June 2008 Tampa News

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City of Tampa Announces New Greening Initiative for Fire Stations

Florida Friendly LandscapingOn May 21, community leaders and volunteers joined Mayor Pam Iorio at Fire Station 14 to announce a new Florida-friendly landscape initiative for all City of Tampa fire stations. In the future, through public/private partnerships, all Tampa Fire Rescue Stations will receive new Florida-friendly landscaping.

Florida-friendly landscaping consists of plants that are tolerant of the climate, thrive in the varied weather conditions and do not require extensive supplemental irrigation. This new green initiative for the fire stations helps beautify neighborhoods and is environmentally responsible. Fire Station 14, located at 1325 South Church Avenue, was the first station to receive the new landscaping and was designated a "Florida Friendly Landscape" by the University of Florida, Hillsborough County Extension office.

The initiative will be possible only with the help of additional public/private partnerships. Fire Station 14's partners include: Janet Kovach of J.D. Kovach & Associates, Inc. who coordinated contributions and served as liaison to the City for the project; Kim’s Nursery, Inc. and Mother’s Organics, Inc. provided the plants; Living Soil Solutions provided compost; and Genesis Group donated the irrigation system. Mother’s Organics, Inc. also provided mulch for the project. Volunteers from the Mayor’s Beautification Program and the Mayor’s Youth Corp planted the new landscaping.

The total project cost was $3,575, a fraction of the $20,000 estimate the City had received for the irrigation alone.  For additional information about this initiative or partnerships, please contact the City’s Green Officer Thom Snelling at (813) 274-8091 or thomas.snelling@tampagov.net.

Station 14's front lawn before new landscaping.
Station 14's front lawn before new landscaping.
Station 14's front yard after volunteers from the Mayor's Beautification Program and the Mayor's Youth Corps planted the new Florida-friendly landscaping.
Station 14's front yard after volunteers from the Mayor's Beautification Program and the Mayor's Youth Corps
planted the new Florida-friendly landscaping.

IKEA Breaks Ground for Tampa Store

IKEA Breaks Ground for Tampa Store

IKEA, the international home furnishings retail icon, broke ground for its new Tampa location.  The 335,000 square-foot store, set to open the summer of 2009, includes a 300-seat restaurant and is expected to create 400 jobs.  The new store, situated on 29 acres along Adamo Drive at 22nd Street, is the company’s 37th IKEA store in the United States, the third in Florida and sixth in the Southeast.

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2008 Hurricane Expo is a Big Success

A young expo attendee learns about fire services. 

The City of Tampa and Hillsborough County worked together to plan this year's hurricane expo at the Museum of Science and Industry.  The event was held on May 31, one day before the beginning of the 2008 hurricane season.  Over 3,000 attended the event, with more than 50 vendors, visiting the exhibits and demonstrations as well as gathering information on how to prepare homes and families for the upcoming hurricane season. 

In addition to the displays, there was music, entertainment, emergency vehicle displays and a special discount admission to the museum. MOSI provided the perfect location where attendees were treated to an event that was both informative and entertaining.  The most important message that was communicated during the event was for residents to know their evacuation zone and to have a family plan for this storm season. 

For more information on storm season readiness visit tampagov.net/emergency.

Mayor’s Book Talk” Features Gold Medal in Fiction Winner Enid Shomer

Book Talk

Mayor Pam Iorio's guest author on the June episode of “Mayor’s Book Talk” is Enid Shomer, winner of the State of Florida’s Gold Medal in Fiction award for her novel, Tourist Season: Stories. The book is a collection of ten stories that follows each of these resilient women, aged 17 to 70, during pivotal points in their lives. Shomer is also the author of four poetry collections and another collection of stories entitled Imaginary Men.

The mayor’s book discussion group, fifth grade students from Rampello Downtown Partnership School, talk about Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty G. Birney. Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs is the story of a typical twelve-year-old dreamer, challenged to find excitement in his own hometown after reading about the Seven Wonders of the World. Students can read along with Mayor Pam by logging onto www.tampagov.net/booktalk for discussion questions and upcoming book selections.

Iorio also talks with Carla Jimenez from Inkwood Books, a popular South Tampa bookstore, about some of today’s most engaging and current reading selections.

“Mayor’s Book Talk” can be viewed on City of Tampa Television (CTTV), Channel 15 on Verizon FiOS and Channel 615 on Bright House Networks. Replay times for “Mayor’s Book Talk” are Sundays at 3:30 p.m., Mondays at 8 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m.

CTTV Takes to the Tarmac for a Demonstration in Readiness

Costumed students are treated by Tampa Fire Rescue's Lt. Willie Glass and Firefighter Kellon Mees.

Recently City of Tampa Television’s (CTTV) Karey Poulos and Brian Sullivan taped the Airport Emergency Response Exercise, a full-scale triennial event in accordance with Federal Aviation Regulations.  The exercise is designed to develop emergency response skills in the case of a mass casualty occurrence. “Everyone treated this like it was the real thing, from the time the call came into the tower right up to when the patients were taken to the hospital,” said Sullivan, who was there to document the event for CTTV’s On Scene with Tampa Fire Rescue.  “This is just good training for us,” said Jennifer Potter, a Lieutenant with Tampa Fire Rescue. “Obviously these types of situations don’t happen every day, so for us a very realistic simulation is the best way to practice and improve on our life saving skills.”
The exercise was indeed realistic. The mock scenario involved a major airline crash at the northeast taxiway.  Firefighters battled a fuel-induced blaze. Drama students from Bay area high schools were strewn across the tarmac with make-up and costumes reflecting true-to-life injuries.  Paramedic and hospital personnel operated sophisticated equipment and treated patients based on the seriousness of their wounds.   Casualties were triaged and then transported by stretchers onto HART buses, emergency vehicles, and even helicopters.

On Scene with Tampa Fire Rescue often gives residents a view of some aspect of the department that they would not be able to see otherwise. The show regularly highlights the activities of the department, including community outreach, firefighter readiness, fire inspection and the men, women and equipment inside the station.
Replays of On Scene with Tampa Fire Rescue can be seen on City of Tampa Television, Verizon Channel 15 and Bright House Networks Channel 615 on Sundays at 8 p.m., Tuesdays at 5 p.m., Wednesdays at 3 p.m. and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. 

Team “Green”

Team “Green”
The Water, Wastewater and Solid Waste Departments recently teamed up to provide information on being “green” to hundreds of attendees of the Tampa / St. Petersburg Home and Patio Show.  The event was held over the Memorial Day weekend, May 26 – 28, at the Tampa Convention Center.  The trade show has become known as one of the bay area’s leading consumer home improvement shows.  
The theme was Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. City staff was on hand to provide information to attendees about ways to help them reduce their environmental impact. Attendees also had an opportunity to hear from local, regional and national experts on topics ranging from remodeling to landscaping as well as see current home and garden products.

Information on “green” programs and services provided by the City of Tampa departments can be found at www.tampagov.net/savewater, www.tampagov.net/wastewater and www.tampagov.net/solidwaste.

Water Department Begins Public Outreach for New Water Pipeline

UCAPThe City of Tampa Water Department recently held the first of several planned open houses to inform the public on the first phase of a new pipeline project, called CIAC. 

The CIAC pipeline will be approximately 12 miles long and will deliver drinking water to points throughout Tampa between the David L. Tippin Water Treatment Facility in the northeast to the Bay to Bay area in the southwest.  This new pipeline will improve water service reliability, water pressure and fire protection along the route.

The CIAC project is one component of the City’s Utility Capital Improvement Projects (UCAP), an important pipeline improvement program designed to improve reliability and service by replacing the City’s aging water and wastewater pipelines.

Approximately 1,800 citizens were invited to attend the meeting to learn about the first phase of the project, including the need, the benefits and the route selection process.  Phase I of the project is generally bounded by I-275 to the west, 34th Street to the east, Hanna Avenue to the north and the Selmon Crosstown Expressway to the south.

“Public input is an important part of the process and will be considered in the route selection process along with other criteria,” said Brad Baird, director, City of Tampa Water Department.  “We are committed to working closely with neighborhoods to keep residents and businesses informed and involved as the project moves from design through construction.”

The Water Department will hold meetings for neighborhoods in other CIAC phases in the coming months.  Following is a description of additional CIAC phases:

Phase II
:  Habana Avenue to the west, Nebraska Avenue to the east, Columbus Drive to the north and Kennedy Boulevard to the south.
Neighborhoods:   Courier City/Oscawana, Hyde Park North, Ridgewood Park, Downtown Tampa, Uptown, West Riverfront
Next meeting:  June 2008

Phase III
  Dale Mabry Highway to the west, Armenia Avenue to the east, North A Street to the north and the Selmon Crosstown Expressway/Bay to Bay Boulevard to the south.
Neighborhoods:  Golfview, New Suburb Beautiful, Palma Ceia, Parkland Estates
Next meeting:  June 2008

Phase IV
  22nd Street to the west, 34th Street to the east, the Rodgers Park Golf Course to the north and Hanna Avenue to the south.
Neighborhoods: Like Oaks Square, Rivergrove, Sulphur Springs, Woodland Terrace
Next meeting:  August 2008

Residents can learn more about UCAP, CIAC and future meetings at www.tampa-ucap.com.  Neighborhood groups interested in scheduling a presentation on the projects can contact India Williams of CH2M HILL at (813) 874-0777.

Forever in Our Hearts and Minds

TPD Memorial

The Tampa Police Department honored the 26 officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty during the annual Police Memorial Ceremony in May.  Mayor Pam Iorio and Chief Hogue paid tribute to the lost officers and their families.  The event ended with a Flyover by the Tampa Police Aviation Unit and 21-gun salute.

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