Policy & Transportation Digest

By Michael Maurino, Director of Government Relations, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

#YesTo20: The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is encouraging the community to support a 20-year, half-cent sales tax referendum for transportation improvements in Hillsborough County and the Cities of Tampa, Plant City, and Temple Terrace. The Chamber’s #YesTo20 advocacy initiative calls on the Hillsborough County Commission to place on the November ballot a referendum that would fund local road improvements, expand transit, and build pedestrian facilities. To improve our economy and quality of life, a 20-year, half-cent plan is the best way to make additional, long term investments transportation.

If you are interested in making your voice heard and asking the County Commission to say #YesTo20, the County Commission will be holding their public meeting on the referendum on Thursday, June 9, at 6 p.m. at the Hillsborough County Center, or email the County Commissioners. You can also join the conversation on social media with #YesTo20. Visit our Facebook, linkedin, Twitter, and YouTube for videos from Chamber members, and more information on #YesTo20.

County Commissioner Sandy Murman sent an email to her constituents today seeking their opinions on the possible permutations of a transportation referendum. The Tampa Bay Times wrote an editorial today opposing the plan before the County Commission because there is “too little emphasis on transit and too much on roads.”

Ballpark and nature park caught between St. Pete and Hillsborough: Officials from Tampa and Hillsborough County met this week with Tampa Bay Rays officials to discuss nine potential sites for a Rays stadium in Tampa or Hillsborough. Meanwhile, St. Petersburg officials are continuing their discussions about a new Rays stadium in St. Pete.

But that isn’t the only park being discussed on both sides of the bay. Lake Park, a nearly 600-acre nature park in Lutz, has been closed since a sinkhole developed last year. Hillsborough runs the park, but St. Petersburg owns the land from a time when it was a regularly used wellfield and that part of Hillsborough had more cows than people. St. Pete wants Hillsborough to pay for repairs to the sinkhole, and increase their rent from $1 to $36,000 annually.

Upcoming events (register at TampaChamber.com)

Gridlock! Finding solutions to Tampa’s traffic woes: Tuesday, June 21, 8:00am
Operation Partnership Civilian Career Day:
Friday, June 24, 8:00am

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