Tampa Council lodges concern over Pasco development

08/23/07 Mitch E. Perry
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The Tampa City Council today agreed today to send a letter to the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Southwest Management Water District (Swiftmud) regarding runoff from construction of a new mall in South Pasco County into the Cypress Creek Preserve.

The Preserve is a tributary for the Hillsborough River, one of the main sources of drinking water for citizens in Tampa.

Construction for the Cypress Creek Town Center began in June at Interstate 75 and State Road 56. The developer, the Jacobs Group, hopes to open the mall by the end of 2008.

Councilwoman Linda Saul Sena said the city should have standing to weigh in on the issue, as Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio recently did on a proposed landfill in Pasco County.

Assistant City Attorney Jan McClean said she had spoken with Swiftmud, who had received citizens complaints about the issue.

As a remedy for those citizen complaints, McClean says Swiftmud is now requiring the Jacobs Group to double their procedures to prevent such runoff happening again.

The Council then voted unanimously in favor of having Saul-Sena write to the Hillsborough EPC, Swiftmud, and the Army Corps of Engineers, requesting that they be extra vigilant in observing the actions with the development and the Preserve.

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