TAMPA (Jan. 6, 2020)—The Tampa Tiger Bay Club will present an expert panel to discuss the politics of growth and how to accommodate tens of thousands of people who want to make Hillsborough County home. The lunchtime discussion will be Friday, Jan. 17 at the Cuban Club in Ybor City.
The Hillsborough County Commission has imposed a nine-month moratorium in parts of South Hillsborough as it explores how to balance the needs of existing residents with the demands of a flood of newcomers expected in the next 20 years.
The commission says it wants to rein in sprawl and imposed the moratorium to avoid a rush of rezonings under existing rules. Many residents of the area cheered the move while many developers criticized it, setting up a political battle that will be waged for most of 2020. Meanwhile, a new political committee backed by development interests is targeting 2020 County Commission races.
The panel will feature Hillsborough County Commissioner Mariella Smith, who proposed the moratorium; Steve Cona, president of Associated Builders and Contractors; Andy Scaglione, real estate investor; and Vivienne Handy, South Hillborough business owner and community activist.
The luncheon meeting will be at the Cuban Club, 2010 North Avenida Republica De Cuba (14th Street). Lunch will be served at 11:40 a.m. and the program begins promptly at noon. The cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Only members can ask questions. Annual memberships are $75.
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