Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Treasure Island seeks cost-effective way of assessing future

TREASURE ISLAND — City leaders are wondering what residents think about the future of their city — what are their visions for Treasure Island?

Vision Stewardship Committee members, who have worked to implement many of the elements of a 2012 vision plan, say their job is basically done and have asked the City Commission to let them continue to develop more plans.

The group's new title, Vision Steering Committee, was approved by the City Commission last week.

Although committee members were hoping the commission would approve another vision survey, commissioners said there is no money for the project right now.

Vision committee chair Mitchell Shenkman was hoping for $12,000 — $5,000 to pay for a survey to gather residents' ideas, another $5,000 to hold community forums and $2,000 for marketing.

But commissioners, who were split about their goals for the committee, decided in a 4-1 vote to approve the board's new title but without money for a survey.

Mayor Robert Minning said there might be ways to accomplish the task without spending $12,000, the amount the city paid for its 2012 vision plan.

Commissioner Alan Bildz, who voted against renaming the committee, said he doesn't think another survey is needed.

But Commissioner Carol Coward wants to see a more active vision committee with members who "go out into the community and engage residents.

"They need to find out what they (residents) are thinking," she said.

City Manager Reid Silverboard agreed.

"Committee members should not give their vision but find out the pulse of the community," he said.

The 2012 vision plan suggestions that have been implemented or are under way include a mixed-use downtown area, expanded bike trails, a waterfront promenade and redevelopment of the city's north end.

Treasure Island seeks cost-effective way of assessing future 08/28/14 [Last modified: Thursday, August 28, 2014 11:33am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Observations from a liberal, gay, Latino, feminist Florida House freshman


    State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando,  rocked the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus dinner at Tallahassee's Hotel Duval Satursday night with his unabashedly liberal and passionate take on the myriad issues he said are key to LGBTQ Floridians. Among them: Access to guns, Reproductive rights, home …

    Carlos G. Smith
  2. Delta Sigma Theta honors outgoing national president

    Human Interest

    During her four years as national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Paulette Walker said she always focused on the comma between "Sorority" and "Inc."

    Paulette Walker, the former director of undergraduate programs and internship in the College of Education at the University of South Florida, will be honored on Saturday for her leadership in the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
  3. 10 sailors missing, 5 hurt in collision of USS John S. McCain

    SEOUL —Ten U.S. Navy sailors are missing and five have been injured after the USS John S. McCain destroyer collided with an oil tanker near Singapore early Monday morning.

    In this Jan. 22, 2017, photo provided by U.S. Navy, the USS John S. McCain patrols in the South China Sea while supporting security efforts in the region. The guided-missile destroyer collided with a merchant ship on Monday, Aug. 21, in waters east of Singapore and the Straits of Malacca. Ten sailors were missing, and five were injured, the Navy said. [James Vazquez/U.S. Navy via AP]
  4. Pasco County Fire Rescue fighting a two-alarm fire started by an explosion


    Two houses are on fire and one victim has been critically burned and taken to a trauma center following an explosion at a home at 8652 Velvet Dr, in Port Richey.

  5. Rays see the Blake Snell they've been waiting for in win over Mariners

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — It was a one-run game Sunday when the Mariners' Robinson Cano singled with one out in the seventh inning, bringing the dangerous Nelson Cruz to the plate.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) throwing in the third inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.