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Questions unanswered about forming Regional MPO

northbound Howard Frankland Bridge

St. Petersburg Council Member Jim Kennedy is a member and former chair of our board. Given recent editorials and articles in the Tampa Bay Times about forming a regional MPO, he felt compelled to respond. An abbreviated version of this letter ran in today’s paper.  The Tampa Bay Times continues to beat the drum for a regional… Read more »

Ensuring Accessibility for All of Pinellas County

For most of us in Pinellas County, we don’t have to think about how we get to the doctor or grocery store: it just involves our cars and the best roads to get us where we want to go. But what about people who don’t own a car? Or those who can’t drive? Accessibility to… Read more »

Drones in Planning: A Tool for Visual Storytelling

Editor’s Note: This is the first in what we hope is a continuing feature of guest posts written by our partners in the community. Read on to learn about the emerging role of drones in planning from Jacobs planner Chris Zuppa. Last year, TripAdvisor ranked Clearwater Beach as the number one beach in the country, so it’s… Read more »

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

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

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

  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

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 »