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Friday, May 26, 2006

Jeb Wields a Heavy Pen Against Bay Area Projects

Gov. Jeb Bush carried through on his threat to veto large numbers of projects - including many in the Tampa Bay region. Senate President Tom Lee (R-Brandon) and other prominent, Tampa Republicans were unable to protect these investments.

Funding for Tampa'a Riverwalk downtown revitalization project (see picture) was cut, as was money to hurricane preparedness in Pinellas County, the Moffitt Cancer Center, and the University of South Florida.

Hillsborough
Tampa Riverwalk: $3 million
Tampa Riverwalk parking garage: $2.5 million
Moffitt Cancer Center: $5 million
Tampa History Center Museum: $800,000
Children's Heart Center at St. Joseph's: $350,000
Community Health Advocacy Partnership: $500,000
World Trade Center Tampa Bay: $500,000
Internationalizing the Economy of Tampa Bay: $250,000
Business redevelopment of Lowry Park Zoo: $100,000

Pinellas
USF-St. Petersburg campus: $9 million
Community Based Health Education and Outreach Project, Pinellas: $400,000
Hurricane disaster plan: $167,070
Pinellas County Blueway Saltwater Paddling Trail: $150,000

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