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Jane Castor talks Tampa priorities at the U.S. Conference of Mayors

Jane Castor speaking at a table, flanked by two other mayors
Jane Castor
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor offered an update on what issues are top of mind among city leaders during the U.S. Conference of Mayor's Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Affordable housing, transportation and local control are among the points of discussion — along with some football talk with Detroit's mayor ahead of this weekend's Bucs-Lions playoff game.

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor is missing our chilly weather. She's in Washington, D.C., where it's even colder, attending the U.S. Conference of Mayor's Winter Meeting.

Castor offered an update on what issues are top of mind among city leaders while talking a little smack with Detroit's mayor.

Public safety, transportation, homelessness and affordable housing are all things Castor said are concerning the nation's mayors.

With the last topic being a big issue for Tampa, Castor said some innovative steps are being discussed.

"We're just going to have to look at some sort of manufactured home," Castor said. "Those types of approaches where we can build houses much quicker."

Castor also heard about a stopgap idea for getting people into some kind of housing from Los Angles Mayor Karen Bass.

"The L.A. mayor talked about an initiative with Airbnb, to be able to get people off the street immediately and into at least temporary housing," Castor said.

Castor said she and some of her colleagues are also concerned about state legislators across the country moving to take powers away from local governments.

While Castor was discussing serious topics with her counterparts, she allowed a little time for some sports talk.

That was ahead of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' NFL divisional round game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday at 3 p.m. in Detroit.

Castor said she's been talking to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and doing what she can to help the Bucs in their matchup against the Lions.

"I've been talking smack with the mayor from Detroit. Mayor Duggan's up here," Castor said. "So I had my Bucs' red suit on yesterday [Thursday] and told him more. We're bringing the heat to Detroit this Sunday. If smack talk helps, the Bucs should win for sure."

The Bucs are a 6 1/2-point underdog, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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