EAST TAMPA CRA
COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS
Dear Interested Volunteer:
Thank you for your interest in serving on the East Tampa Community Redevelopment Area
(CRA) Advisory Committee. Having dedicated, capable individuals serving to support their
community's redevelopment is critical to our goal of insuring our work is responsive to
community needs; your desire to serve in such a capacity is greatly appreciated.
The City of Tampa Community Redevelopment Agency is seeking community advisory
committee members for the East Tampa Community Redevelopment Area. Attached is an
application package for your completion. We look forward to receiving your application at the
East Tampa Redevelopment Office by 5:00 p.m., May 29, 2020.
In the East Tampa CRA, Community Advisory Committee (CAC) members generally attend the
CAC monthly meeting on the first Tuesday of the month, and the East Tampa Community
Revitalization Partnership monthly meeting on the second Tuesday of the month. The meetings
may last between one and two hours each.
Thank you again for your interest in volunteering to support our City's most important
redevelopment initiatives. If you have questions, or would like to obtain more information about
community redevelopment areas and the role of advisory committees, please contact the East
Tampa Development Office at 242-3807.
Sincerely,
Orlando Gudes
Orlando Gudes
Chair, Community Redevelopment Agency
City of Tampa
Community Redevelopment Area Advisory Committees
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is a Community Advisory Committee?
The purpose of a Community Advisory Committee is to insure that the interests of residents,
property owners, businesses and other stakeholders are represented in key decisions relating to
the Community Redevelopment Plan and budget for their area. A Community Advisory
Committee provides input and makes recommendations to City staff and the Community
Redevelopment Agency Board concerning their Community Redevelopment area.
2. What are Community Redevelopment Areas and where are they located?
Community Redevelopment areas are authorized under Florida law, Chapter 163, Part III, for the
purpose of overcoming slum and blighted conditions. The areas are established by City Council
resolution and must meet specific criteria set forth in Chapter 163. They are funded through the
increase in property values that are brought about through the redevelopment of the area.
3. Who serves on the Community Redevelopment Agency Board?
The Tampa City Council also serves as the City of Tampa Community Redevelopment Agency
Board. This is a completely separate role and function from their City Council duties. The
Community Redevelopment Agency utilizes City staff, through a contract with the City of
Tampa, to conduct the work associated with implementing the Community Redevelopment Area
Plan and budget for each area.
4. What are the qualifications to serve on a Community Advisory Committee?
Committee members must live or work in the redevelopment area and/or have significant
interests within the area. Some members of each Committee should have a background or
expertise in the redevelopment process, such as neighborhood planning, real estate development,
and/or real estate finance. The membership should represent the diversity of stakeholders in
each area.
5. How can I become a member of a Community Advisory Committee?
You can obtain a complete application package from the East Tampa Redevelopment Office.
Interested parties that meet the qualifications may apply by completing a Community
Redevelopment Agency Advisory Committee Questionnaire and Sunshine Law and Ethics Code
Acknowledgement Form and submitting to the East Tampa Redevelopment Office by the
application deadline. Community Advisory Committee members are voted on by the East Tampa
Community Revitalization Partnership (ETCRP) and ratified by the Community Redevelopment
Agency Board in a public meeting.
6. What is the length of service for an Advisory Committee member?
Generally, terms are for 2 years. There is a limit of two consecutive, 2-year terms.
7. What is the time commitment involved in serving?
The East Tampa Community Advisory Committee typically meets once a month and may call
special meetings as needed. The Community Advisory Committee also attends the ETCRP
meeting once a month, and may choose to serve on a subcommittee. On average, CAC members
spend about five hours a month, more depending upon initiatives they volunteer to work on.
8. Do the Community Advisory Committees operate in the “Sunshine”?
Advisory Committees must operate in the “Sunshine” in accordance with Florida Statutes,
Chapter 286. Operating in the Sunshine means that all business related to the Community
Redevelopment Area must only be discussed in advertised public meetings to avoid a legal
violation. This restriction is limited to discussion of Community Redevelopment Area business
and does not prohibit committee members from discussing any other matters in private.
9. What are Conflicts of Interest?
The ability to make sound, fair decisions is sometimes affected by other interests. Since
conflicts of interest are a regular part of organizational life, there are specific rules to govern
committee members’ actions. The key point related to conflicts of interest is that no CRA
Advisory Committee member shall vote or participate in a matter that would provide them, an
organization that retains them, or any close relative with any special private gain that would not
also be enjoyed by others. More details can be found in “Section 13 Conflicts of Interest” from
the City of Tampa Community Redevelopment Agency Community Advisory Committee policy
(see attached). City staff will provide guidance to appointees regarding Conflict of Interest
issues.
10. If I own property or a business in the Community Redevelopment Area does that mean I
have a conflict of interest? Can I still serve on an Advisory Committee?
Owners of property and businesses within a Community Redevelopment Area are encouraged to
participate in an Advisory Committee and this does not constitute a conflict of interest.
City of Tampa
Community Redevelopment Agency
Advisory Committee Application Instructions
Please complete the attached Advisory Committee Questionnaire and the Sunshine Law
and Ethics Code Acknowledgement Form. If you have any questions contact the East
Tampa CRA Redevelopment office at 813-242-3807.
When completed, both forms should be submitted to the East Tampa Redevelopment
Office by 5:00 p.m. May 29, 2020 using any of the following options:
Hand delivery or Postal Mail to:
East Tampa Redevelopment Office
3808 N. 22
nd
Street
Tampa, FL 33610
Fax to:
East Tampa Redevelopment Office
(813) 242-3830
Email to:
Eva.Hughes@tampagov.net
Thank you for your interest in volunteering as an Advisory Committee member.
OFFICE USE ONLY
Date received in the East Tampa Redevelopment Office____________________________
Initials of the person receiving the Questionnaire form ___________________
Initials of the person receiving the Acknowledgement form ____________________
Date that the questionnaire was transmitted to the Community Redevelopment Agency
Board and the Board coordinator _____________
City of Tampa
Community Redevelopment Agency
Advisory Committee Questionnaire
Applicant’s Full Name: ______________________________________________________
Home Address: _____________________________________________________________
City: ___________________ State: _______________ Postal Code: _________________
Home Phone: (_____) _________________ Alternate Phone: (______) _______________
Fax: (_____) ______________________
Email Address: _____________________________________________________________
Place of Employment: _______________________________________________________
Job Title: __________________________________________________________________
Business Address: __________________________________________________________
City: __________________ State: _______________ Postal Code: ___________________
Business Phone: (____) _______________ Alternate Phone: (____) _________________
Fax: (_____) _________________
Are you a resident of the City of Tampa? Yes ___ No ___ If yes, how long? _________
Instructions:
The information on this questionnaire will be used in considering action on appointments to
Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Committees.
Complete all portions of the questionnaire.
Completed questionnaires will be on file in the office of the East Tampa
Redevelopment Office for two years from date received
Please type or print legibly in black ink.
Completed questionnaire and acknowledgement form due in
East Tampa Redevelopment
Office by 5:00 p.m. May 29, 2020.
City of Tampa
Community Redevelopment Agency
Advisory Committee Questionnaire
1. Have you ever been convicted of any felony or misdemeanor offense? Yes _____
No _____ If Yes, please elaborate (omit minor traffic violations and offenses as a
minor).
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2. Are you currently serving in another position appointed by the Mayor, City Council
or the Community Redevelopment Agency? If so, please elaborate.
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3. Are you, or have you been an active member of an advisory or executive group
representing your CRA through the staff of the Urban Development department?
Please describe your role and length of service.
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4. Please list your educational history by institution beginning with High School and
include degrees attained.
Name / Location Dates Attended Level/Degree Attained
5. Do you have relatives who currently work for the City of Tampa? Yes ____ No ____
If so, please list by name, relationship and position held.
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City of Tampa
Community Redevelopment Agency
Advisory Committee Questionnaire
6. For the East Tampa CAC you are applying to join, please check all of the following
that apply to you.
East Tampa
Resident Business Owner
Property Owner At Large
Not For Profit
7. For all representative areas checked in question #6, please describe your experience
and other elements of your personal history that you believe should be considered
relative to your appointment.
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8. If you are appointed, do you know of any reason whatsoever why you will not be
able to attend regular meetings, participate fully or otherwise fulfill your
responsibilities as an Advisory Committee member? Yes ____ No ____
If so, please elaborate
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City of Tampa
Community Redevelopment Agency
Advisory Committee Questionnaire
9. List at least three persons as references who have known you well within the past
five years, including a current address, phone number and the capacity in which
they have known you. If you checked an area(s) of expertise above, two references
should be able provide reference as to that expertise.
Name: ______________________________________________________________________
Address: ____________________________________________________________________
Phone Number: _______________________________________________________________
Capacity: ____________________________________________________________________
Name: ______________________________________________________________________
Address: ____________________________________________________________________
Phone Number: _______________________________________________________________
Capacity: ____________________________________________________________________
Name: ______________________________________________________________________
Address: ____________________________________________________________________
Phone Number: _______________________________________________________________
Capacity: ____________________________________________________________________
Name: ______________________________________________________________________
Address: ____________________________________________________________________
Phone Number: _______________________________________________________________
Capacity: ____________________________________________________________________
City of Tampa
Community Redevelopment Agency
Advisory Committee Questionnaire
10. List any business, professional, civic or fraternal organizations of which you are a
member and the dates of your membership.
Organization Dates of Membership
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I certify that the foregoing responses to the questionnaire are true and correct to the best of
my knowledge.
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Signature Date
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Printed Name
City of Tampa
Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Committee
Sunshine Law & Ethics Code Acknowledgement Form
I. General Acknowledgement
I______________________________, acknowledge that I have been informed by the City
Attorney’s Office of the City of Tampa, Florida, that as a member of an Advisory Committee to
the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Tampa, Florida, that I am subject to the
Florida Sunshine Law (Section 286.011, Florida Statutes) the Florida Public Records Law
(Section 119.07, Florida Statutes) and the City of Tampa Ethics Code, the pertinent parts of
which are contained herein. As such, I may not meet with any other member of an Advisory
Committee on which I serve to discuss any matter, which may foreseeably come before that
Board for action unless it is done in a publicly noticed meeting that is open to the public. I
understand that this prohibition relates not only to face to face meetings but to all forms of
communications, be they telephonic, electronic, or written.
II. Sunshine Law Acknowledgement
If I do meet with another member of an Advisory Committee on which I serve, it is a public
meeting under Florida’s Sunshine Law and it requires all of the following steps to be taken:
1. The meeting must be open to the public; and
2. Reasonable notice of such meeting must be given; and
3. Minutes of the meeting must be taken and be made available to the public.
Violation of the Florida Sunshine Law for a noncriminal infraction may subject the violator to a
fine not to exceed $500. A knowing violation is considered a second degree misdemeanor for
which the violator may be subject to imprisonment not to exceed 60 days and a fine not to
exceed $500.
Violation of the Florida Public Records Law for a noncriminal infraction may subject the
violator to a fine not to exceed $500. A knowing violation is considered a first degree
misdemeanor for which the violator may be subject to imprisonment not to exceed one year and
a fine not to exceed $1,000.
City of Tampa
Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Committee
Sunshine Law & Ethics Code Acknowledgement Form
III. City Ethics Code Acknowledgement
Actions Prohibited When Certain Financial Interests Involved (Subsections (a): § 2-517(a), (b): §
2-517(b), and (c): § 2-517(c), City of Tampa Ethics Code).
(a) No member of the CRA Advisory Committee shall participate in any official action
directly or indirectly affecting a business in which he or any member of his immediate
family or close personal relation has a financial interest.
(b) No member of a CRA Advisory Committee shall have or acquire a financial interest in
any enterprise, project, business entity or property when he or she believes or has reason
to believe that his or her financial interest will be directly affected by his or her official
Advisory Committee recommendation.
(c) No member of a CRA Advisory Committee shall have any interest, financial or
otherwise, direct or indirect, or engage in any business or activity or incur any obligation
of any nature, which is in substantial conflict with the proper discharge of his or her
duties in the public interest.
Prohibited Voting Conflicts (Subsections (a): § 2-519(a), Definitions of “person” and “relative”:
§ 2-502, (b): § 2-519(b), and (c): § 2-519(c), City of Tampa Ethics Code).
(a) No CRA Advisory Committee member shall vote or participate in his or her official
capacity on any matter if that member knows or should know that doing so would inure,
either directly or indirectly, to:
• His or her special private gain; or
• The special private gain of any person by whom he or she is retained, or
• The parent or subsidiary organization thereof; or
• The special private gain of a relative of the CRA Advisory Committee member.
For the purpose of this provision, "special private gain" shall mean economic benefit of any kind
which inures to the individual, as opposed to a class of similarly situated individuals.
For the purpose of this provision “person” means any individual, firm, business entity, company,
corporation (profit and not-for-profit), professional corporation or associations, group,
organization, joint venture, partnership, limited partnership, agency, estate, trusts, business trust,
syndicate, fiduciary, or other body having an independent existence and all other groups or
combinations however constituted.
City of Tampa
Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Committee
Sunshine Law & Ethics Code Acknowledgement Form
For the purpose of this provision “relative” means an individual who is related to the CRA
Advisory Committee member as father, mother, son, daughter, grandfather, grandmother,
grandchild, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father-in-law,
mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother,
stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, or half sister, or anyone who is
engaged to be married to the member
(b) No member of a CRA Advisory Committee shall vote or participate on any matter in
which the member has or holds a contractual relationship with an individual, business
entity or agency subject to the regulation of the public board to which that member is
appointed. In addition to any other provision of these Advisory Committee Policies, a
CRA Advisory Board member may be removed from the CRA Advisory Committee
upon which he or she serves by a majority vote of the full Community Redevelopment
Agency of the City of Tampa, after review by and with the recommendation of the ethics
commission, if such member has disclosed a conflict of interest in ten (10) percent or
more of the matters that come before the Advisory Committee on which the member
serves.
(c) Disclosure. A CRA Advisory Committee member who is prohibited from voting and
participating on any matter pursuant to subsection (a) or (b) above, shall:
(1) Publicly state to the CRA Advisory Committee the nature of his or her interest in
the matter in which he or she is prohibited from voting and participating; and
(2) Disclose the nature of his or her interest in the matter from which he or she is
prohibited from voting and participating within fifteen (15) days after the vote
occurs in a memorandum filed with the City Clerk. The memorandum shall also
be incorporated in the minutes of the CRA Advisory Committee.
IV. Affirmation by Signature
_________________________________________ Date ______________________
Signature
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