Tampa City Council discusses Palmetto Beach development

04/26/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Today the Tampa City Council delayed for 2 weeks approval of a proposed planned new development in the Palmetto Beach neighborhood of Tampa. 


But as Councilmember criticzed the project slated for the blue collar community, they learned quickly that much of those living there fully support it – and resented the objections.


Councilmember Linda Saul Sena began the discussion as she studied the site plan, which includes town homes and some retail projects.   (roll tape#1 o.q.”the street grid”)


Councilmember Mary Mulhern added that she thought it was a bad precedent that one of the first major developments in Palmetto Beach be a gated community (roll tape#2 o.q.”that really needs gates”)


But Council Chairwoman Gwen Miller said she’s for any type of development in the area (roll tape#3 o.q.”and I’ll be supporting it”)


Councilman Thomas Scott then chimed in that  he was worried  about the affordability of the homes (roll tape#4 o.q.”what happens to that community “)


But when members of Palmetto Beach spoke before the Council, they reacted fiercely to suggestions that the development was ‘incompatible’.


Freddy Avila said he was insulted about Linda Saul-Sena’s suggestion that the neighborhood was inarticulated  (roll tape#4 “squash Palmetto Beach”)


Gary Gotea is the developer of the project, and says he intends to Live in Palmetto Beach.  But he said he’d only do it if it were gated (roll tape#5 o.q.”and their family”)


Robert Glen lawfully Jr. also said the gates were a matter of safety  (roll tape# “the gates is a must”)


Linda Pearson has worked on bringing the development to Palmetto Beach…She couldn’t believe that she was hearing objections from the Council (roll tape#7 o.q.”on this petition”)


The Council ultimately decided that they would support it, after some tweaks were made to the site plan.  IT will come back before the Council in 2 weeks tm  


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