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July 27, 2015 - 4:00pm

Detectives Searching for Robbery Suspect

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In each of the three cases, the suspect strikes up a friendly conversation with the victims and suddenly becomes violent and robs the victims. In one case, the suspect pistol whipped the victim and he may have tried to shoot the victim, but the gun failed to fire. The suspect is getting more violent with each robbery. In all three robberies, the suspect’s description is similar.
In addition to the suspect in the video and pictures, detectives are trying to identify four females. Two were believed to be with the suspect at the time of the robbery in New Tampa and the other two were with the suspect when he tried to pawn some of the stolen items.

7/20/15, 3:30 a.m.
2901 East Busch Boulevard, Tampa (Travel Lodge)
The suspect struck up a conversation with the victims at the pool and when he went back to their hotel room, the suspect demanded money at gunpoint. He took the victim’s wallet.

7/22/15 12:30 a.m.
2901 East Busch Boulevard, Tampa (Travel Lodge)
The suspect followed the victims into their room and robbed the victims at gunpoint. The suspect took a watch, iPhone and keys to a rental car. The victims were visiting from Italy.

7/26/2015, 8 p.m.
17621 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard Tampa (7-11)
The suspect engaged the victim in a conversation while the victim was pumping gas. When the victim tried to end the conversation and got in his car, the suspect jumped in the passenger seat of the car and pointed a gun at the victim. The suspect demanded the victim drive to his home. Once there, the victim’s mother, niece and nephew were directed at gunpoint to get in the car. They drove to an ATM to withdraw money. In this robbery/kidnapping, the suspect held a gun to the eight year old victim’s head.

July 27, 2015 - 4:00pm

Lane Closure on West Kennedy Boulevard at South MacDill Avenue

TAMPA, FL (July 27, 2015) The outside eastbound lane of West Kennedy Boulevard will be closed at South MacDill Avenue starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow while the Tampa Water Department repairs a water main break. One eastbound lane will remain open for traffic.  No right-hand turns onto South MacDill from eastbound West Kennedy Boulevard will be permitted. Barricades and signs will be located in the area to assist with traffic flow. Please use caution when traveling in the area. 
The repair is expected to be completed by 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, weather conditions permitting. Road restoration is expected to be completed by 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 4, weather conditions permitting. 

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

July 23, 2015 - 10:45am

Mayor Buckhorn Presents FY2016 Budget Proposal - Balanced budget allows for continued growth of city’s reserve funding

Mayor Bob Buckhorn presented his recommended Fiscal Year 2016 budget to Tampa City Council this morning. The City of Tampa continues to deliver a balanced budget without personnel layoffs or increased tax rates while contributing revenue to the reserves . 

In FY 2016, the City of Tampa will contribute $1 million to the reserves resulting in a fund balance of 23% of operating expenditures or $88.4 million, which exceeds the City’s 20% fund balance policy.

“This budget is proof positive that we grew our way out of the recession by making Tampa a place that people wanted to do business with. By investing in our infrastructure, and in particular, our public park spaces, we will continue to generate new economic opportunities that help us continue to grow our economy,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn.  "The investments we make today will lay the foundation for continued growth and prosperity throughout our city.” 

The $850.2 million budget proposal includes $124.3 in capital improvements.  In FY 2016, the City of Tampa will also invest more than $20 million in the “Investing in Neighborhoods” program initiative which is double the funding in the FY 2011 budget and goes towards parks, resurfacing, complete streets, and sidewalk construction.

In FY 2016, the City of Tampa will invest $18.3 million for major stormwater investments including the Lower Peninsula Watershed, 43rd Street Regional Outfall, Peninsula Regional Drainage, and the North Tampa Closed Basins. Pending Tampa City Council approval, the City of Tampa will invest $250 million over five years to reduce flooding and improve water quality.

Major capital improvement projects and strategic investments also include the following:

  • Construction of Cuscaden Pool in VM Ybor, art studio at the Bryan Glazer Jewish Community Center in West Tampa, and Perry Harvey Sr. Park in Downtown
  • Design for Julian B. Lane Riverfont Park
  • Improvements for neighborhood parks including Forest Hills Park in North Tampa, Friendship Park in Westshore area, and Ragan Park in East Tampa
  • Construction of CNG Facility for Solid Waste and city fleet vehicles

The City closed a $6.7 million projected operating shortfall through increased property tax revenues, personnel savings, departmental reductions, and reduced required pension contributions.

Following the Mayor's presentation today, the City of Tampa will host two public hearings about the budget, tentatively scheduled on Thursday, September 3, 2015 and Tuesday, September 15, 2015 pending City Council approval.

To view the Mayor’s Presentation, review the budget documents, or for more information about the recommended FY 2016 budget, please visit

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



July 19, 2015 - 1:45am

Deceased Persons at Westin on Harbor Island

At 11:46 pm Tampa Police Officers responded to a call of possible gun shots heard in a room at the Westin Hotel, located at 725 Harbour Island Boulevard South. Officers responded and entered the room where the shots were believed to have occurred. Once inside Officers found two persons deceased.

At this time Homicide Detectives are enroute to the location.

Westin Security has requested no media on Westin Property

July 18, 2015 - 11:15pm

Pedestrian vs. Vehicle Traffic Crash

Officers are on scene of a vehicle vs pedestrian traffic accident in the west bound lanes of Fowler Avenue in front of the University Mall. West bound lanes of Fowler Avenue are closed between 22nd street and 18th street, and west bound traffic is being diverted through the mall parking lot at this time.

July 18, 2015 - 10:15pm

Shooting in Silver Oaks Apartments

Officers are on scene of a shooting at Silver Oaks apartments located at 4200 Kenneth Court. A large group of young males were loitering in the area of the dumpster when a fight broke out and firearms were produced. One subject suffered a non life threatening gunshot wound and is being transported to Tampa General for treatment.

At this time ROC Officers, Patrol Officers and Detectives are on scene.

July 17, 2015 - 5:15pm

TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY – Swann Avenue Stormwater Improvements Project

Start:           Tuesday, July 21, 2015
End:            August 2015
Location:   Swann Avenue at Albany Avenue and Melville Avenue
Tampa, Fla. (July 17, 2015) – The City of Tampa Department of  Transportation and Stormwater Services plans to begin stormwater improvements work on Swann Avenue at Albany Avenue and Melville Avenue by installing additional stormwater inlets, manholes and pipes.  The project is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, and the work is expected to be completed in four (4) weeks. The work will require westbound lane closures for four (4) days at the beginning of the project. 
The City of Tampa recommends that motorists use Cleveland Street or Bayshore Boulevard to avoid any potential traffic congestion.  During various phases of the project, the traffic control plan will require lane closures. 
For additional information, please contact the Department of Transportation and Stormwater Services at (813) 274-3101.
July 16, 2015 - 8:45pm

Armed Robbery in Tampa Palms


After a 2 hour phone negotiation with the Armed Robbery suspect, Tampa Police have made an arrest. Lt M.Stout from District Two will do Media Interviews at the front of the Portifino Apartments between 1-1:30 am.


An armed robbery has occurred in the Tampa Palms area on Bruce B. Downs Blvd. at CVS Pharmacy. Shots were fired in the business. A possible suspect vehicle has been located near the Portifino Apts. Lt. M. Stout is on scene near the Apts to meet with News Media.

July 15, 2015 - 4:00pm

The Internal Audit Department released its McKay Bay Refuse-to-Energy Facility, Audit 14-10

The Solid Waste Department encompasses the McKay Bay Facility which is the central location for disposing the City’s solid waste. The McKay Bay Facility consists of the Scale House, the Refuse to Energy Facility, and the Transfer Station. The following are summaries of these areas.

  • Scale House. The City operates the Scale House which is the entry point for all vehicles entering the facility to dispose waste.  The Scale House is responsible for weighing vehicles as they enter and exit the facility and collecting the fees for disposing waste. Fees for disposing waste vary based on the type of waste disposed. Vehicles entering the facility must weigh in and pay a deposit that is generally in excess of the anticipated cost of disposing the waste. The final cost is determined when the vehicles are re-weighed after disposing the waste. If the deposit was underestimated and the customer has a balance, then it is due at checkout. Similarly, if the deposit was overestimated, then the customer is refunded the excess amount paid at check out.
  • Refuse to Energy Facility. After gaining entry into the facility, commercial vehicles proceed to the waste disposal site known as the Refuse to Energy (RTE) Facility. The RTE Facility is operated by a contractor, Wheelabrator, through an agreement with the City. To ensure that Wheelabrator fulfills its contractual obligations, the City entered into an agreement with a consulting engineering firm, Arcadis, to monitor the operations and maintenance of the facility. Arcadis conducts periodic onsite inspections and provides an annual report detailing the operational performance and maintenance levels of the RTE Facility.
  • Transfer Station. The Transfer Station is operated by the City in accordance with its permit. The Transfer Station is responsible for accepting waste that cannot be processed at the RTE Facility or waste that must be sorted before it can be accepted by the RTE Facility. Once waste is separated, it is transported by a hauling contractor to the appropriate location for disposal.

The report in its entirety can be viewed on

July 14, 2015 - 12:00pm

The Internal Audit Department released its Program Change Control, Audit 15-04

Program change control/management is the process of controlling and managing changes introduced in an information technology infrastructure. It ensures efficiency in service operations by standardizing procedures, aids information management by recording all changes to service assets, and promotes business benefit by minimizing the risk of disruption to the production environment. Program change may involve upgrading application software to its newer version, replacing a server, or introducing a new business application for the first time in an organization’s operational environment.

The City of Tampa (COT)’s Technology and Innovation Department (T&I) is responsible for program change control and problem management. To accomplish this objective, T&I established a Change Advisory Board (CAB) and charged it with the responsibility to evaluate change requests, assess risks associated with them, and make recommendations to the Chief Information Officer about whether or not to approve them. In 2013 and 2014, COT implemented 707 program changes, five of which were classified as projects, 579 as minor changes, 100 as major, and 23 as emergency changes.

The report in its entirety can be viewed on