Sunshine Needed to Ditch Transit Tax Storm Cloud

    By Sharon Calvert, from Eye on Tampa Bay The Jeff Vinik-inspired All for Transportation (AFT) transit tax is a storm cloud of dishonesty and deception hovering over Hillsborough County. Honesty and transparency are lacking in addressing transportation issues. AFT created a myth in their $4 million marketing campaign …

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Feds Eyeing Public Corruption Throughout Florida

    By Jim Bleyer The guilty pleas entered last week by former Tallahassee Mayor Scott Maddox and a confidante is not the end of public corruption investigations in Florida. That’s the word from Lawrence Keefe, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, and sources at the Federal …

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E-Scooters: A Tale of Two Cities

  E-scooters are ridden and parked in restricted areas of Tampa’s Riverwalk and Ybor City (above).   By Jim Bleyer For the under-30 zealots who enjoy the free-wheeling e-scooter culture in Tampa’s urban core, it is the best of times.  For seniors, the disabled, children, and strollers confined to the …

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Zany Two-City Shakedown Scheme Alienated Rays Fans

  By Jim Bleyer Two months ago the attendance-challenged Tampa Bay Rays could at least boast of a fiercely loyal, though modest, fan base. No more, thanks to Rays owner Stu Sternberg striking out with a far-out proposal to play half a season in Tampa Bay and the other half in …

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Florida‘s Thoroughbred Industry Weathers National Furor

    By Jim Bleyer Horse racing fatalities this year at Santa Anita’s fabled Southern California track have put the Sport of Kings under the scrutiny of politicians, animal rights activists, the media, and the thoroughbred racing industry itself. Thirty horses died in racing or training since Christmas at Santa …

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PETA Feasts on Racing Industry’s Equivocation

    2019 Haskell Invitational, Monmouth Park’s premiere event, was witnessed by sparser-than-usual crowd.   By Clocker Vandalay ​The battle between animal rights activists and the horse racing industry over whether the sport is inhumane intensified this weekend.  If you are keeping score at home, chalk up a major victory …

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Who’s Paying All for Transportation’s Legal Bills?

      By Sharon Calvert, From Eye on Tampa Bay (Part 2) There are two appeals that have been made to the Florida Supreme Court related to the All for Transportation $16 Billion transit tax, so who is paying for All for Transportation’s mounting legal costs? Judge Rex Barbas’ final …

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New Law Paves Way for Increased E-Scooter Safety Amid Concerns

  Scooters confined to special lanes found much safer than sidewalk usage. By Jim Bleyer Gov. Ron DeSantis’ signing of a bill greenlighting e-scooters in bicycle lanes will mitigate certain safety concerns and issues with the elderly, disabled, and toddlers that populate Florida’s urban sidewalks. The new law, along with …

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AFT Tax Con Strategy: Surprise Public, Prevent Scrutiny

      By Sharon Calvert, from Eye on Tampa Bay (Part 1) As a recent Circuit Court ruling confirmed, All for Transportation (AFT) put an illegal and unlawful transit tax charter amendment referendum on the ballot in Hillsborough County last year. If such a big mess was about an …

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