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Compelling Reasons To Save The Gandy Bridge, Tampa-St. Pete

Alan Snel, director of Southwest Florida Bicyle United Dealers, makes the case for saving the old span of the Gandy Bridge for pedestrians, bicylclists, skateboarders and other non-motorized users.

Before the bridge closed in 2008, some 600,000 people crossed it on foot or propelled by personal energy keeping healthy while enjoying the Tampa Bay's terrific outdoors.

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Tampa Port Eyes Pinellas For New Seaport

Tampa Port authorities are considering options for building a new seaport west of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to accommodate new and anticipated megaships that are too big to pass beneath the bridge and can't navigate the turns required to get into the existing port.

Doing so could rapidly escalate the number of cruiseship passengers attracted to Tampa Bay as well as open doors for new freight shipping.

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Tampa Train Station Sees More Passengers Aboard Amtrak

Train passenger traffic through Tampa is increasing faster than the national average, according to recent stats released by Amtrak.

The increase may be attributable to higher gas prices, automobile traffic congestion on Florida roads and a preference for mass transit by young professionals who frequent cities in the Northeast.

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Tourism In Tampa Bay Soars, Snowbirds Flock To Florida

For the second year in a row, tourism is up in Tampa Bay as measured by overnight visitors.

The Republican National Convention in August is expected to attract another 50,000, including 15,000 reporters and broadcasters.

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Connect People And Better Transit Will Follow, Tampa

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn urges residents to help shape the city's next 25 years by actively participating in the city's InVision process.

Tampa Bay Times Columnist Ernest Hooper suggests the best path to follow is on that successfully connects people to the places where they live, work and play.

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RNC Watch: 300 Buses To Shuttle Delegates In Tampa Bay

Delegates to the Republican convention in Tampa in August will avoid the discomfort of snarled traffic moving into and out of downtown by riding 300 air-conditioned buses on routes designed to get them quickly between hotels and RNC activities.

The routes may even include bus-only designated lanes on Interstates 4 and 275.

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President Obama Stops In Tampa To Tout Global Trade

President Obama stopped in Tampa to address a friendly crowd at Port Tampa on his way to the Summit of the Americas in Colombia.

He talked about increasing trade with Latin American countries while putting all Americans back to work.

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Honda Ships New CRVs South Through Port Tampa

Global trade through the Port of Tampa shifts up a gear with new shipments of Honda CRVs to the Caribbean islands.

The Port continues to grow as both a destination and debarkation point.

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Bike-Friendly St. Pete Wins National Accolades

St. Petersburg, FL made a recent Top 10 list of best U.S. cities (with populations over 100,000) for cycling.

The Huffington Post cited the city's new bike share program, myShare, and the Pinellas Trail as well as government efforts to re-stripe city streets and add bike lanes to make riding bicycles safer.

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Florida To Cuba Ferry Efforts Stall Till After November Election

Five separate groups trying to create a ferry system between Cuba and Florida apparently decide to put off their efforts until after the November election.

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Tampa Bay Gears Up For RNC Visit In August

Major interchanges and routes to hotels and other venues from Tampa International Airport are moving up the priority list for completion before the horde expected to surround the Republican National Convention arrives in August.

Among the improvements: road upgrades, new sidewalks, trees, flowers and signage.

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JetBlue Launches New Tampa To DCA Flight

JetBlue is adding flights nationwide, including a new nonstop from Tampa to Reagan National next to downtown Washington D.C.

The airliner starts with a few $79 one-way fares in June.

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Kudos For Pinellas Light Rail Plan, Sales Tax

The Tampa Bay Times editorial board applauds the introduction of a new light rail plan that would connect downtown Clearwater with downtown St. Petersburg initially.

The system could eventually connect to Hillsborough County and Tampa, as well as northern Pinellas, Pasco and inland.

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Tampa Begins To Turn Zack Street Into Arts Corridor

Zack Street in downtown Tampa will soon become a pedestrian friendly arts space designed to encourage connectivity between downtown offices, shops and cafes with the Tampa Riverwalk, Curtis Hixon Park and museums along the Hillsborough River.

The work should be completed in July, a month before the Republican National Convention arrives in town.

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Hillsborough: Repave Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard, $1.3M

Hillsborough County commissioners agreed to dig deep into reserve funds to pay $1.3 million to repave Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa before all eyes focus on Tampa during the Republican National Convention in August 2012.

County Administrator Mike Merrill promised that the expenditure wouldn't affect planned road improvements elsewhere.

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