Last week, Seminole Heights learned that Family Dollar had purchased the property at 5100 N Florida Avenue and was planning to locate a store next door to the Independent. The announcement was something of a shock to neighbors. Residents and businesses hastily held meetings and organized a "No Family Dollar" campaign to try and convince Family Dollar to locate their store elsewhere.
A new city code to manage community gardens was diverted to a workshop at the request of the Seminole Heights Community Garden group and all three Seminole Heights associations. That workshop will help define the new code. As drafted, the code is highly restrictive and not very helpful. Local garden activists have described it as taking the view that these gardens are disruptive and ugly requiring heavier guidlines than the homes around them and restricting sales of excess crops on the open market. Annual permits for the gardens are in excess of $1000.
The digital billboard code being negotiated as part of a lawsuit settlment with ClearChannel (owner of most of the billboards in Tampa) made a suprise appearance on today's city council agenda. Sitting at item number 66, this new code will allow digital billboards in certain areas of town that generally run along commercial corridors and the freeways.
The suprise listing of this item on today's agenda was noticed by OSHNA member Ingrid Smith. The item reads:
Armstrong Development, the company contracted by CVS to build on the lot, has sent a letter to OSHNA's membership and asked that we publish it.
CVS will be going for a variance on April 15th for a 2-APS (beer/wine package liquor sale) under file number V09-378.
OSHNA received a polite email from Armstrong Development regarding CVS. According to Greg Webb, while Armstrong is still interested in developing that corner for CVS, CVS corporate believes they gave enough concessions and took the negative reaction of City staff to heart. Armstrong Development has been told by CVS to cease work on the project. Mr Webb wanted everyone to know that CVS appreciated the support of the residents. If City staff would support re-opening the PD, Armstrong Development believes that CVS might consider a second attempt.