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Thursday, March 11, 2010

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08:32:26 >>GWEN MILLER: Call this meeting to order.

09:04:21 The chair going to yield to Mr. Charlie Miranda.

09:04:25 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much, Madam Chair.

09:04:27 It is my pleasure to introduce a young lady who does an

09:04:30 outstanding job of the City of Tampa, as the city

09:04:34 clerk, Shirley Foxx-Knowles.

09:04:38 Please rise and remain standing for the Pledge of

09:04:41 Allegiance.

09:04:42 >> Good morning everyone.

09:04:43 Let us pray.

09:04:44 Father, once again we say thank you for our beautiful

09:04:47 city on this spring-like morning.

09:04:49 Thank you for your blessings and for your grace and

09:04:51 mercy.

09:04:52 Thank you for those assembled here for the CRA meeting.

09:04:55 Father, thank you for the incredible opportunity to

09:04:59 serve and to be of service.

09:05:02 Guide our leaders and continue to make them instruments

09:05:05 of your will.

09:05:06 In honoring you, let us all remember to be kind and

09:05:11 understanding of each other.

09:05:12 And to continue working for the progress of our fair

09:05:16 city.

09:05:17 Continue to protect those serving on the front line,

09:05:22 and bring them back safely to their loved ones when

09:05:25 their job is done.

09:05:26 We appreciate them for the sacrifices they are making

09:05:30 for our freedom.

09:05:31 And now, we again say, thank you for your love and for

09:05:36 more blessings than we can count.

09:05:38 With grateful hearts, we pray, let us all say Amen.


09:06:01 >>GWEN MILLER: Roll call?

09:06:05 [Roll Call]

09:06:05 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Here.

09:06:05 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: Here.

09:06:14 >>GWEN MILLER: Here.

09:06:15 >> I'd like to put on the record Mr. Caetano will not

09:06:18 be here for CRA meeting.

09:06:20 But now yield to Mr. John Dingfelder to do a

09:06:24 commendation.

09:06:27 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: Thank you.

09:06:27 Good morning, Council, CRA.

09:06:50 What a pleasure it is coming -- what a pleasure it

09:06:54 is -- come on in.

09:06:57 To have Tampa fire rescue with us this morning.

09:06:59 And especially we have two fine gentlemen and their

09:07:05 fine companions here.

09:07:12 We have lieutenant Roger Picard and lieutenant Brian

09:07:16 Smithey, as many of you, I'm sure have heard, these two

09:07:20 gentlemen immediately after the earthquake in Haiti,

09:07:25 joined forces with the South Florida urban search and

09:07:27 rescue task force to jump on a plane, flew down to

09:07:32 Haiti.

09:07:32 And went to work.

09:07:36 And I'll let them tell a little bit about their

09:07:38 experiences themselves.

09:07:40 And then we'd like to give them a commendation.

09:07:43 With Roger, is the party girl, down here.

09:07:49 [ Laughter ]

09:07:51 >> And this is powder, right?

09:07:54 This is Brian's little powder.

09:07:56 Doak and Cinder couldn't join us today.

09:07:58 But all four dogs went down there.

09:08:00 Chief, you want to say a few words about your team?

09:08:03 >> Thank you, chairman of the Council and members of

09:08:06 the Council.

09:08:07 We are honored to be here today to recognize these two

09:08:10 individuals.

09:08:10 Tampa fire has been a leader throughout the state in

09:08:12 the canine search and rescue area.

09:08:14 We have a number of handlers, not only do they provide

09:08:18 support for City of Tampa, but throughout the state and

09:08:20 at really throughout the world.

09:08:22 It cost a very small amount of money and these

09:08:25 individuals sacrificed a lot of their personal time to

09:08:28 have these dogs ready.

09:08:30 And they're able to do search and rescue that keeps the

09:08:33 firefighters and other folks out of harm's way.

09:08:35 And the dogs can do it much more safely and have a much

09:08:39 stronger sense of smell.

09:08:41 So, we're very thankful for Roger and Brian and all the

09:08:46 members.

09:08:46 Canine search and rescue and thank you for the

09:08:48 opportunity to recognize their extreme efforts.

09:08:51 Thank you.

09:08:53 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: Go ahead and get these commendations

09:08:56 out of the way.

09:08:57 Maybe you guys can tell us a little about your

09:09:00 experience.

09:09:00 Cindy in my office wanted to make sure each of the dogs

09:09:03 got a dog bone.

09:09:05 All right.

09:09:29 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: Totally steal the show.

09:09:31 I'm going home.

09:09:32 [ Laughter ]

09:09:33 Okay, gentlemen, Tampa City Council recognizes the

09:09:38 efforts of lieutenant Roger Picard and lieutenant Brian

09:09:41 Smithey.

09:09:43 And your canines party girl, cinder, powder and Doak of

09:09:47 Tampa fire rescue.

09:09:48 And taking your canines to Haiti during the chaos of

09:09:51 the recent earthquake, lieutenant Picard and Smithey

09:09:54 showed the dedication to duty and to your fellow man.

09:09:56 Working with south Florida urban search and rescue task

09:09:59 force two, which I see is part of Homeland Security,

09:10:03 looks like.

09:10:05 Lieutenant and their canines were responsible for

09:10:08 saving seven lives.

09:10:09 It is instances like this that clearly define the

09:10:13 lengths to which our city's first responders react to

09:10:16 serve others.

09:10:17 Tampa City Council's pleasure and honor to commend you

09:10:21 both and your canines for fostering these principles of

09:10:25 caring and assistance.

09:10:27 Thank you so much.

09:10:28 [ Applause ]

09:10:37 >> Want to say thank you for having us here today and

09:10:41 recognition and the support the city has given us, and

09:10:44 Tampa fire rescue.

09:10:45 Chief Jones, chief Phillip, we know sometimes we can be

09:10:49 a little bit of a pain trying to get us through this

09:10:51 stuff.

09:10:51 But with that support, and because of that support, we

09:10:54 were able to save seven lives.

09:10:55 There's seven people out there that now have their

09:10:58 family members, their moms, their sisters, alive today

09:11:02 because of the canine program.

09:11:04 Again, we want to say thank you for the support.

09:11:07 It was a privilege to represent the City of Tampa.

09:11:10 And the state of Florida, the United States down in

09:11:12 Haiti.

09:11:12 But again, thank you.

09:11:14 I'm going to be brief.

09:11:15 I know Roger wants to say a few things.

09:11:17 But thank you.

09:11:19 [ Applause ]

09:11:22 >> Council, I would just like to share with you a

09:11:30 moment of what it was like to be in Haiti.

09:11:35 Because I'm going to tell it from the heart.

09:11:36 I didn't write down a script for this one.

09:11:38 I can remember going out one night about 9:00.

09:11:41 They took us to a Caribbean market, which you had seen

09:11:43 on television.

09:11:44 They had told us there may be five people trapped

09:11:46 there.

09:11:47 And above me was five stories that had collapsed.

09:11:50 And I was standing in the basement with party girl by

09:11:52 my side.

09:11:53 And I looked up about 25 feet up and there was a hole

09:11:56 in the ceiling.

09:11:57 And the rescuer next to me said Roger, can you get your

09:12:02 search dog inside there?

09:12:05 I said sure.

09:12:07 We had trained for that.

09:12:08 We climbed up the ladder and with him by myself and the

09:12:11 search dog.

09:12:12 We called out to a voice.

09:12:14 We yelled and said, is there anyone in there, can you

09:12:17 hear us?

09:12:17 Search and rescue.

09:12:23 There's a moment in my career where I listened and

09:12:26 heard the voice of 7-year-old girl reply back, I can

09:12:30 hear you, I'm here.

09:12:31 I'm tired, I'm thirsty.

09:12:33 I can hear you.

09:12:34 And there was no greater time ever in my 31 years as a

09:12:37 firefighter paramedic that I have been so proud to

09:12:40 represent the City of Tampa.

09:12:43 Tampa fire rescue.

09:12:44 And to have been a search dog handler.

09:12:47 40 hours later, we were able to rescue five people from

09:12:52 that one building.

09:12:53 Five people, including the seven-year-old girl from

09:12:55 Haiti.

09:12:56 It has been a privilege and an honor to wear this

09:13:00 uniform, to represent this city and this fire

09:13:03 department and from the heart.

09:13:05 Thank you.

09:14:02 >> Good morning, Mark Huey, economic development

09:14:06 administrator.

09:14:07 The meeting is all downhill from there.

09:14:09 I thought I had a few good things on the agenda for

09:14:12 you, but nothing to match that.

09:14:15 So that's pretty special.

09:14:16 As is our tradition, to hear at the outset of our

09:14:22 monthly meeting from one of the presidents,

09:14:26 chairpersons of your community advisory committees, we

09:14:29 have Maritza Astorquiza here today from Drew Park.

09:14:33 And Maritza, would you come up and share?

09:14:37 Good to have you here.

09:14:39 >> Okay.

09:14:40 I'm the downhill.

09:14:41 Good morning everybody.

09:14:43 We are very proud of our work in Drew Park.

09:14:48 And obviously we're here to give you an update of what

09:14:52 we have been doing.

09:14:53 I think one of the important things in Drew Park is,

09:14:58 and I'm going to read this.

09:15:00 There's 850 acres that make up Drew Park.

09:15:03 It is about 1.33 square miles.

09:15:06 It is important to know that we are one of the largest

09:15:10 areas or the largest area that is adjacent to a major

09:15:14 international airport.

09:15:15 There's a lot of importing and exporting that goes out

09:15:19 of there, shipping in and out.

09:15:21 There are a lot of major commerces in there, a lot of

09:15:23 businesses.

09:15:26 Importantly, a lot of the businesses are local

09:15:28 business.

09:15:29 So, there's a lot of local economic impact that comes

09:15:33 out of Drew Park.

09:15:34 Local employees, people are employed and the money

09:15:39 stays here in Tampa.

09:15:40 I think that's pretty significant.

09:15:42 I would like to tell you some of the highlights.

09:15:46 As you have probably noticed, the Mercedes-Benz has

09:15:52 demolished on Martin Luther King and Dale Mabry and

09:15:55 they're about ready to get started, which is great,

09:15:57 because we have been waiting for a project there for a

09:15:59 while.

09:16:00 There has been several new warehouses that have been

09:16:02 built in Drew Park.

09:16:03 With total of over 25,000 square feet.

09:16:06 And growing.

09:16:07 So there's growth in Drew Park.

09:16:09 I'd like to also tell you there are some projects that

09:16:13 have been notable public investments, with TIF and

09:16:17 non-TIF funded capital improvements.

09:16:19 We are aware of what the Aviation Authority has done

09:16:22 with Cargo Road.

09:16:23 But I will read from here, because it is pretty

09:16:25 significant.

09:16:26 They completed a 21 million Air Cargo Road providing a

09:16:30 major north-south route fully connecting Hillsborough

09:16:34 avenue and Tampa Bay Boulevard.

09:16:35 The road is 1.4 miles, four lanes divided road, with

09:16:39 enhanced landscaping, lighting, underground utilities,

09:16:43 sidewalks and bike paths.

09:16:44 The ribbon cutting ceremony was in August.

09:16:46 And it is beautiful.

09:16:47 And if you haven't taken the road, you should.

09:16:51 Because it is something to be very proud of.

09:16:53 It is just beautiful.

09:16:55 We had just completed a, we being the city as well, you

09:17:03 know, the whole community.

09:17:04 Over two million street resurface projects in the

09:17:06 northeast light industrial area.

09:17:08 Three major east-west streets from Dale Mabry to air

09:17:11 cargo.

09:17:12 And all the north-south interior segments were paved

09:17:16 using TIF, CDBG and transportation funding.

09:17:24 And it has improved the appearance of our streets.

09:17:28 It is a lot friendlier to drive down and not hit

09:17:32 potholes.

09:17:33 It is actually part of beautification too, because

09:17:35 other than functionality, it is very pretty to drive

09:17:38 down streets that look beautiful.

09:17:40 We have been working on, we again the city and the

09:17:45 work, of course -- the new sidewalks have been

09:17:49 installed on Cayuga.

09:17:51 From Dale Mabry to Air Cargo.

09:17:54 Currently on Osborne from Dale Mabry to Lois avenue.

09:17:57 And it is beautiful.

09:17:58 The work on Osborne is gorgeous.

09:18:00 And it is just -- I drive down it every day.

09:18:03 It is wonderful to see it.

09:18:04 The funding amount is approximately 146,000.

09:18:07 And the source is community investment tax.

09:18:11 Of course we continue, the work continues, and the

09:18:14 stormwater development and that's going to be an

09:18:16 ongoing project for a while, as you know.

09:18:18 Like to point out some things you probably already know

09:18:23 about, but I think it is worthy of bringing back up.

09:18:27 And that is that we received in honor he -- an honor,

09:18:31 the drew part adult youth enforcement program

09:18:34 administrated by the Drew Park CRA and the Tampa Police

09:18:36 Department, earned the state's top honor of the Florida

09:18:40 redevelopment association, with the award of best

09:18:43 management program, created partnership for the 2009

09:18:47 FRA award ceremony.

09:18:50 That was in October of 2009.

09:18:51 I think that's something to be very proud of.

09:18:53 It was a program that was put in place, that was

09:18:55 partnership with TPD.

09:18:57 It worked.

09:18:57 There were positive results.

09:18:59 And it was also nice to be recognized for it.

09:19:01 So, I think it was a great effort on the police

09:19:03 department and the community.

09:19:06 I was very happy about that.

09:19:08 Everybody is very proud of that.

09:19:09 We also acquired three properties and that is for the

09:19:14 Drew Park residential area, because although we have a

09:19:18 major industrial area, we also have our own residential

09:19:21 area.

09:19:21 And we acquired three properties that we're working on

09:19:26 for quality work for -- workforce housing.

09:19:31 We have started as well as our newsletter.

09:19:33 And we are currently, we published two quarterly

09:19:36 newsletters and working on our third one to come out in

09:19:40 June. I'd also like to let you know we're looking into

09:19:43 the future.

09:19:46 Drew Park is on a short list for a new immigration and

09:19:49 citizens facility.

09:19:51 If that comes through, that would be a great

09:19:55 enhancement to us and it will be a beautiful facility.

09:19:59 We have seen the drawings.

09:20:00 It is just gorgeous.

09:20:01 It is wonderful.

09:20:02 Hopefully it is awarded 0 the Drew Park area.

09:20:05 We have recently met and we have focused in for 2010

09:20:08 and moving on to 2011, and we have put together some

09:20:12 committees to drive some of the things that we feel are

09:20:14 important.

09:20:15 One of the things is marketing communication.

09:20:19 We'd like to let the community know what we're all

09:20:21 about.

09:20:22 The city, the CRA, the CAC, and so we're going to

09:20:27 develop our communications.

09:20:28 We have our news letter, which is great.

09:20:30 And we'll be putting policies -- excuse me, strategies

09:20:33 in place to communicate and recruit more participation

09:20:36 in our meetings so we can include as well, more of the

09:20:38 community.

09:20:39 We want to continue to move forward, crime prevention.

09:20:44 The adult youth was very successful.

09:20:46 That program, and so there are other areas in crime

09:20:49 prevention that we'd like to further explore and move

09:20:53 forward so we can continue the quality of life for the

09:20:56 businesses and the residents of the area.

09:20:58 Capital improvements of course is a major and ongoing,

09:21:03 so we have also developed a committee to work in that

09:21:05 area.

09:21:05 And you know, move forward in support the capital

09:21:08 improvement programs that are happening in Drew Park.

09:21:11 And also, with code enforcement, there is a committee

09:21:13 for code enforcement.

09:21:16 There is, you know, Drew Park is a very old and

09:21:19 established neighborhood.

09:21:22 It was not a planned community.

09:21:25 So, there are a lot of considerations.

09:21:27 And we'd like to be able to establish a good

09:21:30 relationship with code enforcement it, so that the, the

09:21:36 relationship is more of one to help support the

09:21:40 community, the businesses have a clean, legal and safe

09:21:45 environment to work and their buildings and what have

09:21:50 you.

09:21:50 And find solutions and not, you know, not find it code

09:21:54 enforcement to be, something we don't want to deal

09:21:57 with, but something that is there to help us develop

09:21:59 our property and our neighborhood.

09:22:01 Any questions?

09:22:05 >>GWEN MILLER: Miranda?

09:22:07 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you, Madam Chair can.

09:22:08 I just want to congratulate, Maritza, and your fine

09:22:12 group that worked very tirelessly and effortlessly to

09:22:16 work and get those things done in the community of Drew

09:22:19 Park.

09:22:19 Especially yourself, getting chairmanship of that

09:22:24 committee.

09:22:24 So I guess it rests on your shoulders to do that.

09:22:27 And, I'm happy to see all the developments that are

09:22:30 finally started and slowly getting there.

09:22:34 One of those step -- one little step at a time.

09:22:37 I know we're still crawling and we have got a long way

09:22:41 to go.

09:22:41 But I believe speaking for the rest of the

09:22:43 Councilmembers, I hope all of us stand behind you and

09:22:46 your committee to make Drew Park something that very

09:22:48 few cities this size have.

09:22:51 That's an industrial area, right next to a major

09:22:53 airport.

09:22:53 And you should be very proud of that.

09:22:55 And there's countless opportunities to make the city

09:22:59 better through Drew Park.

09:23:00 Thank you very much.

09:23:01 >> Thank you.

09:23:02 And thank you for those kind words.

09:23:04 I definitely will pass it on to the committee, to our

09:23:07 Council.

09:23:08 >>GWEN MILLER: Police Saul-Sena?

09:23:10 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Thank you.

09:23:11 I would like to echo Mr. Miranda's words.

09:23:13 I agree with you about cargo road being the most

09:23:16 significant infrastructure investment.

09:23:18 That was done I think completely with airport money.

09:23:20 It was, and it was really a gift to Drew Park and to

09:23:23 the city, because it is, it is really a

09:23:25 transformational roadway.

09:23:27 As you Sid, it is not just a transportation route, it

09:23:30 is a real beautification improvement.

09:23:32 And it is also a safe way for bicyclist also and

09:23:35 pedestrians to get north to south, because Dale Mabry

09:23:37 is not safe.

09:23:39 >> I'd like to take the opportunity to comment that

09:23:42 you -- you're absolutely right.

09:23:44 It was a gift as well because they did go over and

09:23:48 beyond what was required for their participation and

09:23:51 their development of that area.

09:23:52 So thank you for those comments.

09:23:55 >>GWEN MILLER: Thank you.

09:23:56 We appreciate that and continue the good work that you

09:23:59 are doing.

09:24:00 >> Thanks for your time this morning.

09:24:07 >>MARK HUEY: Thanks -- thanks, Maritza.

09:24:09 I had a chance to sit in on her advisory committee

09:24:12 meeting last week.

09:24:14 She brings a lot of energy and vitality and vision to

09:24:16 the group.

09:24:17 So we have a great chairperson in Drew Park and we

09:24:20 appreciate your service, Maritza.

09:24:22 You have a copy of your monthly reports, our next item

09:24:25 on the agenda.

09:24:26 And as usually, lots of things going on.

09:24:29 We especially appreciated the board coming Ybor City

09:24:33 and being hosted there for a community meeting.

09:24:35 That I thought was great dialogue and very productive.

09:24:40 Downtown, we continue to work on the heritage place.

09:24:45 The opportunity for affordable housing project,

09:24:50 associated with the St. Paul church.

09:24:52 Very positive progress on that.

09:24:54 New Mexican restaurant opened up in downtown, urban

09:24:59 cantina.

09:24:59 Got to enjoy a great lunch there personally this week.

09:25:02 Norwegian cruise lines, very significant announcement

09:25:07 for the Channel District and our community.

09:25:09 A new ship will be cruising out of our port, and

09:25:15 bringing significant pedestrian customer activity.

09:25:19 New restaurant in Channel District, the Channelside

09:25:24 park continues to make good progress with another

09:25:28 community meeting scheduled in March.

09:25:30 And Bob continues on his quest to bring a very

09:25:35 significant piece of public art into the Channel

09:25:37 District.

09:25:38 The sugarman's sculpture.

09:25:41 In Ybor, we have been quite busy with the facade

09:25:43 program and there's an item regarding that on our

09:25:46 agenda today.

09:25:48 They were excited to bring to you.

09:25:50 Drew parks you have heard a great report from Maritza.

09:25:53 And in particular, I think this month, the sidewalk

09:25:56 installation program has been quite active.

09:25:59 We have our team working very hard on the Brownfield

09:26:02 assessment grant.

09:26:04 The $400,000 award we're actively looking for potential

09:26:08 development sites to use those assessment dollars for.

09:26:11 In East Tampa, we had a great groundbreaking this month

09:26:14 with the family health center clinic.

09:26:18 15,000 square foot clinic that will open on 22nd

09:26:21 Street.

09:26:22 And thank you to Kathy Castor and all the folks who

09:26:25 helped make that happen.

09:26:26 In the heights, very active on the camel's project.

09:26:30 The partnership with USF, annual report, you have that

09:26:35 for your approval and we're working very hard to bring

09:26:38 that to closure.

09:26:39 And then we have a training meeting set up for your

09:26:42 newly appointed community advisory committee members

09:26:45 coming up.

09:26:46 So, as usual, lots of things going on in the

09:26:50 redevelopment area.

09:26:51 And we'd be glad to answer any questions that you have,

09:26:53 either myself or the respective CRA managers.

09:26:59 >>GWEN MILLER: Police Saul-Sena?

09:27:01 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Thank you.

09:27:02 Mr. Huey, thank you.

09:27:03 A couple of questions.

09:27:08 It has been shared with us the significance of the

09:27:11 camel's project in Tampa Heights.

09:27:13 It is complete game changer for that area.

09:27:16 It is as significant for that area as the Encore, as

09:27:19 the federal money is to the encore project.

09:27:22 Is there anything we can do, sitting as the CRA or in

09:27:27 our role as Councilmembers to help that decision be

09:27:29 made that USF locates that facility in the Heights?

09:27:34 >>MARK HUEY: There will be things, as this -- if it

09:27:38 goes forward in the Heights, there will be a number of

09:27:40 things that you as a board will be asked to do to

09:27:44 support the camels project going into the Heights.

09:27:47 So, there are a number of aspects to the transaction as

09:27:52 it is being proposed, which will acquire CRA board

09:27:55 approval.

09:27:56 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: But I meant to facilitate the

09:27:59 selection of the Heights as the location.

09:28:03 >>MARK HUEY: There's nothing I can think of in

09:28:06 particular.

09:28:06 I know you are all supportive of that.

09:28:08 And we communicate that to all of the parties.

09:28:11 But there's nothing that I'm aware of that you could do

09:28:14 today.

09:28:15 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Whose decision will it be?

09:28:17 >>MARK HUEY: It will be the university's decision.

09:28:19 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Will it be the president's or the

09:28:21 board?

09:28:22 >>MARK HUEY: It will actually be a number of entities

09:28:24 at USF.

09:28:25 There is the health, what's called the direct service

09:28:31 organization, which is part of the school of public

09:28:33 health.

09:28:33 Part of that institution.

09:28:34 They have to approve it.

09:28:36 Then the USF board of governors, with the direction of

09:28:39 the president, will also be approving.

09:28:42 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: I think what I'd like to do, because

09:28:44 this is so significant can, and something that we can

09:28:47 do as a CRA.

09:28:48 Is ask that the chairman of the CRA writes a letter,

09:28:53 you know, that the CRA supports, encourages the

09:29:00 selection of the Heights as the location for this

09:29:02 project, because it will be so significant to our

09:29:06 community and we have -- we are supporting this, you

09:29:11 know, with our -- we have supported it with our CRA

09:29:14 investment.

09:29:15 >>MARK HUEY: Yes.

09:29:16 I'm sure that would be well received.

09:29:19 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: I'd be happy to help draft that

09:29:20 area.

09:29:21 >>MARK HUEY: The Heights team will appreciate that.

09:29:24 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: That's in the form of a motion.

09:29:25 >>GWEN MILLER: I have a motion and a second.

09:29:26 All in favor of the motion say aye.

09:29:28 Opposed nay?

09:29:30 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: One other quick, quick question.

09:29:31 I was contacted by some people who live in the Tampa

09:29:33 Heights area, well, it is sort of western Ybor --

09:29:39 western

09:29:40 Ybor City.

09:29:40 About FDOT purchasing houses for a potential future

09:29:44 expansion of the interstate, but they're not planning

09:29:49 on doing anything with this for 20 years or so.

09:29:51 And I wondered if we have a relationship with the real

09:29:53 estate people, because it has a negative effect on

09:29:57 neighborhoods and when there are houses that are

09:30:00 purchased and abandoned and there's just vacant lots.

09:30:03 What is our relationship?

09:30:04 And how can we as a CRA support productive use that's

09:30:09 supportive of the people who are in these neighborhoods

09:30:11 and not on the edge of kind of maybe in 20 years,

09:30:14 something's going to happen here?

09:30:15 >>MARK HUEY: I'm not totally familiar with the exact

09:30:17 situation you're describing.

09:30:19 But we do have a, I think very effective working

09:30:22 relationship with DOT about acquisition of properties

09:30:26 for the interstate expansion, relocation of historical

09:30:31 homes.

09:30:32 As you're aware, they help set up the historic

09:30:34 preservation trust fund.

09:30:36 So we have a very effective working relationship and

09:30:39 maybe this issue needs to be filtered through that.

09:30:41 And it may already be, and I'm just not aware of it.

09:30:44 But I could certainly look into it and I would be glad

09:30:46 to do that.

09:30:48 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Thank you.

09:30:49 I'd be happy to work with you, because I know we have

09:30:51 had great success with the homes and the --

09:30:54 >>MARK HUEY: Yes, we have.

09:30:56 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: But we don't want to hamstring these

09:30:58 neighborhoods that are trying so hard to redevelop by

09:31:00 having structures that are kind of in limbo for the

09:31:02 next 20 years.

09:31:03 >>MARK HUEY: Right.

09:31:04 And I know, will also be the high-speed rail and

09:31:08 acquisition related to that may also affect some of our

09:31:11 neighborhoods.

09:31:12 So we'll be attentive to that and working with DOT as

09:31:15 well.

09:31:15 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Thank you.

09:31:16 >>GWEN MILLER: Mr. Dingfelder?

09:31:18 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: Thank you, Madam Chair.

09:31:20 I have had four different issues.

09:31:23 You guys do such a good job of summarizing your

09:31:25 activities, that it brings up questions on our part.

09:31:29 I'll start with the easy would be.

09:31:32 In the downtown CRA, it says working with Birchwood

09:31:35 Properties to activate old federal courthouse.

09:31:38 The old federal courthouse is getting older over the

09:31:41 seven years I have been here.

09:31:43 Tell me what Birchwood Properties is and what's the

09:31:47 hope for the federal comfort hours?

09:31:49 >>MARK HUEY: Birchwood Properties, you heard Maritza

09:31:52 describe a little bit earlier the fact that the federal

09:31:55 government is looking for a new office location for our

09:31:58 district immigration offices.

09:32:01 And we actually have, I believe, three CRAs who are,

09:32:06 have opportunities to maybe win that, that prize.

09:32:10 And the federal courthouse and Birchwood Properties is

09:32:14 what is being described there.

09:32:16 We have worked with them to allow them to offer the

09:32:21 federal courthouse as a potential opportunity for those

09:32:25 district immigration offices.

09:32:28 And the status of that is that they have -- there is a

09:32:33 new leader, federally of the immigration office bureau.

09:32:39 And they have put the RFP on hold and they're going to

09:32:42 revise it and send it back out, with some revisions

09:32:45 that they would like all of the respondents to respond

09:32:48 to.

09:32:48 So, we feel pretty good as an agency about our chances.

09:32:55 I'm not privy to all the exact details, but I think I

09:32:58 have heard there are five sites under consideration in

09:33:01 our community.

09:33:02 And I think three are in CRAs.

09:33:04 So we like our odds and hope we'll be able to land it

09:33:08 in one of our redevelopment areas.

09:33:11 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: Lets --

09:33:13 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: Let's get a win, win, win.

09:33:16 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Skulls me, could I weigh?

09:33:17 I think we said before but I want to reiterate however

09:33:21 critical it is, whatever happens to the courthouse that

09:33:23 the public has access to the quality spaces on the

09:33:25 first floor and be able to enjoy the building.

09:33:28 And I desperately want something good to happen but I

09:33:31 don't -- I'm concerned that this particular use that

09:33:34 homeland security would preclude the public's enjoyment

09:33:38 of a very significant public building.

09:33:40 So, maybe it would be -- maybe it should go to Drew

09:33:43 Park, we should make Maritza happy and get a use for

09:33:49 more public oriented use for downtown, because it is

09:33:51 such a significant architectural gift to our downtown.

09:33:54 So that's just my concern.

09:33:56 Thank you.

09:33:59 >>MARY MULHERN: I wanted to bring up a couple questions

09:34:00 if you don't mind.

09:34:01 You brought them up.

09:34:02 Because my questions are a result of your question.

09:34:05 What is Birchwood props?

09:34:07 Is that our representative or is that federal

09:34:10 government?

09:34:12 >>MARK HUEY: No, that is a private developer.

09:34:13 Who actually has experience in doing these various

09:34:18 facilities.

09:34:19 And so it is a private development company.

09:34:23 >>MARY MULHERN: Okay.

09:34:23 And are we working with them, the city?

09:34:26 >>MARK HUEY: Yes.

09:34:27 >> The CRA?

09:34:29 >>MARK HUEY: Yes in fact, I have sent your offices a

09:34:31 coast letter agreement that we put in place with him,

09:34:33 that allows him to market the property for these

09:34:37 purposes.

09:34:39 >>MARY MULHERN: Okay.

09:34:40 We're not paying them, are we?

09:34:43 >>MARK HUEY: No.

09:34:43 >> Are they paying us?

09:34:46 >>MARK HUEY: To market the property?

09:34:47 No.

09:34:47 There's no financial -- we're really contemplating in

09:34:52 the future a more formal development agreement that

09:34:55 would address all of the financial issues that might be

09:34:58 of concern to you.

09:34:59 But the essence of it is, they would come in and -- I

09:35:02 think the latest estimates are in the 18 to $20 million

09:35:07 is what Birchwood Properties would invest to renovate

09:35:13 the courthouse.

09:35:14 So be a very substantial undertaking.

09:35:16 And one that, on the surface, we would welcome.

09:35:22 >>MARY MULHERN: My other question, John, sorry to

09:35:24 interrupt.

09:35:24 You brought these up.

09:35:25 What's the third CRA property that's a possibility?

09:35:30 >>MARK HUEY: Heights, I believe, is also a possibility.

09:35:33 >>MARY MULHERN: Okay, that's an interesting place for

09:35:35 us to be in.

09:35:37 >>MARK HUEY: Yes it is.

09:35:39 >>MARY MULHERN: CRA's competing against each other.

09:35:41 >>MARK HUEY: Makes my job interesting.

09:35:43 All these three managers are doing all they can to win

09:35:46 it.

09:35:46 But they're all doing a good job representing.

09:35:50 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: Create an incentive.

09:35:51 The next one is, has a little bit of critique, mark.

09:35:58 It mentions the Gasparilla festival of the arts this

09:36:01 past Saturday and Sunday, was beautiful day, beautiful

09:36:04 art festival.

09:36:05 And a nice day to showcase the new park and the new

09:36:08 museum.

09:36:09 I heard a lot of complaints, and I agreed with them

09:36:13 about the layout and the organization, and I know that

09:36:17 we don't necessarily run the festival, but, I'm sure

09:36:20 that we're involved in that.

09:36:23 And I hope that they sort of go back to the drawing

09:36:27 board.

09:36:27 I don't know how you guys felt about it, if you

09:36:30 intended, but what I was hearing was, and what I

09:36:33 observed was, I spent the first hour up there by the

09:36:36 street.

15:51:19 And I could never see the park, because it was so

15:51:22 congested out by the street.

15:51:24 They totally blocked the view of the park.

15:51:26 What I would suggest is leaving a big swath down the

15:51:31 middle of the park, wide open, all the way from the

15:51:34 street, because that's the whole intent of having the

15:51:36 park and the view and everything else.

15:51:38 So, that's my two cents.

15:51:41 How you all thought about that, you can chime in.

15:51:44 But --

15:55:03 >>MARK HUEY: This is our first time, obviously, our

15:55:06 first time.

15:55:07 We're going to learn a lot from it.

15:55:09 I know many lessons have been learned, and Santiago,

15:55:11 I'm sure --

15:55:14 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: I also heard there was a horrible

15:55:15 swell when those folks packed up on Sunday evening.

15:55:18 It took them hours and hours to get out of there,

15:55:20 whereas it used to be a -- I talked to a vendor, they

15:55:24 said it was just a disaster.

15:55:25 I'm sure you all will fix that.

15:55:29 The next, little more substantive, I mean -- well, two

15:55:35 more.

15:55:36 The Ferlita Macaroni Factory.

15:55:41 >>MARK HUEY: Actually have a report on that in the

15:55:43 agenda, coming up in just a moment.

15:55:45 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: The last one I had, on the

15:55:46 neighborhood stabilization program, which you

15:55:48 mentioned, in the East Tampa report, NSP 2.

15:55:52 But I think that -- I'm sure you guys are probably

15:55:54 involved with Cindy Miller on NSP 1.

15:55:58 The city took, I thought, a pretty hard hit in the

15:56:01 newspaper, on NSP 1, and the county as well, as it

15:56:06 related to our kind of inability to get that money

15:56:10 spent and get it out in the community in a rapid way.

15:56:13 I know it's not primarily yours, but it's listed on

15:56:17 your report, so do you want to chime in?

15:56:22 >> MARK HUEY: I think Cindy Miller...

15:56:24 [ Laughter ]

15:56:25 >>MARK HUEY: She communicated to you, maybe there were

15:56:28 things that were going on that weren't reported in that

15:56:30 news

15:56:31 article, but I think you're now aware of.

09:38:35 It is one of her top priorities.

09:38:37 And I know she will keep you abreast of progress in

09:38:39 your role as Councilmembers.

09:38:42 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: Are you optimistic this NSP 2

09:38:46 program money will be spent more rapidly?

09:38:50 >>MARK HUEY: The Encore?

09:38:52 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: I was talking about the 10 million

09:38:53 NSP two money for East Tampa.

09:38:56 >>MARK HUEY: Yes, again, that we're, there's a team --

09:39:00 Ed Johnson is quite involved in that.

09:39:02 You will be hearing more about what's going to be

09:39:04 coming forward as some opportunities for us in these

09:39:08 Tampa NSB two.

09:39:10 So yes, there's a good working relationship there.

09:39:13 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: I talked to the -- I don't know if

09:39:16 you're familiar with this.

09:39:17 I talked to the county folks about how they're spending

09:39:19 their NSP money.

09:39:21 And they said that they had similar problems, you know,

09:39:24 acquiring houses, competing with the private sector.

09:39:26 And that sort of thing.

09:39:28 And also to all the paperwork and the regulations that

09:39:33 the feds put on the program that was hindering them as

09:39:36 well.

09:39:37 And what they said that they think they're going to do

09:39:39 to overcome this and get that money out of the

09:39:41 community is go to the multifamily approach.

09:39:44 They said there's a shortage of multifamily of quality

09:39:48 improved multifamily in the community.

09:39:50 And that they are going to take big chunks of that NSP

09:39:54 money and rehab apartments and multifamily and get

09:39:57 those in better shape out in those communities that

09:40:00 need it.

09:40:01 >>MARK HUEY: Yeah, they are working on some of that in

09:40:04 East Tampa.

09:40:05 And I won't steal the thunder.

09:40:07 But they have 0 to pretty good things along those

09:40:09 lines, teaming up in East Tampa.

09:40:11 More to come.

09:40:13 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: We'll hear Ed's thunder pretty soon.

09:40:18 >>MARK HUEY: Yes.

09:40:19 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Let me just respond about the article

09:40:21 about the NSP.

09:40:22 First of all, it was not accurate.

09:40:24 Those numbers were not accurate.

09:40:26 I serve on the, chairman of the county's affordable

09:40:30 housing board.

09:40:32 And so those numbers are not accurate, as you very well

09:40:35 know by now.

09:40:36 I think Ted Miller did send out a memo or spoke to

09:40:40 Council on that issue.

09:40:41 Secondly.

09:40:43 The regulation, federal regulation has a process and

09:40:46 those regulations are extremely tight.

09:40:48 So you have to make sure that you follow those

09:40:50 guidelines or procedures.

09:40:52 You're right, John, the county has spent some

09:40:54 significant money on there, but they're also moving

09:40:57 towards the multifamily.

09:40:58 They are doing that.

09:40:59 That is true.

09:41:00 But much of their money has been committed, I think

09:41:04 about 13 million has been committed already in terms of

09:41:06 the neighborhood stabilization program.

09:41:09 So, I would say that the city and the county are doing

09:41:15 extremely well.

09:41:16 With their approach and with the NSP.

09:41:21 And I think that as we move forward, their

09:41:25 aggressiveness towards trying to get profits.

09:41:28 They are competing with investors.

09:41:30 Okay.

09:41:31 But they're also, I know at the county, we went before

09:41:35 the county commission, requested that the director be

09:41:38 allowed to be able to sign off up to $300,000 when it

09:41:44 was only 50,000.

09:41:45 So that has speeded the process up as well.

09:41:47 So with that now, they are complaining, investors

09:41:49 complaining somewhat.

09:41:50 But, I think the county and the city are working well.

09:41:54 They're moving forward with the NSP.

09:41:59 >>MARY MULHERN: Since you were on that committee, do

09:42:01 you feel confident that they're going to be able to

09:42:05 commit the money in the NSP one?

09:42:08 By the deadline?

09:42:12 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Yes.

09:42:13 By including the multifamily, they will, yes.

09:42:17 >>GWEN MILLER: Continue, Mr. Huey.

09:42:18 >>MARK HUEY: All right.

09:42:19 I just, John was talking about Gasparilla and he left

09:42:23 off one traffic jam.

09:42:24 And that was the traffic jam at the art museum Sunday.

09:42:27 They had 3400 guests go through the new art museum on

09:42:33 Sunday alone.

09:42:34 Staggering amount of traffic.

09:42:36 And I was with Todd Smith earlier this week and how

09:42:39 thrilled he was to see the community engaging with the

09:42:44 new art museum.

09:42:45 So, one of the other benefits of that wonderful event

09:42:48 this weekend.

09:42:48 Our next item is update on the Intown arts process.

09:42:56 Remember, Leek TraMullen came in and did very good work

09:43:04 for us in the Channel District, to help us understand

09:43:08 how arts can support our redevelopment efforts.

09:43:10 Out of that came an Intown arts group that is being

09:43:15 managed through the downtown partnership.

09:43:17 And it is more than just the Channel District.

09:43:20 It is downtown, the Channel District in Ybor City.

09:43:22 And occasionally we like to have Christine come down

09:43:25 and give you an update on that.

09:43:26 So, Chris, good to have you here today.

09:43:30 >> Good morning, CRA members.

09:43:34 Christine Burdick with the downtown partnership.

09:43:36 I'll try to make this brief, but I have to tell you, as

09:43:39 mark -- I want to remind new June of '08, the Channel

09:43:43 District arts plan was accepted.

09:43:46 And through working and discussing over the summer and

09:43:50 late fall of '08, you all decided to, at our

09:43:55 suggestion, expand this program since it really

09:43:59 recommended program that could fit all of our Intown

09:44:04 neighborhoods.

09:44:04 The more dense urban core that we have.

09:44:07 So we have been thinking of it as the Intown arts plan.

09:44:10 And have been working, meeting initially the first

09:44:14 year, once a month, and now every other month, with

09:44:17 representatives from Ybor, the downtown partnership is,

09:44:22 provides management services in the Channel District as

09:44:25 well as downtown.

09:44:26 So we have few people who have businesses in the

09:44:28 Channel District, Bob McDonaugh usually comes to

09:44:31 those meetings.

09:44:32 So we are trying to maintain and implement a number of

09:44:38 works issues and priorities that were mentioned in this

09:44:41 plan.

09:44:41 And make sure that those neighborhoods keep their

09:44:44 distinctive cultural and entertainment programs, but

09:44:48 that it can be pack acknowledged -- packaged and

09:44:51 marketed and acknowledged as one whole really rich

09:44:55 experience, urban experience for Tampa.

09:44:57 So, and our whole region fully.

09:44:59 I'm going to briefly go through some of the things that

09:45:01 have happened over the last quarter since we reported

09:45:03 to you.

09:45:04 You were aware of many of them.

09:45:06 We are city wide, winding down from a very busy

09:45:12 successful festival season.

09:45:14 I will speak a little bit about the Gasparilla festival

09:45:17 of fine arts.

09:45:17 We realized last summer, and it was actually working

09:45:20 with the Tampa company and representative of the hotel

09:45:24 motel association, and the Tampa Bay business committee

09:45:27 for the arts, by tend he of this year, actually when

09:45:32 the children's museum will open, there will be 25

09:45:34 significant art and cultural institutional events or

09:45:42 institutions in downtown.

09:45:43 Counting up for the intown area, there will be more

09:45:46 than 50 significant events or cultural institutions.

09:45:49 And this is something that we are working cooperatively

09:45:52 I with Tampa Bay and company to package and market.

09:45:55 As really a big attraction for, for people outside of

09:45:59 our area, but also for our region.

09:46:01 And that, you will see that roll out kind of over the

09:46:05 next three or four months.

09:46:07 I'm going to start with the Channel District, because

09:46:10 that's where this idea started.

09:46:13 They have been very busy.

09:46:18 They started the fall with a number of local school and

09:46:23 football festivals and celebrations at the Channelside,

09:46:28 which always spills out into the neighborhood,

09:46:31 sometimes very successfully, and sometimes with a

09:46:34 challenge.

09:46:34 But, the neighborhood is working very vociferously in

09:46:40 making sure their rights are maintained.

09:46:42 And the purveyors at the, some of the individual

09:46:45 restaurants at Channelside are really trying to work

09:46:51 with the residents.

09:46:52 And it is a great place to have a party, for people

09:46:57 outside as well as in.

09:46:59 They held one boat parade.

09:47:01 There was supposed to be two, but the weather didn't

09:47:03 cooperate in December.

09:47:04 And New Year's Eve had fireworks.

09:47:06 Really invited the community.

09:47:07 Stage works groundbreaking was in February.

09:47:11 Such a long and wonderful time coming.

09:47:13 And they're, they're steaming ahead.

09:47:16 That has adjacent -- I don't know if one was the cause

09:47:20 of the other, but there are a lot of new retail is

09:47:22 developing in the Channel District, as Mark mentioned,

09:47:25 fantastic new restaurants.

09:47:27 There's a wine store and a dry cleaners that opened up

09:47:30 at grand central.

09:47:32 Very near stage works.

09:47:33 And they have already worked out a cooperative

09:47:35 marketing program, so if you have your clothes cleaned

09:47:38 at the dry cleaners, a portion of the proceeds from

09:47:41 that go as a donation to stage works.

09:47:44 So there's a real nice little cooperative thing going

09:47:47 on there.

09:47:48 We'd like to spread that a little bit more out in the

09:47:50 district.

09:47:51 Plans for the new park have involved three very, very

09:47:54 busy and cooperative community meetings.

09:47:58 And they look forward to that being built out this

09:48:01 year.

09:48:02 Channel District art tick Dominique Martinez just

09:48:07 recently completed an installation in the Tampa

09:48:09 International Airport.

09:48:11 So there are still working art siss in the Channel

09:48:13 District, as is its heritage.

09:48:15 The Florida aquarium is in the middle of a large

09:48:17 capital campaign, they started a capital campaign and

09:48:21 they have plans to add classroom and event space.

09:48:24 Kind of enhancing that educational as well as event

09:48:28 flavor there.

09:48:28 Next week, on St. Patrick's day, the channel will be

09:48:34 dyed green in honor.

09:48:37 No harm will be done to the fishes.

09:48:39 The aquarium was consulted.

09:48:41 And I'm sure some place in Channelside, there will be

09:48:43 green beer.

09:48:46 Dragon boats will be celebrated in may, May 1st.

09:48:51 We have to look forward to tall ships in July.

09:48:55 So there's a lot going on, a lot of different diverse

09:48:58 cultural and entertainment type events there.

09:49:00 The CRA committee last month mentioned that they are

09:49:03 very interested, and they want to continue discussing

09:49:06 the opportunity in establishing and annual distinctive

09:49:11 signature event in the Channel District.

09:49:13 That's neighborhood reflective and is really kind of

09:49:15 their signature event.

09:49:16 And so there's a lot of interest on the part of that

09:49:19 committee in the neighborhood to do that.

09:49:20 In Ybor, we continue to promote once a month, usually

09:49:25 it is the first weekend of the month, they have

09:49:28 obviously they're continuing first Saturday of the

09:49:31 month art walks.

09:49:33 And the market on every Saturday.

09:49:35 And we can usually work that into a few things that are

09:49:38 happening district wide and tie it together with

09:49:40 transportation.

09:49:41 They have had a very good festival season, with their

09:49:45 traditional festival.

09:49:47 At Christmas time, they have a very good and active

09:49:50 neighborhood organization.

09:49:51 Business organization called Gaybor.

09:49:55 It's very active, very collaborative.

09:49:59 Inclusive.

09:50:00 And they are planning and publicizing a lot of really

09:50:03 fun things in Ybor.

09:50:05 One of those events was the pianos of Ybor.

09:50:09 They had artists decorate pianos and placed them around

09:50:13 the district and you were invited to come and play.

09:50:15 It's been done in other cities.

09:50:17 It was called play me in a few places.

09:50:20 These pianos, they would move around and then they were

09:50:24 auctioned off.

09:50:25 It was a really interested and a fun way to go and see

09:50:30 Ybor.

09:50:30 Because it moved around.

09:50:32 We have been working with YCDC and the chambers retail

09:50:38 committees to can do a co-op of on line calendar of

09:50:42 events.

09:50:43 And we have made our web site available for them to

09:50:46 list their events on.

09:50:47 And they can also, we have a banner that goes across

09:50:50 the web site of upcoming events.

09:50:52 There's five a month.

09:50:53 And some Ybor events have been put on, put up there

09:50:57 too.

09:50:57 So, it is a very nice -- very nice relationship there.

09:51:01 And they are part of the 50 and 2010 that will be

09:51:06 working on.

09:51:07 Downtown boy, there's not enough time to talk about

09:51:12 downtown, but you already have.

09:51:14 With the new park.

09:51:15 The museum, just such, such jewel.

09:51:22 And I also had a chance to talk to Todd.

09:51:25 They are doing, they couldn't have planned for how this

09:51:28 rollout has been for them.

09:51:30 And memberships have greatly increased.

09:51:33 Attendance has greatly increased.

09:51:36 And it's really that and the park have given Tampa a

09:51:39 place to gather, just as was predicted.

09:51:41 We are working as an organization with some special

09:51:44 service district funds to help animate that park on a

09:51:48 daily basis with ongoing games and small little type

09:51:51 activities.

09:51:53 Working very closely with the parks and rec department

09:51:56 to help all the efforts that they are doing too in

09:51:59 order to program and make the park work smoothly and

09:52:03 consistently.

09:52:03 The market -- this has been a bad year for rain.

09:52:09 Bob McDonaugh has said earlier, we should tell the

09:52:13 water management district that we'll keep our market

09:52:16 going because they can predict weekly rain.

09:52:20 We have been rained out more Fridays than we have been

09:52:22 able to run that market.

09:52:23 Since middle October.

09:52:25 And it is going to be rained out again tomorrow.

09:52:28 But the good news, we're consistently getting rain.

09:52:30 [ Laughter ]

09:52:31 >> We might have to move the rain day and then they can

09:52:34 plan on rain those days -- the market day and then they

09:52:37 can plan on rain those days.

09:52:39 Art loud is coming back this year.

09:52:42 Commercial real estate women working with the CRA and

09:52:44 we are partners with them in installing probably up to

09:52:47 eight a to ten new installations of sculpture around

09:52:52 downtown.

09:52:53 The artist selection is going on right now.

09:52:57 Gasparilla fun festival opens this weekend.

09:53:01 Gasparilla festival fine arts was a new experience for

09:53:05 everyone.

09:53:06 We have already reached out and are coordinating with

09:53:10 parks and rec, kind of a wrap-up meeting to go over --

09:53:14 there were challenges to everybody, to the festival, to

09:53:17 the vendors, to our local merchants, to the performing

09:53:21 arts center, which had a real access and parking issue

09:53:26 on their matinees on Sunday.

09:53:29 Which is a good think.

09:53:30 We want to be a city that has so much going on.

09:53:33 So we're going to all get together with police and

09:53:36 parks and rec and some merchant representatives and

09:53:39 we're going to work out and festival representatives,

09:53:42 and work out what's really best for them.

09:53:46 Today, I don't think many people remember, those little

09:53:49 challenges and remember what a glorious weekend it was.

09:53:51 And we want to make sure that everybody keeps those

09:53:54 kinds of memories.

09:53:55 We are forming a residential Council so we can make a

09:53:59 neighborhood of the condos and the various

09:54:02 residentials.

09:54:03 We have actually met three times and we're now

09:54:05 formalizing as it as bimonthly group.

09:54:08 And a university of Tampa is getting much more involved

09:54:13 an publicizing their cultural events.

09:54:15 So we can add that to our Intown schedule of events.

09:54:18 And that would seem to be the Intown area as we know

09:54:21 it.

09:54:21 But I just want to briefly mention the Heights is

09:54:24 being, the developers of the Heights are new event

09:54:27 people.

09:54:28 And they are very intelligently using the big trolley

09:54:31 barn for big events.

09:54:34 They have hosted numerous community events.

09:54:36 They make sure that there's a boat ride, a water taxi

09:54:40 tour opportunity from their terminus there.

09:54:44 A fostered and were the initial stepping off place for

09:54:49 gourmet trek, progressive dining experience via water

09:54:54 taxi.

09:54:54 And that will be planned again this spring.

09:54:56 Then a miniature golf tournament inside the trolley

09:55:01 barn.

09:55:02 So they're doing a lot of things that contributed to

09:55:05 the community and actually pulling in, I mean they're

09:55:07 kind of making themselves part of the Intown area.

09:55:10 That's a very good thing.

09:55:11 And even further afield, Seminole heights has spawned.

09:55:14 We'd like to think it is a spawn of our market, because

09:55:17 it is managed by some people who work with us, but they

09:55:20 have now started their second Sunday market.

09:55:24 So, there's a lot, there's a lot of things that I think

09:55:29 lend to the cultural plans in a way that we -- we're

09:55:34 doing it in a little distinctive way.

09:55:37 A Tampa way, but most of these things I think are going

09:55:40 to be accomplishable.

09:55:41 And I wanted to assure you that they're ongoing.

09:55:45 We, for the Gasparilla fine arts festival printed a new

09:55:49 directly.

09:55:50 We'll do it bimonthly.

09:55:51 Of the opportunity for dining in downtown.

09:55:53 There are now 75 places -- 75 places in the downtown

09:55:56 and Channel District to have dinner at night.

09:55:59 And I left one of these in your mailboxes.

09:56:01 And we have more available if you want to distribute

09:56:03 them.

09:56:03 So, thank you very much.

09:56:05 You have any questions?

09:56:06 >>GWEN MILLER: Miss Saul-Sena?

09:56:07 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Thank you.

09:56:08 Great, great Report.

09:56:10 Ultimately I think expanding at least recommendations

09:56:13 to include all those areas, is wise.

09:56:16 It really is.

09:56:18 I have a question about, I know that coordinating

09:56:21 things was a challenge.

09:56:22 What's the entity that makes things happen in the

09:56:26 Channel District?

09:56:28 Is it you all as the downtown partnership?

09:56:30 Who, for example, programs Cotanchobee park?

09:56:35 >> Parks and recreation.

09:56:37 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: So if somebody wants to have an

09:56:39 event there, then parks and rec is the?

09:56:43 >> They are the force, they are the permitting source.

09:56:46 They make sure that the event is planned.

09:56:48 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: That's kind of the facilitation end

09:56:51 of it.

09:56:51 But in terms of initiating something.

09:56:54 For example, the idea of initiating a festival or

09:56:56 something that you discussed in the Channel District,

09:56:59 who would that come from?

09:57:00 Would that come from you all?

09:57:02 >> It could come from anywhere.

09:57:03 I attend all the CRA meetings.

09:57:07 They have a very -- their CRA board in the Channel

09:57:09 District really is acting -- de facto as a neighborhood

09:57:14 organization.

09:57:14 And so they have a great bit of initiative.

09:57:18 And thought and they are able to get a good community

09:57:22 input meeting going.

09:57:23 We are always available for, you know, ideas and

09:57:26 consultation.

09:57:27 And have been also thinking about what could be done

09:57:30 there distinctively.

09:57:31 But it is very clear from the Channel District.

09:57:35 It needs to be somewhat organic.

09:57:37 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: And when the new park is done,

09:57:39 perhaps that can be a place --

09:57:40 >> Probably will be.

09:57:43 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: And so you really think the CRA

09:57:45 advisory board will be the initiator?

09:57:47 >> They're the ones who are choosing to discuss it now.

09:57:50 Will be helpful in that I hope.

09:57:53 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Would you at advise us as the CRA

09:57:54 board to give them some resources to make things

09:57:57 happen?

09:57:58 Or do you think if they wanted, they'll ask it.

09:58:01 >> Of course you should.

09:58:03 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: As we move ahead to the next year's

09:58:05 budget, I'm just throwing this out, because I see Bob

09:58:10 McDonaugh sitting there.

09:58:12 I have also done things with, you know -- I have made

09:58:16 things out of nothing, but it is easier to have a

09:58:18 little seed money.

09:58:19 So I'm saying the park should be finished, I assume, by

09:58:22 the fall.

09:58:23 Certainly by 2010, 11.

09:58:26 Perhaps we should build in a little money for the

09:58:28 Channel District to do their festival, you know.

09:58:31 >> They have a marketing fund.

09:58:32 But that's really something that Bob and the CRA, I'm

09:58:36 happy to be part of that, where we can help.

09:58:38 Because we also have marketing funds that can help

09:58:41 boost those as well.

09:58:43 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: And this month is Ecolution.

09:58:46 >> And Criterium I forgot to mention.

09:58:48 A week from Saturday, the mad bicycle race with 700

09:58:52 people who like to race in tight circles.

09:58:55 Very fast.

09:58:56 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: What time?

09:58:56 >> Coming from all over the nation this year.

09:58:58 It starts at 9:00 in the morning.

09:59:00 There are eight races.

09:59:02 Ending at twilight with the finalist from those races

09:59:05 and the semi pros.

09:59:08 It is all throughout the downtown.

09:59:10 And Ecolution will be inside the race course, with

09:59:13 vendors and information boots and a children's fair and

09:59:18 organic and locally grown food and organic beverages.

09:59:23 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Thank you.

09:59:24 That's great.

09:59:26 >>GWEN MILLER: Thank you.

09:59:28 >> Water welcome.

09:59:29 >>GWEN MILLER: Mr. Huey?

09:59:30 >>MARK HUEY: No shortage of ideas and activities there.

09:59:34 We appreciate it Christine and Bob, all the great work

09:59:38 you are doing there.

09:59:40 The next item on the agenda is discussion about the

09:59:44 macaroni factory.

09:59:45 For benefit of the viewing audience, this is a property

09:59:50 in Ybor City.

09:59:53 It is of historical significance.

09:59:56 And there's a great deal of interest in the community

09:59:59 in working collaboratively to try to preserve and

10:00:05 seeing that building go to a productive use.

10:00:08 What I wanted to do today is give you an update on

10:00:11 those activities.

10:00:11 I'd like to start with, if Sal could give a brief

10:00:15 message.

10:00:18 >> I'd like to caution you on the discussion you have

10:00:20 on this, because as you know, you last week postponed a

10:00:23 hearing, appeals hearing on the structural integrity

10:00:26 and whether a can demolition permit.

10:00:30 If you can stay away from structural questions and just

10:00:32 deal with plans on how they plan on going ahead, with

10:00:36 improving this property, that would be better than

10:00:39 getting into structural matters because it may come

10:00:41 before you as an appeal.

10:00:43 That's all I have to say.

10:00:44 >>GWEN MILLER: Okay.

10:00:44 All right.

10:00:46 >>MARK HUEY: With that, I want to report to you on two

10:00:51 elements of progress that I think are significant.

10:00:53 First of all, the YCDC board, your advisory committee

10:00:59 in

10:00:59 Ybor City did vote to make up to $100,000 available

10:01:03 toward the stabilization and preservation process of

10:01:07 that building.

10:01:08 So, they have as again, I mentioned community

10:01:13 interests.

10:01:14 There you have it from the YCDC board.

10:01:17 So that's significant.

10:01:19 Secondly, the Italian Club and Joe Capitano is here

10:01:25 today representing the Italian Club.

10:01:28 Have been putting a great deal of effort into due

10:01:30 diligence process, to understand clearly the

10:01:32 circumstances of the building.

10:01:34 And what opportunities it might have as far as both

10:01:38 preservation and a use and a tenant.

10:01:42 And they have put a huge amount of work into that.

10:01:45 We have been collaborating with just a moment some of

10:01:49 our staff have been on-site to tour around the building

10:01:52 with his team.

10:01:52 And we are again working at a very collaborative

10:01:58 fashion to really understand the challenge more

10:02:00 clearly, and the financial viability of the solution.

10:02:03 So, and we appreciate your efforts greatly in that

10:02:06 regard, Joe.

10:02:07 Our hope and our goal would be to bring you some

10:02:11 solution in partnership with the Italian Club in the

10:02:16 next approximately 30 days.

10:02:18 Maybe at the next board meeting.

10:02:19 Maybe at the board meeting following that.

10:02:21 Just as quickly as the due diligence process can

10:02:24 unfold.

10:02:25 So, I wanted to let you know about that progress.

10:02:28 And I consider it significant.

10:02:31 And we're especially thankful that the Italian Club and

10:02:37 Joe Capitano are playing a very significant leadership

10:02:41 role in trying to make this happen.

10:02:43 >>GWEN MILLER: Did Mr. Capitano want to say anything?

10:02:47 >> We're just working --

10:02:50 >>GWEN MILLER: Come to the mike.

10:03:03 >> By the way, I took Charlie to Cuba one time.

10:03:05 So I'm not going to talk about that.

10:03:07 [ Laughter ]

10:03:07 >> Anyway, the Italian Club has spent quite a bit of

10:03:11 time and effort.

10:03:12 We have got structural plans and everything.

10:03:14 Right now we're working on the tenant and how the

10:03:16 building will be used.

10:03:17 Hopefully by the time we get to the next meeting, we'll

10:03:20 know all these things and have all the costs firmed in.

10:03:23 And what it is going to cost to get it done.

10:03:26 >>GWEN MILLER: Mrs. Saul-Sena?

10:03:27 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Thank you.

10:03:28 I just want to thank you for coming down here this

10:03:30 morning and recognize the fact that you have been a

10:03:31 leader in preserving so many buildings in Ybor City,

10:03:34 from the Italian Club to making HCC do a more

10:03:39 appropriate student services building.

10:03:43 You have been involved in saving a lot of buildings.

10:03:46 And thank you for your effort.

10:03:48 Because it is really -- you know, we have got to hold

10:03:51 on to every single peels of fabric we have in our

10:03:53 national historic landmark district.

10:03:55 >> Thank you.

10:03:56 >>GWEN MILLER: Other questions?

10:03:58 Thank you.

10:03:58 And we hope you will be back at the next CRA.

10:04:01 >> Thank you very much.

10:04:06 >>GWEN MILLER: Now we go to public comments.

10:04:08 Anyone in the public like to speak, may come up and

10:04:11 speak now.

10:04:21 >> Madam Chairman, other members of the community

10:04:33 redevelopment agency, my name is Al Davis.

10:04:38 And I reside at 3717 east Rosalind avenue.

10:04:46 There are two things, Madam Chairman and members that

10:04:52 I'd like to inquire before I proceed.

10:04:54 That is a communication to you concerning item number

10:04:56 6.

10:04:57 Did each of you get that communication?

10:05:02 About how did that item number six, reschedule, at

10:05:08 least to your next meeting.

10:05:14 >> We have a letter.

10:05:18 >>GWEN MILLER: We'll talk when we get to number six,

10:05:20 we'll talk about it.

10:05:21 >> Beg your pardon?

10:05:23 >>GWEN MILLER: When we get to item number six, we'll

10:05:25 discuss it.

10:05:25 >> Okay.

10:05:27 But I would urge that you do give it serious

10:05:29 consideration.

10:05:30 An top of that communication, was also sent to the

10:05:34 attorney and also to the administrator.

10:05:36 Madam Chairman, it's been said that the closest

10:05:46 distance between two ports is a straight line.

10:05:49 It has also been said, it is better to have and not

10:05:57 need and need and not have.

10:06:01 I think it would be well, and I'm excited by the news

10:06:09 that comes from the administrator concerning the

10:06:15 redevelopment of the community.

10:06:20 That is the city of Tampa and the various areas.

10:06:24 I would offer this as a recommendation for

10:06:28 consideration by the department.

10:06:30 Number one, maybe periodically, during the fiscal year,

10:06:38 all of the CRAs, CAC, you know, get together and do

10:06:46 what they call little networking.

10:06:48 How's it going here?

10:06:49 You know, who are you?

10:06:51 What's this?

10:06:51 The other component to that is to share the, if the

10:06:58 various CRA, CAC is publishing a newsletter, make that

10:07:06 newsletter available among your constituents.

10:07:08 Or the associates.

10:07:12 You see, I do not wish that the CRA, CAC operate in

10:07:21 isolation.

10:07:22 Because I look at the totality of the redevelopment of

10:07:30 the entire City of Tampa, though it is only limited to

10:07:33 about -- what is it now?

10:07:36 Five -- no, eight CRAs.

10:07:40 And the people in that area, the volunteers certainly

10:07:47 ought to be able to communicate and exchange ideas in

10:07:55 their role as members of the CAC.

10:07:59 So I'm looking forward to that opportunity to get a

10:08:03 newsletter from the other -- if they publish one.

10:08:06 If the word is out.

10:08:08 Other than the opportunity to come to the board meeting

10:08:17 and hear the reports.

10:08:18 Thank you Madam Chairman.

10:08:21 >>GWEN MILLER: Thank you.

10:08:21 Anyone else like to speak?

10:08:23 Go to Mr. Sal Territo.

10:08:28 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: There are some -- those are some

10:08:29 good ideas.

10:08:31 >> You have asked all of the CAC, the advisory

10:08:36 committees to look at the two proposals that came from

10:08:38 this board several months ago on whether they wanted to

10:08:40 first require a residency requirement and second,

10:08:44 whether they wanted to have alternative members.

10:08:47 On the residency requirement, they came back

10:08:50 unanimously saying they prefer not doing that.

10:08:52 On the requirement to have alternative members, all in

10:08:57 the Drew Park group said they did not want to do that.

10:09:00 And that's kind of where we stand.

10:09:02 Did you ask them to chime in on that.

10:09:04 >>GWEN MILLER: There's no action to take on that, then.

10:09:09 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Some discussion, I think.

10:09:10 What is the current -- does the current membership

10:09:15 reflect people who are not residents of the city and

10:09:18 the county?

10:09:19 >> There are several boards that do have, advisory

10:09:24 committees do not have members living within the area.

10:09:26 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Well, I believe what we said, I

10:09:29 don't know that this is -- perhaps it wasn't

10:09:31 communicated clearly.

10:09:32 Is that they didn't necessarily have to live within the

10:09:35 area, but they had to live at the very least,

10:09:37 Hillsborough County.

10:09:38 >> And there are several that don't even live in this

10:09:41 part of the state.

10:09:42 There are investors who have properties in those areas

10:09:44 that are on the board because they have a business

10:09:46 investment in there, but they do not live within

10:09:48 Hillsborough County.

10:09:49 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Do they attend the meetings on a

10:09:50 regular basis?

10:09:51 >> I do not know that.

10:09:52 But I'm simply saying that was one of the concerns

10:09:55 raised by several advisory committees.

10:09:57 They didn't want any members who had bills interest in

10:09:59 those areas to be excluded simply because they did not

10:10:01 live in the area.

10:10:03 By the area, I mean Hillsborough County.

10:10:05 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: I really appreciate you brig this

10:10:07 back to them.

10:10:07 But I think this merits some consideration from our

10:10:10 board.

10:10:10 Because it just seems some me, we want people who are

10:10:13 literally as invested as possible.

10:10:16 And perhaps a business investment reflects that.

10:10:19 But seems to me that residency reflects that to an even

10:10:22 greater degree.

10:10:22 So I'd like to hear from my colleagues.

10:10:25 >>GWEN MILLER: Commissioner Scott?

10:10:26 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Well, I don't have any real heartburn

10:10:28 about giving this fact, because we structured those

10:10:31 advisory boards, so many from each category, is that

10:10:36 right, Mr. Huey?

10:10:38 Two from that area, that sort of thing.

10:10:40 I don't have any real heartburn about someone who may

10:10:44 be an investor who sits on a board.

10:10:48 >> And also clarify, there are some who remember, might

10:10:52 lead in institution in one of our CRAs.

10:10:56 For example, I can think of one in Ybor City, the

10:10:58 president of the Ybor HCC campus, who is a very active

10:11:03 member of the YCDC board, does not live in Hillsborough

10:11:06 County.

10:11:06 So in addition to investors, business owners, there's

10:11:11 also some of those types of situations.

10:11:14 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Where I'm assuming for HCC, they

10:11:19 represent the institution.

10:11:20 >> Exactly.

10:11:21 >>THOMAS SCOTT: So that's why I don't have any really

10:11:24 heartburn by those categories.

10:11:26 And each of them have, each of these advisory board

10:11:29 have categories of appointees, is that right?

10:11:32 >>MARK HUEY: Yes.

10:11:33 Sore more involved than others.

10:11:34 I think Ybor and, one of the other complicated ones.

10:11:42 East Tampa some categories yes, there are in each area

10:11:46 certain categories of service representation.

10:11:49 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Let me just follow with this.

10:11:51 Out of tall CRAs we have, eight, nine CRAs, how

10:11:56 many persons total what you say are out of Hillsborough

10:11:59 County?

10:12:01 >>MARK HUEY: Not many presently.

10:12:02 I think three or four -- two?

10:12:07 Four.

10:12:10 >> I don't have any real heartburn on that particular

10:12:12 issue, from my standpoint.

10:12:15 >>GWEN MILLER: Miss Mulhern?

10:12:16 >>MARY MULHERN: I don't have a problem with it because

10:12:18 we approve all of them, right?

10:12:20 At this point, every appointment comes before us.

10:12:23 So we have the opportunity to find out where people

10:12:25 live and you know, kind of make a judgment about that.

10:12:29 Plus, the advisory committees themselves vote on this.

10:12:33 On their members.

10:12:35 So, I don't have a real problem with it.

10:12:37 My question -- I had a question for Sal about whether

10:12:41 Drew Park could have a different setup since they would

10:12:43 like to have alternates.

10:12:46 But, I think we should keep the same policy for all of

10:12:50 them, in the time.

10:12:52 >>GWEN MILLER: Miss Saul-Sena?

10:12:56 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Thank you.

10:12:56 I hadn't thought about the institutional connections.

10:12:59 I have a question about the alternates.

10:13:01 And that is, do we have any in-place policy saying -- I

10:13:05 just want all the CRAs to be able to meet their

10:13:08 quorums.

10:13:08 Do we have any rules in place if people have a certain

10:13:11 number of un-- absences that are unexcused or whatever,

10:13:17 that we're able to replace them in a timely way so that

10:13:21 the boards are able to meet their quorum?

10:13:23 >> Yes, we have a policy in place dealing with that

10:13:25 issue.

10:13:26 Generally two, if you miss more than two, that would be

10:13:28 a good reason.

10:13:30 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Have we had -- I'm looking out to

10:13:32 the different managers.

10:13:33 Are we in good shape in terms of meeting quorums?

10:13:36 Great.

10:13:36 Well, that's great.

10:13:37 So good.

10:13:38 Thanks.

10:13:39 Thanks for reporting back.

10:13:40 >>GWEN MILLER: Okay, thank you.

10:13:42 We can move from that item.

10:13:43 Mr. Huey, now ready for item.

10:13:49 >> I guess we don't need to take any action out of the

10:13:52 Hillsborough County -- we can --

10:13:54 >> Moved, received and file.

10:13:56 >> Second.

10:14:00 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Received and file those letters.

10:14:02 All in favor of the motion say aye.

10:14:04 All right.

10:14:06 >>MARK HUEY: The next item, item 7 on your agenda is

10:14:09 the first opportunity for this board to approve a

10:14:14 project under the facade grant program that you put in

10:14:17 place.

10:14:18 Last year.

10:14:19 And you have gotten a briefing package on that.

10:14:22 It involves the Gaspar grotto property in Ybor City.

10:14:28 For us it is exciting because not only is it a facade

10:14:31 improvement, but even more so, a bar is transitioning

10:14:35 into a restaurant establishment as well.

10:14:37 Which is consistent with our Ybor vision plan.

10:14:40 So in this first facade grant approval that we have for

10:14:44 you, we consider it a double win.

10:14:46 Mike Chen is here, who has been facilitating the

10:14:50 program at the staff level.

10:14:52 The recipients of the grants Eric Schiller is here as

10:14:58 well.

10:14:58 He would be glad to answer questions.

10:15:00 Overall, it is what $300,000 project and investment.

10:15:03 And your grant would be $50,000 towards that $300,000

10:15:07 project.

10:15:09 >>GWEN MILLER: Have a motion and second to move the

10:15:11 resolution.

10:15:11 All in favor say aye.

10:15:12 Opposed in nay.

10:15:14 >>MARK HUEY: Thank you.

10:15:15 Congrats to all involved.

10:15:16 Item 8 is a budget matter.

10:15:21 He relates to the service agreements that we put in

10:15:25 place annually, as part of the budgeting process.

10:15:29 And there are some adjustments that need to be made.

10:15:32 There were some elements of the benefits that weren't

10:15:34 known exactly at the time the service agreement was put

10:15:38 together.

10:15:38 And so this amendment would true up benefit costs to

10:15:43 actuals.

10:15:53 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Caetano is the vice.

10:16:03 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Y questions.

10:16:05 >> No move the resolution.

10:16:06 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Been moved and second, all in favor

10:16:08 signify by saying i.

10:16:10 Opposes?

10:16:11 Okay.

10:16:13 >>MARK HUEY: The next item, item nine is approval of a

10:16:19 member for the Central Park advisory committee.

10:16:22 We still have is some openings there that we are trying

10:16:26 to fill.

10:16:27 But Rochelle gross has volunteered to join that

10:16:32 advisory committee and with the award of Encore, that

10:16:36 committee is going to start getting quite active.

10:16:38 So, Rochelle is here, I believe.

10:16:41 Yes, Rochelle is here.

10:16:43 And has been serving in the past with the Heights.

10:16:46 And has done a great job there.

10:16:48 >> Move approval.

10:16:52 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Lets let her say hello.

10:16:56 >> Hi, Rochelle gross.

10:16:58 I have served for a number of years, the Tampa Heights

10:17:00 Riverfront CDC.

10:17:03 I have been an office in Ybor, properties in Tampa

10:17:05 Heights.

10:17:06 I love the whole area and I'm very interested in now

10:17:08 serving on the Central Park CAC.

10:17:12 >>GWEN MILLER: Okay, thank you.

10:17:13 We have a motion and second.

10:17:14 All in favor of the motion say aye.

10:17:16 Opposed in nay.

10:17:18 >> Madam Chair, who was the second on that?

10:17:23 >>GWEN MILLER: CRA annual report?

10:17:25 >>MARK HUEY: Last item, you each received

10:17:27 electronically and print mock-up of the CRA annual

10:17:33 report.

10:17:33 This is a report, the financial elements of it are

10:17:37 required under Florida statute 163.

10:17:40 That you as a community redevelopment agency approve

10:17:45 prior to March 31st.

10:17:47 And we also used to report as a time to remind us and

10:17:50 be able to share with the community about the many

10:17:53 accomplishments over the past year.

10:17:54 And so we would put that before you for approval.

10:17:58 I'll note one change we made in the report this year.

10:18:01 That we thought had great, great symbolism because one

10:18:07 of the things that we appreciate about our

10:18:09 redevelopment areas is that even in these difficult

10:18:13 economic times, there are developers, there are

10:18:15 business owners, there are property owners who are

10:18:19 investing still and improving our redevelopment areas.

10:18:22 And so you will see this year, if you look at each of

10:18:25 the different areas, you will see that we have

10:18:28 highlighted an example of one of those investors.

10:18:31 Like in downtown, we highlighted Mr. Markopolos, who is

10:18:34 working on the Floridan hotel.

10:18:37 And in Drew Park, we featured one of the businesses

10:18:40 there that is growing.

10:18:41 So, we particularly thought it would be great this year

10:18:44 to lift up all of those private business owners,

10:18:47 property owners who even in tough economies, are

10:18:50 believing in our redevelopment efforts and investing

10:18:53 accordingly.

10:18:53 So with that, we ask for your approval of the annual

10:18:58 report.

10:19:01 >>THOMAS SCOTT: First of all, let me just say the

10:19:02 annual report, the draft copy looks very nice.

10:19:06 Very colorful.

10:19:07 Commend you on that.

10:19:08 And I want to say that CRA has, from my standpoint,

10:19:16 serving here the last several years, has contributed

10:19:20 quite a bit.

10:19:22 In particular now that you have your own meeting day,

10:19:25 you have more time to raise questions and you know,

10:19:28 discuss among staff.

10:19:29 I think that's very good.

10:19:30 And this report is very good.

10:19:33 I only have one thing I note that I thought I raised

10:19:37 last time.

10:19:38 And that was this.

10:19:39 That, the chairman on the CRA should have a letter.

10:19:42 I think I raised that last time.

10:19:44 Again, I raised that because again, on the Florida

10:19:48 statute, it is a CRA that has all of the authority.

10:19:52 I recognize there's interlocal agreement, agreement,

10:19:58 whatever you want to call it.

10:20:00 But actually there should be a letter following the

10:20:03 mayor from the chairman.

10:20:05 I raise that again, and I thought I raised it last time

10:20:08 when you did it.

10:20:10 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: And that could be an easy think to

10:20:12 remedy.

10:20:14 >>MARK HUEY: I have got an idea on that.

10:20:16 Okay.

10:20:17 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Thank you.

10:20:18 >>GWEN MILLER: Any other questions?

10:20:19 Can we move?

10:20:20 >> Move to receive the final report.

10:20:21 >> Second.

10:20:22 >>GWEN MILLER: Have a motion and second.

10:20:24 All in favor say aye.

10:20:25 Opposed nay.

10:20:26 Okay.

10:20:26 Any announcements, Mr. Huey?

10:20:31 >>MARK HUEY: Yes, I have one more.

10:20:34 Thank you for reminding me.

10:20:35 We had a very productive community meeting in Ybor

10:20:39 City.

10:20:39 According to your policy, your next community meeting

10:20:42 would be in the month of April.

10:20:44 So just around the corner.

10:20:46 And if it is your pleasure to in fact have a community

10:20:49 meeting in April, we would suggest it being in the

10:20:52 Channel District.

10:20:53 They have a meeting April 7th.

10:20:55 We would try to coordinate with your calendars to see

10:20:58 if that date could work or we would try to find another

10:21:02 date in April.

10:21:03 But I just wanted to find out, first of all, if you

10:21:05 wanted to have a community meeting.

10:21:06 Because again, your policy calls one out in the month

10:21:09 of April.

10:21:10 And if so, we would suggest it being in the Channel

10:21:12 District.

10:21:15 >>GWEN MILLER: Miss Mulhern?

10:21:17 >>MARY MULHERN: That sounds fine to me. I have some

10:21:20 new business.

10:21:21 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: And I second the motion and, to have

10:21:25 a CRA meeting April 7th.

10:21:26 I apologize for not being at the March meeting.

10:21:30 >>GWEN MILLER: Have a motion and a second to have the

10:21:31 meeting April the 7th.

10:21:33 All in favor of the motion say aye.

10:21:34 Opposed nay?

10:21:37 Anything else, Mr. Huey.

10:21:39 >>MARK HUEY: No.

10:21:40 >>GWEN MILLER: Miss Mulhern?

10:21:41 >>MARY MULHERN: I just wanted to ask the board and also

10:21:45 Mr. Huey and Mr. Johnson, to think about possibly

10:21:50 finding some funding for the community garden that's

10:21:55 being planted in East Tampa.

10:22:00 It is going to be a 1012 east 28th avenue.

10:22:06 They have, as just volunteers and community activists

10:22:10 started this garden.

10:22:11 And the only need they have at this point is to have

10:22:17 fencing along the front of the garden.

10:22:20 And someone had donated chain link fence for them to

10:22:25 put in and then they found out they couldn't do it

10:22:27 because of the overlay district.

10:22:28 So, I don't know, you know, in what way -- I was

10:22:32 thinking, first of all, I'd like also the citizens

10:22:34 advisory committee to take it up at their next meeting.

10:22:37 Whether they could help with that.

10:22:40 And I don't know if you know, the NSP money or Browns

10:22:44 field money or facade money.

10:22:46 If one of our four warehouses has something we can use.

10:22:51 >>MARK HUEY: Wool look into it.

10:22:53 >>MARY MULHERN: Just if we could look for some way to

10:22:56 help them do that.

10:22:59 >>GWEN MILLER: You need a motion for that?

10:23:03 >> That's a motion.

10:23:04 >>GWEN MILLER: We have a motion and second.

10:23:05 All in favor of the motion say aye.

10:23:07 Opposed nay?

10:23:08 Anything else, Ms. Mulhern?

10:23:10 >>MARY MULHERN: No.

10:23:11 >>GWEN MILLER: Anyone else have any announcements?

10:23:13 Mrs. Saul-Sena.

10:23:15 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: I thought two issues Al brought up

10:23:17 was really good.

10:23:18 One was that newsletters be shared with the people in

10:23:21 the area.

10:23:21 I know not everybody uses a computer, but it is sure an

10:23:24 inexpensive way to get the word out.

10:23:26 I guess it would be a question for the CRA, for the CRA

10:23:29 directors for each area, if you have a newsletter, and

10:23:32 if you have an electronic version, if you could make it

10:23:35 available to people who have, who have computer

10:23:41 addresses, and also maybe copies at the library.

10:23:44 Because that's something that would be available for

10:23:46 people in the neighborhoods that don't have access to a

10:23:48 computer.

10:23:48 It could be print copies at the library of the

10:23:52 neighborhood CRA newsletters.

10:23:54 And then secondly, I thought about a year ago, we

10:23:59 brought up the idea of all the CRAs getting together

10:24:02 once a year to mix and mingle and share ideas.

10:24:05 I thought we had asked Mr. Huey to create that.

10:24:08 And I'm not aware that we have done that.

10:24:11 Have we?

10:24:12 >>MARK HUEY: What we have done it at the president

10:24:15 level.

10:24:16 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: I meant like everybody.

10:24:17 >>MARK HUEY: We have not done it yet -- we, again, just

10:24:20 really haven't had the time to pull that off.

10:24:23 The presidents when we met about doing that really said

10:24:26 that in order for that to be effective, there needed to

10:24:29 be a pretty good agenda.

10:24:31 And so, they kind of put a little pressure on us to

10:24:35 think through how to make a productive meeting happen

10:24:38 of all the -- so we are working on that.

10:24:42 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Great.

10:24:43 >>MARK HUEY: Again, we did follow-up on it by having a

10:24:45 conversation with all the presidents about how they

10:24:47 would envision a meeting of all of the CAC's together

10:24:51 and we got some feedback.

10:24:53 Now it is back in my court to really take that feedback

10:24:55 and move forward.

10:24:56 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: There's a neighborhood conference at

10:24:58 the end of this month.

10:24:59 I believe it is Saturday, the 28th.

10:25:01 From like 8:00 to 2:00 or something.

10:25:05 And I'm planning on going.

10:25:08 I was thinking maybe we could look at that and also the

10:25:10 state wide CRA agendas and see what things would be

10:25:13 most useful to people.

10:25:14 And kind of brainstorm that.

10:25:16 But I thought that was a really good suggestion,

10:25:18 because you know, instead of each area inventing the

10:25:22 wheel, they can share the good ideas.

10:25:24 And also just a reinforce each other.

10:25:26 That would be great.

10:25:27 Thank you.

10:25:29 >>GWEN MILLER: Miss Mulhern?

10:25:32 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you.

10:25:32 I just noticed this says drafts on it.

10:25:35 Has it gone to print yet?

10:25:37 >> No.

10:25:38 >>MARY MULHERN: So we could have a letter from the

10:25:39 chair.

10:25:40 >> Yes.

10:25:41 >>MARY MULHERN: Okay, good.

10:25:42 >>GWEN MILLER: Anything else from Council?

10:25:44 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Did you understand that, Mr. Huey?

10:25:46 The issue of are you going to ensure we have a letter

10:25:49 from the chair encoded in this?

10:25:51 >>MARK HUEY: Yes, I was address the issue.

10:25:53 >>THOMAS SCOTT: All right.

10:25:54 >>GWEN MILLER: Mr. Davis, we're going to postpone it

10:26:00 for two weeks.

10:26:01 We discussed it and we decided it should stay as is.

10:26:04 >> I'm sorry, Madam Chair, but I didn't hear you

10:26:08 clearly.

10:26:09 >>GWEN MILLER: You asked for us to continue item number

10:26:10 6 for two weeks, correct?

10:26:13 >> For at least the next.

10:26:15 >>GWEN MILLER: We discussed it.

10:26:17 And we're going to leave it as is.

10:26:19 We'll not make any changes.

10:26:20 So we'll not be able to continue it for two weeks.

10:26:22 >> Well, there was something else I wanted to inquire

10:26:25 relative to that, Madam Chairman.

10:26:27 We would like for the attorney, as well as the

10:26:33 administrator to look very carefully at the distant

10:26:37 policy, because it is flawed.

10:26:39 And confusing, and capricious.

10:26:45 And I think an opportunity ought to be made available

10:26:51 for an addition to it.

10:26:53 >>GWEN MILLER: Meet with the attorney, discussion it

10:26:54 with him.

10:26:55 Because the Council, we don't know.

10:26:58 >> We have been through this already and we didn't find

10:27:00 any flaws.

10:27:01 I'm not sure how much benefit there would be.

10:27:03 But I'd be happy to talk to Mr. Davis about it.

10:27:06 >>GWEN MILLER: Anything coming before the CRA?

10:27:09 >> Receive and file place.

10:27:10 >> So moved.

10:27:11 >> Second.

10:27:12 >>GWEN MILLER: Motion and second to receive and file.

10:27:13 All in favor of the motion say aye.

10:27:16 Seeing nothing else, we stand adjourned till 5:01.




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