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Thursday, June 10, 2010
9:00 a.m. Session


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11:06:28 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Tampa City Council will now come to

11:06:30 order.

11:06:30 We'll have roll call.

11:06:31 >>GWEN MILLER: Here.

11:06:35 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Here.

11:06:36 >>MARY MULHERN: Here.

11:06:38 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Here.

11:06:39 Okay.

11:06:40 Let's pick up on the Encore project first.

11:06:43 I think we have to have a public hearing.

11:06:45 Is that right, counsel?

11:06:47 >>GWEN MILLER: I move to have a special called meeting

11:06:52 for Encore project on June 24th --

11:06:56 >>MARTIN SHELBY: I'm sorry.

11:06:56 Before we do that, the motion to open the public

11:06:59 hearing.

11:06:59 >>CHAIRMAN: Move to open.

11:07:00 >> Second.

11:07:02 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Moved and seconded.

11:07:05 All in favor?

11:07:06 >>GWEN MILLER: A special meeting on June 24th.

11:07:10 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Do we need to take public comment?

11:07:12 Is that right?

11:07:16 >>SAL TERRITO: This is the official public meeting set

11:07:18 for 9:30 and if there's any public comment to plan to

11:07:22 have that.

11:07:22 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Anyone here from the public wish to

11:07:23 address council on the Encore project, item 1 on our

11:07:27 agenda?

11:07:28 Item 3, I'm sorry.

11:07:30 Item 3.

11:07:30 I'm sorry.

11:07:31 >> Joe Robinson here.

11:07:35 NAACP and economic development chair.

11:07:38 I was hear for the CRA meeting.

11:07:39 All of my comments I'm bringing them forward to here.

11:07:44 I also want to add that the African-American museum is

11:07:50 a very important piece of history that will be over in

11:07:55 Central Park, and it's sort of adjacent to the park.

11:08:00 And one of the reasons is because the park is going to

11:08:02 be a cultural opportunity for events, having

11:08:09 participated in the Perry Harvey deliberations back

11:08:13 when I used to go to the meetings, talk about Perry

11:08:17 Harvey park, about the family, how they felt about

11:08:20 that, and I was involved with that way back.

11:08:23 Maybe four years ago.

11:08:24 They were still talking about how it was going to get

11:08:27 done.

11:08:27 And what I want to say is that it's also whenever this

11:08:34 gets built out, built out five to ten years -- it's not

11:08:37 going to all happen in one spot because it's based on

11:08:40 market, a portion of it -- but those TIF dollars are

11:08:43 going to start coming in once vertical starts going up.

11:08:47 The problem is, until you get in the ground there is no

11:08:52 vertical.

11:08:53 And rate now it's crucial.

11:08:58 I just left Washington, D.C. last week, and I was

11:09:02 talking to my boys up there, and I know who they are,

11:09:05 they want to bring more money down this way.

11:09:08 And the City of Tampa has an opportunity to get more

11:09:11 money, okay?

11:09:13 They want to give more money.

11:09:15 And there are some things.

11:09:16 But we have got to make sure that the administration,

11:09:18 not just Encore project, but other dollars that we need

11:09:21 to get, we need to get our applications in.

11:09:24 We need that grant person we got from federal grants to

11:09:28 get busy.

11:09:29 Because what I am hearing is West Tampa's applications,

11:09:33 if you guys want all this stuff, turn in your

11:09:35 applications for it.

11:09:36 And one of the things is you are not in the loop

11:09:38 because there's going to be another loop of money.

11:09:41 If you are not in the loop and you haven't asked for it

11:09:44 then you are not going to get anything.

11:09:45 I just want to say that, and to say also that since we

11:09:51 are on the city side, instead of the CRA side now, that

11:09:55 there's going to a school there I believe a

11:09:58 replacement, because part of this site -- like I said,

11:10:03 I was in Central Park.

11:10:04 I do remember Central Park, and stayed over there.

11:10:06 But the bottom line is that it's a historical area,

11:10:11 very historical.

11:10:12 And I think sensitive to the buildings, sensitive by --

11:10:21 some of those streets are named out of the

11:10:23 African-American military that died.

11:10:25 Some of those streets is named over there, Scott and

11:10:27 all of that.

11:10:28 And so I'm just here to say that we need a first

11:10:31 reading.

11:10:32 We need something to get this ball rolling.

11:10:35 And as you know, in any type of development, the

11:10:39 agreement or any paperwork with the city, there will be

11:10:41 some minor tweaking going on.

11:10:43 But without permits, they are dead.

11:10:46 >>THOMAS SCOTT: The resolution will not be read till

11:10:52 the 24th officially voted on.

11:10:56 Does anyone else from the public wish to address

11:10:58 council now?

11:10:59 I guess maybe the clerk can read this.

11:11:02 We have a full-blown meeting.

11:11:11 Does it remain separate?

11:11:18 What I would like to do then, I would like to make

11:11:20 reference to CRA being that we have this morning

11:11:24 council and all questions and answers that was

11:11:27 responded to by Housing Authority, by Ms. Roxanne

11:11:31 Amaroso from Bank of America, the city, the attorney,

11:11:36 and the board, be reflected to those that we raised and

11:11:46 a raised -- addressed.

11:11:48 Now, way would like to have is Mr. Ryan and Ms. Amaroso

11:11:54 come to the platform to state their support.

11:11:57 It will only take a minute.

11:12:00 And then you can leave.

11:12:05 Just state your name and a degrees.

11:12:08 State support or whatever.

11:12:09 >> Jerome Ryan, president and CEO of the be the housing

11:12:14 authorities here in full support of this project, and

11:12:16 have always supported this project, will continue to

11:12:18 support this project and we will get it done.

11:12:20 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Thank you, sir.

11:12:21 >> I'm Roxanne Amaroso, Bank of America Development

11:12:29 Corporation, representing team and partnership we've

11:12:31 the Tampa Housing Authority, and we are in full support

11:12:33 of this project.

11:12:35 And we'll work collaboratively with the City of Tampa

11:12:39 and our partners to see this project through.

11:12:41 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Thank you very much.

11:12:44 Legal?

11:12:49 >>SAL TERRITO: Legal department.

11:12:49 We have reviewed the development agreement and we find

11:12:51 it legally sufficient.

11:12:53 I would also like to do at this particular time is

11:12:55 announce the next public hearing which will be on June

11:12:57 24th at 9:30.

11:12:59 >> Mr. Huey representing administration?

11:13:05 >>GWEN MILLER: Should I put mine in there too?

11:13:09 >>MARK HUEY: Yes, the administration is supportive of

11:13:12 the documents that you are reviewing, with the caveat

11:13:15 that the interlocal agreement drafted, attached, will

11:13:18 be modified prior to you receiving it Thursday for

11:13:21 final approval, and we are certainly excited about the

11:13:24 progress that's occurring.

11:13:27 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I guess if I hear what I'm hearing,

11:13:30 they are willing to cosign on the note.

11:13:35 Well, in case something goes wrong.

11:13:36 Everybody is for, for, for.

11:13:38 I want to have a guarantee, guarantee, guarantee.

11:13:44 No cosigners.

11:13:45 No volunteers.

11:13:46 >>MARK HUEY: Thankfully other than the commitment that

11:13:50 the Bank of America has made, which are equity

11:13:53 commitments, the 3.9 million, there are no loans

11:13:59 involved at this point.

11:14:01 >> That's what I wanted to hear.

11:14:03 >> Thanks to the Obama Administration stimulus grant.

11:14:06 That the property is not mortgaged.

11:14:08 There's no debt on the property.

11:14:11 I think I said that clearly.

11:14:14 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Okay.

11:14:16 No other action that's required by this board, this

11:14:18 council --

11:14:19 >>MARTIN SHELBY: Just a motion to close.

11:14:21 >>GWEN MILLER: Move to close.

11:14:22 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Second.

11:14:23 >>THOMAS SCOTT: All in favor?

11:14:24 Opposes?

11:14:25 Okay.

11:14:26 Thank you very much.

11:14:28 Have a great day.

11:14:29 Enjoy your vacation, Roxanne.

11:14:32 Mr. Caetano?

11:14:39 >>MARTIN SHELBY: Mr. Chairman, I'm sorry.

11:14:41 Before you take any action on these two items, you have

11:14:46 agendaed public comment.

11:14:48 These are our committee reports.

11:14:49 The rest of the presentation involved in these, Mr.

11:14:51 Huey.

11:14:52 >>MARK HUEY: Very short presentation on the property

11:14:55 matters with the University of South Florida.

11:14:57 >>MARTIN SHELBY: Mr. Chairman, normally because these

11:15:00 are committee reports, if you wish to take public

11:15:04 comment for both these items.

11:15:07 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Does anyone from the public wish to

11:15:09 address?

11:15:10 We'll give Steve and University of South Florida an

11:15:15 opportunity later on but does anyone from the public

11:15:17 wish to address council on this?

11:15:21 Okay, Mr. Huey, you may want to come now and brief us,

11:15:25 and have University of South Florida come forward and

11:15:29 have some comments.

11:15:31 >>MARK HUEY: We have had good progress on the Encore

11:15:34 project, and now it's a pleasure to report to you

11:15:36 progress on another project that I know you have all

11:15:40 been very supportive and encouraging about, and that's

11:15:43 the opportunity for the University of South Florida and

11:15:46 what we call project CAMLS to potentially come into our

11:15:51 downtown and today we have an opportunity to make a

11:15:53 major step in that direction.

11:15:55 I want to start and just let you know that Steve

11:15:59 Mitchell was mentioned as a representative here.

11:16:01 He's the attorney.

11:16:02 But we also have the chief financial officer for the

11:16:06 university here, Dr. Steven Klasko, the dean of the

11:16:11 school of public health that is overseeing the CAMLS

11:16:15 project, John, the point person on project CAMLS for

11:16:21 the school of public health, and Hillary black as well

11:16:25 for the attorney for the University of South Florida.

11:16:27 We are glad to have them all here with us today.

11:16:29 And they would like to make some comments a little

11:16:32 later.

11:16:33 For the benefit of the public, the project has been

11:16:36 reported in the papers quite a bit.

11:16:39 It is a state-of-the-art vision for how health care

11:16:46 professionals can be trained in the latest in robotic

11:16:51 and other techniques of surgery, how they can be

11:16:55 trained to be safe and efficient in the work that we

11:16:58 do -- that they do.

11:17:00 It is a vision that this center will train health care

11:17:03 professionals from around the country and even around

11:17:05 the world.

11:17:06 The university has been training health care

11:17:09 professionals for quite some time.

11:17:12 I wasn't aware until having a chance to work on this

11:17:15 project with them that they train 60,000 health care

11:17:19 professionals around the country each year, and project

11:17:23 CAMLS will allow them to do a lot of that right here in

11:17:26 our city.

11:17:27 So we are very excited about it and very excited about

11:17:29 the fact that it's going to create jobs, that it's

11:17:32 going to create some opportunities potentially for some

11:17:34 businesses to move here, that want to be associated

11:17:37 with this kind of a cutting edge training center.

11:17:41 It's going to generate hotel rooms for our downtown

11:17:45 hoteliers, and there will be other economic development

11:17:49 benefits.

11:17:51 It could be that the university may in fact bring other

11:17:53 uses into to be associated with the CAMLS project and

11:17:58 support potentially more USF activity in our downtown,

11:18:02 which would also be a good thing.

11:18:04 So very exciting prospect for our region to position

11:18:09 ourselves as a leader in health care and public safety.

11:18:18 So a very exciting project.

11:18:19 What we are bringing to you today are two agreements

11:18:23 that work jointly.

11:18:24 There's an agreement to sell them a parcel of land.

11:18:27 And then an agreement that provides a period of

11:18:32 restriction about how that land would be used.

11:18:35 This is an aerial of our downtown.

11:18:38 You can see the St. Pete Times Forum, the convention

11:18:40 center.

11:18:41 You have the Marriott waterside hotel, the embassy

11:18:44 suites, the Hyatt.

11:18:47 In yellow box is the site that the contract before you

11:18:51 pertains to.

11:18:52 Internally, we refer to it as the heart lock, a piece

11:18:57 of land the city uses for parking between the Crosstown

11:19:02 expressway and the Fort Brooke garage.

11:19:06 The university has been working on this project four

11:19:10 years, they have been working on this project, to

11:19:15 locate it somewhere in our community.

11:19:18 And over the course of that time they have considered

11:19:22 many sites out at the university.

11:19:23 Most recently, you were aware that they were looking at

11:19:26 the Heights project.

11:19:27 One of our community redevelopment areas.

11:19:29 And that unfortunately did not work out.

11:19:33 So not long ago, the president of the university,

11:19:39 president Genshaft, sent a letter to the mayor

11:19:41 requesting that they looked at all of these sites,

11:19:45 about you this site really they believe is the only

11:19:46 viable site for their project.

11:19:48 So based on that, the mayor -- and I know you all were

11:19:53 supportive as we briefed you about this -- did agree to

11:19:55 offer the site, use the marketplace through an RFP

11:20:00 process as is our policy.

11:20:02 That process was completed.

11:20:03 USF was the only respondent.

11:20:06 Since then we have been working with them

11:20:07 collaboratively to fashion the agreements that you are

11:20:10 being asked to approve today.

11:20:12 The price of the land in the agreement has been

11:20:16 established through the city's appraisal process, and

11:20:18 we feel very good collectively with the university

11:20:21 about that.

11:20:22 You have been briefed on other provisions relating to

11:20:25 the document.

11:20:27 It's fairly straightforward.

11:20:29 The university's goal is to be under construction in

11:20:33 January.

11:20:33 So the actual closing on the land will occur sometime

11:20:36 between now and that time, as long as all due diligence

11:20:40 matters and a variety of those are delineated in the

11:20:43 contract and I had a chance to brief you on.

11:20:46 As long as all of that continues to go well, and we

11:20:49 have in a reason to believe that they won't be

11:20:51 completed all successfully.

11:20:53 We can look forward to construction occurring there

11:20:56 next year.

11:20:57 So that's the extent of my comments.

11:21:00 I would be glad to answer any questions.

11:21:02 And I know they as well would appreciate the chance to

11:21:05 address you.

11:21:07 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Questions by council?

11:21:09 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: I in conversation two months ago

11:21:14 about this not being located in our community, and I

11:21:16 want to personally thank each of you that this will be

11:21:19 located in our heart.

11:21:21 It will be -- you recognize the importance of this

11:21:24 project, and so do we.

11:21:26 And we want to work as energetically as we can to make

11:21:31 this happen in a timely way, and we thank you for

11:21:33 selecting the heart of our community as a location for

11:21:36 the CAMLS project.

11:21:39 It really means a tremendous amount not only to the

11:21:41 City of Tampa but to the entire region.

11:21:42 So thank you.

11:21:43 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Let me also say first of all, Mark, to

11:21:53 all the departments, in particular the administration

11:21:57 for the business savvy to craft an RFP that's very

11:22:02 helpful to make sure that we satisfy the requirements

11:22:06 for the University of South Florida.

11:22:08 I think this council, I know, expressed how important

11:22:12 it was to have the CAMLS project stay here in

11:22:16 Hillsborough County in the City of Tampa and not go to

11:22:18 Orlando.

11:22:18 And we urge to you make that happen, and you all found

11:22:22 a way to do that.

11:22:23 I will say that this project says to the University of

11:22:28 South Florida how valuable you are to this community,

11:22:31 how we appreciate the partnership, and that you are a

11:22:35 major education institution not only here but in this

11:22:38 nation.

11:22:40 I had the privilege of going out and visiting all the

11:22:44 medical students.

11:22:45 In case you don't know, that's the place to go.

11:22:49 They can do a full body screening, scanning of your

11:22:52 body, and right then and there point things out, and I

11:22:57 spent a day over there a couple months ago going

11:22:59 through that whole facility.

11:23:03 You are a valuable, valuable partner to this community.

11:23:06 And to it says you are valuable to this important to

11:23:15 our community and how important this project is to us.

11:23:18 We certainly thank you for keeping the project here.

11:23:20 We want to thank the administration for working, of

11:23:23 finding a way how to make this happen, so we can keep

11:23:26 you here.

11:23:27 So I hope that this sends a strong message to the

11:23:31 University of South Florida, to the Board of Trustees,

11:23:33 to say that this community and this City Council values

11:23:37 the University of South Florida.

11:23:38 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you.

11:23:42 We are all really excited about this.

11:23:44 And I really hope it's going to happen.

11:23:47 And I visited the CAMLS site at Tampa general.

11:23:51 I didn't get the full body scan.

11:23:55 Hope it came out okay, Chairman Scott.

11:23:58 But want to make sure that any surgeon who works on me

11:24:00 has trained there, because it's incredible how you

11:24:03 can -- the kind of learning you can get from that.

11:24:07 So it's a fantastic project.

11:24:09 I think it's downtown.

11:24:13 Even though I know you have been working so hard for

11:24:15 all these years trying to find a perfect site, and at

11:24:19 the Tampa Heights site we were all excited about that,

11:24:23 too.

11:24:23 Sorry that didn't work out, but I think this downtown

11:24:26 site is fantastic.

11:24:27 You don't have to build a hotel.

11:24:28 You have got hotels.

11:24:30 And I think -- I have always hoped and wanted to see

11:24:35 USF become more of a presence downtown.

11:24:38 So this is really exciting.

11:24:39 This will be our first.

11:24:40 And I think this is indicative of where development is

11:24:44 going.

11:24:44 You know, we have been talking about how we are going

11:24:46 to get the high-speed rail station.

11:24:49 We are hopefully going to have light rail, too.

11:24:52 I'm sure we will some day.

11:24:58 And that's going to create this transit oriented

11:25:00 development which will be downtown.

11:25:01 But it's also just about the whole process of

11:25:07 rebuilding our downtown core, and that's where people

11:25:10 want to live and people want to work.

11:25:12 So I think to have university presence there, even

11:25:15 though this is medical professional, and at the same

11:25:19 time university, it's a great trend for us and for you

11:25:24 to have a presence downtown.

11:25:26 I hope you can -- and the other thing I think that's

11:25:29 fantastic about it is how your center is going to draw.

11:25:35 I know it's going to draw other global -- it's going to

11:25:37 draw global visitors for sure, but hopefully we'll get

11:25:40 some other businesses to relocate downtown Tampa.

11:25:42 So this is some of the only good news.

11:25:45 And I also wanted to suggest as we talk about not

11:25:49 losing this to another area like Orlando, maybe we can

11:25:54 get the pharmacy school downtown now since J.D.

11:26:03 Alexander isn't giving the school money.

11:26:06 So I'm very excited and want to hear anything you have

11:26:08 to tell us about it.

11:26:09 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Any other comments by council?

11:26:13 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: No, I guess I appreciate the hard

11:26:15 work of everyone.

11:26:17 And all of you -- some of you had body scans.

11:26:20 Some of you went.

11:26:21 Some of you did that.

11:26:23 But I was actually operated by a doctor from south

11:26:25 Florida robotically.

11:26:28 And I love them.

11:26:29 But a lot of people hate them I guess for saving my

11:26:32 life.

11:26:33 [ Laughter ]

11:26:41 He was a great surge, and still is a great surgeon, and

11:26:45 I'll tell you his name is Michael Albright.

11:26:49 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: Is that body scan public record?

11:26:54 [ Laughter ]

11:26:55 I want to thank everybody who has participated in this.

11:26:57 It's going to be a catalyst for downtown.

11:26:59 And it's going to draw others.

11:27:01 It definitely will.

11:27:04 With 60,000 people a year being trained, it's got to be

11:27:08 a draw.

11:27:10 And that's what we need.

11:27:11 Thank you.

11:27:11 >>THOMAS SCOTT: And with this project now, Dr. Hoyt

11:27:17 who is one of my parishioners in the church every

11:27:19 Sunday, remind me that wave to get it done and make

11:27:22 sure it happens.

11:27:23 And now he don't have to move.

11:27:25 That's a good thing there.

11:27:26 So thank you so very much.

11:27:27 Okay.

11:27:33 Let's hear from south Florida.

11:27:34 Any comments we have.

11:27:35 >> Stubbs, university director of the USF financing

11:27:42 corporation that will finance and construct the

11:27:44 project.

11:27:45 Chairman Scott, members of the City Council, on behalf

11:27:49 of the University of South Florida Board of Trustees,

11:27:52 as well as the University of president Dr. Judy

11:27:54 Genshaft, I want to thank the mayor, I want to thank

11:27:58 the City Council, I want to thank Mr. Huey, as well as

11:28:02 the staff of the city that's worked with us on this RFP

11:28:07 as well as the contract for their excellent assistance.

11:28:13 Your approval of this transaction is important to us,

11:28:16 and bee believe it's historic.

11:28:18 Thank you very much.

11:28:18 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Thank you.

11:28:19 >> I'm Steve Klasko, the CEO of USF health and actually

11:28:28 the dean of the College of Medicine, although, Mark, I

11:28:31 would love to be the Dean of college health because

11:28:33 they are warmer and usually more sensitive.

11:28:37 But I am responsible for medicine in public health,

11:28:40 nursing and pharmacy, and so I come in that role.

11:28:42 I also come in the role of an MBA and I still practice

11:28:48 delivering babies at Tampa General Hospital, and

11:28:50 someone who has really watched what entrepreneurial

11:28:53 academic health can do in cities like Pittsburgh and

11:28:56 Philadelphia and Sacramento, California, and see all of

11:28:59 that happening right hear in Tampa.

11:29:00 And thirdly, I come as a patient that is growing older

11:29:04 by the day, and will probably need services and wanted

11:29:07 to know that every one of the doctors who takes care of

11:29:10 me is as talented as Dr. Hoyt or Dr. Albright that the

11:29:16 skills are maintained N.all three of those roles I

11:29:19 really have a very brief message and that's thank you.

11:29:22 Thank you.

11:29:23 >> Thank you, Mr. Huey.

11:29:25 Thank you esteemed members of the council.

11:29:27 This is a project of both love and compassion and work.

11:29:34 President Obama has made it clear that this is a new

11:29:37 age of health care.

11:29:39 And I was fortunate enough to meet with his transition

11:29:43 team in December of 08 with quality and safety.

11:29:46 One of the issues of quality and safety is to make sure

11:29:48 that every single physician, every single nurse, not

11:29:51 only has the technical skills to be excellent but also

11:29:55 works together, they have teamwork and a lot of what

11:29:59 CAMS is safety, technical competence and teamwork.

11:30:06 We are happy it's going to be in the center of Tampa.

11:30:09 One of the things, while I can't reveal any HIPPA

11:30:13 related information, I'm quite sure that councilman

11:30:16 Scott will be around for a long time and we appreciate

11:30:18 that, and also councilman Scott, I recruited Dr. Hoyt,

11:30:22 now doing the most robotic uro-gynecologic procedures

11:30:30 in the country and he will be we will be training

11:30:34 physician as round the country around using robotics.

11:30:39 Dr. Albright obviously preceded me here but he's an

11:30:43 example of what makes USF health great.

11:30:48 I am also glad it's here in Tampa.

11:30:50 I will tell you that we have gotten national, and as

11:30:54 you said, international attention.

11:30:56 A lot of places want us to be there.

11:30:58 We appreciate the fact that both the county and the

11:31:00 city worked to keep it here.

11:31:02 But most recently the work that this council has done

11:31:07 with Mark and the mayor have done is just amazing

11:31:10 because we literally Virginia some time issues, and we

11:31:14 needed to get it done.

11:31:15 And I can promise you by the time that convention comes

11:31:19 in the summer of '12 that one of the highlights will be

11:31:23 the University of South Florida center for advanced

11:31:25 medical.

11:31:28 So thank you.

11:31:29 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Thank you.

11:31:30 Did you have anything?

11:31:41 With that being said, then, Mr. Caetano, do you want to

11:31:44 move your --

11:31:46 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: Do you want me to read it?

11:31:49 Move items 1 and 2.

11:31:50 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Second.

11:31:52 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Seconded by councilman Miranda.

11:31:54 All in favor signify by saying Aye.

11:31:56 Opposes?

11:31:57 Okay.

11:32:00 New business?

11:32:04 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

11:32:11 We have great news.

11:32:14 The Gasparilla distance classic organization would like

11:32:17 to do a check presentation to friends of Tampa

11:32:20 recreation.

11:32:21 And I would like to schedule that on June 17th at

11:32:24 9:00 before our workshop meeting.

11:32:26 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Is there a second?

11:32:29 >> Second.

11:32:30 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Moved and seconded.

11:32:31 All in favor signify by saying Aye.

11:32:33 Opposes?

11:32:33 Okay.

11:32:34 >> I was going to say real quickly for the record, Bob

11:32:40 McDonaugh, Jorge Martin, City Attorney's office, did a

11:32:44 Yeoman's job on the CAMLS project.

11:32:46 It wouldn't have gotten to you this quickly without

11:32:49 their tremendous help, so we appreciate it.

11:32:51 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Thank you very much.

11:32:54 Bob does an excellent job.

11:32:56 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: I think we owe a special thanks to

11:32:58 Mr. Huey.

11:33:00 I know he's done a great job and I know the

11:33:02 presentation that he gave me as you probably gave

11:33:04 everyone else, he's got his heart in it.

11:33:07 And I really appreciate you.

11:33:09 Thank you.

11:33:09 >>MARK HUEY: Thank you.

11:33:14 We are blessed.

11:33:20 >>THOMAS SCOTT: For the City of Tampa it's been a good

11:33:21 day on Thursday, June 10th, 2010.

11:33:26 This has been a good day with the CAMLS project and

11:33:30 Encore.

11:33:30 I mean -- I tell you, this will have such a major

11:33:38 impact economically, financially for this community.

11:33:42 And the next big thing will be the light rail and the

11:33:45 high-speed rail.

11:33:46 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: We have.

11:33:49 >> We have to thank our president and federal

11:33:51 government for some of the money to get these projects

11:33:53 off the ground.

11:33:54 Mr. Huey, I drove by the old Maas Brothers site

11:33:57 yesterday, and the fence had come down.

11:34:00 Do you know what's happening there?

11:34:02 >>MARK HUEY: I do not have the most current

11:34:04 information.

11:34:05 Unfortunately, Bob McDonaugh just left here and he

11:34:07 might.

11:34:08 I will find that out and get in touch with your office.

11:34:10 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Thank you so much.

11:34:11 >>MARY MULHERN: I was wondering about that, too.

11:34:17 That's just a big empty dirt lot.

11:34:21 I heard it's a parking lot.

11:34:23 Is that true?

11:34:24 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: The Maas Brothers?

11:34:26 Say it isn't so.

11:34:26 >> It was bought by a local partnership for an interim

11:34:34 use going to use it as a parking lot.

11:34:36 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Do we have the ability to make it

11:34:39 something other than mud or dirt?

11:34:41 >>> No, no, they are actually --

11:34:44 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Landscaping it?

11:34:46 >>> Absolutely.

11:34:46 The city code calls for a 25 fat buffer along Franklin

11:34:49 Street.

11:34:50 They are putting in hardscape as well as landscaping.

11:34:55 It's not -- though it is a temporary use, they are

11:34:57 going to improve vastly, so it is relatively

11:35:00 attractive.

11:35:04 As relatively attractive as a surface parking lot can

11:35:06 be.

11:35:07 But just to give you an idea the owner is the same

11:35:10 fellow that owned the parking lot for years at Bay to

11:35:14 Bay and Bayshore.

11:35:17 And has leased it to the city for a nominal amount of

11:35:20 money to allow people, runners and stuff.

11:35:22 So he's very civic oriented.

11:35:26 It's important for them to make a good appearance.

11:35:29 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Do we have -- the good news, among

11:35:34 the good news, pieces of good news this morning is the

11:35:37 fact that the surface parking lot next to our garage is

11:35:39 being transformed into a CAMLS project.

11:35:43 But I know that our legal department is looking into

11:35:48 additional safeguards so that we don't end up with more

11:35:52 surface parking lots, you know, in the last few years.

11:35:54 We have lost a number of historic buildings to become

11:35:57 parking lots, and this Maas Brothers site is a case in

11:36:01 point.

11:36:02 We don't want more surface parking lots downtown.

11:36:04 We want reinvestment.

11:36:06 We want beauty.

11:36:07 Are you working with our staff to come back to us with

11:36:10 some recommendations?

11:36:12 And one of the ideas that I heard that I think we

11:36:14 should explore is to come up with financial incentives

11:36:18 for people to do something with their property that

11:36:22 reflects their anticipated gains on it so that they

11:36:26 have a financial incentive to either sell it or do

11:36:29 something with it instead of letting it stay a surface

11:36:31 parking locality which rate now they make a fair amount

11:36:34 of money on the investment.

11:36:36 So don't answer.

11:36:36 But if you could do a little research about what some

11:36:39 other cities do, because we aren't the only -- we are

11:36:41 the only city that faces this challenge.

11:36:43 But that's such a prime, prime location.

11:36:47 >> It is.

11:36:48 And just again so you understand, the person that owns

11:36:52 it is someone that has developed probably 20 or 25

11:36:58 shopping centers in our neighborhood.

11:37:00 An example, he took the very nondescript piece of

11:37:04 property at the corner of Dale Mabry and just south --

11:37:09 just north of Neptune when he converted into the

11:37:13 Hollywood video several years ago.

11:37:14 I don't know if you remember it's a very fans I full

11:37:18 exterior on it.

11:37:18 He allowed the architects to have some fun, and I think

11:37:22 that any development I've seen him do is well received,

11:37:26 because essence tiff to design.

11:37:29 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Good, good.

11:37:30 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Thank you.

11:37:32 Any other new business?

11:37:34 Councilwoman Mulhern.

11:37:35 >>MARY MULHERN: Yeah, I had several things.

11:37:38 I need to ask you to schedule a five-minute

11:37:42 presentation by Bonnie Wise to award the GFOA

11:37:51 Distinguished Budget Presentation award on June 24.

11:37:54 I would like to put that on the agenda.

11:37:56 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Second.

11:38:00 >>MARY MULHERN: She wants to thank her staff.

11:38:01 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Moved and seconded.

11:38:03 All in favor?

11:38:03 Opposes?

11:38:04 Okay.

11:38:04 >>MARY MULHERN: Secondly, I would like to ask for a

11:38:07 staff report, an update on the Georgetown property, and

11:38:12 what's going on with it.

11:38:13 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Second.

11:38:16 >>THOMAS SCOTT: When do you want that to come?

11:38:18 >>MARY MULHERN: Whenever.

11:38:19 Before our break.

11:38:20 So I guess that would be the 24th.

11:38:22 On the 24th.

11:38:23 >>THOMAS SCOTT: That's a pretty full agenda.

11:38:28 >>MARY MULHERN: Maybe our first meeting in July.

11:38:31 >>THOMAS SCOTT: July 15th.

11:38:32 >>MARY MULHERN: Staff report 124 second.

11:38:37 >>THOMAS SCOTT: All in favor?

11:38:38 Opposes?

11:38:39 Okay.

11:38:39 >>MARY MULHERN: I would like to ask council, Mr.

11:38:41 Shelby has prepared a resolution for us, the Tampa Bay

11:38:46 Regional Planning Council is working with get ready

11:38:50 Tampa Bay, which is an organization that's getting us

11:38:52 ready for electric plug-in vehicles, and the Regional

11:38:59 Planning Council, Hillsborough County, Manatee, Pasco,

11:39:02 St. Pete, Clearwater, Gulfport, all these other cities

11:39:05 passed the same resolution which is just getting cities

11:39:09 ready for that so I would like us to -- I think the

11:39:12 resolution will be ready tonight.

11:39:14 >>MARTIN SHELBY: Put it an tonight's meeting and move

11:39:18 the resolution then?

11:39:20 >>MARY MULHERN: I gave a resolution.

11:39:23 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Second.

11:39:24 >>THOMAS SCOTT: All in favor?

11:39:27 >>MARY MULHERN: I just want to thank Bella -- I don't

11:39:35 November if anyone has seen the stories in the paper,

11:39:37 but a Tribune reporter Sherri Ackerman had written

11:39:41 about people who were really upset because they weren't

11:39:44 able to afford to go to the city pals.

11:39:47 And she wrote about this story.

11:39:50 And called the Parks Department and is giving them

11:39:54 $20,000 to try to allow people to go to the pools this

11:39:57 summer.

11:39:58 I also want to encourage the Parks Department to figure

11:40:01 out a way to get that money into their budget so that

11:40:07 they can keep the pools open because there are other

11:40:09 problems because of the budget cuts with scheduling,

11:40:11 and all these other things.

11:40:13 So I want to make sure that the city accepts that gift

11:40:17 and puts it toward swimming for kids and seniors and

11:40:22 everyone right away.

11:40:23 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: And perhaps expand the hours.

11:40:26 I read that the Sulphur Springs pool is open from 2:00

11:40:32 to 3:30 and I thought if you have a pool why not open

11:40:34 it for longer?

11:40:37 >>MARY MULHERN: Right.

11:40:38 We are going to be talking about parks forever because

11:40:42 I think it's another problem with our fee structure and

11:40:45 with the reorganization.

11:40:46 And so even if you get money to do this, if you don't

11:40:52 have staff.

11:40:53 So we are probably going to have to talk about it.

11:40:55 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Okay.

11:40:57 Anything else?

11:40:59 Motion to receive and file?

11:41:01 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: So moved.

11:41:01 >> Second.

11:41:03 >>THOMAS SCOTT: All in favor?

11:41:04 Opposes?

11:41:04 Okay.

11:41:05 Then we stand in recess till 5:30.

11:41:07 5:30.


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