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Feb 21, 2019

UPDATED at 1:20 p.m. with cybersecurity information.

Several racist, sexist and pornographic images have been deleted from Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s Twitter account after they were posted reportedly by hackers early Thursday.

The design for the now defunct Rays stadium in Tampa's Ybor City
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The Tampa Bay Rays won't be moving the team across the bay, at least for now. Team leaders announced Tuesday that the plan for a new stadium in the Tampa neighborhood of Ybor City has fallen through.

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The University of South Florida will award almost 5,000 degrees during seven commencement ceremonies this weekend, as well as honor Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and entrepreneur Kate Tiedemann.

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn painted a picture of a growing city with new challenges during his final State of the City address as mayor on Friday morning.

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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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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn wants to divest the city's employee pension fund from companies that make guns and ammo.

 

A recent staff review found that about $300,000 of the more than $800 million pension portfolio is linked to these kind of companies, according to city spokesperson Ashley Bauman. The decision to divest is ultimately up to the seven-member retirement board that oversees Tampa's employee pension fund.

Tampa’s mayor and police chief plan to trick-or-treat in a neighborhood terrorized by a real-life horror.

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Starting at 6 p.m. Sunday, all Tampa residents are under a mandatory curfew, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced during a late morning news conference carried live on Facebook.

He said the curfew will be indefinite or until a neighborhood is deemed safe from downed power lines, overturned trees and storm debris.

Tampa Mayor Buckhorn Won't Run For Governor

Mar 9, 2017

Pointing to his family and a "job that I love," Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced Thursday he will not seek the Democratic nomination for governor next year.

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A few dozen activists delivered a letter to Tampa City Hall asking Mayor Bob Buckhorn to designate Tampa a "sanctuary city," a jurisdiction where local law enforcement doesn't cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

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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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A new Wallet Hub study ranks Tampa ahead of New York and Chicago for cities in which to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The financial website graded cities in its highly unscientific survey on the percentage of people with Irish heritage, number of festivities and parties for the day per person, along with the number of Irish pubs and restaurants per capita. 

Suncoast Tiger Bay Club

The Suncoast Tiger Bay Club recently hosted the mayors of St. Petersburg and Tampa for a conversation on the “State Of The Bay.”

This week on Florida Matters (Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 a.m.), we’re bringing you highlights of the discussion between Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman.

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The Suncoast Tiger Bay Club hosted the mayors of St. Petersburg and Tampa Friday morning at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club for a discussion of the “State of the Bay.”

A major theme of the discussion was the strength of the Tampa Bay region, and partnership over competition on planning, economic and transportation issues.

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Commuters between Tampa and St. Petersburg might soon have a new way to cross Tampa Bay that does not involve a bridge.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman are discussing how to pay for a ferry that would connect the two cities by water.

Kriseman said it'll take $350,000 from each city and their two counties, Pinellas and Hillsborough, to get things started.  A trial ferry could begin operating this coming October.

A new University of South Florida medical school planned for downtown Tampa could be "bigger than baseball," Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn told a group of USF trustees today.

Buckhorn was referring to the possibility that the Tampa Bay Rays could eventually move from Tropicana Field to another field of dreams on an empty lot in downtown Tampa.

He spoke during a meeting of the USF Board of Trustees Health Workgroup at USF's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), which would be a gallstone's throw from the new complex.

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn staged his 2014 “State of the City” address inside the old Tampa Armature Works building on the east banks of the Hillsborough River. The one-story brick structure is where they used to store the trolleys that once connected Tampa’s neighborhoods to downtown.

The significance of the old trolley building was not lost on the 500 people watching as Buckhorn used his “bully pulpit” to call for a funding referendum to support expanded bus service and light rail in Tampa.

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Tampa is known for its Bayshore Boulevard – a 4.5 mile uninterrupted sidewalk used by joggers, cyclists and walkers alike. But soon, Bayshore may have competition from the downtown Riverwalk.

It has taken 40 years and six mayors. Yet, by Thanksgiving 2014, Tampa’s downtown waterfront will be wrapped by a 2-mile continuous walkway.

Tampa’s Riverwalk was first conceived in the 1970s. It was a wooden, pier-like walk funded by people buying planks inscribed with their names.

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Two years in office and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn continues to face an annual budget deficit. Yet he told a crowd of hundreds during his “State of the City” message Tuesday that the future of Tampa is bright.

Buckhorn is facing a third year with a deficit. This time the city is short $20 million. The mayor hopes to close the revenue gap by finding efficiencies, making cuts and delaying projects if needed. He was non-committal when asked if there would be layoffs.

“I hope not. I’ve tried very hard not to,” Buckhorn told reporters after his half-hour speech.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Wells Fargo Regional President Carl Miller stood by a podium set up at 109 W. Adalee St. - right in front of a home that needs rehabilitation.

The men presented six local nonprofit organizations with grants totaling $800,000 for their efforts in affordable housing construction, shelter and support services for the homeless, neighborhood beautification and improvement, workforce development programs, and small and micro-business assistance.

Emails from the Tampa woman - who prompted the investigation of Marine Gen. John Allen because of their voluminous messages - are being released as part of the public record. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn released Friday all the emails Jill Kelley has sent him since in office.