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October 21, 2020 - 10:15am

Mayor Jane Castor will be joined by Attorneys Jena Hudson, Harry Cohen, and Tom DiFiore for Today’s Facebook Live at 4:30 pm to discuss tenant’s rights and eviction

In an effort to practice safe social-distancing we will be holding a media availability via Facebook Live at 4:30 pm today.

 

WHO: Mayor Jane Castor, Jena Hudson, Harry Cohen, and Tom DiFiore

WHAT: Facebook Live update on eviction and the rights of tenants during a pandemic

WHERE: www.facebook.com/cityoftampaFL

WHEN:  October 21, 2020 at 4:30pm

 

Please send all questions for Mayor Castor, Jena Hudson, Harry Cohen, and Tom DiFiore to:

Brian.Sullivan@tampagov.net.

Tom DiFiore

Tom DiFiore

Harry Cohen

Harry Cohen

Jena Hudson

Jena Hudson

October 21, 2020 - 9:45am

TAMPA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING/HOMICIDE

DATE/TIME:  October 20, 2020 @ 8:25 PM    

LOCATION:  5000 block N 32nd St

VICTIMS: #1/48 year old black male; #2/42 year old black female; #3/56 year old black female (deceased) 

Details:  Tampa Police were dispatched to the report of ‘shots heard’ in the area of N. 32nd St and E. Caracas St at 8:25 PM, Tuesday night. While enroute, responding officers were informed by dispatchers of additional calls coming in regarding multiple gunshot victims in the 5000 block of N. 32nd St. Upon arrival, officers located three victims.

Two victims suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. Victim #3 suffered a critical gunshot wound to the upper body. All three were transported to a nearby hospital by Tampa Fire Rescue, where victim #3 succumbed to her injuries.

It is very early in the investigation and detectives are working to develop leads. Currently, suspect information is limited to what has been described as three males in dark clothing. Detectives ask anyone in the area who may have surveillance cameras to review their footage and contact Tampa Police with any video that may assist in the investigation. Anyone with any information regarding this event is asked to contact Crimestoppers of Tampa Bay at 800.873.TIPS.

October 21, 2020 - 9:00am

Update# 2: Lane Closures on North Florida Ave Between West 130th and West 131st Avenues

Beginning at 9 a.m. today, the outside northbound and the outside southbound lanes on North Florida Avenue will be closed between West 130th and West 131stAvenues while the Tampa Water Department completes repairs to an earlier water main break. Barricades and signs will be located in the area to assist with traffic flow. Please use caution when driving in the area. Modifications may be necessary during the course of the work.

 

The completion of the work with a return to normal traffic patterns is expected by 4 p.m., Friday, October 23. The Tampa Water Department may need to return at a later date to complete additional work. An update will be provided at that time. Work schedules are contingent upon weather conditions. 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:

Elias Franco, Water Distribution & Consumer Services Manager 

Office: (813) 274-8335

Cell: (813) 352-3607

Fax: (813) 274-8358

Elias.Franco@TampaGov.net 

October 21, 2020 - 8:00am

Lane Closures on North 22nd Street between East Martin Luther King Boulevard and East 32nd Avenue as well as East Martin Luther King Boulevard between North 21st and North 24th Streets

Beginning at 9 a.m. today, the following streets will be closed while  the Tampa Water Department repairs a water main break:

  • The northbound lane of North 22nd Street between East Martin Luther King Boulevard and East 32nd Avenue.
  • All eastbound lanes of East Martin Luther King Boulevard between North 21st and North 24th Streets.

 

Barricades and signs will be located in the area to assist with traffic flow. Please use caution when driving in the area. Modifications may be necessary during the course of the work.

 

The completion of the work with a return to normal traffic patterns is expected by 6 p.m., Monday, October 26. The Tampa Water Department may need to return at a later date to complete additional work. An update will be provided at that time. Work schedules are contingent upon weather conditions. 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:

Elias Franco, Water Distribution & Consumer Services Manager 

Office: (813) 274-8335

Cell: (813) 352-3607

Fax: (813) 274-8358

Elias.Franco@TampaGov.net 

October 20, 2020 - 6:15pm

Mayor Jane Castor Released the Following Statement in Today’s Officer Involved Shooting

“This is a difficult day for all involved. My thoughts are with the family who lost a loved one under tragic circumstances, with the officers who were put into a position that required them to use deadly force, and the innocent store employees who were traumatized by this incident. The officers took actions today to protect our community.  Now, FDLE will conduct an independent investigation as part of a new process that ensures objectivity and transparency.”

October 19, 2020 - 8:15am

Mayor Jane Castor to Cast Her Ballot on the First Day of Early Voting

To honor the start of early voting in Hillsborough County, Mayor Jane Castor will be casting her ballot at 9:30 AM this morning at Amalie Arena.

Early voting for the General Election is now open and will continue from October 19 - November 1, giving voters the flexibility to vote when and where is most convenient to them. To learn more and find a voting location, visit www.votehillsborough.org/VOTERS/Early-Voting


WHO: Mayor Jane Castor and Family
WHAT: Early Voting

WHEN: 9:30 AM today, October 19th, 2020

WHERE: Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602

October 16, 2020 - 9:45pm

Lane Closure on North Habana Avenue Between West Wilder Avenue and West Violet Street

Beginning at 11 p.m. tonight, the outside southbound lane of North Habana Avenue will be closed between West Wilder Avenue and West Violet Street while the Tampa Water Department repairs a water main break. Barricades and signs will be located in the area to assist with traffic flow. Please use caution when driving in the area. Modifications may be necessary during the course of the work.

 

The completion of the work with a return to normal traffic patterns is expected by 5 p.m., Tuesday, October 20. Work schedules are contingent upon weather conditions. 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:

Elias Franco, Water Distribution & Consumer Services Manager 

Office: (813) 274-8335

Cell: (813) 352-3607

Fax: (813) 274-8358

Elias.Franco@TampaGov.net 

 

October 15, 2020 - 4:15pm

City of Tampa Utilities to Resume Normal Collections Activity November 1, 2020

The City of Tampa Utilities section will resume normal collections activity on November 1, 2020. Normal collections activity had been suspended prior to COVID-19 due to a recent Customer Information System conversion. That suspension was extended after the COVID-19 outbreak in March of this year. With the gradual resumption of economic recovery in our region, collections activity will now resume.


As a provider of critical essential services, the Utilities Section has been proactively working with all our customers to provide flexible payment arrangements and facilitate communications with Hillsborough County social service agencies that offer payment assistance. During this time, we have not charged late fees or interrupted the delivery of utility services. Later this month, customers will again begin to receive reminder notices. Late fees will be assessed for new balances accrued after November 1, 2020. To mitigate the impact to customers, unpaid balances accrued up to November 1, 2020 will not be charged a late fee.


We understand that customers may still be experiencing financial hardship. The collections team will be ready to discuss and authorize reasonable repayment terms in order to avoid interruption of services. Customers should pay close attention to their utility bills and identify any balances owed prior to the COVID-19 outbreak in March. Getting current on these older balances should be their first priority in negotiating comprehensive payment terms.


Assistance under the federal CARES Act is still available through the appropriate Hillsborough County social services agencies through December 31st. Our team will continue to facilitate communications between our customers and these agencies to determine eligibility for payment assistance.


Customers looking for additional guidance should contact our representatives by calling (813) 274-8811.


For additional information, please contact:

Elias Franco, Water Distribution & Consumer Services Manager 

Office: (813) 274-8335

Cell: (813) 352-3607

Fax: (813) 274-8358

Elias.Franco@TampaGov.net

October 14, 2020 - 4:00pm

Temporary Road Closures on W Tyler Street and N WC Macinnes Place to begin October 19, 2020 for Road Construction

A portion of W Tyler Street between N Ashley Drive and W Cass Street and N WC Macinnes Place between W Fortune Street and W Tyler Street will close beginning at 9 am on Monday, October 19, 2020 for road construction.  A private contractor is realigning W Tyler Street and W Cass Street, as part of the AER development project.  The road construction is being completed in three (3) phases.  Access to the Straz Performing Arts Center drop-off entrance will be available at all times during construction.

Phase 1 is completed. Phase 2 which includes the realignment of W Tyler Street between N WC Macinnes Place and W Cass Street is scheduled to be completed by 4 pm on Friday, October 16, 2020, weather permitting.  Phase 3 construction will begin immediately upon the completion of the Phase 2 work.

During Phase 3, the intersection of W Tyler Street and N WC Macinnes Place will close at 9 am on October 19, 2020.  In addition to intersection improvements, the contractor will extend/build N WC Macinnes Place between W Tyler Street and W Cass Street.  Access to the Straz Performing Arts Center drop-off entrance will be available from W Cass Street.

The entire project is scheduled to be completed by 4 pm on Friday, November 20, 2020, weather permitting.

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

    

Road Closure

 

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

For additional information, please contact:

Debbie Herrington, P.E., Transportation ROW Engineer

City of Tampa Mobility Department

(813) 274-3104; debbie.herrington@tampagov.net

 

October 9, 2020 - 11:30am

City of Tampa awarded 25th Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® (AEP) for 2020 from the National Procurement Institute, Inc. (NPI)

The City of Tampa has been awarded the prestigious 25th Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® (AEP) for 2020 from the National Procurement Institute, Inc. (NPI).   The AEP Award is earned by public and non-profit agencies that demonstrate a commitment to procurement excellence. This annual program recognizes procurement organizations that embrace Innovation, Professionalism, Productivity, Leadership and e-Procurement.

The AEP program encourages the development of excellence as well as continued organizational improvement to earn the award annually.

“The City of Tampa’s Purchasing Department is responsible for maintaining and monitoring billions of dollars’ worth of goods and services every year,” said Mayor Jane Castor. “Our dedicated team has earned this honor fourteen consecutive years in a row and are dedicated to the resourceful responsible use of taxpayer dollars by maintaining the highest standards.”

For 2020, there were 188 successful applicants, including 40 counties, 69 cities, 15 higher education agencies, 22 school districts, 34 special districts, 5 state agencies and 3 others.

In addition to the National Procurement Institute, Inc. (NPI), the AEP is sponsored by the California Association of Public Procurement Officials (CAPPO), Canadian Public Procurement Council / Conseil canadien des marchés publics (CPPC), Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials (FAPPO), National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP), National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO), NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement and Texas Public Purchasing Association (TxPPA). The AEP is supported by the Airport Purchasing Group (APG), OMINA Partners, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) and the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC).

 

For more information, visit www.npi.connection.org