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! 


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.


Lytle Continues Fundraising Success, Outraising Opponents in October Cycle

Following up on a strong first start to his campaign in which he raised over $30k in the first 30 days Stephen Lytle, a candidate for Tampa City Council – District 3 Citywide, continued his fundraising momentum by again outraising his opponents during the month of October.

Since announcing his campaign near the beginning of September Lytle has closed the gap from individual donors to about $4k between he and the District 3 opponent who announced 9 months ago and leads the race in fundraising results. Lytle has outperformed his other opponent in fundraising by nearly $36k.

“It’s no surprise that the success of a campaign is built upon the ability to fundraise,” said Lytle, “and as a first-time candidate, I understand how important voter outreach is to this campaign. Nobody will outwork me during this campaign and I promise nobody will outwork me when I serve our residents on City Council.”

Lytle credits his fundraising success to the relationships and trust he has built with community and business leaders while serving his community. He is the only City Council candidate that serves as a Neighborhood Association President and he has served for three years as the Chair of the City of Tampa Budget Advisory Committee, two experiences he believes will be benefit him if elected.

“As I have met with fellow neighborhood leaders, I have heard their concerns and we need a councilmember who will be a steward for our communities on the dais. We need a councilmember who has shown the leadership and vision to move Tampa forward and will strengthen and empower our neighborhoods.”

The momentum will be necessary for Lytle’s campaign as we enter a time when fundraising becomes more difficult. Many are burned out on mid-term elections and the holiday season is sure to slow down fundraising, additionally, Lytle’s campaign events slowed this month as he prepared for fatherhood, as he and his wife are expecting to welcome their daughter to the world on November 21st. Not one to take too long a break though he picks campaign work back up starting December 4th with a Candidate Meet and Greet and Fundraiser at Yeoman’s Cask & Lion in Downtown Tampa. More information available at www.Lytle2019.com.