A look at governmental action from around the Gulf Coast
Labor unions, city clash
TAMPA — According to a statement from Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, the city has reached an impasse with all three labor unions on fiscal year 2010 contracts. The unions represent police officers, firefighters and all city employees. The mayor cites “financial challenges,” the recession and a budget deficit for being unable to come to terms with the unions.
Iorio notes that this will be the third consecutive year that workforce cutbacks are needed to balance the budget. She says, “The City simply cannot afford to provide pay raises to any of our employees this upcoming fiscal year.”
The mayor intends to present a balanced budget to the city council Aug. 6 that does not provide for pay increases.
City manager after county job
LEE COUNTY — Cape Coral's city manager for the past seven years, Terry Stewart, has thrown his hat in the ring for the Lee County manager's position. The position has been open since April when Don Stilwell resigned over a scandal tied to explicit e-mails sent from his work computer.
Pasco EDC releases survey
PASCO COUNTY — The Pasco Economic Development Council (PEDC) recently completed its annual existing industry survey. The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council assisted PEDC by conducting an analysis of the survey results. According to a press release, overall, the companies represented in the survey contribute $234 million to the gross county product. The 1,637 persons employed by survey respondents earned an average wage of $44,295 and generated (directly, indirectly, and induced) an estimated $123 million in annual household earnings. To read the full report, go to www.pascoedc.com/AboutPEDC/Available-Publications.aspx. For more information, contact
Denise Sanderson a the PEDC, (813) 926-0827.
Kottkamp runs for AG
FLORIDA — Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp of North Fort Myers filed to run for the state's attorney general cabinet seat July 20. Kottkamp's only Republican opposition so far is Jim Lewis of Fort Lauderdale. Democrats in the race include Sen. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, and Sen. Dave Aronberg, D-Greenacres, whose district includes part of Lee County.
Atwater has opponent
FLORIDA — Pat Patterson, a Republican from Deland, has filed to take on Sen. President Jeff Atwater, R-North Palm Beach, for the chief financial officer cabinet post. Atwater filed to run in May. Patterson is chairman of the House Insurance, Business and Financial Affairs Policy Committee.
Rouson hosts town hall meetings
FLORIDA — State Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, will be hosting the first in a series of one hour town hall meetings beginning at 6 p.m. Aug. 5 in Palmetto at the Palmetto Youth Center, 501 17th St. West. The second meeting is at 6 p.m. Aug. 6 in St. Petersburg at the Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. South. The final meeting is at 6 p.m., Aug. 27 in Sarasota at the North County Library, 2801 Newtown Blvd.
The Bradenton Downtown Development Authority meets July 28 at 8:30 a.m. in City Centre Council Chambers, 101 Old Main St.
The Collier Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Board will hold a special meeting along with a public hearing on July 28 at 8:15 a.m. in the county commission chambers on the third floor of the W. Harmon Turner Building (Administration Building F), Collier County Government Center, 3301 E. Tamiami Trail, Naples. The special meeting is being held to amend the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for fiscal years 2008/09-2012/13 and discuss the TIP for fiscal years 2009/10-2013/14. A week prior to the meeting, the MPO agenda will be posted on the MPO's Web site at www.colliermpo.net. To access the agenda, go to the calendar and select the meeting date.
Environmental Land Development Code amendments are the subject of a meeting July 29 at 9 a.m. in the offices of the Community Development and Environmental Services Division, Conference Room 610, at 2800 N. Horseshoe Dr. Another meeting is set for Aug. 4 at the same time and location.
The county is taking comments through Aug. 5 on the 2009-2010 annual action plan and amendments to prior years' action plans, as part of the 2006-2011 consolidated plan. The plan guides affordable housing and community development efforts during the next fiscal year. The proposed 2009-2010 action plan includes information on projects funded with $6,112,661 in community development block grants (CDBG), $2,747,380 in HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), and $263,594 in Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) grant funds and anticipated program income.
The public hearing will be held on Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. to receive final comments and adopt the action plan and amendments. The hearing will be held at the Frederick B. Karl County Center, 2nd Floor Boardroom, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., downtown Tampa. For more information, call Maureen Calderaro at the Affordable Housing Department, (813) 274-6657.
The county's proposed three-year strategic plan will be brought back to the county commission for further discussion at its meeting July 28 at 10 a.m. The meeting is at the West Pasco Government Center board room, first floor, 7530 Little Rd., New Port Richey The plan outlines the county's vision, mission and values, along with six strategic challenges the county will face in coming years and the key intended results used to measure performance.
The county commission is holding a work session and budget information session July 28 at 9:30 a.m. in the 5th Floor Assembly Room, Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St., Clearwater. For more information call (727) 464-3485.
The Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority meets July 29 from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Manatee County Commission Chambers, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., downtown Bradenton.