March 20, 2019 - 11:15am

Partial Closure of N Rome Avenue begins March 26, 2019 for Utility Maintenance Work

Starting Tuesday, March 26, 2019, there will be a partial road closure of N Rome Avenue between W Hanlon Street and W Hollywood Street while department crews repair a sewer mainline pipe and restore a depression in the road. Variable message boards will be in place to alert motorists of the road closure along with detour signage to direct motorists around the closed section of road and work area.  This repair and restoration of the road will be completed by the close of business on Friday, March 29, 2019, 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

Road Closure

For additional information, please contact:

Eric Weiss, P.E., Director

City of Tampa – Wastewater Department

(813) 274-8039; eric.weiss@tampagov.net

March 20, 2019 - 10:45am

Free Community Forum on Domestic Violence

Tampa teens, their parents, and other concerned citizens are invited to a FREE educational forum, Keeping Respect in Relationships, on domestic violence, an issue that impacts many members in the Tampa Bay community. The event is to be held on Wednesday, April 10, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Barksdale Adult Activity Center, 1801 North Lincoln Avenue in Macfarlane Park.

 

The Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council, a program of the City of Tampa that allows local teens to develop their leadership skills and apply them through various service projects and workshops, sponsors the forum.

 

Community members will hear from a variety of experts who will provide a deeper understanding of the impact and prevention of domestic violence. Furthermore, they will discuss the law enforcement aspect and legal implications of this issue. Following the presentations, youth council members will facilitate an audience question and answer portion.

 

The forum will feature The Spring of Tampa Bay’s Christine Meister, Tampa Police Detective Susan Harmison, Assistant State Attorney Lizzie Muller, and mother Lucia Robles who will talk about the personal effects of domestic abuse.

 

Reservations for the event are requested by April 5, 2019 and can be made by contacting Molly Biebel, City of Tampa Youth Development Coordinator, at (813) 274-5909, or via email at molly.biebel@tampagov.net.

March 19, 2019 - 5:30pm

City of Tampa lights Fortune Taylor Bridge

The Fortune Taylor Bridge is the sixth downtown bridge to receive permanent lighting under Mayor Bob Buckhorn and is part of the City of Tampa’s ongoing Lights On Tampa Program.


“The lighting of these bridges has become a signature visual for some of Tampa’s most iconic photographs in recent years,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “ Our public art is both indicative and a validator of our urban revitalization. These projects create a sense of community and they will be cherished for years to come.”

The Fortune Taylor Bridge will look noticeably different from the other bridges. Viewers will notice that they are brighter, of a higher quality, and provide a broader range for programming.   The lights on the bridge are color kinetics, LED fixtures RGBW (red, green blue and white) and allow for the creation of a broad spectrum of color palettes in deeper hues and even pastels—well over 16 million color combinations. 
 

Funding is through the Arts Programs Division and the Downtown CRA fund. Total budget for the project is $428,000. It is hoped that all downtown bridges will eventually receive permanent lighting as funding becomes available.

The next Lights On Tampa is scheduled for November 2020.

Additional Quotes:

Matt May, Chairman of the City of Tampa Public Art Committee:  “The light installation employs lights and programming that are new to Tampa’s Riverwalk and will help to create a diverse visual experience along Tampa’s riverfront.”

Chris Jones, lead lighting designer for the project: “We approached this bridge as an illuminated piece of art work as opposed to just changing colors, the fixtures can display a wide range of effects similar to paint on canvas” says

 

What:  Fortune Taylor Bridge most recent bridge to receive permanent lighting

When: Starting March 19, 2019

Where: Fortune Taylor Bridge/Hillsborough River

 

Photos by Matt May 

Fortune Taylor Bridge

Fortune Taylor Bridge

Fortune Taylor Bridge
March 19, 2019 - 1:45pm

Temporary Road Closures on Channelside Drive to begin March 26, 2019 for Road Construction

The second and final phase of roadwork on Channelside Drive between Cumberland Avenue and S Meridian Avenue/Beneficial Drive is scheduled to begin Tuesday, March 26, 2019, upon the completion of the Phase 1 work.  Channelside Drive between Cumberland Avenue and S 12th Street will close at approximately 1 am on March 26, 2019.  

 

Channelside Drive between Cumberland Avenue and S 12th Street is schedule to reopen to traffic by 6 am Thursday, March 28, 2019, weather permitting.

 

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

 

For hockey fans planning on seeing the Lightning at AMALIE Arena, please go to:

tampabaylightning.com/parking

 

Others planning on seeing a family show, event or concert, please go to:

amaliearena.com/plan-your-visit

 

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

 

Traffic Advisory: Temporary Road Closure Channelside Drive to begin March 26, 2019 for Utility Construction, to be released today, March 19, 2019

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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).

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

March 19, 2019 - 12:45pm

Temporary Lane Closure on E 7th Avenue to begin March 25, 2019 for Utility Construction

A portion of E 7th Avenue between N 21st Street/N 22nd Street and Nick Nuccio Parkway will close at 9 am beginning on Monday, March 25, 2019, for utility construction.  A private contractor will be installing drainage and utilities on the north side of E 7th Avenue between N 15th Street and N Avenida Republica De Cuba for the construction of the new Ybor Hotel.  The westbound lane on E 7th Avenue between N 15th Street and N Avenida Republica De Cuba will close beginning on March 25, 2019.

 

Only eastbound traffic on E 7th Avenue between N Avenida Republica De Cuba and N 15th Street will be maintained during construction.

 

E 7th Avenue between N 15th Street and N Avenida Republica De Cuba will reopen to traffic by 4 pm on Friday, March 29, 2019, weather permitting.    

 

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

Traffic Advisory: Temporary Lane Closure E 7th Avenue to begin March 25, 2019 for Utility Construction, to be released today, March 19, 2019

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

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

March 19, 2019 - 10:00am

TAMPA POLICE INVESTIGATING FOUR ARMED ROBBERIES

Tampa Police believe the four armed robberies, including three on Monday night and one early Tuesday morning, are related. In each case the suspect had a bandana over his face, a dark hoodie, dark athletic shorts, and a black firearm.

ROBBERY 1: PDQ restaurant at 2207 S Dale Mabry Highway at 9:35 p.m. The suspect walked up to the drive-thru window, pointed a gun at the driver of a car in the drive-thru lane and told the driver to leave. The suspect pointed the gun at the cashiers at the drive-thru window and demanded money. The suspect then reached through the window and unsuccessfully attempted to open the cash register. He fled on foot.

ROBBERY 2: Circle K at 3001 S Manhattan Ave at 9:49 p.m. The suspect entered the store, pointed a firearm at the clerk and demanded money. The clerk placed the cash into a plastic bag provided by the suspect. The suspect fled on foot.

ROBBERY 3: 7-Eleven at 2301 W Linebaugh Ave at 11:50 p.m. The suspect walked up to the counter, pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money from the cash register. The clerk complied, putting the money in a plastic bag provided by the suspect. The suspect walked out the front door and fled in an eastbound direction.

ROBBERY 4: Circle K at 4115 S Westshore Boulevard at 1:59 a.m. The suspect entered the store, pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money from two cash registers. The clerk complied, placing money in a bag. The suspect then left the store on foot, headed northbound.

Late Monday, in an effort to prevent additional robberies, officers were alerted to keep an eye on convenience stores and fast-food establishments. Detectives are collecting physical evidence and video in an effort to identify the suspect who we believe is responsible for all four robberies. TPD is not releasing any video at this time.

Anyone with any information should contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477) to be eligible for a cash reward.

March 18, 2019 - 6:15pm

Temporary Road Closure on E 7th Avenue to begin March 25, 2019 for Utility Maintenance

A portion of E 7th Avenue between N 21stStreet/N 22nd Street and Nick Nuccio Parkway will close nightly from 7 pm to 6 am beginning on Monday, March 25, 2019, for utility maintenance.  A utility contractor will be temporarily removing TECO poles on the north side of E 7thAvenue between N 15th Street and N Avenida Republica De Cuba and the three (3) decorative archway lights over E 7th Avenue for the construction of the new Ybor Hotel.  E 7th Avenue between N 15th Street and N Avenida Republica De Cuba will close at 7 pm on March 25, 2019.

 

E 7th Avenue between N 15th Street and N Avenida Republica De Cuba will reopen to traffic in both directions by 6 am on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, weather permitting.    

 

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

    

Traffic Advisory: Temporary Road Closure E 7th Avenue between N 15th Street and N Avenida Republica De Cuba to begin March 25, 2019 for Utility Maintenance, to be released today, March 18, 2019

 

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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

 

March 18, 2019 - 4:00pm

TAMPA POLICE IDENTIFY RECOVERED BODY AS WOMAN MISSING MORE THAN TWO MONTHS

The body found on Friday under a floating dock near Water Works Park has been identified as Deborah Saucier, who has been missing since January 8. Her family has been notified.

DATE/TIME: Missing since 1/8/2019 at 9:00 a.m. Found on March 15, 2019 at 11:32 a.m.

LOCATION: 1710 N Highland Ave. at Water Taxi Dock #16

DECEASED: Deborah Washington Saucier, 62 (DOB: 11/23/56

On Friday, March 15, at approximately 11:32 a.m. the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was called out to Water Taxi Dock #16 on the Hillsborough River to investigate something lodged under the floating dock. It was determined that it was a body. The TPD dive team responded to recover the body. Since the recovery, the Medical Examiner's Office and TPD detectives have been working to positively identify the body. That identification was confirmed today. There are no signs of foul play.

Deborah Saucier's family last saw her on the morning of January 8 leaving her home. Her vehicle was found abandoned near Julian B Lane Park in the 1000 block N. Boulevard. She was considered missing and endangered due to medical conditions that required medication. A Silver Alert was activated.

The investigation determined that she had been at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino the day she was last seen. Tampa Police released video of Ms. Saucier at the casino in the hopes that someone would recall seeing her that day and could help locate her.

Since she was reported missing, TPD detectives worked with Ms. Saucier's family and searched for video in the area where her car was abandoned. At this time several questions remain unanswered, including how Ms. Saucier ended up in the Hillsborough River.

March 15, 2019 - 8:45am

Temporary Lane Closures on S Ashley Drive and E Whiting Street to begin March 25, 2019 for Utility Construction

A portion of S Ashley Drive between E Madison Street and E Whiting Street and E Whiting Street between S Ashley Drive and S Franklin Street will close daily from 9 am to 4 pm beginning on Monday, March 25, 2019 for utility construction. A utility contractor will be installing underground gas utilities on the east side of S Ashley Drive between E Jackson Street and E Washington Street and on the south side of E Whiting Street between S Tampa Street and S Franklin Street.

Southbound S Ashley Drive between E Jackson Street and E Washington Street and one (1) eastbound lane on E Whiting Street between S Ashley Drive and S Franklin Street will be closed beginning at 9 am on March 25, 2019.
All southbound motorists on S Ashley Drive between W Kennedy Boulevard and E Jackson Street will be required to turn left onto E Jackson Street.
One (1) lane of eastbound traffic on E Whiting Street between S Ashley Drive and S Franklin Street will be maintained at all times during construction, with delays.
The sidewalks on the west side of S Ashley Drive between E Jackson Street and E Washington Street and on the south side of E Whiting Street between S Tampa Street and S Franklin Street will be closed construction. Pedestrian access will be maintained via signage to other sidewalks in the area at all times.
It is anticipated that all lanes on S Ashley Drive and E Whiting Street will be open to traffic by 4 pm on Monday, April 1, 2019, weather permitting.
The City of Tampa recommends that motorists use alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion.

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

Traffic Advisory: Temporary Lane Closure S Ashley Drive and E Whiting Street to begin March 25, 2019  for Utility Construction, to be released today, March 15, 2019

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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

March 13, 2019 - 11:15pm

Temporary Lane Closure S Himes Avenue to begin March 19, 2019 for Utility Construction

A portion of S Himes Avenue between W Azeele Street and W Kennedy Boulevard will close daily from 9 am to 4 pm beginning on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 for utility construction.  A utility contractor will install underground utilities on S Himes Avenue between W Roland Street and W Kennedy Boulevard. 

The northbound left turn lane on S Himes Avenue between W Roland Street and W Kennedy Boulevard will close at 9 am on March 19, 2019.   Left turn movements for northbound motorists on S Himes Avenue at the intersection at W Kennedy Boulevard will be prohibited during construction.  Northbound motorists wanting to turn left on W Kennedy Boulevard will be detoured north on N Himes Avenue to W Cypress Street, west on W Cypress Street to N Dale Mabry Highway, and south on N Dale Mabry Highway to W Kennedy Boulevard.

S Gunlock Avenue at S Himes Avenue will also be closed during construction.

Sidewalks in the construction area will be closed.  Pedestrians will be detoured to other available sidewalks in the area with signage.

All lanes on S Himes Avenue will be open to traffic by 4 pm on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, weather permitting. 

The City recommends using alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion.  Northbound motorists can use S Dale Mabry Highway between W Azeele Street and W Kennedy Boulevard in lieu of S Himes 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

(813) 274-3100, Option 4: Catherine.coyle@tampagov.net