January 17, 2019 - 1:45pm

Lane Closure on East Columbus Drive Between North 26th Street and North 27th Street

The south lane going eastbound on East Columbus Drive is closed between North 26th and N 27th streets while the Tampa Water Department makes repairs 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 repair work is expected to be completed by 7 p.m. tonight.  Roadway restoration, with a return to normal traffic patterns, is expected to be completed by 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20. 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.

 

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) 274-7435

Elias.Franco@TampaGov.net

January 17, 2019 - 9:00am

Temporary Lane Closure on W Brorein Street to begin January 21, 2019 for Road Construction

A portion of W Brorein Street between S Ashley Drive and S Plant Avenue will close beginning Monday, January 21, 2019 for sidewalk construction.  A private contractor will be installing sidewalk on the north side of W Brorein Street between  the Brorein Street bridge and S Parker Street for the new residential highrise on the corner of W Brorein Street and S Parker Street.  One (1) lane on W Brorein Street between S Ashley Drive and S Plant Avenue will close daily from 9 am to 4 pm beginning on January 21, 2019. 

The northbound lane on S Parker Street between W Brorein Street and W Grand Central Avenue will remain closed during construction. 

Pedestrians in the area of construction will need to use S Plant Avenue to W Cardy Street and S Parker Street to access the Publix grocery store.

All lanes on W Brorein Street are scheduled to reopen by 4 pm on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, weather permitting. 

The City recommends that motorists use alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion. Trucks can use S Florida Avenue to E Kennedy Boulevard to avoid congestion on W Brorein Street. 

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

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

January 17, 2019 - 8:15am

The Growing Threat of Smishing Attacks

T&I Information Security LogoGrowing Threat of Smishing Attacks

The blurred line between professional and personal security is apparent in the increasing popularity of Smishing attacks.
“Smishing” is phishing that targets the SMS (hence the ungainly term—SMiShing, get it?) text messages we all spend so much time with these days.

On the rise

The rising number of high-profile smishing campaigns has prompted government agencies and mobile carriers to publish guides to help customer’s spot messages from fraudsters.
In one recent prominent campaign, scammers posed as an attractive young woman and targeted young men, directing them to a fake dating site designed to harvest their data.
In another example, the UK saw a major smishing surge after an attack caused a major breach at a bank. That attack was notable because the criminals started with a wave of phishing emails impersonating the bank, then followed up with text messages to those who had fallen for the email.
Combining the two mediums that way proved an effective method for criminals to establish a sense of legitimacy. Consumers tend to assume communications are genuine if they’re contacted in different ways.

Targeting business data

So far, the high-profile smishing campaigns have been aimed at consumers. Make no mistake, though: smishing is also a powerful technique for spearphishing an organization. Impersonating an authority figure via text can trick victims into sidestepping security concerns and giving up information.

Experts say preventing smishing attacks is a difficult challenge from a technical standpoint. Malicious texts are much harder to automatically identify and block than phishing emails, and companies can do nothing about stopping attacks targeting a user’s personal mobile phone.
You can do your part by never clicking links in text messages, and by using common sense. Always take an extra minute to confirm that a texted request actually comes from a legitimate source.

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Word Vulnerability Lets Hackers Seize Control of PCs

Microsoft recently admitted that a flaw in its popular Word software bestows on hackers the same rights as those enjoyed by legitimate users. The vulnerability, which affects all PC versions of Word, is worrisome because there are hundreds of millions of copies worldwide. Cyber attackers often use similar flaws to seize remote control of PCs, using them to send spam, download malware, and commit other crimes. The software giant did respond to the breach quickly, offering a security “patch” that changes the way Word parses files and thus prevents the attack.

Thieves Steal $2 Million from Gas Station ATMs

Thirteen men were recently indicted for allegedly using Bluetooth-enabled skimmers to steal more than $2 million from customers at gas stations across the Southern United States between 2012 and 2013. Skimmers are devices criminals can clandestinely affix to the front of ATMs to gather debit and credit card information, along with corresponding PIN data without consumer knowledge. Prosecutors say the ring would steal identities in the South, and then use the account numbers at ATM’s in New York City and deposit the cash in banks there. Another ring member would immediately withdraw the money in California or Nevada. According to court documents, in the year the ring is known to have operated the thieves stole more than $2,000,000.

Car Gadgets Raise Privacy Fears

Consumers want their cars to be more connected, but smarter vehicles are raising concerns about protecting driver privacy. New cars carry computers and wireless communication packages that track everything from where the car is driven to what speed it travels. While drivers want turn-by-turn directions and real-time traffic updates, they wouldn't want data about their trip to result in a speeding ticket showing up in the mail. The auto industry is aware of these concerns. Ford CEO Alan Mulally recently said, "Our homes, the cars, everything is going to be on the Internet. Everything's going to be connected. And so what are the guidelines? What do we want?" Ford and other carmakers are cooperating with regulators in considering what privacy protections are needed for driving-related data.

January 16, 2019 - 10:00pm

Lane Closure on East Fletcher Avenue Between Livingston Avenue and North 22nd Street

The  westbound far right lane of East Fletcher Avenue will be closed starting at 8:00 p.m. this evening between Livingston Avenue and North 22nd Street 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 7 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 17. Roadway restoration, with a return to normal traffic patterns, is expected to be completed by 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18. 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.

 

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) 274-7435

Elias.Franco@TampaGov.net

January 15, 2019 - 3:45pm

Tampa Solid Waste Department Revises Collection Schedule in Observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, City of Tampa offices will be closed on Monday, January 21, 2019. 

 

  • Commercial and Residential Customers will not receive collection service on Monday, January 21, 2019. The revised collection schedule is as follows:

    • Residential Customers who normally receive service on Monday will not receive garbage, recycling or yard waste service.  Customers will receive service on their next scheduled service day.  Regular Residential Solid Waste collection service schedules will resume Tuesday, January 22, 2019. 
    • Commercial Customers – for the holiday week, customers who normally receive service on Monday, will receive service on Tuesday.  Collection service will continue to run one day behind through Saturday, January 26, 2019.  Regular Commercial Solid Waste collection service schedules will resume Monday, January 28, 2019.

 

  • McKay Bay Transfer Station and Scale House located at 114 S. 34th St., will be closed on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, January 21, 2019) and will reopen on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

Customers may contact the City of Tampa Utilities Consolidated Call Center at (813) 274-8811, or visit the website at www.tampagov.net/solidwaste  if they have any questions or concerns.   

NOTE: New Tampa residents are serviced by Hillsborough County Solid Waste Management and can call them at (813) 272-5680 for special service collection information.

    

For additional information, please contact: 

Ashley Bauman, Marketing & Communications Director

(813) 274-8262

Ashley.Bauman@tampagov.net

January 15, 2019 - 1:45pm

Traffic Advisory: Road Closures for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade on Monday, January 21, 2019.

Roads in Central Tampa will be temporarily closed for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade. The roads that will be affected are:

  • Avenue Republic De Cuba /14th St from Columbus Dr to 21st Ave
  • 21st Ave from 12th St to 18st St
  • 15th St from 17th Ave to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd from 15th St to 22nd St
  • 22nd St from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd to E Hillsborough Ave

 

The City recommends that motorist use alternate detour routes to avoid traffic congestion.

A map with the City of Tampa’s suggested routes can be found below.

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

Traffic Advisory: Road Closures for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade on Monday, January 21, 2019.

For additional event information, please contact:

Office of Special Events

City of Tampa Parks & Recreation Department

(813) 274-8854

specialevents@tampagov.net

January 15, 2019 - 1:00pm

Lane Closures on East 21st Avenue Between North 16th Street and North 17th Street

Eastbound and westbound lanes will close at 1 p.m. today on East 21st Avenue between North 16th and North 17th streets 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 7 p.m. today, Jan. 15. Roadway restoration, with a return to normal traffic patterns, is expected to be completed by 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. 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.

 

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) 274-7435

Elias.Franco@TampaGov.net

January 15, 2019 - 8:30am

Temporary Lane Closure on E 7th Avenue to begin January 21, 2019 for Building Maintenance

A portion of E 7th Avenue between N 21st Street and the Nuccio Parkway will close daily beginning on Monday, January 21, 2019, for building maintenance.  A private contractor will be constructing a canopy on an existing building on the north side of E 7th Avenue between N 14th Street and N 13th Street. The westbound lane on E 7th Avenue between N 14th Street and N 13th Street will be closed from 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday beginning on January 21, 2019.

Westbound and eastbound traffic will be intermittently maintained on the south side of E 7th Avenue at all times during construction, with delays.

The sidewalk on the north side of E 7th Avenue between N 14th Street and N 13th Street will be closed during construction.   Pedestrians will be detoured to other available sidewalks in the area, with signage.

All lanes on E 7th Avenue between N 14th Street and N 13th Street will be open to traffic by 4 pm on Friday, February 1, 2019, weather permitting. 

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

Road Closure

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

January 14, 2019 - 3:15pm

The Internal Audit Department released its Software Licenses Audit 18-18

Software license management is a process by which organizations document and control software and software licenses. The overarching objectives of software licensing include complying with software copyright laws and minimizing the inventory of unused licenses. These objectives help the organization avoid unnecessary legal action as well as reduce licensing costs.

The report in its entirety can be viewed on TampaGov.net
January 14, 2019 - 1:00pm

Lane Closures on South Himes Avenue Between West San Jose Street and West Neptune Street

The northbound and southbound lanes of South Himes Avenue are closed between West San Jose Street and West Neptune Street while the Tampa Water Department repairs a water main break. Barricades and signs are located in the area to assist with traffic flow and rerouting. 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 10 p.m. this evening, January 14. Roadway restoration, with a return to normal traffic patterns, is expected to be completed by 5 p.m. Thursday, January 17. 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.

 

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