As part of our adventure with Mayor’s Neighborhood University, we’re meeting some key people in departments where we are talking with many of the same people in the community.
Code Enforcement action is often a sign that a property could be in major disrepair and might be a good candidate for one of our builder partners to purchase.
What should neighbors know about this process? Are fines negotiable in exchange for compliance? Is there any help from the City of Tampa for families who are dealing with tough circumstances associated with a distressed property?
Find out during this quick interview with Jake Slater, Administrator for City of Tampa Neighborhood Enhancement… he knows everyone still calls it Code Enforcement.
If you missed his number at the end of the video it’s (813) 274-5545.
Patti and her family had a property to sell that had been lived in for 48 years. She called one morning and by the afternoon she had an offer where she wouldn’t need to pay for any commissions, repairs, or closing costs. SouthTampaTeardowns.com/aboutus
Do you have an older, smaller home in South Tampa? Are you thinking that it’s a teardown? Give me a call… My name is Robert Wilson. I’m the Director of Dirt at EXIT Bayshore Realty, and I can bring you a fair offer for your property direct from a South Tampa Builder. My number is 813-784-4199 or you can request your offer online by visiting us at SouthTampaTeardowns.com
City of Tampa Social Media Greatest Hits- Mayor’s Neighborhood University – #MNU9
Session 3 of Mayor’s Neighborhood University took us through key City Departments and how they use social media to share stories and provide customer service to citizens of Tampa via Social Media.
City staff, led by Ashley Bauman, Marketing and Communication Director for the City of Tampa, shared a number of success stories via platforms like facebook and youtube among others. We’re going to take this blog post to highlight some of the City’s most creative and popular posts.
In an effort to be part of ongoing conversations online… the City will often jump into memes and other fun stuff hitting the internet like the #MannequinChallenge
The #selfiekid moment during SuperBowl LII also gave Tampa the opportunity to troll Minnesota ever so gently by pointing out that, no one should do anything, anywhere, but Florida in January.
The Tampa Police Department has also been very effective with messaging on youtube. Generating over 40,000 views of this video highlighting officer use of body cams.
TPD also used YouTube to share this video of the Seminole Heights Serial Killer which was viewed over 750,000 times.
On the lighter side of things, new Tampa Police Chief Eric Ward even did his best Macaulay Culkin to promote Tampa’s Vacation Watch Program.
Tampa Parks and Recreation drives a lot of engagement and signups for events using facebook to promote everything from kids’ camps to senior events.
Building these platforms year round creates a great opportunity for the City to have direct access to viewers during natural disasters. During Hurrican Irma, social and traditional earned media informed the public of evacuations and city staff also used the internet to share information on recovery efforts.
At the end of the day, one of the best vehicles for getting answers to problems and issues that you might be having with the City of Tampa is direct messaging via social media.
WWE wrestler & actor Dave Bautista even discovered that after posting a complaint regarding getting a permit for a new gate for his Tampa home.
@CityofTampa what the hell do I have to do to get you to approve a GD gate? Its been 7 months of waiting on permits,spending thousands and thousands of dollars on surveys,dealing with inspectors with sh%%tty attitudes, jumping through hoops,etc. Wtf do I have to do?! Its a gate!
After getting a tour of Tampa’s neighborhoods during session 1 of Mayor’s Neighborhood University… the next step was getting introduced to the Mayor and city staff who will be leading our sessions throughout the next 6 months.
In his talk… Bob Buckhorn discusses the importance of relationships, our form of government, and the City of Tampa.
One of the relationships that we will be looking to grow over the next few weeks is with Jake Slater, Administrator of Neighborhood Empowerment, who oversees the code enforcement process in Tampa.
We will be hoping to learn more about Neighborhood Empowerment helps communities clean up abandoned properties… and how families who are challenged with code enforcement liens can often negotiate fines down to something manageable when selling a property.
You’ll hear more from Mr. Slater in an upcoming blog post.
The last time I was at Tampa City Hall it was as a college intern with Councilman Scott Paine, during the Mayor Sandy Freeman Administration.
I had one great accomplishment… discovering that a $30,000 budget line item for barricade rental, being promoted as an increase to $50,000, was actually going to be a $70,000 expenditure as the change was to be retroactive to the prior year’s budget.
My question, along with some of my colleagues and enough of the council, was ‘How much can buying these things cost?” That is why… you don’t see many Bob’s Barricades out in Tampa anymore, and instead Tampa Public Works owns most of the orange, white, and amber lighted folding barriers used to mark closed roads around town.
Anyway… it was a good enough contribution to the City of Tampa’s history to get accepted into Mayor’s Neighborhood University. A 13-session course all about the City of Tampa, our neighborhoods, and our government.
During session 1… we took a bus tour all over Tampa… and saw some hidden gems like Picnic Island Park in the Port Tampa Area. I also got a chance to get an overview of what to expect from City of Tampa Neighborhood Liaison Carla Lewis.
I’ll be hoping to learn as much as I can about issues that affect property owners that might be thinking about selling their property to a builder such as zoning, code enforcement, land development, stormwater, and other things that have an impact on property values and expense of building new construction. These issues all have an effect on the final sale prices of lots & teardowns to builders.
Having a better understanding of these issues will help me get the best quality offers to property owners because I’ll be able to quickly complete due diligence and know about issues that will cost builders thousands of dollars in development costs. If these issues are known in advance, everyone can understand the situation and work together to put a fair agreement in place… when issues that cost $10,000 or more come to light just days before closing often that results in deals falling apart and stress we want to help our sellers avoid.
Another exciting part of the Mayor’s Neighborhood University Process will be meeting our neighbors throughout South Tampa and the rest of the city. Bill Diaz lives in Virginia Park and I got a quick minute with him to talk about some of what we saw during our tour of Tampa.
I’ll be updating the blog throughout the next few months with information and video from each session. I’m hoping by learning more about Tampa, I’ll be able to help more family’s looking to sell… and continue to improve our neighborhoods.