Tampa City Council debates Rattlesnake Point Property by Mitch E. Perry

01/25/07
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Rattlesnake Point

 

This morning the Tampa City Council approved the first step in approving a land-use change for an area in South Tampa known as Rattlesnake Point.

 

The area is a small peninsula located just south of Gandy Boulevard.    It’s always been a heavy industrial area with a chlorine and propane plant that 4 different developers now want to transform into a 61 acre residential waterfront community.

 

Randy Goers is from the City of Tampa’s Community Planning Division.  He said there is no set  time for the transition from industrial to residential  (roll tape#1 o.q.”a change on his own”)

 

Citizen Joe Ricello asked the Council why is there any need for upscale housing on Rattlesnake Point? (roll tape#2 o.q.”out of there”)

 

Councilman John Dingfelder, who represents the South Gandy area on the City Council, expressed sympathy with Ricello’s complaints, but told him that the Council did not initiate this transition, and thus their involvement was minimal  (roll tape#3 o.q.”gets out of our hand”)

 

Councilwoman Mary Alvarez also sympathized with the criticism of making upscale housing (roll tape#6 o.,q.but they don’t do that’)

The Gandy Civic Association has previously indicated their support for the land use change, from industrial to residential.  But it is concerned about traffic.  A study produced last year said that future development in South Tampa could put as many as 80,000 cars a day at Gandy and WestShore Bouelvards, ,which can only handle 34,000.

 

Gandy Civic Association President Al Steenson took exception to the claim by the Planning Division’s  Randy Goers that a “transition for the Gateway’ is just no beginning (roll tape#4 o.q.” I don’t know what transition is”)

   

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