Stubborn Castor Perpetuates Tampa’s Racism Reputation

  By Jim Bleyer A three-dimensional black and white chess game continues to be played out in Tampa between city officials and the African-American community with no resolution in sight. As in the board game, the queen, Mayor Jane Castor, is going full throttle to protect the king, Police Chief …

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Shady Vinik-Sundome Deal Hardly “Preeminent”

  By Jim Bleyer When the University of South Florida announced in May that management of its Sun Dome arena would be overseen by a Jeff  Vinik enterprise, no details of the deal were reported in the local media. As Tampa Bay Beat discovered, USF President Judy Genshaft and Athletic Director …

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Sharpe Promotes Transit for Innovation Place

  By Jim Bleyer Improved mass transit is the top priority of the 238 businesses that comprise Innovation Place, the economic district anchored by the University of South Florida, the organization’s Executive Director Mark Sharpe said Friday. Speaking at Cafe con Tampa’s weekly community forum, Sharpe conceded that Hillsborough County …

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