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Florida maps 50-year plan for roads, transportation

Balancing a growing population with preserving Florida's natural environment remains a challenge as the state Department of Transportation begins developing a 50-year plan to meet the demands for roads and other transportation moving forward.

An anticipated 70 percent surge in people moving to Florida is prompting a closer look at what will be needed to avoid complete gridlock.

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FDOT grant brings smart technology to Tampa area traffic signals

What are widely believed to be the top two problems causing traffic gridlock? Driver error and traffic lights that don't sync. The solutions? Autonomous vehicles and smart technology. 

Tampa and Hillsborough County are closer to fixing the latter thanks to a nearly $40M grant awarded the local MPO through the Florida DOT. 

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Tampa Bay seagrasses rebound, enhance water quality

After 20 years of planting beds of seagrasses and reducing environmental pollution, Tampa Bay's water quality and fish population on are the rebound. 

Tampa Bay Watch reports seagrasses are as robust as they were 60 years ago and are likely to continue to flourish.

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St. Pete Pier design moves forward toward 2018 opening

A futuristic design for a community gathering place in downtown St. Pete to replace the old Pier won the hearts and minds of a majority of City Council members, clearing the way for negotiations to begin on the teardown and rebuild project.

The winning design team consists of ASD, Rogers Partners and Ken Smith Landscaping Architects.

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Global trade, travel unite Tampa Bay area business leaders

More than anytime in the Tampa Bay region's past, business and community leaders are looking to the future and seeing nothing but opportunities when it comes to trade and travel.

Increased flights into and out of local airports, including Tampa International, to Europe and Central and South America are driving the synergy, as is the prospect of more free trade with a variety of countries, including Cuba.

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St. Pete hones in on new design for pier

A city appointed selection committee ranked the Pier Park proposal highest for replacing St. Petersburg's famous tourist attraction and City Council members appear to be lining up behind it.

Second place went to Destination St. Pete Pier, a design that some observers think appears more creative, stable and sustainable over time. The full City Council will have the final say.

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What's next for Waterworks Park? Boat docks, kayak launch

The city of Tampa gets final approval from the U.S, Corps of Engineers to build boat docks and a kayak launch on the Hillsborough River next to Waterworks Park just north of downtown.

As a result, boaters will soon have better access to Ulele restaurant, the park and other nearby destinations.

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What a difference the Florida Aquarium makes in downtown Tampa

Community thought leaders who had the foresight to build the Florida Aquarium in downtown Tampa 20 years ago helped transform the city's future.

Tom Hall, a key player in getting the Aquarium built, speaks about what a difference that decision made.

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Columnist outlines 10 critical goals for Tampa Bay region

The future prosperity of the Tampa Bay region depends on key decisions being made on 10 critical issues in need of solutions, according to a list compiled by Tampa Bay Times Columnist Robert Trigaux.

At the top of the list: transportation.

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Tampa-Hillsborough pursues grant to try driverless cars on local roads

The Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority is going after federal funding to enable greater use of driverless cars on local roads.

The funding could make it possible for the Tampa Bay area to lead the nation in piloting the best options for the latest in high tech transportation.

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New section of Tampa Riverwalk opens in March

The Tampa Riverwalk continues to grow with the latest section opening at the end of March just in time for construction to move forward on another section.

When complete, the Riverwalk will curl around the downtown waterfront uninterrupted from the Tampa Port on the east to the Tampa Convention Center on the south up to Rick's on the River along the west. 

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St. Pete residents pick favorite design for Pier redo

St. Petersburg residents picked their favorite designs for the anticipated renovation of the St. Petersburg Pier.  

The top choice: Destination St. Pete. DSP keeps the basic structure of the inverted pyramid and adds restaurant space.

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Apprenticeships in trades becoming hot ticket to success

As Boomers get ready to retire and exit the job force, private developers and local governments are finding it difficult to find younger replacements, particularly when it comes to labor in the skilled trades.

As a result, local union leaders are creating more and more apprenticeship opportunities for young people interested in becoming electricians, plumbers, carpenters and other skilled laborers.

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Hillsborough County leaders look to voters to fix transportation woes

Local elected, community and business leaders are getting behind a series of public workshops and hearings designed to make the case for additional tax dollars to support Tampa's inadequate transportation system. 

The goal is to get voter support for referendums seeking higher taxes for expanding transit, adding buses and repairing roads.

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St. Petersburg ponders best strategy to support the arts community

Business and community leaders are on the same page when it comes to growing the arts as an economic engine in St. Petersburg and Tampa and all along the west coast of Florida.

The question then becomes how best to do it? Direct subsidies? Marketing to tourists and other potential buyers? Or something else?

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