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Redevelopment Decision to Take Place at Lightfoot

The City Council is scheduled to have its March 20 meeting at the recreation center instead of City Hall.

The March 20 Temple Terrace City Council meeting in which the council is scheduled to make a final vote on the proposed residential units in the downtown redevelopment area will take place at the Lightfoot Recreation Center at 6 p.m.

Fire Chief Keith Chapman told the council at its regular meeting Tuesday evening that City Clerk Lisa Small is working on advertising the March 20 meeting and letting residents know to arrive early to make sure they are able to attend. Lightfoot, which was the location of the last meeting on the issue Feb. 16, holds a maximum of 225 people.

“We did turn away a few people from the last meeting due to occupancy load requirements of the building,” said Chapman, who was sitting in for City Manager Kim Leinbach, who was out of town. “We did look around in the city for some additional venues to hold (the March 20 meeting), and we were unsuccessful in really coming up with a better option.”

Also during the council meeting Tuesday:

  • The council recognized Destinee Spurell, an 11th-grader at Tampa Bay Tech, as the January recipient of “Do the Right Thing.” Destinee found a teacher who had had a stroke and was in need of assistance, said Temple Terrace Police Chief Kenneth Albano. She ran to the office on a walking cast to get help. “Do the Right Thing” is an award that the Temple Terrace Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit gives to children caught doing the right thing. Kids can be nominated by their schools, members of the community or police officers.
  • Mayor Joe Affronti proclaimed the week of March 12 as Girl Scout Week in Temple Terrace and applauded Girl Scouts across the country and especially locally.
  • The council recognized the King High School wrestling team for sending eight members to a regional tournament and making strides over last year.
  • Council members approved a resolution to purchase six 2011 Ford Crown Victoria unmarked police vehicles from the Okeechobee Police Department in the amount of $119,400 and install in-car cameras and equipment in the amount of $77,756.
  • The council had public hearings and adopted ordinances on supplemental enforcement procedures, the Municipal Code Enforcement Board, and tree removal and trimming and the Adopt-a-Tree program. No one spoke during the public hearings.
  • Council members made an appointment to the Municipal Code Enforcement Board.
Carol Dell March 12, 2012 at 07:29 PM
All those who are concerned about the proposal by Vlass to build 214 apartments with no retail on the ground floor rather than condos and with the lack of retail stores coming into the Redevelopment need to attend the meeting Tuesday, March20. Carol Dell
Grant Rimbey March 12, 2012 at 09:30 PM
"Redevelopment Decision to Take Place at Lightfoot" I understand from City Councilmembers that there will be no vote taken on this issue on March 20th.
Carol Dell March 13, 2012 at 02:53 AM
I'm not sure that there is a guarantee that no vote will take place. All those intesteted in this possible change in the Redevelopment plan should attend this meeting. Carol Dell
JS March 14, 2012 at 04:21 PM
So, if there is a no vote and developer does not get his way, what then? Can he walk away? Can the city hold the developers feet to the fire?

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