Tampa Bay: March 22, 2001
Hillsborough County news
Commissioners clash over contract rules
Commissioners Jan Platt and Tom Scott spar over a new policy on awarding contracts under $100,000.
City firefighters give the mayor a cold shoulder
Earlier this month, the Tampa firefighters' union threw an appreciation party for those who worked during the last election to overturn term limits for Tampa's mayor (a measure that was, however, overwhelmingly voted down).
Jailed suspect faces charges in a series of rapes
TAMPA -- An unemployed man in jail since February is suspected in a series of rapes in Tampa and unincorporated Hillsborough County.
County to buy 119 acres for preserve
TAMPA -- The County Commission agreed Wednesday to buy 119 acres of woods and wetlands to expand the Cypress Creek Preserve between Lutz and New Tampa.
Building name honors Karl's public service
The Fred B. Karl County Center is named for the former county administrator who bargained to buy the building.
Police: Same man took purses
TAMPA -- Investigators suspect that the same man is responsible for four purse snatchings earlier this month in store parking lots in the Carrollwood area.