Tampa will Purchase Hybrids for their fleet

04/12/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Last week Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio announced that she is trading in her Lincoln Town Car for a Toyota Camry Hybrid.


In that same news release, the city announced somewhat of an about face, saying they were poised to purchase 10 hybrid Ford Escapes.


Previously, City Councilmembers Linda Saul and John Dingfelder had encouraged City Staff to become like St. Petersburg, Miami Dade, and other local municipalities around the country in trying to become more environmentally friendly by purchasing such cars.


But staff members begged off, claiming the higher prices for the cars made such purchases unfeasible.

But that was then.  Irvin Lee is the City of Tampa’s Director of Public Works (roll tape#1 o.q.”we expect to see more”)


When asked by Councilman John Dingfelder whether the city would do anything different visually to indicate on the 10 Ford Escapes that they are hybrids working to help the environment, Lee said that could happen (roll tape#2 o.q.”consider something like that”)


Councilwoman Mary Mulhern inquired about the potential savings – and how long would the city need to use the hybrids to show such savings (roll tape3# o.q.”savings”)


Public Works Director Irvin Lee said this was pilot proposal.


Councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena suggested the City use language similar on the hybrids that Miami/ Dade County currently employs and says that  bottom line results may not take place over night (roll tape#4  o.q.”save us money”)

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