Hospital opens most of wing, plans donation
Tampa General Hospital opened most of its Bayshore Pavilion wing last week, nearly completing a project that has spanned more than five years on Davis Islands.
The six-story, 340,000-square-foot addition overlooking the Seddon Channel includes an emergency room and trauma center, neuroscience center, women's center and cardiovascular center.
Although the community may greet it with open arms now, the road has been rocky for the new wing. Davis Islands residents fought the hospital in 2006 when it requested a rezoning. They didn't like the hospital's site plan. The judge ultimately sided with the hospital.
Lisa Devitto, president of the Davis Islands Civic Association, said the disagreement is in the past and is a "nonissue."
"We love having the hospital here on Davis Islands," she said.
Most areas of the new wing have opened already, but the diagnostic and treatment areas will open Monday, said Ellen Fiss, a hospital spokeswoman.
The hospital may have an impact on the community in other ways, too. A $1-million donation from Tampa General might be used to help pay for a study on restoring Jenkins Pool and for a paved trail near Seaplane Basin Park.
The donation will be among topics discussed during a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Sandra Freedman Tennis Complex, 59 Columbia Drive. The Tampa Parks and Recreation Department is holding the meeting to discuss the Davis Islands Park Improvement Fund. It was postponed in August because of Tropical Storm Fay and will be open to the public. For information, contact the parks department at 274-8615.
In other Davis Islands news, the Young Islanders will hold a coastal cleanup at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the shoreline basin at the south end of Davis Islands. For more information, e-mail the group at email@example.com.
Got stuff? Join neighborhood sale
The Tampa Heights Civic Association is sponsoring a neighborhood yard sale in October and is looking for residents interested in participating. Association members plan to advertise on their Web site and in local newspapers, but need residents' addresses for a map.
Send an e-mail to tampa firstname.lastname@example.org to join in.
Civic association will meet Thursday night
The Historic Ybor Neighborhood Civic Association will hold its general meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at GameWorks at 1600 E Eighth Ave. The agenda includes discussions of Guavaween, a neighborhood association meet-and-greet and the city's tree planting program. Association president Tony LaColla said the city is looking to install 50 to 100 trees in residential areas. For information, visit the association's Web site at www.hynca.com.
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