March 2010


March 19, 2010

The Sebastian City Council voted unanimously last night to award a contract to Outlier Planning to prepare the City’s Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) of it comprehensive plan, as well as a new Economic Development Element to the plan. The EAR is required by statute for all municipalities and counties in Florida, and is conducted every seven years. Updated data and analysis will be used not only to gauge the effectiveness of the City’s existing growth policies, but also to recommend changes to the comprehensive plan to most effectively manage growth and change in the coming years.

March 18, 2010

City's permit process lengthy
Contractors say it takes much longer here than in other municipalities. After the Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network waited eight months for city approval to rebuild its fire-damaged office, board President Brian Scarborough told Gainesville officials they needed to speed up the process.

March 15, 2010

Tax abatement issue delayed

AVON PARK - Although the Highlands County Commission has not yet agreed to put the tax abatement issue on the ballot for voters to consider, Dan Murphy, the county's economic development executive director, is planning ahead in case the commissioners do give the go-ahead.

March 12, 2010

Today's Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce is anything but business as usual.

Talk to the volunteers who work on its committees and their mission always contains the word "community" before "business," the goal always about improving the county as a whole, not just their own bottom line.


March 10, 2010

TAMPA - As demolition of the former Georgetown Apartments nears completion, planning is under way for the half of the 164-acre site slated to become South Tampa's second-largest waterfront park.

A fishing pier, canoe launch, nature trails and playground with climbing structures are suggested for the property, according to a draft of proposed improvements. The site also could hold four 300-square-foot picnic shelters, an observation tower, boardwalk, bathrooms, drinking fountains, outdoor shower and benches.

March 8, 2010

Conservation banks for endangered species have been successful in other places across the country.  Banks set up a system where the private sector provides funds to preserve and manage important habitat … forever.  Landowners can sell credits to developers planning to impact what are usually marginal habitats elsewhere, ensuring the most valuable habitats continue to flourish.

March 5, 2010

NEW PORT RICHEY - Until last spring, George Romagnoli spent much of his time as the unofficial public works director for Tommytown, the down-at-the-heels neighborhood just north of Dade City.

As Pasco County's community development chief, Romagnoli pumped millions in federal grant money into Tommytown, paving dirt roads and bringing water and sewer to the community of mostly Spanish-speaking migrant workers.

March 4, 2010

Lee County commissioners approved a change to its land-use plan to protect 83,000 acres in southeast Lee, the source for 80 percent of the county's drinking water.

March 3, 2010

BARTOW | Local developers used the annual "State of Housing Report" Wednesday to attack proposed changes in the county growth plan and plead for lower development fees and the elimination of impact fees.

March 2, 2010

Optimistic that the market for new homes has bottomed out, the developer of Bridgeland has restarted a section of its master-planned community meant to emulate traditional Houston neighborhoods like the Heights, West University and Southside Place.

The project, called Lakeland Heights, was supposed to open last year, but the housing slump derailed it.

March 1, 2010

 Fort Homer Hesterly Armory has a storied history, but a plan to redevelop the Florida National Guard property as a $98 million luxury development has stalled.

Following a lengthy selection process, a city-created review committee in 2006 unanimously gave top ranking to Heritage Square at the Armory, a corporate partnership that proposed developing the Tampa landmark into a 300-room hotel, spa and more on the 10 acres at 522 N. Howard Ave.