Friday, November 16, 2018
Editorials

Editorial: Tampa City Council wisely favors environment over development

The Tampa City Council showed common sense, vision and resolve by unanimously rejecting a proposal Thursday that called for filling three acres of a lagoon for a new townhouse development. These projects have no place in modern urban planning, and the council took another significant step by looking to pre-empt these proposals from popping up again.

A New York developer sought to fill three acres of an 8.8-acre lagoon near Rocky Point on the Tampa side of the Courtney Campbell Causeway. The site is privately owned and under water, and developers sought to change its land use category to permit residential development. Plans called for 16 townhomes there, each about three stories high and with a private dock.

Hillsborough County’s city-county planning commission found the proposal consistent with Tampa’s Comprehensive Plan, a ridiculous decision that turned common sense on its head. The city and opponents rightly pointed out that filling a lagoon in a coastal flood zone in Upper Tampa Bay would be bad for the environment and bad for urban planning. The council was right to embrace the staff’s reasoning to reject the project. The board went even further by approving a motion by council member Charlie Miranda directing the planning commission to write a clear rule to ban these types of projects in the future.

Council members did their jobs by acting on the concerns of their constituents. Rocky Point and the precedent this conveys citywide are better for it.

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Editorial: The enormous public cost of domestic violence

Editorial: The enormous public cost of domestic violence

Domestic violence carries a huge price tag in addition to the human toll.
Published: 11/15/18
Editorial: Warren takes positive step to advance justice in Hillsborough

Editorial: Warren takes positive step to advance justice in Hillsborough

The Conviction Review Unit follows through on a campaign pledge to review past conviction cases.
Published: 11/14/18
Editorial: Tone down the rhetoric, focus on counting votes

Editorial: Tone down the rhetoric, focus on counting votes

President Donald Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. Rick Scott should stop making unfounded claims of voter fraud.
Published: 11/13/18
Editorial: Get Hillsborough transit priorities in shape

Editorial: Get Hillsborough transit priorities in shape

Hillsborough County scored a historic win this month when voters approved a one-cent sales tax to pay for transportation improvements. The $9 billion or more it will generate over the next 30 years should transform mobility across the region and impr...
Published: 11/12/18
Editorial: Deadly danger of wrong-way driving

Editorial: Deadly danger of wrong-way driving

The state is taking action to minimize wrong-way crashes
Published: 11/11/18
Updated: 11/12/18
Editorial: Makeover on the Pinellas School Board

Editorial: Makeover on the Pinellas School Board

Three veterans depart, clearing the way for new faces
Published: 11/09/18
Updated: 11/12/18

Editorial: Count every vote

Elections have two parts: You vote, then count the vote. Floridians did their part by turning out in record numbers in Tuesday’s midterm elections. Now it falls to local election supervisors to ensure that every vote is accurately counted.
Published: 11/09/18
Updated: 11/12/18
Editorial: A progressive shift in Hillsborough

Editorial: A progressive shift in Hillsborough

Tuesday’s elections should create a more constructive climate in Hillsborough politics, easing the social wars in recent years between Democrats and Republicans that too often resulted in polarizing urban and suburban constituencies.
Published: 11/09/18
Editorial: A smart plan for helping mom-and-pops

Editorial: A smart plan for helping mom-and-pops

St. Petersburg would limit the size of storefronts on two commercial corridors
Published: 11/09/18

Editorial: Good houseguests

A donation of furniture to schools shows how thoughtful little things can make a big difference
Published: 11/09/18