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Posted on: September 3, 2015

Loan Assistance Available to Hillsborough County Businesses Affected by Recent Floods

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Sept. 3, 2015) - In an effort to help businesses recover from the severe storms and flooding in the Tampa Bay area, Florida's Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program will be accepting applications through Sept. 30, 2015. Small businesses with two to 100 employees in Hillsborough County affected by the flooding event from July 25 through Aug. 3, 2015, may apply for short-term loans for $1,000 to $25,000.

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, provides expedient cash flow to businesses damaged by disasters. The short-term, interest-free loans help bridge the gap between the time damage is incurred and when a business secures other financial resources, such as profits from a revived business, payments on insurance claims, or federal disaster assistance. Funding for the West Central Florida 2015 Flooding Event is available to qualified businesses in Dixie, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, and Taylor counties.

Eligibility and information about the loan process and applications can be found at www.floridadisasterloan.org.

The Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Hillsborough County is available to guide businesses through the loan application preparation and answer questions. Please call (813) 204-9267 for more informationRead on...

Posted on: September 2, 2015

Eat at Joe's Lunchtime Concert Series Returns

Hillsborough County, Fla., (September 2, 2015) - Kick off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' season in style - Latin style - with the return of the Eat at Joe's lunchtime concert series on Wednesday, Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Joe Chillura Courthouse Square, corner of Pierce and Kennedy in downtown Tampa.

The Bucs will join Hillsborough County to siege Joe Chillura Courthouse Square in celebrating the upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month as well as the Titans vs. Buccaneers home opener! Eat at Joe's Latin Style will feature a tasty blend of food, fun, and entertainment for football fans and lovers of Latin culture. This free event also includes autographs from Buccaneers Legends, the Bucs Street Team and Kids Zone, a Buccaneers Cheerleaders performance and various food truck vendors.

Downtown workers, residents and visitors are invited to bring their own lunch, buy it at a local restaurant or food truck, and enjoy a lunch break in the park with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

During Eat at Joe's Latin Style, Buccaneers fans can sign up for the chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to the Tennessee Titans vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers home opener at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, September 13. There is no purchase necessary to win.

Eat at Joe's Latin Style highlights will include:

  • Live Latin music and dancing
  • Food trucks and special guests
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers Legends, Cheerleaders, mascot Captain Fear, and giveaways
  • The Bucs Street Team with Kids Zone inflatable football activities and interactive PLAY 60 drills
  • Opportunity to tryout the Bucs' new EON Sports Virtual Reality SIDEKIQ football simulator
  • Hispanic Heritage Month honors and presentation of the E.J. Salcines Award

Background
Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham created the Eat at Joe's lunchtime concert series to increase patronage in and around the scenic downtown spot known as Joe Chillura Courthouse Square. Information about past and future events is available at www.HillsboroughCounty.org/EatatJoes.

Eat at Joe's is a partnership among the Hillsborough County Parks Department the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, the City of Tampa, and the Tampa Downtown Partnership.

For more information, contact the Parks Departmentat (813) 635-3500Read on...

Posted on: September 2, 2015

Newly Renovated Rubin Padgett Sports Complex in Palm River Will Open Sept. 12

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Sept. 2, 2015) - The crack of a baseball bat and cheers from the crowd will again be heard at the Rubin Padgett Sports Complex in the Palm River community of south Hillsborough County. The Parks and Recreation Department is addi...Read on...

Posted on: August 31, 2015

Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center Returning to Normal Operations

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 31, 2015) - The Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center will return to normal operations at 6 p.m. this evening. Although the center is deactivating, Hillsborough County and partner agencies are continuing to monitor evolving conditions associated with the remnants of Tropical Storm Erika.

The public should continue to exercise caution for the next few days, as heavy rainfall and flooding may accompany what's left of Erika as the storm system moves north. Motorists should drive carefully through areas of standing water, and stay tuned to local television and radio stations for traffic advisories, reports of flooding, and other critical information.

Residents can go to www.HillsboroughCounty.org/AtYourService or call (813) 272-5900 to report flooding and road problems, or to request additional information.

Sandbags materials will continue to be available on Tuesday. The County has given out more than 19,000 sandbags since Saturday morning.

Sandbag Locations
The following Hillsborough County Public Works locations will have sandbags materials available on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.:

  • West Service Unit at 9805 Sheldon Road
  • South Service Unit at 8718 Old Big Bend Road -East Service Unit at 4702 Sydney Road

Sandbag materials will be available for Hillsborough County residents to make their own sandbags. Each resident must sign their name and provide their home address acknowledging the receipt of 25 sandbags or less.

County Facilities
The following recreation areas remain closed due to the heavy rainfall and flooding events that began in early August:

  • The Wilsky Boulevard trailhead of the Upper Tampa Bay Trail -Lake Rogers Park -Trout Creek, Morris Bridge picnic shelter area and off-road biking area

Roads and Drainage Systems
Public Works crews have been working continuously on pumping operations and repairs to drainage systems during the past month in an effort to improve stormwater control. Residents are advised to not conduct their own pumping operations, as this may affect operations in other areas of the County. Residents experiencing flooding who may want to explore the option of pumping water should call (813) 272-5900 and ask to speak with a representative from Public Works.

A list of roads and areas which have been flooded at some time during the past month can be found at: www.HillsboroughCounty.org/StaySafeRead on...

Posted on: August 31, 2015

Official Statement on Heidi's Legacy Rescue Dog

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 31, 2015) - Recently, The Hillsborough County Pet Resources Center became aware of a situation involving a German Shepard who is in the possession of an animal rescue known as Heidi's Legacy. The case involving Nikki/Sweetie has several elements, but Pet Resources' involvement is limited to offering medical attention to an animal in need. It seems that an animal rescue group and the animal owner disagree over the status of the dog and its medical condition. The dog owner claims the rescue has possession of his property and he wants it back. The rescue is claiming that it is a civil matter and that they will possibly be seeking legal remedies to keep the dog. Pet Resources is concerned that the dog is either suffering from neglect or has a medical condition that needs immediate attention.

The Hillsborough County Pet Resources Center has reached out to the rescue asking for the dog to be brought to the shelter for additional medical testing to determine if it was neglected as the rescue claims, or if it has an underlying medical condition that makes it thin that the owner is claiming. The Pet Resources Center volunteered to do this testing and to cover the cost of the testing to determine what is the right thing to do in this case. The Pet Resources Center has not heard back from the rescue, but the County Attorney's Office was able to make initial contact with an attorney involved in the matter. The County is currently unable to determine if any civil or criminal animal violations have taken place without having access to the dog for further testing and examination. Pet Resources continues to work on this case to try to resolve it as quickly as possible.

There is no current plan to return the dog to its owner because there are pending questions that must be answered through medical examination and testing. The Hillsborough County Pet Resources Center is encouraging the rescue to cooperate with the investigation and to allow further testing and examination of the dog at the County's expenseRead on...

Posted on: August 26, 2015

Enjoy Fabulous FREE Programs @ Your Library® This September

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 26, 2015) - Join the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative for interesting, entertaining, and informative programs for the entire family this September. For a comprehensive look at library programming, visit www.hc...Read on...

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Posted on: August 30, 2015

Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center Partially Activated

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 30, 2015) - At noon, Hillsborough County partially activated its Emergency Operations Center in preparation for the potential for heavy rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Erika. This allows County and partner agencies...Read on...

Posted on: August 30, 2015

Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center Re-opens

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 31, 2015) - The Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center is activated again today in preparation for the forecast for heavy rainfall, fueled by the remnants of Tropical Storm Erika, starting this afternoon.

Resid...Read on...

Posted on: August 30, 2015

Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center Continues to Monitor Potential Rainfall

Hillsborough County continues to monitor conditions concerning the remnants of Tropical Storm Erika. Residents are encouraged to prepare for the potential of 3 to 5 inches of rain from the system, and possible flooding. Coupled with the heavy rains experi...Read on...

Posted on: August 28, 2015

Sandbag Materials Available at all Hillsborough County Service Units

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 28, 2015) - Hillsborough County is making sandbag materials available to the public Friday, Aug. 28, until 4 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 29, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 30 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., as weather condit...Read on...

Posted on: August 28, 2015

Hillsborough County Monitors Developments with Tropical Storm Erika

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 28, 2015) - Hillsborough County is carefully monitoring the progress of Tropical Storm Erika, and working closely with the National Hurricane Center, National Weather Service-Ruskin, the Florida Division of Emergency Management, and other regional/local partners to share information as it becomes available and coordinate as necessary. At this time, the Emergency Operations Center is not open. No evacuation orders are currently in place.

There is a great deal of uncertainty regarding this system. It is critical that residents carefully monitor news broadcasts and get the latest information from Hillsborough County Emergency Management as the situation develops. The greatest threat posed by Tropical Storm Erika are heavy rains and the potential for tropical storm force winds in excess of 34 miles per hour.

This morning, Governor Rick Scott signed an Executive Order for TS Erika; which gives additional authority and resources to assist in protective actions and planning response efforts. This allows the state and counties to work closely to respond to the threat posed by the storm.

Residents are reminded to check and update their storm readiness plans to ensure they address the needs of all family members and special needs.

Remember, we are only approaching the midpoint of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. September is the busiest month, October is the month when we are most concerned about landfalling storms on Florida's west coast and the season runs through Nov. 30.

For more information on the developments for Tropical Storm Erika, visit HillsboroughCounty.org/StaySafeRead on...

Posted on: August 30, 2015

Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center Closes for Evening

:Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 30, 2015) - Hillsborough County's Emergency Operations Center is closing for the evening, however emergency planners continue to monitor evolving conditions concerning the remnants of Tropical Storm Erika. Residents are encouraged to prepare for the potential of 3 to 5 inches of rain from the system, and possible flooding.

County crews are monitoring areas which previously experienced flooding, including:

  • Martin Borrow Pit(Martin Pond)/Tyler Run/Tyler Road
  • Lake Cooper System
  • Sunlake Blvd.
  • Lake Charles
  • Timber Pond/Lake Meade
  • North Lake/Lake Platt
  • Boot Lake/Lake Carroll
  • Gibson /56th St.
  • Faircloth Estates
  • Hounds Hollow Subdivision
  • Lake Magdalene Cir.
  • Loch Devon
  • Chastain Rd./Lake Weeks
  • Henry St. Canal
  • Tri-County Business Park
  • Crawley Rd.
  • Lambright Ditch at Hesperides St.
  • Lake Byrd Ln.
  • Lynn Lake Cir.

Public works crews have been working continuously in pumping operations and in making repairs to drainage systems over the past month in an effort to improve floodwater control. Residents are advised to not conduct their own personal pumping operations, as this may affect operations in other areas of the County. Residents experiencing flooding who may want to explore the option of pumping water should call (813)272-5900 and ask to speak with a representative from Public Works.

Hillsborough County has provided more than 8,200 sandbags for residents to protect their homes from any potential flooding. Sandbag sites will open again tomorrow at 8 a.m.

A list of roads which have been flooded at some time during the past month is listed at Hillsboroughcounty.org/StaySafe.

Currently, no shelters are open. Residents can call (813) 272-5900 to report flooding and road problems or to request additional information.

Safety Tips During Heavy Rain or Flooding

Motorists are urged to use care when driving through flooded areas, and to follow posted detour signs. Residents should stay tuned to local television and radio stations for traffic advisories, reports of flooding, or other critical information.

Follow these safety tips to help keep you and your family safe:

  • Never drive through moving water or standing water. Standing water that is only two feet deep can disable most vehicles.
  • If you can't see the road, turn around. Floodwaters may conceal holes or dangerous objects.
  • Avoid walking in flooded areas or rapidly flowing water. Only six inches of fast-flowing water can sweep you off your feet.
  • If an area is barricaded, there is a reason. Find an alternate route.
  • Treat non-functioning traffic signals as a four-way stop.
  • Avoid downed or hanging power lines. Always assume the power line is live.
  • Be especially cautious at night, when it is harder to see possible flood dangers.
For more information please visit HillsboroughcountyRead on...

Posted on: August 27, 2015

Mosquito Control Spraying by Air the Evening of Aug. 27 in South Tampa

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 26, 2015) - Hillsborough County Mosquito and Aquatic Weed Control will treat areas of south Tampa, Thursday, Aug. 27, from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., by air. The pesticide Dibrom will be used to control adult mosquitoes on about ...Read on...

Posted on: August 26, 2015

Enjoy Fabulous Health & Wellness Programs for Active Adults this September

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 26, 2015) - Hillsborough County Aging Services offers a variety of activities for adults age 50 and over. Visit the Aging Services website to view activity calendars and additional center information or call Aging Services at 813-272-5250.

All centers and sites will be closed Monday, Sept. 7 for Labor Day.

September is National Senior Center Month - Celebrate Life at Your Senior Center

Active Adults age 50 and over will celebrate National Senior Center Month with a variety of activities at each location throughout September.

Dominoes Tournament

Adults age 50 and over are invited to compete in the third annual Hillsborough County dominoes tournament. Preliminary rounds are scheduled at senior centers throughout the county in September with the championship being held on Sept. 23 at the Oaks at Riverview, 101 E. Kirby Street in TampaRead on...

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Posted on: August 26, 2015

Charter Review Board to Discuss Term Limits, Political Activity by Admin., Ethics at Sept. 1 Meeting

(Hillsborough County, Fla. Aug. 26, 2015) - The 2015 Hillsborough County Charter Review Board (CRB) will review the following Sections of the Charter at its Sept. 1 meeting:

  • Section 4.04 - Limit on Terms
  • Section 5.04 - Political Activity by Administrato...
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Posted on: August 26, 2015

Hillsborough County Offices and Facilities to Close for Labor Day

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 26, 2015) - The majority of Hillsborough County offices and facilities will be closed Monday, Sept. 7, in observance of Labor Day.

Closed facilities include the administrative offices of County government, all libraries, recreation centers, Head Start/Early Head Start centers, and senior centers and nutrition sites.

Regional parks will be open.

There will be no solid waste collection (including garbage, recyclables and yard waste) in the unincorporated Hillsborough County Service Area, which also includes Tampa Palms, Hunter's Green and New Tampa. For those customers whose collection day falls on a Monday, normal service will resume on the next scheduled day for pickup of those items.

Additional Hillsborough County facilities that will be CLOSED on Labor Day include:

  • The Pet Resource Center. A limited number of animal safety and enforcement officers will be on duty for emergencies only via the main number at (813) 744-5660.
  • Fire Rescue Administration and the Fire Marshal's Office. All emergency services will continue without interruption.
  • Hillsborough County's Customer Service Center line, (813) 272-5900.
  • All County recreation centers, the Bakas Equestrian Center, All People's Life Center, skate parks, and the administrative offices of Parks & Recreation.
  • The Sunshine Line transportation service will not be in operation.
  • All Social Services Community Resource Centers.
  • The Public Utilities Department customer call center and water/wastewater customer service centers in Northdale and Brandon. Emergency calls regarding County water and wastewater service may be directed to (813) 744-5600. The Water Quality Hotline at (813) 264-3835 is answered 24 hours a dayRead on...

Posted on: August 25, 2015

Mosquito Control Spraying by Air the Evening of Aug. 26 in Temple Terrace and Sun City Center

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 24, 2015) - Hillsborough County Mosquito and Aquatic Weed Control will treat areas of Temple Terrace and Sun City Center, Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., by air. The pesticide Dibrom will be used to control ad...Read on...

Posted on: August 25, 2015

First Saturday Celebration Returns on Sept. 5 with a Tailwaggin' Tailgate Party

Hillsborough County, Fla. (August 25, 2015) - Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center, the County animal shelter and The First Place for Pets, invites the community for free family fun and a Tailwaggin' Tailgate Party at the First Saturday Celebration event on Saturday, Sept. 5. The tailgate will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The center is at 440 N. Falkenburg Road in Tampa.

The Pet Resource Center aims to make it easier than ever for families to score an adorable, affordable game day pal. The Tailwaggin' Tailgate Party will feature:

  • Touchdown Special: $5 adoptions on all dogs weighing 40 pounds or more
  • Reduced prices on all other pets: cats, kittens, puppies, and smaller dogs
  • All adoption fees include spaying/neutering, vaccinations, microchip with free registration, tote bag, and Hillsborough County pet license tag ($250-$400 value)
  • New "turf-yards" for adopters to meet, play, and interact with adoptable shelter dogs
  • Volunteer rescue partners and foster pets returning from home care and ready for adoption
  • Free balloons, popcorn, lemonade, music, and fun
As always, admission and parking are free. The shelter will be closed to the public Monday, Sept. 7 in observance of Labor Day.

Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center is often the first place to receive the community's lost and surrendered animals, and the shelter hopes to be the first place adopters come to select a new pet. The facility is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for adoptions, lost pet searches, low-cost spay/neuter vouchers, and Hillsborough County pet license tags.

For more information on pet adoptions or First Saturday Celebrations, contact Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center at (813) 744-5660 or visit HillsboroughCounty.org/PetsRead on...

Posted on: August 25, 2015

Register Now for the Small Contractor Development Program Fall Session

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 25, 2015) - Hillsborough County is seeking small and minority businesses interested in joining the next session of the Hillsborough County Small Contractor Development Program (HCSCDP). The program provides assistance to de...Read on...

Posted on: August 24, 2015

Mosquito Control Spraying by Air the Evening of Aug. 25 in Northwest Hillsborough County

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 24, 2015) - Hillsborough County Mosquito and Aquatic Weed Control will treat areas of Northwest Hillsborough County, Tuesday, Aug. 25, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., by air. The pesticide Dibrom will be used to control adult mosqui...Read on...

Posted on: August 24, 2015

Apply Now for Hillsborough County Neighborhood Mini-Grants

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 24, 2015) - Hillsborough County Office of Neighborhood Relations is now accepting mini-grant applications through 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 for the 2016 funding cycle. Neighborhood associations in unincorporated areas of the County, and the cities of Plant City, Tampa, and Temple Terrace can apply for funding up to $2,500 for fiscal year 2016 to support projects to improve their communities and increase civic involvement. Applications for the mini-grants are available on the County's website at HillsboroughCounty.org/ONR.

The purpose of the neighborhood mini-grants is to support community projects in neighborhoods in unincorporated areas of the County, and the cities of Plant City, Tampa, and Temple Terrace. Previous grant-funded projects include shrub and flower planting, subdivision entrance signs, playground equipment, neighborhood festivals, crime watch programs, disaster preparedness, websites, newsletters, and leadership education activities.

Applications will be reviewed by the Neighborhood Mini-Grant Evaluation Committee and approved by the Board of County Commissioners. Only one grant will be awarded per neighborhood association. Recipients will be notified by Nov. 1, 2015. This is a competitive grant, application must be complete (all questions answered), online training video reviewed and required verification form submitted, no later than August 28, 2015 at 5:00 pm.

Completed applications can be faxed to (813) 276-2621, or dropped off or mailed to:

Office of Neighborhood Relations
601 E. Kennedy Blvd., 28th Floor
Tampa, FL 33602

The Mini-Grant Program was established in 1988 by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners to improve and revitalize communities, and strengthen neighborhood associations. For more information, contact the Office of Neighborhood Relations at 813-272-5860Read on...

Posted on: August 24, 2015

Public Meeting to Discuss Proposed Carrollwood Village Community Park

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 24, 2015) The Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled a public meeting for Wednesday, Sept. 9 to discuss and seek input for a proposed community park in the Carrollwood Village area of Hillsborough...Read on...

Posted on: August 21, 2015

Pet Resource Center to Begin Construction Projects on Aug. 24

Hillsborough County, Fla. (August 21, 2015) - Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center, the County animal shelter and The First Place for Pets, will begin the first of two construction projects on Monday, Aug. 24 at the facility at 440 N. Falkenburg Road in Tampa.

The first project will transform the shelter's front entrance areas into one, unified customer service lobby for pet adoptions, lost pet searches, license tag sales, and more. The reconstruction project will brighten and modernize the reception area, improve customer service, and modernize housing standards for cat adoption to current best-practices in the animal care industry.

During lobby construction, the public entrance to the shelter will be temporarily relocated to the side of the building. The project is budgeted at $500,000, with completion expected in late December.

The second construction project will replace portions of the facility's roof beginning in mid-September and is budgeted at $1.7 million. The metal roof reconstruction will be performed in quadrants across the kennel areas over a one-year period. The roof replacement will be in compliance with hurricane standards to improve safety and ensure integrity for the department as first-responders for animals in Hillsborough County.

Construction at the Pet Resource Center is expected to have little to no impact on operations or citizens. Hours will remain the same, with the shelter open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for adoptions, pet license tag sales, spay/neuter voucher authorizations, and more. Animal turn-ins also will remain the same: Monday- Friday from 8 a.m. until Noon, with ID required at time of surrender.

For more information, contact Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center at (813) 744-5660 or visit HillsboroughCounty.org/PetsRead on...

Posted on: August 21, 2015

Mosquito Control Spraying by Air the Evening of Aug. 22 in Plant City and Lithia

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 21, 2015) - Hillsborough County Mosquito and Aquatic Weed Control will treat areas near Plant City and Lithia, Saturday, Aug. 22, from 8:15 p.m. to 10:15 p.m., by air. The pesticide Anvil 10+10 ULV will be used to control a...Read on...

Posted on: August 21, 2015

Hillsborough County Citizen Boards Support is Moving to a New Location

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 21, 2015) - Hillsborough County Citizen Boards Support will relocate its downtown Tampa office to two new office locations beginning Monday, August 24, 2015. The office move is part of an effort to provide residents better ...Read on...

Posted on: August 21, 2015

Final Update Regarding 240 Faithway in Seffner

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 20, 2015) - Hillsborough County has completed repairs to the sinkhole that reappeared at the 240 Faithway Drive preserve area Wednesday morning.

Crews for a contractor hired by the County, working under the guidance of g...Read on...

Posted on: August 20, 2015

Update #2 regarding 240 Faithway in Seffner

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 20, 2015) - Hillsborough County Code Enforcement staff are on scene this morning at the 240 Faithway Drive preserve area working with engineers from Ardaman and Associates to fill in the sinkhole which reappeared yesterday ...Read on...

Posted on: August 19, 2015

Update Regarding 240 Faithway in Seffner

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 19, 2015) - Earlier today Hillsborough County responded to a report of a void that appeared on a County conservation property at 240 Faithway Drive in Seffner. Geotechnical engineers evaluated the void and have determined t...Read on...

Posted on: August 19, 2015

Mosquito Control Spraying by Air the Evening of Aug. 20 in Sundance and Wimauma

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 19, 2015) - Hillsborough County Mosquito and Aquatic Weed Control will treat the Sundance and Wimauma areas, Thursday, Aug. 20, from 8:15 p.m. to 10:15 p.m., by air. The pesticide Anvil 10+10 ULV will be used to control adu...Read on...

Posted on: August 6, 2015

Meet with Commissioner Beckner at his Community Office Hours September 9

Hillsborough County, Fla. (August 19, 2015) - Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner, District 6, Countywide, is hosting office hours in the community one day every month in locations around the county. These events provide residents the opportuni...Read on...

Posted on: August 19, 2015

Mosquito Control Spraying by Air the Evening of Aug. 19 in Areas of East and Southwest Hillsborough

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 18, 2015) - Hillsborough County Mosquito and Aquatic Weed Control will treat locations in East and Southwest Hillsborough County, Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 8:15 p.m. to 1 a.m., by air. If weather or mechanical issues prevent...Read on...

Posted on: August 18, 2015

Public Meeting Scheduled for Aug. 26 to Discuss Future of C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library

Hillsborough County, Fla. (August 18, 2015) - Hillsborough County has scheduled a public meeting for Wednesday, Aug. 26, to discuss the future of the C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the library, 2607 E. Dr. ...Read on...

Posted on: August 18, 2015

Mosquito Control Spraying by Air the Evening of Aug. 18 in Riverview, Gibsonton and Apollo Beach

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 17, 2015) - Hillsborough County Mosquito and Aquatic Weed Control will treat the Riverview, Gibsonton, and Apollo Beach areas on Tuesday, Aug. 18, from 8:15 p.m. to 1 a.m. by air. The pesticide Dibrom will be used to contro...Read on...

Posted on: August 17, 2015

Hillsborough County Sandbag Sites to Remain Open through Aug. 23

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 17, 2015) - Hillsborough County will continue to make sandbag materials available to the public, as weather conditions permit, at all three County Public Works Service Units through the coming weekend:

  • West Service Unit ...
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Posted on: August 13, 2015

Businesses Affected By Flooding Asked to Complete Online Damage Assessment Survey

Hillsborough County, Fla. (August 13, 2015) - In response to the "West Central Florida Flooding 2015 Event" and the issuance of Governor's Executive Order 15-158, the State Emergency Response Team through its Emergency Support Function-18, Business, Industry, and Economic Stabilization has activated the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLVBEOC) to assist in assessing the impact that local businesses have experienced from the flooding.

Business owners who might have been impacted by the recent rains and subsequent flooding, are asked to complete an FLVBEOC Business Damage Assessment Survey. The survey results will be shared among various state and local agencies to expedite implementation of appropriate disaster relief programs for affected businesses.

For more information, contact the Hillsborough County Entrepreneurship Support Team at 813-204- 9267 for more information and to discuss your unique situationRead on...

Posted on: August 14, 2015

TO BE RESCHEDULED - Opening Ceremony for County's New South Brandon Fire Station

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 14, 2015) - In an abundance of caution and in anticipation of inclement weather, an opening ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 14, at the new South Brandon Fire Station, will be rescheduled to a later date.

The...Read on...

Posted on: August 13, 2015

Opening Ceremony for County's New South Brandon Fire Station to be Held Aug. 14

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 5, 2015) - Hillsborough County invites residents to a ceremony scheduled for Friday, Aug. 14, to celebrate the completion of a $2.3 million project to replace South Brandon Fire Station No. 7.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at the station's new location, 1292 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Hillsborough County leaders will join Fire Rescue personnel and community representatives for a fire service tradition of uncoupling fire hoses, to formally mark the station's commitment to serving the area. An open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. will feature tours of the station, refreshments, fire safety information, and a Junior Firefighter Challenge course for kids.

The new station replaces a 40-year-old building located about a mile west on Bloomingdale Avenue. At 9,300 square feet, the new facility is more than twice the size of the old station and includes modern living quarters and workspace designed to meet current fire station standards. The station's three bays house a combination fire engine/ladder truck known as a "quint," as well as a brush truck. Each 24-hour shift is staffed by a crew of three.

Construction costs were funded through impact fees, unincorporated area construction funds, and Public Safety Improvement Bond Project funds. Construction took about a year to complete.

The new facility is one of several projects Hillsborough County has underway to replace, upgrade, or add fire stations throughout the unincorporated area, including Riverview, Sundance, Carrollwood, Seffner, and the East Lake area. Work also has started in the Brandon area on the Public Safety Operations Complex that includes Fire Rescue headquarters and a new Emergency Operations CenterRead on...

Posted on: August 13, 2015

Hillsborough County Sandbag Sites Open through Aug. 23

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 13, 2015) - Hillsborough County has sandbag materials available to the public, as weather conditions permit, at all three County Public Works Service Units:

  • West Service Unit at 9805 Sheldon Road
  • South Service Unit at 871...
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Posted on: August 14, 2015

Hillsborough County Prepares for More Rain This Weekend

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 14, 2015) - In preparation for the prediction of more rain this weekend, Hillsborough County residents can find complete information on County services and programs, as well as safety tips, at a new Web page: HillsboroughCo...Read on...

Posted on: August 12, 2015

Hillsborough County Teams Up with The Blind Side Star Quinton Aaron to Teach One, Save One

Hillsborough County, Fla. (August 12, 2015) - Championed by Commissioner Sandra L. Murman, Hillsborough County is partnering with The Quinton Aaron Foundation for an anti-bullying Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, August 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Blake High Sch...Read on...

Posted on: August 12, 2015

Mosquito Control Spraying by Air the Evening of Aug. 13 in Sun City Center Area

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 12, 2015) - Hillsborough County Mosquito and Aquatic Weed Control will treat the Sun City Center area, Thursday, Aug. 13, from 8:15 PM. to 11:00 PM., by air. The pesticide Anvil 10+10 ULV will be used to control adult mosqu...Read on...

Posted on: August 12, 2015

Check the Chip Day at Pet Resource Center on Aug. 15

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 12, 2015) - Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center, the County animal shelter and the First Place for Pets, will hold Tampa Bay's first-ever Check the Chip Day on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the facility at 440 N. Falkenburg Road in Tampa.

Check the Chip Day aims to educate pet owners about the benefits of microchips in order to reunite lost pets with owners and steer clear of crowded shelters. Technicians can verify that a microchip is functioning properly, show pet owners how to register a chip they were previously unaware existed in the pet, or implant a new microchip.

Here are details about Check the Chip Day at the Pet Resource Center:

  • Pets can be scanned for a microchip free of charge at the shelter.
  • Pets in need of a microchip can have one implanted for just $5 *while supplies last.
  • Proof of current rabies vaccination is required of pets receiving a microchip.
  • $5 per pet rabies shots will be available for animals seeking a microchip.
  • Staff and volunteers will be on hand to explain how microchips work, how to check on your pet's chip registration, and how to update contact information if needed.
  • Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers to receive services.
  • Check the Chip Day will take place rain or shine.

Check the Chip Day is an initiative by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), presented in partnership with community volunteers and the Hillsborough County Veterinary Technicians Club.

Hillsborough County's Pet Resource Center is often the first place to receive the community's lost and surrendered animals. More than 20,000 animals come through the doors each year. The facility is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for adoptions, lost pet searches, low-cost spay/neuter vouchers, and Hillsborough County pet license tags.

For more information about microchips and Check the Chip Day, contact Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center at (813) 744-5660 or visit HillsboroughCounty.org/PetsRead on...

Posted on: August 12, 2015

Mosquito Control Spraying by Air the Evening of Aug. 12 in Lutz

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 11, 2015) - Hillsborough County Mosquito and Aquatic Weed Control will treat the Lutz area, Wednesday, Aug. 12, from 8:15 PM to 10 PM, by air. The pesticide Anvil 10+10 ULV will be used to control adult mosquitoes on about ...Read on...

Posted on: August 10, 2015

Mosquito Control Spraying by Air the Evening of Aug. 11 in Plant City and NW Hillsborough County

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 10, 2015) - Hillsborough County Mosquito and Aquatic Weed Control will treat locations near Plant City and in Northwest Hillsborough County, Tuesday, Aug. 11, from 8:15 p.m. to 1 a.m., by air. If weather or mechanical issue...Read on...

Posted on: August 9, 2015

Hillsborough County Emergency Flood Shelter No Longer Needed; Sandbag Operations Wind Down

With the weather predicted to return to normal seasonal patterns for the next few days and recovery efforts from last week's flooding progressing, Hillsborough County will close an emergency shelter and wind down the availability of sandbags today. The Hillsborough County Solid Waste Northwest Community Collection Center, 8001 W. Linebaugh Ave. in Tampa, is open today until 4 p.m. for residents to dispose of water-damaged goods such as carpet, furniture, and appliances.

Hillsborough County and partner agencies are continuing to monitor the aftermath of the flooding, coordinate resources and operations for damage assessment, and support ongoing service delivery and recovery efforts.

Emergency Shelter
The emergency shelter at Bible Based Fellowship, 8718 N. 46th St. in Tampa, is closed. American Red Cross volunteers are on standby should anyone need assistance, and can be reached at (813) 348-4820.

Sandbags
Hillsborough County is making sandbag materials available to the public today, Aug. 9, until 4 p.m., as weather conditions permit, at all three County Public Works Service Units:

  • West Service Unit, 9805 Sheldon Road in Tampa
  • South Service Unit, 8718 Old Big Bend Road in Gibsonton
  • East Service Unit, 4702 Sydney Road in Plant City
Sandbag materials will be available for Hillsborough County residents to make their own sandbags. Identification is not required but each resident must sign their name and provide their home address acknowledging the receipt of 25 sandbags or less.

Residents can call (813) 635-5400 to report flooding and road problems or to request additional information.

Road Closures and Drainage Problems
Even small amounts of additional rain may result in standing water in streets, ditches, yards, and low-lying areas. The ground is saturated and the rivers, streams, water storage areas and retention ponds are at capacity or beyond, limiting the ability that Hillsborough County has to pump water from flooded areas. 

Residents can report blocked storm drains, potholes, washouts, and other road damage by contacting Hillsborough County Public Works at (813) 635-5400, or atwww.HillsboroughCounty.org/AtYourService.

Storm Safety and Recovery Tips
Follow these safety tips to help keep you and your family safe:
  • Avoid wading through standing water. If you do, bathe and put on clean clothes as soon as possible. Although skin contact with flood water does not, by itself, pose a serious health risk, health hazards are a concern when waters become contaminated. Flood waters may contain fecal material, associated bacteria, and viruses.
  • Never drive through moving water or standing water. Standing water that is only two feet deep can disable most vehicles.
  • Barricades are placed for your protection. If you come upon a barricade or a flooded road, turn around and go a different way.
  • Clear yard of any debris, plant material or items (garden décor, foliage, or garbage cans) that can block water flow and storm drains.
  • Flooded areas can provide additional pathways for alligators to gain access to residential areas, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. To report a nuisance gator, call the toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286). Generally, an alligator may be deemed a nuisance if it is at least 4 feet in length and is a threat to people, pets or property.
  • Be careful walking and driving. Flooding may have caused pathways to shift, and erode roadsides, as well as leave surfaces coated with slippery mud.
  • Treat non-functioning traffic signals as a four-way stop.
  • Avoid downed or hanging power lines. Always assume the power line is live.
  • Be especially cautious at night, when it is harder to see possible flood dangers.
  • Exercise caution around workers repairing surfaces, and observe all directional instructions and detour signs.
Storm Debris
The Hillsborough County Solid Waste Northwest Community Collection Center, 8001 W. Linebaugh Ave. in Tampa, is open today until 4 p.m., for residents to dispose of bulky waste such as carpet, furniture, and appliances. Yard waste will not be accepted on Sunday. The County's other community collection centers will be open Monday on a normal schedule.

Hillsborough County residential solid waste customers must bring a copy of their Annual Property Tax Bill showing their Non-Ad Valorem Assessment for Solid Waste Disposal and a driver's license or other photo identification. 

Residents may also deliver waste directly to any of the four Community Collection Centers, Monday thru Saturday, 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.:
  • Alderman Ford, 9402 State Road 39 in Lithia
  • Hillsborough Heights, 6209 County Road 579 in Seffner
  • Northwest County, 8001 W. Linebaugh Ave. in Tampa
  • South County, 13000 U.S. Highway 41 in Gibsonton

Yard Debris Disposal
Hillsborough County residents who may have downed tree limbs and other storm-related yard debris can place material out for normal residential yard waste collection on their scheduled day. Residents should remember to take appropriate safety precautions, such as wearing close-toed shoes, gloves, and eye protection, while cleaning up the debris. Residents may set out a maximum of two cubic yards, which amounts to approximately 12 30-gallon containers for curbside collection. Tree trimmings and limbs must be less than six inches in diameter and cut to lengths less than four feet. 

Bulkier storm debris and excessive amounts of residential yard waste (i.e. tree limbs and branches larger than six inches in diameter), may be delivered to one of the County's three Yard Waste Processing Facilities Monday thru Saturday, from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., for disposal:
  • Falkenburg Facility, 346 Falkenburg Road in Tampa
  • Northwest Facility, 8001 W. Linebaugh Ave. in Tampa
  • South County Facility, 13000 US Highway 41 in Gibsonton
Yard waste disposal is included in Hillsborough County residents' Solid Waste Disposal assessment therefore Hillsborough County residential Solid Waste customers must bring a copy of their Annual Property Tax Bill showing their Non-Ad Valorem Assessment for Solid Waste Disposal and a driver's license or other photo identification to access the sites at no charge. All others can dispose of their yard waste and vegetative debris, for fee of $38.01 per ton. 

For more information, call the Hillsborough County Solid Waste Management Division at (813) 272-5680 or visit the website at www.HillsboroughCounty.org/SolidWaste.

Mosquito Control
With the recent rainfall, residents may now have standing water around their homes that can support the breeding of mosquitoes. Follow these tips from the Florida Department of Health to help prevent mosquito breeding:
  • Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots, buckets, watering cans, kiddie pools, and any other containers where rain water has collected.
  • Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances, and other items that may collect water.
  • Empty and clean birdbaths and pet water bowls at least once or twice a week.
  • Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that do not accumulate water.
  • Maintain swimming pools in good condition and chlorination.
Mosquito Control continues to provide spraying operations by ground and air throughout the County. A schedule of where spraying has recently occurred is available at www.HillsboroughCountyRead on...

Posted on: August 8, 2015

Update: Hillsborough County Continuing Recovery Efforts and Storm Monitoring

Hillsborough County is continuing storm-related repair and recovery efforts this weekend, concentrating on maintaining temporary and fixed stormwater pumping sites, clearing inlets and repairing stormwater pipes, repairing potholes, and removing downed tr...

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Posted on: August 7, 2015

Commissioner Sandy Murman Partners with Amazon Fulfillment for South County Job Fair

Hillsborough County, Fla. (August 7, 2015) - Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman, in association with Amazon Fulfillment and Hillsborough Community College SouthShore, will be hosting the South County Job Fair on Friday, August 28th, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the HCC SouthShore Campus, 551 24th Street NE, Ruskin, FL 33570.

"With the challenges that we have been facing in the past few years, the most important thing that we can do in County Government is to help our unemployed or under employed citizens find jobs. In partnering with Amazon this year, we are able to offer thousands of jobs during this one-day event," said Commissioner Murman.

"It's still critical that we get people back to work in Hillsborough County," Murman added.

The 2015 South County Job Fair with Amazon Fulfillment is free and open to the public.

To Print out the "South County Job Fair" flyer, CLICK HERE.

Learn more about Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandra L. Murman by visiting her Commissioner page onlineRead on...

Posted on: August 7, 2015

Opening Ceremony for County's New South Brandon Fire Station to be Held Aug. 14

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 5, 2015) - Hillsborough County invites residents to a ceremony scheduled for Friday, Aug. 14, to celebrate the completion of a $2.3 million project to replace South Brandon Fire Station No. 7.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at the station's new location, 1292 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Hillsborough County leaders will join Fire Rescue personnel and community representatives for a fire service tradition of uncoupling fire hoses, to formally mark the station's commitment to serving the area. An open house from 11 AM to 1 PM will feature tours of the station, refreshments, fire safety information, and a Junior Firefighter Challenge course for kids.

The new station replaces a 40-year-old building located about a mile west on Bloomingdale Avenue. At 9,300 square feet, the new facility is more than twice the size of the old station and includes modern living quarters and workspace designed to meet current fire station standards. The station's three bays house a combination fire engine/ladder truck known as a "quint," as well as a brush truck. Each 24-hour shift is staffed by a crew of three.

Construction costs were funded through impact fees, unincorporated area construction funds, and Public Safety Improvement Bond Project funds. Construction took about a year to complete.

The new facility is one of several projects Hillsborough County has underway to replace, upgrade, or add fire stations throughout the unincorporated area, including Riverview, Sundance, Carrollwood, Seffner, and the East Lake area. Work also has started in the Brandon area on the Public Safety Operations Complex that includes Fire Rescue headquarters and a new Emergency Operations CenterRead on...

Posted on: August 8, 2015

Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center Partially Activated

Hillsborough County has partially activated its Emergency Operations Center to better coordinate service delivery and recovery efforts. This allows County and partner agencies to better coordinate resources and operations. Motorists are urged to use care ...

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Posted on: August 7, 2015

Sandbag Materials Available Aug. 8 and Aug. 9 at All Hillsborough County Service Units

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 7, 2015) - Hillsborough County along with partner agencies are continuing to monitor the aftermath of the recent flooding by coordinating resources and operations for damage assessment and recovery. In the event of addition...Read on...

Posted on: August 6, 2015

Meet with Commissioner Beckner at his Community Office Hours August 12

Hillsborough County, Fla. (August 6, 2015) - Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner, District 6, Countywide, is hosting office hours in the community one day every month in locations around the county. These events provide residents the opportunit...Read on...

Posted on: August 6, 2015

TO BE RESCHEDULED - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Section of Upper Tampa Bay Trail

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 6, 2015) - Due to recent severe weather, a ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 7, at the new Lutz Lake Fern Trailhead, will be rescheduled to a later date.

The new trailhead, at 7020 W. Lutz Lake ...

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Posted on: August 5, 2015

Yard Debris Disposal Options

Hillsborough County residents who may have downed tree limbs and other storm-related yard debris can place material out for normal residential yard waste collection on their scheduled day. Residents may set out a maximum of two cubic yards, which amounts to approximately 12 30-gallon containers for curbside collection. Tree trimmings and limbs must be less than 6 inches in diameter and cut to lengths less than 4 feet.

Bulkier storm debris and excessive amounts of residential yard waste (i.e. tree limbs and branches larger than six inches in diameter), may be delivered to one of the County's three Yard Waste Processing Facilities for disposal:

  • Falkenburg Facility, 346 Falkenburg Road in Tampa
  • Northwest Facility, 8001 W. Linebaugh Ave. in Tampa
  • South County Facility, 13000 US Highway 41 in Gibsonton

These sites are open from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday thru Saturday. Hillsborough County residential solid waste customers must bring a copy of their Annual Property Tax Bill showing their Non-Ad Valorem Assessment for Solid Waste Disposal and a driver's license or other photo identification. All others can dispose of their yard waste and vegetative debris, for fee of $38.01 per ton.

For more information, call the Hillsborough County Solid Waste Management Division at (813) 272-5680 or visit the website at www.HillsboroughCounty.org/SolidWasteRead on...

Posted on: August 5, 2015

Life-Saving Swimming Lessons Provided by Hillsborough County

Hillsborough County, Fla. (August 5, 2015) - In September 2014, after a tragic wave of youth drownings in the region, Commissioner Ken Hagan championed a Swimmer Safety Awareness pilot project. The pilot program provided nearly 1,000 Head Start children w...Read on...

Posted on: August 5, 2015

Mosquito Control Spraying by Air the Evening of Aug. 6 in South Tampa

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 5, 2015) - Hillsborough County Mosquito and Aquatic Weed Control will treat the South Tampa area, Thursday, Aug. 6, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., by air. The pesticide Anvil 10+10 ULV will be used to control adult mosquitoes on a...Read on...

Posted on: August 5, 2015

Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library to Formally Open with Ribbon-Cutting on Aug. 12

Hillsborough County, Fla. (August 5, 2015) - Hillsborough County invites residents to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. to celebrate the grand opening of the new Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library.

The library is located at 15...

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Posted on: August 4, 2015

Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center Media Update #4

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 4, 2015) - Several Hillsborough County parks and trails remain closed today due to high water and flooding. An emergency shelter also is open for residents whose homes were impacted by the rain and flooding that has occurre...Read on...

Posted on: August 4, 2015

Mosquito Control Spraying by Air the Evening of Aug. 4 and Aug. 5 in Southwest Hillsborough County

Hillsborough County Mosquito and Aquatic Weed Control will treat two areas of southwest Hillsborough County on Tuesday, Aug. 4, and Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., by air. The pesticide Anvil 10+10 ULV will be used to control adult mosquitoe...Read on...

Posted on: July 30, 2015

Hillsborough County to Host Recycled Yard Art Contest at County Fair

Hillsborough County, Fla. (July 30, 2015) - Hillsborough County Extension Service, in conjunction with the Hillsborough County Fair, is sponsoring the 9th Annual Recycled Yard Art Contest. The art contest aims to increase environmental awareness and encou...Read on...

Posted on: July 23, 2015

Hillsborough County to Hold First Budget Public Hearing

Hillsborough County, Fla. (July 22, 2015) - Hillsborough County is holding a series of public hearings to gather input from residents on the Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2016, which starts in October and the Recommended Capital Improvement Program f...Read on...

Posted on: July 16, 2015

County Commission and Hillsborough Community College Partner to Grow Manufacturing Workforce

In support of the Hillsborough County Manufacturing Academy initiative, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners approved a partnership with Hillsborough Community College (HCC) July 15 to enhance workforce training for manufacturing careers. The County's $322,000 investment will provide two years of programming enrichment and $80,000 in new and upgraded equipment for functional training.

Under the agreement, HCC will provide training and resources to prepare high school students and graduates, post-secondary school students and graduates, and residents for careers in manufacturing. This includes programs that lead to industry certifications, career-focused summer camps, introducing veterans to manufacturing career opportunities, fast track manufacturing training, outreach activities, aligning curriculum with industry standards to facilitate accelerated degrees, and paid internship opportunities.

Earlier this year, Hillsborough County approved a $325,000 agreement with the Hillsborough County School Board to enhance manufacturing skills training for students participating in specialized programs at Armwood, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Middleton, and Tampa Bay Tech high schools, and Brewster Technical College. The Economic Development Department is collaborating with partners to identify additional ways the County can help increase awareness of production-type jobs, improve the readiness of job candidates, and advance career placement opportunities, with an emphasis on the engagement of women, minorities, and veterans.

About the Hillsborough County Manufacturing Academy InitiativeThe Hillsborough County Manufacturing Academy initiative is coordinated by the Hillsborough County Economic Development Department to strengthen the pipeline of local employable manufacturing talent. The initiative uses a hands-on approach to leverage the expertise, network, and resources of several workforce partner agencies, including Hillsborough County Schools, Hillsborough Community College, the University of South Florida, CareerSource Tampa Bay, private sector manufacturers, Upper Tampa Bay Manufacturers Association, Bay Area Manufacturers Association, Florida Medical Manufacturers Consortium, and the National Tool and Machining Association.Read on...

Posted on: July 15, 2015

Hillsborough County Awarded $28.5M for Oil Spill Claim

Hillsborough County, Fla. (July 15, 2015) - Three years after Commissioner Kevin Beckner convinced the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners to pursue a claim against BP Oil for monetary damages resulting from the worst oil spill in our nation's history, the taxpayers of Hillsborough County can soon celebrate the receipt of $28.5 million.

While the county didn't experience the direct physical impact of tar or oil-covered birds washing up on our beaches, it knew that images broadcast worldwide as the Deepwater Horizon oil well gushed uncapped for months in 2010 discouraged tourism, depressed business, and as a result, caused a reduction in numerous other sources of County revenue. These claims have resulted in the largest local government award in the state of Florida.

"As a Certified Financial Planner, I knew that experts could assess and evaluate any losses the County may have incurred and that a preliminary analysis pointed to a direct shortfall of tourism dollars with potential for deficits elsewhere. Because the law firms settling these claims worked on a contingency basis - that is, no cost to the County unless our claim was successful - the only risk involved would have been failing to pursue a claim for damages on behalf of the taxpayers of Hillsborough County."

The settlement, announced today, is expected to be paid in a lump sum within the next ninety (90) days, and the BOCC will be responsible for determining how it will be spent.

Hillsborough County was represented by a team of four law firms, with Carl Nelson of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney (formerly Fowler White Boggs) being the County's primary contact, assisted by Nix Patterson & Roach, Harrison, Sale, McCloy, Duncan & Jackson, and Harrison Rivard. The county paid a 20% contingency fee, plus related costs, for servicesRead on...

Posted on: May 14, 2015

Pet Resource Center Unveils Wait Until 8 Program

New initiative offers free Kitten Survival Kits for caregivers

Hillsborough County, Fla. (May 14, 2015) - Hillsborough County's Pet Resource Center, the County's animal shelter and The First Place for Pets, is partnering with the non-profit group Alley Cat Allies for a new initiative aimed at saving lives of orphaned kittens during the busy summer season. Historically, the number of cats/kittens coming into the shelter during the summer months increases from around 300 to nearly 1200 at peak season.

The new program called Wait Until 8 empowers citizens to become at-home caregivers for stray and neonatal kittens until 8 weeks of age when they can be returned to the shelter for adoption. Residents who might otherwise turn stray and orphaned kittens from 2 to 6 weeks over to crowded shelters can instead obtain free supplies and care instructions to save lives. Each complimentary Kitten Survival Kit contains formula, bottles, and other items provided by the feline organization Alley Cat Allies. Kitten Survival Kits are available at the Pet Resource Center located at 440 N. Falkenburg Road in Tampa.

The following are guidelines for the Wait Until 8 program:

  • Orphaned but healthy neonatal kittens age 2 - 6 weeks in care of volunteers shall be returned to the shelter at 8 weeks of age (or when they weigh at least two pounds).
  • Shelter staff will provide free Kitten Survival Kit supplies, written care instructions, and a personal orientation for care of neonatal kittens.
  • Volunteers must agree to provide all care after leaving the shelter (during the "waiting" period).
  • Upon return to the shelter at 8 weeks, all kittens shall undergo spay/neuter surgery to prepare for adoption.
  • Volunteer caregivers may officially adopt their kittens free of charge - including County pet license, vaccination, micro-chip, and chip registration.
  • Like all pet adopters, volunteer caregivers must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Students participating in the Wait Until 8 program are eligible for Bright Futures hours.
  • For medical reasons, neonatal kittens whose eyes have not yet opened will not be eligible for the Wait Until 8 program.

Whenever possible, experts at the both the Pet Resource Center and Alley Cat Allies recommend keeping nursing feline mothers with kitten litters until fully weaned. To prevent future unwanted litters, the Pet Resource Center will also spay and vaccinate mother cats for free as part of its new program.

For more information on adoptions, lost pets, spay/neuter vouchers, or the Wait Until 8 program, contact Hillsborough County's Pet Resource Center at (813) 744-5660 or visit www.HillsboroughCounty.org/PetsRead on...

Posted on: April 14, 2015

Hillsborough's Most Recent Building Permit Activity

Hillsborough County, Fla. (April 13, 2015) - Hillsborough County residents can access the most recent residential and commercial building permit activity online at www.HillsboroughCounty.org/MonthlyPermits. This easy-to-search website provides the most up...Read on...

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Posted on: April 9, 2015

Wimauma Community Clean-Ups Extended

Hillsborough County, Fla. (April 10, 2015) – During Hillsborough County’s year-long pilot program to help beautify Wimauma, more than 60,000 tons of debris and garbage was collected and disposed.

Now, the successful program has been extended through ...Read on...

Posted on: January 16, 2015

Meet with Commissioner Beckner at his Community Office Hours

Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner, District 6, Countywide, is hosting office hours in the community one day every month in locations around the county. These events provide residents the opportunity to meet with the Commissioner, one-on-one, ...Read on...


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Posted on: August 5, 2015

Yard Debris Disposal Options

Hillsborough County residents who may have downed tree limbs and other storm-related yard debris can place material out for normal residential yard waste collection on their scheduled day. Residents may set out a maximum of two cubic yards, which amounts to approximately 12 30-gallon containers for curbside collection. Tree trimmings and limbs must be less than 6 inches in diameter and cut to lengths less than 4 feet.

Bulkier storm debris and excessive amounts of residential yard waste (i.e. tree limbs and branches larger than six inches in diameter), may be delivered to one of the County's three Yard Waste Processing Facilities for disposal:

  • Falkenburg Facility, 346 Falkenburg Road in Tampa
  • Northwest Facility, 8001 W. Linebaugh Ave. in Tampa
  • South County Facility, 13000 US Highway 41 in Gibsonton

These sites are open from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday thru Saturday. Hillsborough County residential solid waste customers must bring a copy of their Annual Property Tax Bill showing their Non-Ad Valorem Assessment for Solid Waste Disposal and a driver's license or other photo identification. All others can dispose of their yard waste and vegetative debris, for fee of $38.01 per ton.

For more information, call the Hillsborough County Solid Waste Management Division at (813) 272-5680 or visit the website at www.HillsboroughCounty.org/SolidWasteRead on...