Connections to Tomorrow – February 2021

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deadly car accident on the interstate Speed Management Action Plan wins statewide award - February 2021 – With speed being a major contributor to crash severity, last summer the MPO wrapped up a deep-dive study of speeds on the top 20 Vision Zero road segments. The study found that 14 of those high-injury roads had speed limits well above national guidelines!  The Institute of Transportation Engineers, Florida/ Puerto Rico...
Tell us your story at the Planning for Equity Storytelling Forum - February 2021 – Do you struggle to access affordable housing, a quality job where you’re paid a living wage, or transportation to get from place to place? Are you a member of a federally-protected demographic group; for example, are you a person of color, low-income, LGBTQ, or have a disability? Come to the virtual Planning...
bicycle friendly business award emblem Plan Hillsborough named a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists - February 2021 – We’ve joined the movement of over 1,400 local businesses, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies across the United States in transforming the American workplace to be more welcoming to our customers and employees who bike. We know so many more of you are biking during the pandemic, and we are proud to support...
History of Tampa Saloons: Bowery Burlesquers advertisement ICYMI: Info BBQ – An Entertaining Look at the History of Tampa from Saloons to Steakhouses - https://youtu.be/F-ON7yGxCnsFebruary 2021 – Andrew T. Huse, a librarian with the University of South Florida Libraries Special Collections department, took us on a historical tour of Tampa with highlights from his book From Saloons to Steak Houses: A History of Tampa for our February Info BBQ (Brown Bag Quarterly).Watch the webinar
Hillsborough County Clerk of the Circuit Court building exterior Planning Commission continues phased updates to the Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan - February 2021 – The Unincorporated Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan is a long-range blueprint for future growth and provides policy direction on issues that affect the quality of life in our community. Last updated in 2008, our agency is pursuing updates to the Comprehensive Plan in a phased, integrated and collaborative approach. Following the recent adoption...
bird nest on river Environmental & Sustainability section update kicks off with public engagement - February 2021 – The Environmental and Sustainability Section, a component of the overall Unincorporated Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan update, is moving forward as part of the January cycle of plan amendments. The Environmental and Sustainability Section serves to update the Conservation and Aquifer Recharge Element of the Comprehensive Plan. The Section will continue to provide...
traffic driving through new development BOCC to consider extending moratorium on south county studies at upcoming public hearings - February 2021 – During the February 4, 2021 public hearing the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) continued the comprehensive plan text amendments (HC/CPA 20-11, HC/CPA 20-12 & HC/CPA 20-13) pertaining to the land use studies affecting property in and around Balm and Wimauma. The BOCC also set two public hearings to consider the extension of...
kids washing fresh veggies at Tampa Heights Community Garden Garden Steps increases access to fresh produce in East Tampa - February 2021 – In December, the Coalition of Community Gardens (COCG) and Garden Steps opened the Healthy 22nd Street Initiative to help residents of East Tampa gain easier access to healthy foods through gardening. Karen Elizabeth, a COCG Gardens Coordinator, demonstrated how to construct half-barrel container gardens that can be placed on apartment patios and...
traffic MPO Board disappointed by delay in two major projects - February 2021 – Every winter the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) updates its work program of transportation projects to be funded, responding to priority lists adopted by MPOs the previous summer. On February 10, the Hillsborough MPO expressed its disappointment at the delay of the I-275 interchange reconstruction in West Shore and the new US...
new River Board members Stacy White, Rich Brown and Meredith Abel New Year brings new River Board members and officers - February 2021 – At the January 25 River Board Meeting, we welcomed new Temple Terrace representative Councilmember Meredith Abel. Ms. Abel was elected to the Temple Terrace City Council November 3, 2020 for a four-year term. She taught high school level science and language arts for 11 years, currently teaches karate and self-defense to local...
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