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Whatever Happened About…2-11-10
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Feb 11, 2010 - 11:31:42 PM

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 By MELODY JAMESON
mj@observernews.net

• South County SHED
The South Hillsborough Economic Development (SHED) Council’s kick-off meeting is to get underway at 2 PM Friday (February 12) in the South Shore Corporate Park, on 30th Street at Shell Point Road.
The Council, formed in November with veteran community planner and demographics expert Jim Hosler as managing director, defines its mission as “pro-actively and aggressively marketing South Hillsborough County to local, regional and national investors as part of ongoing economic development efforts.” The organization is actively engaged in promoting South County educational, environmental, recreational, historic and business development assets via the internet, said Fred Jacobsen, marketing director.
The meeting will be held in the first building constructed in the corporate park, a Ryan Companies US, Inc., property. Representatives of Ryan, a national commercial real estate firm providing design-build services, top the agenda, Jacobsen said. Local business organizations also are on tap to make presentations, he added. The focus will be attracting new enterprise to attract new jobs and a brightening business outlook.
Reservations are not required, but to ensure seating participants may RSVP to Hosler at jim@SHEDCouncil.com

• SCC Security Squad
Two newcomers and two veterans were elected to serve on the SCC Security Squad board of directors during the organization’s annual meeting Friday (Feb. 5).
Coming to the nine-member board are Karen Ryan and Larry Henbest. In addition, veteran board members Al Hamm and Mike Albanese were re-elected. Their terms are two years, with a maximum of two terms or four consecutive years, said Lannie Cardwell, chairman of the nominating committee.
Other board members include Suzanne Boothe, Cardwell, Eileen Courter and Dick Walker, along with longtime chief, Martha Finley. Following the general election, the board tapped Henbest as president, Cardwell as vice president, Boothe as secretary and Hamm as treasurer.
Squad members present also approved by a margin of 117 to 13 an amendment to the by-laws limiting the number of terms served by a patrol chief. The amendment is not applicable to the current chief.

• Inland Ports Project
Greeted with strong and continuing opposition, a proposed multi-model container center adjacent to the Port of Manatee has been completely scrapped. The shipping center was proposed initially last year at this time by a California-based developer, Inland Port Systems.
The project drew immediate opposition based, in part, on potential increase in heavy truck traffic through residential sections of Sundance and on prospective environmental damages to the sensitive Cockroach Bay area shoreline. Both area citizens and The Planning Commission raised objections.
Promoting its pledge of hundreds of new jobs brought to the area by the project, the developer first vowed to return to the commission for approvals of the rezoning application required in order to convert about 400 acres of form farm land. Deadline for such a new filing would have been February 28. However, the project was completely withdrawn and the file has been closed, Krista Kelly, a planning commission planner, said this week.
© 2010 Melody Jameson


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