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Posted: 6/4/2013
Davis Islands Dog Friendly Beach Gets Restored

TAMPA – The Davis Islands boat ramp and dog beach are getting some much needed improvements. The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department will start work on June 10, 2013.

Waves from passing ships have eroded the beach and shore line at the popular dog beach exposing rubble and making it unsafe for dogs and their owners. The beach restoration project includes building an off shore break water, installing artificial reef modules and adding and renewing sand which will prevent future shore erosion. Additionally, the City will repair and re-pave the boat ramp as well as spruce up the shore line by adding Florida-friendly landscaping.

The boat ramp and dog beach area will be temporarily closed due to the construction, but the dog park will remain open. The project is expected to be completed in December. The cost is $273,082 and is funded through the Community Investment Tax (CIT).

The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department operates nine dog parks throughout the city. For a complete list, please visit our web site:

Posted: 6/4/2013
City of Tampa Household Chemical and Electronics Collection June 8th

This Saturday!

TAMPA – The 2013 City of Tampa Household Chemical and Electronics Collection event for residential customers will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tampa Fire and Police Academy located at 116 S. 34th Street, Tampa, FL 33605.

This event provides residential customers with the opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted chemicals and electronics. Materials accepted at the collection site include: paints and solvents; used motor oil; automotive products; pool chemicals; mercury-containing devices, such as fluorescent light bulbs and thermometers; lawn, garden and household chemicals; and electronics including computer monitors, printers, CPUs, keyboards, televisions, DVD players, VCRs and cell phones.

Only residential waste will be accepted.

The City will not accept any explosive, radioactive, or biomedical wastes at the collection site.

Please contact the City of Tampa Utility Services Customer Care at (813) 348-1111 or visit the website at

For additional information, please contact Tonja M. Brickhouse, Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management Director, at (813) 348-1146 or via e-mail at

Posted: 5/30/2013
Attend the 2013 Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo this Saturday

What: 2013 Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo
When: Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: MOSI, 4801 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa

The City of Tampa and Hillsborough County, in partnership with MOSI, will host the 2013 Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, at the Museum of Science & Industry. Admission to the Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo is FREE, and will include access to MOSI’s Astronaut Training Adventure. In addition, Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo guests can enjoy MOSI exhibit galleries and one standard IMAX® Dome Theatre* film for only $8 per person (children under 2 admitted FREE). *Special engagement films and exhibits, including Sea Monsters Revealed, are not included.

At the Expo, attendees will learn what to do before, during and after a storm. Residents will learn the importance of having a solid disaster plan in place well in advance so that they can quickly recover after a storm. Additionally, Radio Disney has partnered with the Expo and will provide kid-friendly entertainment, games and other activities, while the adults enjoy a variety of speakers and vendors. Attendees also will have the chance to win one of two Kindle Fire Tablets.

Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo attendees will be able to attend question-and-answer weather panels, held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., to hear from meteorologists representing local news stations and the National Weather Service. Additionally, a resiliency/survivor’s panel will be held at 10 a.m. where guests can hear real stories from people who have experienced and recovered from a disaster, along with expert advice on preparation techniques to protect themselves and their home. And at Noon, business owners can take advantage of a free workshop teaching them how to get their business prepared for a disaster.

For more information and the latest news on the Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo, visit

Posted: 5/29/2013
Children’s Board hires new director

By José Patiño Girona

TAMPA – The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County has a new leader and a new plan to show residents what they’re getting for their tax dollars. ...

Members of the Children’s Board voted unanimously on May 10th to select Kelley Parris, an experienced leader in children’s and mental health issues, as its new executive director.

Parris, the director of Alabama’s Department of Child Abuse Prevention, was picked from five finalists to lead the agency, which is charged with working with nonprofit groups to coordinate and enhance programs for children and families.

The board’s attorney will prepare a two-year contract, and Parris is expected to start July 1. Her salary will be $115,000 to $140,000; the contract limits severance pay to 12 weeks of salary.

The Children’s Board was created by taxpayers in 1988 and is supported by a property tax of 50 cents per $1,000 of a home’s valuation. The board has a $35 million annual budget and distributes money to nonprofit groups that work on education, health care and social welfare for children.

Continued funding is not automatic; Hillsborough County residents will vote in 2016 on whether to continue the tax.

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Posted: 5/28/2013
Important News For Commercial Solid Waste Customers In Hillsborough County

Beginning June 1, commercial solid waste customers within Hillsborough County’s service area may enter into new collection services contracts with any of three County-authorized companies. These new contracts will be for service beginning Oct. 1, 2013.

In January, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners awarded new Solid Waste Franchise Collection Agreements to Republic Services of Florida, Waste Management Inc. of Florida, and Waste Services of Florida. The new agreements go into effect Oct. 1, 2013. These companies are granted the exclusive right to provide commercial solid waste collection within the unincorporated areas of the county. All commercial customers who require garbage collection services must use one of these County-authorized providers.

New Solid Waste Profile Form Must Be Completed
Before new service can begin on Oct. 1, all commercial solid waste customers must complete and submit a Solid Waste Profile Form to the Public Utilities Department. Beginning June 1, the form will be available online at A printed copy also is available from the Franchise Collectors.

The Solid Waste Profile Program is designed to ensure that solid waste generated in Hillsborough County is properly disposed of in a safe and effective manner. The Franchise Collectors cannot provide commercial solid waste collection services until the Solid Waste Profile Form has been reviewed and approved by the County. This new form must be completed even if such a form has been submitted previously.

All Existing Commercial Contracts Expire Sept. 30, 2013
All existing commercial garbage collection service contracts, regardless of the expiration date, will become null and void when the current Solid Waste Franchise Collection Agreements expire on Sept. 30, 2013.

Commercial customers are not required to stay with the same vendor who is currently providing them garbage collection service. This is a good time for businesses to “shop around” among the three Franchise Collectors to determine the most competitive rates and agreement that best meets their needs.

The new Franchise Collection Agreements do not apply to contracts for commercial recycling. Businesses may contract for commercial recycling service with any provider, even if they are not one of the three authorized Franchise Collectors. Also effective Oct. 1, 2013, commercial customers may contract for construction and demolition debris removal with any provider, even if they are not one of the three Franchise Collectors.

Commercial customers may contact the three Franchised Collectors at:
• Republic Services of Florida: 813-265-0292
• Waste Management Inc. of Florida: 813-621-3053
• Waste Services of Florida: 813-248-3802

For More Information
For more information on completing the Solid Waste Profile Form, contact your commercial Franchise Collector, or send an email to the Public Utilities Department at

For general information about how the new Franchise Collection Agreements affect commercial collection, visit, or call Hillsborough County Public Utilities Department Customer Service at 813-272-5680.

Posted: 5/17/2013
Children's Board Announces 8th Annual Business Plan Competition, Pro 2013-10
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The Children's Board of Hillsborough County, in partnership with the Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay, Inc., announces the 8th Annual Business Plan Competition. The competition is designed to encourage and support social entrepreneurial ventures by Hillsborough County non-profit organizations that result in an earned income business strategy.

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Posted: 5/14/2013
Legislature Passes Bill Redesigning Foster Care Independent Living Program

TALLAHASSEE – Senate Bill 1036, sponsored by Senator Nancy Detert, is backed by the Department of Children and Families and is based on recommendations made by the Independent Living Services Advisory Council (ILSAC). It will give young adults the option to remain in foster care until the age of 21 in order to finish high school, earn a GED, pursue post-secondary education or begin a career. The bill strengthens the role of foster parents, restructures the Road-to-Independence Program and empowers caregivers to provide high quality, nurturing parenting for children in foster care.

The legislation will help young people who age out of foster care and face significant challenges as they make the transition to adulthood on their own. Currently, nearly 3,000 young adults are receiving Independent Living services.

Last fall, Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins appointed 18 new members to the ILSAC and named a new director of Independent Living Services to overhaul the program. The Council called for the redesign of the state program and expanding foster care from age 18 to age 21 after survey results showed many challenges and successes for children in foster care and those who have aged out.

The independent living bill is the second of two DCF legislative priorities to improve outcomes for children in foster care passed during the 2013 Legislative Session. The "Letting Kids be Kids" bill, sponsored by Sen. Nancy Detert and Rep. Ben Albritton, was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott on April 11. The new law empowers foster parents to make day-to-day decisions for foster children in their care and reduces regulations that are barriers for kids in foster care to enjoy participation in extracurricular, enrichment or social activities.

More information on Independent Living services to youth aging out of foster care

Posted: 5/13/2013
"Born Drug Free Florida" educational campaign kicked off

TALLAHASSEE – Attorney General Pam Bondi, Department of Children and Families Assistant Secretary Rob Siedlecki, Department of Health Secretary and State Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong, and members of the Statewide Task Force on Prescription Drug Abuse and Newborns today announced the launch of a statewide educational campaign designed to prevent babies from being born exposed to prescription drugs. Newborns exposed to prescription drugs while in the womb may suffer from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, a painful withdrawal from the drugs, after birth. The campaign educates expectant mothers about the importance of discussing prescription drug use with their doctors, and it provides ways to assist women. The campaign includes a helpline at 1-877-233-5656, a website at, video and radio spots, and billboards.

“Educating expectant mothers about the risks they pose to their babies when they abuse prescription drugs is a crucial component of preventing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and protecting babies,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “I am pleased that within one year of convening the first meeting of the Prescription Drug Abuse and Newborns Task Force, we are already implementing its recommendations.”

“Through this partnership, we are educating families on the detrimental effects of substance abuse, especially the abuse of prescription drugs, during pregnancy,” Department of Children and Families Secretary Wilkins said. “According to the latest statistics, seven out of every 1,000 babies born in Florida suffer from this epidemic. We hope the campaign will help reverse this heartbreaking trend.”

"The Department of Health is committed to helping expectant mothers throughout Florida who may be struggling with drug dependency,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “We are pleased to work with our partner agencies in this initiative so that no child will have to face the ugliness of drug withdrawal in the first days of life."

In 2011, there were 1,563 instances of newborns diagnosed with drug exposure in Florida. While that is a three-fold increase since 2007, NAS is still widely believed to be an underreported problem. Babies born with NAS suffer from withdrawal symptoms such as tremors, seizures, abdominal pain, incessant crying, and rapid breathing.

The “Born Drug Free Florida” campaign is the product of one of the recommendations of the Statewide Task Force on Prescription Drug Abuse and Newborns. The task force spent the past year examining the problem and offered a wide range of recommendations to deal with the problem, including the creation of a statewide public awareness campaign.

Visit the Born Drug Free campaign's website

Posted: 5/13/2013
Public Meeting May 14th on Lee Davis Neighborhood Service Center Changes

Topic will focus on proposed renovation and expansion

Hillsborough County will hold a public meeting to receive public comment and discuss proposed plans to renovate and expand the Lee Davis Neighborhood Service Center at 3402 N. 22nd St., Tampa. The renovations will enhance the Center’s social service capabilities and include interior and exterior improvements, and service relocations within the building. A Head Start Center also is proposed to be added to the facility.

During the construction, the renovation will be completed in phases in order to limit impact to services provided in the facility. This project is expected to cost approximately $1.5 million and start around the end of the year.

Date: Tuesday, May 14
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Lee Davis Neighborhood Service Center, 3402 N. 22nd St., Tampa

All meeting facilities are ADA compliant. Any additional necessary accommodations will be provided with a 48-hour notice. For more information, call Citizen Services, 813-635-5400. (TTY: 301-7173).

Posted: 5/7/2013
Channel District Town Hall Meeting Wed. May 8th @ 7pm

Community conversation to meet the developer and discuss revitalization of Channelside Bay Plaza, Punit R. Shah, President/COO, Liberty Group Inc.

Tampa-based Liberty Group and Convergent Capital Partners d/b/a Liberty Channelside, LLC WHEN:
Wed., May 8, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Channel District CRA Community Advisory Committee hosting a special meeting to provide residents an opportunity to discuss and learn more about Liberty Channelside’s plans for acquiring and revitalizing the Channelside Bay Plaza

Florida Aquarium, Taylor Great Room, 701 Channelside Drive

Company principals, Punit Shah and Santosh Govindaraju, will hear from the community and share their vision of making major capital improvements to maximize Channelside’s location as a mixed-use waterfront destination that will best meet the neighborhood’s needs and contribute to the long-term development of the entire Channel District.


MargieMartin,Walker Brands,
phone:(813) 220.0526.

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