We are very excited about this year’s Heights Wonderland Holiday Party to be held Friday, December 14 From 5:30 PM – 11 PM at the American Legion on Sligh and Florida Ave. We will have a Santa for the kids as well as cookie decorating. Come early for the kiddos at 5:30. There will also be some jammin’ music and a big dance floor! We have stocked the bar and there will be plenty of amazing food and drinks for all to enjoy. We are also proud to support two local charities, the Toys for Tots program and the Memorial Middle School program. Bring an unwrapped toy and/or general household supplies. $20 @ The Door (each person)
Elections 2017 OSHNA’s regular annual elections were held at the October General Membership Meeting this past Tuesday night. Two officers and four trustees were candidates. Debi Johnson was elected president and Bill Hunter was re-elected secretary. Cinda Hitchcock and Lynn Hurtake were elected trustees. Debi has served as president before so is very experienced. Bill has served in various capacities for many years and as secretary since 2009. Both Cinda and Lynn have been active on committees. Cinda works with the Friends of the Seminole Heights Library and does a great deal of the work involved in setting up and managing our booth at the Sunday Market. Lynn has been chair of the Land Use Committee for some time and has been working hard on the various issues in that area. All the above volunteer in too many capacities to list here. We are fortunate to have these dedicated volunteers on our board.
The Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association loves and welcomes the revitalization that is occurring along our commercial corridors with new shops and food and beverage establishments. We want to be supportive of both our residential and business neighbors. One of the areas that is proving to be a sensitive area is alcohol (AKA: wet zoning) sales. Since we are designated an “Urban Village” in Tampa’s Comprehensive Plan, the code requires a distance separation of 250 feet from residential and 250 feet from another business selling alcoholic beverages. That is the code. We want to support our businesses and routinely support the waiver of those distance requirements in exchange for the business seeking approval for alcohol wet zoning to agree to 11 pm Sunday through Wednesday and 1 am for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. This is a compromise as it would be nearly impossible to find a location that met the 250 foot residential separation. However, we have a policy of not supporting and actively opposing any request for 3 am wet zoning and oppose any distance waivers from residential for businesses seeking 3 am sales. We will ask the city to enforce the distance requirements that are part of the… Read more“Survey: Alcoholic Beverage Sales in Old Seminole Heights”