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Tampa, Florida

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Tampa is a city in Florida and is part of the Tampa Bay metropolitan area. It is the county seat of Hillsborough County.[1] As of the 2010 U.S. Census, Tampa's population is 335,709, making it the third-largest city in Florida.[2]

The city was founded in 1823 as a frontier outpost called Fort Brooke, which was located at the current site of the Tampa Convention Center. Tampa is now home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL), the Tampa Bay Rays (Major League Baseball) and the Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL).[3].

In 2008, Forbes ranked Tampa number five on its list of best cities for the outdoors. Jacksonville was ranked fourth.[4]

Elected Officials

The City of Tampa is divided into three At-Large districts and four single-member districts, which elect officials to the City Council. Current Council members, as of 2011:[5]

Member Title District Representation
Mike Suarez Member District 1 At-Large
Mary Mulhern Member District 2 At-Large
Yvonne Yolie Capin Member District 3 At-Large
Harry Cohen Vice Chair District 4 Single-Member
Frank Reddick Member District 5 Single-Member
Charlie Miranda Chair District 6 Single-Member
Lisa J. Montelione Member District 7 Single-Member

Each Council member earns an annual salary of $41,246, except for Chair Charlie Miranda, whose salary is $38,230[6]


Main articles: Florida government sector lobbying and Florida League of Cities.

Tampa reported $440,000 spent on lobbying between 2000-2010 (see table).

Reported lobbying expenditures, 2000-2010[7]
Year Amount spent on lobbying
2010 $120,000
2009 n/a
2008 $0
2007 $20,000
2006 $40,000
2005 $40,000
2004 $60,000
2003 $40,000
2002 $40,000
2001 $40,000
2000 $40,000

Tampa pays membership dues[8] to the Florida League of Cities, a government sector lobbying association. In 2010, Tampa hired Washington D.C.-based Holland & Knight and incurred contracting expenses of $120,000 (see chart above)[9]

Website evaluation

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See also: Evaluation of Florida city websites

This website was reviewed on April 9, 2012.

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  • Email addresses are not listed for elected and administrative officials.
  • No information is available on how to make public records requests.

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