Tampa Digital Studios Armory Proposal

by Ad 2 Tampa Bay | June 23, 2006

June 23, 2006

The following email is from George Cornelius, President of Tampa Digital Studios regarding an invitation for public comment by the City of Tampa. Ad 2 Tampa Bay supports the plans of Tampa Digital’s team for development of the Armory and is passing this along so that others in our industry might be able to attend and extend their personal support via public comment.


I apologize for the late notice on this, but I was just informed that it would be a good idea to try to have a lot of friends and colleagues that support our Creative Center/Film and TV studio concept for the Armory at the public comment meeting this Monday afternoon (details below).

Our team now consists of Tampa Digital Studios, DeBartolo Development, Newkirk Ventures and West Tampa Partners. DeBartolo Development is led by Ed Kobel, Bill Rain and Debra Roman. They are part of DeBartolo Holdings that moved their corporate headquarters to Tampa several years ago. Newkirk Ventures is led by Mark Newkirk. His family has been in Tampa for six generations. West Tampa Partners is led by David Lefevre. You probably remember that Mr. Lefevre worked very hard with our community to bring the Lightning to Tampa Bay, to build the St. Pete Times Forum, and was part of the group that was going to try to put an ice rink in the Armory. That group has now joined forces with Tampa Digital and DeBartolo on our creative concept, and we agreed to help them try to find another location in West Tampa to build the ice rink/entertainment complex.

Could you please consider coming to this event and filling out a comment card? Please feel free to forward this request to others that you think may support this effort.

Here are the meeting details …

City of Tampa Invites Public Comment for Fort Homer Hesterly Armory.

Tampa, FL June 21, 2006 – The City of Tampa announced today that it will host an Open House for the public to review and comment on the six proposals received for the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, located at 522 North Howard Avenue.

The open house will be held Monday, June 26, 2006, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the West Tampa Library, located at 2312 W Union Street, on the corner of Union Street and Howard Avenue.Comment cards will be provided.

Both the City of Tampa and the National Guard look forward to the revitalization of this historic property. All citizens are encouraged to attend and comment.

I really appreciate all of your support.

Sincerely, George


Thank you all in advance for your support!


Vinny Tafuro, President
Ad 2 Tampa Bay

email: president@ad2tampabay.org
web: https://www.ad2tampabay.org