Julian Barnes Lane - 48th Mayor

Julian Barnes Lane - 48th Mayor

Julian Lane

Born: October 21, 1914 

Term: October 1, 1959 - October 1, 1963

Julian Lane was born in Tampa, Florida and married Frances LaMott, anotherTampa native on December 4, 1940. The couple had four children: Susan, Julian,Jr., Virginia and William. Mr. Lane graduated from Hillsborough High School andholds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida. Aftergraduating from college, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S.Army and, on February 28, 1946, was discharged as a Lieutenant Colonel. Afterhis return to Tampa, Lane established his own dairy business and eventuallybecame vice-president of the Florida Dairymen's Association and the president ofthe Tampa Bay Milk Producers. He also served as campaign manager for DanMcCarthy, who was elected Governor of Florida in 1951.

In 1959, Lane campaigned against three other candidates formayor and defeated Nick Nuccio in a run-off election. During his term, Lanefaced a depleted treasury and a city budget of thirty million dollars. Themunicipal hospitals were unable to pay their bills and storm sewers weredesperately needed after the havoc created by Hurricane Donna. Mayor Laneenforced stricter adherence to Civil Service hiring guidelines. He closed theClara Frye Hospital for blacks and merged its services with the Tampa MunicipalHospital. Mayor Lane helped establish the Tampa Hospital Board and removed thehospitals from the city's direct administration.

During his term of office, Julian Lane and the City Councilexpanded the construction of storm and sanitary sewers and the pavement of overtwo hundred miles of streets. Construction of a new public library building wasapproved and Redland Baseball Field was completed replacing Plant Field.Improvements were made along the public beach on Davis Causeway and 12.7 acresof riverfront land was purchased along the Hillsborough River. The city alsobegan the Maryland Avenue Urban Renewal Project and built Community Centers inInterbay, West Tampa, and Forrest Hills. Mayor Lane also appointed a committeeto study the proposed construction of Tampa Stadium.

The Fire Department's manpower was increased by the additionof two hundred new firemen. There were also ninety-nine new fire hydrantsinstalled in the City. In 1961, Lane supervised the transition when the City ofPort Tampa and surrounding industrial areas were annexed into the City of Tampa.

It was during Mayor Lane's term, in September 1963, that thefirst black children were enrolled in traditionally white schools at JacksonHeights and Westshore Elementary Schools. He worked closely with the Bi-RacialCommittee to facilitate peaceful integration of downtown businesses. The TampaTribune also worked with the mayor to help ensure that integration in Tampa wasas orderly as possible.

Sources for this Biographical Sketch:

Covington, Dr. James W. and Wavering, Debbie Lee, "The Mayors of Tampa:A Brief Administrative History," Tampa, FL: University of Tampa, 1987.

Grismer, Karl H., Tampa: A History of the City and the Tampa Bay Region ofFlorida, St. Petersburg Printing Company, FL, 1950.

Robinson, Ernest L., History of Hillsborough County, Florida: Narrative andBiographical, The Record Company, St. Augustine, FL, 1928.

Tampa Council Minutes, Cityof Tampa Archives, Tampa, FL.

Photo provided by The Tampa Tribune.

Interview with Julian Lane on April 3, 1992.