Policy & Transportation Digest

By Michael Maurino, Director of Government Relations, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Meet the candidates at Hob Nob! The election season heats up at the 2016 Political Hob Nob on Monday, August 1 at the Tampa Hilton Downtown. Meet and greet the candidates a few weeks ahead of the 2016 primaries, and participate in the highly anticipated straw poll. Purchase your tickets today!

Below are the candidates currently scheduled to attend. If you are working with a candidate who is interested in purchasing a table at the event, email me at mmaurino@tampachamber.com .

US Representative District 14 – Christine Quinn
State Attorney – Mark Ober
State Senate District 19 – Ed Narain
State Representative District 59 – Ross Spano
State Representative District 60 – Rebecca Smith, Jackie Toledo
State Representative District 63 – Shawn Harrison
Circuit Judge 13, Group 3 – Carl Hinson
Circuit Judge 13, Group 24 – Isabel Cissy Boza Sevelin, Melissa Polo
Clerk of Circuit Court – Kevin Beckner, Eric Seidel
Property Appraiser – Bob Henriquez, Todd Jones
County Commission District 6 – Jim Norman, Tim Schock, Brian Willis
School Board District 3 – Cindy Stuart
School Board District 7 – Alan Clendenin
County Court – Shelton Bridges, Miriam Valkenburg

TPA > HAV via SWA: Years of advocacy paid off this week when the US Department of Transportation awarded Tampa International Airport one of the coveted commercial airline flights to Havana starting later this year. Southwest Airlines will have once daily service between Tampa and Havana, and has a website for interested travelers. It was announced in June that Tampa was not selected for commercial flights to other locations in Cuba.

Twenty flights were approved out of 60 applications. American Airlines will have the most flights, four of which will originate in Miami. Miami will also have service from Delta and Frontier. Ft. Lauderdale will have four flights daily split between JetBlue and Southwest. Orlando will have one daily flight via JetBlue.

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