May 24, 2016 - 1:45pm

Tampa Police Continue to Urge Hockey Fans to be Cautious of Ticket Scams

May 24, 2016—The Tampa Police Department is urging hockey fans planning to attend the Lightning games in Tampa to beware of scammers armed with fake tickets for the playoff game. Police officers confiscated approximately 25 counterfeit tickets that were turned into the box office during the May 20 game versus the Penguins.  Detectives are still working to identify the suspect(s) who sold the bogus tickets.  They are asking any additional victims to come forward with information that could help lead to the scammers.

Police are encouraging Lightning fans to purchase tickets from authorized dealers only.  Those who are buying tickets from private sellers are taking a risk.

Before fans “Bolt” to exchange cash for tickets with a private seller they should arrange to meet at a police department or public place where there are surveillance cameras.  If possible, take a photo of the ticket seller's ID, or take a photo of the tag on their car.

Janelle McGregor

TPD PIO 

May 24, 2016 - 11:30am

Traffic Advisory: Temporary Road Closure on Harbour Island Boulevard to begin today, May 24, 2016

As part of the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC),  Harbour Island Blvd will be closed from Channelside Drive to Knights Run on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  

The City of Tampa recommends that motorists use alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion.

Please note: This e-mail is public record and is intended for official use only.

Tony Mulkey, Parks & Recreation Special Events Superintendent
City of Tampa Parks & Recreation Department
(813) 274-7723, tony.mulkey@tampagov.net

May 23, 2016 - 12:00am

City of Tampa Offices Closed for Memorial Day on Monday May 30th

The City of Tampa offices will be closed Monday May 30th in observance of Memorial Day

May 22, 2016 - 12:45pm

Tampa Police Officers Conducting DUI Checkpoint

The Tampa Police Department DUI unit will be conducting a DUI checkpoint on Sunday, May 22 to Monday, May 23.  Officers will be stationed near East Palm Avenue and North 17th Street  from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.  This is part of a $191,000 Florida Department of Transportation grant to ensure motorists are safe.

Janelle McGregor

TPD PIO

 

May 18, 2016 - 2:00pm

Temporary Road Closure on West Cass Street to begin May 24, 2016 for UCAP Construction

This is a revision to the Traffic Advisory sent out on May 12, 2016

As part of the City of Tampa’s Downtown Utility Capital Improvement Projects (UCAP), the westbound lane on W. Cass Street between North Boulevard and Edison Street will be closed beginning Tuesday, May 24, 2016.  This closure is for the final tie in of the new 36” water main.  The lane closure shall be closed until approximately June 3, 2016.

Eastbound traffic into downtown Tampa on W. Cass Street will remain open.

The City of Tampa recommends that motorists use alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion.

The public can stay up to date on the project by visiting tampa-ucap.com.  Questions or comments should be directed to the UCAP hotline at (813) 777-9222.   

TRAFFIC ADVISORY 

Cass Closure

For additional information, please contact:
Tricia Shuler, ENV SP
CH2M HILL Public Involvement Manager
(813) 874-7717; tricia.shuler@ch2m.com

May 17, 2016 - 5:30pm

TAMPA POLICE WARN HOCKEY FANS TO BE CAUTIOUS ABOUT TICKET SCAMS

Tampa Police are urging hockey fans planning to attend the Tampa Lightning games in Tampa to beware of scammers trying to sell fake tickets. If you're taking the risk of buying tickets from a private seller, please use caution.

To protect yourself, arrange to meet at a police department or public place where there are surveillance cameras. If possible, take a photo of the ticket seller's ID, or take a photo of the tag on their car.

May 16, 2016 - 3:15pm

City of Tampa Revises Solid Waste Collection Schedule for the Memorial Day Holiday

City of Tampa offices will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.  As a result, customers scheduled for collection service or, needing access to the McKay Bay Transfer Station on Monday, May 30, 2016 will be affected.  The revised holiday collection schedule is as follows:
 
  •  Residential accounts: There will be no collection on Monday, May 30, 2016.  Normal garbage service will resume on the next scheduled service day (Thursday, June 2, 2016).  Recycling and yard waste collection will resume on Monday, June 6, 2016.
  •  Commercial accounts: There will be no collection on Monday, May 30, 2016. 

    • Roll-off, compactor and dumpster customers- Collection will run one day behind for the remainder of the week.  Normal service schedules will resume on Monday, June 6, 2016. 
    • Curbside cart customers- Service for commercial garbage customers with 95/65 gallon cart service will resume on the next scheduled service day (Thursday, June 2, 2016).  Recycling cart service will resume on Monday, June 6, 2016.
    • All other cart customers- Collection will run one day behind for the remainder of the week.  Normal service schedules will resume on Monday, June 6, 2016. 
 
  • McKay Bay Transfer Station and Scale House will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016 and will re-open on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.
  • There will be no SWEEP service the week of May 30, 2016.  Normal SWEEP schedule will resume on Monday, June 6, 2016.
 
For additional questions or concerns, please call the City of Tampa Utilities Consolidated Call Center at (813) 274-8811, or visit our website at www.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.

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

 

May 14, 2016 - 3:45pm

TAMPA POLICE MAKE ARREST IN SEXUAL BATTERY

Tampa Police have arrested a man in connection with a sexual battery that occurred early Saturday.

WHO: Defendant - Andre Dakota Lawson, 23 (DOB 12/24/1992), of 3719 W. Wisconsin Ave. #14

WHAT: Charges include Sexually Battery with a Deadly Weapon and Armed Kidnapping

WHEN: The sexual battery occurred at approximately 4:38 a.m.

WHERE: The sexual battery occurred at 6302 S Dale Mabry Highway

DETAILS: The victim told police that she saw the man in a nearby convenience store and that he followed her as she walked home. The defendant brandished a knife and forced the victim behind a building where he raped her. Tampa Police officers blanketed the area. Based on a detailed description and video from the convenience store, detectives located the suspect at his residence, where he was arrested without incident.

May 13, 2016 - 2:00pm

Buckhorn and Kriseman Make Wager with Pittsburgh Mayor Ahead of Eastern Conference Series

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman make a friendly wager with Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto ahead of the Eastern Conference Finals.
The wager is this:

The losing Mayor or Mayors will send $1000 to the winning Mayor’s veterans charity of choice as well as a case of their favorite local brew. The losing Mayor or Mayors will also have to wear the jersey of the opposing team the day following the final game of the series and post a photo on social media.

Mayor Buckhorn’s and Kriseman’s charity of choice is the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, the breweries are Cigar City Brewing and St. Pete Brewing Company.
Mayor Peduto’s charity of choice is the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, the brewery is East End Brewing Company.

"In spite of my affection for Mayor Peduto and my fellow Penn Staters in Pittsburgh, I will take the Lightning over the Pens and palm trees over perogies any day of the week,” said Mayor Buckhorn. “It is not good to stand near a steel town when there is Lightning in the vicinity. Go Bolts!"

“The sun will be shining on the Tampa Bay Lightning when they take this series from the Penguins,” said St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. “I look forward to seeing my friend and fellow mayor Bill Peduto in a Lightning jersey. Go Bolts!”

Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto added, “While I share a love of Tampa's picturesque skyline, bayfront institutions and year round warm weather, WE ARE Pittsburgh! Cheers to a friendly wager benefiting a good cause but you are likely to leave the black and gold city of bridges the way

For additional information, please contact:
Ashley Bauman, Public Affairs Director
(813) 274-8262
Ashley.bauman@tampagov.net

May 13, 2016 - 10:45am

Tampa Police Officers Conducting DUI Checkpoint

The Tampa Police Department DUI unit will be conducting a DUI checkpoint on Friday, May 13 to Saturday, May 14.  Officers will be stationed near East Waters Avenue and I-275 from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.  This is part of a $191,000 Florida Department of Transportation grant to ensure motorists are safe.

Janelle McGregor

TPD PIO