Civic Association of Port Tampa City, Inc. (CAPT)

CIVIC ASSOCIATION MEETING  –   Wednesday, August 23, 6:30 PM, Port Tampa City Library, 4902 W. Commerce Street, 2nd floor Yeats meeting room. Please plan to arrive early as the meeting needs to start promptly at 6:30 PM and end by 7:30 PM.    Discussion topics:  City Council approval of rezoning for Lennar Homes planned development,  TPD report, and community issues.   All are welcome; if you want to qualify for voting privileges, annual dues for calendar year 2017 are $12.00 per person.

CAPT – Civic Association of Port Tampa City, Inc. was founded through the efforts of the Port Tampa Centennial in 1993 and incorporated in 1995.  The community association is a group of caring neighbors sharing and listening to issues affecting the neighborhood.  We are volunteers dedicated to the Port Tampa community and the concerns of our neighbors. The association serves as a point of contact with the city of Tampa and Hillsborough County for community issues. CAPT is a member of THAN (Tampa Homeowners, Association of Neighborhoods) and registered with the city of Tampa:  For information on city of Tampa departments and Community Partnerships links:

Geographic Boundary – CAPT, the neighborhood association, is bordered on the south by MacDill Air Force Base, the west by Tampa Bay, east by Manhattan Avenue, and the north by the former Everett Street just north of McCoy Street.  Membership is open to all residents, i.e., homeowners and renters, business representatives, and affiliates of our school, library and churches.  We also welcome residents and business representatives beyond our official boundaries.

Contact:  Email, find us on Facebook as Civic Association of Port Tampa-CAPT,  or leave a comment on this site.

ANNUAL DUES –  Annual dues for the 2017 calendar year are $12.00 per person payable by check or exact cash,  and  mailed to CAPT, PO Box 13631, Tampa FL 33681-3631. Voting rights are enabled 30 days after payment of dues.  You do not have to be a paid member to share your thoughts and concerns for our neighborhood without participating in the voting process.

2017  Meeting Dates – We look forward to seeing you at our 4th Wednesday of the month, 6:30 PM, meetings.  2017 meeting dates: Jan. 25, Feb. 22, Mar. 22, Apr. 26, May 24, June 28, July 26, Aug. 23, Sept. 27, and Oct. 25, 2017.  Join your neighbors in keeping CAPT the strong voice for our Port Tampa community.

Meeting Highlights July 26, 2017: Call to order by President Tom Vento; TPD report; Lennar housing development status report; City Council vote on Lennar development; and Corps of Engineers permit to fill-in marshland west of West Shore Blvd. and south of Prescott St.

Meeting Highlights June 28, 2017:  Call to order by Vice President Travis Barnes; TPD report by Officer Ubinas; update on meetings by President Tom Vento and Travis Barnes with Lennar representatives regarding neighborhood concerns with the planned development in the south part of Port Tampa City and the July 20 rezoning hearing; and mosquito control.

 More than 50 people attended the CAPT meeting Wednesday, May 24, at the Port Tampa City Library, 4902 W. Commerce Street, 2nd floor Yeats meeting room.  Lennar Homes representatives  addressed their proposed development plan for homes in south Port Tampa City (  Search for REZ-17-0000038 and click on  Attachments)  and community concerns.   

Meeting Highlights April 26, 2017:  Call to order by President Tom Vento; self-introductions by 21 attendees.  Guest speaker Ryan Sheppard of  the city’s Code Enforcement gave examples of code violations and how the community can assist; explained daily pick-ups by Code Enforcement, how to request special pick-ups; the location of the drop-off facility; illegal dumping near Manhattan and Richardson; and the website to report illegal dumping:  Officer Jesse Madsen reported a decrease in car break-ins; encouraged calling the non-emergency number, 813.231.6130, for any suspicious activity; and informed that TPD works with homeless camps to get services and assistance for the homeless.  Megan Wade, Neighborhood Watch Liaison, reported an increase in car break-ins and reiterated calling the non-emergency hotline for suspicious activity.  Vice President Travis Barnes reported a successful cleanup at Picnic Island.  Announcements included an upcoming Port Tampa City Library program and Executive Board meeting, and a meeting on April 27 regarding the rezoning petition filed by Lennar Homes, LLC.

Meeting Highlights March 22, 2017:  Call to order by Vice President Travis Barnes. Self-introductions were made by 23 attendees.  Officer Jesse Madsen encouraged calling the non-emergency number, 813.231.6130, to report suspicious activity; cautioned to keep garage and auto doors locked and valuables out-of-sight; and reported TPD is taking an active role with the Nextdoor website:  Megan Wade, liaison for Neighborhood Watch, requested volunteers for involvement and block captains to contact her at:  Donnie Hayes and Ron Montgomery of Hillsborough County’s Mosquito Control provided in-depth information on the department, mosquito control and preventative techniques; .  Secretary Kali Denault motioned to approve minutes of the February meeting; motion approved.  Treasurer Steve Meadows reported bank balance of $1644.05.  Discussion topics included portions of the community wish list, bike path/route, street lights, sidewalks, code enforcement and upcoming events.

Meeting Highlights February 22, 2017:  Call to order by President Tom Vento. Attendance was 30 neighbors and self-introductions were made.  Minutes of the January meeting were approved.  President Vento gave an update on the planned development of the parcel southwest of Prescott and West Shore Boulevard.  Treasurer Jan Simpson reported bank balance of $1548.05 and 32 paid memberships.  (By the end of the meeting total paid memberships were 41.)  Officer Jorge Tamargo gave a report on police activity, crime and safety precautions.  Megan Wade explained her role as the Neighborhood Watch liaison.  Secretary Steve Meadows reported on commentary on the social app Nextdoor. Vice President Maria Chesser gave an update on the damage done to the Spanish-American War Memorial Park, and the March 11th Port Tampa City Woman’s Club meeting in the park that is open to the public.  New business included a community litter pick up on March 25th being organized by Lauren Knowles; April 22nd Earth Day and city-wide Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful clean up, with Travis Barnes heading the Picnic Island clean up detail; in the development stage are a community yard sale as well as a September event at West Shore Elementary.

Election of Officers:  The slate of nominees for a two-year term was approved at the February meeting: President Tom Vento, Vice President Travis Barnes, Secretary Kali Denault, and Treasurer Steve Meadows.  They will join the three members of the Board of Directors: Chairman Al Lewis, Secretary Carol Curtiss and Member Sonya Sanders.

Highlights of January 25, 2017 Meeting:  Call to order by President Tom Vento. Attendance was over 50 neighbors and each attendee introduced themselves.  Treasurer Jan Simpson reported 17 individual membership payments had been received by January 23rd and those are the eligible voters at the February annual meeting; individuals submitting annual membership dues after January 23rd have voting privileges 30 days after receipt of payment; account balance of $1331.05.  Minutes of the October 26 meeting were approved.  Officer Jason Brown explained his new assignment to our area which is in Zone 6. Discussion of crime, auto, home and garage burglaries.  Attendees discussed the community wish list and prospective guest speakers; CAPT’s membership in the Tampa Homeowners, Association of Neighborhoods; nominations for and election of officers; using Survey Monkey to update the wish list; completion of  Manhattan Avenue extension; traffic study; input on planned development; right turn lane from westbound Interbay to northbound West Shore Boulevard; and repair of bollards at the Spanish-American War Memorial Park.

Wish List: Condensed version of items CAPT has presented to City Councilmen Harry Cohen and Mike Suarez include but not limited to:

West Shore—Prescott Parcel: Community input on planned apartment development expected before upcoming City Council meeting.  UPDATE: Ownership has changed.

Manhattan Avenue: Open Manhattan Avenue south to Richardson Avenue to lessen drainage problems and ease increased traffic in the newly developed south area. UPDATE: Funding for paving was redirected by the Mayor.

Richardson Avenue: Open Richardson Avenue between Manhattan Avenue and Wall Street to lessen drainage problems and ease increased traffic to the newly developed south area.  UPDATE: Funding for paving was redirected by the Mayor.

School and Pedestrian Crossings: Signage and white street lines to alert drivers of pedestrian and school crossings installed on Interbay Boulevard at intersections of Manhattan Avenue, Wall Street, and Shamrock Street.  UPDATE: School Board has been made aware of these issues.

Elementary School to Port Tampa Community Center (PTCC): Improve access and safety for children walking from West Shore Elementary to the PTCC. Route requires improved sidewalks, signage, and weed/vegetation control.  UPDATE: School Board has been made aware of these issues.

West Shore Boulevard: Widen West Shore Boulevard from Bradley south to Tarpon to ease traffic flow along this narrow section and allow safe passage of large vehicles with on-coming automobiles, foot traffic and bicyclists.  UPDATE: Need approval from 80% of residents on this section.

The Landings Park and Playground: Residents in the developments south of Tarpon Street need a park with benches and playground equipment.

Street Flooding: Sparkman Street between Interbay Boulevard and Chisholm Street; Prescott Street at intersection with Commerce and Fitzgerald Streets; West Shore Boulevard south of Interbay Boulevard to Tarpon Street.  UPDATE: Funding has been slated for the area south of Euclid Ave.

Traffic Count: Conduct traffic count midweek on Ingraham Street between Sparkman and Wall Streets.

West Shore—Commerce Interchange: Widen West Shore Boulevard-Commerce Street to include medians and three lanes with center turn lane at each intersection from Prescott Street to the west end of Ingraham Street.

Picnic Island: Additional routing signage along Commerce Street, West Shore Boulevard, Manhattan Avenue, and Interbay Boulevard to assist in directions to the multi-use park.

Linear Park: Dedicate area formerly known as Everett Avenue, north of McCoy Street and east of West Shore Boulevard to CSX property, as a linear park with a connecting pathway to the PTCC on McCoy Street.

Sidewalks: Install continuous sidewalks on north side of Prescott Street from DeSoto Street to Sherrill Street; Commerce Street southwest to intersection with Hoadley and Ingraham Streets; Lois Avenue from Interbay Boulevard north to Mango Avenue.

Bicycle Path: Create a bicycle path along McCoy Street between West Shore Boulevard and Manhattan Avenue, south to Interbay Boulevard, and east to Dale Mabry with “share the road” signage and pavement markers installed along the bike route.

Manhattan Brush Site: Reopen the Manhattan brush site. UPDATE: Not going to happen.

Former Fire Rescue Station #19: Preserve the original buildings on Ingraham Street that will be vacated for the new facility on Interbay Boulevard at Manhattan Avenue.

CAPT Accomplishments include:

1. CAPT represents the 3,000 residents of Port Tampa City at government and special interest meetings

2. CAPT welcomes City Council Members, Mayors, and County Commissioners to our neighborhood meetings

3. CAPT challenged the City when they wanted to close Kwane Doster Center

4. CAPT challenged the City when they wanted to relocate the fire station in between two houses on Interbay

5. CAPT challenged (with an injunction) to prohibit Florida Power & Light from deploying hundreds of additional trucks scheduled for Port Tampa roads. We won and were a vital voice in the fight against the use of deadly orimulsion in Tampa Bay

6. CAPT hosted neighborhood tours for the State Neighborhood Convention and the Henry B Plant Museum

7. CAPT challenged the City several times when someone wanted to turn the “Hill” into a private development project

8. For over a decade, CAPT continued to partner with other organizations to present the community’s Holiday Tree Lighting festivities on the second Saturday in December in our Spanish-American War Memorial Park (SAWMP)

9. CAPT held the award winning “Promenade Port Tampa” tours to showcase the community

10. CAPT held “Bag One for Port Tampa” long before the City created the SWEEP or Clean City Programs to clean up trash in the neighborhood

11. CAPT held parties at the “Hill” on Wall St. for Mac Dill’s Air Festival

12. CAPT held a Fire Fighters Appreciation Day

13. CAPT produced a monthly neighborhood newsletter the PTC Beacon II 1994 – 2001

14. CAPT held Candidate forums in election years

15. CAPT created the website and a Facebook page

16. CAPT members participated in the Community Foundation’s Neighborhood Leadership Program

17. CAPT continues to work with developers and governmental departments on plans and projects to benefit the neighborhood; some come to fruition and some fall by the way side.

18. CAPT collaborated with City, County & State to relocate PTC Library on Interbay to the Commerce Bank building (The Port Tampa City Library & Maritime Reading Room is designated as a historic landmark)

19. CAPT encouraged the City to purchase and dedicate Spanish-American War Memorial Park (SAWM Park) -A one million dollar investment in our neighborhood

20. CAPT worked with developers to add the first paved greenway trail in Port Tampa

21. CAPT helped vision and dedicate the new recreation center on Lancaster Street

22. CAPT monitors traffic problems on Interbay Blvd, West Shore Blvd, and Commerce
Idaho and McCoy streets

23. CAPT worked with City & Hillsborough County to place 1000+ acres of wetlands/ uplands under Environmental Lands Protection Program ELAPP (A two million dollar+ investment in our neighborhood)

24. CAPT worked with developers & City to secure ten thousand dollars for improvements to SAWM Park; funding is half paid and being held by our friends at the PTC Woman’s Club so if you have suggestions let us know……

25. CAPT cleaned the old jail house and recreated it as a Police Substation

26. CAPT bought bicycles for Community Oriented Police Officers

27. CAPT worked with City to add paved and shaded greenway trail along Manhattan

28. CAPT worked with the Planning Commission on a ten goals for neighborhood future development

29. CAPT worked with developers & City to get the “big ditch” dredged and clear trails to Picnic Island Bayou

30. CAPT supported West Shore Elementary fundraising programs including Community Fall Festival

31. CAPT refurbished pool tables and bought new balls and cue sticks for both Community Centers

32. CAPT supported South Tampa Chamber of Commerce programs to benefit PTC community projects

33. CAPT worked with City to repair and replace sidewalks throughout the neighborhood

34. CAPT worked with the Port Tampa City Woman’s Club to replace the gazebo in the SAWMP

35.  CAPT  successfully lobbied for installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of Interbay Boulevard with West Shore/Commerce Street.  (December 29, 2014)

36.  Thanks to the perseverance of the Port Tampa City Woman’s Club, playground equipment was been installed on park property on Prescott Street and SAWMP as well as irrigation improvements in the SAWMP. Dedication ceremony was held May 9, 2015.

More information on the history of Port Tampa City and CAPT is included in the book Port Tampa City – A History of Changein the reference section of the Port Tampa City Library.

7 Responses to Civic Association of Port Tampa City, Inc. (CAPT)

  1. lola says:

    CAPT has accomplished a lot for the Port Tampa community. It is not political. It is a group of caring neighbors, sharing and listening to information affecting the neighborhood, and volunteers helping to keep PT a great place to live, play, work, and raise our kids. To do even more for PT, it would be great to have more residents attend the monthly meetings.

  2. Jan says:

    CAPT’s mailing address has changed to P.O. Box 13631, Tampa FL 33681.

  3. Kim martin says:

    The old jail has not been refurbished. I think it would be great if the jail was refurbished and used as a substation for the police it would be great for their presence alone it certainly would curve some of the drug activity and speeding 3 wheelers and cars

  4. Sandra Campbell says:

    CAPT needs to get involved with the residents opposing the Lennar project that will impact not only our environment and traffic but also our peaceful life style. You should also inform your 4,ooo members of the project that will surely disrupt their lives for the next 3 years.
    Lennar sent out only 340 invitations to the information meeting they had on 4/24. It seems they were very selective of who they included.
    Please let me know if somethong can be done to organize a meeting prior to the 24th since the City Counsel hearing is scheduled for June 9th.

    • Jan says:

      Sandra, I have not yet received a copy of the agenda for CAPT’s May 24th meeting but have been told that a representative of Lennar Homes will be at the meeting, 6:30pm, 2nd floor meeting room of the Port Tampa City Library. Hope you can join in the discussion.

  5. I am elderly and it is not possible for me to attend meetings. I do not believe that any new homes should be allowed in this area until the drainage, wider streets, and sidewalks or walking areas are met. Also I do not believe that they can not make safe walking areas as they have done in other areas by wooden passovers. Also the thinking of people that think sidewalks are for parking on. Thank you

  6. Jan Simpson says:

    Lianne, thank you for your comments on the Lennar proposal. I will share your message with the CAPT Board of Directors. Wishing you well, Jan

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