Iorio, Sharpe receive planning awards for transportation work
Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio and Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe have each received a 2010 Outstanding Local Public Official of the Year award from the Florida chapter of the American Planning Association. A majority vote of the statewide FAPA executive committee determines the award winners each year. Tony LaColla, who works for the Tampa/Hillsborough planning commission and is the local chapter president, said the two were nominated for the award because of their support for upgrading the county's transportation system with road improvements, rail, more buses, and bike trails. Both hope to see it paid for with a new sales tax. "They're out there selling this on a daily basis," La Colla said. "Planners are always pushing for better transporation systems. We believe it's vital for our economy to have an efficient transportation system and one that services everybody, not just automobile users. The disabled, senior citizens, young people who don't have access to an automobile, the poor who may not be able to afford an automobile." The planning association is holding its annual conference in Tampa this week.
Janet Zink, Times Staff Writer