Title: 1991: An Eventful Year: Florida Aquarium to Feature Water Story Exhibit
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Title: 1991: An Eventful Year: Florida Aquarium to Feature Water Story Exhibit
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Publisher: Visions - December 1991
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Abstract: Jake Varn Collection - 1991: An Eventful Year: Florida Aquarium to Feature Water Story Exhibit (JDV Box 91)
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December 1991

DEC 10 1991

1991: An eventful year

By Comm. Mike Wells
TBRPC Chairman

The month of Decem-
ber marks the last of
my chairmanship on
the Tampa Bay
Regional Planning Coun-
cil. To say the least,
the year brought many
changes, to the world,
our nation and the
Tampa Bay area.
And, as is the tradi-
tion for the outgoing
Chairman of the
regional planning coun-
cil, it is time to reflect
on the year past and
how the Council has
responded in times of
We started off this
year with a presenta-
tion from the cleanup
chief of the Exxon Val-
dez oil spill. The les-
sons learned from that
catastrophe are being
applied in our efforts
to protect Tampa Bay.
Speaking of Tampa
Bay, the Tampa Bay Na-
tional Estuary Program
opened its office with
the start of the new
year. The program,
funded by the U.S. En-
vironmental Protection
Agency, is up and run-
ning with a number of
activities designed to en-
hance the Tampa Bay

The needs of older
persons require more
centralized services and
less red tape. In
response to that need,
our Area Agency on
Aging provided input
and assistance to the
state for the founding
of a new department
that will focus on ser-
vices for the elderly.
In May, the Agency wel-
comed Governor Chiles
to Pasco County, where
he signed legislation
creating the Florida
Department of Elder Af-
fairs. Programs of the
department are now
being put into place.
Also in May, the Coun-
cil took steps to create
a forum for informa-
tion exchange among
counties as they strive
to meet clean air re-
quirements. The
Regional Air Quality
Task Force was estab-
lished to track efforts
and events that affect
air quality. The task
force has since made
recommendations sup-
porting cleaner burn-
ing, reformulated
gasoline for non-attain-
ment areas.
In June, we kicked
off another hurricane
season with the HUR-
RICANE! Survival Guide,
mailed to homes
across the region.
Working together, the
region's counties stood
ready to respond to
nature's most severe
storm, equipped with
new maps depicting up-
dated storm surge data.
Thankfully, this was

one year that we did
not have to put that
plan to use.
In September, the
Council recruited volun-
teers for the Bay Area
Coastal Cleanup, which
turned out 5,500 par-
ticipants and yielded
more than 81 tons of
trash region-wide.
In its most monumen-
tal task, undertaken
throughout the year
and since June 1990,
the Tampa Bay
Regional Planning Coun-
cil worked to amend
the regional plan,
Future of the Region,
A Comprehensive
Regional Policy Plan
for the Tampa Bay
Region. In order to
update the plan from
its original 1987 ver-
sion, staff worked with
a variety of individuals,
groups, governments
and agencies to formu-
late policies that
respond to change in
our community. Final
approval of the plan
was delayed from July,
as originally agreed
with DCA, to make fur-
ther changes in
response to comments
from member govern-
ments. In November,
we finalized amend-
ments to the plan.
Now, as we arrive at
the end of 1991, the
Council is looking
toward its 30th year.
As I finish my term as
Chairman, I offer hope
that it will be a good
year, prosperous and
peaceful. Happy holidays!

I In this issue
* Page 2: Council adopts
amendments to the
regional plan;
* Page 3: Florida
Aquarium to feature water
story exhibit;
* Page 4: DCA Secretary
to speak at TBRPC
annual meeting.















TBRPC action: Council adopts amendments

to the regional plan

Taking into consideration the com-
ments received at an October 21
public hearing on proposed amend-
ments to the Comprehensive
Regional Policy Plan, the Tampa
Bay Regional Planning Council
voted at its November 11 meeting
to adopt amendments to the plan.
Included in the final amend-
ments were technical and clarify-
ing changes provided by comment-
ing agencies, including the Depart-
ment of Community Affairs, the
Southwest Florida Water Manage-
ment District, the Pinellas County
School District and a planner's
task force.
The Council also approved some
changes proposed by its Agency
on Bay Management, a resource
protection advisory committee
which promotes the enhancement
of the Tampa Bay estuary.
The adopted plan, with final
revisions, is being prepared for
printing. It must be filed with
Florida's Secretary of State by
December 27.
Those who would like to place
advance orders for copies of the
amended regional plan may call
TBRPC's Regional Information Cen-
ter to purchase them. Advance or-
ders will be mailed immediately
upon completion of printing.
Each local government planning of-
fice will receive one free copy of
the plan, but may order additional
copies from the information cen-
ter. To place orders, call 813/577-
5151 in St. Petersburg, or 224-9380
in Tampa.

In other action, the

* Concurred with a Hillsborough
County development order

amendment for the Brandon
Town Center DRI;
Concurred with a development
order amendment issued by
the City of Tampa for World
Mart Center;
Concurred with two City of
Tampa development order
amendments for the Tampa
Technology Park DRI;
Concurred with a development
order amendment issued by
the City of Tampa for Tampa
Approved the Clearinghouse
Review Committee's action for
* Recommended denial of a per-
mit application to dredge and
fill 4.98 wetland acres in
Pasco County for development
at the Willow Bend Subdivision;
* Recommended denial of a
proposal to fill tidal wetlands
for construction of a con-
venience store on the Anclote
River in Pinellas County;
* Recommended denial of a per-
mit application to impact 4.5
jurisdictional wetland acres for
construction of road crossings
over tributaries of the Braden
River as part of residential
development at the Mote
Ranch Subdivision in Manatee
* Authorized the Chairman to ac-
cept funds for the Nursing
Home Diversion Program for
District V Pasco and Pinellas
* Authorized the Chairman to ac-
cept Tite III funds from the
Older Americans Act for ser-
vices administered by the Area
Agency on Aging;
* Found amendments adopted to
local government comprehen-

sive plans for the communities
of Clearwater, Dunedin, North
Redington Beach and Oldsmar
consistent with the regional
plan; and
Found comprehensive plan
amendments proposed by the
cities of Bradenton, Bradenton
Beach, Pinellas Park and St.
Petersburg consistent with the
region's plan.

Mediation commiee
to offer assistance

Mayor Art
Levine, Chair-
man of
TBRPC's media-
tion committee,
asked the Coun-
cil for its con-
sent to offer
mediation to
Hillsborough '
and Manatee
counties to Levine
help them resolve a dispute over
Port Manatee expansion plans.
The Council has a standing
mediation committee to provide
an opportunity for conflict resolu-
tion between local governments in
interjurisdictional dispute.
In informal mediation, the
mediators listen to the issues of
contention stated by each in-
dividual and facilitate communica-
tion between the opposing groups.
The job of the mediator is not to
offer solutions to the parties in-
volved, but to help them discover
and formulate mutually beneficial
The Council agreed that media-
tion should be offered to help the
counties resolve the dispute.

Florida Aquarium to feature storyline exhibit

for state aquaria in New Jersey
S/ and Texas.

S7opening budgets total about
S~ $58,160,000. Financing will be ob-
tained through the sale of
municipal bonds, with the City of
Tampa providing a conduit financ-
ing source.
Organizers predict that the
aquarium will attract between 1.6
S -- and 1.8 million persons per year.
/. The projected economic impact is
$210,000,000 per year in new
retail sales. The Florida Aquarium
will create 1,700 new jobs for
Operation of the facility.
For more information about the
Site plan for Garrison Seaport Center, including the Florida Aquarium, the Music Dome am- Florida Aquarium, call aquarium ad-
phitheater, office space, a hotel and more. ministration at 813/229-8861.

The Florida Aquarium, planned
in Tampa on the Garrison Chan-
nel off of Tampa Bay, got one
step closer to construction in
November. That is when the
Tampa Bay Regional Planning Coun-
cil voted its approval of a develop-
ment order amendment to build
the planned 120,000-square foot
aquarium as part of a changed
Tampa Port DRI. The attraction
will be located on 4.3 acres of
leased land on the eastern end of
the Tampa Port Authority's 20.4-
acre Garrison Channel property.
The aquarium will feature an ex-
hibit series to tell the Florida
water story, following an imaginary
drop of water from its origins in
the freshwater springs and lime-
stone caves of the aquifer; on
through the river and estuarine sys-
tems; through flooded mangrove
forests; into the shallow waters
fringing Florida's coastline; on to
the deeper waters of reefs; and
finally into the open sea off of
the coasts.
The City of Tampa, which has
garnered strong support for the

project, is hopeful that the Florida
Aquarium will educate visitors and
inspire an appreciation for the
fragile, watery environments found
in the bay area and throughout
the state. 'We have been com-
mitted to the aquarium from the
start," said Tampa Mayor Sandy
Freedman, "not only will it tell
Florida's water story; it will tell
Tampa's story of success."
Aquarium developer Kajima Inter-
national Inc. has employed the
most experienced design and con-
struction team to build the attrac-
tion, including key people involved
in the nation's most successful
aquarium projects.
Among the architects selected to
design the Florida Aquarium is the
principal design architect for the
Monterey Bay Aquarium in Califor-
nia. A joint contractor for the
project currently is building the
Tennessee Aquarium in Chatta-
nooga. And project consultants in-
clude managers for aquaria in Bal-
timore, Charleston and Honolulu.
Exhibits are being designed by the
same firm which created exhibits

Seaport to feature
Music Dome

First, there was the Sun Dome
at Tampa's University of South
Florida. Then came the Florida
Suncoast Dome. Now, as part of
revisions to the Tampa Port
Authority's Tampa Downtown
Cruise Ship DRI, the bay area will
add another dome to its skyline.
The Music Dome, an am-
phitheater with a retractable roof,
is planned to bring major concerts
to the Tampa Bay area. With state-
of-the-art acoustics designed espe-
cially for live performances, the
Music Dome is the centerpiece of
the Garrison Channel Seaport.
The facility will seat up to 12,000
persons for night-time concerts.
Along with the amphitheater, the
Seaport will include office space,
a hotel, a treasure museum and
theater, with a selection of shops
and restaurants patterned after San
Franciso's Pier 39. The Seaport
also will house two cruise ship ter-
minals on the Garrison Channel.

December events

9 9 a.m., TBRPC Nominating Committee
9:30 a.m., TBRPC Monthly Meeting*
12 9 a.m., Agency on Bay Management
(ABM) Committee Meetings*
12p.m., ABM Executive Steering
Committee Meeting*
1:30 p.m., Full ABM Meeting
17 1:30 p.m., National Estuaiy Program
IRAC Meeting*
19 2p.m., TRT Committee Meeting
25 Christmas Holiday

*Denotes Council Conference Room

DCA Secretary to speak at TBRPC annual meeting

William Sadowski, Secretary of
the Florida Department of Com-
munity Affairs, will be the featured
luncheon speaker at the Tampa
Bay Regional Planning Council's
30th annual meeting. The meet-
ing will be held Friday, January
17 at the Tampa Airport Marriott
at Tampa International Airport.
The Council will convene for its
regular monthly business meeting
at 9:30 a.m. on January 17.

Following will be the annual instal-
lation luncheon, at which the
gavel will be passed to a new
Luncheon tickets are available for
those who would like to attend.
No tickets are necessary for the
morning portion of the meeting.
For more information about
TBRPC's annual meeting, call the
Council at 813/577-5151 in St.
Petersburg or 224-9380 in Tampa.

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Chairman: Mike Wells
Vice Cairman: C. Coleman Stipanovich
Secretary/Treasurer: Robert B. Stewart
Executive Director: Julia E. Greene
Editor: Lorrie A. Paul
For more information, phone
Pinellas: 813/577-5151 Hillsborough: 224-9380

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