SEPTEMBER 18TH PUBLIC HEARING:
Join Team AFT as we mobilize to #HonorOurVote in the Month of September to help pass the AFT Ordinance at the Board of County Commissioners.
At the next BoCC meeting, the Commission will hold a public hearing to vote on the of the AFT Ordinance. Public Hearings allow every individual in attendance who wishes to speak on that item to be heard. While we can’t fit 282,000 people into the Boardroom, we can make a huge turnout to ensure that the County Commission takes action to #HonorOurVote
Follow these steps to take action:
1) SHOW UP: Make sure to be present at the County Commission no later than 9:45. Sign up’s to speak can happen as early as 8:00am
2) SIGN UP: Sign up to speak on the Public Hearing for the AFT Ordinance. County Staff will be available to sign you up to speak. Every person who signs up will be allowed to speak!
3) SPEAK UP: Speak to the County Commission and tell them why passing the AFT Ordinance is critical for our county. Have a bad commute? See a project being proposed with AFT funds? Let the Commission know what is at stake, and why they should take action.
Join us and tell the County Commission to #HonorOurVote and restore our funding priorities by passing the AFT Ordinance.
We’ll see you there.
WHO: Voters of Hillsborough County, All For Transportation WHAT: Board of County Commissioners Meeting WHEN: September 18th, 2019 9:45am WHERE: County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd, Tampa FL.
Florida universities made strides on a national stage Monday, moving up on annual lists of the country’s top higher education institutions compiled by U.S. News & World Report.
Ranked again as the state’s best college, the University of Florida improved one spot, to No. 7, on a list of the nation’s best public schools. The University of South Florida is 44th on that list — 14 spots higher than last year and up significantly from 2015, when it was No. 88.
“No one has greater trajectory than USF,” university president Steve Currall said in an interview Monday. “That’s what we’re focused on.”
Florida State University improved, too, moving up eight spots from last year to become the 18th-best public institution in the country. The University of Central Florida is the state’s only other institution in the top 100 of that list, at 79th.
A list of all institutions nationwide, including public and private, ranked Florida schools this way: UF at 34th, FSU and the University of Miami tied at 57th, USF at 104th and UCF at 166th.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis spent Monday morning at UF, announcing the news to a room that erupted in applause. He praised the school for its “steady improvement” since 2012, when UF was the nation’s 19th-best public university.
UF “is going to be knocking on the top 5 soon” DeSantis said, adding that the university’s rise is the result of hard work by UF administration and support from state government. At the end of the governor’s remarks, UF president Kent Fuchs gave him a Gators football jersey with “DeSantis” and a No. 7 on the back.
At No. 44 on the public university list, USF ranks above or is tied with six schools holding membership in the Association of American Universities, a prestigious, invitation-only group of the nation’s top 62 institutions. Joining the association, whose only Florida member is UF, remains a top goal for USF leaders.
USF ranked 11th — higher than any other Florida school — on another list by U.S. News that measures “social mobility,” or an institution’s ability to enroll, retain and graduate low-income students who receive federal Pell Grants.
Florida’s second-best school in that category was Florida International University at No. 12. UF tied with Keiser University at No. 34. Florida A&M and Florida Atlantic universities tied for 45th. UCF ranked 60th, and FSU ranked 80th.
UCF’s most notable ranking was for innovation: At No. 16, it is Florida’s best in that category. FSU ranks 39th for innovation, while USF is 42nd and FIU is 63rd.
USF was Florida’s top institution on a list for “best value schools,” at No. 60. Rankings for that category are calculated by comparing academic quality and cost. The University of Miami is 77th, UF is 110th, FSU is 114th and UCF is 154th.
In all, U.S. News ranked about 1,900 schools. Of those, 399 were in the “national universities” category and 146 were in the group of “top public schools.”
Both at UF and later in the day during an announcement at FSU, DeSantis said Florida colleges and universities are not only high-performing, but more affordable than those elsewhere. “The education you’re getting for the price, I think that combination is probably unmatched anywhere in the country,” he said at UF.
It’s a result of investments by the Florida Legislature, DeSantis said, and moves by the Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System, to hire more faculty, reduce class sizes and help more students graduate within four years.
“The importance goes beyond just providing opportunity to our students,” DeSantis said. “As governor, it really helps me to attract more investment to Florida if I can point to the great job universities are doing.”
To see all the rankings, visit www.usnews.com/best-colleges.
“Florida universities move up in U.S. News rankings” – Tampa Bay Times (subscription required)
One of the earliest visions of Water Street Tampa — a bar and restaurant that opens up the Marriott to the Tampa Riverwalk — is almost a reality.
Anchor and Brine, a seafood and cocktail haunt from chef and restaurateur Richard Sandoval, will bring a coastal flair to the Marriott Water Street’s lobby bar and patio. The new restaurant — and the renovations necessary to create the concept — are part of a nearly $50 million overhaul to the 719-key convention hotel that is almost complete.
Anchor and Brine’s soft opening is tentatively set for Sept. 19.
The Marriott’s patio, which had been elevated several feet above the Riverwalk, now opens up to the water and invites the public in, said Ron McAnaugh, the hotel’s general manager.
“Before, we had that railing that said, ‘Maybe you shouldn’t come in here,'” McAnaugh said.
Anchor and Brine has 134 seats between its indoor and outdoor spaces, featuring teakwood tabletops and wicker furniture. There are light gray concrete bars and a color palette of shades of blue, green, cream and gray, with pops of yellow throughout.
The Marriott Water Street is one of the original anchors of the $3 billion, 9 million-square-foot Water Street. While several towers — including a 26-story JW Marriott and Edition Tampa, a 27-story hotel-condo — are under construction, the Marriott Water Street was built in 2000 as the city’s convention hotel.
Developer Strategic Property Partners bought the Marriott in 2014, months before the initial reveal of its vision plan for a new urban district in downtown Tampa; the hotel has become the western bookend to Water Street.
The renovations to the hotel, which included its rebranding from the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina to Marriott Water Street, are a preview of what’s to come in Water Street: Buildings designed to maximize the sidewalk-level experience for pedestrians and hotel amenities meant as much for locals as tourists.
Earlier this year, the Marriott debuted a new restaurant, the Garrison Tavern. With the opening of Anchor and Brine, the hotel’s longtime Waterside Grill will transition to a breakfast-only restaurant, with event space for lunch and dinner. That renovation will also include that restaurant’s patio, which is separate from the Anchor & Brine patio space.
“Anchor & Brine, the Marriott Water Street’s Long-awaited Riverwalk Bar and Restaurant, Opens Soon ” – Tampa Bay Business Journal
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) will hold Community Info Sessions about the proposed Service Enhancements for FY2020 before being presented to the Independent Oversight Committee. These will be drop-in opportunities to hear about how the All for Transportation Sales Tax will be utilized for service improvements in the first year.
Tuesday | September 17, 2019 4 – 7 PM University Area Community Center 14013 N 22nd St, Tampa, FL 33613
Wednesday | September 18, 2019 4 – 6 PM HART Marion Transit Center 1211 N Marion St, Tampa, FL 33602
Thursday | September 19, 2019 4 – 6 PM HART University Area Transit Center 13110 N 27th St, Tampa, FL 33612
Learn more here.
Your Downtown Calendar
The following is just a sample of upcoming events in Downtown Tampa. Visit the Downtown Tampa Events Calendar for a more comprehensive list!
Thursday, September 19, begins 6pm
Grand Central at Kennedy
Enjoy some gourmet food truck fun paired with independent short flicks and live music! Pour House and City Dog Cantina provide micro brews and tasty cocktails. Over ten gourmet food trucks will be on site, offering everything from burgers to vegetarian bites and much more. This is a spectacular way to spend a Thursday evening in Downtown Tampa! For more information, go to 3rd Thursdays.
Saturday, September 21, begins 10am
Tampa Bay History Center
Museum Day is a national celebration in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington D.C.-based museums, so all visitors with a Museum Day ticket will receive free admission. The History Center will screen the Smithsonian Channel documentary Rock ‘n’ Roll Inventions: This Damn Music, inviting guests to journey from wind-up gramophones to vinyl records to radio to the digital revolution. Visitors can also mingle with historical re-enactors throughout the museum galleries, while younger visitors can participate in music-themed crafts or get an up-close look at artifacts at special “gallery carts” stationed throughout the museum. For more information, go to Museum Day.
This Week at Amalie Arena
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Carolina Hurricanes (Preseason) – Tuesday, September 17, begins 7pm
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Nashville Predators (Preseason) – Friday, September 20, begins 7pm
Disturbed: Evolution Tour – Saturday, September 21, begins 7:30pm
The Who – Sunday, September 22, begins 7:30pm
Taking the Stage at the Straz Center
Meteor Shower by Steve Martin – Through Sunday, September 29
We Are Two Different People Tour starring Danny Gonzalez and Drew Gooden, featuring Kurtis Conner – Wednesday, September 18, begins 8pm
Latin Nights – Thursday, September 19, begins 9pm
Spymonkey’s Hysteria – Thursday, September 19 to Sunday, November 3
On the Marquee at Tampa Theatre
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) – Tuesday, September 17 to Thursday, September 26
Grease 2 (1982) – Friday, September 20, 10:30pm to 12:30am
Sing-Along The Greatest Showman (2017) – Sunday, September 22, 3pm to 4:45pm
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