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Tour Ybor on a segway

Tour Ybor on a segway

Tampa, FL -- A new company is offering tours of historic Ybor City on a segway.

For $65 per person Segway Experience Ybor City will give you 30-minute safety course on riding the motorized vehicle followed by a guided 90-minute tour of the area's Latin Quarter.

A kiosk for Segway Experience Ybor City is located at 1600 E. 8th Ave. in Centro Ybor.  However, you can also call ahead for reservations. The number is (813) 455-7854.

Tampa gas prices level off

Tampa gas prices level off

Tampa, FL -- Average retail gasoline prices in Tampa rose only 0.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.63/g yesterday.

The national average increased 1.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.70/g, according to gasoline price website TampaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Tampa during the past week, prices yesterday were $1.03/g higher than the same day one year ago and are 21.1 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

Landing rights from Tampa to Cuba granted

Landing rights from Tampa to Cuba granted

It's official... ABC Charters Inc. has been granted landing rights from the Cuban government which means there will now be direct flights from Tampa to Havana.

With one of the highest populations for Cuban-Americans, many are elated to hear this news.  

Direct flights from Tampa to Havana means travelers no longer need to make the commute to Miami in order to fly out.  This saves at least a 4-hour drive, not to mention the gas savings and wear and tear on vehicles.

Weekly flights from Tampa to Cuba are said to start in early to mid September, while twice weekly flights will follow the next month in October.  

The future of additional flights is still to be determined, depending on the response from locals when it comes to booking these charters, but for now the local community is more than happy with the quickly approaching Tampa to Cuba direct flights.

Road closure in both directions on N 22nd Street

Road closure in both directions on N 22nd Street

Tampa, FL -- Starting Tuesday, July 26, at 11 a.m. both directions of North 22nd Street are closed between East Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and East Genesee Street to allow City of Tampa Water Department crews to repair a broken water main.

Traffic approaching this section of 22nd Street will encounter local detours.

Normal traffic patterns are expected to resume by 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, depending on weather conditions.

Gas prices rise again in Tampa

Gas prices rise again in Tampa

Tampa, FL -- Average retail gasoline prices in Tampa rose 2.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.62/g Sunday.

The national average increased 2.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.69/g, according to gasoline price website, TampaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Tampa during the past week, prices yesterday were $1.03/g higher than the same day one year ago and are 15.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

New motorcycles for police department

Plant City -- The Plant City Police Department will be ditching its aging fleet of motorcycles for some new wheels.

The current bikes, which are Harley Davidson Road Kings, will be replaced by four Victory Commander Police Motorcycles in late August.

The Plant City Police Department selected the Victory Commander, rather than staying the Harley for its overall cost, look and maintenance plan.

Investor optimism pushes oil prices higher after holiday

Investor optimism pushes oil prices higher after holiday

Tampa, FL -- Oil prices rose last week after investors speculated that a substantial decrease in U.S. stockpiles of crude during the first week of July would mean increased fuel demand and the start of an economic rebound.

Crude stockpiles were projected to drop 2.5 million barrels in early July, boosting investor optimism which caused oil prices to settle Friday $1.26 more than the previous week at $96.20 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, according to AAA.

However, a recent report from the Department of Energy showed U.S. stockpiles dropped much less than initially projected at approximately 890,000 barrels the first week of July.