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.

VM Ybor Neighborhood 5th Annual Historic Home Tour

Image courtesy Preservation Resource, Inc.
Image courtesy Preservation Resource, Inc.

Mark your calendars!  The 5th Annual VM Ybor Home Tour will be held on Sunday, October 27 from 12noon – 4pm. 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). Buy tickets at: http://www.vmybor.org/committees-events/annual-home-tour

The Capital Grille Announces Cocktail Conservation Society to Benefit Local Tampa Historical Sites

The Cocktail Conservation Society Will “Honor Our Forefathers’ Spirits” By Introducing Special Lounge Menu

The Capital Grille, known nationally for its dry-aged, hand-carved beef and extensive, award-winning wine list announces the launch of the Cocktail Conservation Society lounge promotion in Tampa beginning September 9.

The Cocktail Conservation Society is a four-week lounge promotion featuring soon-to-be forgotten cocktails from Tampa’s Golden Age as the Alhambra of the South.  Each week, a portion of proceeds from the sale of these classic cocktails will be donated to support one of the four specified local historical sites around Tampa.  These sites and their corresponding dates to be featured within the promotion include:

Tampa Theatre: Sept. 9 – 15

A catapult for the imagination since 1926, the Tampa Theatre is a passionately protected landmark and one of America’s best-preserved examples of grand movie palace architecture (tampatheatre.org).

Tampa Union Station: Sept. 16 – 22

Opened in 1912 by the Tampa Union Station Company, the Renaissance Revival-style building’s original purpose was to combine passenger operations for the Atlantic Coast Line, the Seaboard Air Line, and the Tampa Northern Railroad at a single site. After its condition deteriorated substantially, the depot closed in 1984; however, thanks to local historic preservationists and passenger rail advocates, the station was restored and reopened to the public in 1998 (tampaunionstation.com).

The Cuban Club (El Circulo Cubano de Tampa): Sept. 23 – 29

Constructed in 1917, The Cuban Club (El Circulo Cubano de Tampa) served as a gathering place for Cuban immigrants in Ybor City. The building, designed in Neoclassical style and decorated with imported tile, stained glass, scraffito spandrels and murals, included a theater, pharmacy, ballroom, library, and cantina. Today it continues the legacy of the club first established in 1902 as a mutual aid society (thecubanclub.org).

The Italian Club (L’Unione Italiana): Sept. 30 – Oct. 6

Originally completed and dedicated on Columbus Day, 1912, the original $40,000, three-story structure stood on Seventh Avenue between Seventeenth and Eighteenth Streets as was to be home to The Italian Club, an organization who’s purpose was to promote fraternity, charity and social intercourse among it’s members, mostly consisting of Italian immigrants.  The brick building featured an athletic room and theatre. Unfortunately, the building only lasted three years before being destroyed by fire.  With a pledge to rebuild, The Italian Club began construction on the present-day building in 1917.  The erection of the new L’Unione signified a profound commitment to Italian community life in Tampa and an important benchmark.  Built in an Italian renaissance style, decorated with classical columns, terra cotta relief and a profusion of marble, the clubhouse stands as an impressive monument to immigrant achievement.  With furnishings, the building cost $80,000, a considerable amount at the time.

The Cocktail Conservation Society lounge menu will feature classic cocktails, including:

  • The Mule: Premium Vodka, Fresh Lime Juice and Ginger Beer
  • Strawberry Mojito: Atlantico Rum, Monin Pure Cane Syrup, fresh strawberry, fresh lime juice, mint leaves
  • Pimm’s Cup: Pimm’s No. 1 Cup, Lorina Sparkling Lemonade, garnished with lemon, lime, cucumber and mint
  • Real Dill: American Harvest Organic Vodka, dill, agave syrup, lemon juice, lime juice, cucumber
  • Rye Old Fashioned: Old Overholt Rye Whiskey, Angostora bitters, sugar cube

“The Cocktail Conservation Society is an opportunity for The Capital Grille to engage with our local historical community and bring a sense of nostalgia into our lounge,” said Nicholas Foley, Managing Partner, The Capital Grille Tampa. “The featured sites are integral to the history of Tampa and we want to do our part in preserving them for years to come.”

“The Cocktail Conservation Society program is an innovative way to bring awareness to some of Tampa’s historic gems,” said Jill Witecki, Director of Marketing and Community Relations, Tampa Theatre. “As a long-time Tampa institution, the Theatre is thrilled to work with partners like The Capital Grille who are looking for creative ways to give back to their community and introduce these Tampa landmarks – not to mention these classic cocktails – to a younger audience.”

About The Capital Grille

The Capital Grille is known for its dry-aged steaks, award-winning wine list and professional service in an atmosphere of relaxed elegance. Routinely recognized by Wine Spectator magazine and receiving other top accolades, The Capital Grille has been awarded the American Culinary Federation’s “Achievement of Excellence” and was voted a guest favorite on Open Table’s “Best American Cuisine Winners – Top 50 Restaurant List,” with 10 locations filling out the list’s coveted 50 spots.

The Capital Grille offers more than 350 New and Old World wine selections, including a Captain’s List of some of the world’s most highly allocated and sought-after wines. The restaurant also offers a variety of elegant private dining spaces for meetings and group events.

Please visit The Capital Grille on Facebook and on Twitter @CapitalGrille.

Support Hillsborough County Public Libraries’ Centennial Celebration

Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries’ Centennial Celebration begins on January 1, 2014 – 100 years to the day that Hillsborough County’s first library, the West Tampa Branch Library, was dedicated. Centennial Celebration events and programs, which carry the theme Changing Lives, Transforming Communities, will take place throughout the library system and at other Hillsborough County locations in 2014.

Sponsorship Needs
Sponsorships are needed to cover costs or provide in-kind services for Centennial Celebration events and programs; advertisements; print and collateral materials to provide public information and promotion; food for the public; and more.

Packages of $100; $500; $1,000; $5,000; and $10,000 are available to address the charitable interests of local families, organizations and businesses. Custom sponsorship packages can be arranged.


Sponsorship Benefits
Sponsors receive a variety of benefits, such as VIP access, promotional space, signage and recognition at Centennial Celebration events; their business name or logo on the Centennial Celebration Web page with a link to their business or organization website; and commemorative memorabilia.

By becoming sponsors, local organizations will honor the people and organizations that established Hillsborough County’s first library a century ago; will help call attention to the ways in which libraries have and will continue to change lives and transform communities; and will help to illustrate the ways in which libraries embrace the use of emerging technologies to help drive innovation and our local economy in the digital age.

For More Information
Visit www.hillsboroughcounty.org/sponsor to see the official sponsorship packages, and call Jennifer Hall at 813-276-8368 for more information.

Organizations interested in sponsoring must send a letter of interest to:

Lori Hudson
Hillsborough County Communications & Digital Media Services Department
County Center, 21st Floor
601 E. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33602

Tampa, Then and Now App

TC-logo-120The new Tampa, Then and Now app offers a journey back in time for iPhone and Android phone users. It allows mobile users the ability to compare more than 150 old photographs from the city to recent ones, taken from the exact same angle. After the success of several other ‘Then and Now’ apps, including Paris and Vancouver, Tampa visitors and residents can now too travel back in time!

“As a Tampa native, I wanted to see how the city has changed over the years. As a photographer, I wanted to photograph the area’s modern scenery. What was initially a quick snapshot soon turned into a methodical reproduction of scenes from all over the city” said Bryan Weinstein of www.TampaChanging.com, the creator and photographer of Tampa, Then and Now’s content, who partnered with the French company MyCityBefore to create the app.
Tampa - Historic-Superposition
Just like for the other cities’ app, the user first defines a notification range from the home screen which allows them to be automatically notified when getting close to an available “then and now” place. In the “find” tab, the user can locate the closest places using the list, map, or augmented reality views. They can also look directly for a specific place by using the search tool. One of the main features for each “then and now” place is the augmented reality tool, which allows users to superpose the old photograph on their phone’s camera to take their own “then and now” photo.

Users not only enjoy beautiful historic and modern photographs, but also brief anecdotes so they can learn more about the location’s history. The app’s content will evolve and expand as new historic locations are regularly added.

Tampa, Then and Now is now available for $1.99 and is available worldwide on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Then and Now apps for other cities are under construction, the next one being for Toronto.

Please visit www.MyCityBefore.com and www.TampaChanging.com for more Tampa, Then and Now information, including videos and screenshots of the app.

To download the app, visit: http://bit.ly/thennowapps