A group of 18 businesses along Bay to Bay Boulevard, the South Tampa artery that has been at the center of a raging debate over safe streets, asked Mayor Bob Buckhorn Wednesday to reconsider his decision to squash a plan to make the busy street safer.
Buckhorn said in March that neighboring streets were best suited for bike lanes.
In a letter to Buckhorn, the businesses said their success relies on accessibility for all residents, especially pedestrians. They urged the mayor to seek more public input before a joint city-county resurfacing project begins. They advocated for implementing the original plan to reduce lane width and add bike and turning lanes to Bay to Bay.
"Together our businesses employ hundreds of constituents and provide tens of thousands of dollars in tax revenue. We contribute to the neighborhood, city and county by offering destinations for dining, community services, and valuable professional office space. More than ever, Tampa and Hillsborough County need leadership and policies that promote safety alongside of economic prosperity, beginning with our streets and locally owned businesses," the letter read.
The group urged Buckhorn to contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org. They also sent similar letters to the Tampa City Council and the Hillsborough County Commission.
Buckhorn didn't immediately respond to a request for comment emailed to his office.
The businesses and their representatives are:
Brooke Layton, Devonshire Custom Homes
Danny Tham, Crown Royal Day Spa
Courtney Shalk, The Dessert Spot
Kim Dionisio, Swami Juice
Andres Hernandez, Pia Day Spa
Eric Fischman, Soleli Tanning
Matt Jeffries, CHOPS Music Studio
Louis & Nancy Pappas, Louis Pappas Fresh Greek
Wesly Chiu, Kelp Sushi Joint
Andrea Messina Gebbia, Joe and Son's Olive Oil
Eddie Monroy, Palma Ceia Shoe Repair
Dustin Baker, KLIKFIT
Krista Abad, Monaco Salon
Ergin Tek, Gengiz Khan
Kristin Coolman, The Healthy Dose Organics
James Priddy, Smartonix, Inc.
David Williams, LEVO Health
Dominique Conn-Giolito, Traveling Corks