The Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System invites you to the official grand opening of the Seminole Heights Branch Library on Monday, March 17 at 10 a.m. This event will take place at 4711 N. Central Ave. in Tampa. Following the ribbon cutting, all attendees will be offered a tour of the new library and light refreshments sponsored by the Friends of Seminole Heights Library. County Commissioner Lesley “Les” Miller, Jr. is also scheduled to attend the event.
Founded in 1927 as one of seven City of Tampa public libraries, the Seminole Heights Branch has grown into one of the heaviest utilized neighborhood branches in the Hillsborough County Library System. This new facility has tripled the size of the library to a two-story, 22,000-square-foot building. It features American Craftsman style architectural details familiar to the residents of Seminole Heights and includes a large community room that can hold 130 people, a second floor porch, an Innovation Studio, the Stephen J. Gluckman Collection Room, and the Friends of the Seminole Heights Library bookstore and vending café. The parking lot also has tripled in size.
In 2010, the County purchased approximately a half-acre of adjoining property from the Hillsborough County School Board to provide an enlarged 1.2 acre site for the new library. This new replacement Library, designed by FleischmanGarcia Architecture, was constructed at a cost of $3.8 million.
Additional assistance with library services is available at hcplc.org or by calling 813‐273‐3652.
The Old Seminole Heights Home Tour is April 6th. Tickets are on sale now! $15 in advance or $20 the day of the event. You may buy your tickets online by clicking the link below or in person at the local businesses listed below:
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Three Coins Diner
The Heights Collective and Tasting Tampa present a benefit dinner for those adversely affected by the fire at Domani’s Bistro and A Modern Line–Rinascita: A 13th Step Dinner!
Rinascita means “rebirth” in Italian, and, from the funds raised at this benefit dinner, we hope to see Domani’s and A Modern Line reborn in our neighborhood.
In an unprecedented line-up of local culinary greats, Chefs Greg Baker of The Refinery, Suzanne Crouch of Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe, Ferrell Alvarez of Rooster & the Till, Lori Staczewicz of Mermaid Tavern, and Michael Bozel of The Bourgeois Pig are set to craft a decadent and unique five-course meal.
In addition to beautiful and delicious food, we’ll have the supremely talented Denise Moore for a live jazz performance.
Tickets are $100 each. Get your tickets here There are only 50 seats available for this one-of-a-kind dinner and this event will sell out!
Click here for more information or to get your tickets!
This event could not have been made possible without the generosity of our sponsor, Heights Equity, LLC. Thank you so much for your support!
Sarasota Police are becoming creative and aggressive when fighting prostitution.
Beginning on March 4, 2014, prostitution advisory letters were sent to registered vehicle owners (business and residential) whose vehicle may have been observed in an area where there are complaints of suspected criminal activity.
The letter tells the registered vehicle owners, “Your vehicle was observed on (this date) at an area within the city limits of Sarasota known for prostitution related crimes. The driver or occupant of your vehicle engaged in conversation with either: (1) a known prostitute (an individual who has been previously convicted of a violation of Florida States 796.07) or (2) an undercover law enforcement officer posing as a prostitute.”
The letter is an advisory letter and not an accusatory letter. The letter is for informational purposes and no criminal charges are pending against anyone involved. Those registered vehicle owners who receive the letter are given a case number that was generated while documenting the incident and contact information for Sergeant Demetri Konstantopoulos with the Sarasota Police Department Street Crimes Unit.
“It’s another tool for us to put in our tool box for the fight against prostitution. The Sarasota Police Department is taking a No Tolerance’ stance on prostitution. The City of Sarasota is beautiful place and community members are working to revitalize the North Trail. We’re trying to change to reputation of the North Trail and in order to do that we’re going to take drastic measures to deter prostitution in the city.”
CLICK HERE to read letter
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Less than a couple weeks after Hillsborough County passed an ordinance aimed at banning loud car stereos, attorney Mark Bentley today filed suit against Tampa, alleging the city does not have the legal authority to enact such laws and that these laws likely violate First Amendment free speech rights.
In the lawsuit, filed in Hillsborough County Circuit Court, Bentley alleges that state and federal laws trump Tampa noise laws – among a growing number of similar ordinances being enacted around Florida. What’s more, ordinances such as Tampa’s, which use a “plainly audible” measure for determining excessive noise, are so vague as to be impossible to fairly enforce. And many local noise laws are far more restrictive than state and federal rules, and provide much harsher fines and other punishments, including jail time.
Bentley also claims in the suit that the law, if allowed to stand, would further complicate an already confusing and often contradictory hodgepodge of ordinances around the state. Indeed, consider that there are 25 cities in Pinellas County, each with its own noise regulations. A driver quite literally needs to know 25 different laws when driving in the county. With some 450 counties and cities in Florida, it’s neither reasonable nor legal for each to enact its own noise rules, he says.
I’d be glad to get you a copy of this lawsuit complaint, as well as put you in touch with Bentley, whose practice focuses on noise-related legal issues. His noise-related legal experiences includes authoring the noise ordinances for Tampa’s historic Ybor City, the Ford Amphitheater, East Bay Raceway, and championing property owners in disputes about noise from MacDill Air Force Base, as well as among others around the state.
A Memorial Service for Ann McDonald will be held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, at the corner of Twiggs and Florida Avenue, 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2014. A reception will follow immediately after the service at the Seminole Heights Library, 4711 North Central Avenue. All are welcome to attend.The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to:
The Friends of the Seminole Heights Library
PO Box 8948, Tampa, FL 33674
The Green Artery Partnership Ann McDonald Scholarship Fund,
PO Box 8778, Tampa, FL 33674.
The Heights Collective and Florida Avenue Ales presents a community event to benefit those adversely affected by the fire at N. Florida Ave & E. North Street: The Heights Unites Benefit Bonanza!
The Bonanza is a day and night festival with food trucks and vendors by Tampa Bay Markets, Inc., local brews by Florida Avenue Ales, local artists and crafters, a homemade bake sale, yoga, and lots of surprises–some *we* don’t even know about yet!
And, in addition to all this fantastic festival fun, there will be LIVE performances by incredibly talented local musicians:
– Florida Night Heat
– Matt Hires
– Empire Cinema
– Genghis Flan
– Mike Handley
– Nicole Equerme
…with more announcements still to come!
Mark the date on your calendar and plan to come out, folks. So much fun to be had–all while helping your neighbors when they need it most!
Of course, we’re still looking for volunteers; if you are interested in offering your skills, services or anything else, please fill out our form here:
And, if you prefer to just donate to the Domani Bistro/ A Modern Line fire benefit fund, you can do so easily by following this link and clicking on the image of the words “Seminole Heights” in the middle part of the page: CLICK HERE TO DONATE ONLINE
We’re hoping this event will blow out and really showcase what it means to #lovewhereyoulive!
Tickets are $15.
Click here to buy tickets.
Local art Galleries throughout Seminole Heights Host First Friday Seminole Heights. Galleries will be open from 6-10pm.
Once again the residents of Seminole Heights step up. Our neighborhood always pulls together to help.