Preservation Roundtable – August 2014

TPI color LogoHope everyone has been having a good summer – time to start getting back into the swing!
The Preservation Roundtable will meet on Wednesday, August 6th at 9:00 AM at the offices of TPI/Ybor Museum Society – corner of Palm Avenue and 18th St. (Angel Oliva Sr. Drive). in Ybor City.
Hope to see you there!

Preservation Roundtable – April 2014

The PRESERVATION ROUNDTABLE will meet – on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9th at 9:00 AM at the TPI/Ybor Museum Society offices. All are invited to attend. PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE FOR THIS MEETING!

Hillsborough Commissioners Seek Applications For Citizen Boards And Councils

220px-Hillsborough_County_Fl_SealHillsborough County Commissioners are seeking residents to serve on several County citizen advisory boards and councils. Residents interested in seeking appointment must be registered voters in Hillsborough County. These are voluntary positions and members serve without compensation. Applicants may apply to more than one board but may only serve on one board at a time. All applicants must submit a completed Questionnaire for County Appointments and a Standards of Conduct form.

The deadline to apply is February 27, 2014. Appointments will be scheduled for a meeting of the Board of County Commissioners in March or April 2014.

The forms are available in the Commissioners’ reception area on the second floor of County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa; by calling the Boards and Councils Coordinator at 813-272-5826; or on the County’s website at: Click on the “Government” link on the top of the page, then the “Boards and Committees” sublink. The Application Questionnaire for County Appointments is in the middle of the page, along with the Standards of Conduct form. The forms can be filled out and printed, and then scanned and emailed, faxed, hand-delivered, or mailed. All forms must be signed and dated. Additional directions for submission are listed on the questionnaire.

If you apply to a board that requires a background check, you must also submit a Background Investigation Disclosure and Authorization form, which is also available on the webpage listed above.

The Historic Preservation Boards and Councils that have openings are:


The purpose of this Committee is to promote historic preservation, heritage tourism, and related economic development within Hillsborough County (both incorporated and unincorporated areas.)

Eight terms are expiring.  Terms are for two years.  No member shall serve more than three successive terms.  Members are to have expertise in one or more of the following areas: historic preservation, architecture, heritage tourism, destination marketing, marketing and economic development, landscape architecture, and interior design.  This Committee must include residents from unincorporated Hillsborough County and at least one resident from the Cities of Plant City, Tampa, and Temple Terrace.  Meeting schedule: To be determined.

HISTORIC RESOURCES REVIEW BOARD  — This Board serves as an architectural review board for the protection of historic resources in unincorporated Hillsborough County. It recommends archaeological and historical sites to the Board of County Commissioners for landmark designation and reviews alterations and new construction on landmark sites or districts.

Two positions are vacant.  One term is for three years.  One position is for the remainder of term that expires March 1, 2015. Citizens appointed to this board must reside in the unincorporated area of Hillsborough County. The positions are specified as:

1)    an historian

2)    a lay person with demonstrated interest, competence, or knowledge in historic preservation

Meeting schedule:  Monthly, third Tuesday, 3 p.m.

HISTORICAL ADVISORY COUNCIL — This Council’s mission is to support and facilitate a uniform historical marker program throughout the County, including the cities of Tampa, Plant City, and Temple Terrace as well as organizations and other agencies who request assistance.  It also provides the Board of County Commissioners with support that complements the goals of historical preservation and education in Hillsborough County. One position is vacant.  Term is for three years.  All members shall possess expertise in significant and relevant historical matters.  In making appointments, due consideration shall be given to achieving a demographic balance among the appointed.  No member shall serve for more than two full consecutive terms.  More than one half of a term is deemed to be service for a full term.  A member who has served two full consecutive terms shall be eligible for reappointment after at least three years of non-membership.

Meeting schedule: Quarterly, 4:30 p.m.

Other Boards seeking residents:

AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY BOARD — This Board advises and makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners and Affordable Housing Officer on issues affecting affordable housing development, and to assist the County in developing new programs and policies in order to foster the development and preservation of attainable housing for those County residents who desire to live in safe, decent, and affordable housing.

BUILDING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS, APPEALS AND EXAMINERS — This Board confirms the competency and integrity of applicants applying for building certification in the County, and takes disciplinary action against those contractors that fail to comply with the Building Code.

CHILD CARE FACILITIES ADVISORY BOARD — This Board advises the Board of County Commissioners on recommended amendments to the Child Care Facilities Ordinance; proposes additional rules and regulations to the Board of County Commissioners that effectuate the intent and purpose of the Ordinance; recommends and assists the Hillsborough County Office of Child Care Licensing in the development and implementation of training materials for child care personnel.  It also advises the Hillsborough County Office of Child Care Licensing on all matters pertaining to child care facilities.

CHILDREN’S SERVICES ADVISORY BOARD — This Board examines and advises division management on the development and operation of programs that treat children with special needs.  The Board also advises on parent training programs, homeless and runaway youth programs, domestic violence programs, child care licensing, clinical outreach, and residential treatment programs for children in Hillsborough County.

COUNCIL ON AGING — The purpose of this Council is to advocate on behalf of older adults for the betterment of their well being and to furnish input to the Department of Family and Aging Services – Division of Aging Services, including the Board of County Commissioners, on matter relating to the quality of life of older adults.

ELECTRICAL BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS, APPEALS AND EXAMINERS — This Board confirms the competency and integrity of applicants applying for electrical certification in the County, and takes disciplinary action against those contractors that fail to comply with the Electrical Code.

ENTERPRISE ZONE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY BOARD — This advisory Board implements a strategic economic development plan for the Enterprise Zone. The State approved University Area Enterprise Zone now include Palm River, Gibsonton, Riverview and the 56th Street area between Hillsborough Avenue and the Hillsborough River.

FAMILY CARE HOME ADVISORY BOARD — This Board annually reviews and advises the Board of County Commissioners on recommended amendments to the Family Child Care Home’s Licensing Ordinance or the Rules and Regulations Handbook including recommending and assisting the local licensing agency in the development and implementation of training materials for child care personnel; advising the local licensing agency on matters of licensing policy, procedures, and priorities; and proposes additional rules and regulations regarding the intent and purpose of the ordinance.

HEALTH CARE ADVISORY BOARD — This Board improves accessibility and efficiency of care for medically poor residents of Hillsborough County through recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners for fund allocation, coordination, planning, and monitoring of health care delivery systems.

HEALTH COUNCIL OF WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA, INC. — This Council works in collaboration with community-based organizations to identify, address, and resolve health care issues of local concern.  The Council collects and analyzes health care data, prepares special reports and publications, and educates the community about special health issues.

 LAND USE APPEALS BOARD — This Board hears appeals of decisions of the Land Use Hearing Officer on special use permits and variances from zoning regulations.

MECHANICAL BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS, APPEALS AND EXAMINERS — This Board confirms the competency and integrity of applicants applying for mechanical certification in the County, and takes disciplinary action against those contractors that fail to comply with the Mechanical Code.

PLUMBING AND GAS BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT, APPEALS AND EXAMINERS — This Board governs the certification and/or compliance standards for plumbing and gas contractors doing work in Hillsborough County and enforces adherence to the standards set by the Plumbing and Gas Code.  The board members shall be appointed by the governing bodies of the jurisdiction that choose to use the County’s boards and enter into an interlocal agreement with Hillsborough County.

TAMPA BAY AREA REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AGENCY – CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE — This Committee provides region-oriented advice to TBARTA regarding the development and implementation of a multi-modal transportation master plan; to promote public awareness and participation in the master planning process; and to help disseminate information to local citizens groups.

For more information, contact Luann Finley, Director of Board Services, at 813-272-5826.

Preservation Roundtable – January 2014

The January meeting of the Preservation Roundtable will be held on Wednesday, January 8th at 9:00 am at the offices of TPI/Ybor Museum Society. This is a change from our regular 1st Wednesday as that would be New Year’s Day!

Wishing everyone a happy holiday season – See you in the New Year!

The Capital Grille Announces Cocktail Conservation Society to Benefit Local Tampa Historical Sites

The Cocktail Conservation Society Will “Honor Our Forefathers’ Spirits” By Introducing Special Lounge Menu

The Capital Grille, known nationally for its dry-aged, hand-carved beef and extensive, award-winning wine list announces the launch of the Cocktail Conservation Society lounge promotion in Tampa beginning September 9.

The Cocktail Conservation Society is a four-week lounge promotion featuring soon-to-be forgotten cocktails from Tampa’s Golden Age as the Alhambra of the South.  Each week, a portion of proceeds from the sale of these classic cocktails will be donated to support one of the four specified local historical sites around Tampa.  These sites and their corresponding dates to be featured within the promotion include:

Tampa Theatre: Sept. 9 – 15

A catapult for the imagination since 1926, the Tampa Theatre is a passionately protected landmark and one of America’s best-preserved examples of grand movie palace architecture (

Tampa Union Station: Sept. 16 – 22

Opened in 1912 by the Tampa Union Station Company, the Renaissance Revival-style building’s original purpose was to combine passenger operations for the Atlantic Coast Line, the Seaboard Air Line, and the Tampa Northern Railroad at a single site. After its condition deteriorated substantially, the depot closed in 1984; however, thanks to local historic preservationists and passenger rail advocates, the station was restored and reopened to the public in 1998 (

The Cuban Club (El Circulo Cubano de Tampa): Sept. 23 – 29

Constructed in 1917, The Cuban Club (El Circulo Cubano de Tampa) served as a gathering place for Cuban immigrants in Ybor City. The building, designed in Neoclassical style and decorated with imported tile, stained glass, scraffito spandrels and murals, included a theater, pharmacy, ballroom, library, and cantina. Today it continues the legacy of the club first established in 1902 as a mutual aid society (

The Italian Club (L’Unione Italiana): Sept. 30 – Oct. 6

Originally completed and dedicated on Columbus Day, 1912, the original $40,000, three-story structure stood on Seventh Avenue between Seventeenth and Eighteenth Streets as was to be home to The Italian Club, an organization who’s purpose was to promote fraternity, charity and social intercourse among it’s members, mostly consisting of Italian immigrants.  The brick building featured an athletic room and theatre. Unfortunately, the building only lasted three years before being destroyed by fire.  With a pledge to rebuild, The Italian Club began construction on the present-day building in 1917.  The erection of the new L’Unione signified a profound commitment to Italian community life in Tampa and an important benchmark.  Built in an Italian renaissance style, decorated with classical columns, terra cotta relief and a profusion of marble, the clubhouse stands as an impressive monument to immigrant achievement.  With furnishings, the building cost $80,000, a considerable amount at the time.

The Cocktail Conservation Society lounge menu will feature classic cocktails, including:

  • The Mule: Premium Vodka, Fresh Lime Juice and Ginger Beer
  • Strawberry Mojito: Atlantico Rum, Monin Pure Cane Syrup, fresh strawberry, fresh lime juice, mint leaves
  • Pimm’s Cup: Pimm’s No. 1 Cup, Lorina Sparkling Lemonade, garnished with lemon, lime, cucumber and mint
  • Real Dill: American Harvest Organic Vodka, dill, agave syrup, lemon juice, lime juice, cucumber
  • Rye Old Fashioned: Old Overholt Rye Whiskey, Angostora bitters, sugar cube

“The Cocktail Conservation Society is an opportunity for The Capital Grille to engage with our local historical community and bring a sense of nostalgia into our lounge,” said Nicholas Foley, Managing Partner, The Capital Grille Tampa. “The featured sites are integral to the history of Tampa and we want to do our part in preserving them for years to come.”

“The Cocktail Conservation Society program is an innovative way to bring awareness to some of Tampa’s historic gems,” said Jill Witecki, Director of Marketing and Community Relations, Tampa Theatre. “As a long-time Tampa institution, the Theatre is thrilled to work with partners like The Capital Grille who are looking for creative ways to give back to their community and introduce these Tampa landmarks – not to mention these classic cocktails – to a younger audience.”

About The Capital Grille

The Capital Grille is known for its dry-aged steaks, award-winning wine list and professional service in an atmosphere of relaxed elegance. Routinely recognized by Wine Spectator magazine and receiving other top accolades, The Capital Grille has been awarded the American Culinary Federation’s “Achievement of Excellence” and was voted a guest favorite on Open Table’s “Best American Cuisine Winners – Top 50 Restaurant List,” with 10 locations filling out the list’s coveted 50 spots.

The Capital Grille offers more than 350 New and Old World wine selections, including a Captain’s List of some of the world’s most highly allocated and sought-after wines. The restaurant also offers a variety of elegant private dining spaces for meetings and group events.

Please visit The Capital Grille on Facebook and on Twitter @CapitalGrille.

Preservation Roundtable – September 2013

The Preservation Roundtable will meet on Wednesday, September 4th at 9:00 AM in the conference room of the TPI/Ybor Museum Society office – 2009 N. Angel Oliva Sr. St. (18th Street N) – corner of Palm Avenue and 18th Street. All Tampa Bay area residents are welcome to attend.

Free Professional Grant Writing Workshop in Tampa

The Center For Non-Profit and Community Development and The National Institute for Strategic and Tactical Planning will host  free professional grant writing workshops in basic grant writing on:

May 22, 2013 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm at the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, 1002 E. Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605.

May 25 , 2013 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at West Tampa Library – 2312 West Union Street, Tampa, FL 33607.

May 31 , 2013 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, 1002 E. Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605.

(All classes are the same, please pick one)


Staff, administrators, board members of non-profits, faith based organizations, government agencies and other tax-exempt status organizations.

Learn How To:
 Describe the different types of grants
 Describe the different types of grantors
 Identify research tools available to the grant seeker
 Describe the fundamental of grant writing
 Describe the proposal writing process
 Describe concept paper, letter of Intent, and letter of inquiry process
 Identify grant terms

For more information, contact Michael Randolph at 813-857-7657. . Seating is limited; please e-mail us at to confirm a seat and to attain an invitation and workshop packet. No one will be admitted without an invitation. (Please give date you plan to attend.)

Relocated Historic Ybor City Home For Sale by the City of Tampa

2402 E. 11th Avenue, Ybor City Historic District
2402 E. 11th Avenue, Ybor City Historic District

The City of Tampa is offering a relocated historic building located at 2402 East 11th Avenue for sale. The building was relocated by the FL Department of Transportation and now rests on a new foundation. The City will require the timely rehabilitation of the historic building in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings. Interested parties are encouraged to submit proposals that are consistent with the local historic district, rehabilitation standards, applicable laws, ordinances and regulations governing the location.

Proposals will be due to the City by Friday, June 7, 2013, 4:00p.m. To obtain a City of Tampa Project Proposal Form, a Land Sales Agreement form for this transaction and other information applicable to the Project, you may access the City website at . If a Proposer would like a Proposal package sent via U.S. mail, the Proposer should send an e-mail to or contact the Real Estate Division by calling (813) 274-8915.

Previews of the house will only be conducted on Friday, May 17, 2013 between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. so that all interested parties may tour the house. Be sure to check the City’s Real Estate Division website for any updates.

In selecting a proposal, the City is not bound to make the award on the basis of the highest monetary offer. It is the City’s goal to strengthen the mission and stability of the residential community. The City reserves the right to accept or reject any and all proposals, either in whole or in part, with or without cause, waive any informality of any proposals, cancel this request for proposals, and to make the award in the best interest of the City, subject to City Council approval.

The project is eligible for funding through the City of Tampa’s Trust Fund Loans, made possible by the Florida Department of Transportation project. It may also qualify for Tax Incentives.