Study: Channelside needs arts director
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06/12/08 Mitch E. Perry
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A New York City consultant who has reviewed the potential for the Channelside Arts District in Tampa received a mixed response from the Tampa City Council today.

Leith ter Muelen, from LandAir Project Resources, is in town to give presentations about her study over the next two days.

She said her original charge – to review the existing arts assets in the District - has changed over the course of this year due to the fallout from the housing and credit crisis and the reduction in property taxes.

Ter Muelen’s major request was that city hire an Arts Program Director, to work on develop funding the arts from outside sources. As part of her study, Ter Muelen said she conducted about two dozen interviews with various members of the community, from cab drivers, business owners to audience members and others to provide her with a candid insight into Tampa. She also issued an online survey to about 2,000 people.

Another suggestion to energize Channelside is to have some companies relocate their marketing offices to the ground floor in the district.

Ter Muelen said with more than 80 performing arts organization in Hillsborough County, there are thousands of people with talents that could be used for an Art Parade.

Councilwoman Mary Mulhern praised the presentation, and also advocated for an Arts Program Director - but for the entire city, not just the Channel District.

Councilman Charlie Miranda said he had a different point of view about the Channelside District. He referred to the former arts director of the city, Paul Wilborn, who was let go because of budget cuts.

Leith ter Muelen will present her report from 6:30 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Florida Aquarium, and tomorrow at the Port Authority Conference Room, from 10:30 to noon. She will come back to the Council late next month.

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Channelside Resident and Licensed Real Estate Brok

As a 2.5 year resident of Channelside, I have seen many changes take place here, but have also realized that many of the so-called 'improvments' that were supposed to be implemented have not come to fruition. My tax bill includes an additional $850/year for the trolley which is for the local business owners to attract customers, but the residents, who have no need for the trolley are charged exhorbitant amounts of money and then have to pay full price to ride the trolley too. The City does not utilize the TIF tax dollars that have been collected nor the special assessments that we in Channelside pay each year to benefit this area whatsoever. The last improvement the City made to my area was sidewalks and curbs over a year ago. I was told at the time that they were going to have to rip everything out to run the utility lines underground following the improvement they were doing. This is ridiculous. Our City NEEDS someone who can manage this project! The right hand does not know what the left hand is doing here and every person, business owner, and developer who has ventured into this community is suffering because of the poor management of our tax dollars and improvement plans. The implementation of permitted parking is a perfect example. On my street, if someone parks here after 9 pm without a permit, the city tickets them but the residents are only issued 1 guest pass per household (for which they have to physically go downtown during business hours and request every 6 months). Essentially, if I have company, I have been deemed a 9 pm curfew because I cannot invite more than one person to visit me at any one time or they will be issued a $30 parking ticket! Residents have the right to have guests and as a taxpayer with a tax debt in excess of $10,800/year, I feel that a parking lot on the north end of Channelside which can accomodate the residents and guests is a necessity and much overdue. I also don't feel that residents should be obligated to pay for the trolley assessment. If the City charged EVERY Hillsborough County resident $1/year for the Trolley System, there would be more than enough funding for this without imposing an unreasonable fee on those who have ventured to live in the catastrophe more commonly known as The Channel District!

Channelside Resident and Licensed Real Estate Brok

As a 2.5 year resident of Channelside, I have seen many changes take place here, but have also realized that many of the so-called 'improvments' that were supposed to be implemented have not come to fruition. My tax bill includes an additional $850/year for the trolley which is for the local business owners to attract customers, but the residents, who have no need for the trolley are charged exhorbitant amounts of money and then have to pay full price to ride the trolley too. The City does not utilize the TIF tax dollars that have been collected nor the special assessments that we in Channelside pay each year to benefit this area whatsoever. The last improvement the City made to my area was sidewalks and curbs over a year ago. I was told at the time that they were going to have to rip everything out to run the utility lines underground following the improvement they were doing. This is ridiculous. Our City NEEDS someone who can manage this project! The right hand does not know what the left hand is doing here and every person, business owner, and developer who has ventured into this community is suffering because of the poor management of our tax dollars and improvement plans. The implementation of permitted parking is a perfect example. On my street, if someone parks here after 9 pm without a permit, the city tickets them but the residents are only issued 1 guest pass per household (for which they have to physically go downtown during business hours and request every 6 months). Essentially, if I have company, I have been deemed a 9 pm curfew because I cannot invite more than one person to visit me at any one time or they will be issued a $30 parking ticket! Residents have the right to have guests and as a taxpayer with a tax debt in excess of $10,800/year, I feel that a parking lot on the north end of Channelside which can accomodate the residents and guests is a necessity and much overdue. I also don't feel that residents should be obligated to pay for the trolley assessment. If the City charged EVERY Hillsborough County resident $1/year for the Trolley System, there would be more than enough funding for this without imposing an unreasonable fee on those who have ventured to live in the catastrophe more commonly known as The Channel District!

Channelside Resident and Licensed Real Estate Brok

As a 2.5 year resident of Channelside, I have seen many changes take place here, but have also realized that many of the so-called 'improvments' that were supposed to be implemented have not come to fruition. My tax bill includes an additional $850/year for the trolley which is for the local business owners to attract customers, but the residents, who have no need for the trolley are charged exhorbitant amounts of money and then have to pay full price to ride the trolley too. The City does not utilize the TIF tax dollars that have been collected nor the special assessments that we in Channelside pay each year to benefit this area whatsoever. The last improvement the City made to my area was sidewalks and curbs over a year ago. I was told at the time that they were going to have to rip everything out to run the utility lines underground following the improvement they were doing. This is ridiculous. Our City NEEDS someone who can manage this project! The right hand does not know what the left hand is doing here and every person, business owner, and developer who has ventured into this community is suffering because of the poor management of our tax dollars and improvement plans. The implementation of permitted parking is a perfect example. On my street, if someone parks here after 9 pm without a permit, the city tickets them but the residents are only issued 1 guest pass per household (for which they have to physically go downtown during business hours and request every 6 months). Essentially, if I have company, I have been deemed a 9 pm curfew because I cannot invite more than one person to visit me at any one time or they will be issued a $30 parking ticket! Residents have the right to have guests and as a taxpayer with a tax debt in excess of $10,800/year, I feel that a parking lot on the north end of Channelside which can accomodate the residents and guests is a necessity and much overdue. I also don't feel that residents should be obligated to pay for the trolley assessment. If the City charged EVERY Hillsborough County resident $1/year for the Trolley System, there would be more than enough funding for this without imposing an unreasonable fee on those who have ventured to live in the catastrophe more commonly known as The Channel District!

Channelside Resident and Licensed Real Estate Brok

As a 2.5 year resident of Channelside, I have seen many changes take place here, but have also realized that many of the so-called 'improvments' that were supposed to be implemented have not come to fruition. My tax bill includes an additional $850/year for the trolley which is for the local business owners to attract customers, but the residents, who have no need for the trolley are charged exhorbitant amounts of money and then have to pay full price to ride the trolley too. The City does not utilize the TIF tax dollars that have been collected nor the special assessments that we in Channelside pay each year to benefit this area whatsoever. The last improvement the City made to my area was sidewalks and curbs over a year ago. I was told at the time that they were going to have to rip everything out to run the utility lines underground following the improvement they were doing. This is ridiculous. Our City NEEDS someone who can manage this project! The right hand does not know what the left hand is doing here and every person, business owner, and developer who has ventured into this community is suffering because of the poor management of our tax dollars and improvement plans. The implementation of permitted parking is a perfect example. On my street, if someone parks here after 9 pm without a permit, the city tickets them but the residents are only issued 1 guest pass per household (for which they have to physically go downtown during business hours and request every 6 months). Essentially, if I have company, I have been deemed a 9 pm curfew because I cannot invite more than one person to visit me at any one time or they will be issued a $30 parking ticket! Residents have the right to have guests and as a taxpayer with a tax debt in excess of $10,800/year, I feel that a parking lot on the north end of Channelside which can accomodate the residents and guests is a necessity and much overdue. I also don't feel that residents should be obligated to pay for the trolley assessment. If the City charged EVERY Hillsborough County resident $1/year for the Trolley System, there would be more than enough funding for this without imposing an unreasonable fee on those who have ventured to live in the catastrophe more commonly known as The Channel District!

Channelside Resident and Licensed Real Estate Brok

As a 2.5 year resident of Channelside, I have seen many changes take place here, but have also realized that many of the so-called 'improvments' that were supposed to be implemented have not come to fruition. My tax bill includes an additional $850/year for the trolley which is for the local business owners to attract customers, but the residents, who have no need for the trolley are charged exhorbitant amounts of money and then have to pay full price to ride the trolley too. The City does not utilize the TIF tax dollars that have been collected nor the special assessments that we in Channelside pay each year to benefit this area whatsoever. The last improvement the City made to my area was sidewalks and curbs over a year ago. I was told at the time that they were going to have to rip everything out to run the utility lines underground following the improvement they were doing. This is ridiculous. Our City NEEDS someone who can manage this project! The right hand does not know what the left hand is doing here and every person, business owner, and developer who has ventured into this community is suffering because of the poor management of our tax dollars and improvement plans. The implementation of permitted parking is a perfect example. On my street, if someone parks here after 9 pm without a permit, the city tickets them but the residents are only issued 1 guest pass per household (for which they have to physically go downtown during business hours and request every 6 months). Essentially, if I have company, I have been deemed a 9 pm curfew because I cannot invite more than one person to visit me at any one time or they will be issued a $30 parking ticket! Residents have the right to have guests and as a taxpayer with a tax debt in excess of $10,800/year, I feel that a parking lot on the north end of Channelside which can accomodate the residents and guests is a necessity and much overdue. I also don't feel that residents should be obligated to pay for the trolley assessment. If the City charged EVERY Hillsborough County resident $1/year for the Trolley System, there would be more than enough funding for this without imposing an unreasonable fee on those who have ventured to live in the catastrophe more commonly known as The Channel District!

Channelside Resident and Licensed Real Estate Brok

As a 2.5 year resident of Channelside, I have seen many changes take place here, but have also realized that many of the so-called 'improvments' that were supposed to be implemented have not come to fruition. My tax bill includes an additional $850/year for the trolley which is for the local business owners to attract customers, but the residents, who have no need for the trolley are charged exhorbitant amounts of money and then have to pay full price to ride the trolley too. The City does not utilize the TIF tax dollars that have been collected nor the special assessments that we in Channelside pay each year to benefit this area whatsoever. The last improvement the City made to my area was sidewalks and curbs over a year ago. I was told at the time that they were going to have to rip everything out to run the utility lines underground following the improvement they were doing. This is ridiculous. Our City NEEDS someone who can manage this project! The right hand does not know what the left hand is doing here and every person, business owner, and developer who has ventured into this community is suffering because of the poor management of our tax dollars and improvement plans. The implementation of permitted parking is a perfect example. On my street, if someone parks here after 9 pm without a permit, the city tickets them but the residents are only issued 1 guest pass per household (for which they have to physically go downtown during business hours and request every 6 months). Essentially, if I have company, I have been deemed a 9 pm curfew because I cannot invite more than one person to visit me at any one time or they will be issued a $30 parking ticket! Residents have the right to have guests and as a taxpayer with a tax debt in excess of $10,800/year, I feel that a parking lot on the north end of Channelside which can accomodate the residents and guests is a necessity and much overdue. I also don't feel that residents should be obligated to pay for the trolley assessment. If the City charged EVERY Hillsborough County resident $1/year for the Trolley System, there would be more than enough funding for this without imposing an unreasonable fee on those who have ventured to live in the catastrophe more commonly known as The Channel District!

Channelside Resident and Licensed Real Estate Brok

As a 2.5 year resident of Channelside, I have seen many changes take place here, but have also realized that many of the so-called 'improvments' that were supposed to be implemented have not come to fruition. My tax bill includes an additional $850/year for the trolley which is for the local business owners to attract customers, but the residents, who have no need for the trolley are charged exhorbitant amounts of money and then have to pay full price to ride the trolley too. The City does not utilize the TIF tax dollars that have been collected nor the special assessments that we in Channelside pay each year to benefit this area whatsoever. The last improvement the City made to my area was sidewalks and curbs over a year ago. I was told at the time that they were going to have to rip everything out to run the utility lines underground following the improvement they were doing. This is ridiculous. Our City NEEDS someone who can manage this project! The right hand does not know what the left hand is doing here and every person, business owner, and developer who has ventured into this community is suffering because of the poor management of our tax dollars and improvement plans. The implementation of permitted parking is a perfect example. On my street, if someone parks here after 9 pm without a permit, the city tickets them but the residents are only issued 1 guest pass per household (for which they have to physically go downtown during business hours and request every 6 months). Essentially, if I have company, I have been deemed a 9 pm curfew because I cannot invite more than one person to visit me at any one time or they will be issued a $30 parking ticket! Residents have the right to have guests and as a taxpayer with a tax debt in excess of $10,800/year, I feel that a parking lot on the north end of Channelside which can accomodate the residents and guests is a necessity and much overdue. I also don't feel that residents should be obligated to pay for the trolley assessment. If the City charged EVERY Hillsborough County resident $1/year for the Trolley System, there would be more than enough funding for this without imposing an unreasonable fee on those who have ventured to live in the catastrophe more commonly known as The Channel District!

Channelside Resident and Licensed Real Estate Brok

As a 2.5 year resident of Channelside, I have seen many changes take place here, but have also realized that many of the so-called 'improvments' that were supposed to be implemented have not come to fruition. My tax bill includes an additional $850/year for the trolley which is for the local business owners to attract customers, but the residents, who have no need for the trolley are charged exhorbitant amounts of money and then have to pay full price to ride the trolley too. The City does not utilize the TIF tax dollars that have been collected nor the special assessments that we in Channelside pay each year to benefit this area whatsoever. The last improvement the City made to my area was sidewalks and curbs over a year ago. I was told at the time that they were going to have to rip everything out to run the utility lines underground following the improvement they were doing. This is ridiculous. Our City NEEDS someone who can manage this project! The right hand does not know what the left hand is doing here and every person, business owner, and developer who has ventured into this community is suffering because of the poor management of our tax dollars and improvement plans. The implementation of permitted parking is a perfect example. On my street, if someone parks here after 9 pm without a permit, the city tickets them but the residents are only issued 1 guest pass per household (for which they have to physically go downtown during business hours and request every 6 months). Essentially, if I have company, I have been deemed a 9 pm curfew because I cannot invite more than one person to visit me at any one time or they will be issued a $30 parking ticket! Residents have the right to have guests and as a taxpayer with a tax debt in excess of $10,800/year, I feel that a parking lot on the north end of Channelside which can accomodate the residents and guests is a necessity and much overdue. I also don't feel that residents should be obligated to pay for the trolley assessment. If the City charged EVERY Hillsborough County resident $1/year for the Trolley System, there would be more than enough funding for this without imposing an unreasonable fee on those who have ventured to live in the catastrophe more commonly known as The Channel District!

Channelside Resident and Licensed Real Estate Brok

As a 2.5 year resident of Channelside, I have seen many changes take place here, but have also realized that many of the so-called 'improvments' that were supposed to be implemented have not come to fruition. My tax bill includes an additional $850/year for the trolley which is for the local business owners to attract customers, but the residents, who have no need for the trolley are charged exhorbitant amounts of money and then have to pay full price to ride the trolley too. The City does not utilize the TIF tax dollars that have been collected nor the special assessments that we in Channelside pay each year to benefit this area whatsoever. The last improvement the City made to my area was sidewalks and curbs over a year ago. I was told at the time that they were going to have to rip everything out to run the utility lines underground following the improvement they were doing. This is ridiculous. Our City NEEDS someone who can manage this project! The right hand does not know what the left hand is doing here and every person, business owner, and developer who has ventured into this community is suffering because of the poor management of our tax dollars and improvement plans. The implementation of permitted parking is a perfect example. On my street, if someone parks here after 9 pm without a permit, the city tickets them but the residents are only issued 1 guest pass per household (for which they have to physically go downtown during business hours and request every 6 months). Essentially, if I have company, I have been deemed a 9 pm curfew because I cannot invite more than one person to visit me at any one time or they will be issued a $30 parking ticket! Residents have the right to have guests and as a taxpayer with a tax debt in excess of $10,800/year, I feel that a parking lot on the north end of Channelside which can accomodate the residents and guests is a necessity and much overdue. I also don't feel that residents should be obligated to pay for the trolley assessment. If the City charged EVERY Hillsborough County resident $1/year for the Trolley System, there would be more than enough funding for this without imposing an unreasonable fee on those who have ventured to live in the catastrophe more commonly known as The Channel District!

Channelside Resident and Licensed Real Estate Brok

As a 2.5 year resident of Channelside, I have seen many changes take place here, but have also realized that many of the so-called 'improvments' that were supposed to be implemented have not come to fruition. My tax bill includes an additional $850/year for the trolley which is for the local business owners to attract customers, but the residents, who have no need for the trolley are charged exhorbitant amounts of money and then have to pay full price to ride the trolley too. The City does not utilize the TIF tax dollars that have been collected nor the special assessments that we in Channelside pay each year to benefit this area whatsoever. The last improvement the City made to my area was sidewalks and curbs over a year ago. I was told at the time that they were going to have to rip everything out to run the utility lines underground following the improvement they were doing. This is ridiculous. Our City NEEDS someone who can manage this project! The right hand does not know what the left hand is doing here and every person, business owner, and developer who has ventured into this community is suffering because of the poor management of our tax dollars and improvement plans. The implementation of permitted parking is a perfect example. On my street, if someone parks here after 9 pm without a permit, the city tickets them but the residents are only issued 1 guest pass per household (for which they have to physically go downtown during business hours and request every 6 months). Essentially, if I have company, I have been deemed a 9 pm curfew because I cannot invite more than one person to visit me at any one time or they will be issued a $30 parking ticket! Residents have the right to have guests and as a taxpayer with a tax debt in excess of $10,800/year, I feel that a parking lot on the north end of Channelside which can accomodate the residents and guests is a necessity and much overdue. I also don't feel that residents should be obligated to pay for the trolley assessment. If the City charged EVERY Hillsborough County resident $1/year for the Trolley System, there would be more than enough funding for this without imposing an unreasonable fee on those who have ventured to live in the catastrophe more commonly known as The Channel District!