Corporate Con Artist Jeff Vinik Gets Tax Break Intended for Poor

  By Jim Bleyer When Congress approved the creation of “opportunity zones” as part of Donald Trump’s 2017 tax code overhaul, it didn’t have half-billionaire Jeff Vinik in mind as the legislation’s sole beneficiary in downtown Tampa. But a cabal of enablers—Senator Rick Scott, former Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, and …

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Hey, St. Pete…There Are Many More Like Charles

  By Wendy Wesley, Contributor With his feet wrapped in bandages the man hobbled up to the table where I was standing. I first noticed the halting gait,  then the feet crammed into flip-flops. His heels were hanging off the edge. A volunteer at the table I was visiting knew …

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TECO Coal Plan Would Add to Tampa Health Woes

      By Jim Bleyer   The Tampa Electric Company is playing a high-stakes shell game with the health and lives of the three million people who reside in the Tampa metropolitan area. Hillsborough County has the most polluted air in Florida, according to the recently released American Lung Association …

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Court Hammers Transit Language; Times Declares Victory

    By Mark Calvert, from Eye on Tampa Bay Now that much of the mandated spending constraints All For Transportation tax hike have been found unconstitutional, all the media, business elites, politicians and proponents that were so wrong about the legal issues, are pushing hard to reinstate the “will …

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MLB’s Transparent Canard Tests Tampa Bay Naiveté

    By Jim Bleyer The attendance-challenged Tampa Bay Rays are exiting the area sooner rather than later. The team and Major League Baseball make that clear yesterday by announcing they will explore sharing home games with the city of Montreal. Splitting an 81-game home schedule between two cities 1,300 …

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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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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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