Video: Tampa City Council candidates debate at Tiger Bay

Share
Tampa City Council candidates at Tampa Tiger Bay Club
Tampa City Council Candidates Joe Robinson (l), Charlie Miranda and John Godwin. By Seán Kinane / WMNF News, 18 Jan 2019.

In March, Tampa voters will not only vote for a new mayor, but all seven city council seats are in play as well.

On Friday at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club, candidates from three of the city council races answered questions from club members. Two people are challenging Council member Charlie Miranda for the District 2 seat he holds. And the three shared their ideas for solving Tampa’s future needs for drinking water.

Joe Robinson:

“The first thing I would do is get with the Public Works director and find out how we could take 80 million gallons of water being dumped in (Tampa) Bay and make it a profitable, money-making venture for the City of Tampa. We’re dumping 80 million gallons of the Howard Curren (wastewater treatment plant) into the Bay.

“And that’s water — having served on SWFWMD — that’s an asset. Water is a problem: you can’t develop without water. So, we need to make sure we take that stormwater — not sewer to tap, because there’s problem with aquifer storage recovery — but to find a way by getting with SWFWMD, asking for cooperative funding grants …”

Charlie Miranda:

“We are working and we are very close with SWFWMD and others. However, we took one vote at Tampa Bay Water and we fell two votes short. Because I’ve got to depend on Pasco (County), Pinellas (County), Hillsborough County, the City of New Port Richey and the City of St. Pete and Tampa.”

John Godwin:

“Charlie, with all due respect, you’ve been with Council, off and on, since 1974. And you’re the longest-serving member of the water board. You haven’t solved it in those decades. I don’t know why we’d expect something different now.

“With that said, my platform is addressing transportation, addressing affordability, inclusivity in neighborhoods.”

Listen:

 

Candidates for Districts 1 and 5 also participated in the forum.

 

Watch the whole forum in four parts here:

 

You may also like

The Scoop: Fri. June 21st, 2024 Tampa Bay and Florida headlines by WMNF

In the past decade, there have been more than 200...

20-foot Inflatable IUD Arrives in Tampa

Americans for Contraception brought a 20-foot, inflatable IUD to Lykes...

A photo of a county commissioner, wearing a plaid long sleeve, speaking into a radio microphone.
Hillsborough County Commissioner Harry Cohen talks taxes, elections, transportation and more

Harry Cohen has served on the Hillsborough County Board of...

Green Burials with Laura Starkey and Sarah Lasswell

Join Tanja and guest host Grace while they talk green...

Ways to listen

WMNF is listener-supported. That means we don't advertise like a commercial station, and we're not part of a university.

Ways to support

WMNF volunteers have fun providing a variety of needed services to keep your community radio station alive and kickin'.

Follow us on Instagram

Poetry Is
Player position: