City of Tampa CRA Meeting
Thursday, March 13, 2014
9:00 a.m. Session
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09:06:45 >>FRANK REDDICK: We are going to call the CRA meeting to
09:06:48 I defer to Councilman Cohen.
09:06:50 >>HARRY COHEN: Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
09:06:52 It's my pleasure this morning to welcome pastor Bruce
09:06:57 Thomas, a native of Florida, having been born and raised in
09:07:02 He graduated from Florida Southern College in Lakeland with
09:07:05 a B.S. in political science and in Willmore, Kentucky.
09:07:14 He is married to Lynn Price Thomas, and they have three
09:07:18 Good morning and thank you for joining us.
09:07:20 Please rise for the invocation and the pledge.
09:07:22 >> Let us pray together.
09:07:26 Almighty and gracious God, at the start of each day we pause
09:07:30 and give you thanks for the many blessings, the blessings of
09:07:33 your creative world, the blessings of life itself, the
09:07:36 blessings of community, civil order and peace.
09:07:39 We give thanks for opportunities to serve and the privilege
09:07:42 of responsible citizenship.
09:07:45 May we always be mindful of those less fortunate who haven't
09:07:49 the means or ability to improve their conditions.
09:07:51 We give thanks for city government who is responsive to the
09:07:55 people they govern.
09:07:57 Guide those whom we have selected to represent us to fulfill
09:08:01 their sacred oath with integrity and honor.
09:08:04 We give thanks for the freedoms we enjoy in our nation and
09:08:07 the men and women who sacrificed and will sacrifice much to
09:08:11 protect that freedom.
09:08:13 At the same time, we give thanks for our way of life, the
09:08:17 peace we enjoy, our freedom.
09:08:20 We remember others around the world who live in regions torn
09:08:23 with war and civil conflict.
09:08:26 We pray for peace, and also pray that our union will
09:08:32 continue to be a beacon of hope and freedom to all people.
09:08:35 O God, you know our every needs before we ask and our
09:08:38 ignorance in asking, yet we are not so self-sufficient that
09:08:43 we fail to seek your help.
09:08:45 We ask now your blessings on these proceedings today.
09:08:47 Guide these councilmen and women to make decisions based on
09:08:51 fairness for the general good of the residents of our city.
09:08:54 Grants them wisdom.
09:08:55 Grant them courage.
09:08:57 Bless them with your steadfast love and abundant mercy, we
09:09:05 (Pledge of Allegiance)
09:09:24 >>FRANK REDDICK: Let me state for the record that
09:09:26 Councilwoman Mulhern will not be able to attend the CRA
09:09:30 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Here.
09:09:38 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Here.
09:09:39 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Here.
09:09:40 >>HARRY COHEN: Here.
09:09:41 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Here.
09:09:42 >>FRANK REDDICK: Here.
09:09:50 >>BOB McDONAUGH: I would like to point out that you have
09:09:54 copies of your annual report.
09:09:55 It was not on the agenda because we didn't have it back from
09:09:59 the publisher in time but I am quite sure that you will be
09:10:02 happy with the quality of it.
09:10:04 And the project that it highlights in our various CRAs this
09:10:12 We start out with an update from one of our areas.
09:10:14 And today we are fortunate to have Abbey Herns who is going
09:10:18 to talk about the Channel District.
09:10:20 >> Good morning.
09:10:30 Abbey Hern, board member of Channel District CRA advisory.
09:10:39 Lots of things are happening in the neighborhood right now.
09:10:42 Sky tower is clearly under construction.
09:10:43 The Port Authority is working with a consultant for a draft
09:10:48 on the new master plan.
09:10:50 Residents in the park, and we have act new animal hospital
09:10:57 open at the Ventana.
09:11:01 Nice to see the retail going up as well.
09:11:03 Aquarium has raised 10 million of its 15 million goal.
09:11:09 It is now constructing the than learning center.
09:11:14 About 500 people attended the Gasparilla music series.
09:11:22 And the district is looking for opportunities for the
09:11:26 streetcar for increased hours.
09:11:32 We had a great meeting last night.
09:11:33 We are planning for a neighborhood forum for input for
09:11:38 improvements in the area and that would include pedestrian
09:11:40 safety, facade and landscaping improvements, events in
09:11:45 public places and neighborhood identity and signage.
09:11:47 And one of the public space events that we are hoping to
09:11:51 support is the summer series of entertainment and fireworks.
09:11:55 It should be a 16-event program.
09:12:05 We are very excited about things happening in the Channel
09:12:07 And thank you.
09:12:10 >>FRANK REDDICK: Thank you.
09:12:12 Any questions?
09:12:14 Any questions, comments?
09:12:15 All right.
09:12:15 Thank you.
09:12:16 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Just a quick update on some of the events
09:12:24 taking place in the various districts.
09:12:29 We had roughly 15,000 people attend the Gasparilla music
09:12:32 festival this weekend in downtown.
09:12:34 This was the first year for a two-day venue and apparently
09:12:38 worked very well.
09:12:39 Interestingly enough, I checked with the mayor's office and
09:12:44 our customer complaint department, we had zero be complaints
09:12:48 about noise.
09:12:49 Very positive thing.
09:12:51 This Saturday is the River Green Fest again at Curtis Hixon
09:12:55 And starting the 19th is the Gasparilla international
09:12:58 film festival.
09:12:59 Again, this is another home grown event that has really
09:13:03 grown over the years.
09:13:05 And what's interesting about it is they spread it out over a
09:13:09 variety of venues which allows people from all around
09:13:11 downtown and the city to enjoy different places.
09:13:16 It took the Tampa Theatre, bistro, Ybor City, Muvico, Ybor,
09:13:23 benefit the Tampa Museum of Art, HCC Ybor, and the theater.
09:13:30 Again I encourage folks to participate in this.
09:13:32 It's really growing.
09:13:34 And has somewhat of a national prominence.
09:13:36 We get people from all over the country, including film
09:13:42 Just an update on a couple of projects.
09:13:45 Abbye mentioned sky house.
09:13:47 We received a couple of complaints about it, a new pump and
09:13:54 the contractors built a soundproof box around it and the
09:13:57 residents seem to be pleased about that, also received a
09:14:00 couple of complaints.
09:14:02 Contractor responded saying made sure no one did that so
09:14:08 they have been very compliant with our rules so far.
09:14:11 And in Drew Park, we have now being installed along Grady,
09:14:19 and Lois Avenue continues with that very intensive
09:14:22 construction project.
09:14:23 And we have received some complaints, and our staff is
09:14:27 working as best as we can with the businesses along Lois to
09:14:33 try to minimize impacts to people's businesses.
09:14:36 >>FRANK REDDICK: Any questions for Mr. McDonaugh?
09:14:45 All right.
09:14:45 >>BOB McDONAUGH: In your book is the quarterly report for
09:14:53 I believe you received a copy of that a couple weeks ago.
09:14:56 But if you have any questions or concerns, I would be more
09:15:01 than happy to get back to you on that.
09:15:02 >>FRANK REDDICK: Are you seeing any financial growth?
09:15:17 >>BOB McDONAUGH: They are comfortable they will see a
09:15:22 growth in properties, and depending on which district we are
09:15:24 talking about, anywhere from 1 to 2% to probably 7, 8%.
09:15:30 So there will be some growth this year.
09:15:32 Again, we get the final numbers in June.
09:15:35 And they come out with the estimates in June so we'll have a
09:15:38 better idea.
09:15:40 But based on market sales and increases, they seem to think
09:15:48 we will see some increases in the amount of money each of
09:15:50 the CRAs have.
09:15:51 >>FRANK REDDICK: Other questions for Mr. McDonaugh?
09:15:55 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Again, the save our homes, in the area of
09:16:02 commercial properties, we see more growth in dollars than we
09:16:07 do in areas that have mostly residential, again because you
09:16:10 have a cap of 3% on increase in the property taxes.
09:16:13 So values were taken very far down and it will take them
09:16:17 awhile to grow them back to where they were.
09:16:21 >>FRANK REDDICK: We don't have any questions for Mr.
09:16:30 McDonaugh, so that should be a sign when we get to the
09:16:35 regular meeting we shouldn't have many questions.
09:16:41 All right.
09:16:42 Bob, we go to public comments.
09:16:46 Anybody that wishes to speak at this time is welcome to come
09:16:50 before us and speak.
09:16:51 You have three minutes.
09:16:52 State your name, address, and speak for the items on the
09:17:02 >> Simms, East Tampa partnership.
09:17:08 I want to thank you, Bob, for all the hard work you do. I
09:17:11 am standing before you this morning because there has been
09:17:14 some confusion in reference to my term limit as chair of the
09:17:17 East Tampa partnership.
09:17:18 Since the confusion happened, we asked Sal Territo to give a
09:17:24 legal rendering as to the concern, as I was elected chair in
09:17:29 2011 to be the chair for East Tampa partnership.
09:17:34 And to my understanding when I was reelected again in '13,
09:17:39 that I would be serving a two-year term, as well as my
09:17:44 counterparts that are on my executive board, we feel that --
09:17:48 and I speak for them as well -- that they want to call a
09:17:51 special called meeting to discuss the issue, because since
09:17:54 the election, it's been brought to be my attention that I am
09:17:57 serving just a one-year term as the chair as the second term
09:18:02 so that is the confusion that everybody was confused about.
09:18:05 Since then, we understand that Mr. Johnson had related to
09:18:10 Mr. Sal Territo that we have elections every year in the
09:18:14 East Tampa partnership, which is not the case.
09:18:16 We have two-year elections to elect the chair, vice chair in
09:18:20 our community.
09:18:23 There are many issues that are surfacing in reference to
09:18:27 this where I was contacted by a gentleman, a CRA update, and
09:18:41 the first thing the gentleman stated to me that I would be
09:18:44 making a statement to the public that I would be stepping
09:18:46 down in September.
09:18:46 Again, this is all new and confusing to the whole process.
09:18:51 And so today I would like to give clarification.
09:18:55 I understand there's a four-year term limit that has been
09:18:58 presented to me by staff.
09:19:01 I looked to the predecessor before me that spent many years,
09:19:13 about two consecutive terms which would have been a total of
09:19:15 four years.
09:19:16 And so, again, just a little confusion on CRA.
09:19:21 I know this board has, I guess, the autonomy to modify the
09:19:26 term limits if possible, because at this time, there's a lot
09:19:29 of things we are trying to do in East Tampa, and I want to
09:19:32 thank the people of East Tampa, and two-thirds of our
09:19:38 community, and just continue at the end of the day, whatever
09:19:46 the feeling of the board is I would honor that.
09:19:48 >>FRANK REDDICK: Let me ask you a question before if any
09:19:52 members would like to speak on this.
09:19:54 Let me ask you, what's your bylaws state?
09:19:57 >> Looking at what Sal sent me the section of our bylaws it
09:20:02 says you can serve a term of four years as a CAC member --
09:20:14 and to my understanding,.
09:20:18 >>FRANK REDDICK: Now, when I served on the east Tampa
09:20:22 partnership, it's my understanding that the chair served a
09:20:32 two-year term, and then you had to step down.
09:20:37 Now, have you all changed your bylaws since the time I I --
09:20:44 >> About 2000.
09:20:48 >>SAL TERRITO: There are bylaws and policies.
09:20:51 Both have a four-year term limitation on there.
09:20:53 Unfortunately what happened here is he was elected for a
09:20:55 two-year term as chair, and then it runs into the one year
09:21:01 they had to serve on that particular committee.
09:21:03 In order to change that they have to change the bylaws and
09:21:06 your policies because both have the same four-year
09:21:09 restriction in there.
09:21:10 >>FRANK REDDICK: So you just got reelected a few months
09:21:16 ago, right?
09:21:18 >> Correct.
09:21:20 >>FRANK REDDICK: And what you are saying, and what I am
09:21:22 going to hear, open up, that means you can serve one year,
09:21:28 if your term is September 2014, is that correct?
09:21:31 >> At the time of election it was not presented to us.
09:21:37 >>FRANK REDDICK: The last question I would raise on this,
09:21:41 and open it up, is that I'm concerned when I saw a listing
09:21:46 of all the people that have come off in 2014, and the ones
09:21:52 who remain until 2015.
09:21:58 It seems to me that the system has to be changed, because
09:22:03 there's too many people coming off that board.
09:22:07 There's too many people coming off that board in 2014.
09:22:11 And the concern is the lack of experience of people who --
09:22:22 the term expires 2015, and we used to, when I was there, we
09:22:31 used to make it where this didn't happen.
09:22:33 So I don't know where the changes took place.
09:22:35 But I think we need to do it in conformity with the -- and I
09:22:46 have a cold and I'm trying to get it out -- but to put in
09:22:49 conformance with this board and the local community action
09:22:54 board, because you have got the whole board coming off in
09:23:02 2014 based on what I'm looking at.
09:23:05 And that shouldn't happen.
09:23:09 Until -- that's a concern.
09:23:14 I'm sorry.
09:23:15 You want to come up and speak?
09:23:18 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Actually, I didn't ask.
09:23:22 Do you want me to say something?
09:23:24 [ Laughter ]
09:23:26 >>FRANK REDDICK: I thought you were --
09:23:29 >>LISA MONTELIONE: I think it's befuddling why we have
09:23:31 expiring term limits all at the same time, and staggered
09:23:35 term limits seem to be what might be more appropriate for
09:23:42 looking to change the charter, you know.
09:23:48 I just find it interesting and a lot of people I talk to
09:23:51 when they ask about the election or, you know, the terms
09:23:53 find it very curious that we would perhaps have an entire
09:23:58 turnover, and with so many people coming off the board of
09:24:04 the CRA advisory.
09:24:06 I see shaking heads over there, so maybe we need staff to
09:24:10 shed some light.
09:24:10 >>SAL TERRITO: It's the way the CRA committee bylaws are
09:24:19 written and the way the East Tampa community revitalization
09:24:22 partnership was.
09:24:24 Why that is not happening, I don't know.
09:24:26 It may just be happening, the small group of people that
09:24:30 came on in that particular stagger are the ones that are
09:24:34 leaving there.
09:24:35 Were staggered terms in both.
09:24:37 I'm not sure why it didn't stay that way.
09:24:39 >> Ed Johnson, CRA manager for East Tampa.
09:24:48 I just want to make sure we set the record straight.
09:24:52 When chairman Reddick was a member of the East Tampa
09:24:57 revitalization partnership, we had nine members, when you as
09:25:03 a group established the single community advisory committees
09:25:09 with a different makeup of who was going to represent the
09:25:13 communities, it was increased to 13 members at that time, in
09:25:18 your CAC policy, and our East Tampa bylaws, we entered into
09:25:24 staggered terms.
09:25:25 So annually, at election time, every year, we have six
09:25:30 members one year, seven members going off the following
09:25:36 This current election coming up, we will have six members
09:25:40 going off.
09:25:40 And that's the reason why we have it, because you generated
09:25:44 staggered terms, and we are abiding by those staggered terms
09:25:54 And the comment that Mr. Simms made about chairmanship --
09:25:57 >>FRANK REDDICK: Let me interrupt you for a second.
09:26:07 The question that is asked this morning is what are the
09:26:10 terms for the executive board member?
09:26:13 I didn't -- vice chair, chair, I didn't serve in two years,
09:26:21 for two-year terms do they get reelected or are they having
09:26:25 an election every year?
09:26:27 >> The confusion is the chairmanship.
09:26:30 The rules read that the member of the advisory committee or
09:26:34 the revitalization partnership cannot serve more than two
09:26:39 consecutive two-term terms for a total of four years.
09:26:42 That's for member, not chairperson.
09:26:45 Chairpersons are elected annually at election time.
09:26:50 Whoever is sitting in that seat can either reconfirm or a
09:26:54 new chairperson is elected.
09:26:56 In Mr. Simms' case he is completing his third year as the
09:27:00 chairperson of the advisory committee and the East Tampa
09:27:05 And his board year is up this September 30th.
09:27:11 He started his tenure as a committee member October 1 of
09:27:17 2010, and he was reinstated again October 1 of 2012.
09:27:24 So his four years will be up, by the bylaws, September
09:27:28 30th of this year.
09:27:29 >>FRANK REDDICK: So his committee membership would be up.
09:27:34 >> That's correct.
09:27:35 >>FRANK REDDICK: If his committee membership is not up then
09:27:38 he can serve --
09:27:40 >> That's correct.
09:27:40 >>FRANK REDDICK: That's the thing.
09:27:43 All right.
09:27:46 Sal, do you have anything else?
09:27:47 >>SAL TERRITO: No.
09:27:48 >>FRANK REDDICK: Mr. Simms, what I suggest you do is go to
09:27:54 your executive board and ask your executive board to waive
09:28:00 the bylaws rules, or make a recommendation to amend the
09:28:03 bylaws so that --
09:28:08 >> Right.
09:28:09 And in reference to the other interpretations, City of Tampa
09:28:17 policies -- it's in reference to number 7.
09:28:26 It also talks about the modification.
09:28:27 And I guess that's what he's basically saying now, is the
09:28:30 modification to be elected chair, and I was the person that
09:28:35 was elected chair in the community group with the CRA board.
09:28:43 >>SAL TERRITO: The citizen committee policy set by the CRA
09:28:52 board would have to be amended as well as the bylaws to the
09:28:56 organization, because they both have that.
09:29:00 So I think what the chairman is recommending is you go back
09:29:02 to your board and find out what their feelings are, and if
09:29:05 they are in agreement then you have to come back to this
09:29:07 body and ask them to modify their policy as well F.for some
09:29:11 reason they are not in agreement then I guess the issue is
09:29:13 >> And I'm okay with that.
09:29:15 Thank you, sir.
09:29:15 >> Good morning.
09:29:24 My name is Sigrid Tidmore, Executive Director for community
09:29:29 stepping stones in Sulphur Springs.
09:29:32 Tiff pleasure to be here this morning with our production
09:29:34 director Kathleen McCabe and operations director, Robert.
09:29:40 And I am going to let my students introduce themselves.
09:29:42 Give your first names, if you would.
09:29:44 >> Sarah McCartney.
09:29:49 >> And this is actually one of our teachers, so I don't want
09:29:53 you to think she's a student.
09:29:55 >> My name is Marcina Matthews.
09:30:05 >> My name is Anthony.
09:30:07 >> We are here this morning because we teach life skills in
09:30:10 our after school program, and one of the life skills that we
09:30:13 emphasize is gratitude.
09:30:14 And we have some gratitude for you this morning.
09:30:23 We are here to thank you very much for supporting us last
09:30:27 week in a unanimous resolution to the county commission to
09:30:33 give strong consideration to preserving the 100-year-old
09:30:37 buildings that stand on the city-county campus at Community
09:30:42 Stepping Stone.
09:30:43 Kathleen is going to come up, if she can start with council
09:30:52 member Montelione, we are going to invite you to select the
09:30:58 stone that speaks to you that our students have
09:31:07 You can use this as a paperweight on your desk and remember
09:31:11 how much it is appreciated.
09:31:12 We are all here because of our students to learn about
09:31:15 civics and key governments in action.
09:31:20 Do any of you students have anything you want to say before
09:31:26 our three minutes is up?
09:31:28 >> Thank you, guys, for your time.
09:31:34 The stepping stones for ten years, and it's a historical
09:31:46 building kind of like this is an historical building, and
09:31:50 they want to tear it down.
09:31:52 And we want to keep it and restore it.
09:31:55 And we have used the arts to beautify our building.
09:32:02 And we are also willing to put in the money to restore our
09:32:08 own building.
09:32:09 And we would like help to support our cause.
09:32:14 (Bell sounds)
09:32:16 >> Anybody else?
09:32:20 That was it.
09:32:21 That was our three minutes.
09:32:24 I just want to say thank you.
09:32:26 >>FRANK REDDICK: Mr. Suarez has a comment.
09:32:29 >>MIKE SUAREZ: When I saw you with the basket I thought it
09:32:32 was going to be scones.
09:32:36 I hadn't had breakfast this morning.
09:32:38 Thank you very much.
09:32:40 [ Laughter ]
09:32:41 Thank you very much for the show of appreciation.
09:32:44 We understand all the things that you all do over at
09:32:47 Stepping Stones.
09:32:48 We are very appreciative of what you do.
09:32:50 It's an important program.
09:32:52 And I think that the county is probably going to do
09:32:54 something to compromise with you all.
09:32:57 >> And it only helps that we are not alone, and they say
09:33:06 yes, we are working together.
09:33:07 So thank you very much.
09:33:07 >>FRANK REDDICK: Let me raise one question.
09:33:45 >>> Mr. Chairman, members of the Community Redevelopment
09:33:47 Agency, I'm Al Davis of 3717 east wilder.
09:33:56 Mr. Chairman, my comments are going to be very brief,
09:34:12 Mr. Chairman.
09:34:13 I did hear the comments concerning the East Tampa situation.
09:34:18 I'm not too surprised by that, because back in the days that
09:34:25 the bylaws were being developed and ultimately approved by
09:34:32 this agency, I argued for some change at that time.
09:34:41 Couple that with your CAC policies, it could cause some
09:34:54 confusion not withstanding.
09:34:59 And I'm understanding now that there may be some
09:35:01 recommendations that they would try to revise the bylaws?
09:35:11 Am I understanding that correctly, chairman?
09:35:16 >>FRANK REDDICK: I didn't hear your last part.
09:35:18 Would you restate it?
09:35:20 Restate your last part.
09:35:21 >> Is East Tampa people, are they to come back to this board
09:35:30 with possibly a revision to their bylaws?
09:35:34 >>FRANK REDDICK: Yes.
09:35:36 And if they choose to do so, they can come back here and
09:35:39 recommend to us the modified -- to be in conformance.
09:35:50 >> And the community advisory committee, there could be some
09:35:55 confusion in terms of what has precedence in terms of the
09:36:03 number for the advisory committee, as well as their term of
09:36:13 service and the term for which they may have to locate --
09:36:23 rotate off of the board again.
09:36:30 Mr. Chairman, you know we have the facade program.
09:36:32 (Bell sounds)
09:36:36 And who may I speak with to get a holistic view of what our
09:36:47 investment is into this program and how it may affect our
09:36:54 local community redevelopment area?
09:36:59 I want to stop there, Mr. Chairman, because I'm out of time.
09:37:03 (Bell sounds).
09:37:05 >>FRANK REDDICK: Reach out to Mr. Ed Johnson.
09:37:09 Reach out to Mr. Ed Johnson.
09:37:11 >> Is that just for the East Tampa or the total program?
09:37:23 >> I'm pretty sure he can work with Bob McDonaugh,
09:37:29 everything for the whole city.
09:37:30 >> Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
09:37:32 Best wishes to you all.
09:37:33 >>FRANK REDDICK: Thank you.
09:37:35 >>> Good morning.
09:37:37 Linda Saul-Sena, 157 Biscayne, Tampa.
09:37:40 I'm passing out information on the Florida Trust for
09:37:43 Historic Preservation, the flat card which is the
09:37:48 save-the-date card.
09:37:49 Minarets to mid-century modern.
09:37:51 This will take place in Tampa a month from now, mid May.
09:37:54 The City of Tampa's CRA districts contain several historic
09:38:00 buildings which is benefited directly from the work of the
09:38:03 Florida Trust.
09:38:04 Ybor City, all of the clubs have received hundreds of
09:38:08 thousands of dollars from the trust.
09:38:11 University of Tampa's building, Plant Hall, has received
09:38:14 well over a million dollars.
09:38:15 City Hall has received money.
09:38:20 The Florida trust, the advocacy organization that gets the
09:38:25 legislature to give money into a pot of grants for historic
09:38:30 It's an honor to the City of Tampa that they selected Tampa
09:38:35 as the site for the annual conference this year, May
09:38:38 15th to 17th.
09:38:39 I'm here today because I had requested -- the county has
09:38:44 funded this conference $30,000.
09:38:47 To date the city has not funded it at all.
09:38:50 The administration declined, and they suggested that perhaps
09:38:54 I approach you all as the CRA with two specific areas,
09:38:59 downtown and Ybor City, have very specifically benefited
09:39:02 from the money that's been advocated by the Florida trust.
09:39:05 We expect 200 to 300 attendees at this conference which will
09:39:10 be located in downtown Tampa.
09:39:12 I have now sent the materials to Mr. McDonaugh and his staff
09:39:16 to consider funding this.
09:39:18 The county has given us $30,000. If we could just get a
09:39:22 thousand from the city I feel like it would help us.
09:39:25 I mean, we need to be participants.
09:39:27 As you see in last year's conference materials the city of
09:39:30 St. Augustine gave $20,000.
09:39:32 So I want our city seal to be on the conference materials.
09:39:36 I want the City of Tampa to be recognized as supporters of
09:39:39 historic preservation.
09:39:40 You have all individually and collectively supported
09:39:43 And I hope that you as a CRA board will direct your staff to
09:39:46 support this conference.
09:39:48 Thank you.
09:39:48 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Thank you, Mr. Chair.
09:39:54 In light of the recent discussions that we have had over a
09:39:57 few of the different historic properties that we have in the
09:40:03 city, I think it's pretty timely.
09:40:09 I need to hear from Mr. McDonaugh about the budgets -- I
09:40:13 mean, it's such a late date that we are being asked to see
09:40:20 if there's any wiggle room in our budgets to provide.
09:40:26 I think you are absolutely right.
09:40:28 I think that it's a bad message to send that when we pride
09:40:37 ourselves on the history of Tampa, and we talk about the
09:40:40 history of Tampa so much, and it's publicized as one of the
09:40:44 assets we have by visit Tampa Bay and by our EDC and so many
09:40:56 different tourism groups to come here and appreciate our
09:40:58 historic assets and our culture, then we are not providing
09:41:03 any support for one of the biggest conferences, you know, in
09:41:09 the region for historic preservation.
09:41:11 Thank you for bringing the dates to my attention.
09:41:13 I do plan on attending.
09:41:15 Just recently I had mentioned how there are other cities
09:41:19 across the country who have historic preservation groups
09:41:26 that is an arm of the city government, or the county
09:41:28 government, that actually stands ready when a structure is
09:41:34 in jeopardy.
09:41:35 And they have the team in place.
09:41:38 They can do evaluations.
09:41:39 They can assemble contractors or those that can secure the
09:41:45 property, and we don't.
09:41:47 We don't -- we have historic preservation board.
09:41:51 We have historic preservation groups that operate
09:41:53 independent of the city.
09:41:55 But we don't have -- I guess what I would call a rapid
09:41:59 response team.
09:42:00 And every time an historic property comes into the light by
09:42:06 the mode yeah or by someone in the community that this is a
09:42:12 pending tragedy that we are going to lose a property, we
09:42:15 have to reinvent the wheel every single time.
09:42:19 So I think it's something that we need to look into
09:42:23 establishing so that we have some rapid response when
09:42:29 something happens, and we have a team of people that are
09:42:32 standing by ready, willing and able to assist the property
09:42:36 So Mr. McDonaugh?
09:42:42 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Ms. Saul-Sena made her request yesterday.
09:42:46 >> Yes, I said it's a late date.
09:42:48 >> Michael will bring it up with his CRA board who normally
09:42:52 looks at supporting events that come here to Tampa.
09:42:57 Just as an example, we gave $5,000 to the Gasparilla music
09:43:03 festival, 15,000 people downtown.
09:43:07 The Gasparilla film festival no longer requests money from
09:43:10 the CRA because they felt like --
09:43:13 >> They are holding off.
09:43:14 >> Yes.
09:43:15 So Michael's group will take a look at that.
09:43:19 >>LISA MONTELIONE: And will that have to come back to the
09:43:21 CRA for approval?
09:43:23 >>BOB McDONAUGH: No.
09:43:24 They have a budget that's approved for events.
09:43:28 So they will take that under advisement.
09:43:29 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Thank you.
09:43:39 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Can they also look at budgets for
09:43:40 advertising or marketing?
09:43:42 Could it also possibly come from there, also?
09:43:45 >> Downtown has no budget for advertising or marketing.
09:43:49 Ybor City does.
09:43:51 And I will talk to them about that as well.
09:43:55 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: I apologize for come at this late date.
09:44:04 It was my assumption that the administration would choose to
09:44:07 fund it.
09:44:07 But the deal is that I will apply through Michael hatchet
09:44:12 and here, and we will here by March 6th. The conference
09:44:15 is the 15th.
09:44:17 Our materials will all be printed.
09:44:18 I wanted the city's seal to join everybody else's on the
09:44:24 I said March.
09:44:26 >> Excuse me, did you say March?
09:44:26 >> I meant May.
09:44:28 [ Laughter ]
09:44:29 Yes, May.
09:44:32 I have actually raised $70,000 from individuals, law firms,
09:44:38 architects all over the community.
09:44:39 The only significant entity that hasn't put any money into
09:44:44 this at this date is the City of Tampa.
09:44:46 I spoke with Mr. Pardo at the Ybor City event the other
09:44:51 He felt that Ybor would be able to contribute.
09:44:53 There are two specific events that would be appropriate in
09:44:56 my opinion for the city to sponsor.
09:44:58 One is the free event at the Tampa Theatre where we are
09:45:00 inviting any preservation neighborhood and civic
09:45:03 organization to attend for free for awards ceremony.
09:45:06 And the other event is a welcome to the city at the Italian
09:45:10 So any participation would be helpful.
09:45:14 >>YVONNE CAPIN: This is very important to our city to have
09:45:18 this conference here, and to be able to showcase our
09:45:24 historic places.
09:45:27 And I'm sure that they will find funds.
09:45:32 I'm sure of it.
09:45:33 Thank you.
09:45:33 >>> I'm Kimberly Overman.
09:45:43 I live in northeast Seminole Heights.
09:45:45 And I'm actually here on behalf of the Heights.
09:45:50 On February 18th an electrical fire burned down most of the
09:45:54 historic building in Seminole Heights, which in turn
09:45:59 destroyed the Domani Bistro, and A Modern Line, and the
09:46:05 majority of the works of two local artists that work and
09:46:08 display and sell their work within our city, one of which
09:46:11 was Robert Wagman and the other Terry Clast who has done
09:46:18 murals on several of the schools in our district.
09:46:21 The impact and loss of these two businesses to the Heights
09:46:26 community is great, as they were an integral part of the
09:46:28 vision of the future of these neighborhoods.
09:46:33 But fortunately, another equally integral part of our
09:46:36 community wasn't lost in the fire.
09:46:38 In fact, it's something that has always been part of the
09:46:42 As a consequence, we have actually put together one, two,
09:46:46 three, four, five, six events that are occurring over the
09:46:51 next three weeks.
09:46:54 In 30 days the communities among the urban core Heights
09:46:59 Seminole Heights, southeast, south, Hampton Terrace,
09:47:06 individuals from East Tampa, individuals from Sulphur
09:47:07 Springs, have all worked together to put together these
09:47:11 There's a dinner Friday that's sold out so you can't go.
09:47:16 There's a dinner Monday at Ella's restaurant, the seafest
09:47:22 that we have four chefs in the areas that are competitors,
09:47:28 are collaborating together to put on a marvelous benefit
09:47:32 There are still tickets available if you would like to
09:47:35 There are Creative Loafing deals that are going on to be
09:47:39 support the businesses in the Heights area, as well as
09:47:41 downtown area, as well as Ybor.
09:47:45 There is a festival, the Bonanza festival March 22nd where
09:47:51 we have seven bands.
09:47:55 We have invited the fire department, to ask them to show up
09:48:02 to say thank you for saving the homes and businesses around
09:48:05 that particular fire.
09:48:07 And we are also having a benefit on April 6th following
09:48:10 the Seminole Heights home tour that is going to take care or
09:48:15 raise funds for the artists that lost their work, held at
09:48:19 the Florida community and it will follow the Seminole
09:48:23 Heights home tour and that is also a fundraising benefit.
09:48:27 The neighborhood, the businesses in this community, and all
09:48:33 the people that have taken risk to help grow the businesses
09:48:36 in the urban core.
09:48:38 So we are looking to support them.
09:48:39 And we invite you to attend and support these efforts.
09:48:43 Thank you so much for your time.
09:48:45 >>FRANK REDDICK: Thank you.
09:48:47 >> I'm Ed, Ed Tillou from Sulphur Springs.
09:48:57 Just a quick situation.
09:49:03 Here are the things that are happening in CRA, downtown, the
09:49:09 sign about the Kennedy visit was finally fixed but I thought
09:49:11 it was funny, shall surely prosper.
09:49:18 East Tampa, that roundabout hasn't been expanded.
09:49:24 It's not all that great.
09:49:26 But the thing is when you ride the 12 bus.
09:49:29 But the thing is, it had on it the date 1911.
09:49:33 So remind you of that.
09:49:39 The neighborhood got really interested, and West Tampa.
09:49:43 Now it's because it was a rerouting of 7 bus.
09:49:47 And that's a nice little neighborhood.
09:49:49 And you know that I'm interested in food festivals.
09:49:56 And this is one I spoke about when they were trying to get
09:50:00 I think it's reached a high water mark now because it's just
09:50:07 gotten too commercial.
09:50:08 But the thing is you had 6,000 people over there, and I
09:50:11 guess it was a little bad for Lincoln Gardens, and probably
09:50:14 some of the things they feared.
09:50:16 But Joey Redner's father, Joe Redner, lives over there now,
09:50:24 so maybe he will, you know, intercede or something like
09:50:29 But the thing is that this is a festival of sorts.
09:50:35 Most of all actually just a carbonated thing, but the
09:50:46 problem is the carbonated things, soda has become the main
09:50:52 beverage at meals, and that really should be corrected, and
09:50:56 it should be corrected with a festival that will help with
09:51:01 of the iron deficiency many women have, and the other would
09:51:06 be a festival to incorporate Florida orange juice.
09:51:13 Now, I have been researching Florida orange juice.
09:51:15 And what I find is that actually Jacksonville has a better
09:51:19 climate for oranges, specific type of oranges from Sicily.
09:51:24 And I thought it was kind of interesting, Sicily and
09:51:27 Jacksonville have a similar climate.
09:51:28 Right here it's actually warmer than Sicily.
09:51:31 But most of Europe is actually pretty cold.
09:51:36 And that's a resource that's really got to be stretched, and
09:51:40 on the economic development front.
09:51:42 And there needs to be a facilitation of snow birding.
09:51:49 Snow birding of businesses down here for the cold months,
09:51:53 which is January to March.
09:51:54 (Bell sounds).
09:51:59 >>FRANK REDDICK: Thank you.
09:52:01 All right, anybody else wish to speak at this time?
09:52:06 All right.
09:52:07 Mr. McDonaugh?
09:52:16 >>BOB McDONAUGH: The Tampa Heights civic association has
09:52:19 nominated John Tennyson to represent the organization on the
09:52:23 Tampa Heights CRA as the ex-officio.
09:52:26 So you will be getting that for ratification.
09:52:29 I believe you have that already.
09:52:30 >> Motion.
09:52:35 >> Second.
09:52:37 >>FRANK REDDICK: Motion from Mr. Miranda.
09:52:39 Second by Mr. Suarez.
09:52:40 Any discussion?
09:52:41 All in favor?
09:52:42 All right.
09:52:42 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Thank you.
09:52:44 And we also have a facade grant request, which is in Drew
09:52:52 Park at the front of this building located on south Avenue.
09:52:55 With the CRA contributing 36,000 and the owner putting in
09:53:00 $45,000, and dressing up the front of this building which is
09:53:05 fairly well traveled.
09:53:06 >>FRANK REDDICK: Motion from Mr. Miranda.
09:53:10 Seconded by Mr. Cohen.
09:53:11 Any discussion on the motion?
09:53:13 Seeing none, all those in favor say aye.
09:53:15 Those opposed?
09:53:19 Thank you.
09:53:20 >>BOB McDONAUGH: That conclude my report, sir.
09:53:22 >>FRANK REDDICK: Anything else to come before us at this
09:53:26 Any audience participation at this time?
09:53:28 Seeing none, Ms. Montelione, new business.
09:53:31 >>LISA MONTELIONE: I have a draft of a letter here that I'm
09:53:37 having revised.
09:53:39 Unfortunately, I just got it this morning.
09:53:41 And some of the wording in this letter needs to be
09:53:46 customized to reflect the board of the CRA.
09:53:50 But last week during City Council, you heard from Jeremiah
09:53:56 KERR from the Ybor youth clinic.
09:53:58 We had a very successful event over the weekend, and they
09:54:01 are now applying for a grant and have asked for a letter of
09:54:06 support to a company that grant application.
09:54:10 So unfortunately it's being revised now, but I would like to
09:54:17 ask the CRA for their endorsement of a letter of support to
09:54:20 accompany the grant application for the Ybor youth clinic.
09:54:23 And then later on tonight when we meet as City Council I'll
09:54:26 be asking for a letter of support to also come from the City
09:54:29 >> What is the grant for?
09:54:36 >>LISA MONTELIONE: To continue their work.
09:54:38 It's the family planning services Department of Health,
09:54:41 Hillsborough County community health office of health equity
09:54:44 that has issued the grant proposal, and they are applying so
09:54:52 that they can have a greater system of care through the USF
09:54:57 pediatric and adolescent HIV program.
09:55:03 Thank you.
09:55:04 >>FRANK REDDICK: Mrs. Montelione made a motion.
09:55:09 Seconded by Mrs. Capin.
09:55:10 Discussion on the motion?
09:55:11 All those in favor?
09:55:13 Those opposed?
09:55:14 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Thank you very much, board members.
09:55:16 Those all I have.
09:55:21 I take it back.
09:55:23 It was covered up by my book.
09:55:29 Back in -- let's see, this was February 13th, CRA
09:55:32 session -- we had asked for a number of documents to be
09:55:38 provided to us for our review.
09:55:41 That was the tri-party interlocal agreement, the management
09:55:44 agreement between the CRA and the administration.
09:55:46 I had some discussions with staff.
09:55:50 And they asked that I also amend that to include the other
09:55:53 documents that would be pertinent to the conversation.
09:55:56 And that would include the citizens advisory committee and
09:55:59 the financial policy documents.
09:56:01 So I would like to amend the motion that was originally made
09:56:05 on the 13th and ask for those other documents.
09:56:10 I would also ask if we can move -- the discussion was
09:56:13 scheduled for April 10th, if we can move that to May
09:56:17 8th when we are having another discussion on basically
09:56:21 the same topic.
09:56:22 >>FRANK REDDICK: Discussion on the motion?
09:56:27 All those in favor of the motion?
09:56:30 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Thank you.
09:56:31 Now I'm done.
09:56:32 >>FRANK REDDICK: Okay.
09:56:33 Mr. Miranda.
09:56:35 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
09:56:36 I guess the University of Tampa baseball team is in some
09:56:43 They are downtown somewhere.
09:56:44 They got 20 wins and one loss.
09:56:46 And, no, I did not pitch that game where they lost.
09:56:49 I also didn't pitch any of the ones that they won.
09:56:52 But if you want to be see good baseball, go see them.
09:56:54 You are going to be surprised.
09:56:55 >>FRANK REDDICK: Mrs. Capin?
09:57:00 >>YVONNE CAPIN: None.
09:57:01 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Thank you, chair.
09:57:02 If Mr. Miranda was pitching it definitely would have been
09:57:05 the world's oldest freshman out there.
09:57:08 But --
09:57:13 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Look at your hair.
09:57:15 And you are calling me a freshman?
09:57:17 [ Laughter ]
09:57:18 >>FRANK REDDICK: Motion to receive and file.
09:57:21 >> So moved.
09:57:23 >>FRANK REDDICK: Any discussion on the motion?
09:57:25 >> Motion to receive and file all documents.
09:57:31 >> Motion from Mr. Miranda.
09:57:33 Second from Mrs. Montelione.
09:57:35 Discussion on that motion?
09:57:36 All those in favor say aye.
09:57:39 All right.
09:57:39 We stand adjourned until we reconvene in five minutes.
09:57:47 >> (The CRA meeting adjourned.)
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