Courtney Campbell Scenic Highway Corridor Advocacy Group (CAG) Minutes Regular Meeting at URS Corporation - Board Room 7650 W. Courtney Campbell Causeway Tampa, Florida June 25, 2004 10:30 a.m. Attending: Jane Burmer, URS Corporation Chris Cook, Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful Ron Gregory, URS Corporation The Honorable Bill Jonson, City of Clearwater Councilman Tim Kurtz, City of Clearwater Mike Palozzi, FDOT/GEC (PBS&J) Bill Sanders, Keep Pinellas Beautiful The Honorable Linda Saul-Sena, City of Tampa Councilwoman Gena Torres, Hillsborough County MPO Jessica White, Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council Councilman Bill Jonson, CCSH CAG Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:30 a.m. The minutes of the May 21, 2004 meeting were reviewed and approved with one addition. URS is working on the design for the Westshore Pedestrian Plan for the Hillsborough MPO. Mr. Gregory stated if the crosswalk across 60 from Shriners is going to be built, why doesn’t it get hooked up to the trail? Gena Torres stated she will contact Mary Helen Duke and Felicia Leonard to work on producing two letters to FDOT–one from Pinellas and the other from Hillsborough focusing on the specifics of each side by linking the small, but crucial gaps in the trail system into their routine maintenance plans. Councilman Jonson stated that Felicia Leonard would like to receive meeting notices about upcoming CAG meetings. Councilwoman Saul-Sena said she would like to see Mary Helen Duke added to the meeting notification list as well. Old Business: Status of Designation Application Mr. Palozzi stated he has submitted the Designation Application to the FDOT Central Office for their pre-draft review and comments. He has since received comments back from both the Central and District 7 offices. FDOT District 7 Comments Most of the comments from the District 7 office were grammatical edits which are easily corrected. There were a few issues in our Goals, Objectives and Strategies that were brought up. Under Goal 1. Resource Protection - Support the Protection of the Environmental Resources of the Causeway; Objective a. Retain the current physical cross sectional character of the Causeway reminiscent of its historic origin: The district is encouraging us to rethink or rewrite that statement. Replace with “retain the visual character of the Causeway, including the landscaping and the trail.” Under Objective c. Maintain the natural environment of the Causeway; Strategy i: Partner with local environmental advocates to support the bird populations of special concerns along the Causeway by identifying current nesting areas, supporting population counts, enhancing habitat, and installing signage to protect nesting areas: District 7 says we need to make sure “enhancing habitat” would not encourage road-kills. Mr. Kurtz suggested replacing “enhance” with “protect.” Under the same Goal; Resource Protection, Strategy iii; Monitor local municipalities efforts to identify sites for additional trash container sites along the Causeway and ensure that they are kept in good repair and emptied frequently enough to ensure that debris is not overflowing from them: Mr. Palozzi ask “who is responsible for emptying the containers?” The response was the local governments. Under Goal 2. Objective c. Investigate alternative designs or adaptations for the guardrail and bridge abutments to be more consistent with the original historic character of the Causeway. The District wants to know if there are crash testing issues associated with whatever we visualize those enhancements or adaptions to be. Ms. Burmer stated there are plenty of ASHTO-tested guardrails that would be acceptable. FDOT Central Office Comments: Comment #12 - Relationship to the Comprehensive Plan. Mr. Palozzi stated there is a requirement in the guidelines for Scenic Highways that states the Scenic Highway needs to tie into the local government comp plans. In our case that would be 4 comp plans, Pinellas, Clearwater, Hillsborough, and Tampa. There needs to be specific reference to the Scenic Highway and must include: a map displaying the Scenic Highway Corridor; the Corridor Vision statement; the Goals, Objectives, and Strategies related to the specific local government. The guidelines in the manual state inclusion in the comp plans needs to take place prior the Designation Application being submitted/accepted. This is the way the SHAC prefers it to be carried out. However, if the CAG is unable to get this accomplished prior to an application for designation, then the CMP should include documentation stating that the local government comp plans will be amended to include specific elements of the CMP, in the form of a signed Resolution from each local government. The group agreed they would work with their Councils/Commissions to get a Resolution signed for each local government. Mr. Palozzi stated he would revise the Goals to include the District’s comments so they can be distributed to the local governments in time for the Resolution to be included on their agendas. Damascus Beach Traffic Signal Mr. Kurtz stated construction is underway. Because of the lead time to get the mast arms to install at the intersection they went ahead and awarded the contract. The contractor has graded in the aprons, and will take care of the guard rail modifications; will set the foundations for the mast arms and run all the conduit. In November they will set the mast arms, energize it, then complete the striping and final signalization. The crosswalk will be at Damascus on the westside of the intersection. Brochure Mr. Sanders shared the brochure of Clam Bayou with the group. It includes a map of the area, a long with historical and environmental information. Brenda Geoghagen, Aviation Authority, stated they are willing to assist with the brochure and would like to set a meeting to discuss the concept. She asked if we had seen any examples from other Scenic Highway programs. Mr. Palozzi stated he would request some copies from the Central Office. The group recommended trying to fund the brochure through a SWFWMD grant or through a Bay Mini-Grant from the Tampa Bay Estuary Program. Sponsorships Councilman Jonson stated the CAG needs to find some sponsors to help pay for the support given by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council serving as the Corridor Management Entity. Councilman Jonson asked if anyone would be interested in helping find some sponsors by approaching companies like Trammel Crowe, Bahama Breeze, the Radisson, Landry’s, and the Hyatt. His idea is to add sponsorship categories that can be added to the brochure. The group suggested having the Westshore Alliance approach some of their members, and on the Pinellasside ask Katie Cole to help identify prospective Pinellas companies, and help with contacting them. Councilman Saul-Sena asked how much money is needed. Councilman Jonson stated $1,000 per month. Councilwoman Saul-Sena agreed to discuss the sponsorship process with Ron Rotella and Susan Chiellini of the Westshore Alliance. Designation Celebration Councilwoman Saul-Sena asked when the event should take place. The group agreed October or later to allow time for the application to be reviewed; for the resolutions to be submitted; for the brochure to be developed, and for some cooler weather to set in for the outdoor event. Next Scheduled Meeting: Meeting adjourned 11:45 a.m. Friday, August 27, 2004 at 10:00 a.m.