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Lessons learned from St. Louis

Sidewalk built over I-64 to connect a residential neighborhood with jobs and services.

While building transportation projects is a contentious process in Tampa Bay, we are not alone in struggling to engage the community and get projects done. I wrote in my previous post about the Florida Department of Transportation’s peer exchange trip to St. Louis for about 20 local representatives, a trip designed to give us a… Read more »

Building community by learning from others

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One of the first lessons I learned as a consultant many years ago is that every community has its own public decision-making process. What flies by with no commentary in one city can make for contentious late-evening public input and visceral debate in another. Whether it’s advancing a transportation project or making changes to a… Read more »

Forward Pinellas approves up to $1.1 million for local complete streets projects

Part of the Drew Street corridor that would be addressed by Clearwater's complete streets project. (Photo courtesy of City of Clearwater)

Pinellas County’s land use and transportation planning agency will be funding three local projects that make streets safer for all users. The Forward Pinellas board voted unanimously Wednesday to approve up to $1.1 million in funding for three complete streets projects: construction of sidewalks on 34th Street South in St. Petersburg, and preparing plans for… Read more »

Planning for Breweries: Encouraging Redevelopment & Economic Development

Green Bench Brewing on a sunny afternoon.

  There is something brewing in Pinellas County. Residents may have noticed the recent rise in the number of breweries, microbreweries, and brew-pubs, and it’s not just a “hop-tical” illusion. Cities like Dunedin and St. Petersburg helped establish Pinellas County as a premier market in Florida for independent craft breweries. Today, the Tampa Bay area… Read more »

Forward Pinellas Request for Proposals (RFP) for Audit Services

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UPDATE 3/1/2017 11:30 am: The RFP selection committee meeting will be held on March 8, 2017, at 9 am at 310 Court Street, 2nd Floor, Clearwater, Florida 33756. UPDATE 2/17/2017 1:30 pm: The questions and responses to questions are available here. On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, the Forward Pinellas Board authorized issuing a Request for… Read more »

Dangerous By Design Hits Home

The crash scene at the Duke Energy Trail and Old Coachman Road.

It was probably not how Andy Holcombe wanted to start his first day of an internship with the Philadelphia Phillies. Nor was it my intent to spend part of the morning commute flying over my handlebars and a vehicle’s hood to slam hard into the pavement, but there we were. Although this was just a… Read more »

Creating a Safer Pinellas County

Photo Credit: Pinellas County

Smart Growth America’s Dangerous by Design report released today ranks the Tampa Bay area as the seventh most dangerous metro area in the country for people walking. Despite that dubious distinction, we were encouraged to see our area’s standing in the rankings improve five spots from the past three reports. While the trend is positive,… Read more »

Forward Pinellas to begin 2017 with new board leadership, four new members

Commissioner John Morroni

Forward Pinellas has new board leadership and several new members going into 2017. By a unanimous vote of the Forward Pinellas Board, County Commissioner John Morroni will be serving as the board’s chair, Clearwater Commissioner Doreen Caudell as vice chair, Indian Rocks Beach Commissioner Cookie Kennedy as treasurer, and County Commissioner Dave Eggers as secretary…. Read more »