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The City of Tampa is gearing up for a full-scale emergency exercise on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, during which the Tampa Police Department, Tampa Fire Rescue, and 25 participating agencies will train on responding to a mass casualty incident.…
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Ready for Pickup: A Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing Hurricane Idalia Vegetative Debris for Collection   As Tampa residents continue to clean up the remnants of Hurricane Idalia, collection for storm-related vegetative debris will begin on Tuesday…
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The City of Tampa Department of Solid Waste will resume collection services following Hurricane Idalia. The revised schedule is as follows: Residential Collection:  Garbage collection will resume on Thursday, August 31,…
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PURPOSE: In its continuous efforts to keep residents informed on the approaching storm, the City of Tampa will be hosting regularly scheduled press updates at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), beginning Tuesday, August 29,…
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MEDIA ADVISORY PURPOSE: In light of the impending arrival of Tropical Storm Idalia, the city of Tampa invites members of the press to attend a briefing detailing the city's preparedness measures. SPEAKERS: Mayor Jane Castor, Fire Chief Barbara…
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UPDATE: Sandbag locations will be open to the general public at 12 p.m. Sunday (not a.m.), as reflected in the revision below.

The City of Tampa's Emergency Management teams continue to monitor potential severe weather, which may impact…
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Tampa Parks & Recreation and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Badges for Baseball Program Host Multi-Sport Community Clinic
WHAT: The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (CRSF), in partnership with the City of Tampa Parks &…
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WHAT: Tampa's Parks & Recreation is officially breaking ground on newly renovated youth football fields in the Port Tampa neighborhood. CANDO Sports and the City of Tampa have been granted $100,000 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers…
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The City of Tampa and Mayor Jane Castor invite the public to view a new art exhibit, Shine A Light Youth Art Contest, produced by the Tampa Jewish Community Centers & Federation.

This exhibit, on display now in the lobby of the Tampa…
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WHO: Mayor Jane Castor, National Weather Service Meteorologists Brian LaMarre and Keily Delerme, Tampa Fire Rescue Fire Chief Barbara Tripp, Tampa Police Interim Chief Lee Bercaw, City of Tampa Deputy Administrator of Infrastructure…
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Tampa Fire Rescue is proud to host the Hurricane Preparedness Expo on Saturday, May 6 from 12 - 4 p.m. at the Barksdale Senior Center, located at 1801 N. Lincoln Ave., Tampa 33607.
 
At this free event, residents can:
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WHO: Mayor Jane Castor, Tampa Fire Rescue Chief Barbara Tripp, Tampa Police Chief Mary O'Connor and Emergency Coordinator John Antapasis will address the media and answer questions regarding Hurricane Nicole.

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As a result of Hurricane Nicole, the City of Tampa is revising solid waste services.

The revised schedule is as follows: Residential collection will be affected. Garbage collection will be suspended Thursday, November…
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The City of Tampa will close city offices on Thursday due to Tropical Storm Nicole. Current forecasts indicate that Nicole will become a hurricane later today, with tropical storm force winds expected in the Tampa Bay Area later today into Thursday…
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Preparing for Subtropical Storm Nicole TAMPA, Fla. (Tuesday, November 8, 2022) -- Mayor Jane Castor, Tampa Fire Rescue Chief Barbara Tripp, Tampa Police Chief Mary O'Connor, and John Antapasis, Emergency Coordinator will address what residents can…
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The City of Tampa will host a donation drive to help families impacted by Hurricane Ian. Drop-off sites will open across the city starting on Monday, October 17.  DROP-OFF SITES (HOURS: 7:30 AM to 7:00 PM)
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WHO: Mayor Jane Castor, Chief Mary O’Connor & Chief Barbara Tripp
DATE: Thursday, September 29, 2022
TIME: 11:30 AM and 5:30 PM
LOCATION: Emergency Operations…
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MEDIA AVAILABILITY TODAY
WHO: Mayor Jane Castor
DATE: Thursday, September 29, 2022
TIME: 12:30 PM 
LOCATION: Meet outside the City of Tampa EOC (711 E. Henderson…
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Be aware of hazards, such as carbon monoxide poisoning, fire and electrocution. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions on how to use the generator.  FEMA's Generator Safety information
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MAYOR ANNOUNCES CLOSURES
TAMPA, Fla. (September 26, 2022) --  Under the direction of Mayor Jane Castor, all City of Tampa government offices will be closed starting Tuesday, September 27, 2022, until further notice.  At this time, essential…
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As a result of the impacts of Hurricane Ian, City of Tampa's solid waste services are being revised. Upon evaluation post-storm, updates on collection resumption will be shared. The revised schedule is as follows: Residential collection…
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The City of Tampa is opening 16 Tampa Parks & Recreation sites for Out of School Camp. This is at the direction of Mayor Jane Castor to assist families impacted by the closing of Hillsborough County Public Schools this week. On Monday,…
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Members of the public who have urgent questions regarding the storm can call the City of Tampa's Citizen Information Line for immediate assistance. The call center will be activated Monday, September 26 at noon and run until 8:00 p.m. Lines will…
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Mayor Jane Castor will be available to speak about the City of Tampa's efforts to ensure the community is prepared for potential severe weather on Sunday, September 25 at 9:15 AM at the MacFarlane Park Sandbag Distribution Site. In…
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Attorney General Ashley Moody today activated Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline with Tropical Storm Ian approaching the state. The activation comes following Governor Ron DeSantis’s state-of-emergency declaration for 24 counties. In areas covered by…
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Watch Video City of Tampa Logistics & Asset Management Team finishes a day of fuel inventory and generator top-offs to ensure the City of Tampa has a sufficient supply of fuel & power in the case of a storm. The City of Tampa is preparing…
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The City of Tampa is urging residents to collect and properly dispose of yard waste ahead of potential severe weather expected in the coming days. City of Tampa Stormwater Service employee removes yard waste from the Hubert Drainage System in South…
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The City of Tampa is continuing to work with state and local partners to monitor the developments of a tropical wave in the Southeastern Caribbean Sea. The National Hurricane Center has forecasted a high chance of tropical development of this system…
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Mayor Jane Castor, along with Daniel Noah from the National Weather Service, Tampa Fire Rescue Fire Chief Barbara Tripp, Tampa Police Chief Mary O’Connor and Brad Baird will discuss the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season and how residents can prepare to…
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The City of Tampa is closing down its three planned sandbag distribution sites for Sunday, June 5.  Total Sandbags Distributed (since opening on Friday, June 3)
Himes Avenue Complex– 50
MacFarlane Park  - 130
Al Barnes Park – 100…
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The 2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins on Friday, May 29, 2020, and ends on Thursday, June 4, 2020. During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax. The sales tax…
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Five new weather stations are in now place across the City of Tampa, providing live weather data on current temperatures, hourly forecasts, wind speeds, rainfall, and lightning strikes, allowing faster and more efficient monitoring…
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In an effort to effectively serve more residents and increase local vaccination rates, the City of Tampa has expanded the operational hours of the Lee Davis Community Center COVID-19 Vaccination site. Starting Monday, September 13, 2021, the site…
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Update: 8/16/2021 - Sandbag distribution has ended.   As Tropical Depression Fred approaches our region, the City of Tampa is making sandbags available to the public starting August 13th at 1 pm.  Sandbags will be available from…
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Tampa Mayor Jane Castor today released video of a sobering conversation with Dr. Jason Wilson, a Tampa General emergency room doctor, hoping to encourage more people to get vaccinated amid a surge in COVID-19 cases. Dr. Wilson said COVID…
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As Tropical Storm Elsa approaches our region, the City of Tampa is activating its Citizen Information Center Hotline to help residents get prepared. Tampa's Emergency Hotline will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6 to answer questions…
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 In a continued effort to help residents prepare for potential flooding from Tropical Storm Elsa, the City of Tampa is extending free sandbag distribution to the public from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, July 6 while supplies last at the following…
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WHAT:  Mayor Castor receiving her first vaccineWHEN: March 19, 2021 at approximately 5:15 p.m. WHERE:              Tampa Greyhound Track, 755 East Waters Avenue DETAILS: Tampa…
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As the state of Florida surpasses 20,000 deaths, the City of Tampa will ring the bell of Old City Hall 20 times at sundown today (around 5:37 p.m.), December 16th and will light up the City of Tampa blue in support of frontline workers and to remind…
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With the holiday season upon us, the City of Tampa has launched a series of new initiatives throughout the month to emphasize COVID-19 safety. The latest is an offshoot of the #HappyATHomeTPA campaign, which the City created in March at the start of…
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Mayor Jane Castor will be providing a update on the status of the transmission break that occurred yesterday afternoon at the David L. Tippin Water Treatment Facility. WHO: Mayor Jane Castor, Brad Baird, Deputy Administrator of…
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Late yesterday afternoon a large transmission water main coming from the David L. Tippin Water Treatment Facility was hit by a third party performing work in the area. Work crews have been working through the night to effect repairs. That work…
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As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise across our state and community, the City of Tampa is taking additional measures to remind the public to practice COVID-19 safety. Variable Message Boards have been activated on major roadways across the City,…
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In an effort to further prevent the spread of COVID-19, the City of Tampa will again distribute 355,000 FREE face coverings at four Parks & Recreation locations. Residents can pick up 2 face coverings per person; no ID is required.From Thursday…
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City of Tampa to Launch Tampa Recovery Hotline for Social Recovery and Business Relief in the face of COVID-19Tampa, Florida (March 18, 2020)--The City of Tampa is launching a new Tampa Recovery Hotline to keep residents informed on the latest…
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As a result of the impacts of Tropical Storm Eta, City of Tampa solid waste services is being affected as follows:  Residential Customers will not receive collection service on Thursday, November 12, 2020.Residential customers…
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WHO: Mayor Jane CastorWHAT:  Media availability on Eta updatesWHERE: Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park on the balcony behind the River Center
1001 N Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606 **Please enter off Laurel St.WHEN: …
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Mayor Jane Castor will hold a press conference with representatives from Tampa General Hospital, BayCare, and AdventHealth to discuss COVID-19 readiness.Each organization will share important information for patients and healthcare providers, and…
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Out of an abundance of caution, the City of Tampa has postponed the 2020 Mayor’s River O’Green Fest scheduled for this Saturday, March 14. This decision was made after a meeting with the Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group, which met earlier…
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Today, June 18th 2020 at 6:00 pm Mayor Jane Castor will discuss the mandatory face mask order for the City of Tampa. WHO: Mayor Jane CastorWHAT: Facebook Live AvailabilityWHERE: Facebook Live: Tune…