October 15, 2018 - 5:30pm

Partial Closure of North Rome Ave between W Sitka Street and W Kirby Street for Emergency Utility Maintenance Work

Effective immediately, a portion of N Rome Ave between W Sitka Street and W Kirby Street is closed while department crews begin emergency repairs  to a sewer lateral that has caused a depression in the road. Detours will be in place to direct motorists around the closed section of the road and the work site.

 

This repair and restoration of the area will be completed by close of business on Monday, October 22, 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

October 15, 2018 - 9:30am

Bayshore Blvd Pedestrian Improvements

The City of Tampa will be installing  Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) and enhanced crosswalks to four additional locations on Bayshore Blvd. south of Howard Ave. to enhance pedestrian safety. These crosswalks will be located near the intersections of W. Alline Ave., W. Knights Ave., W. Euclid Ave., and S. Carolina Ave.  Work on these installations is expected to be completed before the end of the year.

 

The four new RRFB locations are an extension of ongoing safety efforts by the City of Tampa, including work underway to install three RRFBs at S. Delaware Ave., S. Dakota Ave., and midblock between S. Brevard Ave. and W. Swann Ave. These three locations will be activated on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

 

The changes are being installed to make pedestrian crossings on Bayshore Blvd. safer and more conspicuous. When approaching a crosswalk equipped with an RRFB, pedestrians should push the button to activate the flashing lights, check for oncoming traffic, and proceed across the road only when safe to do so.  As drivers approach pedestrians in crosswalks, they have an obligation to yield the right-of-way to them. 

 

The is a new traffic pattern condition for Bayshore Blvd. so we recommend that pedestrians use the utmost care and exercise caution when crossing, and we ask for vigilance  and defensive driving on the part of motorists.

 

For additional information about the City’s ongoing transportation projects, please visit https://www.tampagov.net/tss-transportation/info/projects/.

 

For additional information about Florida pedestrian laws, please see FS 316.130.

 

 

 

October 13, 2018 - 10:00am

Temporary Road/Lane Closures on W Azeele Street and S West Shore Boulevard to begin October 18, 2018 for Utility Maintenance

A portion of W Azeele Street between S Lois Avenue and S West Shore Boulevard and a portion of S West Shore Boulevard between W Swann Avenue and W Kennedy Boulevard will close daily from 9 am to 4 pm beginning on Thursday, October 18, 2018 for utility maintenance.  A City contractor will be cleaning and relining sewer lines on W Azeele Street between S Cooper Place and S Renellie Drive and on S West Shore Boulevard between W Beach Park Drive and W Cleveland Street.  Road/lane closures will begin at 9 am on October 18, 2018 and proceed in the following order:

  • Road closure of W Azeele Street between S Cooper Place and S Renellie Drive.

S Trask Street between W Azeele Street and W Kennedy Boulevard and W Cleveland Street between S Cooper Place and S Renellie Drive will also be closed for this portion of the work. 

 

  • Lane closures on S West Shore Boulevard between W Beach Park Drive and W Cleveland Street.

One (1) northbound lane and one (1) southbound lane on S West Shore Boulevard between W Beach Park Drive and W Cleveland Street will be closed.  One (1) lane of northbound traffic and

one (1) lane of southbound traffic will be intermittently maintained on S West Shore Boulevard between W Beach Park Drive and W Cleveland Street at all times during construction, with delays.

 

Left turn movements for northbound and southbound motorists on S West Shore Boulevard between W Beach Park Drive and W Cleveland Street will be prohibited during the construction.

Left turn movements for westbound motorists on W Azeele Street at the S West Shore Boulevard intersection will also be prohibited during the construction.

All lanes on W Azeele Street and S West Shore Boulevard will be open to traffic by 4 pm on Thursday, October 25, 2018, weather permitting.

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

Eastbound and westbound motorists can use W Kennedy Boulevard or W Swann Avenue between S West Shore Boulevard and S Lois Avenue in lieu of W Azeele Street.

Northbound and southbound motorists can use S Lois Avenue between W Swann Avenue and W Kennedy Boulevard in lieu of S West Shore Boulevard.

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

For additional information, please contact:

Don Cermeno, Construction Engineer

City of Tampa Contract Administration / Construction Management

(813) 635-3400; don.cermeno@tampagov.net

October 13, 2018 - 10:00am

Temporary Lane Closure N Himes Avenue October 22, 2018 for Utility Construction

A portion of N Himes Avenue between W Tampa Bay Boulevard and W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will close on Monday, October 22, 2018 for utility construction.  A utility contractor will install underground utilities on the east side of N Himes Avenue between W Woodlawn Avenue and W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.  One (1) northbound lane on N Himes Avenue between W Woodlawn Avenue and W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will close from 9 am to 4 pm on October 22, 2018.  

One (1) northbound lane on N Himes Avenue between W Woodlawn Avenue and W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will be maintained at all times during construction, with delays.

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

All lanes on N Himes Avenue will be open to traffic by 4 pm on Monday, October 22, 2018, weather permitting. 

The City recommends using alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion.  Northbound motorists can use N Dale Mabry Highway between W Tampa Bay Boulevard and W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in lieu of N 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

October 13, 2018 - 10:00am

Temporary Road Closure on E 9th Avenue to begin on October 23, 2018 for Building Maintenance

A portion of E 9th Avenue between N 15th Street and N 17thStreet will close on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 for building maintenance.  E 9th Avenue between N 15th Street and N 17th Street will close at 7 am on October 23, 2018 to stage a crane at Hillsborough Community College Public Service Technology Building on E 9th Avenue.  The private contractor will be removing and replacing the existing HVAC units on top of the building.

 

The sidewalks on the north side of E 9th Avenue between N 15th Street and N 17th Street will be closed during construction.  Pedestrian access will be maintained via signage to other sidewalks in the area, during construction. 

 

The construction work will be completed in phases requiring E 9th Avenue to be closed between N 15th Street and N 17th Street from 7 am to 6 pm over three (3) additional days:

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Monday, November 12, 2018

Monday, November 26, 2018

The project is scheduled to be completed by 6 pm on Monday, November 26, 2018, 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 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

October 11, 2018 - 5:00pm

Temporary Lane Closure on S Florida Avenue to begin October 17, 2018 for Utility Construction

A portion of S Florida Avenue between Old Water Street and Channelside Drive will close beginning on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, for utility construction.  A private contractor will be installing water line and sewer connections for a new hotel on the north side of Old Water Street between S Morgan Street and S Florida Avenue.  The northbound lane on S Florida Avenue between Old Water Street and Channelside Drive will close at 9 am beginning on October 17, 2018. 

One (1) northbound lane and one (1) southbound lane on S Florida Avenue between Old Water Street and Channelside Drive will be maintained on the west side of S Florida Avenue during construction, with delays.

The sidewalk on the east side of S Florida Avenue between Old Water Street and the mid-block crosswalk (Thunder Alley) on S Florida Avenue will remain closed during construction.  Pedestrians will be detoured to other available sidewalks in the area with signage.

All lanes except the northbound eastern curb lane on S Florida Avenue between Old Water Street and Channelside Drive will reopen to traffic by 4 pm on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, weather permitting.

Additional lane closures will be required throughout the construction of the new hotel.  The new hotel is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020.

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.

 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

October 11, 2018 - 2:15pm

"TampaStrong" Platoon Head North To Assist In Hurricane Michael Recovery

DATE/TIME: Thursday October 11, 2018 @ 5:30 PM 
LOCATION: Police Headquarters, 411 N. Franklin Street 
ATTENDING: Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Chief Brian Dugan, Chief Charlie Vazquez (TIAPD) 
DEPLOYING: Officers from Tampa Police Department, Tampa International Airport Police Department, Plant City Police Department, and University of South Florida Police Department 

DETAILS: Mayor Buckhorn and Chief Dugan will be joined by Chief Vazquez of TIAPD in front of Tampa Police Headquarters to send off police officers in a multi-agency effort to assist the panhandle with Hurricane Michael recovery efforts. Captain Carlos Rodriguez will lead the 20 officers of this "TampaStrong" Platoon as they depart to help our neighbors in the north in dealing with the catastrophic impact of the hurricane. 

October 10, 2018 - 8:45am

Mayor Buckhorn receives the International Economic Development Council Chairman's Award

Last week, Mayor Bob Buckhorn traveled with the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation to Atlanta for the International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) annual meeting. At the meeting Mayor Buckhorn was bestowed the IEDC’s Chairman’s Award for Leadership in Economic Development. The Chairman's Award is given to individuals who have shown exemplary commitment to economic development throughout their careers.


“I had the pleasure of presenting Mayor Buckhorn with this award last week in front of hundreds of economic developers from across the globe,” said Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation’s President and CEO and Chair of the IEDC Craig Richard. “Tampa’s remarkable economic resurgence is a testament to his hard work and vision for this great city. This is a city that’s soaring and we couldn’t be more excited to work with such a remarkable team.”

“I am honored to be the recipient of this year’s Chairman’s award from the IEDC,” said City of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.  “While it may be my name on the award, it reflects the hard work of our economic development professionals and most importantly, this City, that rose from the wreckage of the recession to become the place in America that everyone is talking about.”

 

See presentation video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVonOLcYyOQ

 

October 9, 2018 - 11:30am

Wallethub.com ranks Tampa the 12th best foodie city in America

In case you missed it: I just wanted to bring to your attention that Tampa is 2018's 12th Best Foodie City in a recent study from the leading personal finance outlet WalletHub.com. You can find the full study here: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-foodie-cities/7522/.

To determine the best and cheapest local foodie scenes, WalletHub compared more than 180 of the largest U.S. cities across 29 key metrics. The data set ranges from affordability and accessibility of high-quality restaurants to food festivals per capita to craft breweries and wineries per capita.

 

Foodie-Friendliness of Tampa (1=Best; 91=Avg.) 

  • 14th – Restaurants per Capita
  • 9th – Gourmet Specialty-Food Stores per Capita
  • 27th – Craft Breweries & Wineries per Capita
  • 14th – Coffee & Tea Shops per Capita
  • 12th – Food Trucks per Capita
  • 14th – Farmers Markets & CSA Programs per Capita
  • 18th – Butcher Shops per Capita
October 8, 2018 - 2:30pm

City of Tampa Scores Perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipality Index

Yearly, the Human Right Campaign releases their Municipality Index highlighting their score card, HRC's Municipal Equality Index (MEI) demonstrates the ways that many cities can -- and do -- support the LGBTQ people who live and work there, even where states and the federal government have failed to do so.

 

"In Tampa we celebrate our diversity as a strength and value the inherent contributions of everyone regardless of how you came here, the God you worship or who you love and HRC’s score card is proof that we practice what we preach," said Mayor Buckhorn.  "Tampa is stronger and more competitive when we all pull together and I am proud that our commitment to human rights for all our citizens is being recognized."

 

Find the City of Tampa scorecard here:

 

https://assets2.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/MEI-2018-Tampa-Florida.pdf?_ga=2.38280483.1898079776.1539020918-1863837320.1539020918