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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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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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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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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2018-19 Tampa Bay Lightning Immortalized

    By Jim Bleyer Former hedge fund manager turned sports franchise owner Jeff Vinik continues to ply his trade in stocks: laughing ones. Vinik’s Tampa Bay Lightning, overwhelming 9-5 favorites at the outset of the recently-concluded National Hockey League playoffs, continue to be the butt of standup jokes and …

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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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