Our spring workshop will be held at the UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County office (5339 CR 579, Seffner, FL. 33584) on Thursday, March 21, 2019. Presentations will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the workshop will conclude at 3:00 p.m. The cost of the workshop is $12 and includes lunch and light refreshments.
This workshop will introduce a central Florida tree guide created by Rob Northrop, our guest speaker. Rob is a UF/IFAS Extension Forester and worked with the City of Tampa to develop this tree matrix to help governments and communities determine if the trees in their communities are the right tree in the right place. To register, please visit 2019treetricountyworkshop.eventbrite.com
Our other presentations will focus on using the new guide along with the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Guide for Plant Selection and Landscape Design, proper tree care and learning about the signs trees give when they are distressed. ... See MoreSee Less
Some updates on what’s going on in South Seminole Heights.
You may have noticed a fence has gone up along the north end of the docks at Rivercrest Park. This year we worked with Parks and Rec to have money allocated to survey the docks and seawall to better determine their conditions and need for improvement. Upon inspection it was found that the conditions are worse than expected and are a serious safety concern (we’ve been telling the city this for 4 years). As a result the docks have been closed off until improvements can be made.
We are actively working with the Director of Parks and Rec to develop a comprehensive plan to improve the docks and seawall. The project will be added to this coming years budget to be approved by the new mayor and new city council. Once approved we will be moving forward and the upgrades and improvements will be shared with the community at a future SSHCA General Meeting.
Louisiana Pump Station
The Louisiana Pump Station at Rivercrest Park should be starting renovations soon. The $8.9M project was approved in October 2018 and includes major aesthetic renovations to the building along with new decorative, aluminum fencing to replace the chain link along with upgraded landscaping around the building at the request of the SSHCA. The small expansion of the building on the south end will require the removal of a grand tree as a result. We believe the project should be completed in 14-18 months. Details are available on the city website.
Rivercrest Park Canopy Sustainability Project
The city has completed the Rivercrest Canopy Sustainability Evaluation we requested. We will be presenting this at our next general meeting and adding it to the website. The goal of this project is to identify a short, mid, and long term planting cycle to sustain the tree canopy in the park. The next steps are to:
1. Recognize and delineate areas in the park specifically for: - Where the city want trees - Where the city doesn’t want trees - Where there are conflicting trees and determine how to address them 2. Identify where the largest undisturbed soil volumes are (no underground utilities) and Identify where the potential for infrastructure conflict exists 3. Remove trees based on safety risks 4 . Determine what the maximum canopy is based on #1,2 & 3 5. Identify ability to maintain trees as manpower and budget allows (including potential supplementation from the SSHCA)
We are actively working with the city to move this forward and are also identifying additional funding sources to bring the planting cycle to fruition (grants, tree mitigation fund, etc).
Haya Linear Park Shoreline Restoration
Thomas Ries with Ecosphere Institute has updated us that the shoreline restoration project for Haya Linear Park is in the permitting process now. We are hoping to secure all the required authorizations in the next couple of months.
The river shoreline is badly eroding in this area because of boat wakes. Ecosphere will restore all 2,200 linear feet of the greenway shoreline, using an innovative Living Shoreline design incorporating boulders and native plants to absorb and deflect wave energy and provide habitat for fish and wading birds. The small, weed-choked drainage ditch that flows through the park also will be restored as a small stream with sloping banks and wetland plants to slow and treat urban runoff before it flows to the river. The project will reduce erosion, improve wildlife habitat and water quality, and enhance passive recreation.
This work will require the help of volunteers from the community and is a great way to give back to South Seminole Heights. More details will be released soon once we have definitive dates.
There’s a lot going on so expect updates soon. Please make time to attend the SSHCA General Meeting in April where we will share updates from your new board, committee chairs and share with you our goals for the next two years along with project updates! ... See MoreSee Less
Hoping to see lots of great Communication from the SSHCA on these park projects. Hopefully we can unsure that all homeowners in SSH can have some input into our great parks.
I would like to see the electric lines going threw the middle of the park could be moved to the street lines.
I would love to Fly a kite in Rivercrest but we have a power line going threw the middle of the field.
You read right. A new stop sign will be installed at Highland Ave heading Southbound where the road intersects with Violet.
Make sure to keep an eye out so you don’t inadvertently go through the new stop sign.
Hopefully this will help the accident rate occurring at that intersection. More improvements coming that we have discussed in the past and we will alert neighbors once we get a more definitive timeline. ... See MoreSee Less
I feel as though this intersection is gonna become the miniature version of malfunction junction Actually it will become the miniature version...
The only way this will ever work is if highland becomes a two way with turn lanes down the center and Florida Ave becomes two way from Violet south towards Florabraska where Florabraska becomes the change over to Tampa St....
A Stop Light has always been up at Highland & Osborne
It has never stopped the Vehicle accidents or them
Going through the House on the East-South corner.
I do hope that works.
I'm not so sure this will work. I live on Highland-on the corner, the most dangerous home to live in these days, and this will just create the ppl at the stop sign to speed to get over to Osborne. Why dont we put speed bumps or a 3 way stop?
You know, it funny because I lived in New Orleans for years and almost had a heart attack when I saw how much my car insurance increased. From New Orleans. An insurance hike. What????
Happy to say I'll be moving back there soon.
While I am glad they are addressing that intersection, I am not quite sure how stopping the southbound traffic is going to keep the westbound traffic from crashing... it seems the issue is really the people taking that curve too fast.
Thanks Ken, Maurice, Guido etc. I’m sure others will be taking credit for all your hard work! #TampaProud
Not sure how I feel about the stop sign since I drive down highland every morning to go to work. This may cause a back up on highland and it may make people go thru our neighborhood. We will have to wait and see how this affects the traffic and our neighborhood.
How about folks just slow down and be a little more patient.......
Thank you HTAC team for your initiative and leadership getting action on this. Ken Hacek and Maurice Rosas for leading this charge and Guido Maniscalco for getting the key people at the table to try something. Who knows if this will work but it's something.
Thank you ,Gudio & Carrie & all the SSH awareness crew & support..
Will TPD be there at the beginning of the sign being put up?
A stop sign will be helpful. We also need some crosswalks across Highland. It will give it less of a racetrack/highway feel, and a more neighborhood-friendly vibe & safer passage. Many of us cross Highland to go to the park. Right now, it's a danger zone to cross.
This is so much better than the impromptu stop signs some residents prefer when they put cones in the middle of the street.
That’s great! So will all three say “three way stop” now? I’ve noticed that the people “stopping” at violet crossing from east to west in the morning treat that as a yield and/or use the median as a halfway point to ignore the stop sign. Those making a left (north) out of the neighborhood at violet and highland are usually left to wait.
Heads up Tampa: Early voting for the City of Tampa Municipal Election is February 25 - March 3. For more information and to check your voter registration status, visit: votehillsborough.org/City-of-Tampa-Election ... See MoreSee Less
Our 2019 Tampa Parks & Recreation Summer Camp Brochure is now available online! Registration for our Specialty Camps starts February 25th for City Residents. See our full list of summer camp offerings at bit.ly/2HJnHvz... See MoreSee Less