The Preservation Roundtable will meet on Wednesday, December 6th at 9:00 am in the conference room at Tampa Union Station. All are welcome to attend.
This week Eric Newman from the Newman’s Cigar Factory will be the guest on the Tampa Natives Show. The Newman Cigar Factory is the only remaining cigar factory operating in Ybor City. The factory is currently fighting new FDA regulations that will likely put the factory out of business. This will end a significant element of Tampa’s cultural identity. You can see information on the threat at: Save Cigar City.
Please join concerned citizens at Mann Wagnon Memorial Park, 110 East River Cove St., Tampa 33604, on March 3 at 10:30am for a Press Conference to discuss the preservation and future use of the historic fish camp and art studios at the park.
On Thursday, January 23rd, the Tampa City Administration will be providing a cost estimate to City Council for modernizing Cuscaden Pool while retaining its historic features. The current proposed plan is to retain the historic fabric of the exterior, and to build a brand new pool on the interior.
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!
The V.M. Ybor Neighborhood Association is asking you to contact your City Council members to advocate for funds to be allocated for the necessary repairs and upgrades to Cuscaden Pool. You can assist by:
1. Attending Council on Thursday, January 23rd to speak during the Public Comments section at 9:00am (315 E. Kennedy Blvd, 3rd Fl.)
2. Emailing all Council Members
3. Calling Councilman Frank Reddick, VM Ybor area councilman: (813) 274-8189 or any At-Large Council Member
Background: The historic Cuscaden Pool was once the well-used jewel of the V.M. Ybor community when it was built in 1937 as part of the WPA Program. It was closed in the 1997 due to disrepair and then rehabilitated and restored in the mid-2000s thanks in large part to a federal grant and CIT funding ($2,600,000+). The official re-opening came in 2005 – much to the delight of residents.
Unfortunately, residents and stakeholders in the Central Tampa / V.M. Ybor neighborhood have not had access to this local, community pool since early 2010. The historic pool and community facilities, weight room, classrooms, and exercise rooms were open for just 5 seasons before being closed due to water infiltration and pool filtration problems. In addition to the pool, this facility housed an after school program that was extremely beneficial to the families in our community.