May 18, 2018 - 5:30pm

Lane Closure on West Hillsborough Avenue Between Webb Road and Town N Country Boulevard

The outside westbound lane on West Hillsborough Avenue is closed between Webb Road and Town N Country Boulevard while the Tampa Water Department repairs a water main break. Barricades and signs 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 restoration.

 

The repair work is expected to be completed by 11 p.m. tonight.  Roadway restoration, with a return to normal traffic patterns, is expected to be completed by 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 23. The staff and crews of the Tampa Water Department appreciate everyone's patience during this time.

 

See all road closures at www.tampagov.net/RoadClosures

For additional information, contact:

Chuck Weber, P.E., Water Department Director

Office: (813) 274-8663

Cell: (813) 480-3159

Fax: (813) 274-7435

Chuck.Weber@TampaGov.net

May 18, 2018 - 3:15pm

Temporary Lane Closure on Dale Mabry Highway Goes Into Place on Tuesday

A temporary lane closure on Dale Mabry Highway will go into place in the early evening on Tuesday, May 22. The outer southbound turn lane on Dale Mabry will close between North B and North A streets while the Tampa Water Department completes maintenance to the water distribution system. Barricades and signs 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 restoration.

 

The maintenance work is expected to be completed by midnight, Wednesday, May 23. Roadway restoration, with a return to normal traffic patterns, is expected to be completed by 3 p.m., Thursday, May 24. The staff and crews of the Tampa Water Department appreciate everyone's patience during this time.

 

See all road closures at www.tampagov.net/RoadClosures

For additional information, contact:

Chuck Weber, P.E., Water Department Director

Office: (813) 274-8663

Cell: (813) 480-3159

Fax: (813) 274-7435

Chuck.Weber@TampaGov.net

 

May 18, 2018 - 2:30pm

Temporary Harbour Island Bridge Closures May 22 and 23, 2018

As part of the SOFIC and Exhibition held at Tampa Convention Center, S. Harbour Island Boulevard will close between Old Water Street and Knights Run Avenue between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm (each day) on May 22 and May 23, 2018.

Road Closure

 

See all road closures at www.tampagov.net/RoadClosures

For additional information, please contact:

Joyce Rumfola, Transportation Technician III, Special Events

Traffic Management Center

813.274.8702

joyce.rumfola@tampagov.net

 

 

May 16, 2018 - 4:45pm

Temporary Lane Closures S Jefferson Street and Channelside Drive May 18, 2018 for Utility Maintenance

A portion of S Jefferson Street between Channelside Drive and E Brorein Street and Channelside Drive between S Morgan Street and S Jefferson Street will close on Friday, May 18, 2018, for utility maintenance. A private contractor will be cleaning a utility manhole on S Jefferson Street between E Eunice Avenue and E Brorein Street. One (1) northbound lane on S Jefferson Street between Channelside Drive and E Brorein Street and one (1) eastbound lane on Channelside Drive between S Morgan Street and S Jefferson Street will close at 9 am on May 18, 2018 and will reopen to traffic by 3 pm, weather permitting.

As part of the phased roadway realignment program planned for southern downtown Tampa, a portion of E Brorein Street between Old Water Street and S Nebraska Avenue is closed permanently. Channelside Drive between Old Water Street and S Nebraska Avenue has been reconfigured to accommodate two (2) westbound lanes and two (2) eastbound lanes. As part of the interim roadway realignment plan, S Nebraska Avenue between Channelside Drive and E Brorein Street was converted to a one-way, two-lane northbound road.

E Eunice Avenue between S Jefferson Street and S Nebraska Avenue will remain closed until Friday, June 29, 2018.

S Caesar Street between Channelside Drive and E Walton Street will remain closed until Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

E Cumberland Avenue between S Jefferson Street and S Meridian Avenue will also remain closed until Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

The public can stay connected with the ongoing construction project by visiting DowntownTampaGrid.com. Questions or comments should be directed to the project team by email at contactus@downtowntampagrid.com or by phone at (813) 607-GRID (4743).

A high-resolution map with the City of Tampa's suggested alternate routes can be found embedded below:

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Temporary Lane Closures S Jefferson Street and Channelside Drive May 18, 2018 for Utility Maintenance

For additional information, please contact:

Don Cermeno, Construction Engineer

City of Tampa Contract Administration / Construction Management

(813) 635-3400, Don.cermeno@tampagov.net

May 16, 2018 - 1:15pm

F. E. Lykes Foundation Donates signature red benches and shade structures to Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park.

The F.E. Lykes Foundation and Norma Gene Lykes are helping to add a splash of color and comfort to the newly renovated Julian B Lane Riverfront Park. The Foundation recently donated $50,000 to provide five of their signature red benches along the Live Oak Allée that separates the multiuse sport field from the Splash Pad and Play Cove. The Foundation’s donation will also provide three new shade structures around the park. The shade structures will be installed later this month and will provide comfort for parents and children alike.

 

Founded in 1974 as an independent family foundation focused on charitable giving primarily in the Tampa Bay area, the F.E. Lykes Foundation has been responsible for improvements to on several city parks, providing more splash pad play areas, seating, shade trees, landscaping and recreational options. Additionally, they have supported public art projects, music and festivals, and our new Performing Arts in Motion ArtReach program that to date has helped introduce 270 inner city teens to Theatre and Performing Arts opportunities. “Public spaces reflect the way a city feels about itself.” – Norma Gene Lykes


“The Lykes Foundation has always been a very generous partner for our city,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “And in true form, Norma Gene extended an offer to be a part of Tampa’s newest park. These benches and shade structures are an integral part of making Riverfront Park a park for everyone to enjoy.”

The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department extremely proud of our partnership with the F.E. Lykes Foundation and we look forward to working with the foundation to provide more exciting recreational opportunities throughout the City of Tampa.

Media Contact:

Ashley Bauman, Marketing & Communications Director

(813) 274-8262

Ashley.Bauman@tampagov.net

May 16, 2018 - 12:15pm

Temporary Lane Closures on Adamo Drive and 50th Street Go Into Place on Saturday

Temporary lane closures at the intersection of Adamo Drive and 50th Street will go into place early Saturday, May 19. The outer southbound lane and turn lane on 50th Street and the outer westbound lane on Adamo Drive will close while the Tampa Water Department completes maintenance to the water distribution system. Barricades and signs 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 restoration.

 

The maintenance work and roadway restoration, with a return to normal traffic patterns, is expected to be completed by 3 a.m., Monday, May 21. The staff and crews of the Tampa Water Department appreciate everyone's patience during this time.

 

See all road closures at www.tampagov.net/RoadClosures

May 16, 2018 - 11:00am

Temporary Lane Closures on W Kennedy Boulevard and S Howard Avenue to begin May 21, 2018 for Utility Maintenance

A portion of W Kennedy Boulevard between N Willow Avenue and N Armenia Avenue and S Howard Avenue between W Cleveland Street and W Kennedy Boulevard will close nightly beginning on Monday, May 21, 2018 for utility maintenance.  A City contractor will be cleaning and relining sewer lines in W Kennedy Boulevard between S Freemont Avenue and S Moody Avenue.  One (1) westbound lane and one (1) eastbound lane on W Kennedy Boulevard between S Freemont Avenue and S Moody Avenue and two (2) northbound lanes on S Howard Avenue between W Cleveland Street and W Kennedy Boulevard will close nightly beginning on May 21, 2018 from 7 pm to 5 am the following morning.

Left turn movements for eastbound motorists on W Kennedy Boulevard at N Howard Avenue and left turn movements for northbound motorists on S Howard Avenue at W Kennedy Boulevard will be prohibited during construction.

The eastbound lane on W North A Street between N Westland Avenue and N Albany Avenue and the southbound lane on N Albany Avenue between W North A Street and W Kennedy Boulevard will also be closed during a portion of the work.

One (1) westbound lane and one (1) eastbound lane on W Kennedy Boulevard between S Freemont Avenue and S Moody Avenue and two (2) lanes on S Howard Avenue between W Cleveland Street and W Kennedy Boulevard will be maintained during construction, with delays.

The crosswalk on the west side of S Howard Avenue at the intersection of W Kennedy Boulevard will be closed during construction.  Pedestrian access will be maintained via signage to other sidewalks in the area at all times.

No work will take place on nights of special events at the arena or on holidays.

All lanes on W Kennedy Boulevard and S Howard Avenue will reopen to traffic by 5 am on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, weather permitting.

The City recommends using alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion.

Traffic Advisory: Temporary Lane Closures W Kennedy Boulevard and S Howard Avenue May 21, 2018 for Utility Maintenance, to be released today, May 16, 2018

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See all road closures at www.tampagov.net/RoadClosures

May 16, 2018 - 10:30am

City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department Announced as Finalist for the 2018 National Gold Medal Awards in Parks and Recreation

City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department to compete for prestigious honor in the park and recreation industry.

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department as a finalist for the 2018 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. Musco Lighting, LLC has been a proud sponsor of the Gold Medal Awards program for over 10 years.

 

Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. Applications are separated into seven classes, with five classes based on population, one class for armed forces recreation and one class for state park systems awarded on odd numbered years.

 

The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department is a finalist in the Class II (population of 150,000 – 400,000) category. Operating on over 3,540 acres of parkland with 178 parks, 29 community centers, twelve pools, nine splash pads, 5 art studios, 5 cemeteries, three skate parks, two gymnastics and dance facilities, and one amazing Riverwalk; we are dedicated to providing a quality park system that meets the community’s needs for recreation and learning opportunities. Ranging from the Stay & Play program that offers teens a safe alternative from the summer streets; to the Tree-Mendous tree program that is helping to renew the urban forest; or over a thousand free Head Start swim lessons offered at our pools; Tampa Parks and Recreation is leading the way in innovative recreational opportunities for everyone.

 

Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of community members, staff and elected officials. The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department joins three other finalists in their class that will compete for grand honors this year.

 

“Our parks are the crown jewel of this great city,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “They provide a place, not only for people to recreate, but a place for families to make memories for that will last a lifetime. To be considered for this prestigious award is a testament to our team and the parks and programs they’ve put in place.”

A panel of five park and recreation professionals reviews and judges all application materials. Judges are chosen for their considerable experience and knowledge in parks and recreation on both the local and national levels. 

 

This year’s finalists will compete for Grand Plaque Award honors this summer, and the six Grand Plaque recipients will be announced live during the NRPA General Session at the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, Sept. 25–27, 2018.

 

For more information on the Gold Medal Awards, visit www.nrpa.org/goldmedal or www.aapra.org.

 

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration is a non-profit organization founded to advance knowledge related to the administration of recreation and parks; to encourage scholarly efforts by both practitioners and educators that would enhance the practice of park and recreation administration; to promote broader public understanding of the importance of parks and recreation to the public good; and, to conduct research, publish scholarly papers and sponsor seminars related to the advancement of park and recreation administration. For more information, visit www.aapra.org

 

The National Recreation and Park Association
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.

 

Musco Lighting, LLC is a company that has specialized in lighting systems for sports and large areas for more than 30 years. Musco has pioneered dramatic improvements in energy efficiency and affordable ways to control wasted spill light and glare. Permanent and temporary lighting services range from neighborhood fields to NASCAR super speedways. For more information, visit www.musco.com.

May 11, 2018 - 3:30pm

Temporary Lane Closures of N Pierce Street and N Jefferson Street to begin May 14, 2018 for Utility Construction

 

Temporary Lane Closures of N Pierce Street and N Jefferson Street to begin May 14, 2018 for Utility Construction

Tampa, FL (May 11, 2018)  A portion of N Pierce Street between E Jackson Street and E Washington Street, will close Monday, May 14, 2018 and a portion of N Jefferson Street between E Kennedy Boulevard and E Washington Street will close on Monday, May 28, 2018, as part of the TECO Washington Street Substation Expansion project.  The TECO subcontractor will be building a wall around the TECO substation expansion to the north of the existing Washington Street Substation.  As part of the Washington Street Substation Expansion project, the contractor will be installing new sidewalks on N Pierce Street, E Jackson Street, N Jefferson Street and E Washington Street and installing street lights, benches, trash cans and trees. 

One (1) southbound lane on N Pierce Street between E Jackson Street and E Washington Street will close at 9 am beginning on May 14, 2018.

One (1) southbound lane on N Jefferson Street between E Kennedy Boulevard and E Washington Street will close daily from 9 am to 4 pm beginning on Monday, May 28, 2018. 

There will be temporary sidewalk closures on the east side N Pierce Street between E Jackson Street and E Washington Street, on the south side of E Jackson Street between N Pierce Street and N Jefferson Street, on the west side of N Jefferson Street between E Jackson Street and E Washington Street and on the north side of E Washington Street between N Pierce Street and N Jefferson Street throughout the construction.  Pedestrians will be detoured to other available sidewalks in the area with signage.

All lanes on N Pierce Street and N Jefferson Street will reopen to traffic by 4 pm on Friday, August 3, 2018, weather permitting.

The City recommends using alternative routes to avoid traffic congestion.

Traffic Advisory: Temporary Lane Closures Pierce St and Jefferson St to begin May 14, 2018 for Utility Construction, to be released today, May 11, 2018

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See all road closures at www.tampagov.net/RoadClosures

For additional information, please contact:

Catherine M. Coyle, Planning & Urban Design Manager

City of Tampa Planning & Development Department

(813) 274-3100, Option 4; catherine.coyle@tampagov.net

May 9, 2018 - 10:00pm

TAMPA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING

DATE/TIME: Wednesday May 9, 2018 @ 4:52 PM

LOCATION: 4605 N. Thatcher Avenue
VICTIM: WM Jason Botes 4/1/1987
SUSPECT: BM, mid to late 20's, last seen wearing black clothing.


DETAILS: Tampa Police recieved a 911 call from a female, as she was driving, who advised her boyfriend had been shot. Officers were able to come in contact with the caller and victim, identified as Jason Botes, in the 4100 block of W. Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard. Officers provided first aid until Tampa FIre Rescue arrived and transported the victim to St. Joseph's Hospital in critical condition. Detectives were able to get a description of the suspect from the victim. During the investigation, it was determined that the shooting took place at 4605 N. Thatcher Avenue. With information provided to police that the suspect may still be inside, a perimeter was immediately established around the residence and the Tactical Response (SWAT) Team was activated. The suspect was not found inside.


It is early in this active investigation. Detectives continue to develop leads to determine the motivation for the shooting and the identity of the suspect. Updates will be provided as they become available.