2012 Board Minutes
DAVIS ISLAND CIVIC ASSOCIATION MEETING January 3, 2012 at the Davis Island Tennis Club
In Attendance: Cristan Fadal, Jeanne Wolfe, Dottie Womble, T. J. King, Stephen Stanley, Bill Killbourn, Denise Cassedy, Antonio Amadeo, Janice Davis, Taylor Ward, Charner Reese, Jeannine Wish-Yeko, Carol Rubin, Debbie Zomermaand, Patt Fosnaught, Andrew Ledford
Guest: Jim Peeples
Meeting was called to order by Denise Cassedy.
Cpl. Michael Bearden from the Tampa Police Department gave report. There has been a continuing problem with open garage doors and unlocked cars. Also, there has been a profusion of door to door solicitors on the Island. Some of them are legitimate, but others are questionable.
Minutes from the Dec. 6, 2011 meeting were approved. Janice is going to verify the “Terms” on the Roster.
Treasurers Report — Cristan Fadal: Total income in Dec was $1,376.13. Cristan requested advance notice about unexpected expenses. Our overall income from dues is lower than hoped for. Andrew indicated he would like $300-$500 for a Movie in the Park. It was voted upon and passed.
Traffic–Antonio advised us that the Platt Street Bridge should reopen on Jan. 16, 2012. The dangerous crosswalk at the foot of the DI Bridge is finally going to be moved by the city.
Pool Report–Charner Reese met, in December, with Mr. Santiago (from the City) and James Jackson ( the Contract Manager) re. the pool design. We asked for three changes: (1) Change in the depth at the deep and shallow end. (2) ADA requirements for users with disabilities. (3)We do not want submerged benches in the pool.
We should hear back from them shortly. Cristan says the City is reviewing the final plan.
Land Use—January 15 is the cut off for revisions in the “Comprehensive Plan.” Steve says only items that might affect us would be those dealing with the Aviation Authority and TGH. It was questioned whether either of those entities is requesting a change in “Density” levels. Steve and Debbie will work together on zoning and land use.
THAN—Patt Fosnaught informed us that there is a course to be conducted by Steve LaBour from the City on Sat, Jan 21 in the ABC’s of Zoning. Patt also provided us with a printed list of handy City numbers. Patt reiterated a month by month account of THAN activities. There are 65 neighborhood groups participating in THAN.
Green Initiatives–T. J King reported that the Great American Cleanup is scheduled for Sat, April 21. More dog waste stations have been installed. T.J. questioned exactly what portion the Aviation Authority owns in the Sea Plane area?
Bylaws—It was debated whether the Pres. of the DI Chamber and the Young Islanders representatives are members of our Board. We, of course, welcome them to our meetings, but they would not be “Voting Members.” Charner moved that they would be “non- voting” members, Dottie seconded the motion…and it was passed.
Building Tomorrow—Charner is working on attracting Larger Donors. No money was actually netted from the Blues and Barbeque event, a disappointment after everyone’s work and support. By the end of next year we will need to revise our Brochure. Janice suggested we have “Markers” on the Trail in exchange for a monetary contribution.
Garden Club—Dottie Womble has reserved the Nov 14, 2012 date for our annual meeting.
Stewardship—Charner confirmed that the next meeting will be Feb 14, 2012. Stewardship group is finalizing updates to the “Strategic Plan,” as well as, working with various City Departments.
Membership—Bill Kilbourne reported that 232 members have renewed….he sent out email reminders to 110 more.
Social—Denise ran into several City Council members at the Mayors Holiday Party, and she took the opportunity to mention some or our important issues.
Web Site—Carol is trying to reach Ken for some input on what she should do with the web site.
New Business—Cristan expressed his hope that the election of officers for the Board could be more open and structured.
Meeting was adjourned.
DAVIS ISLAND CIVIC ASSOCIATION MEETING Feb. 7, 2012 at the Davis Island Tennis Club
In Attendance: Jeanne Wolfe, Dottie Womble, T. J. King, Stephen Stanley, Bill Kilbourn, Denise Cassedy, Janice Davis, Carol Rubin, Debbie Zomermaand, Andrew Ledford, Leslie Stein
Meeting was called to order by Denise Cassedy.
Ofc. Pat Foley, Ofc. Michael Newby, and Sgt. Ross Graham from the Tampa Police Department gave report. Four robberies took place last month….they were a result of unlocked doors or open garages.
Maintaining and trimming shrubbery helps let in more visibility and light. Some of the recent “Door to Door” salespeople are scam artists.
Minutes from the Jan. 3, 2012 meeting were approved…Adding Leslie Stein to those present.
Treasurers Report — Cristan Fadal: Christan was not present, but he sent in his report. Bill moved to accept the treasurer’s report, T.J. seconded that motion and it was passed.
Nominating Committee—Janice Davis reported that Walter Hill resigned as president but will continue on the board due to his busy schedule. As vice president, Denise stated that she is willing to the vacated presidency position with Walter serving as V. President. T.J. King moved to tabling the appointments until members are served notice with Andrew Ledford seconding the motion. After additional discussion, the motion passed to table the appointments until next month’s meeting. Discussion included establishing a protocol for election of officers. Janice stated that members assign this to the Nominating Committee when new and old members are elected each year.
Janice Davis addressed unexcused absences among board members. DICA Bylaws states that after a member misses three consecutive meetings the board can remove them from the board. Presently, there are two members in question and Janice will call them to determine if they want to continue to serve. Both have not been attending meetings or corresponding with members on DICA business.
Green Initiatives–T. J. King reminded us that the Great American Cleanup is scheduled for Sat, April 21. He will need Volunteer Coordinators, to serve in 3 hour shifts. He hopes to sign up volunteers at the Movie in the Park, and at the April 14 Islands Fest.
Building Tomorrow and Stewardship—Charner could not attend.
Membership—Bill Kilbourne reported that his email campaign increased membership by 50, bringing our total up to 278.
Social—Denise confirmed that the Ice Cream Social will be held May 6 at the Marina.
Pool—Andrew says the City is stating that they want the pool depth to range from 3-5 feet, and the City also wants a Ramp rather than a chair type device for handicapped access. Many on the Pool committee feel if we do not go along with the City’s plan; we may jeopardize the City’s willingness to move forward at this time.
Web Site—Carol is cleaning up the web-site and updating information.
Movie in the Park—Andrew has “The Wizard of OZ” scheduled for this next Saturday.
New Business—Tampa General Hospital recently bought another parcel of land on the NE corner of Arbor and Davis Blvd. Members discussed the quick claim deed that Pam Iorio signed over city land to HCC for their administration building without community notice. A rezoning request appears to enable TGH to build 6-8 story offices on the east side of that first block. This would be a serious change in the density and ambiance of the Island. Members determined that we must continue to be vigilant about zoning changes.
Meeting was adjourned.
DAVIS ISLANDS CIVIC ASSOCIATION MEETING Mar 6, 2012 at the Davis Islands Tennis Club
In Attendance: Jeanne Wolfe, Dottie Womble, T. J. King, Stephen Stanley, Bill Kilbourn, Denise Cassedy, Carol Rubin, Andrew Ledford, Leslie Stein, Christan Fadel, Charner Reese, Taylor Ward, Antonio Amadeo, Jeanine Wish-Yeko
Guests: Lisa DiVetto, Harold Moore, Barbara Smith-Palinkas
Meeting was called to order by Denise Cassedy.
Ofc. Kirk from the Tampa Police Department gave report. Five robberies took place last month on Davis Islands….There was an armed robbery at Rick’s Italian Café and several car robberies.
First the Board sought to clarify the election of officers. Steve Stanley nominated Denise to be President. Jeanne Wolfe seconded the nomination; and Denise was elected. Walter Hill was elected Vice President.
Steve Stanley and Leslie Stein will work on a committee to develop an election procedure.
Steve Stanley moved that the minutes from the Feb 7, 2012 meeting be approved, Charner Reese seconded the motion. The minutes were approved.
Treasurers Report — Cristan Fadal reported it was a quiet month: $7.56 income, total funds are $4873.14. We will have some expenses next month with the Newsletter coming out.
On a separate issue, Steve asked where our $500000 is located? Charner said the City has the money. We have checked on it. Lisa stated that she asked for an update, the City provided that information. Steve suggested that the Treasurer might ask for an update report of the funds a couple of times a year. Charner reminded us that when she asked for an update the City provided the information.
Charner moved that the Treasurer’s report be accepted, Steve seconded it and the Treasurer’s report was approved.
Neighborhood Watch – Harold and Lisa DeVitto have organized a Spaghetti Dinner at the Baptist Church on March 26 . Hope to have five guest speakers. Speakers will discuss how the RNC in late August will affect us: Curtailment of marine traffic, no cruise ships, close Platt Street Bridge, and empty homes might be vulnerable. Also children ID program will be at the dinner.
Cost of Dinner: $10 per adults, $5 for children
Time shall be 6-8 pm
The Board was asked for a contribution, Dottie moved we contribute $300, Steve seconded that motion and it passed.
Pool Update–Taylor Ward reported that she and Charner visited the Cypress Green pool which does have a ramp. They shared pictures with the Board and related the problems and challenges of a ramp. The optimal depth of the pool was also debated.
Steve moved that we advise the City with a letter that we don’t want a ramp and we do want a 6-8 foot depth at the deep end. Vote: 8 in favor; 5 against. There will be a public meeting to discuss the pool on March 29.
Newsletter—Due to come out in mid April. Deadlines: Articles and Art by March 20th; Ads by March 27th.
Web Site—Carol Rubin is continuing to fine tune our web-site. She is developing a contact form on the front page to submit e-mail addresses.
Movies—Andrew reported that we will only be charged $60 by the City for the rest of this year.
Green Initiatives–T. J. King reiterated that the Great American Cleanup is scheduled for Sat, April 21 Earth Day. He will need Volunteer Coordinators, to serve in 3 hour shifts.
T.J. has called the City re additional waste stations for dog feces. The City has not been responsive.
Traffic Calming—Antonio shared an update with us on the “Crosswalk” dates. William Porth explained that there are new dates: also the three phases will become two phases. Also there is going to be a new book about Davis Islands.
Crosswalks in the Village are still very dangerous.
Bill Killbourn moved that we push the City for four-way stops at either end of the 200 block on Ease Davis (in the Village). Andrew seconded the motion and it passed.
Building Tomorrow and Stewardship—Charner advised us that she is looking for her successor, it is very fulfilling work.
Membership—Bill Kilbourne reported that there are 12 new members.
Garden Club will share a table with the Civic Association at DI Fest.
Meeting was adjourned.
DAVIS ISLAND CIVIC ASSOCIATION MEETING April 3, 2012 at the Davis Island Tennis Club
In Attendance: Cristan Fadal, Jeanne Wolfe, Dottie Womble, T. J King, Janice Davis, Patt Fosnaught
Leslie Stein, Steve Stanley, Bill Besselieu, Bill Killbourn, Denise Cassedy, Antonio Amadeo,
Taylor Ward, Charner Reese, Jeannine Wish-Yeko, Carol Rubin, Debbie Zomermaand, Andrew Ledford
Meeting was called to order by Pres. Denise Cassidy.
Lt. S. J. Lee from the City of Tampa Police Dept. gave us an update on criminal activity on Davis Islands:
Over the last month, three cars have been stolen. Also UT students have been gathering at Bailey’s at 11pm on Saturday nights, they are noisy and disruptive.
Minutes from the March 6, 2012 meeting were approved.
Treasurers Report–Cristan Fadal reports that $5335.00 was brought in year to date as “income” (dues, ad revenue, and donations); we have $16,427.89 in savings.
Neighborhood Watch–Harold Moore reported that we may have been a bit premature with our plans for the Spaghetti Dinner. The Secret Service has control over the situation, and they have not been forthcoming with information. Hopefully the dinner can be rescheduled.
Pool Report—Charner reports success in the efforts to have the pool a 6-8 ft depth. Charner moved to have Denise send a Thank You to Harry Cohen for his help and support. Debbie Zomermaand seconded the motion and it passed.
Charner expressed concern that the City schedule for the pool work may be pushed back to a later time.
If the Pool Committee stays intact, it can oversee the schedule for the restoration work; perhaps push for enhancements like a heater in the winter. Antonio Amadeo will work on the committee. Cristan feels we need to be cautious not to pay for items the City will pay for.
We all appreciate the hard work of the Pool Committee!
Nominating Committee—Janice Davis advised us that we have two openings. She has approached Bruce McDonald (Lucerne) and Kim Miller (Riviera).
Land Use—Steve expressed concern over the two recent purchases of property on Arbor and Columbia close to Tampa General Hospital. Debbie said there is a zoning hearing on April 12,2012 that may result in TGH’s ability to expand; it sounds innocuous (tax structure) but it may have an impact.
Why did the City change “public use” designations in the past.
What are our greatest misgivings about the growth and expansion of TGH? Both Traffic and Density will be increased.
THAN–Patt Fosnaught reported that the Zoning Committee of THAN is working closely with the City, they are trying to let City know issues that are important to neighborhood residents. The major budget changes of the Mayor have also been evaluated.
Ice Cream Social–May 5, 2012 6:30 to 8pm for Social, then movie at 8pm. The movie will be The Lorax. Andrew Ledford reported the fire marshall will not charge us.
Traffic Calming—Antonio reported that the crosswalk at the foot is finally being moved. Those making a left turn into 17 Davis may have a problem. It is gratifying to see the City finally moving it!
The possibility of 4 way stops near the village was discussed. The City does not want four way stops…they should probably do a study.
Newsletter–Bill Besselieu reported the newsletter is going to print and will be delivered shortly.
Web Site—Carol Rubin is continuing to fine tune the Web Site and needs the membership email list in order to email out info about the Civic Association.
Green Initiatives—T.J. King reminded us that the Clean Up is April 21, 2012….this month! Banner will be placed at the Apex to remind folks. T.J. will get there at 8 am.
T.J. said there is some interest in a Davis Islands Farmers Market, like first Sunday in Hyde Park. It might compete with the Chamber merchants.
Building Tomorrow—Charner is transferring $11,520 from the account ($10,000 must remain in place) for the Pool project. In order to transfer the funds, there must be a majority vote of the Board. We are able to do that because we have a quorum. Charner moved that we transfer the money now, Patt seconded the motion.
In the discussion that ensued, Cristan questioned why we need to do it now? Brad Sutters with the city implied that they City needs the funds now to include in the City planning. Janice said that we could put restrictions on what it will be used for. Most members of the Board feel we should wait to send the City money; let them know we have designated it for the Pool Restoration.
Patt moved that we let the City know we have it for the project, but we want a timeline to determine when the money will be used. Cristan seconded the motion and it passed.
Debbie questioned where is the $500000? It was explained that it was in a Trust Fund set up by the City of Tampa. We don’t have “control” of those funds.
Stewardship—This committee will meet on the 2nd Tuesday in May. We were reminded that Island Fest will be April 14.
Garden Club—Dottie shared with the Board that the Garden Club recently gave a $2600 scholarship to two college students.
New Business—Ken Elmore asked for our support in applying for a full liquor license. It was debated, we wish to support Ken; but we are concerned about establishing a precedent.
The meeting was adjourned.
Next Board Meeting is May 1, 2012.
DAVIS ISLAND CIVIC ASSOCIATION MEETING May 1, 2012 at the Davis Island Tennis Club
In Attendance: Denise Cassedy, Jeanne Wolfe, Dottie Womble, T. J King, Janice Davis,
Leslie Stein, Steve Stanley, Bill Killbourn, Antonio Amadeo, Patt Fosnaught,
Charner Reese, Carol Rubin, Debbie Zomermaand, Andrew Ledford
Meeting was called to order by Pres. Denise Cassidy.
Ofc. Bill Fergason from the City of Tampa Police Dept. gave us an update on criminal activity on Davis Islands: Over the last month, several high-end bikes were stolen from unlocked garages. Having the serial number of a bike is helpful for retrieval.
Minutes from the April 3, 2012 meeting were approved.
Treasurers Report–Cristan Fadal was not in attendance, but he set his reports earlier and they were approved. $5501.96 was brought in year to date as “income” (dues, ad revenue, and donations); we have $16,735.54 in savings.
Neighborhood Watch–Harold Moore did not attend.
Pool Report—Charner Reese reported that the Pool Committee met on April 13, 2012. A prime order of business was to establish how the Pool Committee will interface with the City as the project unfolds. Antonio Amadeo will be our “point person” to express committee issues and monitor progress; Antonio will be meeting with City staff in early May.
Charner explained that the committee would be putting together a Survey for Davis Island residents in order to establish how they would like to use the pool and what the residents hoped the pool would add to the community. There could be a link on our web-site inviting a response to the survey.
Mr. Sutter with the City has informed Denise he wants the $11,520 coming from the foundation to be in place prior to awarding the construction contracts.
Nominating Committee—Janice Davis reiterated that we have two openings, Bruce McDonald never returned her call and Kim Miller has not submitted her resume. Dan Pepper an Island resident for several years applied to join the board, he came tonight to our meeting. Charner moved that he be elected to the Board, Patt seconded it and he was unanimously elected to a two year term on the Board.
Land Use/Zoning—Debbie informed us that on May 14, the City was having a meeting from 6-8 pm at 1400 North Boulevard to “test” amendments that might impact land development and zoning. We must continue our vigilance in order to preserve the ambiance of the Island.
THAN—Patt was unable to attend the meeting.
Ice Cream Social—Manager of Tennis facility said we can use all the tables and chairs we need. Andrew will check with HCC to make sure parking lot gates are open for parking. Social 6-8…ice cream should arrive at 6:15. Several members volunteered to come early to help with set-up.
Carol Rubin will send out an email blast reminding everyone of the event.
Newsletter—Bill could not attend the meeting, but the Newletter went out and it looked great.
Web Site—Carol was busy this month updating our email list. She also added a “contact” form for those individuals seeking to contact the Board. Ken Elmore had told Carol we should digitize our logo. Dan Pepper volunteered to do that for us.
Green Initiatives—T.J. King supervised the Clean Up on April 21, 2012….about 100 people came to help.
There is an eagle scout who wants to do an improvement project in the Sea Plane Basin. It might well need city approval.
Leslie said there is a petition being circulated to remove the defunct fountain in front of the Tennis Courts.
Traffic Calming—Antonio confirmed that the treacherous crosswalk at the foot of the bridge is finally been moved. Antonio suggested a “thank you” to the mayor and City staff involved in the work; and also include a request for them to finish the job by removing the old crosswalk. When Antonio had mentioned the necessary removal, William Porth, from the City said he would take that request under “advisement.”
Charner moved that the aforementioned letter be sent, Leslie seconded the motion and it was passed.
The possibility of calming the traffic near the Village was discussed. The merits of a four way stop were debated.
Building Tomorrow—Charner reminded us that in November, she will be stepping down. She is hopeful to have a smooth transition.
Stewardship—Meeting will be held next Wednesday (May 9, 2012) at 6:30 in the HCC first floor conference room. The Stewardship committee meets quarterly.
Membership—Bill Kilbourne reported our membership is at 296. We gained 6 new members last month.
The meeting was adjourned.
Next Board Meeting is June 5, 2012.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING: JUNE 5, 2012
Attending: Denise Cassedy, Patt Fosnaught, T.J. King, Janice Davis, Debbie Zomermaand, Harold Moore, Charner Reese, Dan Pepper, Cristan Fidal, Bill Kilbourn, Leslie Stein, Steve Stanley, Antonio Amadeo
The meeting was called to order at 7:03pm. Minutes from the previous meeting were approved; motion made by Debbie and seconded by Janice. Reports were as follows:
Treasurer’s Report: Cristan presented and reviewed. Janice and Charner asked if current balances are comparable with past statements and Cristan reported they are; it was suggested we review and decide which bank to use now that Palm Bank has been purchased.
Crime Watch: Harold reported all is quiet right now; some wondered about Bank of America on-site security guard; report is he’s there to fend off skateboarders. (There was no Public Safety report)
Guest Speaker: Neil Cosentino spoke about his efforts to have the airport renamed to better identify its location, suggesting Tampa Downtown Airport or another similar title, rather than Peter O Knight, which he suggests might instead be used for the name of the terminal. Charner responded that Mr. Knight was instrumental in the continuing development of Davis Islands and keeping it out of foreclosure in its early days, and this included development of the airport. Mr. Cosentino informed the Board his attendance at the meeting was to “inform the community.” The Board thanked him for the courtesy while making it clear they took no official position on the issue and did not want to be considered “the community” but rather a small representation of the community.
Pool Survey & Update: Surveys regarding pool use and interests will be sent out by the pool committee both online through e-mail notifications and the web site as well as through printed copies that can be returned to the P.O. box. Other neighborhood association presidents will be sent copies for distribution to their residents who might have an interest in the pool. Cristan expressed concern about the lack of media coverage regarding any progress on Roy Jenkins Pool, while Williams Park Pool has received newspaper publicity regarding its renovations.
Nominating: Janice reported that she’s been working very hard to get the word out and find interested residents who might serve on the Board.
Land Use/Zoning: Steve reported meeting with the applicant for the variance request at 427 Chippewa Avenue asking for 20 feet of concrete block wall around a pool area. Much discussion ensued regarding neighbors’ concerns, the height and location of the proposed wall on a corner lot and varying opinions pro and con. Debbie added that fence issues are an ongoing problem for the VRB but not usually in residential areas. T.J. made a motion to not support the variance request, seconded by Leslie; motion passed.
THAN: Patt reported on the May meeting featuring City Urban Planning Coordinator Randy Goers who spoke about InVision Tampa, a grant-funded initiative working with residents, homeowners and businesspeople in neighborhoods north and east of downtown on issues of livability, economic development, and transportation.
Green Initiatives/Parks: T.J. talked about an Eagle Scout interested in doing a project near the Seaplane Basin. The Board expressed an interest in possibly supporting his efforts in some way once his project is more clearly defined and approved by the City Parks Department.
Traffic Calming: Antonio was commended on his success in getting the City to move the crosswalk on Davis Boulevard to the new location at Adalia Avenue, and his continuing efforts to get them to remove the old one as well as trying to get the City to recognize the danger at the crosswalks in the village. He also reported waiting to hear about any changes that might be put into place because of the Republican National Convention in August.
Building Tomorrow: Charner expressed concern regarding the transfer of funds raised for the pool renovations to the City after she leaves the Board. It was suggested that October would be the time for this transaction to be done, unless a chairperson is appointed before that time.
DI Plan Stewardship Team: Charner announced that Dan Pepper will be the new DICA representative to that board beginning September 12 th.
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:30pm.
The next meeting of the Board will take place in August.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING: August 7, 2012 Davis Islands Tennis Club Facility
Walter Hill, Jeanne Wolfe, Janice Davis, Debbie Zomermaand, Jeannine Wish-Yeko, Harold Moore, Charner Reese, Cristan Fadal, Bill Kilbourn, Leslie Stein, Andrew Ledford, Carol Rubin, Steve Stanley, Antonio Amadeo
Others in attendance: Harold Moore, Ofc. Mark Scott TPD, Richard McGinnis
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm. Minutes from the previous meeting were approved; motion made by Steve and seconded by Carol. Reports were as follows:
Police Report: Lt. Scott reported there will be additional coverage in the neighborhood (and District 1) for the RNC, the TPD is adding a 4th squad. Antonio thanked the officer for their help in the Platt Street
Bridge closure…and shared that it would facilitate the congestion if an officer were at Kennedy.
Also the officer was reminded of our concern about speeding in the village.
Treasurer’s Report: Cristan presented and reviewed. Steve moved to approved the Treasurers Report, Charner seconded the motion, approved.
Crime Watch: Harold reported he has attended several meetings re: the RNC. The city has done extensive planning.
Request for our support of a Variance Request at 427 Chippewa. Presentation by Richard McGinnis (Builder).
The homeowner would like to increase the height of a fence on the “Side” yard of the new home from 6 feet to 8 feet. There is a pool in that area and the owners seek more privacy. The other alternative would be an interior railing overlooking the pool, which would be aesthetically undesirable.
Debbie pointed out that the City statute puts the maximum height at 6 feet, for a side yard. Also the zoning administrator has determined that ” A 1 foot trellis/lattice structure which supports vegetation located on the top of a fence structure is not included in measurement of fence height.”
Andrew passed around pictures of “trellis structures” nearby and he pointed out how exceptionally unattractive they were. Steve also supports the higher fence.
A lengthy debate ensued.
Steve moved that the DICA adopt a position that these plans from the Petitioner (Mr McGinnis) should be approved by the Board regarding the fence at 427 Chippewa. Andrew seconded the motion. A heated discussion followed.
Walter suggested that we form a committee to resolve our position on this and similar issues. Andrew expressed his opinion that the community does not really have a voice in this time of matter.
A “straw poll” was taken and three members wished to put our support behind the variance; the remainder of the Board was not in favor of our putting our support behind this request.
The meeting was adjourned.
The next meeting of the Board will take place in September
Minutes of the Davis Island Civic Association 9/3/2012
The meeting was called to order at 7:03 p.m. by President Denise Cassedy, at the Davis Island Tennis Facility.
The following members of the Board were in attendance: Anthony Amadeo, Bill Besselieu, Denise Cassedy, Janice Davis, Patt Fosnaught, Bill Kilbourne, T.J. King, Dan Pepper, Charner Reese, Carol Rubin, Steve Stanley , Steve Stanley, Leslie Reicin Stein, Jeannine Wish-Yeko, Taylor Ward, Dottie Womble, Debbie Zomemaand
Absent: Cristan Fadal, Walter Hill, Andrew Ledford, Jeanne Wolfe
There was no Public Safety Report.
The Minutes of the August meeting were approved without corrections.
The Treasurer’s Report was accepted as presented.
Building Tomorrow’s Funds—As the Bid Packets are expected to be available in October, 2012, a motion, properly seconded, was passed authorizing the Request of $11,595.65 to be made to the Community Foundation; to release such funds to the City of Tampa for the restricted use of restoring the Davis Islands pool. Charner Reese renewed her request for a replacement chair for Building Tomorrow.
Davis Islands Pool—Charner Reese announced that a survey form will be sent with respect to the pool to Davis Island residents; and she encouraged the Board to participate and have their neighbors participate. Antonio Amadeo advised that the design improvements, including the six foot seven inch depth, have been approved. Antonio is serving as the DICA liaison to the City Pool Committee.
Welcome Package—Dan Pepper provided a mock-up of a ” Welcome Package” to be given to new Islands Residents. He asked for the Board’s input before obtaining prices for printing, shipping, etc. An informal vote of the Board was taken resulting in an expression of support. A discussion ensued as to how new Islands residents could be identified; and it was determined that Jeanne Wolfe may be able to assist with respect to this matter. It was decided that a History of the Islands and the Garden Club should be included in the Package.
Sweep Date—It was announced that a Sweep Day would occur between October 12th and 19th.
Coastal Clean-up– It was announced that Coastal Clean-up would be on October 20, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. at the Seaplane Basin.
Eagle Scout Project—Noah Fatica advised that Board that he is interested in installing a Pavilion, picnic benches and shrubbery as his Eagle Scout Project. He requested assistance from the Board. The Board provided suggestions as to how to get his project approved and how to fundraise.
Board Vacancies—Janice Davis advised that there will be 4 vacancies on the Board. She has 2-3 candidates and requested the Board provide additional candidates.
Land Use Committee—A motion was made, properly seconded and passed directing the Land Use Committee to prepare a position document. This would be for the Executive Committee to consider with respect to the PD proposed by Tampa General related to the zoning of two houses for the use of transplant patients. The Hearing is September 13, 2012.
Tree Project—Denise Cassedy will ascertain the status of the project for the next meeting.
Annual Meeting—November 14, 2012.
Newsletter—Articles due by September 25, 2012.
Website—Carol Rubin announced that she needs stories and updates for the web-site.
Traffic Calming—Antonio Amadeo announced that he is following up on the removal of the old crosswalk.
DI Stewards Meeting—The next meeting shall be held on September 12, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. Dan Pepper is the new representative.
Membership—307 households now belong to the DICA.
THAN—Patt Fosnaught advised that she is not running for the DICA Board again and wants to encourage someone else to step up and take it on and she offered to go with them to the next few THAN meetings to facilitate.
Garden Club—Announcement of Bridal Extravaganza to be held at Garden Club.
Tennis Club– A motion was made, properly seconded; and passed directing Denise Cassady to write the Mayor and the Head of the Parks Department about the “sand pit” in front of the Tennis Club. We wish to request landscaping of a different nature.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.
Leslie Reicin Stein for Jeanne Wolfe.
DAVIS ISLANDS CIVIC ASSOCIATION MEETING November 6, 2012 at the Fountain Restaurant Meeting Room
In Attendance: Carol Rubin, Jeanne Wolfe, Dottie Womble, T. J. King, Stephen Stanley, Denise Cassedy, Andrew Ledford, Christan Fadel, Charner Reese, Antonio Amadeo, Jeanine Wish-Yeko, Debbie Zomermmand, Bill Besselieu, Dan Pepper, Janice Davis, Patt Fosnaught
Guests: Nancy Brereton, Bales Preiser, Hilda Rarden, Linda Saul-Sena, John Allen, Dylan Vigliotti, Ann Turner,Erica Mandelbaum
Meeting was called to order by Denise Cassedy.
Lt. Steven Stevlea from the Tampa Police Department gave report. Speeding on Davis Blvd continues to be a problem. When officers ticket speeders, it is usually DI residents who are the culprits. Discussion of the feasibility of “Stop” signs at either end of the business district. Antonio Amadeo says his neighbor at 129 West Davis hired an officer to ticket speeders.
Janice Davis moved that the minutes from the October, 2012 meeting minutes be approved, Andrew Ledford seconded the motion. The minutes were approved.
Treasurers Report –Cristan Fadel reported that there is currently $12,460.82 in our account. It was pointed out that a new Sign needed to be purchased. Charner Reese moved that the necessary funds be approved for a Sign, Bill Besselieu seconded that motion, and it passed.
Charner moved that the Treasurer’s report be accepted, Andrew seconded that motion and the Treasurer’s report was approved.
Neighborhood Watch – Harold reported that the “Night Out” last month was a great success.
Green Initiatives and Parks–John Allen from the Tampa Parks Dept. presented an update of various options for enhancing park areas. The City is hoping to increase community offerings. Perhaps another “Tot Lot” on the south end of the Island. It was brought up that there is not much available for teens.
SeaPlane area–T.J. King has prepared a survey that will be distributed to Island residents in order to determine what is important to those who anticipate using that area: more picnic tables, mangrove planting, designated fishing areas etc. This part of the Island needs attention and could be improved.
Dylan Vigliotti is self publishing a very nice book of Davis Islands photos. He hopes to “pre-sell” at the Annual meeting in mid November. His website is IslandLifeBook.com.
Zoning—Steve Stanley said that 202 Caspian is seeking a PD rezoning. Several of those involved spoke before the Board. Allen Dobbs, the architect for the project shared drawings and plans with us. Nancy Brereton the owner of the property shared with us her goals, and asked the Board to take a “neutral position” on this rezoning request. The next door neighbor, Linda Saul-Sena voiced her opposition, explaining that she felt this type of division of lots is not consistent with Davis Islands original plans. Bales Preiser who lives several blocks away…also spoke in opposition.
Also discussed, as a matter of zoning was the fact that the Englemens on Blanca Lane are offering their home for weekend rentals. It is being advertised with a 3 night-16 people criteria. The Board, as well and other neighborhood associations in the city, needs to advocate a change of short term rental codes.
Web Site—Carol Rubin is continuing to work on our web-site. She will send mass emails to Island residents informing them of upcoming events.
Traffic Calming—Antonio shared an update with us on the “Crosswalk” progress: The City has finally removed the old crosswalk located at the foot of the Davis Islands Bridge. Board has sent a letter to the mayor advising him that if any “restriping” of roads is planned, we need to have input.
Building Tomorrow and Stewardship—Charner advised us that she is meeting with Mr. Cohen (of City Council) next week. She also suggested that an update of the Brochure be completed. The Committee is focusing on the Waterfront Walkway.
THAN—Patt’s last meeting, we need a new THAN representative.
Final discussion of rezoning issue on the Caspian question, it was pointed out that only a small sliver of land caused this property to need the PD rezoning. The Board voted and it was decided not to take a position on this particular request.
Garden Club will share a table with the Civic Association at DI Fest.
Meeting was adjourned.
DAVIS ISLANDS CIVIC ASSOCIATION MEETING December 4, 2012 at Tennis Complex
In Attendance: Carolyn Bigley, Mudra Kumar, Michael Palori, Dan Pepper, Jeanne Wolfe, Dottie Womble, T. J. King, Denise Cassedy, Andrew Ledford, Antonio Amadeo, Jeanine Wish-Yeko, Debbie Zomermmand, Bill Besselieu, Cristan Fadal, Dan Pepper, Janice Davis, Kim Fatica, Kathy Maguire
Guests: Michael Martin, Harold Moore
Meeting was called to order by Denise Cassidy.
Public Safety Report—Captain Kirk reported that in November, there were 6 robbery incidents.
A Davis Islands resident (living at 2 Adalia) was arrested breaking into cars near 432 Blanca. The officer cautioned everyone NOT to open our front doors to anyone whom we do not know. Van loads of individuals from out of state arrive ostensibly selling door to door.
Harold Moore, our Neighborhood Watch Director, advised us that some thieves have been following Fed Ex trucks and picking up packages left at houses.
Antonio Amadeo introduced Michael Martin who lives at 129 West Davis. At his own expense he has hired “off-duty” Tampa police officers to monitor the speeding in front of his home. He has discovered some vehicles traveling in excess of 70 miles per hour.
Antonio explained that the City has plans to study traffic calming options for the islands. Also included in the city plan are advocating for the earlier scheduling of repaving and restriping based on priority and funding. Of course, the Board would like to be kept in the loop and hear what is planned.
Also included in the city plan are repaving and restriping. Of course, the Board would like to be kept in the loop and hear what is planned.
Andrew Ledford encouraged us to make Traffic Calming our primary focus for the next year. We need to be persistent in promoting this objective…like we were with the pool. We shall discuss further in January.
Several Board members asked the officer to check on the resident of the townhomes on the 100 block of E Davis. He has a motor cycle from which he has removed the muffler and seems to spend an inordinate amount of time revving his engine. At all hours of the day and night, it upsets folks living along Danube, as well as E Davis.
The officer was asked about the problem of barking dogs and dogs tied up outside for hours when owners go to work, it was recommended that Animal Control be called.
Minutes from the November Board meeting were approved.
The Treasurer’s report was given by Cristan Fadal. He reported we had consistently been receiving good income from the ads in the Newsletter. Cristan suggested we convert to a “Fiscal Year” that would facilitate our cash flow. The treasurer’s report was approved.
The returning and new Board members introduced themselves.
Dan Pepper showed us the mock-up of the “Welcome to Davis Islands” brochure which will be hand delivered to all new owners. He does not have a precise budget, but it looks like $150 to $200. It was agreed the Board would underwrite his efforts.
Kim Fatica shared with us his concerns about how ineffectively we communicate with Island residents. Several of the older websites are now defunct. We need to improve our efforts.
Andrew suggested that we disburse a questionnaire to DI residents in order to learn what issues are important to them.
It was voted upon and decided to form a Communications Committee.
Election of Officers took place. Janice Davis encouraged us to facilitate a smoother transition with our new officers and board. It was decided that having the past President serve on any Executive Committee would be beneficial. Would this necessitate a change in the bylaws? No, it would not.
New officers were elected:
Cristan Fadal will be the new President
Janice Davis will serve as Vice President
Debbie Zomermmand will be our new Treasurer
Jeanne Wolfe will continue as Secretary
There are several Committee Chairmanships that need to be filled.
128 Baltic Circle made a request for side variance, but then the builder redesigned their plans and withdrew request.
100 W. Davis has requested permission to change fence along Davis from 3 feet in height to 8 feet. This is the exact same request they made a few years ago. The Board was opposed to it then and we still are against it now.
Logistics of Zoning requests and the deadlines are challenging for us to have adequate time to discuss. Of course, we usually are not too involved unless neighbors protest and come to us. Andrew suggested it would be beneficial if time limits were put on guest speakers.
With the publicity engendered by the Derek Jeter fence variance, more requests will be submitted.
It was pointed out that Mr. Jeter did not in fact get everything he wanted…there were compromises on both sides.
The meeting was adjourned.