February 2009 TampaGov News

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Winky Wright

Fighting for a Cause

A proclamation was presented to the Winky Wright Foundation naming January 31, 2009 in honor of the T.D. Cassaway Breast Cancer Awareness Walk. This non-profit organization, founded by former undisputed middle-weight boxing champion Winky Wright, supports various causes and organizations that educate and bring awareness about diseases affecting our community. Proceeds will benefit breast cancer research and help provide programs, services and information on the importance of early detection.

PSA Video Contest - $1000 Cash Prize

The City of Tampa Water Department and Hillsborough County Water Resource Services have opened their first “Use Water Wisely” Public Service Announcement (PSA) Video Contest. Hillsborough County high school students (grades 9 – 12) are encouraged to enter original PSA videos promoting the importance of protecting our water resources. The contest winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize.

Videos should be 60 seconds in length, or less, and raise the viewer’s awareness by explaining how water is used, the importance of conservation or exploring sustainable programs which will continue to protect the Hillsborough River and local water resources. Submissions must be postmarked by midnight, March 6, 2009.

Rules, Guidelines and Forms

 Gasparilla Pirate Fest

Ahoy Me Lads 'n' Lasses!

Every year, plunderers take over the city in honor of the mythical legendary pirate Jose Gaspar. The Gasparilla Pirate Fest is one of the country's largest and most unique outdoor celebrations.

CSC Spotlight: Report Water Violations

The Customer Service Center (CSC) allows you to report water violations that you may witness. City staff will receive and respond to your report via the Internet. This service also allows you to track your request as it progresses through city government.

Mayor Pam Iorio and Tampa Bay Buccaneer  and Philanthopist Warrick Dunn

Parting Shot: Mayor Pam Iorio and
Tampa Bay Buccaneer/Philanthropist Warrick Dunn

Official NFL Super Bowl XLIII logo

Super Bowl XLIII is here at last, and our community is bustling with activity. Here is a list of useful links for both visitors and residents alike:


Tampa Gets The Gold!

The City of Tampa received the Gold-level Certified Green Local Government designation from the Florida Green Building Coalition. Numerous initiatives helped the City of Tampa earn this prestigious designation, which acknowledges governments for exceptional environmental stewardship.

Tampa, the second city in Florida to achieve this designation, joins Tallahassee, Orange and Sarasota Counties as the local governments in the state to achieve the gold level.more...

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Riverwalk Report - January 2009

Overall momentum is continuing -- design, construction, events, and marketing, are all working together to bring the Riverwalk to life. Significant portions are in place andnew segments will continue to be added. Mark your calendars for these events:


Going Places with Pam - January 24, 2009

Going Places With Pam

The annual Children's Gasparilla Parade, held prior to Tampa's historic Gasparilla Pirate Fest, has been a part of the Gasparilla celebration since 1947. This year's parade featured over 100 krewes, marching bands, dance squads, floats and community groups all in a family-friendly, alcohol-free environment. Before the start of the parade, the Para-Commandos Special Operations Command parachute team made a presentation to the mayor.


Paint Your Heart Out Tampa!
Seeks Needy Homes

The Paint Your Heart Out Tampa! Steering Committee is seeking qualified homes to paint for the upcoming 21st Annual Paint Your Heart Out, Tampa! event scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2009. In order to qualify applicants must own and live in their home, live within Tampa city limits, must be over 60 years of age, and must be on a fixed income as defined by Federal Government guidelines.

Paint Your Heart Out Tampa
Residents who know of someone in their neighborhood that may qualify for this community service program and any individuals interested in volunteering for the event, are urged to contact Paint Your Heart Out, Tampa! at (813) 258-4512. For additional information or to learn more about the program visit www.PYHOT.com

Lights On Tampa Feature: Slurb


Slurb 2009
18 minute loop, animation and sound
Concept/ direction/animation: Marina Zurkow
Music by Lem Jay Ignacio
Additional animation: Jen Kelly

This is an animation still of "Slurb", the installation for outdoor projection at the St. Pete Times Forum for Lights On Tampa. The animated, carnivalesque tailgate party of Slurb loops and stutters, like a vinyl record stuck in a groove. Slurb -- a word that collapses “slum” and “suburb” -- sounds like “slurp,” “slump,” “slumber;” it encapsulates the dreamy, melancholic ode to the rise of slime, a watery future of toxic seas. Watch "Slurb" video (WMV - 126 MB)




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