🌱 Tampa City Council Votes Down Rent Control + Library Staff Shortage

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Here are the top five stories in Tampa today:

1. Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suspended the elected state prosecutor of TampaDemocrat Andrew Warren, on Thursday for pledging not to enforce the state’s new 15-week abortion ban and for supporting gender transition treatments for minors. The Governor has appointed Susan Lopez to serve as State Attorney for the period of suspension. (Tampa Patch, WSVN)

2. Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library is shutting down some branches temporarily or reducing operating hours due to staff shortages. Several staff members have been out due to COVID-19 or approved medical leave. (Subscription: Tampa Bay Times)

3. The Florida School of Woodworking in Tampa offers classes that range from beginner to advanced. Owner, Kate Swann, originally started off in the west coast and owns a custom-designed furniture business. (Spectrum News 13)

4. A New York transplant’s new St. Pete venture called OneSeven Technology aims to help startups succeed by offering developers for hire as well as leadership and mentor services. OneSeven has 15 employees, more than double its six full-time workers from last year. (Tampa Bay INNO)

5. Tampa City Council voted 4-2 against the first reading of an ordinance that aimed to put a rent control measure on a November ballot. The vote came after landlords, which are raising rents at a record pace including some at over 50% and city staff pushed against the measure. Councilmembers Lynn Hurtak and Orlando Gudes were the only members to vote in favor of the ordinance. (Creative Loafing Tampa)

Today in Tampa:

  • Café Con Tampa at Oxford Exchange. (8 am)
  • Friends of the Library Book Sale at Ruskin Library. (10 am)
  • International Beer Day at Rivers Edge Pool Bar. (noon)
  • Bolts Brew Fest at Amalie Arena. (8 pm)
  • I will win – The Italian Opera Experience at HCC Performing Arts Ybor City. (7 pm)

From my notebook:

  • 13th District State Attorney Andrew Warren held a news conference Thursday to provide an update on a 1983 cold case murder despite being suspended earlier in the morning by Governor Ron DeSantis. (WFLA)
  • Two children and an adult were taken to the hospital after being rescued from a burning house Thursday evening, according to St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue. (WTSP)
  • The USF College of Nursing has received a $ 3.85 million grant for a mobile health unit. (ABC Action News)

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Carlos Hernandez

About me: Hello my name is Carlos Hernandez and I am a food writer with over 10 years of experience in the industry. I write the food blog Carlos Eats (http://www.carloseats.com) and also contribute to several newspapers and magazines with food-related blogs and articles.

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