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March 1, 2023
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month 
In declaring March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, commissioners honored Hillsborough County resident Tim McDonald, a survivor who is raising public awareness about the disease, and encouraged everyone to remain strong if facing this battle.

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2023 Tampa Pride
Street Festival and Diversity Parade

Two Tampa Pride events, enjoyed by tens of thousands of residents and visitors every year, were recognized with a commendation. 
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Newspaper in
Education Week

Stressing the importance of newspapers as a learning tool, the BOCC declared March 6 through March 10 as Newspaper in Education Week in the county. 
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Women’s History Month
The trailblazing accomplishments of women, including former Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince, were honored as commissioners declared March as Women's History Month. 
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Grant to Help County Hire More First Responders

The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners approved a budget amendment appropriating over $1.4 million from the previously awarded Staffing Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant to help address the need for more first responders. Fire Rescue has realized a significant increase in call volume and call time in recent years due to the county's rapid growth. The SAFER grant will help fund 34 entry-level firefighter positions over a three-year period between March 2023 to March 2026, improving public safety.

Estuary Program Contributes to Restoration Project

The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners approved more than $127,000 from the Tampa Bay Estuary Program to fund construction and planting of a hydrological restoration project at the County’s Stacy R. White Nature Preserve. These funds supplement the County’s existing $1.5 million budget for the 93-acre project, which is currently in the design and permitting phase. Acquired in 2021, the 471-acre preserve provides a significant wildlife corridor between the adjacent Balm-Boyette Scrub and Balm Scrub Preserves while also serving as the headwaters of Little Bullfrog Creek. When restored to its historic condition, the preserve will offer visitors a more authentic nature experience when hiking along Little Bullfrog Creek and adjacent upland areas.

Contracting Opportunities Abound – Network and Identify Them!

County Community Action Board Scholarships Help Students Reach Higher Education Goals

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Board of County Commissioners Meeting
County Commissioners develop policy for the management of Hillsborough County and provide direction to the County Administrator on any programs for the improvement of the county and the welfare of its residents.
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