced the Opportunity Corridors effort and improved the aesthetics along Bayshore Boulevard, Ashley Drive, Franklin St., Doyle Carlton Drive, Union Station, the Trolley Line from Downtown to Adamo Drive, Laurel Street, Orange avenue from Scott to Cass, as well as the on and off ramps to 275 off at Orange and Jefferson. As part of that project, more than 700 trees were planted in the urban core along with lighting and irrigation.