Tampa, Fla.

Tampa is a major city in, and the county seat of, Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. It is on the west coast of Florida on Tampa Bay, near the Gulf of Mexico, and is the largest city in the Tampa Bay Area. The city had a population of 335,709 at the 2010 census, and an estimated population of 377,165 in 2016. Archaeological evidence indicates the shores of Tampa Bay were inhabited by indigenous peoples for thousands of years.
  • Happy birthday, Tampa! City celebrates 131st birthday Sunday
    WFLA

    Happy birthday, Tampa! City celebrates 131st birthday Sunday

    She may be getting older, but she's still looking good.  Tampa was incorporated as a city on July 15, 1887, making Sunday, the 131st anniversary, or the city's 131st “birthday.” The earliest known inhabitants of the area were the Elamites Calusa and Timucua peoples (later replaced by the Seminoles) before the city was visited by the Spanish explorers Pánfilo de Narváez (1528) and Hernando de Soto (1539).  Then in 1824, Fort Brooke was established to oversee the Seminoles. It was eventually captured by Union soldiers during the American Civil War. In 1884 came the arrival of Henry B. Plant's South Florida Railroad, which helped create modern Florida by stimulating population growth and new industry

  • PHOTOS: Tampa Bay Rays Unveil Plans for New Stadium With Roof, Sliding Glass Walls
    Sports Illustrated

    PHOTOS: Tampa Bay Rays Unveil Plans for New Stadium With Roof, Sliding Glass Walls

    The Tampa Bay Rays have unveiled plans for their proposed new stadium in Tampa.

  • Trending Topics: Rumored Karlsson trade creates juggernaut, at least for a year
    Puck Daddy

    Trending Topics: Rumored Karlsson trade creates juggernaut, at least for a year

    The addition of Erik Karlsson would make the Tampa Bay Lightning virtually unstoppable.

  • Democratic Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn forges good relationship with Gov. Rick Scott — report
    Orlando Sentinel

    Democratic Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn forges good relationship with Gov. Rick Scott — report

    TAMPA — Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is a Democrat, but that's not stopping him from forming a strong connection with Republican Gov. Rick Scott, the Tampa Bay Times is reporting. Scott, who is running for the U.S. Senate this year, has awarded the mayor in recent weeks by unveiling a private company's interest in a high-speed rail link between Tampa and Orlando, earmarking $2.7 million for the city's streetcar system, and working to get an Ybor City census tract a federal tax break, which could lead to a new Tampa Bay Rays ballpark there. Buckhorn, was a big supporter of Hillary Clinton for president, is taking some heat from fellow Democrats, who accused Scott of pandering to Tampa voters in his

  • Defense asks for more psychologists after first one opines on man accused of Seminole Heights serial killings
    Tampa Bay Times

    Defense asks for more psychologists after first one opines on man accused of Seminole Heights serial killings

    TAMPA — Attorneys for the man accused in a string of four murders in southeast Seminole Heights told a judge last month they think he is mentally ill. A psychologist examined Howell Emanuel Donaldson III and submitted a confidential report. Now, the lawyers are apparently dissatisfied with having only that assessment. On Wednesday, they asked for two more doctors to opine about whether Donaldson is mentally competent to stand trial. Hillsborough Circuit Judge Mark Wolfe appointed psychologists Richard Cipriano and Monica Epstein to examine the defendant. Their reports are due in late July. The court had previously planned to hear testimony Friday from the first doctor, Richard Carpenter. But

  • Widow of New Tampa father killed in hit-and-run expresses gratitude to community
    Tampa Bay Times

    Widow of New Tampa father killed in hit-and-run expresses gratitude to community

    TAMPA The widow of Pedro Aguerreberry, a New Tampa father killed by a passing motorist during a Sunday bike ride with his two sons, broke her silence briefly Thursday, thanking the community for its support but requesting privacy. "We are truly grateful for the tremendous support and sympathy we have received from the community at this very difficult time," Meghan Aguerreberry said in a prepared statement. The statement was sent to area media outlets by Tampa police spokesman Steve Hegarty in response to attempts by reporters to make contact with the family to learn more about the 42-year-old man whose life was cut short. Tampa Police say a mentally disturbed man intentionally ran Pedro Aguerreberry over as he and his 8-year-old son Lucas rode their bicycles on the designated trail alongside New Tampa Boulevard his son Bennett, 3, belted in to a trailer attached to his father s bike.

  • Garbage Truck Driver Will Not Face Criminal Charges In Accident
    Tampa, FL Patch

    Garbage Truck Driver Will Not Face Criminal Charges In Accident

    TAMPA, FL -- Tampa Police have determined that the driver of a city of Tampa garbage truck will not face criminal charges in the Tuesday, June 26 traffic accident that resulted in the death of a retired school teacher on Davis Islands. The driver, Brandon resident Jarvis Mercer, 49, is expected to face a civil traffic citation involving a death. Detectives are still investigating to determine what citation would be appropriate given the facts of the case. Marcia Rivers, 65, who lived in an apartment complex a couple of blocks away, was walking down Davis Boulevard near Aegean Way at 9:14 a.m. when she was struck by the garbage truck. (See related story). Police say their initial investigation

  • Copa Airlines' expansion of Tampa flights has a broader purpose
    Tampa Bay Times

    Copa Airlines' expansion of Tampa flights has a broader purpose

    TAMPA — Copa Airlines' decision to expand its Tampa-to-Panama City service to seven days a week is about more than just those two destinations. Instead, for the airline, bringing daily service to Tampa starting next month is part of an effort to knit together a growing network that will have 79 destinations in 32 countries by year's end. "As we added new destinations, we had the need of getting the Tampa Bay community closer to Latin America," said Fernando Fondevila, Copa's regional manager for North American commercial operations, who was in Tampa on Thursday for business meetings. "Connecting through Panama, Copa offers more international destinations than any other airline in the region."

  • Catering By Family Selected As Preferred Caterer For River Center
    Tampa, FL Patch

    Catering By Family Selected As Preferred Caterer For River Center

    TAMPA, FL -- The city of Tampa has selected Catering By The Family as a preferred caterer for the long-awaited River Center at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, which is now open. "We are honored to win this contract, and we take our partnership with the city of Tampa very seriously," said owner Steven Gonzalez Sr. "We will put our 35-plus years of service and experience to work for the River Center at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, ensuring the excellence of every event." Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park is a 25-acre park, located just outside of downtown Tampa. The River Center is a 2,880-square-foot premier event space on west bank of the Hillsborough River. The venue features floor-to-ceiling

  • No charges for garbage truck driver who hit woman
    ABC Action News Tampa Bay

    No charges for garbage truck driver who hit woman

    TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Police have determined that the driver of a City of Tampa Solid Waste truck will not face criminal charges in a traffic accident that resulted in the death of a pedestrian on Tuesday. Police say that Marcia Woodside Rivers was hit and killed by the garbage truck on Davis Islands across the street from where she lived, Tuesday morning. Family members tell ABC Action News that Rivers was a retired Hillsborough County Schools teacher. "She was a bubbly personality and she enjoyed what she did," Deborah Mosley said. Mosley was a friend and colleague of Rivers. She said Rivers loved to teach, share, and learn. "She was one of a kind. (She had) a huge heart, quite creative -especially

  • Armature Works developers sue Ulele and city of Tampa over use of nearby building
    Tampa Bay Times

    Armature Works developers sue Ulele and city of Tampa over use of nearby building

    TAMPA — Two of the city's hottest developers — the companies behind Ulele and the Armature Works — are heading to court over control of an old city building that sits between the hit eateries. Both want to redevelop the city's former office of cable communications building, but the owners of the Armature Works claim in a lawsuit filed in Hillsborough Circuit Court this week that they never got the chance to make a pitch. Instead, the lawsuit says, the building at the corner of W Seventh and N Highland Avenues was awarded to Ulele's owners without giving other developers a chance to put in their own proposals. The case is a stark reminder of how much and how quickly Tampa's riverfront has changed.

  • Business Wire

    Amscot Financial Contributes Mini-Grants to 15 Non-Profit Service Groups

    Amscot Financial, a leading provider of convenient, consumer-oriented financial services, recently awarded mini-grants of $250 to $3,000 in support of 15 different non-profit service organizations located in the Florida communities where the company serves several million consumers. “It’s up to businesses like ours to support non-profit service organizations. Juvenile Arthritis Camp programs provide a safe and secure camping experience for children and teens with arthritis and related childhood rheumatic diseases.