Tampa City Council

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.

A rusted out wastewater pipe
City of Tampa

Tampa City Council members voted Thursday night in favor of the city’s largest infrastructure project yet: a $2.9 billion overhaul of the city’s aging water and sewer systems.

Budget Cover
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The City of Tampa will hire a sustainability officer to create a long-term plan for dealing with the effects of climate change. It’s one of the proposals Mayor Jane Castor announced in her first budget.

You can read Castor's budget presentation here [opens in a PDF file].

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Transportation planners in Hillsborough County laid out how they would spend money from a proposed one cent sales tax increase on Thursday, with little mention of rail or other mass transit options besides busses.

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Tampa City Council members decided today to allow Ybor City’s wild chickens to continue roaming the neighborhood.

This comes after last month's meeting where some residents complained about the chickens while others spoke in favor of them. 


Some Rocky Point residents are fired up about a development plan that could affect one-third of their nine-acre lagoon, just off the Courtney Campbell Causeway in Tampa. They plan to ask Tampa City Council members Thursday not to approve the proposal.

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The wild roosters and chickens in Ybor City were at the center of debate and laughter at the Tampa City Council meeting on Thursday.

Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

New regulations on Tampa's massage parlors and bath houses have been approved by the city council.

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Tampa city council members learned Thursday they can not sue the state for its planned widening of Interstate 275. 


Council members wanted to know if they could sue to stop the Florida Department of Transportation from adding an express lane through Tampa Heights.

 Tampa City attorney Sal Territo said only people can sue, not another governmental body.

Runoff Candidates Hope for More Voter Turnout

Mar 23, 2015
Maniscalco's campaign Facebook Page

Tampa's City Council District 6 runoff elections are Tuesday.

District 6 covers the areas of West Tampa, Seminole Heights and parts of South Tampa.

Guido Maniscalco is going up against his District 6 runoff opponent, Jackie Toledo.

Toledo won 46 percent of the votes in the primary election but failed to win the seat outright. With low voter turnout expected for the runoff election, Maniscalco said he hopes more people make the effort to get out and vote.

Tampa City Council: Bye-Bye Bro Bowl

Jul 17, 2014
Yoselis Ramos / WUSF

Tampa City Council unanimously approved close to $7 million for the redevelopment of the Perry Harvey Senior Park in Downtown. The approved plan includes demolishing the Bro Bowl skateboarding park.

Demolishing the Bro Bowl has been a long debated issue but the vote took less than ten minutes.

Councilman Frank Reddick said it is time to move things along.

Intown/Framework Group LLC

Tampa City Council approved a rezoning hearing this morning of Residences at the Riverwalk, a 360-unit apartment tower planned to be built next to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Council members approved the rezoning of land covering both Cass and Tyler streets.

They also gave approval to the city to vacate Cass and Tyler streets in the area of the tower site. Both votes were 5-1. Councilwoman Yvonne Yolie Capin dissented, stating that City Council needs to dedicate more time to issues that involve public money.

Framework Group, LLC.

Tampa City Council Thursday night approved a controversial 36-story apartment tower planned along Tampa's downtown riverfront next to the Straz Center for Performing Arts.

The vote waived a 120-foot height restriction so the 400-foot skyscraper can go up, streets closed and traffic rerouted.

If you're like the ladies from the Miami-based group L'Trimm from the 80s and like the "cars with the boom," the Florida Senate is not stopping you.

The bill (SB 634) that would have prohibited loud music from your car stereo heard from 100 feet away died after a tie vote, 19-19 on Friday.

Tampa City Council will vote next Thursday on whether to put a temporary moratorium on granting business licenses to internet “sweepstakes” cafes that offer online gambling.

Today, council members discussed regulatory options and settled on holding another workshop in 60 days, but they also voted to consider an abatement ordinance that would impose a temporary moratorium on any future “sweepstakes cafes” until regulations are in place.

Bobbie O'Brien

It may be a little unfair - comparing a hurricane day to an annual Labor Day festival. However, downtown Tampa was deserted the Monday before the Republican National Convention compared to downtown Charlotte a day before the Democratic National Convention.

People crowded into Charlotte’s downtown streets for an annual festival while many of Tampa’s streets were fenced off and its memorials boarded up days before the RNC. The stark differences got the attention of Tampa City Councilwoman Yvonne “Yolie” Capin.

Tampa City Council Coming to USF

Apr 17, 2012

Several Tampa City Council members are coming to USF  to answer students' questions tonight at a forum, sponsored by the student government of USF.

They will be discussing the city's economic future and how to keep USF graduates in Tampa. They will also explain how students can get more involved in local government.

Event coordinator Abdool Aziz says the event is a good opportunity for students.

USF Student Government

The University of South Florida Student Government is giving people the chance to speak directly to members of the Tampa City Council at a town hall forum tomorrow (April 17th).