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May 22, 2015 - 10:45am

Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo and FREE DAY at MOSI!

The 2015 Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo encourages

Bay area residents to “Be Ready”


What:         2015 Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo

When:        Saturday, May 30th, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where:       MOSI, 4801 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa

The City of Tampa and Hillsborough County, in partnership with MOSI, will host the 2015 Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 30th, at the Museum of Science & Industry. Admission to the Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo is FREE, and will include access to MOSI’s exhibit galleries. In addition, Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo guests can enjoy one documentary film in the Florida Hospital IMAX® Dome Theatre for only $5 per person (children under 2 admitted FREE).

 At the EXPO, attendees will learn what to do before, during and after a storm.  Residents will learn the importance of having a solid disaster plan in place well in advance so that they can quickly recover after a storm.  Additionally, MOSI’s STEAMpunks will provide science demonstrations and activities, while the adults enjoy a variety of speakers and vendors. Attendees also will have the chance to win one of two Kindle Fire HDs.

 The Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo attendees will be able to attend question-and-answer weather panels, held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., to hear from meteorologists representing local news stations and the National Weather Service. Additionally, a public safety panel will be held at noon and a cybersecurity panel will be held at 2 p.m. Additional sessions on pet care and preparation techniques will also take place throughout the day.

 For more information and the latest news on the Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo or to become a vendor/sponsor, visit

May 21, 2015 - 3:30pm

Intersection of North 22nd Street and East Powhattan Avenue is Closed in all Directions

TAMPA, FL (May 21, 2015) The intersection of North 22nd Street and East Powhattan Avenue is closed in all directions while the Tampa Water Department repairs a water main leak. Barricades and signs are located in the area to assist with traffic flow. Please use caution when traveling in the area. 

 The maintenance work is expected to be completed by 8 p.m. tomorrow, weather conditions permitting.  Road restoration is expected to be completed with a return to routine traffic patterns by 5 p.m. May 26, weather conditions permitting.  

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

May 20, 2015 - 11:15pm

Armed Robbery at Florida Drive In

Tampa Police are on scene of an Armed Robbery to a Business which occurred at 6505 Florida Avenue North at the "Florida Drive-In" store. This robbery occurred at 9:48 pm when a light skinned Hispanic male approximately 5'9, 150 lbs. in his late teens or early twenties approached the drive-thru window and displayed a black and silver semi-automatic handgun while demanding money from the clerk. The suspect was wearing a black shirt with unknown white writing across the front, his face was obscured with a black t-shirt or bandanna and the he was also wearing a black baseball hat. The suspect fled the scene on foot.  At this time a perimeter is still up and K-9, Patrol Officers, Rapid Offender Control Officers, Air service and Detectives are actively working the scene. Video of the incident should be available by tomorrow.

May 18, 2015 - 2:00pm

City of Tampa Offices Closed for Memorial Day

The City of Tampa offices will be closed Monday May 25th in observance of Memorial Day

May 18, 2015 - 12:30pm

Memorial Day Solid Waste Collection Schedule

The collection schedule for City of Tampa customers with regularly scheduled collection day on Monday, May 25, 2015 will be affected by the Memorial Day 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 Monday, May 25, 2015. Garbage collection will resume on the next scheduled service day, which is Thursday, May 28, 2015, and blue box/green cart recycling and yard waste collection will resume on Monday, June 1, 2015.
  • Commercial: Commercial accounts scheduled for service on Monday, May 25, 2015 will be serviced on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Collection will run one day behind for the remainder of the week. Normal collection schedules will resume Monday, June 1, 2015.
  • McKay Bay Transfer Station and Scale House will be closed on Memorial Day, and the normal schedule will resume on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

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

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

May 15, 2015 - 11:45am

The Internal Audit Department released its Parking Garages and Lots, Audit 15-02

A division of Logistics and Asset Management Department, Parking is responsible for the operation of all City of Tampa public parking including parking garages, City-owned lots, and on-street parking, which includes 11,372 off-street spaces and 2,097 on-street spaces. The division develops parking policy and specific expansion plans to serve the parking demand in the central business district and adjacent commercial areas. It is also responsible for the oversight of residential parking areas in the Channel District, South Ybor City and Oscawana Courier City.

The focus of this audit was garages and lots. There are 11,545 spaces located in garages and lots with more than 6,000 of the spaces dedicated to monthly parkers. Currently, there is a staff of more than 80 involved with various aspects of parking in the garages and lots throughout the City of Tampa.

The City of Tampa offers Parkmobile for its surface lots. Parkers can use a smart phone, cell phone, or website to pay for parking using a pay-by-phone app service.

The report in its entirety can be viewed on

May 15, 2015 - 12:00am
May 8, 2015 - 9:45am

Rainy Weather Offers Option to Reduce Irrigation Costs

TAMPA, FL (May 8, 2015) Tampa homeowners looking for ways to reduce irrigation costs can take advantage of our wetter-than-normal spring and the pending rainy season by letting the rain do the work for them.

 “April and early May in Tampa generally are warm and dry, but that is not the case this year,” said Chuck Weber, Tampa Water Department director. “The rains we are getting offer our customers a perfect opportunity for customers to check the rain sensors on their systems to be sure they are working so they can  take advantage of the natural irrigation we expect to get during the coming months.”

A one-inch rainfall event delivers approximately 7,000 gallons of rainwater to a 10,000 square-foot lot. That free rainfall is equal to an estimated $20 - $70 in potable water irrigation costs for Tampa account holders, depending on total monthly water usage.

Florida law requires all automatic irrigation systems to be outfitted with a working rain shut-off device or other technology to inhibit or interrupt operation of the irrigation system during periods of sufficient moisture.Water Department offers free rain sensors to account holders.  Do-it-yourself rain sensor check-up instructions are available online at 

Free rain sensors and other water-saving resources are available for Tampa water utility customers online request at or by calling (813) 274-8121, option 5.


May 7, 2015 - 11:45am

CTTV's "Tampa: Untold Stories" Shares With Viewers the Stories of Tampa's Many Mutual Aid Societies

Discover Tampa’s amazing past on this new CTTV series hosted by the area’s most engaging storyteller, the Honorable E.J. Salcines. A West Tampa native, Judge Salcines was appointed to Florida's Second District Court of Appeal in 1998, where he served for a decade.   This month on Tampa: Untold Stories, Judge Salcines takes us back in time and gives us an overview of the history of Tampa's Mutual Aid Societies - the Centro Espanol, the Cuban Club, Centro Asturiano, Marti-Maceo, and more.  Angel Ranon also makes a guest appearance to talk about the history and significance of these vital clubs in Tampa.  Replays Sundays at 3:30pm, Mondays at 8pm, Wednesdays at 5:30pm and Fridays at 2pm.

City of Tampa Television is Channel 15 on the Verizon FiOS system and Channel 640 on Bright House Networks. 

May 7, 2015 - 10:15am

Tune in to This Month's Episode of CTTV's "Spotlight Tampa"

This month on City of Tampa Televisions (CTTV) Spotlight Tampa, Tampa Fire Rescue welcomed its newest class of firefighters, and CTTV followed the recruits through some of their vital training.  We learn about a national push for Congress to renew funding for the federal transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).  HART held a bus "town hall" as part of Stand Up for Transportation Day. The Hillsborough County Extension Service introduces us to some great Florida-friendly landscaping plants that produce some funky flowers.  We tour the incredible Carol J. and Barney Barnett Learning Center at The Florida Aquarium, the latest advancement in the facility’s 20 years in environmental education.  Besito Mexican Restaurant opened its doors in the Westshore District. We pay a visit to the Islamic Charity Festival.  And the Tampa Museum of Art is featuring the work of Normal Rockwell in their latest exhibit, “American Chronicles: The Art of Normal Rockwell.”  

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.