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Litter Skimmer and City staff
Did you know that since launching in July 2022, Tampa’s trash boat (the “Litter Skimmer”) has collected over 19,000 pounds of litter and debris from our waterways? Last weekend, the Litter Skimmer and City staff collected debris at the Lowry Park boat ramp for the First Annual Litter Buster Bash - hosted by the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association with support from the City of Tampa and Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful. 
GET INVOLVED
Election Day

Election Day for the 2022 General Election is November 8. Voting sites in Hillsborough County will be open from 7 am – 7 pm.  Need a ride to your polling site? Bird scooter riders can use the promo code VOTE2022 for 2 free rides and HART is offering free rides for anyone with a valid voter information card. 

Nominate A Veteran 

The City of Tampa team invites you to donate to the United Way in honor of a veteran, and your nomination will be featured on our City website here. Honor as many veterans as you like (friends, family, etc.) with a suggested donation of $11. 


Don’t Fall into the Trap: A Forum on Drug Abuse and Prevention 

Tampa teens, their parents, and all interested individuals are invited to a FREE educational and interactive forum on drug abuse, prevention, and awareness on Wednesday, November 9 at 6 pm. This forum is sponsored by the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council, a program of the City of Tampa that allows local teens to develop their leadership skills and apply them through various service projects and workshops. Expert panelists will discuss the importance of drug abuse awareness, share their personal experiences, and speak about how to actively prevent addiction. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask each of the panelists questions directly in an open discussion. To RSVP, email molly.biebel@tampagov.net


Homeowners Night 

Working on a home improvement project and can’t make it to the Development Services Center during regular business hours? Homeowner's Night is back! The Development Services Center will be open from 5 pm – 7 pm on November 15 for residents to take advantage of extended hours for assistance in submitting an application for residential alterations, additions and driveway remodels. 

2022 Tampa Night Out

On November 15 from 5 pm – 8 pm, the Tampa Police Department will host the 2022 Tampa Night Out at Julian B. Lane Park. There will be a DJ, bounce house, food vendors, business vendors, firetruck, SWAT truck, Bike Unit, K9 Unit, and local neighborhood watch groups competing in the "Celebrating Tampa's History" contest. Local restaurants have been invited to participate in the "Chief's Best in the Bay" award and will be sampling their best dishes!

Veteran's Day Celebration Tennis Tournament

Join Tampa Parks & Recreation for a Veteran's Day Celebration Tennis Tournament on November 12 at Julian B. Lane Park. The event will kick off at 7 am with a performance by the SACA Golden Dragons and a Color Guard Presentation by the University of Tampa's ROTC. The Tennis Tournament will commence at 8 am and will include both Singles and Doubles Matches for Men, Women, and Juniors. Contact Andrew Sheets by November 9 at andrew.sheets@tampagov.net or (813) 712-0321 to register. 

12th Annual Ybor City Tree Lighting Ceremony

Celebrate the start of the holidays at the 2022 Ybor City Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 16 at 6 pm. Enjoy live holiday entertainment, photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus, and free cookies & hot chocolate. Mayor Jane Castor will light the tree at 7 pm. 

Job of the Week

The Wastewater team is hiring an AWT Systems Compliance Specialist to be responsible for ensuring reliable access, compliance, and reporting to regulatory agencies from all groups at the Howard F. Curren Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant (AWTP). Qualifications include graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in science, engineering, or related field and three (3) years of experience in wastewater treatment plant regulatory, process control, industrial pre-treatment, environmental laboratory systems OR an associate degree in science, engineering or related field and five (5) years of experience in wastewater treatment plant regulatory compliance and submittals. 
LAST WEEK'S HEADLINES
Tampa Fire Rescue Station No. 25
Chief: Tampa's new Fire Station 25 is doing what it was designed to do
10 Tampa Bay
The firehouse – with no fire trucks – just paramedic units – is designed to ease the burden on surrounding stations and improve response time.
Chief Mary O'Connor
Tampa city leaders meet with community members to address violent crimes
10 Tampa Bay
Tampa city leaders listened to residents concerns about violent crimes in the city and what can be done as a solution.
Tampa airport celebrates launch of new London flight
Tampa airport celebrates launch of new London flight
Tampa Bay Times
With more than 190,000 seats each year, Virgin Atlantic is now the only airline to directly connect Tampa with London Heathrow. 
Tampa's TECO Line Streetcar celebrates a 20-year anniversary
10 Tampa Bay
Then 20 years ago this week, the electric street cars started operating again in Tampa, moving through downtown, Channelside and Ybor City.
Tampa named one of the top cities for remote work
That’s So Tampa
According to a recent report from LawnStarter, Tampa is the third-best city in the U.S. for remote work.
Solar Sidewalk
City of Tampa testing solar sidewalk to power traffic intersection
FOX13
The sidewalk is made of solar panels that absorb power from the sun and converts it into electricity to power the traffic lights.
Palm tree and water
These Florida cities rank high in best US cities to retire
10 Tampa Bay
U.S. News just dropped its 2022-2023 list of best places to retire across the nation and several cities in the Tampa Bay area made the top half of the list.
Tampa Bay named the best area for retired veterans
Tampa Bay Business Journal
The Tampa Bay area was named the best in the country for retired veterans in a new ranking released by Navy Federal Credit Union.
TPD Headquarters
Tampa police given $1 million in grants to help prevent violent crime
FOX13
The city was selected for a $1.5 million Community Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant to help implement and expand programs around violence intervention.
EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT
Zoilami “Zoi” Sanchez
Meet Zoilami “Zoi” Sanchez, a Sewer Operations Planner/Scheduler for the Wastewater Department. She has worked for the City of Tampa for nine years and enjoys that her position requires constant coordination & cooperation, allowing her to learn new things every day. 

What do you like to do in your free time? I enjoy exercising every day. There is always room for improving and exercising directly improves my health.

What’s your favorite place in Tampa? The Tampa Riverwalk.  

You just won $1 million in the lottery. What are you going to do with it? Build a non-profit organization for stray animals and create opportunities through community work for students to get scholarships. 
COMING UP THIS WEEK

Tuesday, November 8 at  12 p.m.
YBOR CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LUNCHEON

Tuesday, November 8 at 1:30 p.m.
EAST 7th AVENUE TAMPA GATEWAY & MONUMENT UNVEILING

Wednesday, November 9 at 8:50 a.m.
GLARING GAP SUMMIT

Wednesday, November 9 at 3 p.m.
HILL WARD HENDERSON REAL ESTATE, DEVELOPMENT & CONSTRUCTION SPOTLIGHT

Wednesday, November 9 at 5:15 p.m.
TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART+ PATRON EXHIBITION PREVIEW & RECEPTION "TIME FOR CHANGE: ART & SOCIAL UNREST" THE JORGE M. PEREZ COLLECTION

Thursday, November 10 at 8:50 a.m.
FRANKLIN BOYS PREPARRATORY ACADEMY’S SALUTE TO WOODY WILLIAMS, GOLD STAR FAMILIES & VETERANS

Thursday, November 10 at 10:30 a.m.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL MEETING

Thursday, November 10 at 4:15 p.m.
Ribbon Cutting - TANNER PAINT SOUTH TAMPA GRAND OPENING

Thursday, November 10 at 6 p.m.
Ribbon Cutting - BOASSO GLOBAL TRANSPORTATION COMPANY

Friday, November 11 at 8:50 a.m.
Ribbon Cutting - THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF TAMPA'S HOLIDAY GIFT MARKET

Friday, November 11 at 10:45 a.m.
CRISP VETERANS DAY CEREMONY

Friday, November 11 at 12 p.m.
CRUMBL COOKIES SOUTH TAMPA GRAND OPENING

Saturday, November 12 at 8:45 a.m.
Kick-Off - THE CHISELERS "WALK FOR THE MINARETS" FUNDRAISER

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