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Tampa Bay Wave collaborates with The Nielsen Foundation to launch the TechDiversity Accelerator Program in Tampa Bay – Tampa Bay Business Journal

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TAMPA BAY, Fla., Feb. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Tampa Bay Wave, Inc. (Wave) a nonprofit dedicated to building, launching, and growing tech companies in Tampa Bay, has joined The Nielsen Foundation to launch the newly created TechDiversity Accelerator program in an effort to foster the growth and development of diverse tech startups in Tampa Bay and beyond. Wave’s new TechDiversity Accelerator program, powered by The Nielsen Foundation, is a 90-day program designed for early-stage tech companies 51% owned, controlled, and operated by a minority; woman; veteran; or lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender person or combination thereof. Participating companies will work alongside each other in a collaborative, non-competitive environment and will be provided invaluable resources, such as a dedicated Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR), one-on-one mentoring with notable tech founders, pitch coaching, investment readiness programs, investor introductions, and access to Wave’s new seed fund. TechDiversity Accelerator companies will also participate in Wave’s…

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Florida Facing Affordable Housing Crisis

The Cost of a Hot Economy

Rep. Sean Shaw (D-Tampa) speaking about his bill to protect the Sadowski Trust. In the wake of natural disasters, stagnant wages and a growing separation of wealth, Florida is suffering from an affordable housing catastrophe and concern is growing statewide. The Florida Legislature has been eroding the Sadowski Trust fund, which supports the state’s affordable housing initiatives, since 2002. The Sadowski Trust allocates 70 percent of its appropriated money to the SHIP program which provides money to local governments to create and preserve affordable housing. The other 30 percent goes to the State Housing Trust Fund. Lawmakers have swept over one billion allocated dollars away from the program and into the state’s general revenue fund. And the Florida Housing Coalition’s Jaimie Ross says many Floridians are suffering. “You’re talking almost a million people who are very low-income households who are paying more than half of that income that they have…

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Driver Flees After Crashing Into Tampa Apartment

TAMPA, FL – A driver was arrested Tuesday after crashing his Ford F-150 pickup into an apartment building on Carmen Court about 11:30 a.m., according to deputies. The driver was traveling eastbound on 140th Avenue E. when he lost control of his truck, left the roadway, hit a fence and then crashed into an apartment. Inside the apartment, Yasiel Toledo-Ruiz was on a sofa in his living room and was thrown from the sofa during the incident, deputies said. Toledo-Ruiz was transported to Florida Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. The driver, identified as Marcellino Perez, 28, of Tampa, fled on foot. He was located about one mile from the crash. Two witnesses identified Perez as the driver. Perez has never had a driver’s license issued to him, deputies said. Perez provided a false name of Carlos Diaz, but was positively identified as Marcellino Perez by his fingerprint…

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New year, new towers: More apartments to rise in St. Petersburg, Tampa

Miami-based American Land Ventures has acquired the land for this 22-story apartment tower in downtown St.l Petersburg; construction is slated to start in late 2018. [Rendering courtesy of American Land Ventures] ST. PETERSBURG — Buoyed by the success of its existing downtown apartment tower, a Miami company is moving ahead with plans for another one. And to the relief of nearby residents, the new tower won’t involve any pile driving. Jason Robertson, vice president-development of American Land Ventures, said the company closed Wednesday on land on Third Street S across from its AER apartments. The deed had not been recorded as of Wednesday afternoon and he did not disclose the price. The new, as yet-unnamed tower will have 217 units in 22 stories, making it five stories taller than AER but with 161 fewer units. AER’s St. Pete complex, which opened in May 2016, “is doing great,” Robertson said. “It’s…

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Tampa Riverwalk Boat Parade Scheduled For Saturday

TAMPA, FL – Friends of the Riverwalk will hold the Tampa Riverwalk Holiday Boat Parade of Lights on Saturday. The free holiday event along the Riverwalk begins at Rick’s on the River, then to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, The Tampa Convention Center, down the Seddon Channel between Harbour Island and David Island then back to The Sail. Public Viewing Schedule: 6:30 p.m. – Start at Rick’s on the River; 6:45 p.m. – Viewing at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park; 7 p.m. – Viewing at Tampa Convention Center & The Sail Pavilion; Subscribe 7:30 p.m. – Viewing from Harbour Island and Davis Island overlooking Seddon Channel; 8:30 p.m. – Ends Tampa Convention Center & The Sail Pavilion Prizes will be awarded for Motor Boat and Sail Boat categories. Image via City of Clearwater Government Facebook page Source Article

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Tampa Bay Bucs QB Jameis Winston reportedly groped an Uber driver in 2016, BuzzFeed News reports

Copyright 2017 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The NFL is reportedly investigating allegations that Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, Jameis Winston, groped a female Uber driver in 2016, according to BuzzFeed News. Winston however, says the allegations are false. In an article posted on Friday, BuzzFeed says a letter was sent from the NFL’s special counsel for investigations to the Uber driver on Thursday. The incident reportedly happened in Scottsdale, Arizona at approximately 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13, 2016. The female Uber driver, identified as Kate, told BuzzFeed News that when she arrived to the location to pick up her passenger, a group of men told her that she would be driving around someone famous. Jameis Winston sat down in the front passenger seat and the Uber driver says right after she started driving, Winston began behaving poorly. Unable…

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston apologizes for role in incident

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston gets ready to throw against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Photo by AJ Sisco/UPI injured quarterback Jameis Winston apologized Wednesday for sparking an incident that led to wide receiver Mike Evans’ one-game suspension. Winston also said that he had his throwing shoulder examined by orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday. The 23-year-old Winston admitted he needs to exhibit better control of his emotions after he pushed Marshon Lattimore from behind, prompting the New Orleans Saints rookie cornerback to turn his attention toward him. Evans, presumably in a bid to defend the injured Winston, drilled Lattimore from behind in an action that set off fireworks between the NFC South rivals. "I just want to apologize on behalf of my teammates and Mike Evans for the incident that happened in the Saints game. That’s something I can’t do in the heat of the moment,"…

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Three Top Boca Raton FL Restaurants You Will Enjoy If You Stop By

Part of Palm Beach County, Boca Raton is a wonderful choice for a nice Florida vacation. What are your favorite foods? No doubt, you can find them while spending time in the city, which features over 600 restaurants. Let’s look at three of the top restaurants in Boca Raton FL and see if you don’t want to make them pit stops while vacationing in the ‘City for all Seasons.’ Farmer’s Table Boca is the first top restaurant in Boca Raton, and it is located on North Military Trail. How does an Apple Crisp sound? What about a skirt steak or short ribs? Also, if you like organic and vegan, this is said to be a great stop for you. I didn’t notice that at first glance, but people mention it in the reviews. Why not stop for brunch at Farmer’s Table Boca? Relish & More also looks like a really…


Foot Locker Celebrates ‘Original Basketball’ In Canada With DeMar DeRozan

TORONTO, Oct. 26, 2017 /CNW/ — Celebrating the return of the NBA season, Foot Locker announces its latest year-long partnership with Toronto Raptors star and NBA All-Star DeMar DeRozan, designed to drive excitement and build awareness of basketball’s storied history in Canada. To kick-off the partnership, Foot Locker today debuts “Original Basketball” digitally on its YouTube channel. The piece features basketball players from CIA Bounce the top Canadian basketball program with a number of alums in the ranks of the NBA adopting the 13 original rules of the game as created in 1892 by Canadian-American physical educator, James Naismith. After teaching the players the rules, DeRozan officiated the game, keeping the play true to its original Canadian roots. “Basketball is back and I’m partnering with Foot Locker to get fans here in Canada excited,” said DeRozan. “Relearning the game by its original rules and then trying my hand at refereeing…

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FL Battalion Chief Mourned after Fatal Crash

Sarasota County Battalion Chief Bill Kocur. Oct. 17–SARASOTA COUNTY, FL– When Sarasota County Battalion Chief William “Billy” Kocur was at a fire, nothing could go wrong. He was always on top of making sure everyone knew their jobs, according to Assistant Chief and longtime friend Rod VanOrsdol. “He was a supporter of his line personnel and an extremely confident firefighter,” VanOrsdol said. “He could run a structure fire call to the ninth degree of perfection.” Kocur, 63, a lifelong Sarasota resident, served the Sarasota County Fire Department for 25 years before his death this weekend in a motorcycle accident in Georgia. Kocur was visiting his family’s cabin. The cause of the accident is under investigation. Riding motorcycles was his passion, VanOrsdol explained. “It’s tough to even think about,” VanOrsdol said. “We all kind of think of ourselves as being Teflon — those kinds of things don’t happen to us. They…