Those Cute, Pesky E-Scooters: Amenity or Menace?

    By Jim Bleyer It’s been a rocky road for electric scooters. Embraced by many American cities, including Tampa, the dockless, shareable two-wheelers have experienced mounting injuries, many serious.  Initial enthusiasm has been replaced with a healthy dose of reality. Sure they’re cute, cheap, and offer Millennials a downtown …

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Jane Castor Energizes Tampa Arts Community

    By Jim Bleyer If Variety reviewed the Mayor’s Forum on the Arts, held Wednesday night at Hillsborough Community College, the gathering would have been described as nothing less than “boffo.” In fact, the venerable staple of entertainment news might have showered the Tampa event with more superlatives than …

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All For Transportation is MIA on I-275 Expansion

By Sharon Calvert, from Eye on Tampa Bay All For Transportation (AFT) were the media darlings of transportation last year. Local media gave AFT spokespersons gobs of free exposure to shout out the message that we must spend more money on transportation in Hillsborough County. AFT spent $4 million telling …

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Hedge Funds Still a Money Launderer’s Dream

    By Jim Bleyer A combination of secrecy, weak regulation, and rapid proliferation have made hedge funds a very attractive vehicle for money launderers. And, although Congress was on the cusp of legislation making hedge funds culpable for abetting criminal activity, that opportunity evaporated following the 2018 midterm elections. …

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Carlson Harbors Big Ambitions for Tampa

  By Jim Bleyer Don’t be deceived by Bill Carlson’s calm demeanor.  The rookie city councilman’s passion for Tampa runs wide, deep, and beyond his avid penchant for a good cigar. Along with enthusiasm for all things Tampeño, Carlson brings to City Hall a world view, willingness to explore and …

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Andrew Gillum: The Running Man

      By Jim Bleyer Andrew Gillum brought healthy doses of his charisma, bankroll, and grit to Tampa on Thursday in an effort to rally Democrats for the 2020 election and beyond. The main photo op for the local press was his presenting a large facsimile of a $100,000 …

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Wheels Come Off Hillsborough Transit Planning

      By Dr. Jim Davison Hillsborough County’s Metropolitan Planning Organization has concocted an impractical transit scheme that involves tearing down 10 miles of Interstate-275 in favor of a boulevard concept, a plan ranked last by a survey of Tampa Bay citizens. The unfathomable concept attempts to shoehorn a …

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