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August 12, 2020 - 1:15pm

Full Closure of North Rome Avenue Between West State Street and West Lemon Street

At 1 p.m. today, all lanes of North Rome Avenue have been closed between West State and West Lemon Streets while the Tampa Water Department conducts maintenance on the water distribution system. Barricades and signs are located in the area to assist with traffic flow. Please use caution when driving in the area. Modifications may be necessary during the course of the work.

 

The completion of the work with a return to normal traffic patterns is expected by 5 p.m., Friday, August 14. Work schedules are contingent upon weather conditions. The staff and crews of the Tampa Water Department appreciate everyone's patience during this time.

 

See all road closures at www.tampagov.net/RoadClosures

For additional information, contact:

Elias Franco, Water Distribution & Consumer Services Manager

Office: (813) 274-8335

Cell: (813) 352-3607

Fax: (813) 274-8358

Elias.Franco@TampaGov.net

August 7, 2020 - 5:00pm

Temporary Lane Closures on W Cleveland Street and S Howard Avenue to begin August 8, 2020 for Utility Construction

A portion of W Cleveland Street between S Boulevard and S Howard Avenue and a portion of S Howard Avenue between W Platt Street and W Cleveland Street will close daily from 9 am to 4 pm beginning on Saturday, August 8, 2020, for utility work.  A utility contractor will be installing communication conduit on the south side of W Cleveland Street between S Boulevard and S Howard Avenue and on the west side of S Howard Avenue between W Platt Street and W Cleveland Street. 

One (1) westbound lane on W Cleveland Street between S Boulevard and S Howard Avenue and the left turn lane on S Howard Avenue between W Platt Street and W Cleveland Street will close at 9 am on August 8, 2020.


Two (2) westbound lanes of traffic on W Cleveland Street between S Boulevard and S Howard Avenue and two (2) northbound lanes on S Howard Avenue between W Platt Street and W Cleveland Street will be maintained at all times during construction, with delays.


Sidewalks in the work area will be closed during construction. Pedestrians will be detoured to other available sidewalks with signage.


It is anticipated that all lanes on W Cleveland Street between S Boulevard and S Howard Avenue and on S Howard Avenue between W Platt Street and W Cleveland Street will be open by 4 pm on Friday, September 11, 2020, weather permitting.


The City recommends using alternative routes to avoid traffic congestion.


Eastbound motorists and trucks can use W Kennedy Boulevard between S Boulevard and S Howard Avenue/S Armenia Avenue, in lieu of W Cleveland Street.


Northbound motorists can use N Willow Avenue between W Swann Avenue and W Kennedy Boulevard in lieu of S Howard Avenue. Northbound trucks can use S Boulevard between W Platt Street and W Kennedy Boulevard, in lieu of S Howard Avenue.


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See all road closures at www.tampagov.net/RoadClosures


For additional information, please contact:

Debbie Herrington, P.E., Right of Way Management

City of Tampa Planning & Development Department

(813) 274-3100, Option 5; debbie.herrington@tampagov.net

August 7, 2020 - 4:45pm

Mayor Jane Castor Announces Members of the Economic Advisory Team

As part of Mayor Jane Castor’s mission for Transforming Tampa’s Tomorrow, she has worked with the Tampa City Council to assemble a group of subject matter experts, key stakeholders, and community leaders to participate in an Economic Advisory Team that will kick-off later this month. 

 

Following the successful formula of the Mayor’s previous advisory committees, she has secured the support of USF to lead the committee meetings and set a clear objective and mission. Dean Moez Limayem of the Muma College of Business and Dr. Michael Bloom of the USF Office of Corporate Partnerships will co-chair the committee. In addition, Carole Post and Harry Cohen will help facilitate the work of this team.   

 

The team will convene over a 90-day period charged with identifying key metrics, indicators and a set of recommendations concerning matters such as continued economic prosperity and diversification, strategies to reduce poverty and improve household income across all races and genders and throughout all Tampa’s neighborhoods. The group will look for key tactical and strategic initiatives to bolster Tampa’s financial stability and facilitate economic opportunities.

 

The members of this advisory team include:

 

Juawana Colbert-Williams - U.S. Small Business Administration, Outreach and Marketing Specialist 

 

Ernest Coney - CDC of Tampa, President and CEO

 

Ron Christaldi - Shumaker Advisors Florida, President and CEO

 

John Flanagan - CareerSource Tampa Bay, CEO 

 

Henry Gonzalez - Beach Community Bank, SVP and Tampa Market President

 

Sandra Guggino - Hillsborough Community College, Enrollment Development Coordinator

 

Bobby Harris - BlueGrace Logistics, CEO

 

Rick Homans - Tampa Bay Partnership, President and CEO 

 

Sonya Little - Strategic Property Partners, CAO

 

Yvette Lewis - NAACP Hillsborough County Branch, President

 

Missy Martin - Roche Surety and Community Advocate

 

Bishop Michelle B. Patty - Michelle B. Patty Accident Referral Service, CEO 

 

Cory Person - Hill Ward Henderson, Attorney and Shareholder

 

Randy Randolph - Abundant Life Enrichment Church, Pastor 

 

Craig Richard - Tampa Bay EDC, President and CEO

 

Bob Rohrlack - Tampa Bay Chamber,  President and CEO

 

Francisco Sanchez - Holland and Knight, Partner and former U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for Trade

 

Andy Joe Scaglione - Real Estate Investor, Past President of Greater Tampa Realtors and 

Vice Chairman of Tampa Sports Authority 

 

Lakshmi Shenoy - Embarq Collective, CEO 

 

Andrew Wright - Franklin St., CEO and Managing Partner

 

Mercedes Young - Vivid Consulting Group, CEO

August 7, 2020 - 3:30pm

Temporary Lane Closures on S Jefferson Street, Channelside Drive and LeRoy Selmon Expressway eastbound S Jefferson Street on-ramp to begin August 9, 2020 for Road Improvements

A portion of S Jefferson Street between Channelside Drive and E Whiting Street, Channelside Drive between S Morgan Street and S Jefferson Street and LeRoy Selmon Expressway eastbound S Jefferson Street on-ramp will close beginning on Sunday, August 9, 2020 for road improvements.  A City contractor will be re-striping and installing curb on S Jefferson Street between Channelside Drive and E Whiting Street. 

 

The work will be completed in four (4) phases.

 

During Phase 1, one (1) northbound lane on S Jefferson Street between Channelside Drive and E Brorein Street, two (2) northbound lanes on S Jefferson Street between E Brorien Street and E Whiting Street, one (1) southbound lane on S Jefferson Street between E Whiting Street and E Brorein Street and one (1) eastbound lane on Channelside Drive between S Morgan Street and S Jefferson Street will close nightly from 9 pm to 5 am beginning on August 9, 2020.

 

The LeRoy Selmon Expressway eastbound S Jefferson Street on-ramp will be closed during Phase 1 construction.  Access to eastbound LeRoy Selmon Expressway will be available from S Nebraska Avenue between E Kennedy Boulevard and E Twiggs Street.

 

One (1) northbound lane on S Jefferson Street between Channelside Drive and E Brorein Street, one (1) southbound lane on S Jefferson Street between E Whiting Street and E Brorein Street and two (2) eastbound lanes on Channelside Drive between S Morgan Street and S Jefferson Street will be maintained at all times during construction, with delays.

 

Phase 2 construction is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 10, 2020 after the completion of Phase 1.

 

During Phase 2, one (1) northbound lane on S Jefferson Street between Channelside Drive and E Brorein Street, one (1) southbound lane on S Jefferson Street between E Whiting Street and E Brorein Street and one (1) eastbound lane on Channelside Drive between S Morgan Street and S Jefferson Street will close nightly from 9 pm to 5 am. 

 

One (1) northbound lane on S Jefferson Street between Channelside Drive and E Brorein Street, one (1) southbound lane on S Jefferson Street between E Whiting Street and Selmon Expressway eastbound S Jefferson Street on-ramp and two (2) eastbound lanes on Channelside Drive between S Morgan Street and S Jefferson Street will be maintained at all times during construction, with delays.

 

Access to the LeRoy Selmon Expressway eastbound S Jefferson Street on-ramp will be available in both directions on S Jefferson Street during Phase 2 construction.

 

Phase 3 and Phase 4 work will be completed daily from 9 am to 4 pm and is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, August 11, 2020.

 

During Phase 3 and Phase 4, the LeRoy Selmon Expressway eastbound S Jefferson Street on-ramp will be partially closed. 

 

During Phase 3, access to the LeRoy Selmon Expressway eastbound S Jefferson Street on-ramp will be available from the north on S Jefferson Street only.  During Phase 4, access to the LeRoy Selmon Expressway eastbound S Jefferson Street on-ramp will be available from the south on S Jefferson Street only. 

 

Sidewalks in the work areas will be closed during all phases the construction.  Pedestrians will be detoured to other available sidewalks with signage.

 

All lanes on S Jefferson Street between Channelside Drive and E Whiting Street and on Channelside Drive between S Morgan Street and S Jefferson Street and LeRoy Selmon Expressway eastbound S Jefferson Street on-ramp will reopen to traffic by 4 pm on Friday, August 14, 2020, weather permitting.

 

The City recommends using alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion.

Road Closure

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See all road closures at www.tampagov.net/RoadClosures

For additional information, please contact:

Albert Calloway, Chief Construction Engineer

City of Tampa Contract Administration / Construction Management

(813) 635-3400; albert.calloway@tampagov.net

August 7, 2020 - 2:15pm

Temporary Lane Closures on S Howard Avenue to begin August 10, 2020 for Utility Construction

A portion of S Howard Avenue between W Morrison Avenue and W Cleveland Street will close daily from 9 am to 4 pm beginning on Monday, August 10, 2020 for utility construction. A utility contractor will be installing communication cable on the east side of S Howard Avenue between W Morrison Avenue and W De Leon Street and on the west side of S Howard Avenue between W Swann Avenue and W Cleveland Street.

The northbound and southbound traffic lanes on S Howard Avenue between W Morrison Avenue and W Azeele Street will close intermittently beginning at 9 am on August 10, 2020.  One (1) lane of northbound and southbound traffic will be intermittently maintained at all times during construction, with delays.

One (1) northbound lane on S Howard Avenue between W Azeele Street and W Cleveland Street will also close during the construction. One (1) northbound lane on S Howard Avenue between W Azeele Street and W Cleveland Street will be maintained at all times during construction, with delays.

The sidewalks within the work area will be closed during construction. Pedestrians will be detoured to other available sidewalks with signage.

All lanes on S Howard Avenue between W Morrison Avenue and W Cleveland Street will be open to traffic by 4 pm on Friday, September 4, 2020, weather permitting.

The City of Tampa recommends that motorists use alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion.

 Temporary Lane Closures on S Howard Avenue to begin August 10, 2020 for Utility Construction

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See all road closures at www.tampagov.net/RoadClosures

For additional information, please contact:

Debbie Herrington, P.E., Right of Way Management

City of Tampa Planning & Development Department

(813) 274-3100, Option 5; debbie.herrington@tampagov.net

 

 

August 7, 2020 - 11:30am

Temporary Lane Closures on S Morgan Street and Channelside Drive to begin August 17, 2020 for Road Improvements

A portion of S Morgan Street between E Brorein Street and Water Street (formerly Old Water Street) and Channelside Drive between S Florida Avenue and S Morgan Street will close daily from 9 am to 4 pm beginning on Monday, August 17, 2020 for road improvements.  A City contractor will be installing stormwater facilities, signalization and re-striping on the southwest and northwest corners of S Morgan Street and Channelside Drive. 

 

The work will be completed in three (3) phases.

 

During Phase 1, the City contractor will be working on the southwest corner of S Morgan Street and Channelside Drive.  One (1) southbound lane on S Morgan Street between E Brorein Street and Water Street and two (2) southernmost eastbound lanes on Channelside Drive between S Florida Avenue and S Morgan Street will close at 9 am on August 17, 2020. 

 

One (1) southbound lane on S Morgan Street between E Brorein Street and Water Street and two (2) northernmost eastbound lanes on Channelside Drive between S Florida Avenue and S Morgan Street will be maintained at all times during construction, with delays.

 

It is anticipated that the Phase 1 construction work will be completed by 4 pm on Sunday, August 30, 2020, weather permitting. 

 

Phase 2 construction is scheduled to begin at 9 am on Monday, August 31, 2020 after the completion of Phase 1.

 

During Phase 2 and Phase 3, the City contractor will be working on the northwest corner of S Morgan Street and Channelside Drive. 

 

During Phase 2, one (1) northernmost lane on Channelside Drive between S Florida Avenue and S Morgan Street will close.  In addition, the eastbound S Morgan Street exit ramp from the LeRoy Selmon Expressway will be narrowed.

 

Two (2) eastbound thru lanes and the right turn lane on Channelside Drive between S Florida Avenue and S Morgan Street will be maintained at all times during construction, with delays.

Phase 3 construction is scheduled to begin at 9 am on Monday, September 7, 2020 after the completion of Phase 2.

 

During Phase 3, one (1) southbound lane on S Morgan Street between E Brorein Street and Channelside Drive will be closed.

 

One (1) southbound lane on S Morgan Street between E Brorein Street and Channelside Drive will be maintained at all times during construction, with delays.

 

Sidewalks in the work areas will be closed during all phases the construction.  Pedestrians will be detoured to other available sidewalks with signage.

 

All lanes on S Morgan Street between E Brorein Street and Water Street and on Channelside Drive between S Florida Avenue and S Morgan Street will reopen to traffic by 4 pm on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, weather permitting.

 

The City recommends using alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion.

Road Closure

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See all road closures at www.tampagov.net/RoadClosures

For additional information, please contact:

Albert Calloway, Chief Construction Engineer

City of Tampa Contract Administration / Construction Management

(813) 635-3400; albert.calloway@tampagov.net

 

 

August 7, 2020 - 10:30am

City of Tampa Expands Phase III of One Tampa Business Relief, Offering $2000 Checks to Businesses Critically-Impacted by COVID-19

As many business owners continue to face unexpected challenges due to COVID-19, the City of Tampa is expanding Phase III of the One Tampa Business Relief program to help lift up local businesses in need. The application portal for the expanded Phase III opens at noon today, August 7th, 2020.


During this phase, business owners that have been critically-impacted by COVID-19 and who did not previously qualify for One Tampa aid can apply to receive $2000 relief checks, regardless of where their business is located within the City of Tampa limits. These checks can be used to cover any business expenses related to recovery and restoring the qualifying business, including payroll, stock, supply and inventory, rent or mortgage, utility or other bills, and physical or space improvements to protect customers and staff.


“Our local businesses are the backbone of our economy and they need our support now more than ever,” says Mayor Jane Castor. “We want to lift up our local businesses in need so that they can stay in business, keep employees on the payroll, and continue doing what they love and what they do best. We are one community, and we will get through this trying time like we always do, together.”


In order to qualify for aid, businesses must be located within the City of Tampa limits and must be registered with a City Business Tax license in one of the critically-impacted business sectors. Businesses do not have to be located in a low-income-census-tract or Community Redevelopment Area (CRA). Only businesses that have previously paid 2020 business taxes are eligible to apply. Please note: If you previously received a $2000 Phase III grant or other OneTampa business funding, you are not eligible for a second grant award.


Business owners can learn more and apply for the expanded Phase III of One Tampa starting at noon, August 7th at OneTampa.org.

August 7, 2020 - 10:30am

Temporary Lane Closure on Water Street to begin August 17, 2020 for Road Construction

A portion of Water Street (formerly Old Water Street) between S Morgan Street and S Florida Avenue will close daily between 9 am and 4 pm beginning on Monday, August 17, 2020 for road construction.  A private contractor will be installing curb, signage and miscellaneous roadway improvements on the north side of Water Street between S Morgan Street and S Florida Avenue.

 

The westbound lane on Water Street between S Morgan Street and S Florida Avenue will close at 9 am beginning on August 17, 2020.  Eastbound and westbound traffic will be intermittently maintained on the south side of Water Street between S Morgan Street and S Florida Avenue at all times during construction, with delays.

 

All lanes on Water Street between S Morgan Street and S Florida Avenue will be open to traffic by 4 pm on Friday, September 11, 2020, weather permitting.  

 

The City of Tampa recommends that motorists use alternate routes to avoid congestion.

 

Road Closure

 

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See all road closures at www.tampagov.net/RoadClosures

For additional information, please contact:

Debbie Herrington, P.E., Right of Way Management

City of Tampa Planning & Development Department

(813) 274-3100, Option 5; debbie.herrington@tampagov.net

 

 

 

August 6, 2020 - 1:00pm

Mayor Castor Presents the Budget for FY2021 with a Focus on Neighborhoods, Lifting Up Local, and 5 Strategic Goals

Today, Mayor Jane Castor presented the budget for Fiscal Year 2021 to the Tampa City Council today, focused on the theme of Lift Up Local and centered around 5 strategic goals supported by a foundation of financial opportunity and responsibility.

 

“Looking forward to Fiscal Year 2021, I am so excited for our city’s future. Despite every challenge in 2020, we accomplished so much together--and this is just the beginning,” says Mayor Jane Castor. “Through a balanced and thoughtful budget, we created a roadmap that will allow us to enhance city services, lift up our local neighborhoods, and support our growth over the next year, while working to Transform Tampa’s Tomorrow for generations to come.”

 

The FY2021 budget of nearly $1.3 billion is structured around 5 strategic goals that will guide the City forward by setting clear budget priorities to tackle key issues facing our community.

 

The 5 strategic goals include:

  • Strengthening Community-Centric Services
  • Enhancing Workforce Development
  • Increasing Housing Affordability
  • Improving Infrastructure and Mobility 
  • Establishing Sustainability and Resilience

 

These goals focus on uplifting neighborhoods across the City and improving the quality of life for all who live, work, and play in Tampa.

 

In addition to funding initiatives under these strategic goals, the budget will also fund critical City services across departments and help plan for a financially stable future, including capital improvements in Parks & Recreation, Water, Wastewater, the Tampa Convention Center, Solid Waste, Public Safety, Transportation, and more. 

 

To see Mayor Jane Castor’s budget presentation and learn more about the FY2021 budget and how funds are allocated to city services, visit: tampagov.net/Budget

 

For infographics and other assets, visit tampagov.net/MediaToolkit FY2021 Budget. 

 

August 5, 2020 - 4:45pm

Mayor Castor Shares Plans for Fair Oaks Park Expansion and Redevelopment with Community Input

Mayor Jane Castor announced details of the City’s plans to expand and redevelop Fair Oaks park in East Tampa using community input. 

Through a series of meetings, Tampa Parks & Rec has gathered recommendations from the community on ways to improve Fair Oaks park to better meet the needs of residents and uplift the vibrant East Tampa neighborhood. 

“Our parks are the heartbeat of our neighborhoods, and this project will allow us to transform Fair Oaks park to reflect the interests and needs of our residents, whether that be new recreation programs, gymnastics, dance, theater, senior programs, and so much more,” says Mayor Jane Castor. “We have a vision, but the final concept will depend on what the community wants to see at Fair Oaks. We will continue working hand in hand with our residents to make sure this park has something for the entire East Tampa community--from the young to the young at heart.”

As the redevelopment project progresses, the City plans to continue working with the community by hosting public input meetings to determine the best facility upgrades and programming additions that will transform Fair Oaks into a cherished recreation destination for all ages.

Current development concepts include:

  • Renovated rec center

  • A new 7,300SF multi-use facility that may be used as a theater or multi-purpose space to be determined

  • Covered shelters, basketball courts, a tot playground and splash pad, 

  • An updated active football and softball field

  • The City is proposing an inclusive park for children with unique abilities

  • The City will be vacating East Caracas and Ellicott Streets to make room for expanded parking

  • The area between Caracas and Ellicott will include a walking trail with lights around the perimeter

  • The City will build a 13,200SF senior center using the same layout as Barksdale at MacFarlane Park. This area will include shuffleboard courts, a vita course, and sun garden.

  • The City is working to acquire additional land for expansion

In addition to public input, the City also hopes to leverage the strong support of the CRA to achieve the redevelopment vision.

For photos of the press conference and a concept graphic, see the Parks & Rec folder at tampagov.net/mediatoolkit/

For more information about Tampa Parks & Rec programs and facilities, visit tampagov.net/parks