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Letters: Cuban Club Bandshell is historic loss

Revamped venue ready for a Tropical Heatwave | May 9

Piece of Cuban heritage is gone

This story begins before the destruction of the Cuban Club Bandshell in Ybor City. Cuban Club Foundation board member Patrick Manteiga led a crusade before the Tampa City Council to annex an alleyway adjacent to the club's property. The alleyway annexation laid the groundwork for the eventual demolition of the Cuban Club Bandshell.

My Cuban ancestors arrived in Ybor City in 1913. El Circulo Cubano, on the National Register of Historic Places, was an integral part of their social lives and well-being. And for many of us in the Latino community, the entire grounds were part of that heritage. A piece of our Cuban heritage has now been destroyed for potential future profits.

When will we learn to preserve history and place value on things that cannot be replaced?

Patricia Garcia Streuber, Tampa

Tampa needs to tend to Sulphur Springs | editorial, May 9

A neighborhood ripe with potential

While applauding a proposed city of Tampa and Hillsborough Children's Board investment, your recent editorial slights grass roots neighborhood stakeholders and perpetuates a destructive Sulphur Springs stereotype, that it's a neighborhood of problems versus one of untold strengths. This neighborhood is a work in progress, far more than an urban dumping ground.

A current collaboration, "Neighborhood of Promise," more aptly describes the vision and outcomes representing over 10 years of resident-led work and investment by Sulphur Springs' stakeholders. This includes resident leaders Norma and Joseph Robinson, other residents, faith-based organizations, community activists Liz and David Kennedy, community partners including United Way Resource Center, YMCA, Layla's House, the Children's Board, Blue Foundation, Devereux Kids, Conn Foundation, Community Stepping Stones, PCAT Family Ministries, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, City Parks and Recreation, area banks including JP Morgan Chase, and more.

Any city of Tampa and Children's Board leadership campaign presentation to Sulphur Springs residents and stakeholders should recognize that they stand on the shoulders of these giants who recognized early on an unpolished gem of promise rather than a desolate wasteland.

Michael Doyle, Tampa

Letters: Cuban Club Bandshell is historic loss 05/15/14 [Last modified: Thursday, May 15, 2014 2:23pm]
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