TAMPA CITY COUNCIL
Thursday, October 28, 2010
9:00 a.m. session
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08:55:37 >>GWEN MILLER: The CRA meeting will come to order.
09:04:09 Good morning again.
09:04:12 We are going to have our invocation.
09:04:14 I am going to turn it over to our council member, Ms.
09:04:17 Mary Mulhern.
09:04:32 >>MARY MULHERN: The president of Bishop high school is
09:04:36 going to give our invocation.
09:04:38 >> You have revealed your glory to all nations, God of
09:04:50 wisdom and power and might and all justice.
09:04:53 Laws are enacted, judgment is decreed.
09:04:56 Let the light of your divine wisdom direct today the
09:05:00 wisdom of the City Council of Tampa and shine forth in
09:05:03 all their proceedings in the law established for their
09:05:07 rule and government.
09:05:07 May the members of this council seek to preserve civic
09:05:10 harmony, promote happiness for the citizens of this
09:05:13 community, and continue to assist in bringing us all,
09:05:17 those who appear greatest and those who appear the
09:05:19 least, those at the end of life and those at the
09:05:21 beginning of life, those with a powerful voice and
09:05:24 those with no voice at all, the blessings and liberty
09:05:27 and equality.
09:05:29 We commend to your unbounded mercy all the citizens of
09:05:33 Tampa of that we may be blessed with the knowledge and
09:05:35 sanctified in the object serve answer of your holy law
09:05:38 that we preserved in union in that peace which the
09:05:40 world cannot give and after enjoying the blessings of
09:05:43 this life be admitted to those which are eternal.
09:05:46 We pray to you who are Lord and God forever and ever.
09:05:50 [ Pledge of Allegiance ]
09:06:12 >>GWEN MILLER: Roll call.
09:06:13 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: Here.
09:06:16 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Present.
09:06:18 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Here.
09:06:19 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Here.
09:06:21 >>MARY MULHERN: Here.
09:06:23 >>CURTIS STOKES: Here.
09:06:23 >>GWEN MILLER: Here.
09:06:25 At this time we have our Officer of the Month.
09:06:31 It is always an honor to present our Officer of the
09:06:44 Month; David J.miller, and we are happy to have you
09:06:50 Chief Chris tore will come and give us the good news
09:06:53 about you.
09:06:53 >> Chief Castor: It's my pleasure to bring before you
09:06:58 one of TPD's finest.
09:07:00 And you will be amazed at the things that he has done
09:07:02 just in the last couple of months.
09:07:04 It's just going to be from August to now.
09:07:07 But he's only been with the Tampa Police Department for
09:07:09 nine months.
09:07:10 He was a reserve for two years prior.
09:07:13 But they have been doing some amazing things out there
09:07:17 on the street.
09:07:17 He received a bulletin, there was a homicide that the
09:07:21 detectives were having some trouble identifying a
09:07:23 suspect, and they had a general description, and they
09:07:26 knew that he was in a particular area that officer
09:07:29 Miller happened to patrol.
09:07:31 They gave him a description with, you know, very vague
09:07:35 details, and within 30 minutes of receiving that
09:07:38 bulletin, he had that individual identified and in
09:07:42 custody, brought him in for an speaker view, and
09:07:45 detectives charged him with manslaughter following that
09:07:49 On August 9th, they put out another bulletin on a
09:07:54 sexual offender who had absconded, and officer Miller
09:07:57 researched and found his last known address, although
09:08:00 the bulletin said he didn't live there any longer.
09:08:03 He further researched the information into that and
09:08:05 found out that the suspect's son's mother who lived at
09:08:12 this location, so he basically staked this house out,
09:08:16 and within a few hours he was able to get that
09:08:20 individual as well and bring him in on charges.
09:08:23 He put him into jail.
09:08:25 He looked into the jail records a few days later and
09:08:29 saw that he had bonded out, and he also had enacted in
09:08:32 that short amount of time had an active domestic
09:08:35 violence warrant on him as well.
09:08:37 So he went to the bail bonds company, found out what
09:08:40 that was, found out who bailed him out, and found out
09:08:43 that it in fact was the victim in the domestic
09:08:47 violence, and she had given a false name during the
09:08:51 domestic violence investigation because she too had a
09:08:54 warrant on her.
09:08:55 So, again, he went, located not only -- and it happened
09:09:01 to be the mother of the suspect's son, located this
09:09:04 individual who had given a false name to police and
09:09:07 filed a false report.
09:09:08 He arrested her and charged her with the outstanding
09:09:11 warrant, and then found the suspect hiding out in a
09:09:15 closet in the bedroom and was able to take him into
09:09:18 custody as well.
09:09:21 Then we had a string of armed robberies, five
09:09:24 commercial robberies that were committed by the same
09:09:27 They were in about the same time frame at night and had
09:09:30 the same M.O., and officer Miller was able to figure
09:09:34 out that this individual probably was in the area of
09:09:37 Nebraska and Hillsborough.
09:09:47 , and when we had an armed robbery, officer Miller went
09:09:50 to the area of Nebraska and Hillsborough.
09:09:52 Now the suspect was a student, to change his clothing,
09:09:57 so he was walking through the area but based on
09:09:59 researching and studying all these bulletins officer
09:10:02 Miller knew exactly what he looked like.
09:10:04 So although he had changed his appearance, his
09:10:07 clothing, officer Miller took him into custody, brought
09:10:10 him in and the detectives were able to get full
09:10:13 confessions on all five robbers, so he cleared five
09:10:16 robbery cases in that as well.
09:10:18 And that's just what he's done the last couple of
09:10:20 So I think it basically goes without saying that
09:10:24 officer Miller does an outstanding job, and he is
09:10:27 dedicated to making this community safer, and I think
09:10:30 that the citizens of Tampa should be very, very glad to
09:10:34 have him on our force, and we are ecstatic that he is a
09:10:39 part of the Tampa Police Department.
09:10:41 And that's why he's being named the Officer of the
09:10:42 Month for October 2010.
09:10:46 [ Applause ]
09:10:54 >>GWEN MILLER: On behalf of Tampa City Council I would
09:10:56 like to present this proclamation.
09:10:57 I am not going to read it because it just says all
09:11:00 these good things.
09:11:01 I will just present it to you.
09:11:02 Also the private sector has some gifts for you.
09:11:07 Charley's steakhouse has the first one.
09:11:08 >> Steve Stickley, representing Stepps towing service,
09:11:21 on behalf of Jim and Judy Stepp, I'm pleased to have
09:11:25 Todd Stepp with me today, it wouldn't be possible for
09:11:32 me to present these awards to the officers and
09:11:33 firefighters of the quarters of the month if it wasn't
09:11:36 for Todd and his family.
09:11:39 But for a job well done.
09:11:41 I would like to present this statue to you, and we also
09:11:45 have a gift card to Lee Roy Selmons.
09:11:49 Keep up the good work.
09:11:51 God bless you.
09:11:53 We appreciate it
09:11:59 >> These flowers are really not for you.
09:12:01 They are for your significant other.
09:12:03 >> Jennifer curry from Bill Currie Ford representing
09:12:18 Bill Currie Ford along with Danny Lewis, and we thank
09:12:22 you and we want to give you this watch.
09:12:25 >> Jennifer, I want you to know you are the best
09:12:30 replacement that Bill Currie ever sent here, I believe
09:12:35 the only female president of afford distributorship in
09:12:39 the whole southeast and we want to congratulate you.
09:12:44 [ Applause ]
09:12:45 >> For the Straz center perform arts we would like to
09:12:56 give you some tickets so you can come enjoy some shows.
09:13:02 >> On behalf of the Tampa Police Department association
09:13:10 I would like to present you with this gift card for a
09:13:12 job well done.
09:13:13 Thank you.
09:13:13 >>STEVE MICHELINI: I wanted to -- don't want to
09:13:21 upstage Danny Lewis but if he's been promising a car
09:13:27 for years, and he had to deliver, so as long as he's
09:13:30 here, you might want to talk to him about that.
09:13:33 [ Laughter ]
09:13:33 On behalf of Bern's steakhouse, we are providing you
09:13:36 with a $100 gift certificate so you can enjoy a nice
09:13:39 dinner there with your family, and on behalf of Bryn
09:13:42 Allen studios we are going to provide with you a
09:13:45 photographic package so you can go have your photos
09:13:48 taken and enjoy a nice portrait, a keepsake.
09:13:52 And Rigatoni's is providing you with a gift certificate
09:13:55 so you can enjoy lunch or dinner of your choice.
09:13:58 So look forward to seeing my car from Danny Lewis.
09:14:04 [ Laughter ]
09:14:08 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Just for the record, Mr. Lewis, I
09:14:10 hate to defend him but he never promised a car.
09:14:13 It was just me needling him.
09:14:15 >>> I just want to say I want to thank the chief and
09:14:22 the staff for selecting me for this award.
09:14:27 I would like to thank my fiancée, mother, grandmother
09:14:32 for supporting me through everything. I want to thank
09:14:34 my squad.
09:14:37 I want to thank everybody for giving me gifts.
09:14:39 Thanks a lot, everybody.
09:14:59 >> I have a special gift to present to the you this
09:15:01 Mr. Danny Lewis.
09:15:03 >> Good morning, City Council.
09:15:05 I think it's been duly noted over the last 15 years,
09:15:09 someone has promised a new car.
09:15:13 So general is with me today and we are going to solve
09:15:18 that problem.
09:15:19 >> Jennifer: We brought a truck with us today to
09:15:25 present to the council.
09:15:28 [ Laughter ]
09:15:31 >> Well, it looks like a high blood pressure rid
09:15:35 because it looks like a lot of mileage in that car.
09:15:37 Thank you very much.
09:15:37 >> You know, council, years ago, Danny Lewis and Bill
09:15:44 Currie Ford started this process of honoring the police
09:15:47 officers and the firefighters.
09:15:48 So really our hats go off to them for initiating this
09:15:51 program and getting other people involved and excited
09:15:54 about it.
09:15:55 So, you know, we tease a little about him and Bill
09:16:00 But they do a great job and they are the ones truly
09:16:02 responsible for honoring the police and the
09:16:07 [ Applause ]
09:16:12 >>GWEN MILLER: Mr. Mark Huey.
09:16:14 >>MARK HUEY: Economic development administrator.
09:16:18 Good to be with you this morning for our CRA meeting.
09:16:22 And as is your custom we start with a report from one
09:16:26 of your community advisory committee chairpersons, and
09:16:30 today we have Maritza Astorquiza with us who is the
09:16:40 chairman of the Drew Park advisory committee.
09:16:41 >> Good morning.
09:16:45 It's great to be here and great to represent Drew Park.
09:16:50 As you know, we are really proud of Drew Park.
09:16:54 You know it's history and you know it's made up of a
09:16:57 nice residential area but it's also made up of a lot of
09:16:59 businesses that are impact our economic growth here in
09:17:06 There's a lot of businesses, a lot of family owned
09:17:09 businesses, a lot of pride in the businesses in Drew
09:17:11 So the last time I was here, I had just become
09:17:15 I had only been a month or two, not even that much.
09:17:19 And so hadn't had too much of what my visions were and
09:17:24 work with the board.
09:17:26 But since then we have organized ourselves in various
09:17:31 committees and kind of organized, you know, different
09:17:34 plans of work, and I want to give you an update.
09:17:38 And it's by category.
09:17:40 We just had a wonderful presentation.
09:17:42 So we are going to start with crime production
09:17:46 And with crime prevention, we had started, a year and a
09:17:49 half ago, a program with the adult usage, and the
09:17:54 maintenance of that program still continues.
09:17:55 You are familiar with that.
09:17:56 But what I wanted to do is work with district one
09:18:02 regarding bike patrol.
09:18:03 And it's kind of simple when you go to someone, and I
09:18:07 went with lieutenant Peters of district one, and, you
09:18:12 know, what can we do to work with you to help us?
09:18:15 Simple question.
09:18:18 We are a community.
09:18:18 We want to feel more like a community and we want to
09:18:21 help you help us.
09:18:22 And going back to the bike patrol, they could see a lot
09:18:30 more in bikes than in cars, and also gives an
09:18:34 opportunity to become more of a community.
09:18:36 And so guess what.
09:18:37 We are working on bikes.
09:18:38 We are working on getting two bikes for Drew Park that
09:18:41 will be used for patrolling the Drew Park area.
09:18:43 And I believe we are going to get them in October, now,
09:18:46 this month.
09:18:48 So moving on to capital improvements.
09:18:53 Capital improvements is being head up with
09:18:57 beautification by Pat Cuevo and myself.
09:19:02 As far as the beautification part.
09:19:03 But there's a lot more in here that involves actually a
09:19:06 lot of city employees including stormwater.
09:19:09 The drainage pattern in Drew Park has been completed.
09:19:14 We have been waiting for this, and it's a big
09:19:16 undertaking, and it's complete.
09:19:18 So we are moving forward with the plans of the
09:19:22 Actually the city is.
09:19:23 And so the analysis, initial analysis shall shall
09:19:29 completed within four months which is great.
09:19:30 We have a target date and we'll keep moving on that.
09:19:33 As you know, stormwater is a big issue in Drew Park.
09:19:36 A lot of flooding.
09:19:38 Used to be not as much.
09:19:39 Something changed in the water pattern, more concrete.
09:19:41 I don't know what it is.
09:19:43 But it's definitely something that needed to be
09:19:44 addressed, and definitely now is more of a severe
09:19:47 So we are happy that we are getting attention, not as
09:19:50 fast as we want because there's all these models we
09:19:53 don't understand, but I don't need to go through it.
09:19:56 Streetscape and beautification.
09:19:57 And that's one area as I mentioned Pat Cuevo and myself
09:20:04 are interested and working with Jeanette Fenton.
09:20:08 Jeanette has -- is looking into one of the contractors
09:20:16 already on contract by the city that has a provision
09:20:18 that perhaps they may be able to come in and give us a
09:20:21 plan, a scape plan to see where we might need more
09:20:32 trees or lighting, so we are going through a pattern to
09:20:36 see where we can do things more efficiently and
09:20:40 That's something I am real happy with.
09:20:41 Street paving has been going on for some time.
09:20:45 And if you haven't been by Drew Park you need to go,
09:20:47 because other than the main 2001 streets, which is
09:20:50 Grady and Lois, where a lot of the stormwater is going,
09:20:54 do we want to put money into something that might be
09:20:56 torn out?
09:20:57 Then that's a different discussion.
09:20:58 But the rest of the Drew Park has been pretty much
09:21:00 paved and the sidewalks have been put in and, you know,
09:21:04 we are not bumping all over the place.
09:21:07 It's wonderful.
09:21:07 Sidewalks, like I just mentioned, it's wonderful and
09:21:10 it's really nice to see people.
09:21:11 Remember we do have a residence area that's adjacent to
09:21:15 So we do have a lot of people walking, and really
09:21:18 determined to see, you know, parents with children in
09:21:20 the middle of the streets, and now we have sidewalks
09:21:23 that they can use to get from point A to point B.
09:21:26 And we have one that had been approved and is in motion
09:21:31 ab and we have one in the process, correct?
09:21:36 There you go.
09:21:36 Perfect time.
09:21:37 So we are well on our way with the capital improvements
09:21:40 and beautification.
09:21:41 And that takes a lot of work and a lot of cooperation
09:21:43 with the city folks.
09:21:46 Code enforcement and zoning.
09:21:49 Denise San cheese, myself, are heading that up quite a
09:21:53 bit of course with Jeanette Fenton.
09:21:57 We had an issue with code enforcement in zoning in the
09:22:01 fact that we were unproportionately being cited.
09:22:06 Thanks to Charlie Miranda, we kind of put an S.O.S. out
09:22:13 and was kind of able to give us some direction, and
09:22:16 Jake Slater has stepped up and is helping us.
09:22:20 And we have more of a proactive and friendly
09:22:25 relationship with code enforcement, and guess what,
09:22:28 things have changed.
09:22:31 They are taking the time to talk to people, find out if
09:22:35 there really is a violation, or how to fix it and how
09:22:38 to improve Drew Park versus just violations founded or
09:22:44 The other thing we asked Jake slater to look into is a
09:22:48 position of a liaison.
09:22:50 Because of education, like one subcommittee member
09:22:56 mentioned which is from the community, not on the
09:22:58 board, which by the way, our subcommittee meeting,
09:23:02 particularly the code enforcement and zoning, is
09:23:06 heavily attended by the community, which is wonderful.
09:23:11 One idea was, you know, you all need to educate us, and
09:23:14 we need to educate, too.
09:23:16 We are very unique.
09:23:17 Drew Park is unique.
09:23:18 We are different from anywhere else in the city, and
09:23:21 therefore we have different needs, and we need
09:23:24 different assistance.
09:23:25 So education goes both ways, and we ask you to look
09:23:29 into the possibility of having a liaison, and he is
09:23:30 looking into it and I believe we are moving forward in
09:23:33 that area.
09:23:34 Thanks to Jeanette, she's made some efforts with USF,
09:23:38 and we thought, you know, we are trying to fix things,
09:23:41 but what are we trying to fix?
09:23:43 So we said let's just think about this, analyze it.
09:23:46 So we are going to be working with USF to come out and
09:23:51 analyze certain things that are happening, so we
09:23:54 understand what are the needs are, kind of things like
09:23:58 organize way to do things, and we are happy and we'll
09:24:00 be moving forward with that.
09:24:03 Communications and marketing.
09:24:06 Again Pat, Maritza and myself are working on that, and
09:24:11 of course the quarterly newspaper has been in place and
09:24:13 that's headed up by Jeanette Fenton and her staff.
09:24:18 We are also looking into different ways of
09:24:22 communicating, perhaps part of the USF survey is to get
09:24:28 information we need for the communication part.
09:24:29 But one thing we did start to do -- and this was pat's
09:24:33 idea -- was to put up signs to let people know the
09:24:36 meetings were about to happen, and attendance did go
09:24:40 It's a remind theory goes up the week before.
09:24:45 I have been in conversation with the small business
09:24:50 information center, from Hillsborough County, and as
09:24:52 you know, there's been some projects in East Tampa and
09:24:55 Ybor City that have been successful.
09:24:58 And guess what -- we are all about business and the
09:25:03 business side of Drew Park.
09:25:04 So it would make sense for us to have a business angle.
09:25:08 And so we are looking into the program, and we are
09:25:11 going to be receiving a proposal for the business
09:25:13 technical assistance program, similar perhaps to what's
09:25:17 going on in East Tampa and Ybor City, maybe a different
09:25:19 twist, but it makes sense.
09:25:21 We are full of businesses, and our businesses can use
09:25:25 assistance as well.
09:25:30 There's not too much more that I have to say.
09:25:33 I think I have said a lot.
09:25:34 I could go on for a little more but I know you guys
09:25:37 have other things to talk about and this is to give you
09:25:40 high-level ideas of what's going on.
09:25:43 We have a lot of work to be done, and we are looking
09:25:45 forward to some great places to do business.
09:25:49 It's a lot of good projects and major activities that
09:25:52 happen out of Drew Park businesses.
09:25:55 And one that I will take time to invite you to, this is
09:26:01 coming out of my property so I will say come November
09:26:07 7th to Al Lopez park, the largest family festival
09:26:10 here in Tampa and it is produced right out of Drew
09:26:13 And just as an example, I would invite you to look into
09:26:16 the businesses that are in Drew Park.
09:26:19 There's a lot of great businesses in there that are
09:26:21 doing work not only locally, nationally and
09:26:24 Any questions?
09:26:25 >>GWEN MILLER: Questions, council members?
09:26:29 Thank you.
09:26:29 We appreciate that report.
09:26:37 >>MARK HUEY: Thanks, MARITZA.
09:26:41 You can tell she brings a lot of energy and ideas and
09:26:43 vision to the work of Drew Park and we really
09:26:46 appreciate that.
09:26:47 Thank you.
09:26:49 The next item on the agenda is our monthly report.
09:26:52 I am not going to have to say anything about Drew Park
09:26:55 because MARITZA is he it better than I could, but
09:26:59 there's lots of things going on throughout the agency.
09:27:02 In downtown.
09:27:04 Most notably with the opening of the Glazer children's
09:27:08 Did you know that they had about 20,000 visitors so far
09:27:14 since they have opened less than a month ago come to
09:27:18 the museum, and therefore into our downtown and
09:27:22 experience our waterfront, the Curtis Hixon waterfront
09:27:25 So it's been a great success, and really exceeded
09:27:28 everyone's expectations at this point.
09:27:32 We have a groundbreaking coming up.
09:27:35 We have sage capital partners and the ground be right
09:27:38 backing for their project at the St. Paul AME church
09:27:44 that is coming up.
09:27:46 And Bob, that date, I lost my overhead, November
09:27:49 17th at 10 a.m.
09:27:51 All of your offices have been contacted.
09:27:53 We don't have a lot of ground breakings in the midst of
09:27:56 a recession, do we?
09:27:57 But we are thrilled to have that going on in our
09:28:00 downtown and hope you can join us and those in the
09:28:04 community as well.
09:28:07 Thanks to the leadership of the downtown partnership,
09:28:10 the downtown market has opened, and it's been extended
09:28:15 north along Franklin Street.
09:28:17 There's music.
09:28:19 It's been blessed with incredible weather.
09:28:21 And so it's been quite festive in our downtown on
09:28:25 The CAMLS project downtown moves forward real well.
09:28:31 The land closing for that is scheduled for November
09:28:35 And then certain major announcement this week, and not
09:28:39 in the monthly reports, but I would be remiss if I
09:28:42 didn't acknowledge the announcement about high-speed
09:28:45 Actually two announcements.
09:28:46 The federal commitment of another $800 million to the
09:28:49 project, complementing the 1.3 billion already
09:28:55 And then the commitment of a planning grant to the city
09:28:58 that will, among other things, help us plan in the
09:29:01 high-speed rail station area.
09:29:05 Very important.
09:29:06 The Channel District, the York street stormwater
09:29:09 project is complete.
09:29:10 Washington streetscape improvements are underway.
09:29:14 The park and design and pricing problem sees is going
09:29:18 along well in Ybor City.
09:29:21 The board, as you know, set aside $100,000 to help
09:29:24 preserve the macaroni -- the Ferlita macaroni factory
09:29:30 and that work was completed during September.
09:29:34 Business incubator program study has gone well.
09:29:37 The first phase of that.
09:29:38 And we are proceeding to the second phase.
09:29:40 We had our first ribbon cutting on a facade grant,
09:29:46 which was the first facade grant that you approved.
09:29:49 That project was completed and it's beautiful.
09:29:52 Guavaween is coming up.
09:29:53 I'm sure we'll see you all there.
09:29:55 We might not recognize you but we'll see you there.
09:29:58 Always a big day, a big night in Ybor City.
09:30:02 East Tampa, the 22nd street improvements are running
09:30:04 along well.
09:30:07 I could hardly get through East Tampa because of all
09:30:12 the progress.
09:30:13 That's a good problem to have.
09:30:15 We have street resurfacing at lake and 15th.
09:30:18 Land acquisition recommendation coming before you
09:30:22 The Heights, we are working on using some available TIF
09:30:25 funds that we have there, for improvements to the
09:30:27 riverwalk area and the park.
09:30:30 We continue to monitor the situation there with a
09:30:33 notice of foreclosure.
09:30:36 Central Park, you have probably driven by there and you
09:30:39 can see all the construction activity going on at that
09:30:43 Notably, they have now started the permitting process,
09:30:48 began preparations of that for the first building
09:30:50 structure, the ELLA, and they are looking forward to
09:30:53 coming into the city for permitting in December-January
09:30:57 time frame.
09:30:57 And then, of course, we continue to work on our
09:31:00 planning for Perry Harvey park which is the city's
09:31:04 And then overall, we have got your quarterly TIF report
09:31:08 or accountability report on spending.
09:31:11 And continuing to improve our web page.
09:31:15 Last month, there was a question by the board -- I
09:31:19 believe it came from Reverend Scott -- about spending
09:31:21 in East Tampa.
09:31:23 And how much money we have spent in East Tampa, and in
09:31:28 particular how much of that money, those projects, that
09:31:32 funding that women and minority-owned businesses were
09:31:36 able to participate in, in that spending.
09:31:39 So we did work to answer that question and prepare a
09:31:43 I believe it's been circulated to you.
09:31:45 So we submit it to you.
09:31:47 I think it basically showed that a third of the
09:31:50 spending on capital projects and so forth in East Tampa
09:31:56 has been beneficial to women and minority-owned
09:31:59 But we'll give you a chance to study the report and if
09:32:02 you have questions we look forward to responding to
09:32:05 >>GWEN MILLER: Reverend Scott?
09:32:10 >>THOMAS SCOTT: What I would suggest is, since we all
09:32:15 just received it, I haven't -- I had a chance to read
09:32:18 it yesterday, that we may want to take and thoroughly
09:32:20 go through it and discuss it at our next month meeting.
09:32:23 I will tell you at first glance the numbers to be
09:32:29 minority of 16 million that's been spent in East Tampa,
09:32:32 32% was minority small business participation which is
09:32:39 a pretty good number.
09:32:40 Of course we break it down by ethnicity, and there's
09:32:43 some changes there.
09:32:45 But I would love for us to come back and have a
09:32:49 discussion on this maybe next month.
09:32:51 The second thing I want to note, and just glancing
09:32:54 through, I did not know the breakout, I did not see the
09:32:57 breakout of those businesses or those who do business
09:33:03 with the CRA in East Tampa so I would like that to be
09:33:06 added as an attachment to the board.
09:33:11 >>> These would be businesses whose location is in East
09:33:15 >>THOMAS SCOTT: They are located in East Tampa.
09:33:16 They have been able to do business with the CRA, with
09:33:18 the City of Tampa, to get some of these contracts.
09:33:23 So other than that, it appears to be a very thorough
09:33:29 So I want to thank you for that.
09:33:31 But we need opportunity to look at it.
09:33:33 >>> I understand.
09:33:36 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Again I want to echo the statements
09:33:39 made by my colleague Scott.
09:33:47 These you have directly one on one with these
09:33:50 contractors and then they hire the subs.
09:33:52 We don't have an agent who hires the contractor?
09:33:55 >>> Everything is done through the standard city
09:33:58 procurement processes.
09:34:00 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: What does that mean?
09:34:01 >>> If it's a CCMA contract, it's gone through the CCMA
09:34:06 If it's a construction project, it's gone through --
09:34:10 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: You have to be much more specific.
09:34:13 This doesn't go through JOCS, does it?
09:34:18 >>MARK HUEY: I can't really answer that question.
09:34:20 I believe there are probably some projects there that
09:34:23 do go --
09:34:25 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: So in other words we are paying 4%
09:34:27 for something we can do ourselves? That's all I'm
09:34:30 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: If that's a motion, I'll second
09:34:36 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: A no, I'm not making any motion.
09:34:39 >>GWEN MILLER: Any question by council members?
09:34:41 Okay, Mr. Huey.
09:34:47 >>YVONNE CAPIN: I just want to say thank you,
09:34:48 councilman Scott, for this package of this report.
09:34:52 It's very enlightening.
09:34:54 As you said, it seems thorough. But a few more
09:34:57 Thank you very much.
09:35:03 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Madam Chair, one of the things, we
09:35:07 probably should probably do all the CRAs just to look
09:35:10 at what is going on with minorities and small
09:35:16 When I met yesterday, they did quite a bit of work to
09:35:21 go back and pull these contract, which I found very
09:35:24 surprising because I was under the impression that all
09:35:27 of this was already being tracked by the city.
09:35:30 So that may be something we want to discuss or talk
09:35:34 about in our regular meeting.
09:35:36 But I think maybe in the future, not do it now, but
09:35:41 look at all these CRAs and get a breakdown.
09:35:44 >>MARK HUEY: I think there are some systems in place,
09:35:49 maybe more recently, and the challenge is like we did
09:35:51 for East Tampa we went back fairly far.
09:35:55 The software systems and other tracking -- that's the
09:36:00 >>THOMAS SCOTT: I understand.
09:36:02 >>MARK HUEY: We'll wait for you to have a chance to
09:36:04 digest this.
09:36:06 We have the specific feedback regarding employers
09:36:09 within East Tampa, and we will work on that item.
09:36:13 And report back to you.
09:36:15 I'll send a memo on that to give you that information.
09:36:18 >>THOMAS SCOTT: That's fine.
09:36:18 >>MARK HUEY: The next item, if I can have the Elmo.
09:36:25 We have been working to have a downtown CRA community
09:36:28 meeting, and we do have that set on your calendars for
09:36:32 November 17th, 5:30 p.m., and the focus of that
09:36:37 will be downtown and the high-speed rail station, and
09:36:42 all of the opportunities that are there.
09:36:45 The locations that we are still working on, we have
09:36:47 been trying to do it in the north end of downtown.
09:36:50 And there aren't many locations large enough on the
09:36:53 north end of downtown, so we are still working on that.
09:36:57 We'll definitely clarify that over the coming week.
09:37:02 The next item on the agenda is the community advisory
09:37:07 appointment process.
09:37:10 Community advisory committee, as you know, are critical
09:37:14 to our work as the board and the staff.
09:37:20 Each year we go through a process of advisory committee
09:37:25 members roll off to appoint new members to the
09:37:29 This year, you can see we have a number of seats
09:37:35 Five of the CRAs have positions available.
09:37:37 One in Central Park, one in Channel District, six in
09:37:43 the Channel District, six downtown, and an ex-officio
09:37:48 position, three in Drew Park and ex-officio position,
09:37:52 and then one in the Tampa Heights riverfront.
09:37:56 So these are very critical positions for the work that
09:37:58 we do. And so we invite those in the community who
09:38:02 have an interest.
09:38:03 Your term of service is two to three years, and there
09:38:06 will be more information on that as you apply for a
09:38:09 specific area.
09:38:12 If I can have the Elmo again.
09:38:14 It's a little bit of information for you and the public
09:38:16 on the process.
09:38:20 There is 30-day recruitment process starting November
09:38:25 Applications will be available on the 4th.
09:38:27 And there is an application process for all interested
09:38:30 parties to complete.
09:38:32 And you can get that directly from our department in
09:38:37 downtown at the economic and urban development
09:38:40 We have hard copies.
09:38:41 The city clerk's office has hard copies.
09:38:44 Or you can go to the cities web page, the CRA web page
09:38:48 at TampaGOV.net.
09:38:52 There's going to be information if someone is
09:38:55 interested before putting an application in to learn
09:38:57 more, November 15th and November 16th.
09:39:00 One is in the evening.
09:39:01 And then the first one in the evening and the second
09:39:03 one in the afternoon.
09:39:05 And that is here in this municipal office building, or,
09:39:11 excuse me, the building next door on the second floor.
09:39:13 Deadline is Friday, December 3rd.
09:39:18 And during the month of December, the city clerk's
09:39:20 office, with our department, and then on January
09:39:26 13th at your board meeting, you will make the
09:39:32 So applicants will be able to come and Shobe their
09:39:39 interest in serving on the advisory committee.
09:39:41 So very important process for the agency.
09:39:43 I wanted to make sure you were aware that we were
09:39:45 initiating that.
09:39:48 Any questions?
09:39:51 >>CURTIS STOKES: Mr. Huey, thank you.
09:39:53 What's the procedure for the submittal of applications?
09:39:59 >>> There's nothing beyond that.
09:40:01 The application -- and I would be happy, as a new board
09:40:07 member, I will get a copy of the application so you can
09:40:09 become familiar.
09:40:09 >> I'm familiar with the application.
09:40:11 >> But that's really it.
09:40:14 >> How subjective is it?
09:40:17 >>MARK HUEY: Well, that's up to the board.
09:40:19 Really, it's all in your hands.
09:40:21 We as a staff simply -- we try to make an effort to put
09:40:26 a grid sheet for you to be able to see how the various
09:40:31 applicants compare in certain qualification areas.
09:40:35 But beyond that, then it's in your court.
09:40:38 And many of the applicants will come here and you will
09:40:41 have a chance to meet them in person and hear about
09:40:44 their interest, and then you will be making your
09:40:46 decision with a vote of this board, and the board
09:40:52 usually works through pretty sufficiently in responding
09:40:54 to the applications before you.
09:40:56 There's no way to know how many applicants there will
09:40:58 Sometimes you may have one open position and there may
09:41:00 be just be one applicant for you to consider.
09:41:03 Other times we have had ballots, and there has been for
09:41:07 three positions six or seven candidates for you to
09:41:10 choose from.
09:41:11 But again it will be up to you and your own judgment as
09:41:13 to how subjective you are.
09:41:15 But we will try to provide you with a little matrix to
09:41:20 give you some fact-based information about each
09:41:22 candidate and their qualifications.
09:41:24 To the extent that helps you.
09:41:27 >>CURTIS STOKES: Thank you.
09:41:27 >>GWEN MILLER: Any other questions?
09:41:29 Continue on.
09:41:30 >>MARK HUEY: Item 6.
09:41:36 A couple of times a year we come to you and we update
09:41:39 you on the Intown arts update.
09:41:42 Remember in 2008 the board adopted a report that was
09:41:47 initiated by the Channel District that was done by an
09:41:50 outside consultant.
09:41:54 It essentially helped us to focus on the opportunities
09:41:57 we have to use the arts to enhance our redevelopment
09:42:02 And many recommendations came out of that report.
09:42:06 After the report was adopted by the board, the downtown
09:42:09 partnership stepped forward and said they would be the
09:42:13 facilitating agent for implementing the recommendations
09:42:17 of the report.
09:42:18 And actually, then, the focus of the report, because
09:42:24 the focus of the report was not just the Channel
09:42:25 District, but included downtown and Ybor City, they
09:42:29 really created an umbrella group that represents all of
09:42:33 those districts of our urban core.
09:42:36 So Christine Burdick is here to give you an update on
09:42:39 their work.
09:42:40 >> Christine Burdick.
09:42:47 As mark said I'm with the downtown partnership.
09:42:50 It was three years ago in the fall that you as a body
09:42:55 determined that a lot of the recommendations in this
09:42:59 report applied not only to Channel District but had
09:43:03 application and were going to be most effective if
09:43:06 implemented on the whole urban core.
09:43:08 And so quarterly we have been meeting with
09:43:12 representatives from Ybor City, and with the
09:43:16 cooperation of Bob McDonaugh and Vince and their staff,
09:43:23 and we get together also with a few of the -- every
09:43:25 time there's a few of the cultural destinations or
09:43:31 culturally oriented destinations, and we report on and
09:43:34 try to coordinate some of those activities.
09:43:40 As the consultant's report originally identified and
09:43:43 which you will see is actually bearing out, and the
09:43:50 interest is to maintain the autonomy of each of these
09:43:54 districts of Ybor and of downtown and the Channel
09:43:58 And I will tell you now that there are really now some
09:44:01 things that I am going to tell but that are emerging
09:44:04 again culturally in entertainment and neighborhood
09:44:08 oriented in Tampa Heights.
09:44:09 And so this plan gave ideas and things that already
09:44:15 exist that can be played off of to make our urban core
09:44:19 a cultural magnet, if you would, and thereby leading to
09:44:24 redevelopment efforts.
09:44:25 So this committee met last quarter.
09:44:30 We have still to meet in November.
09:44:32 Mark mentioned the children's museum has opened.
09:44:35 I am going to give you some highlights in the three
09:44:38 areas we have concentrated on, Tampa Heights, and there
09:44:44 are some things that are region-wide, the whole core
09:44:49 but Intown area wide.
09:44:51 The children's museum opened.
09:44:55 The friends of the riverwalk is considering a survey.
09:44:59 They did a survey, and they are considering holding in
09:45:03 conjunction with us an art walk along the river, along
09:45:08 the riverwalk and then permeating into the core and
09:45:11 into the Channel District eventually.
09:45:15 They have surveyed artists, surveyed potential people
09:45:18 who attend that and they will be working on that.
09:45:21 The museum, Tampa museum of art continues to be a very
09:45:24 popular place for community meetings as well as events
09:45:30 and shows very good programming.
09:45:36 And, of course, the park.
09:45:37 We are having -- I think the whole city is having a lot
09:45:40 of fun with the Curtis Hixon waterfront park.
09:45:43 We as an organization have been would have been working
09:45:45 in coordination with parks and recreation, helping to
09:45:49 kind of give some added programming in the park.
09:45:53 We have now for seven months been hosting yappy hour
09:46:00 which is a dog oriented happy hour on the terrace of
09:46:04 the museum and in the dog park on the third Friday of
09:46:07 every month.
09:46:11 Rocket park is a locally emerging band that comes and
09:46:15 Last month we were in Kiley gardens.
09:46:18 After the first of the year we expect to go into the
09:46:20 park because we are Dry Tortugas 500 to 700 people.
09:46:23 The first Thursday of every month.
09:46:27 And I encourage you to come.
09:46:28 Families come with picnics.
09:46:30 Certainly our 20 and 30-something crowd.
09:46:33 But it's an emerging talent and a lot of energy and it
09:46:37 shows the park being used in the way that we all had
09:46:41 hoped it would be.
09:46:45 We offer yoga.
09:46:47 One of the yoga studios in downtown offers free yoga
09:46:51 lessons on Sunday nights at 6:00.
09:46:55 You can yoga to the sunset.
09:46:57 We have had 60 to 70 people every Sunday nature there.
09:47:00 We now need two instructors.
09:47:02 And we have a game cart.
09:47:05 And this is a special service district is providing
09:47:08 some of these.
09:47:09 It offers Frisbees and soccer balls to people who are
09:47:16 in the park and don't have anything to do or want to
09:47:18 try something else.
09:47:19 Again partnering with parks and rec, you all are
09:47:22 invited to go ice create skating in the month of
09:47:27 December on realize.
09:47:31 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I'll be there.
09:47:33 I'll pick you up.
09:47:35 [ Laughter ]
09:47:36 >> Yeah, we are going to see, you know, how these
09:47:40 Floridians skate.
09:47:42 But we are looking forward to the.
09:47:44 And parks is helping to coordinate that, working with
09:47:47 >>MARY MULHERN: Great event.
09:47:52 I missed -- there's going to be an ice rink?
09:47:55 >> An ice ring at the at Curtis Hixon park.
09:48:00 >>MARY MULHERN: Outdoors?
09:48:02 >>> Outdoors.
09:48:03 With real ice.
09:48:05 >>MARY MULHERN: Is it solar powered?
09:48:08 >>> It needs refrigeration.
09:48:10 And the power in the park will be augmented by a
09:48:15 >>MARY MULHERN: That's crazy.
09:48:18 It's done in a lot of downtowns both northern and
09:48:23 around the country.
09:48:25 We are working with the best company in the nation.
09:48:28 We'll have a council night.
09:48:29 I promise you that.
09:48:32 I might mention the market is open and expanded, and I
09:48:35 think that's really an ongoing -- we hope and expect
09:48:39 that it will be an ongoing tradition.
09:48:41 Similarly in Ybor, the market continues, and is open
09:48:44 every Saturday, and they schedule a lot of
09:48:47 community-oriented events around it, the FLAN contest,
09:48:56 salsa, different things for every Saturday.
09:48:59 The business committee for culture and arts held their
09:49:04 recent gala, annual award celebration at the Ritz in
09:49:08 It was a wonderful event.
09:49:10 People really liked going to the Ritz.
09:49:13 The Guavaween is this Saturday, as mark mentioned, and
09:49:18 of course through the Sumter festive Italiano, they do
09:49:23 the art walk every month.
09:49:25 So the distinctive use of Ybor and of these
09:49:29 neighborhoods that have events that give everybody a
09:49:31 chance to attract the same crowd for different reasons,
09:49:34 and that's really what the arts plan called for.
09:49:40 In the Channel District, stage works is progressing
09:49:42 with their plans and their construction while
09:49:46 continuing to present wonderful ongoing programming and
09:49:53 They have had two recent fund-raisers.
09:49:55 They have a new play opening up, they think, next week.
09:50:01 Bob McDonaugh, I know, has been keeping you update on
09:50:05 the park in the Channel District, that's under design
09:50:08 and going to be built.
09:50:09 And you might have read in the paper a very
09:50:12 entrepreneurial owner in the Channel District opened up
09:50:15 a membership-based dog park, never been tried before,
09:50:20 but they have some members and dogs in the Channel
09:50:24 District can pay to play.
09:50:27 Channel District, rustic steel getting into kind of the
09:50:32 business end of it.
09:50:33 The American institute of architect's award for artist
09:50:38 of the year, Dominique Martinez.
09:50:41 So there are a lot of really economically-based reasons
09:50:45 to support the cultural institutions that we have.
09:50:55 A Web site being created in connection with Tampa Bay,
09:51:00 Pinellas CDB, and it will be populated by all of the
09:51:04 different districts that have like a cultural calendar.
09:51:11 The Tampa Bay and company and us helped get together
09:51:18 all the cultural institutions to get a presentation
09:51:22 about high-speed rail and to have feedback from the
09:51:25 cultural institutions on how the they can package and
09:51:28 what the opportunities will be for them westbound an
09:51:31 added audience from Tampa over to Orlando.
09:51:37 And so they are up to speed on that and thinking about
09:51:40 innovative ways that they can kind of be program four
09:51:44 to five years from now and take advantage of that new
09:51:48 Tampa Bay history center and the Channel District again
09:51:51 held hysteria, their first Halloween oriented
09:51:57 fund-raiser an it was fun and different.
09:51:58 I wasn't there but I saw the pictures and it looks like
09:52:02 And I mentioned Tampa Heights.
09:52:06 Tampa Heights now is has really become -- is, in the
09:52:10 process of, continuing to grow as a community.
09:52:15 There are now many events and community meetings being
09:52:18 held between the trolley barn and the Beck facilities
09:52:23 have been very generous and held some community
09:52:26 meetings there.
09:52:27 Trolley barn welcomes fashion week earlier this fall.
09:52:31 Highlighting local designers with a very big production
09:52:34 fashion show and a couple other events, and this is all
09:52:37 locally based businesses involved in fashion.
09:52:43 We knew Tampa held a meeting between the Beck event
09:52:49 space and the trolley barn.
09:52:51 It was a weekend two,-day conference here to design
09:52:55 and -- geared to design and preservation.
09:52:57 Oktoberfest was celebrated at the trolley barn several
09:53:01 weeks ago.
09:53:01 And the green space planning committee from Seminole
09:53:06 Heights invited other local surrounding communities,
09:53:09 and so I was there representing downtown, to talk about
09:53:12 the development of green space plan for that whole
09:53:15 And, again, the arts plan really stressed the fact and
09:53:20 the opportunities for economic development and
09:53:22 community participation.
09:53:24 And we are proceeding with that plan.
09:53:28 I want you to know that it's being implemented, and
09:53:33 doing a fairly good job of highlighting Tampa's
09:53:38 cultural activities and tying it into economic
09:53:40 So if you don't have any questions.
09:53:43 >>GWEN MILLER: Questions by council members?
09:53:47 Ms. Capin?
09:53:49 >>YVONNE CAPIN: It's very exciting, the ice rink.
09:53:53 You said they have it in the south but the last time I
09:53:56 was ice skating was in New Orleans 30 years ago, so
09:53:59 that is great.
09:54:00 I look forward to that.
09:54:01 >>> It's working its way through the planning.
09:54:05 It's going to be part Santa fest which will be held
09:54:10 downtown the first time in eight years, December
09:54:12 4th, and you are invited to that as well.
09:54:18 >>CURTIS STOKES: What's the status of the park by water
09:54:31 >>MARK HUEY: The status of the park, this is in the
09:54:36 Heights CRA, and the parks redevelopment was
09:54:38 contemplated as part of our development agreement with
09:54:42 the Heights developers.
09:54:44 So as part of all of the work they were going to do,
09:54:48 all of the underground structure, the new roads and
09:54:51 public realm, they were also going to take on the park.
09:54:54 Well, the project -- nothing has happened with the park
09:54:59 in the short term.
09:55:00 As I mentioned in the monthly report real quickly, we
09:55:02 have something less than $200,000 available of TIF
09:55:08 resources and we are now working with the Parks
09:55:10 Department and with the developers to see how we might
09:55:14 get to use it to open that park up again to the public.
09:55:20 So we have again the big plan is probably a ways off.
09:55:25 But what we are working on now, board member Stokes, is
09:55:29 a short-term plan that would allow us to open up that
09:55:32 park and have it be safe and attractive for citizens.
09:55:37 >>CURTIS STOKES: That was my whole point.
09:55:38 Currently it's not very attractive and the grass is
09:55:41 overgrown, and I want to make sure it becomes useful
09:55:45 for the citizens.
09:55:46 >>MARK HUEY: Right.
09:55:47 That's one of the down sides of the notice of
09:55:49 foreclosure situation that is occurring there.
09:55:52 It's caught up in that as well.
09:55:54 We are doing our best to really try to come up with a
09:55:56 good short-term game plan that will work.
09:56:00 >>CURTIS STOKES: Thank you.
09:56:00 >>GWEN MILLER: Thank you.
09:56:03 Number 7.
09:56:04 >>MARK HUEY: Number 7.
09:56:06 Our public comments time.
09:56:19 Oh, no, I'm sorry.
09:56:21 If you recall, during the budget process, the budget
09:56:23 you approved earlier this month, one of the things that
09:56:28 we all acknowledged is that the CRA's commitment to the
09:56:31 streetcar is now $450,000 between all three of the
09:56:37 redevelopment areas -- downtown, Channel District, and
09:56:41 Ybor City.
09:56:41 But very substantial commitment to the streetcar.
09:56:45 And during that process, the tree community advisory
09:56:51 committee acknowledged that it would be a good idea for
09:56:54 a representative on the streetcar board itself to be
09:56:59 from one of the CRAs that was contributing.
09:57:02 So we have been working with each of the CRAs through
09:57:08 the nomination process that everyone agreed to, and
09:57:11 what I wanted to report to you today is the result of
09:57:13 that, that they did come together, and they selected
09:57:17 Sean Robinson, who as you might know is the president
09:57:19 of the Hillsborough community college campus in Ybor
09:57:22 He was nominated by the Ybor board and the Channel
09:57:27 District of downtown agreed that he would be an
09:57:29 excellent representative on the streetcar board for the
09:57:33 CRA interest.
09:57:34 And so we are right now in the process of putting him
09:57:38 in place as a representative on the streetcar board,
09:57:42 and we are excited about that.
09:57:43 So I just wanted to close my reporting to you on the
09:57:47 streetcar, and our TIF funding and TIF representation
09:57:52 with that good news.
09:57:53 Any questions?
09:57:55 Again I just appreciate the good work of the community
09:57:57 advisory committees on this idea.
09:58:00 >>GWEN MILLER: Now it's time for public comment.
09:58:05 Would anyone in the public like to speak?
09:58:06 Public comment.
09:58:26 >> Madam Chairman and other members of the committee
09:58:30 redevelopment agency, I'm Al Davis, 3717 east Wilder
09:58:36 Madam Chairman, before my three-minute clock starts
09:58:44 ticking I would have a communication I would like --
09:58:47 >>GWEN MILLER: Hand it to Mr. Territo.
09:58:49 >>> Madam Chairman, in the last couple of months or so
09:59:10 ago, a ghost in the East Tampa community redevelopment
09:59:21 area citizens advisory committee.
09:59:29 And I presented this letter to you for your
09:59:41 determination as to whether or not this member of the
09:59:56 TAC of East Tampa has a continuing term of four years.
10:00:12 Madam Chairman, I would like -- I strive to serve the
10:00:23 community, voluntarily, of course, of the East Tampa
10:00:28 area, as a member of the community advisory committee.
10:00:37 I believe, based on the criteria of your CAC policy or
10:00:47 community advisory committee, that I am qualified, and
10:00:58 it's my intent should urea firm that I am indeed a
10:01:04 member of the advisory committee of East Tampa that I
10:01:18 will fulfill the intent and be consistent with the
10:01:26 purpose as a member of the East Tampa advisory
10:01:36 Thank you, Madam Chairman.
10:01:37 I'll take my seat.
10:01:45 >>CURTIS STOKES: Mr. Davis, the letter that you pass
10:01:47 out, did it give an ending date of your time
10:01:50 >> I'm sorry, sir?
10:01:53 >>CURTIS STOKES: You just gave us a letter that
10:01:55 congratulated you on your appointment, January
10:01:57 Is there an ending date that you received the
10:02:03 What term -- what was your term?
10:02:07 >>> Oh, by application requested initially a standard
10:02:14 four-year term.
10:02:18 And that's what I presumed that the letter reflected.
10:02:27 However, somewhere along the way, there must have been
10:02:36 some construction of the membership term of service
10:02:43 with term limits, thus causing some, I guess,
10:02:51 misapplication of the language of the CAC policy.
10:03:02 Well, I responded to that because I was thinking that
10:03:08 that was a correct thing to do.
10:03:12 But it did so, it just triggered an evolution of
10:03:26 convoluted, capricious and arbitrary results.
10:03:40 Some might consider unfair.
10:03:41 >>GWEN MILLER: Okay, Mr. Davis, we are going to let
10:03:44 Mr. Territo speak on that point.
10:03:48 >>SAL TERRITO: Legal department.
10:03:49 I'm not sure how long the term was.
10:03:52 I'm sorry.
10:03:54 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Well, Madam Chair, I want to say it was
10:03:57 my understanding it was a one-year unexpired term.
10:04:00 That's my understanding, that it was a one-year
10:04:04 unexpired term, and so that term ended, I guess, what,
10:04:11 And so as a result of that, that's the issue.
10:04:13 Secondly, I don't think there are any four-year terms.
10:04:16 They are three-year terms on the CRA.
10:04:19 They are three-year terms.
10:04:20 >>GWEN MILLER: Okay, Mr. Territo.
10:04:31 >>SAL TERRITO: The policy -- two exceptions were made,
10:04:35 one for East Tampa, one for Ybor City.
10:04:36 They were done to recognize the established long-term
10:04:39 organization that exist out there.
10:04:41 East Tampa, and the board policy covered this.
10:04:46 Basically what happened in East Tampa and Ybor City is
10:04:48 they bring to you a slate of candidates.
10:04:52 When that slate comes to you, you can vote it up or
10:04:55 down as a whole or you can say to individual members,
10:04:58 don't meet the standards you want to have on there and
10:05:01 that person would be removed.
10:05:03 They go back and choose someone else.
10:05:04 So, in effect, you have a veto power over who they
10:05:07 choose to be their members, and that kind of policy
10:05:12 exists right now.
10:05:13 To do what Mr. Davis has suggested in the past would be
10:05:16 to change your policy on this issue.
10:05:17 >>GWEN MILLER: Questions from council members?
10:05:23 Did you understand that, Mr. Davis?
10:05:29 We cannot change the policy of their board.
10:05:32 They have already been established so we have to go by
10:05:35 their rules.
10:05:35 >>> Madam Chairman, if this agency cannot correct an
10:05:49 error, then who can?
10:05:53 I hear what the attorney said, and that's fine.
10:05:58 But he didn't go far enough.
10:06:01 If you look at your policy, particularly section 3,
10:06:17 which is the purpose of the CAC, section 4 which gives
10:06:23 the agency the authority to appoint members, and then,
10:06:31 of course, you have section 11 which talks about that.
10:06:35 >>GWEN MILLER: Mr. Davis, why don't you meet with Mr.
10:06:38 Territo after the meeting so he can sit down and
10:06:40 explain to you that we cannot change the policy of East
10:06:43 We already made the rules in the policy.
10:06:45 We cannot change it.
10:06:46 So you need to sit with Mr. Territo to explain to you
10:06:50 what he said about the policy.
10:06:52 >>> That this agency cannot change.
10:06:56 >>GWEN MILLER: No.
10:06:57 We already voted and made those policies.
10:07:00 >>> Then who is the partnership subject to?
10:07:05 >>GWEN MILLER: Mr. Miranda wants to say something.
10:07:08 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I am not speaking to the individual
10:07:09 here or anything.
10:07:12 This board can change the policy.
10:07:14 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Right.
10:07:16 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: But if we do that it becomes a
10:07:17 political manipulation of the same people that we
10:07:21 appoint to sit on the board to name the people to
10:07:24 run -- I'm not speaking about Mr. Davis' case or any
10:07:28 So then we become a bouncing board for all the politics
10:07:33 and all those who didn't get elected or selected, and
10:07:37 you know there's only two things you do in life when
10:07:40 you apply.
10:07:41 You either get it, or you don't get it.
10:07:45 In my case I never lost an election.
10:07:47 I just never got enough votes.
10:07:50 [ Laughter ]
10:07:51 So what I'm saying is, it applies the same thing to
10:07:55 these boards.
10:07:56 And there is no other way putting it.
10:08:01 I want to make this in a humorous way so everybody will
10:08:05 understand what it is.
10:08:07 And I can't change every time somebody says it gets
10:08:10 selected or getting enough votes comes here and
10:08:13 applies, and I don't want to make this CRA board that
10:08:16 we said a political subdivision of another entity.
10:08:21 That's all.
10:08:22 >>GWEN MILLER: Thank you, Mr. Davis.
10:08:26 You can talk to Mr. Territo after the meeting, okay?
10:08:32 >>> So that means I'm not a member of the East Tampa
10:08:36 community advisory committee?
10:08:39 >>GWEN MILLER: That's correct.
10:08:41 >>> And I will ask after the meeting how I may become
10:08:47 >>GWEN MILLER: Okay, thank you.
10:08:50 See him after the meeting.
10:08:52 Mr. Huey.
10:08:53 >>> The attorney?
10:08:54 >>CHAIRMAN: Yes.
10:08:55 >>> And then he may be able to come back at the next
10:08:57 meeting and tell you the results?
10:09:02 >>SAL TERRITO: I think we can cut this short.
10:09:03 Your term is over, Mr. Davis.
10:09:05 And the only way to get on there is to follow the East
10:09:08 Tampa CRA rules.
10:09:09 You apply for a position.
10:09:10 If you make the slate they bring it to the CRA board
10:09:13 and if the CRA board chooses to keep you on there, then
10:09:17 they may.
10:09:18 If you don't make that slate, then this board has no
10:09:20 authority unless they want to change their policies to
10:09:22 put you on there.
10:09:24 But the slate that's brought before them by the East
10:09:26 Tampa group will be who they are looking at.
10:09:29 If your name is on there, they will consider you.
10:09:31 If your name is not on there, then they will not
10:09:33 consider you.
10:09:34 It's that simple.
10:09:35 >>> Yes, sir.
10:09:36 But if the East Tampa people did not follow the
10:09:39 rules --
10:09:41 >>GWEN MILLER: Mr. Davis, please see Mr. Territo after
10:09:43 the meeting.
10:09:43 We have to continue our meeting.
10:09:45 He will explain it to you after the meeting.
10:09:48 >>> We'll be back next month.
10:09:50 Thank you.
10:09:57 >>MARK HUEY: For the record, the letter that was
10:09:59 distributed, of course, is a courtesy letter.
10:10:01 I have no standing in the process with the community,
10:10:04 or with you, the community and this board makes
10:10:07 decisions, a courtesy letter.
10:10:12 The remainder of your agenda this morning are
10:10:15 All good ones.
10:10:16 The first one is the amendment to the CRA plan or
10:10:24 vision plan for Ybor.
10:10:25 >>GWEN MILLER: We have a motion and second.
10:10:26 All in favor?
10:10:30 >>MARK HUEY: Number 9 is for you to receive and file
10:10:32 the quarterly report.
10:10:34 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: So moved.
10:10:35 >> Second.
10:10:36 69 we have a motion and second.
10:10:38 All in favor?
10:10:40 >>MARK HUEY: The next three items are land
10:10:43 acquisitions in Ybor.
10:10:47 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I move items 10, 11 and 12
10:10:50 resolutions, and 13 is a different type of resolution
10:10:53 so I'll wait.
10:10:56 >>GWEN MILLER: I have a motion and second.
10:10:57 All in favor?
10:10:59 >> One question.
10:11:00 One question.
10:11:01 These are on 22nd street, East Tampa.
10:11:04 >>MARK HUEY: That's correct.
10:11:06 >>THOMAS SCOTT: I went down -- I didn't see an
10:11:14 One of them is a building, I think, right?
10:11:25 I think it was vacant land.
10:11:27 One last question.
10:11:32 On this, has the CRA board already voted on this, the
10:11:35 advisory board?
10:11:36 >>MARK HUEY: Yes, they have.
10:11:38 They are supportive of the land acquisition.
10:11:40 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Are they?
10:11:41 >>GWEN MILLER: Item 13.
10:11:43 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: So move the resolution.
10:11:47 >> Second.
10:11:48 >>GWEN MILLER: All in favor?
10:11:51 Information reports?
10:11:55 >>MARK HUEY: Thank you for your support of that.
10:12:00 >>THE CLERK: Motion to receive and file?
10:12:08 >> So moved.
10:12:10 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Second.
10:12:11 >>GWEN MILLER: All in favor?
10:12:12 Anything else to come before CRA?
10:12:14 We stand adjourned.
10:12:15 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Could we start our other meeting
10:12:34 We have about 15 minutes.
10:12:41 >>SAL TERRITO: The other meeting is called.
10:12:43 It has to start at that time.
10:12:44 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Thank you.
10:12:47 (CRA meeting adjourned.)
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