August 17, 2018 - 10:15am

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn to Tour Brightline in Miami and Fort Lauderdale

***NOTE: Space is limited: media RSVP required by August 21, Tampa media RSVP to Ashley Bauman ***         

 WHAT:  City of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Tampa-based officials will tour Brightline in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

Brightline is the only privately-funded, express, inter-city passenger rail service in the United States. Mayor Buckhorn will meet with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, along with Brightline executives.

As one of the nation’s fastest growing regions, Tampa is a natural extension for Brightline. Brightline is currently engaged in the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) RFP process to allow for private investment in a high-speed rail connection from Orlando to Tampa.

WHEN: Thursday, August 23, 2018

8:37 a.m. –   Mayor Buckhorn and Tampa delegation depart Tampa for Miami on AA flight #1118

10:15 a.m. – Delegation arrives at MiamiCentral via shuttle bus (provided by Brightline)

10:30 a.m. – Delegation tours MiamiCentral and adjacent transit oriented development

11:30 a.m. – Lunch and presentation at Brightline office by President and COO Patrick Goddard

1:13 p.m.  –  Delegation takes Brightline to Fort Lauderdale station and tours station

2:39 p.m. –   Delegation takes Brightline to MiamiCentral

3:45 p.m. –   Group departs MiamiCentral for airport on Metrorail Orange Line

5:34 p.m. –   Mayor Buckhorn and members of depart Miami on AA flight #2624

NOTE:   Media RSVP required by August 21         

Brightline:          

Mike Hicks: Cell: 786-261-1448 / michaelh@louhammond.com

Ali Soule: Cell: 407-257-1838 / asoule@gobrightline.com

August 16, 2018 - 3:15pm

Temporary Lane Closures on W Bay-to-Bay Boulevard to begin August 20, 2018 for Utility Maintenance Work

Starting Monday, August 20, 2018, the eastbound lanes in the 3600 block of W Bay- to-Bay Boulevard between S Dale Mabry Highway and S Himes Avenue will close while department crews install a sewer lateral. Signage and arrow boards will be in place to direct motorists around the closed lanes and work site. 
This install will be completed by close of business on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, weather permitting.
The City of Tampa recommends that motorists use alternative routes to avoid traffic congestion.
See all road closures at www.tampagov.net/RoadClosures

 

For additional information, please contact:

Eric Weiss, P.E., Director

City of Tampa – Wastewater Department

(813) 274-8039; eric.weiss@tampagov.net
Traffic Closure
August 15, 2018 - 11:30am

Tampa Police Working with Multiple Agencies to Identify ‘Laundromat Looters’

View surveillance video from the Coin Wash 24 burglary

 

DATE/TIME:            August 7, 2018 at approximately 2 a.m.

BURGLARY #1:      Coin Laundry, 122 West Bougainvillea Avenue, Tampa

 

DATE/TIME:            August 7, 2018 approximately 2:28 a.m.

BURGLARY #2:      Coin Wash 24, 8923 North Boulevard, Tampa

 

SUSPECT 1: W/M, apprx 5’9”, apprx 170 lbs., medium length black hair and eyeglasses

 

SUSPECT 2: W/M, apprx 6’2”, 190 lbs., low cut black hair, full sleeve tattoos on both arms, wore a black short sleeve shirt, dark colored shorts, and black sneakers

 

SUSPECT 3: W/F, apprx 5’2”, 170 lbs., dark brown hair, wore a black shirt, blue jean shorts, and pink sneakers

 

DETAILS:

 

Tampa Police officers are asking for the public's help in identifying a group of thieves targeting laundromats.  The trio, which includes two men and a female, entered at least two coin operated laundromats in Tampa during the early morning hours on August 7.  The thieves used a crowbar that they hid inside of a laundry basket to pry their way into locked offices.  They fled the scene without cash or property in both burglaries.

 

Detectives believe the "Laundromat Looters" are responsible for committing at least five similar burglaries at laundromats along I-4.  Tampa Police detectives are working closely with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Orlando Police Department, Wildwood Police Department and the Sumter County Sheriff's Office to develop additional information that could lead to the suspects' identity and location.

 

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.  Anonymous tips may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.

 

Janelle McGregor

TPD PIO

August 15, 2018 - 9:00am

Checkpoint Aimed at Keeping Roadways Safe

The Tampa Police Department DUI unit will be conducting a safety checkpoint on Friday, August 17 to Saturday, August 18.  Officers will be stationed near 106 East Sligh Avenue from 9:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.  This checkpoint is part of the 2018 national enforcement mobilization "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign which goes into effect across the country from August 17 to September 3, 2018.

Janelle McGregor

TPD Spokesperson

August 14, 2018 - 3:30pm

Temporary Lane Closures on E Broadway Avenue to begin August 19, 2018 for Road Construction

A portion of E Broadway Avenue between N 50th Street and N Falkenburg Road will close beginning on Sunday, August 19, 2018, as part of the Capital Improvement project.  A Hillsborough County contractor will mill and pave the eastbound and westbound lanes on E Broadway Avenue between N 50th Street and the City limits.  The contractor will also install detectable warning pads on the existing sidewalks on E Broadway Avenue at the intersecting side streets. 

The eastbound or westbound lanes on E Broadway Avenue between N 50th Street and the City limits will close nightly Sunday through Thursday between 7 pm to 6 am the following morning beginning on August 19, 2018.

Eastbound and westbound traffic on E Broadway Avenue between N 50th Street and the City limits will be maintained intermittently at all times, with delays.

All adjacent side streets on E Broadway Avenue between N 50th Street and the City limits will be closed at the intersection of E Broadway Avenue during portions of the construction.

There will be intermittent sidewalk closures on E Broadway Avenue between N 50th Street and the City limits  during construction.  Pedestrians will be detoured to other available sidewalks with signage. 

The entire project is expected to be completed by 6 am on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, weather permitting.

The City recommends using alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion.  Eastbound and westbound motorists can use SR 60 between N 50th Street and N Falkenburg Road in lieu of E Broadway Avenue.  

 

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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

August 13, 2018 - 6:15pm

Temporary Road Closure of W Tampa Bay Boulevard August 14, 2018 for Stadium Event

A portion of W Tampa Bay Boulevard between N Dale Mabry Highway and N Himes Avenue will close beginning at 9 am on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, for the Taylor Swift concert held at Raymond James Stadium.  W Tampa Bay Boulevard between N Dale Mabry Highway and N Himes Avenue is scheduled to be open to traffic by 11 pm on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, weather permitting.   

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

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

Road Closure

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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

August 13, 2018 - 2:00pm

Temporary Road and Lane Closures on W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and N MacDill Avenue to begin August 25, 2018 for Utility Construction

A portion of W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between N Himes Avenue and N Habana Avenue and N MacDill Avenue between W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and W Tampa Bay Boulevard will close daily for one weekend beginning on Saturday, August 25, 2018, for utility construction.   A utility contractor will be installing wires on new transmission poles located on the south side of W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between N MacDill Avenue and N Habana Avenue.   Work will begin on W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at the intersection at N MacDill Avenue and proceed easterly toward N Habana Avenue.  During the majority of the work, one (1) eastbound lane on W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between N MacDill Avenue and N Habana Avenue will close daily from 6 am to 6 pm for one weekend beginning on August 25, 2018.   

 

One (1) eastbound lane on W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between N MacDill Avenue and N Habana Avenue and one (1) southbound lane on N MacDill Avenue between W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and W St Isabel Street will be maintained at most times during construction, with delays.

 

N Gomez Avenue between W Virginia Avenue and W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will also be closed during a portion of the construction.

 

The sidewalk on the south side of W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between N MacDill Avenue and N Habana Avenue and on the west side of N MacDill Avenue between W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and W St Isabel Street will be closed during construction.  Pedestrian access will be maintained via signage to other sidewalks in the area at all times.

 

W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between N MacDill Avenue and N Habana Avenue will open to traffic by 6 pm on Sunday, August 26, 2018, weather permitting.   

 

The City of Tampa recommends that motorists use alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion. Eastbound motorists can use W Tampa Bay Boulevard or W Hillsborough Avenue between N Himes Avenue and N Habana Avenue in lieu of W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.  Southbound motorists on N MacDill Avenue can use N Himes Avenue or N Habana Avenue between W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and W Tampa Bay Boulevard.

   

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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

August 13, 2018 - 10:45am

As Summer comes to an end Tampa’s Stay & Play program sees record breaking numbers

In June of 2015, Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced two significant Parks initiatives to help keep kids safe throughout the summer by extending hours of parks facilities and providing free recreation cards (“Rec Cards”). Since then Stay & Play has more than doubled its attendance and the rec cards have become increasingly more popular.


“Stay & Play’s success proves that with innovative initiatives, local governments can truly make a difference, ” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn.  “Tampa’s youth deserve a safe place surrounded by mentors and coaches who care about their wellbeing. There are children that are alive today because Stay and Play gave them a reason to not be on the street and in harm’s way. Whether it’s through the Stay & Play initiative, after school programs, or Summer camps our Parks & Recreation staff are transformative in the lives of so many.”  

"With continuous input from the teens, we have enhanced our program by offering a variety of activities such as culinary arts, musical expression, dance, athletic leagues, field trips, additional pool openings, community partners, guest speakers and professional athlete participation. Thanks to donations form the Florida Beverage Association and Friends of Tampa Recreation Inc., we have added healthier meal options to the program this summer.  With the advanced planning, healthy meals at no cost and marketing on social media, we were able to increase attendance by 19%.  Keeping Tampa's teens active and safe is paramount for our community, and we look forward to the program’s ongoing success." said Recreation Manager John Allen.

The original goal of ‘Stay & Play’ was to help curb the rising tide of violence as summer started in 2015. We gave kids a choice to be a part of a safe, productive, and fun environment, and it was an overwhelming success. 


“We at Tampa Parks and Recreation are very pleased to witness the participation in the Stay and Play program in the City. I think it demonstrates the value of the program the Mayor and the City of Tampa provides our youth!” said Parks and Recreation Director Paul Dial


From May 25, 2018 to August 9, 2018, 38,542 kids participated in the City of Tampa’s “Stay & Play” programming at fourteen different city facilities, and 1,906 teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19 years old signed up for free “Rec Cards.”

The “Rec Cards” are good for one year and allow for access into facilities and programming, including free After School programs during the school year.

These numbers are in addition to the 2,667 kids who attended the City’s traditional summer camps and the 3,624 who attended the specialty camps.  

The Parks and Recreation Department provided a total of 822 kids with scholarships totaling over $49,120.

Keeping Our Kids Safe

City of Tampa Police and Parks and Recreation Security worked together throughout the summer to keep all participating youth safe. There were no incidents at any of the nine participating facilities.

Extended Hours Continue This Fall

Building off the summer success, the following recreation centers will be open later hours.  Please call for details.

  • Copeland Park Community      Center, 11001 North 15th Street (975-2743)
  • Dr. Martin Luther King      Jr. Community Center, 2200 North Oregon Avenue (259-1667)
  • Jackson Heights      Community Center, 3310 East Lake Avenue (242-5346)
  • Springhill Community      Center, 1000 East Eskimo Avenue (274-3314)


Free “Rec Cards” will continue.


Activities will be in a semi-structured environment and vary by location. Those activities will range from sporting activities like basketball to arts and guest speakers.

The anticipated cost for the extension of school-year hours is approximately $100,000.

August 10, 2018 - 5:00pm

TAMPA POLICE INVESTIGATE TRAFFIC CRASH INVOLVING TEEN PEDESTRIAN

TAMPA POLICE INVESTIGATE TRAFFIC CRASH INVOLVING TEEN PEDESTRIAN

DATE/TIME: 8/10/18 @ 3:44 PM
LOCATION: E. Sligh Avenue at N. Rome Avenue
VICTIM: Jephté S. Germain-Rogers DOB 11/11/01 (16yo)

*Update* 16 year old Jephte' Germain-Rogers, who was injured in a traffic crash yesterday as he attempted to cross E. Sligh Avenue near N. Rome Avenue, has died as a result of his injuries.

Tampa Police Detectives continue their investigation of a teen pedestrian struck by a vehicle this afternoon at E. Sligh Avenue and N. Rome Avenue. Jephté German-Rogers attempted to cross Sligh Avenue outside of the crosswalk, running northbound across the street. He was struck by a 1992 gray Honda Accord travelling westbound on Sligh Avenue. Officers arrived on-scene to find Germain-Rogers with traumatic injuries. He was transported to a local hospital, where he is currently listed in critical condition.

This is still an active investigation; however, at this time no criminal charges have been filed.

August 10, 2018 - 12:15pm

Fitch affirmed that the City of Tampa has been given a stable outlook

"Yesterday, Fitch affirmed that the City of Tampa has been given stable outlook. These credit ratings represent Tampa’s commitment to living within our means while making the strategic investments that have allowed Tampa to become one of the hottest real estate markets in America.,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. " Thirteen rating increases in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression is a testimony to the amazing team here at the City of Tampa and reflects our commitment to being good stewards of the public’s money.” See Fitch press release.