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Agency you’ve probably never heard of that never did anything calls it quits


The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA), the transit authority that oversees regional transportation needs in Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco and Pinellas counties has voted unanimously to dissolve the organization. “Fuck it,” said TBARTA Chairman Cliff Manuel Jr. “We out.” The agency, started by the state in 2007 but not having received funding from…

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Chamberlain High School announces new mascot

Chamberlain Storm

After a 5-1 vote by the Hillsborough County School Board back in June to drop the “Chiefs” mascot from Chamberlain High School in response to a request from the Title VI Native American Parent Advisory Council, a new name and logo has been chosen; from now they’ll be known as the “Storm”. To the surprise…

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This week’s public school lunch menus


As a public service to the millions of parents to school-age children in the Tampa Bay region who read our site every single day, Tampa News Force proudly presents what the kids will be eating for lunch at school this week. You know, for planning purposes. Enjoy! CITRUS COUNTY Monday, October 3: Tater Thots Tuesday,…

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Sidewalk Improvements Begin On Most Unwalkable part of Tampa

Jane's Money

As part of a transportation improvement initiative, Hillsborough county is set to receive millions in funding to add hundreds of miles of walkable pavement to the least walked neighborhoods in the area. “It takes half an hour to walk from my apartment to the entrance to this community,” said Ellen Puggy, a recent transplant from…

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New 656 area code for Hillsborough County goes into effect today


As more and more people continue moving to Florida, resources are being spread thinner and thinner. One of those resources: telephone numbers. There are too many people to accommodate with the standard 813 area code. In response to the-ever growing population, the Florida Public Service Commission is launching a new area code, 656, for Tampa…

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Pasco-Hernando State College Wins Florida Budget Lottery

During an event today, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis unveiled his $100 billion budget for Florida’s 2021-2022 session.  As part of the budget, DeSantis made it clear that it will not provide Hillsborough County with 0.000033% of the budget to fund workforce development, public school summer bridge programming, music education for children, safer crosswalks at public…

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Tampa Celebrates Lower Sales Tax by Sitting in Traffic Longer

Commissioner Stacy White

Thanks to a recent decision by the Florida Supreme Court, Tampa residents can finally stop paying the disastrously large sales tax referendum that raised half a billion dollars to improve traffic in Hillsborough County. “While the money had been collected, we felt it was better for us to sue the 57% of voters that approved…

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Prostitution sting nets 71, including this one guy in particular

Operation Interception

Hillsborough deputies have arrested more than 70 people in what has been labeled “Operation Interception”, a monthlong undercover prostitution sting, Sheriff Chad Chronister announced Monday. Between December 7, 2020 and January 9, 2021, undercover detectives posted online ads and female detectives posed as prostitutes on the street, resulting in the arrest of 71 men who…

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Hillsborough Sheriffs mount manhunt for missing Patriots fans

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is enlisting the help of the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Department to find hundreds, maybe thousands of Patriots fans who have suddenly disappeared. “Mr. Kraft has brought it to our attention that several of the most devoted supporters of his football team are missing,” said Sheriff Chad Cronister at a…

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