January 2009 TampaGov News

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Christmas Tree Recycling

The City of Tampa Department of Solid Waste & Environmental Program Management will be offering free pick up and recycling of Christmas trees.

Trees must be bare (no ornaments, lights or tree stands), and should be placed curbside for removal beginning January 5, 2009. more...

Water News: Rule Modification

The Southwest Florida Water Management District modified the requirement to postpone turfgrass renovation contained in Executive Order SWF 08-044. There is now a 30-day plant establishment allowance for sod, plugs and other forms of turfgrass. The modified regional establishment allowance returns Tampa to the establishment restrictions in place under Tampa Ordinance 2006-104.

Department of Solid Waste Hosts Electronics-Only Collection Day

In anticipation of the large number of TVs being disposed of as a result of the digital conversion, the City’s Department of Solid Waste & Environmental Program Management is coordinating an Electronics-Only Collection Day on Saturday, January 10, 2009 from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. at 4010 W. Spruce Street. more...

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When Can I Water my Lawn?

For Addresses in Tampa ending in:
EVEN NUMBER: Tuesday Only
ODD NUMBER: Sunday only

(Addresses ending in letters:
A-M=Tuesday, N-Z=Sunday)

Watering is allowed between midnight and 8 a.m. or 6 p.m. and midnight.

Outside Tampa City Limits, please visit Hillsborough County's Water Restrictions.

More Restrictions Information


   Lights on Tampa                         

Lights on Tampa: January 10 - February 1, 2009

Lights On Tampa is a public/private partnership that bridges Tampa’s commitment to the arts, technology, and education and offers free access to artistic excellence.

On January 10th, Lights on Tampa is having a large public event, and the installations will continue to run through February 2nd, in order to reach visitors in Tampa for the 2009 Super Bowl.  more...



Tampa Named One of
"America's Crown Communities"

Penton’s American City & County® magazine today announced that ten cities have been selected as 2008 “America’s Crown Communities.” American City & County presents the awards annually in recognition of outstanding leadership in local government. Tampa was proudly among this year's winners.  Read the Magazine online.

Penton's American City & County Magazine


New Construction Permit Fee Schedule

In order to continue to enhance services, the Construction Services Division (CSD) will implement a new simplified fee schedule on January 1, 2009. The results of an independent cost of services study conducted by Maximus Consulting has resulted in a new permit fee schedule that ties our permit fees to an approximate recovery of cost of services rendered.

For more information regarding this new fee schedule, please contact the Construction Services Division at (813) 274-3100. more...


Parks and Recreation Accreditation Team 2009

Parks and Recreation Logo

We the staff of the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation department promise to provide programs that enhance the quality of life in our community. We pledge to preserve and provide clean, accessible, and safe facilities with timely and effective service. As an assurance of our dedication to provide quality and efficient services, the Parks and Recreation Department is committed to become a CAPRA Accredited Agency in 2009.


Upcoming Events:

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2009 from 12 - 4 pm. The parade honors Dr. King and also serves as a fundraising mechanism for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Scholarship.  

Children's Gasparilla Parade
The invasion returns as the Children's Gasparilla Parade and "Piratechnic Extravaganza" take Bayshore by storm on January 24, 2009 from noon to 7:30 p.m. Activities are scheduled along Bayshore Boulevard from Bay to Bay to Watrous/Orleans Ave. more...

This Month's Calendar
Whether you are interested in a Parks and Recreation special event, an activity at the Tampa Convention Center or a public meeting, check out this month's calendar.


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