Last night, Steve Tighe, Pete Johnson, Kim Headland, and I spoke to the council about denying the rezoning. Fortunately, Linda Saul-Sena (a council member) took our thoughts, along with many noncompliance issues against the property, and moved to deny. The board of VM Ybor NACW and the local residents are pleased to say that we've won our first try at City Council.
A note about City Council: if anyone ever learns of an issue to be read at City Council, please let the board know so that we and other residents can get involved.
The owner wants to rezone from single family to multifamily. The large, burnt structure in rear will be turned into an "in-law" suite. Local neighbors fear that it will become another rental unit, and therefore, do not support it.
This rezoning will be heard tomorrow, the 28th at 6 PM at City Council.
Please come out and support your neighbors. If you cannot attend, but would like to support us, you can sign a predrafted letter. Please email Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Tampa Downtown Partnership invites you to coffee with
Mr. Tom Balsley
Mr. Balsley is the architect of the New Curtis Hixon Park and we are very pleased that he has been able to make some time available to show and further describe the plans for the $15 Million renovation of this significant public space.
Maestro’s Restaurant Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place Monday, February 26th 8:30am to 9:30am
Councilman Dingfelder proposed reducing trash pickup in Tampa to once a week. He's asking Mayor Pam Iorio to look into it, however she thinks that our current system keeps our city cleaner. To read the whole article, click here.
I believe that the building in question was recently moved to 1001 Columbus with an accessory, brick warehouse building now located on 12th Street. This building was once housed El ProgressodeYbor Grocery among other things. Both buildings currently are up for sale by the City of Tampa through an RFP type of process. Whoever purchases the buildings will decide the future use and will need to complete renovations / restorations to the interior and exterior.
More information on the buildings long history (1908 - present) can be found here. Information on the City of Tampa RFP can be found here.
$1.2 MILLION AVAILABLE FOR COMMUNITY-BASED DRUG PREVENTION COALITIONS - DFC MENTORING GRANTS TO FUND 15 DRUG-FREE COMMUNITIES -
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), announced the availability of $1.2 million for new Drug-Free Communities Support Mentoring Program (DFC Mentoring) grants. An estimated 15 new Mentoring grants will be awarded (averaging $75,000 per grant, per year) to drug and alcohol prevention community coalitions representing a cross-section of rural, urban, suburban, and tribal communities.
“The Drug-Free Communities Support Program is the largest Federal drug prevention effort in the United States,” said John P. Walters, Director of National Drug Control Policy. “By providing new drug and alcohol prevention coalitions with invaluable insight and direction, the DFC Mentoring Program enhances community-based drug prevention efforts, and works to advance consensus building toward a drug-free community. It helps communities in addressing their particular substance abuse risks and challenges, and empowers them to craft their own prevention strategies and responses.”
The purpose of the DFC Mentoring Program is to provide grant funds to effective current DFC grantees (mentors) to facilitate the development and/or expansion of new community drug prevention coalitions (mentees) that seek to prevent substance abuse among youth. By building the capacity of local anti-drug organizations to assess the unique challenges facing their communities, and assisting in the organization of a coalition-based response to those challenges, the mentoring process better prepares “mentee” groups to implement effective drug-prevention strategies.
“The Drug Free Communities Support Program is the foundation of our efforts to continue preventing and reducing substance abuse in our communities,” said SAMHSA Administrator Terry Cline, Ph.D. “The DFC Mentoring Program increases opportunities for active, sustained citizen participation, community-wide ownership of problems, and local solutions tailored to local needs.”
To be eligible for a DFC Mentoring grant, interested drug prevention community coalitions must have been in existence for five years; be a current DFC grantee or grantee applicant; have achieved measurable results in youth drug and alcohol prevention; have dedicated staff, volunteers, or members to assist the mentee coalitions; have displayed the willingness of mentee communities; and must demonstrate consensus and community support from local key sectors and stakeholders, including youth, parents, businesses, media, law enforcement, government, and religious and civic organizations, among others.
To review the grant application or its requirements, or to learn more about the Drug Free Communities Support Program, please visit, http://www.ondcp.gov/dfc. DFC Mentoring grants are awarded through a competitive peer review process.
The deadline to submit a DFC Mentoring grant application is Friday, April 18, 2008.