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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Hagan Only Tip of Iceberg in FBI Probe

  By Jim Bleyer The federal investigation into shady land deals in Hillsborough County includes several targets besides County Commissioner Ken Hagan and his family, Tampa Bay Beat has learned. Those being investigated include private citizens as well as other public officials, according to our source in Tallahassee.  No specific …

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Senate Implicates Vinik Lapdog Barker in Transit Farce

  By Sharon Calvert, from Eye on Tampa Bay Since the legal appeals were filed in the All for Transportation/Hillsborough County tax litigation, the Florida House and Florida Senate have filed amicus curiae briefs with the Florida Supreme Court requesting the Court to strike the entire All for Transportation charter …

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St. Pete Mayor Kriseman Said to Be Eyeing Governorship

    By Jim Bleyer   St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman is a man with ambitions that could reach as far as the Florida Governor Mansion or the U.S. Capitol building. The whispers by insiders on both sides of Tampa Bay are screaming “Governor.”  Kriseman and his team, however, can …

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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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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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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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