Historic Preservation Board Openings

Tampa Historic Postcard imageCity Council Seek Applications For Citizens Boards and Commissions

The members of the City Council of the City of Tampa are seeking citizens to serve on several City of Tampa Boards, Commissions, and Advisory Councils/ Commissions, including the ARC and Historic Preservation Board.


Purpose: Authority to hear/grant variances in historic districts or landmark sites designated by the Commission (except those areas under the jurisdiction of the Barrio Latino Commission) from the terms and regulations of the zoning chapter relative to yard (setback), fence and buffer regulations, height structures in certain residential districts, signs, etc. The ordinance that created this Commission was designed to protect historically significant buildings and landmarks within the City limits. Term of Office: Three Years

Special Requirements: Commission (except those areas under the jurisdiction of the Barrio Latino Commission) from the terms and regulations of the zoning chapter relative to yard (setback), fence and buffer regulations, height structures in certain residential districts, signs, etc. The ordinance that created this Commission was designed to protect historically significant buildings and landmarks within the City limits.

Council appoints 3 members and 1 alternate. – (Special Requirements: Members and alternate members shall have a demonstrated interest, competence, professional experience or knowledge in architecture, historic preservation, history, architectural history, planning, archaeology, development, real estate appraisals, real estate marketing, law or other related disciplines.

Oath of Office Requirement: Yes

Residency Requirement: Yes – (All appointees shall be residents of the City of Tampa.)

One (1) Position – Due to Resignation – Member – Term expires December 6, 2015

Meeting dates and time: For information, contact Dennis Fernandez, Historic Preservation and Urban Design Manager at (813) 274-7706


Purpose: To recommend designations, conservation districts and historic districts. The Historic Preservation Commission is eager to access Tampa’s historic resources and has incorporated into its work plan the goal to systematically survey and hopefully, protect previously un-surveyed areas of the city.

(Powers and duties of the Commission and Commission staff are contained in Section 27-231.1 of the City of Tampa Code.)

Term of Office: Three Years

Special Requirements: Council appoints 3 members and 1 alternate. – (Special Requirements: (Special Note: Members shall have a demonstrated interest, competence, experience or knowledge in historic preservation, architecture, history, architectural history, planning, archaeology, development, real estate appraisals, real estate marketing, law or other related disciplines. 4 of the members shall be architects, architectural historians, historic preservationists, urban planners, historians or archaeologists with at least 1 architect and 1 architectural historian or historic preservationist. Members of the HPC shall not sit as officers or board members of local preservation related organizations.)

Term(s) Expiring:

o One (1) Position – Architect – Term Expires on May 31, 2014

o One (1) Position – Urban Planner – Term Expires on May 31, 2014

Meeting dates and time: For information, contact Dennis Fernandez, Historic Preservation and Urban

Design Manager at (813) ) 274-7706

Citizens interested in seeking appointment must be residents and registered voters in the City of Tampa. However, there are several Boards, Commissions, and Advisory Councils/Commission that do not require citizens to be residents and registered voters of the City of Tampa. These positions are voluntary. Individuals being appointed to serve on these Boards, Commissions, and Advisory Councils/Commissions serve without compensation. Individuals being appointed may be required to file financial disclosure.

The deadline for submission of applications is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday-April 2, 2014 in the Office of the City Clerk, Old City Hall, 315 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, Florida.

The City Council of the City of Tampa has scheduled three-minute presentations of the applicants on April 17, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. under Staff Reports and Unfinished Business during the regular sessions of Council. The meetings are held in the Tampa City Council Chambers, Old City Hall, 315 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Third Floor, Tampa, Florida.

Applications are available in the Office of the City Clerk, Old City Hall, 315 E. Kennedy Blvd., Third Floor, Tampa, Florida and are also available on the City of Tampa’s website at: http://www.tampagov.net/dept_City_Clerk/Information_resources/BOARDS_AND_COMMISSIONS.ASP

The application can be filled out on-line and can be submitted via U.S. Mail, fax, or e-mail. Directions for submission are listed on the application.

Help Save Tampa’s Historic Bro Bowl

As many of you have seen in the local Tampa media, Tampa’s historic Bro Bowl, an original 1970’s skateboard park located in downtown Tampa, is being threatened by urban redevelopment.

There will be a Public Meeting about the Bro Bowl’s fate today from 6:30-8:00 in the Greather Bethal Missionary Baptist Church at 1207 N Jefferson Street, Tampa, FL 33602.  Please come and help support the historic preservation of the Bro Bowl. Tampa’s Historic Bro Bowl is not only important to skateboarders, it is important to historic preservationists and many young professionals in the Tampa Bay area.

A few facts: The Bro Bowl is 1 of 4 original surviving concrete skate parks from what many consider the golden age of skateboarding in the 1970s. As part of the original Perry Harvey Sr Park (1978), the Bro Bowl is the last remaining historical structure form the park and also from this time period of the Central Avenue district. Besides its historical merit, the Bro Bowl is also culturally and architecturally significant with international fame.

If you cannot attend today, please contact Mayor Bob Buckhorn and let him know you support the Bro Bowl and that it is worth saving!



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 http://www.tampagov.net/realestate . If a Proposer would like a Proposal package sent via U.S. mail, the Proposer should send an e-mail to Wanda.Thompson@tampagov.net 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.

Historic Homes Workshop 2013

HHWColorlogo_textWhat:        Tampa Preservation, Inc. Historic Homes Workshop
When:        April 27, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where:    1706 W. Cypress St., Tampa, FL 33606
Cost:        Free for Tampa Preservation, Inc. members, $5 for non-members


It’s easy to fall in love with an old house. One look at their high ceilings, built in cabinets, large windows and deep porches set along grand tree lined streets and your heart is sold. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy to know what to do when the house you fell in love with is in need of repair. To help smitten old house lovers, Tampa Preservation, Inc. is once again offering a one day Historic Homes Workshop to connect homeowners to experts who will share their knowledge of historic home renovation.

The theme for this year’s workshop is Maintaining the Old House with a focus on preventing future costly repairs.  With twelve workshops offered, maintenance topics will include Restoring Wood Windows, Foundation and Roof Repair, Appropriate Exterior Details as well as interior renovation topics such as Remodeling a Period Bath. A highlight this year will be a special workshop at Schiller’s Architectural Salvage on Incorporating Salvaged Materials in Home Decor. Admission to the workshop is free for Tampa Preservation, Inc. members and $5 for non-members. Lunch will be available for Workshop participants to purchase.

“We get a lot of calls at the TPI office for homeowners looking for professionals to help them with their historic homes from design issues to contractors to do the work,” observes Becky Clarke, TPI President. “This event will showcase local experts who will share their knowledge and hopefully give away some of their industry secrets.” In addition to the Workshops, a vendor display area will allow homeowners to meet and discuss their home projects with preservation-related businesses such as Through the Woods Fine Wood Floors (wood floor repair and refinishing), Wood Window Makeover (historic window repair) and Historic Shed (custom sheds for historic homes).

Interested in helping the event be a success by sponsorship or advertising opportunities? See http://9ff.520.myftpupload.com/tampa-preservation-programs/historic-homes-workshop/sponsor-the-historic-homes-workshop/ for info.



   A: Deferred Maintenance Nightmares by Scott Sidler of Austin Home Restorations

   B: The Beginning and the End – Foundations and Roofs by Robert Holsopple of Robert F. Holsopple Inc.

   C: Around the Old House by Jo-Anne Peck of Historic Shed


   A: Beautiful Bathrooms by Leigh Wilson Versaggi, AIA

   B: Outside the Old House – Rafters, Eaves, Soffits & Siding by Peter Carlin of Carlin Construction

   C: Repairing and Refinishing Wood Floors by Dennis Prieur of Through the Wood Fine Wood Floors

Lunch 12:00-1:00 Available from Destination Grill


   A: Managing Preservation/ Planning Your Project by Benjamin Buckley, Home Inspector

   B: Purposeful Painting by Jett Tanner of Tanner Paints

   C: Salvage Chic by Charlie Schiller of Schiller’s Architectural Salvage


   A: Choosing the Right Contractor by Jeffrey Danner

   B: Restoring Your Old Wood Windows by Steve Quilian of Wood Window Makeover

   C: Why Do We Persevere (strike that) Preserve by Lucy Jones of Cardno Entrix

Ybor City Historic District Expansion

Ybor City StreetscapeTampa City Council will hear the first reading of the proposed Ybor City Historic District Expansion on Thursday, 2/14 at 5:01pm at City Council Chambers (315 E. Kennedy Blvd, 3rd Floor).  The V.M. Ybor Neighborhood Association has supported and advocated for the expansion of the local historic district. Additional information about the benefits of historic districts and common misconceptions can be found here.

If you can not attend the meeting, please consider sending an email in support of the expansion to your City Council member.  Several informational meetings have been hosted by the neighborhood association since 2010. A publicly noticed informational meeting was held by City Staff in June 2012. The City’s Historic Preservation Commission voted in favor of a District Expansion at a Public Hearing in September 2012.  The Planning Commission  then recommended a Historic District Expansion in November 2012.

Courthouse Groundbreaking Ceremony

Please join Mayor Bob Buckhorn


Community Leaders

for the groundbreaking ceremony

of the

Classic Federal Courthouse

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 2p.m.

601 North Florida Avenue Tampa, Florida