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Proposed Ferry For MacDill Air Force Base Attracts Major Federal Grant

Congresswoman Kathy Castor and Akerman Attorney Ed Turanchik announced a $4.8 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for a proposed water ferry linking MacDill Air Force Base to south Hillsborough County, where many MacDill workers live.

The ferry would ease automobile traffic on area roads while providing a quicker commute for thousands of base employees who travel onto the base each day.

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Governor Approves Biggest Florida Budget Ever

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed the largest state budget ever this week at $77 Billion after vetoing only $69 million in local projects some call pork.

The budget is $9 billion more than when Scott first took office. He faces a tough re-election campaign in November against former Gov. Charlie Crist.

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New State Law Makes Florida Roads Safer For Biking, Walking

Friends of Aaron Cohen, a Miami bicyclist killed in a hit-and-run accident in 2012, are leaving a living legacy in his memory with passage of a new state law that increases penalties for drivers who leave the scene of an accident causing injuries or deaths.

The Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act is designed to make Florida's roads safer for all.

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Business, Community Leaders Coalesce Behind Better Transit Options For Tampa Bay

A top concern for business and corporate leaders in the Tampa Bay region emanates from how much time employees spend on the road commuting to and from work as well as delivering goods and services.

Leaders are callling for more transit and transportation options even if it means raising taxes.

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Tampa Leaders Up Ante To Attract 'The Infiltrator'

Tampa leaders are pulling together an incentives package designed to lure producer Good Films to shoot "The Infiltrator'' movie where its roots reside.

Tampa Hillsborough Film Commissioner Dale Gordon says community leaders are getting behind the effort to snare the movie and other big name films to the region.

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Florida Legislature Passes Reforms For Immigrants, Marijuana, Private School Tax Credits

The Florida Legislature passed a $77 billion budget, the largest in state history, including long-sought education reforms such as in-state tuition for immigrants.

Funding includes $30 million for USF business and health projects, $2 million for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and $2 million for All Children's Hospital. 

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Major Rehab Center Opens At Tampa VA Hospital

A $56 million polytrauma and rehab center at the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa is about to begin accepting patients. The new high-tech healthcare provider is designed to treat the worst war injuries suffered by American military veterans.

The center contains state-of-the-art equipment, therapy activities and 56 patient rooms. 

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Hillsborough Leaders Say Transit Is A Top Priority

Elected officials in Hillsborough County and its three cities -- Tampa, Temple Terrace and Plant City -- are strategizing about the best way to educate and engage local residents on future transit options for improved mobility and better transportation.

Public input will likely be sought through hearings, surveys and media campaigns.

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Tampa Pension Fund Out-Performs With Solid Strategy

The Tampa police and firefighters pension fund does so well with its investments that retirees can expect to collect nearly 95 percent of what they earned during their best compensation years.

The fund's stellar performance by Bowen, Hanes & Company places it among the top investment portfolios in the world.

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Fletcher Avenue Upgrades Aim To Improve Walkability

Fletcher Avenue, one of the busiest streets in Tampa, is about to undergo upgrades designed to make it safer for walkers and bicyclists.

Hillsborough County is spending $4.4 million to add better lighting, crosswalks and safety islands between Nebraska Avenue and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard through North Tampa near the University of South Florida.

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MacDill Air Force Base Looks To Expand Fleet

MacDill Air Force Base and Tampa Bay may become the greatest beneficiaries of the 2015 proposed U.S. Defense Department budget that shifts fighter jets and personnel here from others places that will be consolidated or cutback.

Dozens of planes and pilots and others who work around the air fleet could fly south to Florida if current plans are adopted, a big windfall for the local economy.

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Tampa International Airport Grows For The Future

International airports in Tampa and Orlando received big boosts in state funding for expansions and improvements.

The Tampa Airport is expecting $194 million in additional state revenue; the Orlando Airport will get about $215 million.

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Driverless Cars To Test Roads In Tampa

The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority is authorizing test drives of driverless car on the LeeRoy Selmon Expressway, which can be closed to other traffic while the tests proceed.

The Authority and researchers are looking forward to the opportunity to eventually move the cars into normal traffic. The technology involved is expected to make commuting and traveling safer for everyone.

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Transit Plans Take Shape For Tampa Bay

Plans are coming together across Tampa Bay to improve the traffic situation by offering more options for people trying to get around and between Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

Pinellas voters will get a chance to consider additional funding for transit in November 2014. Hillsborough, or at least Tampa, voters may get a similar opportunity for choice in 2015 or 2016.

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Tampa Looks To River's West Bank For Next Major Urban Investment

The West Bank of the Hillsborough River near Tampa Prep, Blake High School, the University of Tampa and WEDU is the focus of a visionary citybuilding exercise advocated by Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

The urban renewal project would require the relocation of residents of North Boulevard Homes and require public as well as private investments.

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