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August 28, 2015 - 8:00pm

New Street Flooding Map

A new Street Flooding Map is now available at  The new map shows those locations where street flooding has been reported and they are still flooded.

View the map...

Link to currently Flooded Streets Map

August 28, 2015 - 4:00pm

Wastewater Force Main Break at 920 East 131st Avenue

For additional information, please contact:
Christina Barker, Special Assistant to the Mayor
(813) 274-8497

A wastewater force main has ruptured at 920 East 131st Avenue. 

Currently 131st Avenue between Nebraska Avenue and 15th Street is closed.  Please take caution while traveling in the affected area.

The City of Tampa Wastewater Department will work around the clock to contain the flow and install a bypass system. 


August 28, 2015 - 3:30pm

Lane closure on East 131st Avenue

Tampa, FL (August 28, 2015) – Effectively immediately, the westbound lane of East 131st Avenue between North Nebraska Avenue and North 15th Street is closed while department crews investigate a cave-in. Detours have been set-up to direct traffic around the closed lane and work area. An update will be provided when additional information is available. Repairs and restoration are contingent upon weather conditions. For additional information, please contact Charlie Lynch, P.E. and Chief Engineer at (813) 274-8916 or via email at

August 28, 2015 - 2:45pm

Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Chief Eric Ward announce new Citizens Review Board

Today Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced the creation of an independent panel of citizens to review cases and issues related to the Tampa Police Department (TPD) and to provide feedback and recommendations to the Chief of Police.

The 11-member Citizens Review Board, including nine voting members and two alternates, will review cases involving use of force and other cases that resulted in internal investigations, as well as issues of importance to the community and TPD.

“We have always welcomed citizen input and value transparency as a core value of city government,’’ said Mayor Buckhorn. “This Citizen Review Board is a Tampa solution that addresses the concerns of our community while balancing the desire of our neighborhoods for a safe city. The Tampa Police Department has reduced crime 60 percent over the last ten years. We welcome the community’s input to make a great department even better.”

The Board members will be volunteers who must be city residents or own a business in the city and will serve 4-year terms. Two of the voting members will be appointed by City Council, and the remaining members will be appointed by the Mayor, with the goal of creating a diverse panel of unbiased citizens to represent the City.

Mayor Buckhorn and Police Chief Eric Ward have spent time researching independent review boards, which have been implemented by numerous law enforcement agencies around the nation and are one of the recommendations of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

In a meeting of the Tampa City Council earlier this month, Chief Ward expressed that he had reached out to several of his colleagues on the subject, and had meetings and conversations with community members who felt such a board could be an asset to TPD.

“This is an exciting step forward for our Department, in terms of openness and transparency,’’ said Chief Ward. “I often say that we work in partnership with the community to keep our city safe. This is taking that partnership to a new level, and we welcome the feedback.”

Chief Ward is developing an application process for citizens who wish to apply to be a member of the Board. Applicants will be subject to a background check, and must successfully complete the Tampa Police Citizens Academy, which involves a broad spectrum of training in law enforcement procedures as well as “ride alongs” with officers on patrol. Board members may not be a current elected official, a member of any law enforcement agency, or a city employee.

The Review Board’s monthly meetings will be televised and open to the public. Mayor Buckhorn hopes to have the Board in place by December.

For more details on the Citizens Review Board visit

For additional information, please contact:

Christina Barker, Special Assistant to the Mayor

(813) 274-8497


August 28, 2015 - 12:15pm

City of Tampa Makes Sandbags Available to Residents in Preparation for Tropical Storm Erika - Starting Friday and throughout the weekend

The City of Tampa will make sandbags available to city residents at three locations today starting at 1 p.m., August 28, 2015 until 8 p.m. Sandbags will also be available this weekend on Saturday, August 29, 2015 and Sunday, August 30, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Residents may pick-up sandbags at the following locations:

  • Bobby Hicks Pool- 4201 W. Mango Avenue
  • Jackson Heights Playground -3310 E. Lake Avenue
  • City of Tampa Solid Waste 4010 W. Spruce Street

Tampa residents interested in receiving sandbags must show identification verifying residence within the city limits. A valid driver's license, utility bill, or electric bill will serve as appropriate identification. There is a ten bag limit.

In addition, the City of Tampa requests that residents with a storm drain on their property check to ensure that the drain is clear of all debris including leaves and trash.

Residents should report flooding issues by calling (813) 274-3101.

Safety Precautions

During any heavy rainfall or severe weather event, the City of Tampa encourages the motoring public to heed traffic advisories, obey traffic signs/detours, and to exercise caution when driving in and around standing water.

  • Do not drive through water – it is difficult to determine how deep the water is.
  • It is best to avoid driving unless necessary.
  • Treat non-functioning traffic signals as a 4-way stop.
  • If you see a road closed, please follow the detour signs.
  • Avoid any downed or hanging power lines - they may be live.

Stay up-to-date

Sign up for Alert Tampa, the city’s official emergency alert system, to receive time sensitive notifications which will be sent directly to your email, cell phone, and in some cases, home phone. Alert Tampa will provide you the official information you can use to keep your business, your home, and your family safe. To sign up today, visit our website at or call (813) 231-6184.

Residents should also stay tuned to local television and radio stations for more information as Tropical Storm Erika coverage continues.

For additional information, please contact: 
Christina Barker, Special Assistant to the Mayor
(813) 274-8497

August 28, 2015 - 12:00pm

Update to lane closure on North Armenia Avenue

Tampa, FL (August 27, 2015) - The two (2) easternmost southbound lanes on North Armenia Avenue between Kennedy Boulevard and North A Street remain closed while department contractors continue repairs to a broken gravity sewer. The scheduled completion date for this repair is close of business on Friday, September 4th.  Repair and restoration schedules are contingent upon weather conditions. For additional information, please contact Eric Weiss, P.E. and Director of the department at  (813) 274-8039 or via email at

August 28, 2015 - 11:30am

Tampa Bay Boulevard Closure

Tampa, FL (August 27, 2015) - Beginning Tuesday, September 1st, Tampa Bay Boulevard and Glen Avenue will be closed while department crews restore the roadway after repairing a sewer pipe break. All eastbound and westbound traffic on Tampa Bay Boulevard and northbound traffic on Glen Avenue will be detoured around the closed roadways. This repair is scheduled to be completed by the close of business on Friday, September 4th. This restoration schedule is contingent upon weather conditions. For additional information, please contact Eric Weiss, P.E. and Director of the department at (813) 274-8039 or via email at

August 27, 2015 - 12:30pm

Labor Day Solid Waste Collection Schedule

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

Tampa, Fla. (August 27, 2015) – The collection schedule for City of Tampa customers with regularly scheduled collection day on Monday, September 7, 2015 will be affected by the Labor Day Holiday. The modified holiday collection schedule is as follows:

  • Residential: There will be no garbage, yard-waste, or recycling collection on Monday, September 7, 2015. Garbage collection will resume on the next scheduled service day, Thursday, September 10, 2015, and yard-waste and recycling collection will resume on Monday, September 14, 2015.
  • Commercial: Commercial dumpster and roll-off accounts scheduled for service on Monday, September 7, 2015 will be serviced on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. Commercial dumpster and roll-off collection services will run one day late, for the remainder of the week, through Saturday, September 12, 2015.

Commercial customers with 95/65 gallon cart service on Monday, September 7, 2015 will receive service on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. Commercial customers with 95/65 gallon cart service on Tuesday-Friday will receive normal service on their scheduled collection day.

  • McKay Bay Transfer Station and Scale House will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2015, and the normal schedule will resume on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

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

Please be reminded that make-up collection service also occurs after the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays.

For additional information, please contact: 

Christina Barker

(813) 274-8497

August 27, 2015 - 11:45am

UPDATE: Lane Closures on South Himes Avenue and West El Prado Boulevard

TAMPA, FL (August 27, 2015) Northbound and southbound lanes of South Himes Avenue remain closed between West Vasconia and West El Prado Boulevard. Additionally, eastbound and westbound lanes of El Prado Boulevard are closed between South Malijo Avenue and South Sterling Avenue. Barricades and signs will be located in the area to assist with traffic flow. Please use alternative routes when traveling in the area.
Repair is expected to be completed by 5 p.m. Friday, August 28. Road restoration is expected to be completed by 5 p.m. Monday, August 31. Repair and restoration schedules are contingent upon weather conditions. 

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

August 27, 2015 - 10:15am

Detectives Arrest Sexual Battery Suspect

Potentially Additional Victims

WHEN: 08/26/2015, 8 p.m.
WHERE: 1518 3rd Avenue East, Tampa
SUSPECT: John Christopher Knight, 04/07/1975, W/M, 1518 3rd Avenue East, Tampa CHARGES: Sexual Battery x2, additional charges pending
VICTIM 1: 16 year old, W/F

DETAILS: Three teenage victims traveled to Tampa from Lee County for an event on August 15th. The suspect approached the victims, befriended the girls and invited them back to his home. While at his home, the suspect provided the victims drinks and the victims could not remember what happened after consuming the drinks. One of the victims woke up and she was not clothed. Another victim vaguely remembered the suspect trying to remove her pants. They feared they had been abused. They traveled back to Lee County where one of the victims told her mother what happened. She was taken to the hospital where a sexual battery kit was completed. The blood test came back from the victim with benzodiazepine (date rape drug) in her system. The suspect was arrested at his home without incident and was charged with one count of sexual battery related to the August 15th crime. He was charged with an additional count of sexual battery for an incident that took place on July 26th of a 24 year old female who also has the drug in her system. Detectives are awaiting results from the other two teenage victims.

This suspect is a sexual offender who was released from prison in April. Detectives have reason to believe there may be additional victims. Anyone who has had contact with this suspect and believes they may be a victim is asked to call the Tampa Police Department.