Title: Pools and Patios Have No Place in Wetlands
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Title: Pools and Patios Have No Place in Wetlands
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Language: English
Publisher: The Tampa Tribune
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Abstract: The Tampa Tribune Article October 9, 1986
General Note: Box 7, Folder 2 ( Vail Conference 1987 - 1987 ), Item 58
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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20-A THE TAMPA TRIBUNE. Thursday, October 9, 1986


EDITORIALS



Pools and Patios Have

No Place in Wetlands

rT m Pl should bead, as od4 _growb that ISt pllned intellgent-
o. i r developers, in the prortr ... t ~ i We know tt wtlbhdut proper assess-
proposal to revise m City of Tampa a"atsi h (te imazctorpowth can't begin
landscape ordinace. .e elsId for. We Mow that the land
: Conidering the numbn r revisions es a fatte capacity to carry develop-
(four), the histrionics of certain ajtir- miat ajd that certain land has much
S neys for developers a-d city coantn less Lblity than bther property.
members and the general confusion It is out of such practicality that the
surrounding this issue, It's time for the revision of the city's landscape ordi-
council to stand firm on principle and nance came. Laying aside such embed-
then move forward at today'ssession. ded issues as grand tree preservation,
That can be done only if there is no retention of trees on wooded and non-
further diminishment of the so-called wooded parcels and trees in parking
wetlands setback line. It must stay at 30 lots in commercial zonet the issue has
feet and there must be a prohibition of come down to the wetlands setback.
such inappropriate structures as swim- To argue thara pool or a patio
ing pools and patios within that g r to
ming pools and patios within that should be allowed within this zone is to
space. make a mockery of the ordinance's in-
We single out the massive, and we test I kee clean the wetlands that re-
nave thought to be, responsible Tampa charge the aquifer from which we
Vdk.l development north of the Uni- charge the aquer from which we
.ersity of South Florida because all in- draw r drinking water.
dicatui s point to its masters as the It also is to remove a large amount
pleaders for p6ols and patios. If Tampa of credibility from those who advocate;-
Palms' bosses push their view So on one hand, environmental protective^
w wrongly as to fIrther delay or cloud thee but, on the.other, try to wring out the
issue, there are two choices: the city last bit of profit. For politicians, in this
council can find the will and way to say instance city council members, to con
,to, a th.- city administration can veto done such hypocrisy is to be awkwardly
a permnssive ordinance. out f stepwith what voters want4daWt
It should not come to that. Rilsbor- Itls bad enough that the wetlands
ough's Environmental Protection Corn setback has been reduced from 50 feet
mission originally recommended a 50- to 30 feet remember, that distance is
tool setback between development and : only first-down yardage on a fombatt
weiland areas. Months of hearings and field and that compromises now
tdal-making compromised the width to a,-llow grass, Iaddscaping and turf
30 feet. Since that barely acceptable blocks within the zone. The idea had
ccanisun., here have been attempts to been to have an unencumbered buffer
reduce the setback to 14 feet.Failing in zone so that pollutants had a field of fil-
that suggestion, certain developers tr before they reached the wetlands. If
have agreed to accept the 30oot line turf blocks, commonly used for drive-
but want to be allowed t build pools ways, are begrudgingly acceptable,
and patos in the first 10 feet of the 30' ce y he noaprous and sometimes
foot buffer. i toxic surfaces asloclated with swim-
t is this style of nuance and nit-pick min pools and patios are irresponsible
ing that typIfife politics at city council
these.dayS. "+ d 'a ys ." : U +
these.n w we ay optr Inthe same spirit that the county
When will we stop trying to protect n re en tl eck f
our groundwater with mere lip service? commission recently beat back an ef-
It wasn't too long ago that phrases such fort to allow more septic tanks more
as "quality of life," "planned growth," opportunity to be near one's drinking
"impact fees," "carrying capacity" and water well, the Tampa City Council
"clean water" were topics of the fringe, today should vote for a free and clear
Well, today the fringe is the whole. We wetlands buffer zone with no pools and
know that our quality of life is dimin- no patios. And Tampa Palms should
wished by any growth, most negatively help, not hinder, that effort.




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