February 11, 2016 - 3:45pm

Solid Waste Department Expands Disposal Service to Control the spread of the Zika Virus

Stagnant water in old tires can become a haven for mosquitoes.  The City of Tampa is taking proactive measures to protect citizens and visitors from the Zika Virus.  Beginning Saturday, February 13, 2016 through Saturday, February 20, 2016 City of Tampa residents are being offered several opportunities to dispose of unwanted/unused tires that serve as mosquito breeding sites through the tire amnesty collection event.

The tire amnesty collection event is open to all City of Tampa residents.  During this amnesty collection period, each resident will be allowed to drop off up to 8 tires, without rims, at the McKay Bay Refuse-to-Energy facility located at 114 South 34th Street, Tampa, Florida 33605 during normal hours of operation.  City of Tampa residents are also reminded that their normal collection service allows them to place up to four tires, without rims, at the curb for disposal on their scheduled garbage collection day. 

Please note, free disposal at the McKay Bay Refuse-to-Energy facility will require a City of Tampa utility bill and matching identification.  Normal disposal fees will apply to business owners.

For additional information, please call the City of Tampa Utilities Consolidated Call Center at (813) 274-8811, or visit our website at http://www.tampagov.net/solidwaste.

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

For additional information, please contact: 

Ashley Bauman, Public Affairs Director

(813) 274-8262



February 11, 2016 - 11:15am

Detectives Searching for Robbery Suspects

Video of the suspects: https://youtu.be/MHR3ks9ysFs

WHEN: 1/26/2016, 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: 5207 North 30th Street, Tampa

DETAILS: The victim was working at the business operating a forklift when the two suspects approached him and made small talk.  One of the suspects pulled out a gun and the victim ran.  The suspect shot the victim in the back as he was running away.  He was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Detectives believe that the suspects are a male and female duo. The shorter suspect in the white shirt is believed to be the female. The male suspect has an under bite and very thin beard. This robbery is similar to another robbery at 3001 Hillsborough Avenue East on January 18, 2016.  The suspects appear to be familiar with the area and possibly live in that area.

February 10, 2016 - 5:15pm

Nightclub Shooting Update


With help from the public and local media, Tampa Police have received information that led to the identification of a man who was seen in a surveillance video from Club Rayne at the time of a shooting early Saturday.

The man has been identified and detectives have interviewed him. There is no need to continue to publicize the photograph in which he was listed as a "person of interest."

The investigation continues.

February 10, 2016 - 4:30pm

Subject brought gun onto Plant High campus

The suspect has been charged for bringing a firearm on the Plant High School Campus today. He was charged with two counts of possession of a firearm on school property.

February 10, 2016 - 7:30am

ICYMI: Tampa Named 15th Best City in the Country for Valentine's Day by WalletHub.com

Just after being named 4th best city to get married by wallethub.com, we were also named 15th best city for Valentine’s Day. We guess Tampa has a lot of love to share.

In a recent study from the leading personal finance outlet WalletHub.com, Tampa was named the 15th Best City for Valentine’s Day. You can find the full study here https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-cities-for-valentines-day/10056/.

To find out which cities are the most romantic while going easy on couples’ wallets, WalletHub’s number crunchers compared the 100 most populated cities across 15 key metrics, ranging from restaurant-meal costs to number of attractions to number of florists per capita.

Celebrating the Day of Hearts in Tampa (1=Best, 50=Avg.):

  • 7th– Number of Restaurants per Capita
  • 26th– Number of Attractions
  • 13th – Number of Jewelry Stores per Capita
  • 14th– Number of Florists per Capita
  • 18th– Number of Specialty Stores per Capita
  • 10th– Number of Nightlife Options per Capita
  • 20th- Number of Cafés per Capita


 Ashley Bauman
Public Affairs Director
City of Tampa
Office: (813) 274-8262
Cell: (813) 390-7455

Visit us on the web at tampagov.net/media

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


February 9, 2016 - 2:15pm

Lane Closure on Southbound Bayshore Boulevard between West Hawthorne Road and West Villa Rosa Park

TAMPA, FL (Feb. 9, 2016) The right southbound lane on Bayshore Boulevard is closed between West Hawthorne Road and West Villa Rosa Park while the Tampa Water Department repairs a water main break. Signs and barricades are located in the area to assist with traffic flow. Please use caution when driving in the area. Modifications to lane closures may be necessary during the course of repair and restoration. 

The repair is expected to be completed by 5 p.m., today.   Restoration with a return to normal traffic patterns is expect to be completed by 5 p.m., Friday, Feb., 12. 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.



February 9, 2016 - 1:45pm


Club Rayne Person of Interest (Photo 1 of 2)Club Rayne Person of Interest (Photo 2 of 2)

Tampa Police detectives are asking the public for help in identifying the man in the attached photographs. The photos - both of the same man - were taken from a video recorded at Club Rayne early Saturday morning around the time that gunfire resulted in two deaths and six other injuries. The man is a person of interest and is not being described as a suspect in the shootings.

Anyone who can help to identify the man should call Tampa Police at 813-231-6130.


Stephen Hegarty

Tampa Police PIO

February 9, 2016 - 1:15pm

Groundbreaking Set for Apartment Tower in Downtown Tampa

For Immediate Release   

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

WHAT:            A groundbreaking for a new apartment building in Downtown Tampa.  The 23-story tower will house 362 apartment units and 8,000 square feet of street-level retail. Additionally, the site will include a fitness center and an eight-story, 460-space parking garage topped off by an eight-story amenity deck that will include a pool and garden area and club room.

      • Compelling visuals for photos/b-roll
      • Commentary from Mayor Bob Buckhorn
      • Interview opportunities with Carter, DPR Construction and RJT+R Architecture representatives.

WHERE:          915 Franklin Street
                         Tampa 33602
                         Parking is available on Franklin and other nearby streets.

WHEN:            February 11, 2016, 10 – 11 AM

WHO:              Carter is one of the country’s leading real estate investment, development and advisory firms with mixed-use, multi-family, office, student housing and education/institutional projects under construction around the country. The company, founded in 1958, is headquartered in Atlanta and has a proven history of creating values for its partners, investors and clients. Carter’s real estate professionals use a team-based approach that leverages strong expertise and a deep knowledge base in a wide variety of markets. Carter specializes in developing mixed-use, multi-family and office developments in urban infill locations and developing student housing adjacent to universities.  Carter also invests in value-add real estate investment opportunities, having invested over $1 billion in assets in the past decade. The company’s program management practice provides representation to education, institutional and government clients, while its advisory practice advises clients and partners as they make strategic real estate decisions. For additional information on Carter, please visit: www.carterusa.com.  

Contact:         Mike Rieman, Cookerly Public Relations
                        Cell: 678-467-9297


Ashley Bauman
Public Affairs Director
City of Tampa
Office: (813) 274-8262
Cell: (813) 390-7455

Visit us on the web at tampagov.net/media

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


February 5, 2016 - 10:45am

Additional CSX Railroad Crossing Closures

CSX is closing six additional crossings in YBOR  City to repair the RR tracks.  The following crossings will closed beginning Monday, February 8, 2016:  E. 7th Avenue at 20th St, 19th St, 18th St, 17th St, 14th St  and Nick Nuccio Parkway / Channelside Drive.

During this time, motorists will be able to use 22nd St, 21st St, 16th St and 15th St to cross the railroad tracks.   All of the above crossings will be open no later than February 12, 2016.

For further information contact CSX Railroad at 1-800-232-0144. 

February 2, 2016 - 4:00pm

Temporary Road Closure at the Intersection of E. Tyler St. and Florida Avenue will begin February 6th (Weekend Work Only) for UCAP Construction

The intersection of E. Tyler St. and Florida Avenue will be closed during the following weekends in February and March as Utility Capital Improvement Projects (UCAP) installs two new water mains.  

The weekend dates are as follows:
Saturday, February 6, 2016 – Sunday, February 7, 2015
Saturday, February 13, 2016 – Sunday, February 14, 2016
Saturday, February 26, 2016 – Sunday, February 27, 2016
Saturday, March 5, 2016 – Sunday, March 6, 2016
Saturday, March 12, 2016 – Sunday, March 13, 2016
Saturday, March 26, 2016 – Sunday, March 27, 2016

The City recommends using alternative routes through Downtown to access Florida Avenue Northbound and I-275. 

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.

A hi-resolution map with the City of Tampa’s suggested detour routes can be found embedded below.

Tyler and Florida Detour Map

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