Tampa Natives Show to Feature Tampa’s Cigar Heritage

newmanThis 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.

 

The show will air Thursday, 8/8/14 at 7pm on the following stations:
Verizon #30   Brighthouse  #950  Comcast #20  (Hillsborough County wide)
Outside Hillsborough County you can view the show on the web:   http://www.tbcn.org/watchus
For more information about the Tampa Natives Show, contact Mario R. Núñez, Executive Producer at (813) 966-6966

 

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!

Citizens Organize to Save Mann Wagnon Park

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.

Sulphur SpringsMann Wagnon Memorial Park was originally donated in 1960 to the City-County Educational & Cultural Committee of Tampa for the purpose of educating young people about art and nature.  Three local, non-profit groups currently fulfill that mission, but proposed Hillsborough County changes may put their destiny is question.
“Our organizations have been part of Sulphur Springs for the last decade, and we want to be sure everyone knows the facts, and everyone’s wishes are heard before the County changes the character and purpose of our community, “ said Ed Ross, Founder of Community Stepping Stones and Past-President of the Sulphur Springs Civic Association.
Representatives from the following organizations are invited to speak about the importance of maintaining the programming and historic buildings at Mann Wagnon Memorial Park: Moses House, Sulphur Springs Museum & History Center, and Community Stepping Stones. Also speaking will be Tampa Preservation, Inc.
The County is holding a public meeting Thursday, March 6 at 6:30 pm at the Spring Hill Community Center, 1000 E. Eskimo Ave. to introduce their plans for the park and collect neighborhood comment, which includes replacing three older buildings with a new multipurpose facility.  http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1365

Help Save the Historic Cuscaden Pool

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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.

The City Administration, after including Cuscaden Pool in past proposed budgets, has now eliminated the proposed funding for repairs.  Please take a moment to let City Council know that Cuscaden Pool is important to the V.M. Ybor community and is an important piece of Tampa history that should be repaired and returned to public use.