Preservation Roundtable March 2015

The Preservation Roundtable will meet on Wednesday, March 4th at 9:00.  For the rest of 2015 we will be meeting in the conference room at TAMPA UNION  STATION,  601 N. Nebraska Avenue. All are welcome to attend to discuss historic preservation related issues in Tampa.

TPI Preservation Awards Celebration


Preservation Awards Ceremony Registration

Tampa Preservation, Inc. invites you to attend the 29th Annual Preservation Celebration on Thursday, October 30th, 2014. Preservation Awards begin at 7:00 pm followed by a Reception at the Seminole Heights Garden Center, 5800 Central Avenue, Tampa, FL. Registration is $10 per person for current TPI members, $25 per person for non-members.

Please RSVP by October 24th by mailing check payable to TPI to P.O. Box 18061 Tampa, FL 33679 or online at

Call 248-5437 for more info.

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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.

Kenwood BungalowFest Tour of Homes in St. Pete

• Home tours featuring some of the best examples of architecture in Historic Kenwood in St. Petersburg.

• Guided Trolley tour provided for convenience. Tour may be self-guided too.
• Booklet provided with tour homes and descriptions
• Artists booklet available for review at ticket booth
• Highlighted homes include newly refurbished homes; newly built homes using the most up to date “Ecofriendly” building material; homes in mid renovation; historic bungalows and Mediterranean revivals surrounding the park.
• Tour also features scheduled performances throughout the day including synchronized swimming; chainsaw art; St. Pete Opera; Violin concertos; historical reenactments
• Tickets are $15 in advance and available at Craftsman House, online or directly from a board member. Tickets are $20 day of.
Salvage Dawgs Art Contest: For information please click here.

St. Pete’s Kenwood Neighborhood BungalowFest

BungalowFest poster2013-150x307Preparations for Historic Kenwood’s 15th Annual BungalowFest are in the final stages. Once again in keeping with the theme of Art and Architecture, HKNA will be combining its home tour with creative performances throughout the day. And to kick it all off, HKNA is planning an evening celebration featuring a Moonlight Tour and Evening Bash including food, libation and live entertainment.

BungalowFest 2013 features many significant events. On Friday, November 1, it will kick off with an enchanted Moonlight Tour and Evening Bash from 7 pm to 11 pm.  On Saturday, November 2nd from 10 am to 4 pm, the traditional home tour takes place with pantomimes throughout the day. Thirteen homes are on tour. Four homes are on display during the Moonlight Tour Friday night starting 127-23rd. St. N.. Nine homes are featured during the Day Tour on Saturday starting at 2900-3rd. Ave N.   All homes are located south of 5th Avenue N.

On top of all of this, HKNA will debut a documentary featuring an oral history on Kenwood and it will be featuring all of the entries from Kenwood’s First Salvage Dawgs Art Contest. 

Tickets may be purchased in advance at and at Craftsman House, 2955 Central Ave., St. Pete.  Advanced purchased home tour tickets, including admission to all performances, are $15 per person.  On the day of the event they will be $20.  Tickets for the Moonlight Tour and Evening Bash are $40 per person.

VM Ybor Annual Home Tour

5th Annual Home Tour 2013!
Mark your calendars!  The 5th Annual Home Tour will be held on Sunday, October 27 from 12 noon – 4 pm.
This “not so typical” home tour features the eclectic, diverse and historic V.M. Ybor community.  The tour features 8 beautiful residences and will be sure to please local Tampa locals, historians, and visitors alike.  While many homes have been restored or remodeled, they all still contain original elements that characterize our unique community.   Advanced Tickets are NOW available online (a $2 savings / ticket).