issue 4  
  November 2012      

A bountiful Thanksgiving...

Gabby - Linda/Randy great neice/granddaughterFrom our family to yours

As Thanksgiving is upon us, we're taking this opportunity to share some of our favorite things we have to be thankful for this year - from our planning world to our own backyards...

"We live in such a wonderful
community with such tremendous attributes, and I want my grandkids to always be able to call Tampa Bay home. I feel so fortunate that we, as planners, work each day to continue to improve the quality of life today and for generations to come." 
- Ray Chiaramonte

Chiaramonte family cruise

"I am very thankful for the great things happening in our community, like receiving the TIGER Grant to complete
the RiverWalk and for the Selmon Greenway project."
- Beth Alden

Pulliam fall  

"I am thankful for having three great kids. Two of them are serving our country, and I couldn't be more proud of them."

-Felicia Pulliam


Tony Garcia & dad
"It's great being a native, and I am so thankful for
the beautiful Hillsborough River that runs through the heart of Tampa."
- Tony Garcia 

"I am thankful for the many civic-minded citizens of Hillsborough County who give of themselves by serving on a committee, volunteering to help better our community, and just taking the time to make their voices heard at a workshop or hearing."
- Rich Clarendon

hay Heys!

"I am grateful for my two wonderful boys and (of course) my wife, Cheryl."  

- David Hey 



"The improvements on
56th Street, with the newly
completed streetscaping,
have really been a great
thing for the entire Temple Terrace community."
- Tony LaColla

Greg & mom
"I am forever thankful for all my friends and family!"
- Greg Colangelo

"Creating and nurturing a solid, collaborative relationship with our planning partners in Hillsborough County has been a major accomplishment this year. And, the County is moving forward to further develop economic opportunities in our region. These are all things to be thankful for." 
- Steve Griffin

little Eagan pumpkin
"I am thankful for the beautiful places I can
share with my son, like
Bayshore Boulevard.
It's nicer than ever
cleaned up with the
new landscaping." 
-Terry Eagan

"I am thankful for all
of my great friends
and neighbors. 
I love the optimism
in this community."
- Rose Petrucha

Torey & Gemar
"My kids and I have ridden our bicycles on the Upper Tampa Bay Trail. I am so thankful that we now have federal funding to link to the Suncoast Trail, connecting Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties with more than 50 miles of continuous, safe bicycle and pedestrian trailway!"
- Gena Torres

"I am so blessed with all of the color filling my life! And, I am very thankful for the variety of great public parks we have in Hillsborough County, where I take my girls to wear them out." 
-Melissa Zornitta

From our families to yours...
Wishing you a safe, warm, and wonderful Thanksgiving!

- Your Planning Commission staff

Congratulations to our new Planning Commission officers!
New Planning Commission officers
From left to right:

Derek Doughty - Chair 
Mitch Thrower - Vice Chair 
Jill Buford - Member-at-Large
Tampa International Airport - Modernizing for today,
Planning for tomorrow

Carpet's coming up and tile's going down as Tampa International Airport (TIA) begins work on the second phase of its Main Terminal Modernization Project. Phase 1 of the $30 million project, including renovations of half of the terminal's restrooms and the addition of Visitor Information Centers and video walls in the baggage claim area, was completed in late August in time for the Republican National Convention. Phase 2, expected to be completed by October 2013, will include new functional furniture on the Transfer Level with plenty of outlets and work surfaces. The walls surrounding the escalators will be replaced with a clear glass to give a brighter and more open feel to the building. Most notably, the walls around the elevators throughout the main terminal will be resurfaced with colored-glass, covering the original brick that's been in place since the terminal was built.


"The people who built this airport over 40 years ago came up with a brilliant design that makes Tampa International amazingly easy to use," said airport CEO Joe Lopano. "At the time, it also had what was considered a highly modern interior design. We're going back to the future with this project, and once again creating a sleek, modern look for the terminal."  


Tampa International Airport take off into sunset Looking further into the future, TIA is in the process of updating its master plan. Based on passenger growth projects approved by the FAA, the plan will provide a blueprint for development at the airport for the next 20 years. As of this point in the process, the airport is considering a consolidated rental car center near the airport entrance, connected to the main terminal by an automated people mover. This property on the south side of the airport campus would also include some commercial development. A full proposal for changes to the
terminal will be released later this year. Tampa International
Airport will share details of this plan with the Planning Commission at the December 10 meeting.


Please join us on 

Thursday, November 29th

for the

Terrace Park - University Square

Vision Plan

Open House

 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


   @ Busch Gardens

   Gwazi Pavilion



Free parking & refreshments! 

Look for signs to park near Gwazi Pavilion!                       
                                Raffle prizes:

Bicycles & Busch Gardens tickets!


Special Guest Speakers including:

Mayor Bob Buckhorn &

Councilwoman Lisa Montelione


Throughout 2012, Planning Commission staff has received input through a series of interviews, workshops and surveys on what community, business and citizen stakeholders believe will make the Terrace Park - University Square community an even better place to live, work and play. This Open House will feature those results and exercises to work together to begin to create the Vision Plan document.


Be there! 
Terrace Park - University Square Open House   
Thursday, November 29 
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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In this Issue
A Bountiful Thanksgiving
Congratulations to our new Planning Commission officers!
TIA - Modernizing & Planning
Join us for the Terrace Park - University Square Open House!
Upcoming Events
Take a Survey
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Merenda family at Disney family holiday party in 1995
"I feel blessed to 
be living in such
a beautiful place, surrounded by
warm and creative people who care
so much for
this community.
There is so much promise for
the future."
- Lynn Merenda

"I am thankful the collaborative relationship we have with our state and local partner agencies, as we
work together to create better connections throughout our region."

- Wally Blain

Lisa & Calvin
"I'm thankful to
be part of such a family-friendly, progressive, and talented agency.
I appreciate the inspiring work environment and
the opportunity to work on projects
that improve the
quality of life
for our residents."
- Lisa Silva

I am thankful for the $200,000 grant awarded by the EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency) under the Brownfields Cleanup Grant Program to help clean up the redevelopment site in Plant City's midtown.
-Mark Hudson 

Upcoming Events
NOV 19, 1p
Planning Commissioner Equipment Training

NOV 19, 2p
Planning Commission Meeting

NOV 22 & 23
Thanksgiving Holiday
Offices Closed
Happy Thanksgiving!

NOV 29, 6p - 8p
Terrace Park - University Square Vision Plan
Open House

DEC 10, 2p
Planning Commission Meeting

DEC 10, 5:30p
Planning Commission Public Hearing

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and other nondiscrimination laws, public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.


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