Tampa City Council on Creamatorium by Mitch E. Perry

12/14/06

A proposed crematorium that would be built in Tampa Heights has local residents very troubled. Today at the Tampa City Council’s weekly meeting, some of those citizens made their opinion known that they will do what they can to prevent it from ever being built.

The Project is scheduled to be constructed on the 3900 block area of Florida Avenue, and there are many concerns, concerns that Council members appeared to take seriously.

John Dixon says he’s lived in Tampa Heights for more than 8 years off Arlington (roll tape#` o.q.�now requires�)

The City of Largo’s battle on banning crematoriums was frequently mentioned in the discussion. Currently, Largo City Commmisioners are involved in a lawsuit, after they rejected a proposed creamatorium in a residential area as being imcompatible with the neighborhood.

Matthew McCulley’s house sits a block and a half from the proposed site. He warned the Council about the deleterious psychological effects such a business could have on local residents (roll tape#2 o.q.� raise their families�)

Lisa Gurney is a homeowner in the neighborhood (roll tape#3 o.q.�for that�)

Rebecca Yebba is one of the owners of Cremation Center of Tampa Bay, the prospective property in question. She said comments by one resident that the facility would billow ash for an extended distance was simply untrue (roll tape#4 o.q.�and neighboring business�)

And Yebba said it was unfair to say that her creamatorium would bring about about a lowering of certain standards – saying there are plenty of unappealing businesses in the neighborhood right now (roll tape#5 o.q.�in and out of the building�)

City Councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena Saul Sena put a motion forward to have the Administration to come back to answer questions of crematorium or whether they should examine the number of ovens. She later amended to have the City’s Legal Department draft an ordinance to protect neighborhoods outright from crematoriums (roll tape#6 o.q.�Situation arising�)

Councilmembers Mary Alvarez, Sean Harrison, and new member Frank Reddick then discussed where such a facility SHOULD be built in Tampa (roll tape#7 o.q.�laughter�)

The City’s Legal Department will study the issue and come back before Council in February.

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