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1. Tampa City Council voted Thursday to approve a “tenant’s bill of rights” ordinance with all 7 councilmen voting yes after nearly flip-flopping weeks prior on the issue of affordable housing amid record rent prices as the cost of living in Tampa skyrockets. Councilman Luis Viera called the housing situation in Tampa a “crisis” and said, “This is step one that we can do in terms of policy, to make housing more accessible to people.” Viera was a key supporter of reviving the ordinance after missing the initial vote. (Creative Loafing Tampa)

2. Changes are coming to Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa. Planned improvements include widening and repairing sections of sidewalks, upgrading highway lighting, adjusting traffic signal timings, and closing some medians. Turn lanes will also be extended on left-hand turns for drivers. (Fox 13 Tampa)

3. 6 African penguins were welcomed at The Florida Aquarium on Thursday where workers are eager to help them adjust to their new permanent home in Tampa. In July of last year, aquarium animal caretakers and volunteers were devastated when 7 of the aquarium’s 10 resident penguins died. The cause of death for the penguins is still unknown. (Tampa Patch)

4. Hillsborough County School Superintendent Addison Davis announced Wednesday that he is asking the school board to raise bus driver pay from its current starting rate of $14.57 an hour to $16.04 an hour. There has been a massive bus driver shortage during the pandemic, made worse by a rising cost of living. Davis also criticized an anti-mask COVID-19 state bill in Tallahassee that will cause a loss of about $14 million in state funding for Hillsborough at a time when funding is desperately needed for the county that is the home over 1.4 million people. (WUSF)

5. A tropical tiki bar called Mint has opened in Tampa near the University of South Florida and New Tampa at 2810 East Bearss Avenue. The bar serves a variety of Florida-inspired food including mojito shrimp ceviche, croquetas de jamón, oysters, and more. Cocktails are inspired by Havana, Cuba. (That’s So Tampa)

Today in Tampa:

  • Men’s Swimming: SSC Championships at The University of Tampa Athletics. (10:00 AM)
  • Makerspace Orientation at John F. Germany Public Library (10:30 AM)
  • Yappy Hour At MacDinton’s To Benefit Humane Society. (11:00 AM)
  • 8th Annual Tampa Beer, Bourbon And BBQ Festival at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. (12:00 PM)
  • Brunched at Mahaffey Theater Foundation. (1:00 PM)

From my notebook:

  • Tampa Police are asking for the public’s help locating a suspect. On February 11th, 2022 at 6:20 p.m., a male victim was sitting in his vehicle at an Amscot, located at 2301 Fowler Ave., when the suspect approached him, pointed a firearm and demanded money. (Facebook)
  • A new Bornean orangutan has arrived at ZooTampa. This little one was born to mom Hadiah and dad Goyang on February 6th. The mother and child are both doing well and have begun making appearances in the public-facing habitat. (Facebook)
  • City of Tampa’s DARE to own the dream program has expanded to help Tampanians achieve the dream of homeownership. Qualifying homebuyers can receive up to a $40,000 forgivable loan on homes up to $300,000. (Facebook)
  • John Henton will be at Tampa Improv for two nights. Grab your tickets for February 25th or 26th. (Facebook)
  • F45 Training Midtown Tampa is opening today for foundation members. You can start scheduling your classes right away and they will officially be open to everyone on Saturday, February 26th at 8 a.m. (Facebook)

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