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The mayors of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater laid out their priorities for 2018 at the State of the Bay discussion on Friday.

Tampa Remembers Fallen In 9/11 Ceremony

Sep 9, 2016
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This Sunday will mark 15 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Surrounded by law enforcement, paramedics and firefighters at the Tampa Firefighter’s Museum, Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Fire Chief Thomas Forward honored those who were killed that day.

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and religious leaders say while they don't see serious backlash against Muslims here, the rhetoric going on nationwide is "un-American.”

Anti-Muslim remarks have surged across the country since the San Bernardino, California shooting earlier this month. A Muslim couple -- later found to be radicalized -- shot and killed 14 people at a holiday work party.

But Buckhorn said incidents like that don't represent the Muslim community or their beliefs.

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Tampa's city council voted late Thursday night to move forward with a citizen police review board that will review internal affairs cases and police policies.

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Tampa City Council members continue to oppose Mayor Bob Buckhorn over the creation of a Civilian Police Review Board.

Council members said the current proposal gives the mayor too much power.

Buckhorn called for an executive order, establishing a board of citizens that would independently investigate police conduct and give him the ability to appoint nine people to the 11-member board.

City council members asked to appoint seven people to the board, one citizen member for each city council member, while allowing Buckhorn to still appoint four members.

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The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the Tampa Police Department for issuing thousands of tickets to bicyclists for minor infractions. About 80 percent of those cited are black. 

In response, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn created a citizen's review board to determine if incidents involving the police department were handled justly.

But some people are not satisfied with the mayor's approach. 

Even with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik voicing their support for the plan, the Florida Board of Governors put the University of South Florida's proposed downtown Morsani College of Medicine on hold for the moment.

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This afternoon at the Riverwalk in Downtown Tampa, Mayor Bob Buckhorn and the Friends of Riverwalk unveiled the six newest inductees into the Historical Monument Trail. 

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Tampa is one of 30 cities invited by the Democratic National Committee to apply to host the 2016 Convention, in part because of the city's success hosting the Republican National Convention in 2012.

However, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, a Democrat who was almost ubiquitous in the run-up to and during the RNC week itself, is apparently leery about his own party coming to town in two years.

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On Thursday's Florida Matters: The Convention, our phone lines lit up for Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. He chatted with host Carson Cooper about everything from the Republican National Convention's effect on local residents to the possible relocation of the Rays.

Other guests on Thursday's show included:

No Gun Ban in Downtown Tampa During RNC

May 2, 2012

Florida's governor has said no to a request from Tampa's mayor to allow the city to ban concealed carry weapons in downtown Tampa during the Republican National Convention in late August.

In a  letter sent to Governor Rick Scott yesterday, Mayor Bob Buckhorn requested that Governor Rick Scott issue an executive order prohibiting the transportation of firearms in downtown Tampa during the August 27-30 RNC.

A 2011 Florida law bars cities and counties from passing local laws regulating firearms or ammunition,