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Passengers board the Cross-Bay Ferry near the Tampa Convention Center.  JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times

Mayor Rick Kriseman: Ridership numbers show a need for ferry service between Tampa and St. Petersburg

CLEARWATER — With the ferry service between St. Petersburg and Tampa ending in April, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman vowed in front of the Pinellas County Commission to find money to help bring it back in November. During a 30-minute presentation Tuesday, Kriseman told the commission that his staff is contactin …


Fla Dem chair says GOP will lose at least three Fla Senate seats in '18

From the News Service of Florida:

Despite "disheartening" losses in November that left Republican in control of the White House and the U.S. Senate, Florida Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Bittel said this week his party will bounce back --- including winning state Senate seats in 2018....


State ethics investigators are interviewing Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan regarding a complaint into a Go Hillsborough contract.

County Commissioners, Buckhorn interviewed in Go Hillsborough ethics probe

TAMPA — It seems a state ethics investigation into a Hillsborough County transportation contract is finally moving forward....


Viola Davis

USF students shell out $70,000 to bring Oscar-winner Viola Davis to campus

TAMPA -- Six minutes was all it took for University of South Florida staffers to realize they were going to need a bigger building....