BRT project not in next federal budget as PSTA sat on that info

PSTA’s Central Avenue Bus Rapid Transit (CABRT) project has received another setback. The project will not be funded in the federal FY2020 budget. That information reached PSTA in March, yet no mention of it was made in a “Central Ave BRT Funding Plan” presentation given by PSTA’s Chief Development Officer Cassandra Borchers at last month’s…

Vinik repeatedly failed to register his corporation, violating Florida law

Lightning owner Jeff Vinik has violated Florida law every year since he purchased the team by not registering the out-of-state corporation that owns the team with the State of Florida. In doing so, Vinik has avoided paying annual fees and also not had to meet disclosure requirements. Vinik is the Chairman and sole person controlling…

State calls Robert Kraft “massage” video obscene and pornographic

In a court filing released this morning, Florida state attorney Dave Aronberg’s office labeled the video of New England Patriots Robert Kraft allegedly receiving paid sexual services as “obscene” and “pornographic.” In other words, and quite notably: in the official opinion of the state attorney for Florida’s 15th judicial district, the video of Robert Kraft’s…

PSTA misleads the Feds, misleads the Tampa Bay Times, annoys beach city

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) is once again attracting negative press. The Tampa Bay Times reported last week that PSTA misled the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) about local financial support for the so-called Central Avenue Bus Rapid Transit (CABRT) project. Specifically, PSTA put forth a financial plan to the FTA which included the City…

Treasure Island pays $450,000 in plaintiff’s attorney’s fees

In a special meeting last night, the Treasure Island city commission voted unanimously to pay $450,000 in attorney’s fees for the three hoteliers who sued the city in November 2014.  The hoteliers won the suit and are entitled to attorney’s fees under Florida statutes. In addition, the city has incurred in excess of $250,000 for…

Commissioner claimed tax hike language was “vetted closely” – had no evidence

“The referendum language was vetted closely,” Hillsborough County commissioner Kimberly Overman told the Tampa Bay Times earlier this month. Overman was speaking about the ballot language for the Hillsborough transit tax hike referendum that passed in the general election this past November. Overman’s claim was essentially the same as the one made by All For Transportation…

$16 billion tax hike effort that now faces lawsuit relied on free legal advice

“I’m a lawyer,” All For Transportation (AFT) volunteer Brian Willis told FloridaPolitics.Com today. “We’ve had attorneys at Holland & Knight vet this. Constitutional law professors. Nobody had any issues with it.” Willis was referencing the tax hike for transit which Hillsborough county voters passed last month after AFT spent $4 million getting it on the ballot…

All For Transportation knew about potential legal snag already in July

Yesterday, 10News reported that Hillsborough County commissioner Stacy White is filing a lawsuit today to kill a recent sales tax hike for transit. The measure adds 1% of sales tax, was passed with 57% of the vote among county voters on November 6th and is set to go in to effect on January 1st, 2019. One of the…

Narrative implodes: Hillsborough bus ridership down 10.3% in one year

Just as citizens vote on a 1% sales tax to fund transit in Hillsborough County, the county’s transit authority reported that its bus ridership is down 10.3% for the fiscal year that ended September 30th (FY2018). The steep plunge calls into question the “need” or market demand for more transit, especially since more transit won’t…