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A sign at the Dollar Tree says no one is allowed to enter without a mask.
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The City of Tampa is holding a mask fashion contest to encourage residents to embrace local mask mandates.

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Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said Thursday she'll enact an ordinance requring people working with the public to wear masks to prevent transmission of the coronavirus. It would also require anyone walking into a business in the city to wear masks.

A sign that says Carrollwood Village Park
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If the car traffic in the space of 10 minutes on Sunday afternoon was any indication, people are eager to get back to bird watching or just walking in the woods of Lettuce Lake Park, in northern Hillsborough County.

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As part of Phase 1 of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ plan to reopen Florida during the coronavirus pandemic, the city of Tampa reopened 13 park trails, beaches, and dog parks May 4.

Tampa will reopen the rest of the city parks starting Saturday.

bicyclist on sidewalk along Tampa Bay
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The city of Tampa is installing temporary traffic signals on Bayshore Boulevard.

The move is part of the city's "Vision Zero" plan to eliminate traffic deaths and severe injuries along Bayshore.

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, left, and St. Petersburg Mayor  Rick Kriseman
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The leaders of Tampa and St. Petersburg  spoke to each other - and their communities - during a Facebook Live video Monday afternoon.

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As Hillsborough County is under a “safer at home” order, those without a home are at risk.

To limit the spread of coronavirus, the city of Tampa has partnered with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Petersburg to create a temporary outdoor shelter for the homeless.

The shelter, called "Hillsborough Hope," is located on vacant land owned by Catholic Charities.

Jane Castor and public health officals at a public press conference
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Tampa Mayor Jane Castor is urging residents to follow simple precautions to prevent from getting COVID-19 because of how quickly it can spread.

The mayor held a press conference Thursday morning with health care representatives to address how they’re preparing for the disease and how people can protect themselves.

 

“We know that the emphasis on this particular virus is the ease with which it is spread,” said Castor. “That is our concern.”

Billboard and parking garage of Raymond James Stadium
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With 18 cases confirmed in Florida, COVID-19 is beginning to impact major events statewide. Miami cancelled the Ultra Music Festival in response and other large gatherings are also being scrapped.

A woman and child sit
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The Tampa Bay area is becoming a popular location for refugee resettlement - there are more refugees per capita in Clearwater and Tampa than anywhere else in Florida. 

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When it comes to affordable housing, public transportation and baseball’s future in the region, the mayors of the Tampa Bay Area's two largest cities are in agreement - for the most part.

The Tampa skyline
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As Tampa's population grows, so does its need for affordable housing.

Mayor Jane Castor describes the lack of affordable housing options as a result of simple supply and demand: as the city's population increases, so does the cost of rent, pricing out some longtime residents.

Some have called Gasparilla "Mardi Gras without the Catholicism," and what would either of those celebrations be without an abundance of beads?

But long after the floats are packed and the krewes have gone home - the plastic trinkets are still there.

If there's one good word to describe the new USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute, it may just be “open.”

Jane Castor worked her way up through the ranks of her hometown police department before retiring at the top, making history as Tampa’s first female police chief.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is a program that matches adult volunteers with children in need of guidance. Now, the federal government is helping the organization provide mentoring services, particularly for young people facing the opioid crisis.

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor speaks at a podium
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Tampa Mayor Jane Castor is rolling out a program that focuses on reaching out to minority-owned businesses to connect them with the city.

Meant to make city hall more readily available to the community, “Bridges to Business” illustrates one of Castor’s major campaign promises: helping small businesses.

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Hurricane season may be about three months away, but the city of Tampa already has a plan to help residents after a storm.

A Tampa federal magistrate has called for an end to a part of the city’s ban on conversion therapy, saying it infringes on the free speech rights of licensed mental health professionals.

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For many people struggling to afford rent in Tampa, owning a home could provide more space, more stability and sometimes even a lower monthly cost.

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Two small public relations firms from Tampa are being recognized for their success both locally and for their plans to expand nationwide
 

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Despite requests by critics of the department for a female chief, there will soon be a new man heading up Tampa Fire Rescue.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced Tuesday that Assistant Chief of Operations Nick LoCicero will replace Chief Tom Forward, who is retiring after 35 years with TFR.

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As monster Hurricane Irma buzz-sawed its way up Florida's Gulf Coast, it looked for several hours like the heavily populated Tampa Bay area could face catastrophic wind damage and flooding from the first major storm to roar ashore there in 96 years.

Ruling Overturned In Tampa Police Shooting

Apr 17, 2017
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A federal appeals court Friday overturned a ruling that had cleared the city of Tampa and a police officer in the shooting of a man who was suspected of being suicidal.

USF Researchers To Map Historic Tampa Cemetery

Mar 23, 2017
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Anyone walking along Harrison Street in downtown Tampa for the next several weeks may notice people surveying Oaklawn Cemetery with strange equipment.

The researchers are from the University of South Florida Department of Anthropology, and they’re using gradiometers - devices used to measure small changes in the magnetic field that are caused by hidden anomalies in the ground - and ground-penetrating radar to create a digital database of the historic cemetery.

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Thousands of college football fans gathered in Tampa and surrounding cities for a weekend packed with events meant to pump them up for the College Football National Championship game.

The Latest On Championship Traffic, Events

Jan 7, 2017
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Follow WUSF reporters this weekend as we bring you the latest on traffic and road closures, as well as news from events leading up to Monday's College Football National Playoff Championship in Tampa.

Use #TampaBay2017 on Twitter and Instagram to join in on the conversation. 

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While all eyes will turn Monday night to the College Football Playoff National Championship showdown between Alabama and Clemson, downtown Tampa is ready and raring to go for dozens of pre-game events starting today.

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Many local schools and government offices are shut down today because of Tropical Storm Hermine. But Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is taking a different tack - he expanded hours at the city parks and recreation centers.

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Looking for a way out of a parking ticket? Donate some canned goods to a food bank.

That's a proposal being considered by the Tampa City Council. The program would run for about a month over the winter holidays.

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