July 2008 Tampa News

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US Conference of Mayors Recognizes Tampa's Urban Livability

The City of Tampa was the only Florida city presented with a 2008 Outstanding Achievement City Livability Award by the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM).  The presentation was made during the organization's 76th Annual Meeting in Miami.

Book Talk

Students on the set of the "Mayor's Book Talk" on CTTV, part of the nomination submission for the livability award. 

City Livability Awards, a program of the USCM and sponsored by Waste Management Inc., recognizes cities and mayors that have initiated programs that improve the quality of life in their communities. Tampa was recognized by an independent panel of judges in the large cities category along with Chicago, Honolulu, and Seattle. Louisville took home the first place award and four other cities including Orlando received honorable mention citations. Ten smaller U.S. cities were also recognized for their efforts.

Tampa's nomination focused on its youth programs including the Mayor's Youth Corps, Mayor's Mentoring Program, and the city's newest youth based initiative, the "Mayor's Book Talk" program on City of Tampa Television, CTTV.

Camp Hopetake Provides Special Camp for Burn Survivors

Campers are treated to a day at Adventure Island Water Park
Campers are treated to a day at Adventure Island Water Park.

Each year Tampa Firefighters and Paramedics join forces with the Regional Burn Center at Tampa General Hospital to conduct a very special camp for very special kids. Camp Hopetake (pronounced hope' e' tockee) was created as a safe haven for children, ages five through 17, who cope with the social and emotional difficulties of living with burn injuries.

Usually held in Bradenton, Camp Hopetake took place on the University of South Florida campus this year. The campers were treated to field trips to Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Malibu Grand Prix, and bowling. They participated in more traditional camp games like scavenger hunts.

Nearly 40 children attended the free, weeklong camp this year. The activities are paid for by the Tampa Firefighters and Paramedics, IAFF 754, and are supported by the staff of the Regional Burn Center at Tampa General Hospital. The camp's counselors are nurses, therapists, firefighters and paramedics who volunteered to help provide a safe and supportive environment for these special campers.

Mayor Iorio to Host Next Town Hall Meeting
City of Tampa Neighborhood & Community Relations

Mayor Pam Iorio will host a town hall meeting on Tuesday, July 22, 2008. The meeting will be held at Graham Elementary School in the media center, located at 2915 North Massachusetts Avenue, from 6 to 8 p.m. 

All town hall meetings are free and open to the public and are organized to make city government more accessible to Tampa's residents. City administrators and department representatives will be available to answer questions on a variety of topics.

For additional information, please contact Neighborhood & Community Relations Director Shannon Edge at (813) 274-7835 or via e-mail at shannon.edge@tampagov.net.

TPD's Newest Officers Have a Nose for Police Work

Officer Ray Wurst and K-9 Razor, Officer Jamie Bryant and K-9 Bo and Officer Kevin Doan and K-9 Max.

Even though these rookies just graduated from school, Tampa Police Department's newest officers have already hit the streets.  These new officers are not your typical cops, they have a nose for police work and their paws are pounding Tampa's pavement. Bo, Max and Razor are new police K-9s that have also been recently certified to find drugs and sniff out crime.  Bo and Max are single purpose dogs, trained to sniff out drugs; Razor is a dual-purpose dog, trained to sniff out drugs as well as search for criminals. 

Child Identification System Services

The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with Feldman Orthodontics and KID ID to host several data-gathering sessions to help protect your child in case they are reported missing.

Campers are treated to a day at Adventure Island Water Park

With parental permission, Feldman Orthodontics will take digital photos, electronic fingerprints and pertinent information on children, for free, to be stored electronically in KID ID's central secure database. Parents receive a KID ID card in the mail approximately two to four weeks later. A DNA profile kit will also be included and can be completed for a minimal fee. The data is only available to law enforcement, with parental permission, to help locate a missing child instantly.

Parents and/or guardians must present a signed consent form at the time of services. For more information on the KID ID Program, please contact Ingri Pagan at Feldman Orthodontics at (813) 968-2483 or 254-8005, via email at ingrip@yourbite.com.

August 1 - 9:30 a.m., Marcellino 'Chelo' Heurta, Jr. Friendship Park, 4124 Bay to Bay Boulevard

August 8 - 9:30 a.m., Benito Activity Center, 10065 Cross Creek Blvd.

"Mayor's Book Talk" Features Noted Author Dudley Clendinen
Book Talk

Mayor Pam Iorio's guest on the July episode of "Mayor's Book Talk" is author Dudley Clendinen, a former national reporter and editorial writer for The New York Times.  Clendinen discusses his much heralded book, A Place Called Canterbury, a moving and often humorous look at life from inside Tampa's Canterbury Tower.   With an average resident age of 86, the book follows the day-to-day struggles of seniors determined to grow old with dignity in this vibrant retirement community.    

The mayor's book discussion group, comprised of students from Rampello Downtown Partnership School, talks about Atherton: The House of Power by Patrick Carman.  Atherton is a fast-paced fantasy about a boy's adventures on an artificial satellite planet.  It is a story of heroism and survival.  Students can read along with the mayor 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.  

You can also Log onto www.TampaGov.net/CTTV to watch CTTV programs via live Webcast or visit the video/media library and view "Mayor's Book Talk" on demand.

Curbside Recycling Program Expansion
Curbside Recycling

The Department of Solid Waste & Environmental Program Management is thrilled to announce the expansion of the residential curbside recycling program. As of July 1, residents will be able to place phone books, paperback books, junk mail, cereal boxes, six-pack soda boxes, office paper and cardboard in their curbside bins in addition to the already accepted materials:

Newspapers & inserts
Plastic bottles (numbers 1 and 2 only)
Aluminum and steel cans (including empty aerosol cans)
Gable-top beverage containers (juice & milk containers)
Glass bottles & jars (all colors)

PREPARATION of Recyclables:
Please remove caps and lids and discard.
Please place all paper in a brown paper grocery bag.
Please remove the vellum windows from all envelopes.
There is no need to remove labels.
Please rinse all containers before placing them in your bins.

Remember to Recycle - it's the easiest way to be Green.
For more information about recycling, please call (813) 348-1111 or visit our web site at www.TampaGov.net/solidwaste.

We Are Leaders of the Water Quality Pack

The City of Tampa Water Department received a national award from the Partnership for Safe Water for maintaining the Directors Award status for 10 years. Additionally, Tampa's David L. Tippin Water Treatment Facility is the only plant in Florida to receive this award.

Campers are treated to a day at Adventure Island Water Park

Award winning David L.Tippin Water Treatment Facility.

The Partnership for Safe Water is a national initiative developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and water organizations representing water suppliers striving to provide their communities with drinking water quality that surpasses the required federal standards. The Directors Award is presented to water systems that have completed an examination of their treatment plant operation and create a plan for implementing improvements.

The Department's ongoing participation in the program includes a rigorous review of treatment practices developed by national experts and a four-step self assessment and peer-review process. "The goals for this program are far above what the EPA requirements are for the water quality produced from our facility and indicate the superior job we all do in producing an outstanding product for public consumption," said Jeff Vilagos, Tampa Water Department Production Manager.

HUD Refunding Saves City Over $1 Million on Centro Ybor Debt
Campers are treated to a day at Adventure Island Water Park
Aerial view of Centro Ybor.
The City of Tampa is expected to realize a savings of over $1.4 million on the Centro Ybor loan as part of a larger bond refunding offered on June 4, 2008 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As part of HUD's $492 million bond refunding, Tampa's expected $1.4 million savings will be realized over the remaining life of the loan through the year 2018. For the upcoming fiscal year the city will save approximately $130,000 in debt service payments.

Tampa's $9 million, Section 108 Centro Ybor loan was first issued in 1999 to aid in the construction of the entertainment complex. The City was required to take over the debt service payments in 2004. In late 2006, M&J Wilkow, a company specializing in the revitalization of retail and office properties, took over ownership of the property with the intent to make a significant investment and to convert spaces to more suitable uses.


"The Mayor's Hour" Visits the Florida Aquarium
The Florida Aquarium was the setting for a recent episode of "The Mayor's Hour." Senior Biologist Adam Duff introduces Sandy, one of the resident gray-footed African penguins at the Florida Aquarium.  Sandy is part of an interactive daily show at the aquarium entitled "Penguin Promenade."  With over 20,000 aquatic plants and animals, the Florida Aquarium is unmatched as an educational experience and one of the many reasons why Parents magazine calls it one of the top five aquariums for kids in the United States.
Mayor's Hour

Cyrus Greene Park Pool is Open
Campers are treated to a day at Adventure Island Water Park

The Parks and Recreation Department made a big splash in East Tampa when it recently opened the newly reconstructed pool at Cyrus Greene Park. The 25-yard pool is now handicap accessible and features six swim lanes, splash pad with three water drops, floor sprays, two rain arches, and a tube slide.

Summer hours for the Cyrus Greene pool:
Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 
Swim lessons are also available at this site.



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