Yoselis Ramos

Assistant Reporter

Yoselis Ramos has been with WUSF since Fall 2010. She's reported on various Tampa Bay stories ranging from transportation issues such as bicycle safety, to keeping up with public forums and city/county official meetings, to the exciting things happening right in your neighborhood.

She's currently a 2014 candidate for a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida in secondary education.

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10:55 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Belleair Commissioners Approve Rezoning Measure

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Belleair commissioners approved the RM-10 rezoning measure that affects the Belleview Biltmore Hotel.
BELLEAIR - The Belleair Town Commission voted 4-1 Tuesday night to create a new zoning district a developer could apply for if he or she wanted to raze the historic Belleview Biltmore Resort & Spa and build condos or townhomes in its place. Current zoning on the Biltmore site allows only for a hotel or single-family homes.
Business
3:08 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Commissioners to Vote on Belleview Biltmore Hotel's Fate

The "White Queen of the Gulf" has been closed down for five years in need of serious repairs. Commissioners will decide whether to allow preservation for the wooden structure or allow demolition to build future condominiums.
Credit National Trust for Historic Preservation

The future of one of the largest wooden structures in the world will be decided Tuesday. Belleview Biltmore hotel near Clearwater is up for demolition if a rezoning measure is approved.

The Belleview Biltmore Hotel, built in 1897, hosted business giants, local socialites and even presidents back in the day. It closed in 2009 for renovations but with the housing market crash it never reopened.

Now, a rezoning measure would allow developers to bulldoze it and build condos in its place.

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Culture
8:48 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Bomba Music Transcends Barriers

"Currency & Exchange" is a short film that will premiere Saturday, April 5.
Credit Bomba en Tampa

A Tampa musical group is premiering a short film Saturday about the music they make and the culture it represents. They play bomba, Puerto Rican folk music with more than four centuries worth of history. Bomba may be from a small island but it transcends national barriers.

Goat-skin barrel drums, a large maraca, and sticks called los cuá are the instruments that make up bomba. It's Puerto Rican folk music, born in Spanish colonial times from rhythms of African slaves.

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Politics
6:22 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Gov. Scott Bashes Charlie Crist on Tuition

Governor Rick Scott stopped at Jefferson High School to talk to students about keeping college tuition low.
Credit Yoselis Ramos / WUSF

Sitting in a circle with five current high school students and their parents, Gov. Rick Scott talked about the cost of college and the importance of keeping tuition low.

Scott stopped by Jefferson High School in Tampa on Wednesday to talk with students about college tuition and took the opportunity to bash his opponent, Charlie Crist.

"We've got to reduce the tuition increases that Charlie Crist created back when he was governor, we have to un-do that wrong," he said.

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Politics
4:52 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Who Will Have the Bomb in 2020 in the Middle East?

Dr. Gary Samore is executive director for Research at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. Before that, he served as President Obama's White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Credit Yoselis Ramos / WUSF

Over a two-day conference that started Monday at the University of South Florida, experts are looking into the future of the Middle East and Central Asia in the year 2020 and what implications that has on American foreign policy.

One of the big "what if" questions at this conference was "who will have the bomb in 2020?" In other words, what are the possibilities of a Middle Eastern country getting a nuclear weapon?

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Environment
3:14 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Public Transit Ridership Up Nationally

PSTA is seeing continued ridership growth.
Credit PSTA

The American Public Transportation Association released a report today stating Americans took a record high number of trips on U.S. public transportation last year. People across the country took 10.7 billion rides on public transit in 2013. Since the mid '90s, ridership growth has been outpacing population growth.

The numbers in Tampa Bay are up as well, with the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) closing last year with about 14.5 million rides.

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Culture
6:10 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Citizens Organize to Save Historic Mann Wagnon Park Buildings

Sarah McCartney, a recent high school graduate and former Community Stepping Stones participant, stands next to a an in-progress art piece.
Yoselis Ramos WUSF

Mann Wagnon Memorial Park is a peaceful hideaway in the middle of the bustling city of Tampa off Nebraska Avenue. It's where the Museum of Science and Industry got its start as the Museum of Natural History back in the '60s before becoming the MOSI on Fowler Avenue that it is now.

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Environment
4:53 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Moving Forward with Gateway Express in Pinellas

The elevated toll roads for the Gateway Expressway would follow the highlighted lines.
Credit Florida Department of Transportation

The Gateway Express project is moving forward. The future elevated toll-way in Pinellas County will connect I-275 to U.S. 19, I-275 to the St. Petersburg/ Clearwater Airport, and the Bayside Bridge.

Construction for the Gateway Express is set to start in 2017.

The project is expected to cost $338 million dollars. There are federal, state and Penny for Pinellas funds paying for the project.

Kris Carson, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Transportation said the expressway is another option to get around.

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Culture
10:17 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Catholic Women Defy Church to Become 'Ordained' Priests

Yoselis Ramos WUSF

The sun shone like a beacon through the windows of the St. Andrew United Church of Christ in Sarasota. It started off like a regular Catholic mass but instead of men wearing the deacon slashes as they walked down the aisle it was women.

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Law & Order
3:24 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Two Wrong-Way Crashes Kill 11 in Florida, California

USF students Dammie Yesudhas (clockwise from top left), Jobin Kuriakose, Ankeet Patel and Imtiyaz "Jim" Ilias were killed in a crash on I-275 early Sunday.
Credit USF Sigma Beta Rho

A Ford Expedition was heading south in the northbound lanes of I-275 in Tampa at around two in the morning until it crashed into the car carrying four USF fraternity Sigma Beta Rho students.

The crash left all five dead. Officials know who the Expedition belongs to but haven't confirmed if the owner was the driver. It could take more than a month before officials know if alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash.

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Law & Order
5:14 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Theater Shooting Victim's Wife: 'Whole World Was Shattered'

Wife of theater shooting victim, Nicole Oulsen, (right) tries to maintain her composure as she talks about the "shocking" death of her husband.
Yoselis Ramos WUSF

Nicole Oulsen, the wife of the theater shooting victim in Wesley Chapel, spoke out for the first time Wednesday.

Her husband, Chad Oulsen, was shot by former Tampa Police captain Curtis Reeves Jr. after an argument over Oulsen's texting his infant daughter's babysitter.

The couple was on a date night without their 22-month old daughter, Alexis.

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Culture
4:15 am
Thu January 16, 2014

First Non-Dalí Exhibit at Salvador Dalí Museum: Andy Warhol

© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Picture is not to be downloaded.

For the first time in the history of the Salvador Dalí Museum, there's a new exhibit that doesn't feature the Catalan surrealist master himself. It's an exhibit all about the next prodigy in art history-- Andy Warhol.

Andy Warhol takes credit for once saying, "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes."

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Health News Florida
5:28 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Navigators will be at Recreation Centers in Tampa

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn (center) stood with U.S. Secretary of Department of Health and Human Services (left) and Congresswoman Kathy Castor (right) to announce the presence of navigators at recreation centers to help folks sign up for health care insurance.
Credit Yoselis Ramos / WUSF

With a March 31st deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is joining in the effort to get folks to sign up.  So-called healthcare "navigators" will soon be at nine recreation centers across Tampa to help people with the enrollment process.

Buckhorn was joined Monday by Congresswoman Kathy Castor and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius at the Loretta Ingraham Center, one of the locations where navigators will be available to assist people in signing up for health care insurance.

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Culture
3:16 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Garden Provides Community, Prospective Income to Refugees

Tampa Bay Gardens is a project to allow the Burmese refugees grow their own food and supplement their income in the future.
Yoselis Ramos WUSF

Listen to the story here.

Food is more than just a way to nourish ourselves. For some, food can mean a career or an integral part of culture.

For others, like the Burmese refugees in Tampa, food means community and possibly a way of life. The Tampa Bay Gardens off Causeway Boulevard is an opportunity for them to recreate their culture and learn agricultural business.

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Business
3:36 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

City of Tampa: There's an App for That

Credit City of Tampa

The City of Tampa is going mobile.

It has launched its first app available for smartphone users that allows folks to do everything from viewing upcoming events around town to reporting a pothole.

"Technology plays a critical role in the economic future of our city. That’s why I am committed to modernizing our infrastructure, bringing free Wi-Fi to our urban parks, and making the city more user friendly through apps like this," Mayor Bob Buckhorn said.  "The app puts city services and City Hall at the fingertips of residents."

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