Rail Plans Being Laid
With funding for the
important transportation plan lining up for a citizen vote senior
planners are working to determine the exact path of the proposed tracks
thorough Tampa. Greater Tampa Bay Chamber Partnership VP Biff Bornhere
expects form details to be released within the month.
“The exact route is
not yet been told to us. A consortium of developers lead by former Mayor
Dick Greco are now behind closed doors in a smoke filled room assuring
a plan that best benefits their investment properties value” Mr.
Bornhere told 83 Degrees.
”The people are
assured that any rail route will be planned to involve the personal
investment of the right people in Tampa, those with political influence
and can afford to buy a seat at the table. Tampa government works.”
Staff at the Greater
Tampa Bay Chamber Partnership are quick to pint out that planning to
Greco’s investments benefit has been the Tampa Standard for some time.
They attribute this philosophy with the robust economic growth
experienced not only downtown but through the city at large.
expressed confidence that subverting common sense and good will to the
benefit of a few well connected developers is the key to city planning.
“We will have rail but we can keep Tampa a small unchanged city even
The Greater Tampa
Bay Chamber Partnership consequently has declined calls for the rail
line to be built into Pinellas county or even the Westshore District.
“Greco does not now or represent property in those areas and we have
always considered the real Tampa to end at Henderson Blvd.” said Mr. Bornhere.
Conversely they have
not discussed the call from some of their membership the need to connect
with Lakeland and Orlando. Mr. Pike, Greater Tampa Bay Chamber
Partnership member and owner of Pike Pizza and Flowers said he and
others are organizing to assure only the necessary rail line is laid
down, from downtown to the Fairgrounds and Casino. “Only the area’s
owned by the right people are the priority” he told 83 Degrees. “ we do
not need public transport beyond or connecting with anything else.”