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Lytle has Vision and is Taking Action to Move Tampa Forward

Tampa, FL – Stephen Lytle, the local Neighborhood Association President running for Tampa City Council, has continually expressed that he has ample experience to lead as Tampa’s next City Councilmember. Now he is showing his ability to build relationships with the Mayoral candidates to promote the cornerstone of his campaign, strengthening and empowering neighborhoods.

“I have proactively reached out to many of the mayoral candidates to attain their commitment to investing in our neighborhood empowerment department,” said Lytle. “All of those I have spoken to have expressed interest in building a collaborative relationship with City Council and have committed to prioritizing investment for Tampa’s neighborhoods.”

This collaborative approach was echoed by current City Councilman and Mayoral hopeful Harry Cohen, “I am happy and willing to work with all council members on priorities and projects that are important to our constituents.  After eight years on City Council, I can tell you that the council members offer great perspective on the wants and needs of Tampa residents.”

Stephen Lytle being recognized for his community efforts by Mayor Bob Buckhorn and TPD Chief Brian Dugan

Lytle has already spoken with Mayoral Candidates Jane Castor, Harry Cohen, Mike Suarez, and Topher Morrison.

 “When looking at increasing any staff in the city, one main consideration is the investment in the labor that would provide a return greater than the investment itself. I see no better example of a clear rate of return than investing in Neighborhood Empowerment,” expressed Morrison, “As Mayor revitalizing this essential department will happen within my first 100 days.”

That timing is key as the next Mayor will need to submit a budget to the new City Council within the first 90 days of taking office. Lytle, who was appointed by Councilmember Miranda and has served as the City of Tampa Budget Advisory Chair for the past 3 years, understands has a deep knowledge of the City Budget to draw upon.

“I believe great candidates must not only speak to their experience, but demonstrate a vision and strategy as well,” explained Lytle. “With elections expediting the timeline for the city budgeting process, it is essential that council candidates show their ability to work with and gain the commitment of our future administration, so we can implement a shared vision to move Tampa forward.”

On the campaign trail Lytle has promoted increasing staff for the City’s Neighborhood Empowerment Department, which once had 6 employees focused on neighborhood relations under Mayor Pam Iorio. Today, that number has dwindled to one employee overseeing the city’s 86 neighborhoods. She is retiring in March. As a result, nearly a third of the city’s neighborhoods do not have a neighborhood association representing them. Lytle claims this has disproportionately impacted the low income and minority neighborhoods in Tampa.

“Strong neighborhood associations drive down crime, improve economic development, and assure residents get the essential city services their taxes pay for,” said Lytle, “I have seen the benefits of this in my neighborhood and intend to do everything I can to strengthen our communities across the city.”

Lytle with County Commissioner Sandy Murman receiving the Hillsborough County Neighborhood Awards in 2018

Lytle has shown his commitment to Tampa’s neighborhoods as President of the South Seminole Heights Civic Association. In that role he worked closely with current Council Member and Mayoral hopeful Mike Suarez to bring to fruition Tampa’s first street mural. He also received recognition from Mayor Buckhorn and Police Chief Brian Dugan for his efforts when Seminole Heights was paralyzed by a local serial killer. Afterwards he championed the community and started the Heights Unites Music & Arts Festival, now in its second year. For both of these projects he earned his neighborhood consecutive Hillsborough County Community Arts Awards.

For more information about the campaign please visit www.Lytle2019.com

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Public Meeting NOTICE – City of Tampa Tree and Landscape Code Comprehensive Re-write

The City of Tampa Government will host two public meetings to present and discuss the proposed comprehensive amendments to the City’s Tree and Landscape code. Both meetings will be held in the evening, please see the meeting schedule below:

Tuesday, January 22, 20196:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Seminole Heights Garden Center
5800 North Central Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605

Wednesday, January 23, 20196:00 PM – 8:00 PM
City of Tampa Development Services
1400 North Boulevard3rd Floor Conference Room
Tampa, FL 33607

Both meetings are open to the public and will cover the same information. Two meetings have been scheduled to allow opportunity for the public to attend on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Please find attached two working documents for your review. Both documents contain proposed changes to the code and both documents will be reviewed at each meeting. We look forward to seeing you next week! 

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Lytle Qualifies for City Council Race by Ballot Petition

Local civic leader Stephen Lytle has touted that he will not be outworked while on the campaign trail or when elected to office. He has recently solidified those claims by submitting enough ballot petitions to qualify for the District 3 City Council race. 36 candidates have filed to run across all municipal races and Lytle is one of two that accomplished this often-difficult task, Orlando Gudes running for District 5 East Tampa also has.

With Tampa City Council and Mayoral races less than 60 days from the election date on March 5th things are starting to speed up. Candidates who filed to run must qualify one of two ways, ballot petition or qualifying fee. Candidates for Mayor had the option to collect 3,582 verified signatures and City Council Candidates 898 by the end of the petition period on January 4th.

Those who did not qualify by petition must now pay a qualifying by January 18th to be listed on the ballot. The costs? $9,644 for Mayoral Candidates and $2,774 City Council. Saving a campaign from paying a qualifying fee can be quite the advantage in City Council races where the average amount raised is right around $21,000.

“Qualifying by ballot petition is not an easy process, taking significant work and dedication to achieve,” said Lytle, “but my platform is anchored by sound fiscal policy. I believe candidates must actively demonstrate their conviction to the issues they champion and I have done that here today.”

Lytle’s platform, which also focuses on strengthening and empowering neighborhoods and improving infrastructure, has been reflective of his experiences in Tampa. He is the only City Council candidate who currently serves as a Neighborhood Association President and he has chaired the City of Tampa Budget Advisory Committee for the last three years.

Those experiences proved beneficial in Lytle’s efforts to qualify by ballot petition, paralleled by the strong financial support the campaign has posted as well. He has been optimistic on the campaign trail and for the future of Tampa if elected, “Together the citizens of Tampa can achieve more than any single person could ever do alone. It is time to work together and move Tampa forward.”

To learn more about Stephen Lytle and his campaign for City Council please visit www.Lytle2019.com.