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: www.HillsboroughCounty.org. 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:

HISTORIC PRESERVATION CHALLENGE GRANT PROGRAM – GRANT REVIEW COMMITTEE

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 – 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.

National Train Day at Tampa Union Station

National Train Day

Friends of Tampa Union Station is announcing new features for National Train Day, which will be held at historic Tampa Union Station, Saturday, May 11. The National Train Day celebration runs from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission is free.

The preliminary schedule for National Train Day in Tampa features:

  •  Railroad equipment displays! Amtrak equipment open for tours!
  •  Operating model trains! HO-, G- and N-scale trains from the Suncoast Model Railroad Club, The H.B. Plant Railroad Historical Society, and others!
  •  Live Music! Busted Blues band, singer Ray Chiaramonte, and Rebekah Pulley!
  •  Food Trucks! Burger Culture and Bar B Que!
  •  History and railroading exhibits! Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library/Burgert Brothers Photograph Collection, Operation Lifesaver, the Florida Coalition of Rail Passengers, Atlantic Coast Line & Seaboard Air Line Railroads Historical Society, Tampa Bay History Center, City of Tampa Historic Preservation and Urban Design, Florida Railroad Museum, Friends of Tampa Union Station and more!

National Train Day celebrates America‘s love for trains with events across the country. This year marks the sixth annual celebration with large-scale, family-friendly events that provide opportunities to explore interactive, educational exhibits that bring to life the rich narrative of how trains have transformed America and will continue to do so in the future.

National Train Day marks 144 years of connecting travelers coast to coast and commemorates the day the first transcontinental railroad was created. On May 10, 1869, in Promontory Summit, Utah, the golden spike was driven into the final tie that joined 1,776 miles of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railways, transforming America by creating the nation‘s first transcontinental railroad.

This year’s National Train Day at Tampa Union Station also commemorates the 15th anniversary of Union Station’s restoration and reopening to the public in 1998. More information on National Train Day 2013 can be found at Friends of Tampa Union Station website, www.tampaunionstation.com.

Friends of Tampa Union Station is an all-volunteer organization which advocates for the preservation of historic Tampa Union Station as both a landmark and transportation asset. The organization was founded in 2008 by a group of citizens eager to preserve Tampa Union Station’s colorful past and to assure its future.

Friends of Tampa Union Station has established a permanent endowment fund for the ongoing restoration of Tampa Union Station at the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and raises funds for it through an engraved brick program and other initiatives.

Old Seminole Heights Historic Home Tour

Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood logoThe Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association and Old Seminole Heights Preservation Consortium, Inc. will present the 15th Annual Seminole Heights Home Tour on Sunday, April 7, 2013 from 11:30am to 5:00pm.

The Old Seminole Heights Annual Home Tour is the best attended neighborhood home tour in the Tampa Bay area, typically attracting up to 1000 visitors each year. Our neighborhood has been featured in national publications such as American Bungalow and Old House Journal where it was designated the best historic neighborhood in the Southeast. We expect to have coverage of Seminole Heights in the March issue of Southern Living.

Visitors will be invited into neighborhood homes for the 15th Annual HomeTour which will be showcasing original homes which have been carefully restored and modernized. The goal of the 2013 Home Tour is to showcase our entire beautiful and historic neighborhood, and to share with others how vintage historic structures can be adapted to 21st century living. This year will include homes from some of our sister neighborhoods, Hampton Terrace and Southeast Seminole Heights. We encourage Tour Attendees to make time to visit the shops and restaurants in Seminole Heights.

As one of Tampa’s first suburbs, Seminole Heights was platted in 1911, shortly after a trolley line connected the neighborhood to downtown Tampa. The neighborhood includes two National Register Historic Districts and one Local Historic District and contains examples of almost all of the early and mid- twentieth century architectural styles. The Tour is designed to allow visitors the opportunity to see nearly every section of this historic neighborhood and to enjoy the tree lined streets and avenues.


The 2013 Home Tour will begin at the beautifully restored Seminole Garden Center at 5800 North Central Avenue. Drive, walk, bicycle or enjoy a ride on the Jolley Trolley through this beautiful urban neighborhood nestled in the heart of Tampa. Trolley routes start at the Garden Center and Bike Route maps are available.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15.00 at the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association website www.oldseminoleheights.org and at the Cleanse Apothecary, 5127 North Florida Avenue or Three Coins Restaurant 7410 North Nebraska Avenue via cash or check. We will also have tickets available at the Seminole Heights Sunday Market February 9, 2013 and March 9, 2013. Look for us at the Greater Seminole Heights Neighborhood Associations booth. Tickets will be $20 day of tour with last tickets sold at 3:30 p.m.

A portion of this year’s proceeds will be donated to Francis House. OSHNA has funded many neighborhood projects over the years including the planting of Oak trees along Central Avenue in front of Hillsborough High School and new goal  posts for the citywide Soccer Field at Henry and Ola Park.

For more information about the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association or the Annual Home Tour visit our website at www.oldseminoleheights.org

QUICK FACTS:

What: Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association 15th Annual Home Tour

When: Sunday, April 7, 2013, 11:30 am – 5:00 pm

Where: Throughout Seminole Heights. Tour starts at Seminole Garden Center, 5800 N. Central Ave.

Tickets: $15.00 in advance: www.oldseminoleheights.org and at Cleanse Apothecary, 5127 North Florida Avenue or Three Coins Restaurant 7410 North Nebraska Avenue via cash or check and at the Seminole Heights Sunday Market 02/09/2013 and 03/09/2013 in Greater Seminole Heights Neighborhood Associations booth. $20 Day of Tour.

Information: Call 813-361-8307 or www.oldseminoleheights.org

Preservation Roundtable – December 2012

The Preservation Roundtable will meet at its regular scheduled time – Wednesday, December 5th at 9:00 a.m. in the conference room at the TPI/Ybor City Museum Office at 2009 N. 18th Street (Angel Oliva Dr.) – corner of Palm Ave.  All historic preservation interested residents are welcome to attend. For more info, contact the TPI office.

Victorian Christmas Stroll at the Plant Museum

Plant Museum Grand HallExperience the warmth and charm of an old-time holiday at Henry B. Plant Museum’s 31st annual Victorian Christmas Stroll from December 1st to 23rd, 2012, 10 am to 8 pm daily.

Beneath towering silver minarets, an extravagantly adorned former Tampa Bay Hotel captures the spirit of the season – Victorian style.  There are 14 exhibit rooms; each dazzling with trimmed trees uniquely designed in 19th century themes and antique holiday accessories.  While strolling down the Grand Hallway, your spirits will soar as you become immersed in carolers singing, Charles Dickens, much loved toys and wrapped gifts, Christmas stockings and Old Saint Nick.

For those seeking tree-trimming inspirations, beveled crystals and prisms, masquerade masks, chess pieces, origami, men’s hats from the “Grand Tour”, and antique toys will grace this year’s Christmas trees.

Where’s Henry? is a game that ignites the passion for exploration in children and the young at heart. Strategically placed in each exhibit room, amid the myriad of decorations, is an image of Henry Plant, the founder of the Hotel.  Armed with a checklist, the adventure begins to see if they can locate his image in every room. If they are successful, they will receive a prize.

The Victorian Christmas Stroll preserves the essence of an old-fashioned Christmas and is treasured as Tampa’s most popular family tradition. Complimentary spiced cider and savory cookies will be served on the veranda every day, and each evening carolers will perform music for your merriment. Visitors are invited to sing with the carolers in front of the 15-foot tree in the hallway. Admission is $13 for adults, $11 seniors and $7 youths (4-18 years). Discount Days are December 3, 4,10, and 11 when admissions are reduced to $9 adults, $8 seniors, and $5 youths. Group tours are welcome: please make reservations for parties of 20 or more with Sally Shifke, Museum Relations Coordinator, (813) 258-7302.

The Museum Store has a huge selection of merchandise, from gorgeous ornaments to silver serving pieces and exquisite holiday accessories. The Museum Store also offers books, fragrances, jewelry, children’s toys, stationery, and home accessories. Enjoy shopping in a unique Victorian atmosphere: the Museum Store is open from 10 am to 8 pm daily and no admission is required.

Proceeds from the Victorian Christmas Stroll fund significant museum restoration and preservation projects, as well as educational programming.

The Christmas Stroll could not be possible without the generous support of: The Beck Group, Macy’s, Jacarlene Foundations, New York Yankees Tampa Foundation and The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com.

The Henry B. Plant Museum interprets the turn-of-the-century Tampa Bay Hotel and the lifestyles of America’s Gilded Age.  Critical to the success of this mission is the restoration and preservation of this National Historic Landmark.