The South Seminole Heights Civic Association (SSHCA) is a non-partisan organization of community residents and business partners representing the South Seminole Heights neighborhood in Tampa, Florida. Our borders are Hillsborough Avenue to the north, Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard to the south, Florida Avenue to the east and the Hillsborough River to the west. Our goal is “to educate, promote and encourage civic pride and awareness of issues impacting the neighborhood in the area known as South Seminole Heights while revitalizing a sense of community in a safe and healthy residential neighborhood.
The new SSHCA Board has officially took over after the October 2016 elections, we want to personally thank those board members who served before us for creating a great foundation for us to build on as we grow and improve the association in the neighborhood. With that being said, the current board met in January to set goals for our association over the next two years (17-19). As a board we are focused on:
Apply for and maintain 501(c)3 status. This will allow the association to apply for local, state, and national grants for funding improvement projects in the neighborhood. Additionally, this will make any donations to the association tax deductible.
Execute an annual signature event. Our neighboring associations have great events like the Home Tour and Taste of the Heights which not only instill a sense of pride in the neighborhood, but are also great fundraising opportunities. We need to replicate their success with our own unique signature event. Ideas we have floated are a Garden Tour, 5k in the heights, and others. This will be an ongoing project for us with planned execution of our first event in 2018.
Complete Streets Initiative – Improving transportation is one of our primary goals and we hope this initiative will make for better walkability and lower speeds throughout the neighborhood. One of our main focuses will be improving the Highland Corridor.
These are all amazing goals that the board came up with that I think will provide very positive improvements to our neighborhood. Following this goal setting meeting, we had a board meeting in which all board members shared personal goals they want to accomplish in their tenure that align to our association goals. If you see a board member at a porch party, happy hour, or any Seminole Heights event please don’t hesitate to ask us about our association or personal goals to learn more!