Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn called for city council to move forward on a plan to control flooding better when the city gets heavy rains.
The mayor said during his State of the City address before 600 today that the massive flooding during the summer of 2015 proved the need for an upgraded and expanded storm water drainage system.
Buckhorn also urged Hillsborough County Commission to allow voters to decide whether they are willing to pay a half cent more in sales tax to fund public transportation upgrades and expansion—including light rail.
The mayor also talked about plans to spend nearly a billion dollars on urban core projects including thousands of new apartments and condos.
Buckhorn also admitted that Tampa has a violent crime problem, but says he has responded with police outreaches in neighborhoods most affected along with more patrols.