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New lights, brighter nights in Sulphur Springs

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

There's a brighter future for a Tampa community plagued by crime and filled with derelict houses. The city's Bright Lights, Safe Nights initiative is lighting the streets of Sulphur Springs with 127 new streetlights.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn will be in the neighborhood Thursday afternoon to cut a ribbon and celebrate the new streetlights as symbols of positive change.

"We're illuminating streets across the city that are dangerous for motorists and pedestrians and the dark corners where criminals can hide," said Buckhorn.

Sulphur Springs is the first community to benefit from new, brighter lights. During the next 5 years, the city plans to install more than 8,000 other new streetlights across Tampa.

The new lights are part of an ongoing revitalization effort in Sulphur Springs. The city has targeted 51 vacant houses in the community for demolition. Mayor Buckhorn helped tear down the first scheduled house in January.

"You get hookers in here. You get prostitutes. You get the drug dealers and this is where they hang out and then house by house, the cancer spreads and it really is, you really have to go in and eradicate this. Otherwise it just spreads and spreads and spreads," Buckhorn explained at the time.

The streetlight ribbon cutting is scheduled for 2 PM. The Tampa City Council is also scheduled to hear an update Thursday on the vacant home demolition project at its 10 a.m. workshop.

To request a streetlight repair or new streetlight in the City of Tampa, call (813) 274-5800.

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