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October 8, 2015 - 4:15pm

Tampa Bay Senior Games

The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting the shuffleboard competition for the 2015 Tampa Bay Senior Games on Friday October 9, 2015 at the Barksdale Center in MacFarlane Park, 1801 N Lincoln Ave, Tampa, FL 33607. The event begins at 9:00 a.m. at the shuffleboard courts adjacent to the center.

The 2015 Tampa Bay Senior Games are held from September 27 through October 16. The Tampa Bay Senior Games are hosted by the Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Department, Hillsborough County Aging Services, City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department, and City of Temple Terrace Leisure Services. The Tampa Bay Senior Games feature a variety of events and athletic competitions broken into age groups for those ages 50 and above.

A full schedule of events can be found at For more information, please contact Debbie Robinson at 813-744-5595 ext. 206.

October 8, 2015 - 12:00pm

“Stay Curious” at Poe Parking Garage New murals encourage guests of all ages to keep learning, experiencing arts

Local muralists Tes One and Bask have begun transforming the William F. Poe Parking Garage in downtown Tampa. The design is a nod to the cultural assets immediately adjacent to the garage including, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa Riverwalk, John F. Germany Library, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Florida Museum for Photographic Arts, Glazer Children’s Museum, and Tampa Museum of Art.

“When we talk about creating a quality of life in Tampa, we simultaneously focus on creating quality public spaces that will attract activity and reflect the city around them. This mural will transform the Poe Parking Garage into a true work of art,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “It becomes an iconic welcome sign for the variety of amenities that intersect in one place – from Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and the Riverwalk to cultural institutions like the Tampa Museum of Art. We look forward to seeing the completed project and it boosting the aesthetic in downtown Tampa for years to come.”

Poe Parking Garage is immediately surrounded by several of Tampa’s cultural assets, and the vibrant design of the murals will interpret the call to “Stay Curious”, prominently painted under Gasparilla Plaza as well as in other areas of the garage, reminding guests of all ages to continuing learning and experiencing the arts. The large scale murals will be visible and will welcome visitors into downtown Tampa on approaches from I-275 and for those coming from the West Tampa area via Cass Street.

Total cost for the murals is $100,000, and will be paid for with City of Tampa Public Art funds. Onsite painting began at the beginning of October, and should take approximately 8 weeks to complete.

About the artists

From Crayons to Krylon, Leon "Tes One" Bedore has been creating art on walls for the majority of his life. Tes began as a street artist in 1992, then later explored a passion for graphic design. The blending of these disciplines has evolved into a signature style for the artist - showcasing his work in galleries local and abroad, while also working with some of the largest brands in the world, including Nike, L’Oreal, Absolut Vodka and Architectural Digest. Find out more about Tes One at

Bask, the moniker of Ales "Bask" Hostomsky, and his richly textural works have been featured the world over. His installations, murals and exhibitions stretch from Paris to San Francisco; from Hawaii at POW! WOW! to the big screen in Hollywood's billion-dollar blockbuster, Iron Man 3. He expresses his “anti-iconic,” sometimes satirical worldview, through unrivaled graphic skill in trademark multi-layered thought-provoking application. Influenced by pop culture and the experience of oppression in his native Czech Republic, Bask now calls Saint Petersburg, home.

For additional information, please contact: 
Ashley Bauman, Public Affairs Director 
(813) 274-8262

October 8, 2015 - 11:45am

Mayor Buckhorn to Present Awards at 27th Alliance Luncheon

Tampa, Fla. (October 8, 2015) – Mayor Bob Buckhorn will present four awards during the 27th Mayor’s Alliance for Persons with Disabilities Awards Luncheon on Friday, October 16, 2015, to be held at the DoubleTree Hotel Westshore, located at 4500 W. Cypress Street, in Tampa. The event begins at 10:45 a.m. with an art showcase and an array of exhibitors, and the awards luncheon will follow at noon.

This year’s Emcee is local celebrity Jack Harris, and the keynote speaker is Dr. Elizabeth Perkins, Associate Director and Research Assistant Professor of the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC), at the University of South Florida. Dr. Perkins has a PhD in Aging Studies, and is the co-author of a popular textbook: Physical Change and Aging: A Guide for the Helping Professions. She has also published numerous articles and book chapters in prestigious journals in the medical and disability fields. Mayor Buckhorn will recognize excellence in service to persons with disabilities by presenting awards in the following categories: Joe Sanchez, Jr. Leadership; Employer of the Year; Excellence in Media; and Outstanding Community Service/Volunteer of the Year Awards.

Luncheon tickets are $35 per person, or $350 per reserved tables of ten. You may purchase tickets by calling Karen Sinnreich at 307-5595, or online at

The mission of the Tampa Mayor’s Alliance for Persons with Disabilities, under the auspice of the City of Tampa Mayor’s Office, is an effective advocacy organization whose goals are to increase opportunities and the quality of life for persons in Tampa who are disabled.

For additional information, please contact:
Ashley Bauman, Public Affairs Director
(813) 274-8262

October 8, 2015 - 9:45am

FY 2014 Report Highlights Success of Equal Business Opportunity Initiatives

The Minority Business Development Office’s FY 2014 Progress Report showcases that of the approximately $77 million in competitive contracts the City awarded, nearly one-half, or over $35 million, went to Women and Minority or Small Local Businesses.

The Progress Report measures all contracts from October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014.

“This year, we set a steep goal for our staff to increase new equal business opportunities from previous years and I could not be more thrilled to announce that our team has met and exceeded that goal,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

“What this city has accomplished is remarkable, both in 2014 and since we redirected our focus to more inclusive procurement of contracts. The participation throughout the Tampa Bay region, by our women- and minority-owned businesses as well as our small local businesses, has increased dramatically and we, as a city, are better and stronger because of it.

We look forward to many more years of uplifting women- and minority-owned as well as small local businesses in our community.”

Key indicators of Minority and Small Business inclusion were:
Women and Minority Businesses (WMBE)
Prime Contracts awarded $7.9 million
Subcontracts awarded $5.0 million
Sheltered Market (Dual Certified) $1.6 million
TOTAL $14.5 million

Small Local Businesses (SLBE)
Prime Contracts awarded $15.6 million
Subcontracts awarded $4.0 million
Sheltered Market $1.2 million
TOTAL $20.8 million

Subcontract Goal Participation

Women and Minority Businesses (WMBE) and Small Local Businesses (SLBE)

Goal attainment was 107% of the contract goals set on City projects, compared to

  • 93% goal attainment in FY2013
  • 66% goal attainment in FY2012
  • 67% of goal attainment in FY2011

The City awarded over $5.9 million in subcontracts to Women and Minority Businesses and Small Local Businesses, 11.5% of ALL City competitively-solicited subcontracts.

Note: WMBE/SLBE vendor participation depends on the type of goods or services the City purchases and the certified firms that have the capacity to provide the goods or services (i.e. not all businesses can perform all goods/services).

Chart showing WMBE/SLBE Subcontract Goal Attainment: 107% in FY 2014, 93% in FY 2013, 66% in FY 2012 and 67% in FY 2011

Prime Contract Participation

Women and Minority Businesses (WMBE)

The City awarded over $7.9 million in prime contracts to Women and Minority Businesses, a 6.1% increase compared to FY 2013. A 4-year history of WMBE awards and TOTAL City awards follows:

 FY 2011FY 2012FY 2013FY 2014
WMBE Amount$9.0 million$10.0 million$7.4 million$7.9 million
Total Amount$111.0 million$129.4 million$70.6 million$76.8 million

  • 10.29% of ALL City competitively-bid prime contracts

Sheltered Market Contract Participation

Women and Minority Businesses (WMBE) (Dual Certified) and Small Local Businesses (SLBE)

The City reserved over $2.8 million in contracts for competitive bidding to WMBE (Dual Certified)/SLBE companies, over a 17% increase compared to FY 2013.

Chart showing Sheltered Market Contract Dollars : $2.9 million in FY 2014, $2.4 million in FY 2013, $1.1 million in FY 2012 and .5 million in FY 2011


In March 2012, Mayor Buckhorn introduced several new, major equal business opportunity initiatives tailored to increase access and economic opportunity for WMBEs and SLBEs. Three results-oriented objectives were instituted to ensure that WMBEs and SLBEs remain viable and successful through equal access and opportunity to do business with the City.

  • Increase Sheltered Market Threshold to $300,000* and expand the field of eligible companies to include underutilized WMBEs (Dual Certified) and SLBEs. 
  • Set goals for underutilized WMBEs and SLBEs bidding for pre-determined subcontracting opportunities. By determining if the selected task or trade can be performed by either a WMBE or a SLBE, the City can set a goal of inclusion, and require good faith effort compliance to achieve participation.
  • Increase the Rating Points for evaluating formal Request-For-Proposals (RFPs) that include “meaningful” WMBE (Dual Certified) and SLBE participation in performing core services. This will allow the evaluation of proposals to place additional weighted value… up to 10 points on a scale of 100 in selection of the vendor.

*The thresholds for goods and non-construction related professional services are capped at $200,000.

For additional information, please contact: 
Ashley Bauman, Public Affairs Director 
(813) 274-8262

October 7, 2015 - 2:45pm

A Look at What's Happening in Tampa on CTTV's "Spotlight Tampa"

This month on Spotlight Tampa, we visit the newest addition to the Tampa Riverwalk. We learn how Conga Caliente brings together people from diverse backgrounds to celebrate a rich blend of cultures.  The Florida Aquarium tells us about some of the exciting work taking place at one of the coral greenhouses at the Center for Conservation.  Tampa Fire Rescue participates in Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting training at Tampa International Airport. Automated garbage and recycling collection has improved trash removal in the City of Tampa, and residents can help by keeping their carts in tip-top shape. Some employers are starting to make riding to work easy, safe, and fun for their employees.  USF’s College of Public Health researchers were recently awarded a National Institutes of Health grant to identify optimal drug candidates that could lead to a fast-acting treatment for rare, but deadly, infections caused by microscopic, free-living amoeba found in warm freshwater lakes and rivers and in soil.  And ZooBoo KIDS is all-new for kids ages 11 & under at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. 

Replays on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7am, Sundays at 4:30 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4pm, Saturdays at 8pm, and Monday through Friday at 10pm. 

CTTV is Verizon FiOS Channel 15 and Bright House Networks Channel 640

October 7, 2015 - 12:00pm

City of Tampa to Send 5,000 Bottles of Water to Columbia, South Carolina

This week, Mayor Bob Buckhorn organized 5,000 bottles of water to be sent to Columbia, South Carolina on behalf of City of Tampa to help hydrate citizens and first responders affected by the terrible flooding as a result of Hurricane Joaquin.

"Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin is my friend but more importantly, the residents of Columbia, South Carolina are our fellow Americans,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “They need us in their time of need and we are happy to step up and do what we can to help. "

The water will arrive to Columbia, South Carolina on Friday afternoon.

For additional information, please contact:
Ashley Bauman, Public Affairs Director
(813) 274-8262

October 6, 2015 - 9:15pm

Vehicle vs. Bicycle


All lanes of Busch Blvd. have re-opened at this time.


A correction to the earlier traffic collision at Nebraska Avenue and Busch Boulevard. The subject struck by vehicle was a pedestrian not a bicyclist.


Tampa Police officers are on scene of a bicycle vs. vehicle collision at Nebraska Avenue and Busch Boulevard. At this time one west bound lane of Busch Boulevard is open and East Bound Traffic is flowing normally. The bicyclist was taken from the scene in critical condition. Detectives and traffic reconstructionists have been called to the scene.

October 6, 2015 - 1:15pm

Police Release Photos of ‘Person of Interest’ in Gentlemen’s Club Murder Case

INCIDENT DATE/TIME:     Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 5:16 a.m.

LOCATION:                         Playpen Gentlemen’s Club, 1715 North 50th Street  

VICTIM:                              Jermaine Faison, DOB: 8/21/1983, 2805 Yukon Street (last known address)          


Tampa Police detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a “person of interest” who is wanted for questioning in connection to a fatal shooting that took place early Sunday morning on October 4th.   

The victim, Jermaine Faison, was shot while sitting in his 2009 blue Maserati.  He was parked in the rear parking lot at the Playpen Gentlemen’s Club on North 50th Street when he was fatally wounded by unidentified suspect(s).

During the investigation, homicide detectives recovered images of the unidentified “person of interest” entering the adult establishment prior to the fatal incident.  The “person of interest” was inside the victim’s vehicle with him at the time of the shooting. 

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the suspect in this case.  Anyone with any information regarding this case and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at or send a mobile tip using our P3 Tips mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids.


Janelle McGregor


October 6, 2015 - 11:15am

Detectives Investigating Traffic Fatality on Busch Boulevard


WHEN: 10/6/15, 7 a.m.


WHERE: Busch Boulevard, approx. two blocks west of North Boulevard


PEDESTRIAN: Alexis Miranda, 17 years old


DRIVER: Belovedofgod Chiza Ndegwa


The pedestrian was crossing Busch Boulevard on her way to Chamberlain High School when the driver who was traveling west on Busch Boulevard hit her. She was in the center double turn lane. The driver was traveling in the center double turn lane. The pedestrian died at the scene. The driver is on scene and cooperating with detectives. The driver has not been charged at this time, but detectives have not ruled out criminal involvement.

Andrea Davis 


October 5, 2015 - 2:00pm

Discovering Tampa’s Downtown Waterfront – The Tampa Riverwalk

Follow show host, Abbye Feeley, on a tour of the City of Tampa’s coolest destination - the Tampa Riverwalk.  From the South Plaza to Waterworks Park, Abbye introduces you to the food, activity, sites and sounds along this amazing, waterfront walkway.  Replays Sundays at 6pm, Mondays at 1pm, Fridays at 8pm and Saturday Saturdays at 8am. CTTV is Verizon FiOS Channel 15 and Bright House Networks Channel 640.