February 16, 2018 - 3:00pm

Public's Assistance Needed in Solving String of Commercial Burglaries

Tampa Police officers are asking for the public's assistance in identifying two male suspects who were involved in multiple break-ins at local businesses.  The unidentified suspects broke in to the Sprint Store (5004 East Fowler Avenue) on February 14 shortly before 2:30 a.m.  They used a long metal pry tool to force the front door open and stole a bluetooth speaker from the front display case.  The two male suspects committed a previous break-in at The Cut Barbershop (902 West Busch Boulevard) on January 4 at approximately 2:30 a.m.  In that burglary, the suspects used a brick paver to smash the front door open.  They stole an ATM machine, which was later recovered in an abandoned location on January 16. 

The two unidenified suspects were caught on camera leaving the scene of both burglaries in what detectives believe is a 2014-2015 white Volkswagen Passat Sport.  Anyone with information is asked contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.

Janelle McGregor

Tampa PD Spokesperson

February 16, 2018 - 2:00pm

City of Tampa, HART and Redefining Refuge Launch I Am Priceless campaign to raise awareness in human trafficking

The City of Tampa today announced a partnership with the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) and Redefining Refuge to raise public awareness of human trafficking and its negative impacts across the Tampa Bay area in a new art campaign series, I am Priceless.

 

The new outreach campaign, created by local artist Tes One, is designed to educate the Tampa Bay community about the prevalence and dangers of human trafficking. The typographic mural will be placed on 10 HART buses and contains the statement, “I am not for sale. I am priceless,” alongside the national Human Trafficking Hotline phone number, 1-888-373-7888.

 

“Under my watch, we won’t be silent on the modern slavery of human trafficking. That’s why we’re partnering with HART to increase awareness,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “Human trafficking doesn’t discriminate based on the color of your skin, your gender, or your socioeconomic status. If you see someone who looks like they’re in need of help, don’t walk the other way. Ask questions. Pay attention to the people around you. All of us are part of the solution.”

 

According to crime data, the Tampa Bay area is ranked third nationally in the number of calls that the National Human Trafficking Task Force receives. In order to bring awareness to drivers, passengers and to those who need help, HART donated ad space toward 10 buses featuring the exterior banners, and 50 interior card slots across Hillsborough County. Redefining Refuge will also provide free training to HART bus drivers on human trafficking warning signs and what to do if they suspect suspicious activity is occurring on their route.

February 16, 2018 - 11:45am

Temporary Lane Closure on N 15th Street to begin March 1, 2018 for Building Demolition

A portion of N 15th Street between E 21st Avenue and E Lake Avenue will close on Thursday, March 1, 2018, for demolition of the former Bodega Grocery building located at 3414 N 15th Street.  One (1) northbound lane on N 15th Street between E 26th Avenue and E 27th Avenue will close daily from 9 am to 4 pm beginning on March 1, 2018 to stage demolition equipment and transport vehicles.  The eastbound lane on E 27th Avenue between N 14th Street and N 15th Street will also be closed during demolition.

The sidewalk on the west side of N 15th Street between E 26th Avenue and E 27th Avenue and on the south side of E 27th Avenue between N 14th Street and N 15th Street will remain closed during the demolition of the building.  Pedestrians will be detoured to other available sidewalks with signage.

It is anticipated that all lanes on N 15th Street and on E 27th Avenue will open to traffic by 4 pm on Saturday, March 3, 2018, weather permitting.

The City of Tampa recommends that motorists use alternative routes to avoid traffic congestion.  N 22nd Street or N Nebraska Avenue can be used to travel northbound between E 21st Avenue and E Lake Avenue in lieu of N 15th Street.

 

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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

February 15, 2018 - 11:00am

East Broadway Avenue is Closed Between North 56th Street and North 57th Street

The east and westbound lanes on East Broadway Avenue are closed between North 56th and North 57th streets 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 to lane closures may be necessary during the course of restoration.

 

The repair work is expected to be completed by 5 p.m. today, February 15 with a return to normal traffic patterns.  Sidewalk restoration work is expected to be completed by 5 p.m. Thursday, February 22. 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

 

February 13, 2018 - 3:15pm

The Internal Audit Department released its ACH Transaction Processing, Audit 18-02

The City of Tampa uses the Automated Clearing House Network to process transactions for customer billing, City utility payment and employee payroll. The ACH Network is a processing and delivery system that provides for the distribution and settlement of electronic fund transfers among financial institutions. The report in its entirety can be viewed on TampaGov.net

February 13, 2018 - 8:45am

Cast Your Vote for the City of Tampa Department of Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management Recycling Truck Art

The City of Tampa’s Department of Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management invites you to cast your vote in the 12th Annual  3Rs’ Art Contest Winner. 

The annual 3Rs’ Art Contest, an outreach priority of the Department, is designed to engage Tampa’s youth and partner with them to communicate the importance of recycling and waste reduction programs.  Several local schools and after school programs annually identify students from every grade level to participate in the recycling education program.  At the end of the program, participants creatively convey the “recycling right” message through art and poetry.   Those participants become recycling advocates for our community.  The program has grown significantly over the years.  Last year, more than 100 participants from 5 schools and 8 afterschool programs entered the contest.

Residents are able to vote for their favorite submission on-line from Friday, February 9, 2018 through March 9, 2018, by visiting the Department’s website at www.tampagov.net/solidwaste.  There will also be opportunities to vote in person at the Gasparilla Art Festival and other local events.   The first place winning artist for each grade level, (elementary, middle and high) will be recognized in person by the Mayor and their artwork will be displayed on a City of Tampa recycling truck for one year. 

For additional questions or concerns, please call the City of Tampa’s Department of Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management at (813) 348-1146, or visit our website at  www.tampagov.net/solidwaste.

February 13, 2018 - 8:45am

Mayor’s Youth Corps Hosts Free Session on Depression and Suicide Prevention

Tampa teens, their parents and other interested individuals are invited to attend a FREE educational session on depression and suicide prevention on Wednesday, February 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Barksdale Adult Activity Center, 1801 North Lincoln Avenue in Macfarlane Park.

The session is sponsored by the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council, a program of the City of Tampa that allows local teens to develop their leadership skills and have the opportunity to apply them through various service projects and workshops

Three panelists are scheduled to discuss the means of treatment for depression, how to identify the risk factors for suicide and personal experiences with mental illness. Each speaker will give an individual presentation, followed by a facilitated question-and-answer session.

Panelists include: Dan Bramel, a Crisis Center Community Educator, Dr. Maria Aranda, President of the Florida Psychological Association Bay Chapter, and Susannah Robinson, a mother who lost her son to suicide.

For more information, please contact Molly Biebel, Youth Development Coordinator, 813-274-5909, or via email at molly.biebel@tampagov.net

February 9, 2018 - 2:00pm

Temporary Road Closure of N Boulevard to begin February 15, 2018 for Utility Construction

A portion of North Boulevard between W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and W Columbus Drive will close beginning on Thursday, February 15, 2018 for utility construction. A City contractor will be installing a sewer force main as part of a Capital Improvement Project. North Boulevard between W Fribley Street and W Alfred Street will close at 9 am on February 15, 2018. W Plymouth Street, W Adalee Street and W Braddock Street and will also be closed at North Boulevard during the construction.

Sidewalks along North Boulevard between W Adalee Street and W Braddock Street will be closed throughout the construction area. Pedestrians will be detoured to other available sidewalks with signage.
Bike lanes along North Boulevard between W Plymouth Street and W Alfred Street will also be closed throughout the construction area. Bicyclists will be detoured to other available streets around the construction with signage.
It is anticipated that all lanes on North Boulevard between W Fribley Street and W Braddock Street will reopen by 4 pm on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, weather permitting.
The City of Tampa recommends that motorist 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.

Temporary Road Closure N Boulevard to begin February 15, 2018 for Utility Construction, to be released today, February 9, 2018
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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

February 2, 2018 - 12:45pm

Temporary Lane Closures of Bayshore Boulevard to begin February 5, 2018 for Road Construction

A portion of Bayshore Boulevard between S Howard Avenue and W Gandy Boulevard  will close beginning on Monday, February 5, 2018, as part of the final phase of the Bayshore Safety Enhancement project.  One (1) southbound lane on Bayshore Boulevard between S Howard Avenue and W Gandy Boulevard will close daily from 9 am to 3 pm beginning on February 5, 2018.  A City of Tampa contractor will reset the granite curb, along the west side of Bayshore Boulevard. 

For reference, The Bayshore Safety Enhancement project will include, in future phases, two (2) ten foot (10’) wide travel lanes, one (1) five-feet (5’) wide bike lane, speed reduction from 40 mph to 35 mph, sidewalks, and pedestrian ADA ramps along the west side of Bayshore Boulevard. 

Portions of the sidewalk on the land side of Bayshore Boulevard will be closed during construction.   Pedestrians will be detoured via signage to other sidewalks in the area, during construction.

It is anticipated that the project will be completed in October 2018, weather permitting.

The City recommends using alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion.

UPDATED Traffic Advisory: Temporary Lane Closures Bayshore Boulevard to begin February 5, 2018 for Road Construction

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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; doncermeno@tampagov.net

February 2, 2018 - 9:30am

Temporary Northbound Lane Closure on Old Water Street to begin February 5, 2018 for Roadway and Infrastructure Improvements

A portion of Old Water Street between S Florida Avenue and Channelside Drive will close on Monday, February 5, 2018, for roadway and infrastructure improvements.  One (1) northbound lane on Old Water Street between S Morgan Street and Channelside Drive will close at 9 am on February 5, 2018.  A private contractor will be installing utilities for a new development on the east side of Old Water Street.  All lanes on Old Water Street between S Morgan Street and Channelside Drive will reopen to traffic by 3:30 pm on Friday, March 30, 2018, weather permitting.

 

S Nebraska Avenue between Channelside Drive and E Brorein Street and Eunice Avenue between S Jefferson Street and S Nebraska Avenue will remain closed, for roadway and infrastructure improvements.  S Nebraska Avenue between Channelside Drive and E Brorein Street and Eunice Avenue between S Jefferson Street and S Nebraska Avenue are scheduled to reopen to traffic by 3:30 pm on Friday, March 30, 2018, weather permitting.

 

Moreover, S Nebraska Avenue between E Brorein Street and E Whiting Street and E Walton Street between S Nebraska Avenue and S Caesar Street will remain closed for roadway and infrastructure improvements. S Nebraska Avenue between E Brorein Street and E Finley Street and E Walton Street between S Nebraska Avenue and S Caesar Street are both scheduled to be open to traffic by 4 pm on Friday, March 2, 2018, weather permitting.  During the construction, Finley Street and S Caesar Street will remain open for local truck traffic only.

 

S Caesar Street between Channelside Drive and E Walton Street will remain closed until Thursday, May 31, 2018. 

 

E Cumberland Avenue between S Nebraska Avenue and S Meridian Avenue will remain closed until Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

 

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).

Traffic Advisory: Temporary Lane Closure Old Water Street February 5, 2018 for Utility Construction, to be released today, January 30, 2018

For additional information, please contact:

Don Cermeno, Construction Engineer

City of Tampa Contract Administration / Construction Management

(813) 635-3400, Don.cermeno@tampagov.net