Buckhorn: Tampa faces challenges, but future is bright - FOX 13 News

Buckhorn: Tampa faces challenges, but future is bright

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

For the city of Tampa, it's test-taking time.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn says there is "electricity around Tampa we haven't seen in a decade," and Tuesday morning he gave his State of the City address.

Before he did that, he spoke to FOX 13 in studio on Good Day Tampa Bay, saying he's excited about the direction of the city – though there are still many challenges.

Buckhorn pointed to rising tourism numbers – domestically and internationally – which were likely boosted by the Republican National Convention in August. He said there is a clear push to help revitalize Tampa's downtown waterfront, too. And he's encouraged that more people seem to be living downtown.

"The way I measure this is how many people are walking dogs downtown," he said. "And if they're walking dogs, that means they live there."

But he admitted there are many challenges – including a $20 million deficit that needs to be addressed. There's also what to do with Channelside, the fact that our unemployment is higher than the national average and that whole baseball stadium issue.

"I think our futures is much brighter than our past has been," he said.

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