SWFBUD is proud to be part of a group of professionals in Tampa Bay that saved the Friendship TrailBrudge this morning when we convinced the Hillsborough County Commissioners to vote 7-0 to NOT demolish the beloved FTB and instead give us time to conduct a feasibility study. Kudos to everyone who spoke led by group leaders Ken Cowart and Kevin Thurman and a band of FTB supporters who told the commissioners to save the FTB. The county is also planning a parks and recreation ballot initiative for November, which will include a new FTB. Thank you commissioners Mark Sharpe, Kevin Beckner and Victor Crist who were firmly behind the FTB. Beckner pointed out there were too many unanswered questions before there could be a FTB demolition.
SWFBUD was also proud to speak out today at the meeting to say a new and improved FTB would be part of an economic development program to make Tampa Bay more competetive and be part of our BAM multi-trail system. It was cool to see people attend today's ,eeting wearing the SWFBUD BAM T-shirts. SWFBUD is proud to work with Ken, Kevin and Julia and everyone else who helped save this amazing resource.