Sunday, June 24, 2018
News Roundup

Temple Terrace floats preservation plan

TEMPLE TERRACE — Dwight James Baum, who created John Ringling's lavish Ca' d'Zan palace in Sarasota, also designed dozens of Mediterranean Revival-style homes in Temple Terrace, the largest collection of the famed architect's work in the Southeast.

To take advantage of the town's architectural history, the City Council has invited citizens, especially owners of historic homes, to a workshop July 25 to discuss joining the national Certified Local Government Program, which would create a clear path for owners who want to get their homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Temple Terrace is the only Florida city built in the 1920s that is not designated a CLG, or member of the program, said council member Grant Rimbey. Rimbey is an avid proponent of the program, a joint initiative of the National Park Service and the State Historic Preservation Offices in each state.

"One of the big issues for the city of being a CLG, it allows the city to be eligible for federal grants,'' he said.

Rimbey said the proposed program would be voluntary, allowing individual owners of historic property to take part or not.

The city's community development office sent letters to 95 people. They went to owners of two types of homes: the Mediterranean Revival-style homes of the 1920s, with arched windows and barrel tile roofs; and mid-century modern homes of the 1950s and 1960s, characterized by large overhangs and lots of glass, an effort to bring the outside inside, one of Frank Lloyd Wright's main themes.

Celebrated Tampa architect M. Leo Elliott also created early homes in Temple Terrace. Elliott designed Tampa's old city hall and Centro Asturiano in Ybor City, as well as Florida College's Sutton Hall, which served as the first Temple Terrace Country Club.

"I think what the city is looking to do is gauge historic homeowners' feelings, what they think about this whole idea, gauge everybody's interest and the participation the city might expect,'' said Tim Lancaster, president of the Temple Terrace Preservation Society.

Lancaster, in a follow-up letter to homeowners, noted that once homes are listed on the national register and become part of the CLG, they could be eligible for a federal historic preservation tax incentive program.

"The City of Temple Terrace may also create an Historic Ad Valorem Tax Exemption program, as other local governments have done, such as Tampa,'' he wrote. "Tampa's program establishes a procedure for an owner of residential or commercial historic properties, after preserving, restoring and rehabilitating their properties to National Register standards, to apply for a tax exemption of the portion of ad valorem taxes levied by the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County for a period of up to 10 years.''

One of the first steps would be for the city to pass an ordinance, which Lancaster said could be as tight or loose as the city would like to make it. The ordinance would create a board to oversee the program.

Philip Morgan can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 226-3435.

Comments
Why a small-town restaurant owner asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave - and would do it again

Why a small-town restaurant owner asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave - and would do it again

LEXINGTON, Va. - Stephanie Wilkinson was at home Friday evening - nearly 200 miles from the White House - when the choice presented itself.Her phone rang about 8 p.m. It was the chef at the Red Hen, the tiny farm-to-table restaurant that she co-owned...
Updated: 8 minutes ago
Rays team up to beat Yankees again 4-0

Rays team up to beat Yankees again 4-0

ST. PETERSBURG — With all that's been said, tweeted, ranted and written on these pages and elsewhere about the Rays' odd, unorthodox, weird and some days downright wacky pitching plan, this might be the craziest thing yet:It's working.Like, rea...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Greg Auman answers your questions about NFL’s investigation into Jameis Winston

Greg Auman answers your questions about NFL’s investigation into Jameis Winston

There are many unanswered questions and discrepancies about the story of Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston and the March 2016 Uber ride in Arizona that has led to his upcoming three-game suspension for violating the NFL's conduct policy.The Bucs won't ...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Will this be Jameis Winston’s last season in a Bucs uniform?

Will this be Jameis Winston’s last season in a Bucs uniform?

A t his introductory news conference after being drafted No. 1 overall by the Bucs in 2015, Jameis Winston said to judge him on his actions moving forward."Actions speak so much louder than words, or what they may have read or what they may have hear...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Rays Tales: Why ‘trades’ and ‘prospects’ are always in same conversation

Rays Tales: Why ‘trades’ and ‘prospects’ are always in same conversation

Besides the continual evolution of their intriguing pitching plan, the primary topics of conversation for the Rays over the next several weeks will be trades and prospects. And not mutually exclusively.Some sooner than others, the Rays are going to c...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Former Mitchell High player Nathan Smith taken in NHL draft by Jets

Former Mitchell High player Nathan Smith taken in NHL draft by Jets

It's rare to see an NHL draft pick with Tampa Bay ties, but the Jets used a third-round pick Saturday on center Nathan Smith, 19, who played for Mitchell High School in Trinity and most recently for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the USHL.Smith was ...
Published: 06/23/18
Report: Lightning to talk to John Tavares during free-agent courting period

Report: Lightning to talk to John Tavares during free-agent courting period

Despite limited salary-cap room, the Lightning is among at least five teams expected to talk with Islanders All-Star center John Tavares, who can be a free agent July 1, when the courting period begins Sunday, ESPN reported.Tavares also is expected t...
Published: 06/23/18

Strangers are coming together to honor two killed in Bayshore crash

TAMPA — John Reisinger has seen miracles since his niece and 21-month-old grand-niece were killed while trying to cross Bayshore Boulevard 30 days ago. Some, he says, are too painful to talk about. Others he’s still trying to make sense of, such as h...
Published: 06/23/18
Rays journal: New confidence carries over for Willy Adames

Rays journal: New confidence carries over for Willy Adames

ST. PETERSBURG — The key to SS Willy Adames rapping two of the biggest hits in the Rays' 4-0 win Saturday actually took place the night before.An RBI single that snapped an 0-for-12 and a second hit two winnings later in Friday's game restored ...
Published: 06/23/18
Another small, quick forward headlines Lightning’s draft picks

Another small, quick forward headlines Lightning’s draft picks

Even without a first-round pick, the Lightning wrapped up its draft with seven picks Saturday, starting with Gabriel Fortier, an undersized 18-year-old forward from Quebec in the second round."They were guys that we really wanted," Lightning director...
Published: 06/23/18