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Happy Saturday, neighbors! Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening around town today.

First, today’s weather:

Mostly sunny. High: 83 Low: 67.

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Here are the top five stories today in Tampa:

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1. Drivers in Hillsborough County wait an average of 33 hours a year in traffic, according to navigation tech company TomTom. Tampa is ranked 20th in the nation for traffic congestion. Local leaders are attempting to address the issue, but in recent years have faced opposition in attempts to get funding through a transportation tax. (Patch Tampa)

2. A St. Petersburg couple is working to revive Tampa Bay’s oyster industry with their local business, The Lost Coast Oyster Company. USF historian Gary Mormino says Native Americans ate oysters in Tampa Bay for thousands of years and that historical evidence suggests the quality was quite good. The oyster population in the bay was destroyed in the 1950s and 1960s due to dredging. (Fox 13 Tampa)

3. Tampa City Council unanimously voted down a comprehensive plan amendment that if passed, would have allowed a developer to build homes on land that is next to Woodlawn Cemetery. The development has faced significant controversy since discussions began. Opponents say city records show people are buried on the parcel of land. (WFLA)

4. A Tampa Bay man who was part of the insurrection at Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021, and posed for a photograph while carrying the lectern of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has will spend 75 days in jail. He was also fined $5,000 and sentenced to 200 hours of community service. (ABC Action News)

5. Tampa City Council has shot down rent control despite nearly 100 people showing up and pleading for help from the city. The city cited legal reasons and plans to discuss potential alternatives on April 21. Councilmen Bill Carlson and Luis Viera were the main council members arguing against rent control. (Creative Loafing Tampa)

Today in Tampa:

  • Farm Expansion at Meacham Urban Farms. (9:30 AM)
  • 4th Annual Tampa Taco Festival at Al Lopez Park. (10:00 AM)
  • Keel Farms Strawberry Bash at Keel Farms. (11:00 AM)
  • Big And Little Chef: Batter Up at Publix Aprons Cooking School Of Citrus Park. (10:00 AM)
  • Burner: A Group Exhibition Of International Street Art: The Art Experience Of 2022 Presents In Tampa at Michael Murphy Gallery. (6:00 PM)

From my notebook:

  • Kingsford Fire Grille in Tampa’s Westshore Plaza has permanently closed. (Creative Loafing Tampa)
  • Metropolitan Ministries is celebrating 50 years of serving the community. The nonprofit started in 1972 providing sandwiches and soups to the homeless. Since then it has gone on to help hundreds of families with food insecurity, housing, and more. (Fox 13 Tampa)
  • The 30th annual Country in the Park will return this year at England Brothers Park in Clearwater on March 19th. The event is free to attend. (ABC Action News)

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Carlos Hernandez

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