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TAMPA CITY COUNCIL
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2022
9:00 A.M. CEREMONIAL SESSION

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9:04:15AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: GOOD MORNING.
9:04:18AM OUR COMMENDATION AND PRESENTATIONS ON THIS DAY, NOVEMBER 8,
9:04:25AM 2022, IS NOW IN SESSION.
9:04:27AM IF WE COULD RISE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOLLOWED BY THE
9:04:31AM PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.
9:04:33AM [MOMENT OF SILENCE]
9:04:45AM THANK YOU.
9:04:50AM [PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE]
9:05:02AM THANK YOU.
9:05:03AM ROLL CALL.
9:05:08AM >> CARLSON?
9:05:09AM VIERA?
9:05:09AM >>LUIS VIERA: HERE.
9:05:10AM >>GUIDO MANISCALCO: HERE.
9:05:11AM >>LYNN HURTAK: HERE.
9:05:12AM >>ORLANDO GUDES: HERE.
9:05:13AM >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: HERE.

9:05:14AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: HERE.
9:05:15AM >>THE CLERK: WE HAVE A PHYSICAL QUORUM.
9:05:17AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: THANK YOU.
9:05:18AM DO WE HAVE ANY CHANGES IN THE AGENDA?
9:05:20AM >>ORLANDO GUDES: YES, MR. CHAIRMAN.
9:05:22AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: COUNCILMAN GUDES.
9:05:22AM >>ORLANDO GUDES: ITEMS NUMBER 2 AND 3 BE MOVED TO JANUARY
9:05:27AM 10th.
9:05:29AM >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: SECOND.
9:05:30AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: 2023, CORRECT?
9:05:32AM >>ORLANDO GUDES: THAT'S CORRECT.
9:05:33AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: WE HAVE A MOTION MADE BY COUNCILMAN GUDES,
9:05:35AM SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN MIRANDA.
9:05:37AM ALL IN FAVOR?
9:05:41AM >> AYE.
9:05:42AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: ANY OTHER CHANGES?
9:05:45AM COUNCILMAN MANISCALCO.
9:05:45AM >>GUIDO MANISCALCO: COUNCILMAN VIERA HAD ASKED IF NUMBER 6
9:05:49AM COULD BE MOVED TO NUMBER 2 FOLLOWING THE POLICE OFFICER OF
9:05:52AM THE MONTH BECAUSE IT'S ANOTHER OFFICER.
9:05:55AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: WITHOUT OBJECTION?
9:05:57AM THANK YOU.
9:05:58AM MOTION MADE BY COUNCILMAN MANISCALCO.
9:05:59AM SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN MIRANDA.
9:06:01AM ALL IN FAVOR?

9:06:01AM THANK YOU.
9:06:02AM FIRST, WE'LL START WITH THE PRESENTATION OF COMMENDATION OF
9:06:07AM POLICE OFFICER OF THE MONTH.
9:06:14AM >>LUIS VIERA: IT IS MY HONOR TO PRESENT ON BEHALF OF TAMPA
9:06:17AM CITY COUNCIL A COMMENDATION TO DETECTIVE JACOB WIELAND.
9:06:22AM CHIEF O'CONNOR WILL COME AND TALK ABOUT THIS FINE GENTLEMAN.
9:06:26AM LIKE ALWAYS, I'VE DONE RESEARCH ON THE DETECTIVE AND HIS
9:06:34AM WORK HAS BEEN EXEMPLARY IN FIGHTING CRIME AND BEING A REAL
9:06:39AM COMMUNITY BRIDGE BUILDER AND REALLY SERVES AS AN EXAMPLE OF
9:06:43AM WHY OUR COMMUNITY STRONGLY SUPPORTS OUR POLICE OFFICERS AND
9:06:46AM OUR FIRST RESPONDERS.
9:06:47AM LIKE I ALWAYS SAY, WE DO THESE COMMENDATIONS BECAUSE THEY
9:06:50AM ARE SYMBOLIC OF THE VALUES OF OUR COMMUNITY.
9:06:53AM THIS SUPPORTS OUR FIRST RESPONDERS AND OUR POLICE OFFICERS.
9:06:56AM SO I WILL INVITE THE CHIEF TO COME UP HERE AND SPEAK ON OUR
9:07:00AM HONOREE.
9:07:03AM >>CHIEF O'CONNOR: GOOD MORNING, CITY COUNCIL.
9:07:04AM CHIEF MARY O'CONNOR, TAMPA PD.
9:07:07AM PROUD TO PRESENT TO YOU DETECTIVE JACOB WIELAND THIS
9:07:10AM MORNING.
9:07:10AM HE'S BEEN EMPLOYED WITH TPD FOR 11 YEARS.
9:07:13AM HE WORKED AS A HOMICIDE DETECTIVE FOR THE LAST TWO.
9:07:16AM DETECTIVE WIELAND CONSISTENTLY DEMONSTRATES COMMITMENT AND
9:07:19AM THOROUGHNESS IN HIS INVESTIGATIONS.
9:07:22AM TODAY, I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT ONE THAT YOU'RE ALL GOING TO

9:07:24AM REMEMBER.
9:07:25AM SINCE AUGUST OF 2021, THIS DETECTIVE WAS ASSIGNED AS THE
9:07:29AM LEAD DETECTIVE IN SEVEN HOMICIDES AND ONE AGGRAVATED ASSAULT
9:07:32AM ON A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER.
9:07:33AM THROUGH HIS DEDICATION AND DILIGENCE, HIS CLEARANCE RATE OF
9:07:37AM SUCCESSFULLY CLOSING CASES REACHED 100% AT THAT TIME.
9:07:41AM INCREDIBLY HIGH AMOUNT FOR A HOMICIDE DETECTIVE IN ONE YEAR.
9:07:45AM THESE CASES ARE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO SOLVE.
9:07:49AM AS YOU KNOW, WE DON'T GET A TON OF COOPERATION.
9:07:51AM WE REALLY HAVE TO WORK VERY HARD AND VERY DILIGENTLY TO
9:07:55AM TRACK DOWN LEADS AND TO HAVE 100% CLEARANCE RATE IS QUITE
9:07:59AM REMARKABLE.
9:07:59AM ON MAY 6th OF 2022, YOU MAY REMEMBER DISTRICT 3 RESPONDED
9:08:04AM TO A HOMICIDE AT FLORIBRASKA AND NORTH HIGHLAND IN THE EARLY
9:08:09AM MORNING HOURS.
9:08:09AM WE FOUND A DECEASED 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN THAT LOT THERE.
9:08:13AM DETECTIVE WIELAND WAS CALLED IN AS THE LEAD INVESTIGATOR ON
9:08:18AM THIS MURDER.
9:08:18AM HE DILIGENTLY SEARCHED THE NEIGHBORHOOD ALL DAY AND INTO THE
9:08:21AM NIGHT FOR SURVEILLANCE VIDEO IN HOPES THAT IT WOULD LEAD HIM
9:08:23AM TO THE RESPONSIBLE SUSPECT.
9:08:25AM AS YOU KNOW, WE HAD A VERY DANGEROUS INDIVIDUAL ON THE
9:08:27AM STREET.
9:08:28AM THROUGH HIS SEARCH, DETECTIVE WIELAND LOCATED SURVEILLANCE
9:08:31AM VIDEO WHICH SHOWED AN UNKNOWN DARK-COLORED SEDAN SITTING IN

9:08:35AM THE MIDDLE OF FLORIBRASKA AVENUE TOWARDS A DEAD END WITH THE
9:08:38AM HEADLIGHTS OFF.
9:08:39AM THE DETECTIVE EXPANDED HIS SEARCH LOCATING THE SUSPECT'S
9:08:42AM VEHICLE ON SEVERAL ADDITIONAL SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS IN THE
9:08:45AM AREA, TRACKING IT THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD BEFORE AND AFTER
9:08:48AM THE MURDER.
9:08:48AM HIS SEARCH ACTUALLY LED HIM THEN TO A VEHICLE DEALERSHIP
9:08:52AM WHERE THE CAR WAS LOCATED ALONG WITH THE OWNER.
9:08:54AM SO JUST HAVING A PICTURE OF A DARK SEDAN ON A RING DOORBELL
9:08:58AM IS NOT REALLY A LOT TO GO ON, BUT WHEN YOU TAKE THAT DARK
9:09:01AM VEHICLE AND YOU MULTIPLY IT BY MULTIPLE VIDEOS AROUND THE
9:09:04AM CITY AND YOU CAN ACTUALLY TRACK DOWN WHAT KIND OF A CAR IT
9:09:08AM IS, THAT'S QUITE TALENTED.
9:09:10AM DETECTIVE WIELAND WAS ABLE TO DISPROVE THE OWNER'S FALSE
9:09:14AM CLAIM THAT HE WAS NOT DRIVING HIS VEHICLE AT THE TIME OF THE
9:09:16AM MURDER AND WITH THE HELP OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF LAW
9:09:18AM ENFORCEMENT BIOLOGY UNIT, HE CONFIRMED A DNA MATCH LINKING
9:09:22AM EVIDENCE FOUND IN THE VEHICLE TO BOTH THE HOMICIDE SUSPECT
9:09:25AM AND THE VICTIM ON THE SCENE.
9:09:27AM DETECTIVE WIELAND WORKED FOR TWO WEEKS STRAIGHT PAST EACH OF
9:09:31AM HIS SHIFTS TO ENSURE THAT THE FAMILY OF THIS 14-YEAR-OLD
9:09:34AM VICTIM RECEIVED JUSTICE FOR THE TERRIBLE LOSS OF THEIR LOVED
9:09:37AM ONE.
9:09:38AM DUE TO HIS HARD WORK, TWO SUSPECTS IN THE CASE ARE NOW
9:09:41AM UNABLE TO CAUSE ADDITIONAL HARM TO ANY MEMBERS OF OUR

9:09:44AM COMMUNITY.
9:09:45AM FOR HIS DEDICATION, DETECTIVE JACOB WIELAND IS WELL
9:09:47AM DESERVING OF THE PRESTIGIOUS OFFICER OF THE MONTH FOR
9:09:50AM NOVEMBER OF 2022.
9:09:51AM THANK YOU.
9:09:52AM [ APPLAUSE ]
9:09:52AM CONGRATULATIONS.
9:10:07AM >>LUIS VIERA: YOU KNOW, THE BIBLE SAYS BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO
9:10:11AM MOURN FOR THEY SHALL BE COMFORTED AND THIS IS A MAN WHO
9:10:14AM DEALS WITH MANY, MANY WHO MOURN AND COMFORTS HIM THROUGH HIS
9:10:17AM SEARCH FOR JUSTICE.
9:10:19AM SO WE APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU DO, SIR, 110%.
9:10:25AM COUNCILMAN, DO YOU WANT TO SAY ANYTHING, SIR?
9:10:30AM >>ORLANDO GUDES: I REMEMBER WHEN HE FIRST CAME ON TO THE
9:10:32AM SQUAD.
9:10:33AM I CALLED HIM JAKE THE SNAKE.
9:10:37AM AND TO SEE HIM GROWN, I'M JUST GLAD TO SAY I WAS A PART OF
9:10:43AM YOU WHEN YOU FIRST CAME ON THE DEPARTMENT.
9:10:45AM IT FEELS GOOD TO KNOW THAT YOU WERE ABLE -- YOU WERE THERE
9:10:53AM -- 11 YEARS NOW.
9:10:55AM I'VE BEEN GOING, I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY YEARS, MAN.
9:10:57AM AND I WANT TO TELL YOU WHEN THE CHIEF TALKS ABOUT A HOMICIDE
9:11:01AM DETECTIVE, YOU GET NO SLEEP BECAUSE YOU WANT TO SOLVE THAT
9:11:05AM CASE FOR THAT FAMILY.
9:11:08AM AND YOU TALK ABOUT YOU HAD TO DEAL WITH A 14-YEAR-OLD KID,

9:11:16AM AND THOSE ARE THE HARDEST CASES TO WORK WHEN YOU'RE TALKING
9:11:19AM ABOUT CHILDREN.
9:11:22AM I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR HAVING THE FORTITUDE TO WORK HARD
9:11:25AM AND DO EXTRA THINGS TO PUT THOSE BAD PEOPLE AWAY FROM OUR
9:11:29AM COMMUNITY.
9:11:29AM I DON'T GET ON A THING ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE -- PEOPLE, NO
9:11:34AM MATTER BLACK, WHITE, SOMEONE DOES SOMETHING EGREGIOUS THAT
9:11:38AM WAY, THEY HAVE TO SERVE A PRICE.
9:11:40AM AND I'M GLAD TO KNOW YOU, THAT YOU WERE THE ONE THAT WAS
9:11:44AM ABLE TO SOLVE THE CASE TO GET THE JOB DONE.
9:11:47AM THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.
9:11:50AM [ APPLAUSE ]
9:11:56AM >>LUIS VIERA: JUST A SMALL GESTURE FROM COUNCILMAN GUDES ON
9:11:58AM THE GREAT WORK THAT YOU DO, SIR.
9:12:00AM BEFORE WE PRESENT THIS, I KNOW WE HAVE SOME MEMBERS OF THE
9:12:02AM COMMUNITY WHO ARE HERE TO HONOR YOU.
9:12:04AM COME ON FORWARD.
9:12:14AM >> GOOD MORNING, COUNCILMEN.
9:12:15AM DARLA PORTMAN, TAMPA PBA PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT BRANDON
9:12:18AM BARCLAY, ALSO LABOR REP EDDIE.
9:12:21AM WE'RE VERY PROUD OF YOU JAKE.
9:12:22AM EVER SINCE YOU WORKED ON SAC AND I HAD THE CHANCE TO WORK
9:12:26AM WITH YOU IN D-3, I KNEW YOU WOULD BE A GREAT DETECTIVE.
9:12:28AM I APPRECIATE EVERYTHING YOU DO.
9:12:30AM WE HAVE A PLAQUE FOR YOU.

9:12:35AM >> GOOD MORNING, COUNCIL.
9:12:44AM MIKE McARTHUR, STEPP'S TOWING SERVICE.
9:12:47AM TODAY, I BROUGHT TODD STEPP WITH ME BECAUSE THIS IS A VERY
9:12:51AM SPECIAL DAY.
9:12:51AM WE'D LIKE TO CONGRATULATE YOU ON ONE OF THE MOST DESERVING
9:12:54AM WE'VE SEEN IN A LONG TIME.
9:12:56AM WE REALLY APPRECIATE THE SERVICE YOU DO FOR OUR COMMUNITY.
9:12:58AM ON BEHALF OF TODD STEPP AND STEPP'S TOWING, WE WOULD LIKE TO
9:13:02AM PRESENT YOU WITH A $50 BASS PRO GIFT CARD AND NIGHT OUT IN
9:13:06AM OUR COMPANY LIMOUSINE.
9:13:07AM TAKE SOME TIME OFF.
9:13:08AM YOU DESERVE IT.
9:13:09AM CONGRATULATIONS.
9:13:09AM THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO.
9:13:12AM [ APPLAUSE ]
9:13:18AM >> GOOD MORNING, COUNCIL.
9:13:19AM PETE ON BEHALF OF NEIL THURMAN AND BUSCH GARDENS.
9:13:22AM I DIDN'T BRING NEIL WITH ME TODAY.
9:13:23AM [ LAUGHTER ]
9:13:24AM BUT AS I SAY EVERY MONTH, TWO THINGS.
9:13:28AM FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU FOR CONTINUING TO SUPPORT LAW
9:13:31AM ENFORCEMENT WITH THIS PRESENTATION.
9:13:34AM IT'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT TO THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO DO THE
9:13:38AM THANKLESS JOB AT TIMES.
9:13:40AM ALSO, THE SECOND THING I'D LIKE TO SAY IS THANK YOU FOR

9:13:42AM ALLOWING US AND THE OTHER COMMUNITY PARTNERS TO BE PART OF
9:13:45AM THE PROCESS.
9:13:46AM I'VE KNOWN JAKE FOR A WHILE.
9:13:47AM I COULD TELL SOME STORIES ABOUT JAKE.
9:13:49AM HE LOVES DESSERT WINE.
9:13:51AM IF ANYBODY KNOWS THAT, HE'LL DRINK A WHOLE BOTTLE OF DESSERT
9:13:55AM WINE.
9:13:55AM SEEN IT FIRSTHAND.
9:13:56AM ON BEHALF OF NEIL THURMAN AND BUSCH GARDENS, WOULD LIKE TO
9:14:01AM PRESENT WITH YOU FOUR TICKETS TO THE PARK.
9:14:03AM YOU CAN CALL TODD, HE'LL BRING THE LIMOUSINE.
9:14:06AM I'M SURE WE CAN MAKE A NIGHT OF IT BETWEEN DINNER AND BOTTLE
9:14:10AM OF DESSERT WINE.
9:14:11AM [ LAUGHTER ]
9:14:14AM >> GOOD MORNING, COUNCIL.
9:14:15AM BRIAN FORD.
9:14:16AM GOOD MORNING, CHIEF.
9:14:17AM BRIAN FORD ON BEHALF OF THE GLAZER FAMILY AND OUR ENTIRE
9:14:21AM ORGANIZATION, JUST UNBELIEVABLE STORY.
9:14:25AM THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO.
9:14:26AM THE SACRIFICE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FOR THE COMMUNITY IS
9:14:29AM RECOGNIZED AND GREATLY APPRECIATED.
9:14:31AM WE HAVE A TRADITION AT ONE BUC.
9:14:33AM PEOPLE GO OVER AND ABOVE TO GET A GAME BALL.
9:14:36AM HEARING YOUR STORY, YOU GET A GAME BALL.

9:14:38AM UNFORTUNATELY, YOUR PERSONAL GAME BALL IS NOT READY AT THIS
9:14:41AM TIME.
9:14:41AM WE HAD A LITTLE FUMBLE BACK AT ONE BUC, BUT WE'LL GET THAT
9:14:45AM TO YOU SHORTLY.
9:14:46AM THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.
9:14:46AM [ APPLAUSE ]
9:14:52AM >> GOOD MORNING, SIR.
9:14:53AM YOU'RE DRESSED UP.
9:14:54AM GOT A VEST.
9:14:57AM GOT THE TIE ON.
9:14:58AM READY TO ROCK 'N' ROLL.
9:14:59AM STEVE MICHELINI HERE ON BEHALF OF A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT
9:15:04AM RESTAURANTS AND GROUPS THAT WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE YOU.
9:15:07AM ONE OF THEM IS AFTER THAT DESSERT WINE, YOU'LL HAVE TO GO TO
9:15:11AM THE Y.
9:15:12AM THEY ARE GOING TO GIVE YOU A GIFT CERTIFICATE SO YOU CAN
9:15:15AM ENJOY YOURSELF AT METROPOLITAN Y.
9:15:18AM ON BEHALF OF MEAT MARKET AND OLD HYDE PARK, ENJOY YOURSELF
9:15:21AM FOR DINNER OR LUNCH.
9:15:24AM ON BEHALF OF BELLABRAVA, WHICH IS THE MIDTOWN SECTION, THEY
9:15:28AM ARE GOING TO PROVIDE YOU WITH A GIFT CERTIFICATE AND ENJOY
9:15:31AM YOURSELF OVER THERE FOR LUNCH OR DINNER.
9:15:32AM ON BEHALF OF THE CICCIO'S RESTAURANT GROUP, PROVIDING WITH
9:15:36AM YOU A GIFT CERTIFICATE, BREAKFAST, LUNCH, OR DINNER ON SOUTH
9:15:39AM HOWARD.

9:15:40AM AND ON BEHALF OF YUMMY HOUSE CHINA BISTRO, PROVIDING YOU
9:15:44AM WITH A GIFT CERTIFICATE TO ENJOY YOURSELF OVER THERE, LUNCH
9:15:47AM OR DINNER.
9:15:47AM HERE ARE YOUR GIFT CERTIFICATES.
9:15:49AM TAKE YOUR LETTER AND TAKE YOUR GIFT CERTIFICATES, GO ENJOY
9:15:52AM YOURSELF.
9:15:52AM USUALLY DON'T INCLUDE WINE, BUT I'M SURE PETE WILL PITCH IN
9:15:58AM FOR THAT.
9:15:59AM CONGRATULATIONS.
9:16:02AM >>LUIS VIERA: THANK YOU.
9:16:03AM ALSO, TWO REPRESENTATIVES COULDN'T BE HERE TODAY.
9:16:05AM WE HAVE GIFTS AS WELL FROM OUR FRIENDS AT THE STRAZ CENTER.
9:16:09AM I BELIEVE THOSE ARE TICKETS.
9:16:10AM FROM OUR FRIENDS AT TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING AS WELL.
9:16:12AM DETECTIVE, ON BEHALF OF TAMPA CITY COUNCIL, IT IS OUR REAL
9:16:17AM PLEASURE AND HONOR TO PRESENT TO YOU A REAL PROTECTOR OF OUR
9:16:19AM COMMUNITY, LIKE SO MANY OF YOUR COLLEAGUES AT TAMPA POLICE
9:16:22AM DEPARTMENT, TAMPA CITY COUNCIL COMMENDATION.
9:16:25AM HERE YOU GO, SIR.
9:16:26AM THANK YOU.
9:16:26AM [ APPLAUSE ]
9:16:36AM >> THANK YOU.
9:16:37AM THIS IS A TRUE HONOR.
9:16:38AM IT'S KIND OF LITTLE BITTERSWEET.
9:16:41AM OBVIOUSLY, THE CASES WE INVESTIGATE, TO BE HERE TO BE

9:16:44AM HONORED FOR SOMETHING SO TRAGIC, HAVE MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT.
9:16:48AM BUT IT'S A VERY HONOR TO BE HERE.
9:16:50AM IT'S A TEAM EFFORT.
9:16:53AM WITH MY COMMAND HERE AS WELL, EVERYBODY HELPS OUT WITH THE
9:16:55AM CASES.
9:16:56AM I DON'T DO IT ALONE.
9:16:57AM IT IS A TEAM EFFORT ON YOUR BEHALF, TOO.
9:17:00AM THE TECHNOLOGY WE USE IN THE CASES IS APPROVED BY YOU.
9:17:02AM IT WAS VERY MUCH IMPLEMENTED IN THIS CASE.
9:17:05AM WITHOUT ONE PIECE, NO ONE CASE WOULD BE SOLVED.
9:17:12AM THANKS GO TO YOU GUYS FOR APPROVING THE BUDGET AND
9:17:15AM TECHNOLOGY THAT WE USE IN THE CASES.
9:17:16AM THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THE HONOR.
9:17:17AM I REALLY APPRECIATE IT.
9:17:20AM [ APPLAUSE ]
9:17:26AM >>BILL CARLSON: THANK YOU SO MUCH.
9:17:27AM ALONG THE WAY, I KNOW THERE'S AN ORDER BY WHICH YOU'RE
9:17:32AM SUPPOSED TO TALK TO FOLKS.
9:17:33AM IF YOU HAVE ANY FEEDBACK ON THE TECHNOLOGIES GOOD AND ONE WE
9:17:36AM NEED TO INVEST IN MORE, PLEASE LET US KNOW.
9:17:39AM WE'D LIKE TO CONTINUE TO DO THAT.
9:17:41AM THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR EFFORTS.
9:17:43AM WITH THE VIOLENT CRIME RATE GOING UP IN TAMPA EVERY YEAR FOR
9:17:45AM THE LAST THREE YEARS, THE CITIZENS WANT US IN PARTICULAR TO
9:17:50AM THANK OFFICERS LIKE YOU.

9:17:52AM THERE ARE SO MANY OFFICERS WORKING HARD EVERY DAY LIKE YOU,
9:17:57AM AND WE CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR KEEPING US SAFE AND
9:18:01AM PROTECTING US AND IN THIS CASE, WE WEREN'T ABLE TO PROTECT
9:18:05AM THE ONE VICTIM, UNFORTUNATELY, BUT HOPEFULLY YOU PREVENTED A
9:18:10AM LOT OF OTHER CRIMES FROM HAPPENING BY BRINGING THAT PERSON
9:18:13AM INTO JUSTICE.
9:18:14AM PLEASE LET US KNOW HOW WE CAN SUPPORT YOU.
9:18:18AM YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE -- WE'RE FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR
9:18:23AM WHAT YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES DO.
9:18:25AM THANK YOU.
9:18:25AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: COUNCILMAN MANISCALCO.
9:18:26AM >>GUIDO MANISCALCO: CONGRATULATIONS, SIR.
9:18:28AM VERY WELL DESERVED.
9:18:30AM I THINK THAT WHAT YOU DO AND THE EXAMPLE THAT WAS SHOWN HERE
9:18:34AM TODAY -- AND THIS IS JUST ONE OF MANY THINGS THAT YOU WORK
9:18:37AM ON -- YOU ARE WHAT INSPIRES PEOPLE TO BECOME A POLICE
9:18:41AM OFFICER OR INSPIRES SOMEONE TO SERVE THEIR COMMUNITY IN THAT
9:18:44AM CAPACITY.
9:18:45AM YOU'RE A HERO.
9:18:46AM YOU BROUGHT A LEVEL OF COMFORT TO A GRIEVING FAMILY.
9:18:51AM YOU'VE SERVED THE COMMUNITY.
9:18:52AM YOU'VE PROTECTED THE COMMUNITY.
9:18:54AM YOU'VE MADE THE COMMUNITY A SAFER PLACE BECAUSE OF YOUR
9:18:58AM DILIGENT WORK.
9:19:00AM I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU DO IT.

9:19:01AM THE COMMITMENT THAT YOU HAVE AND WHAT YOU'VE DONE JUST IN
9:19:05AM THIS ONE EXAMPLE.
9:19:06AM I ONLY KNOW OF YOU IN THIS ONE EXAMPLE, BUT I'M SURE IT'S
9:19:09AM ONE OF MANY.
9:19:10AM AND WE HIGHLIGHT THIS TODAY.
9:19:13AM YOU'VE INSPIRED ME TODAY AND PEOPLE WATCHING.
9:19:15AM I THINK YOU'VE INSPIRED MANY INDIVIDUALS THAT WISH TO SERVE.
9:19:21AM THIS IS WHAT IT IS.
9:19:23AM YOU HAVE EXEMPLIFIED THAT IN YOUR WORK.
9:19:25AM THANK YOU, SIR.
9:19:26AM >> THANK YOU.
9:19:27AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: COUNCILWOMAN HURTAK.
9:19:29AM >>LYNN HURTAK: I ECHO MY COLLEAGUES' THANKS, BUT I'M JUST
9:19:34AM GOING TO SAY, THAT CLEARANCE RATE IS IMPRESSIVE.
9:19:38AM I DON'T THINK I'VE HEARD OF THAT BEFORE.
9:19:40AM CONGRATULATIONS ON THAT.
9:19:41AM AND THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR WORK.
9:19:43AM IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU REALLY DO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND USE
9:19:46AM EVERY POSSIBLE TOOL AT YOUR DISPOSAL.
9:19:49AM I THINK THAT'S WONDERFUL.
9:19:50AM I AGREE THAT IF THERE'S ANYTHING THAT YOU THINK WE COULD
9:19:54AM HELP BETTER WITH FOR THOSE TOOLS, PLEASE LET US KNOW.
9:19:59AM CONGRATULATIONS.
9:20:00AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: COUNCILMAN GUDES.
9:20:01AM >>ORLANDO GUDES: WELL, YEAH, I SAY TO HAVE THE EXPERIENCE TO

9:20:05AM WORK WITH HIM, I KNOW HOW INTELLECTUAL HE IS.
9:20:09AM I KNOW HOW HE'S STRIVING ALWAYS TO GET IT DONE RIGHT.
9:20:12AM AND YOU'RE RIGHT, 100%.
9:20:14AM THAT'S PRETTY MUCH UNHEARD OF FOR 100%.
9:20:17AM AND IT SHOWS THE EXTRA MILE HE'S TAKING.
9:20:20AM HE TALKS ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY, YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES WE CAN'T
9:20:23AM ALWAYS DO WHAT THE POLICE WANT US TO DO.
9:20:27AM WE STILL SERVE THE CITIZENS, TOO, BUT WHEN THERE ARE IDEAS
9:20:31AM THAT WILL HELP BETTER, AND TOOLS THAT WILL HELP THE POLICE
9:20:34AM DEPARTMENT AND HELP THIS COMMUNITY, THIS COUNCIL IS GOING TO
9:20:37AM VOTE ON THAT EVERY TIME.
9:20:38AM YOU CAN NEVER WAIVER FROM THAT.
9:20:40AM WE'LL DO WHAT WE HAVE TO DO TO SUPPORT THE POLICE
9:20:42AM DEPARTMENT.
9:20:43AM AGAIN TO KNOW YOU AND SEE THAT YOU WORK WITH ME COMING ON
9:20:49AM AND SOLVE A MURDER, THAT KIND OF -- [INAUDIBLE] KEEP UP THE
9:20:55AM GOOD WORK.
9:20:58AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: COUNCILMAN MIRANDA.
9:20:58AM >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN.
9:21:01AM AS I LOOK AND SEE WHAT'S HAPPENED, YOU'RE ONLY ONE IN TEN
9:21:06AM YEARS.
9:21:06AM 120 OF YOU IN TEN YEARS GET THE AWARD.
9:21:10AM IT IS NOT DONE BY ACCIDENT.
9:21:11AM YOU MAY HAVE ALL THE TECHNOLOGY, ALL THE UP-TO-DATE THINGS
9:21:14AM TO CATCH SOMEONE, BUT THAT COMPUTER CAN'T SNIFF.

9:21:17AM THAT COMPUTER CAN'T TALK TO PEOPLE ON THE STREET.
9:21:20AM THAT COMPUTER CAN'T DO THINGS THAT YOU DO AND BECAUSE I LOOK
9:21:24AM AT YOU AND I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'RE A HYBRID-TYPE INDIVIDUAL.
9:21:27AM YOU REMIND ME OF COLUMBO AND A BANKER ON WALL STREET ALL ON
9:21:31AM ONE.
9:21:31AM [ LAUGHTER ]
9:21:32AM AS I LOOK AT YOU, WHAT DO I TELL THIS GUY?
9:21:35AM DO I TELL THIS GUY HE DOESN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT -- HEY,
9:21:38AM YOU DON'T KNOW ANYTHING.
9:21:39AM HEY, COLUMBO.
9:21:43AM LET ME ASK YOU SOMETHING ELSE.
9:21:45AM WALKS OUT.
9:21:45AM FORGOT SOMETHING.
9:21:46AM WALL STREET WALKS IN, I'M HERE TO HELP YOU.
9:21:49AM HELP HIM PUT THE HANDCUFFS ON.
9:21:51AM YOU DIDN'T TELL HIM THE OTHER PART.
9:21:53AM WE WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE METHODOLOGY YOU USE AND THE
9:21:56AM WHOLE COORDINATION THAT HAS TO HAPPEN BETWEEN YOU AND THE
9:21:59AM OTHER OFFICERS OF THE CITY, FROM THE TOP LEVEL ALL THE WAY
9:22:02AM DOWN TO ANYONE THAT WORKS IN THE DEPARTMENT.
9:22:04AM EVERYONE HAS GOT TO HELP OUT IN ORDER FOR YOU TO SOLVE THE
9:22:07AM CRIME, BUT YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE INTUITION AND NOSE TO FOLLOW
9:22:12AM THE TRAIL.
9:22:13AM WHAT I'M SAYING IS, CITIZENS OF TAMPA BE PART OF THE POLICE
9:22:16AM DEPARTMENT.

9:22:16AM WORK WITH THEM.
9:22:18AM STAY WITH THEM.
9:22:19AM AND TRUST 'EM BECAUSE IF YOU DON'T, CRIME IS GOING TO RISE.
9:22:23AM IF YOU DO, CRIME IS GOING TO GO DOWN.
9:22:27AM IT'S NOT ABOUT SNIFFING OUT SOMEBODY OR TELLING SOMEBODY
9:22:30AM THAT YOU SNITCH ON SOMEBODY, IT'S ABOUT PROTECTING YOUR OWN
9:22:32AM FAMILY.
9:22:33AM WITH THAT, I WANT TO THANK YOU ON BEHALF OF ALL THE
9:22:35AM POLICEMEN, ALL THE OFFICERS IN THIS WHOLE WORLD THAT WORK NO
9:22:38AM MATTER WHAT COUNTRY TO SOLVE SOME PROBLEMS.
9:22:41AM MUCHAS GRACIAS.
9:22:43AM THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR WHAT YOU DO.
9:22:44AM >> THANK YOU, SIR.
9:22:46AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: OFFICER, THANK YOU.
9:22:46AM THANK YOU FOR DOING ONE OF THE TOUGHEST JOBS IN THIS CITY.
9:22:50AM THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE THAT LOVE YOU, AND THE BAD GUYS REALLY
9:22:54AM HATE YOU.
9:22:54AM BUT YOU'RE WITH AN ELITE GROUP AT THE TAMPA POLICE
9:22:58AM DEPARTMENT.
9:22:59AM AND EVERYTHING YOU DO IS FOR ONE PURPOSE AND ONE PURPOSE
9:23:02AM ONLY, AND THAT'S TO KEEP THE CITIZENS OF TAMPA SAFE.
9:23:06AM THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO.
9:23:09AM >> THANK YOU.
9:23:09AM [ APPLAUSE ]
9:23:18AM >>LUIS VIERA: MR. CHAIR, IF I MAY, NEXT, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE

9:23:21AM OFFICER LISA BUNN COME UP.
9:23:24AM BRING YOUR FAMILY AND EVERYBODY WITH YOU.
9:23:28AM IT IS -- SO, OFFICER LISA BUNN IS RETIRING.
9:23:38AM I'VE KNOWN HER -- I DON'T THINK WE'VE EVER SPOKEN IN YOUR
9:23:43AM CAPACITY DIRECTLY AS A POLICE OFFICER IN TERMS OF A CRIME OR
9:23:48AM WHATEVER IT MAY BE.
9:23:49AM I KNOW LISA BUNN BECAUSE OF HER ADVOCACY FOR PEOPLE WITH
9:23:53AM DISABILITIES.
9:23:54AM SHE'S A REALLY GOOD PERSON.
9:23:55AM I'M JUST GOING TO SAY IT, A DAMN SHAME THAT THIS WOMAN IS
9:24:00AM LEAVING THE CITY OF TAMPA BECAUSE SHE DOES SO MUCH FOR OUR
9:24:02AM CITY.
9:24:03AM I'M VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT THE KIND OF PERSON THAT SHE IS.
9:24:06AM FROM 1997 TO 2000, SHE SERVED WITH TAMPA POLICE DEPARTMENT
9:24:11AM IN DETECTIVE DEPARTMENT.
9:24:14AM 2000 TO 2001, SERVED WITH THE USF POLICE COMMUNICATIONS
9:24:16AM OPERATOR AND FROM 2001 TO THE PRESENT, TAMPA POLICE
9:24:20AM DEPARTMENT WORKING HOMICIDE, RECONSTRUCTION AND FORENSICS.
9:24:24AM BUT WHAT MAKES OFFICER BUNN SO VERY UNIQUE IS HER WORK FOR
9:24:28AM PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.
9:24:30AM MANEUVERING AND TAKING CHARGE OF ORGANIZATIONAL EFFORTS HERE
9:24:34AM IN THE CITY OF TAMPA TO MAKE SURE THAT FAMILIES THAT HAVE
9:24:39AM CHILDREN OR FAMILY MEMBERS WHO MAY BE INTELLECTUALLY
9:24:42AM DISABLED, HAVE AUTISM, CEREBRAL PALSY, WHATEVER IT MAY BE,
9:24:49AM DOWN SYNDROME, KNOW ABOUT THE RESOURCES OUT THERE AND THE

9:24:52AM BIGGEST THING SHE DOES IS WORKING ON KEEPING OUR CHILDREN
9:24:54AM SAFE BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT
9:24:58AM WISH US HARM AND ESPECIALLY WISH HARM TO THOSE WHO CAN'T
9:25:02AM SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THEMSELVES, AND THERE IS NOBODY THAT IS
9:25:05AM MORE VULNERABLE FOR THAT THAN PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL
9:25:08AM DISABILITIES.
9:25:09AM AND OFFICER BUNN IS PASSIONATE ABOUT THAT.
9:25:11AM SHE'S PASSIONATE ABOUT THAT AS A POLICE OFFICER WHO IS, LIKE
9:25:14AM I SAID BEFORE, A PROTECTOR.
9:25:17AM POLICE OFFICERS ARE HERE TO SERVE AND TO PROTECT.
9:25:21AM SHE SERVES AND SHE PROTECTS.
9:25:23AM SHE DOES BOTH OF THEM.
9:25:25AM SHE DOES IT AS A POLICE OFFICER AND ALSO AS A MOM OF A
9:25:28AM SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD.
9:25:30AM I'VE WORKED WITH HER.
9:25:31AM I'VE SEEN HER HEART.
9:25:33AM SHE'S A GOOD WOMAN.
9:25:34AM WHEN I THINK ABOUT WHY I AM SUCH A STRONG SUPPORTER OF LAW
9:25:39AM ENFORCEMENT, THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF POLICE
9:25:40AM OFFICERS.
9:25:41AM SHE'S ONE OF THEM, AND SHE ENCOMPASSES EVERYTHING.
9:25:44AM THE STRENGTH, THE CHARACTER, THE COMPASSION.
9:25:47AM SHE'S A PROTECTOR AND A SOCIAL WORKER.
9:25:50AM SHE'S A GOOD PERSON.
9:25:51AM AND AS A PERSON WITH A BROTHER WITH INTELLECTUAL

9:25:54AM DISABILITIES, I'M THANKFUL FOR PEOPLE LIKE THIS WOMAN HERE
9:25:58AM WHO PROTECT THOSE, LIKE MY BROTHER, WHO CAN'T SPEAK FOR
9:26:02AM THEMSELVES.
9:26:03AM I'LL STOP TALKING BEFORE I START CRYING.
9:26:04AM BUT -- DEAR LORD, WHERE DID THE COMMENDATION GO?
9:26:09AM AND WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE HERE TO TALK.
9:26:13AM I KNOW WE HAVE RAQUEL PANCHO WITH THE CITY OF TAMPA
9:26:18AM DISABILITY DEPARTMENT.
9:26:20AM CHRISTINE ROVER FROM THE USF CENTER FOR AUTISM AND RELATED
9:26:25AM DISABILITIES.
9:26:26AM SO MANY PEOPLE HERE KNOW THIS WOMAN'S GOOD WORK THAT WE
9:26:29AM WANTED TO HONOR HER.
9:26:30AM I KNOW, CHIEF O'CONNOR, YOU WANT TO SAY SOMETHING.
9:26:32AM COME ON UP.
9:26:33AM >>CHIEF O'CONNOR: HOW MANY YEARS DID YOU DO TOTAL?
9:26:37AM >> WITH THE CIVILIAN 24.
9:26:39AM >>CHIEF O'CONNOR: 24-YEAR VETERAN OF TAMPA PD.
9:26:42AM OBVIOUSLY, WE'RE LOSING A LOT WITH LISA, BUT I THINK NOW
9:26:46AM THAT SHE TRANSITIONS INTO RETIREMENT, I THINK PROBABLY A LOT
9:26:51AM LIKE ME, YOU'RE GOING TO REALIZE THAT YOUR WORK ISN'T QUITE
9:26:54AM DONE.
9:26:55AM AND I THINK THAT WHATEVER SHE CAN DO IN THE FUTURE TO
9:26:57AM CONTINUE TO PROTECT OUR MOST VULNERABLE POPULATIONS WE AS A
9:27:01AM COMMUNITY ARE GOING TO BE VERY LUCKY TO HAVE HER.
9:27:03AM TPD IS GOING TO MISS YOU AND WE WISH YOU ALL THE BEST IN

9:27:07AM YOUR RETIREMENT, BUT YOU'RE ALWAYS A PART OF OUR FAMILY.
9:27:10AM GOOD LUCK TO YOU IN WHATEVER YOU DO NEXT BECAUSE I KNOW
9:27:13AM YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE QUITE DONE YET.
9:27:14AM THAT'S GOOD.
9:27:15AM THE KIDS ARE LUCKY BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE DONE.
9:27:17AM I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO LISA AND THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU
9:27:20AM FOR RECOGNIZING HER TODAY.
9:27:26AM >> I JUST WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU FOR OFFICER BUNN.
9:27:30AM FOR MY WORK AS ADA COORDINATOR FOR THE CITY OF TAMPA, I'M
9:27:34AM VERY BLESSED TO HAVE EXTRAORDINARY COLLEAGUES THROUGHOUT THE
9:27:36AM ENTIRE CITY OF TAMPA.
9:27:38AM OFFICER LISA BUNN WAS DEFINITELY ONE OF THOSE.
9:27:40AM WHEN SHE CREATED KEEPING OUR KIDS SAFE, HER NOTORIETY
9:27:45AM THROUGHOUT NOT ONLY THE TAMPA BAY AREA BUT THROUGHOUT THE
9:27:47AM ENTIRE STATE WAS BEING RECOGNIZED.
9:27:49AM A LOT OF FAMILIES WERE OUT REACHING TO HER HOPING TO BE ABLE
9:27:52AM TO BRING THE KEEPING OUR KIDS SAFE PROGRAM INTO THEIR
9:27:55AM SPECIFIC AREAS.
9:27:56AM SO SHE NOT ONLY BROUGHT GREAT REPUTATION FOR THE CITY OF
9:27:59AM TAMPA, THE TAMPA POLICE DEPARTMENT, BUT ALSO THE LAW
9:28:02AM ENFORCEMENT TEAM AS A WHOLE.
9:28:04AM SO WE TRULY APPRECIATE HER WORK.
9:28:08AM IN GENERAL EVEN OUTSIDE OF KEEPING OUR KIDS SAFE, SHE HAS
9:28:11AM ALWAYS BEEN A SUPPORTER IN REGARDS TO DISABILITY-RELATED
9:28:14AM MATTERS AS WELL.

9:28:14AM SO THANK YOU.
9:28:17AM >>LUIS VIERA: THANK YOU, RAQUEL.
9:28:18AM ANYBODY ELSE WHO WANTS TO SPEAK?
9:28:21AM PBA? OKAY.
9:28:24AM FOR ALL THE WORK YOU DO, WE ARE PROUD TO GIVE YOU THIS TAMPA
9:28:27AM CITY COUNCIL COMMENDATION.
9:28:28AM YOU ARE A GOOD WOMAN AND WE WILL MISS YOU.
9:28:31AM >> THANK YOU.
9:28:31AM [ APPLAUSE ]
9:28:40AM >> I AM VERY HUMBLED TO RECEIVE THIS AND I APPRECIATE IT.
9:28:43AM I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY FAMILY AND MY HUSBAND HERE, KEEPING
9:28:47AM OUR FAMILY SAFE WHILE I WORKED MANY HOURS FOR THE COMMUNITY
9:28:53AM AND MY FRIENDS.
9:28:55AM THEY PRAYED FOR ME TO COME HOME SAFELY.
9:28:58AM AS A RESULT, I AM HERE WITH YOU TODAY.
9:29:01AM I DEDICATED THIS PROGRAM FOR MY DAUGHTER.
9:29:04AM THIS IS ACTUALLY MY HANDS HOLDING MY DAUGHTER WITH A HEART
9:29:09AM SHOWING HER THE LOVE AND DEDICATION THAT I HAVE IN KEEPING
9:29:13AM HER SAFE.
9:29:14AM I WANTED TO SPREAD MY KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE TO OTHER
9:29:18AM FAMILIES AND CAREGIVERS TO DO THE SAME.
9:29:20AM SO THANK YOU FOR THE RECOGNITION.
9:29:25AM [ APPLAUSE ]
9:29:30AM >>BILL CARLSON: WOW, WHAT AN INCREDIBLE STORY.
9:29:33AM THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER, VIERA, FOR BRINGING THIS TO OUR

9:29:38AM ATTENTION.
9:29:39AM I'M SORRY I NEVER MET YOU AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH
9:29:41AM YOU IN THE COMMUNITY.
9:29:42AM IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU'LL DO MORE GREAT THINGS NEXT.
9:29:46AM BUT THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR SPECIAL CARE FOR PEOPLE
9:29:50AM IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO REALLY NEED IT.
9:29:52AM I HOPE YOU'LL BE AN INSPIRATION TO MORE PEOPLE TO DO THE
9:29:56AM SAME THING.
9:29:57AM LET US KNOW IF WE CAN HELP YOU IN YOUR NEXT CHAPTER.
9:30:00AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: COUNCILMAN MANISCALCO.
9:30:01AM >>GUIDO MANISCALCO: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
9:30:03AM YOU KNOW, YOU'RE SO WONDERFUL.
9:30:04AM I THINK I MET YOU -- I DON'T KNOW -- TEN YEARS AGO WITH MY
9:30:09AM MOM.
9:30:09AM >> YES.
9:30:10AM >>GUIDO MANISCALCO: WE MET YOU THE SAME DAY.
9:30:12AM I DON'T KNOW, TIME FLIES, BUT YOU'RE ALL OVER THE PLACE.
9:30:15AM ALWAYS HELPING.
9:30:16AM IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS.
9:30:17AM I SEE YOU OUT AND ABOUT ALL THE TIME.
9:30:20AM YOU'RE ONE OF THOSE SMILING FACES THAT WE ALWAYS LOOK
9:30:22AM FORWARD TO SEEING.
9:30:23AM EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO, WE APPRECIATE.
9:30:26AM COUNCILMAN VIERA SAID IT.
9:30:27AM YOU'VE ALWAYS GONE ABOVE AND BEYOND.

9:30:29AM WE HATE TO SEE YOU GO, BUT WE WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK IN
9:30:35AM THE NEXT CHAPTER, WHATEVER YOU DO.
9:30:36AM AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR MANY YEARS OF SERVICE AND
9:30:39AM COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY.
9:30:40AM >> THANK YOU.
9:30:40AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: COUNCILWOMAN HURTAK.
9:30:41AM >>LYNN HURTAK: CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR RETIREMENT.
9:30:44AM WE WILL ABSOLUTELY MISS YOU.
9:30:46AM I LOVE AS A FORMER TEACHER OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOLKIDS, I LOVE
9:30:52AM ANYONE THAT HAS A HEART FOR CHILDREN IN THIS WAY.
9:30:55AM AND YOU HAVE EVEN MORE SPECIAL HEART FOR CHILDREN WHO REALLY
9:31:00AM NEED YOU AND THE REST OF THE COMMUNITY AS WELL.
9:31:03AM BUT THANK YOU FOR YOUR FOCUS ON FAMILIES THAT OFTEN GET
9:31:08AM OVERLOOKED.
9:31:10AM CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN ON YOUR RETIREMENT.
9:31:12AM WE ALL LOOK FORWARD TO SEE WHAT YOU DO NEXT.
9:31:15AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: COUNCILMAN GUDES.
9:31:17AM >>ORLANDO GUDES: LET ME APOLOGIZE.
9:31:19AM I DID NOT RECOGNIZE YOU IN THE ELEVATOR.
9:31:26AM >> I DROPPED OFF MY HAIR AND DONATED IT.
9:31:30AM >>ORLANDO GUDES: POLICE OFFICERS HAVE SPECIAL TALENTS.
9:31:34AM THEY ALL HAVE DIFFERENT TALENTS.
9:31:36AM SOME USED TO SAY THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS NOT A SOCIAL
9:31:40AM SERVICE ORGANIZATION.
9:31:43AM WE CAN GO OUT AND FIGHT CRIME.

9:31:45AM I USED TO ALWAYS DISAGREE AND SAY, NO, THAT'S NOT WHAT THE
9:31:49AM POLICE DEPARTMENT I BELIEVE SHOULD BE.
9:31:51AM NOT WHAT THE COMMUNITY WANTS.
9:31:53AM THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS A SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANIZATION.
9:31:55AM IT IS A SOCIAL SERVICE.
9:31:57AM WE START PROGRAMS.
9:31:59AM I STARTED THE YOUTH FOOTBALL PROGRAM IN THE CITY.
9:32:03AM BASKETBALL.
9:32:06AM SHE STARTED THIS PROGRAM AND PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE STATE
9:32:08AM HAVE CALLED TO HER BECAUSE THEY WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THAT
9:32:12AM PROGRAM.
9:32:13AM NOW MORE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO KNOW ABOUT HER PROGRAM.
9:32:15AM IT'S ABOUT PROGRAMMING, TOO, BECAUSE IF WE CAN TOUCH
9:32:19AM CHILDREN, THAT'S WHY SO ADAMANT THAT THE DAY PAL LEFT THE
9:32:27AM COMMUNITY, THAT'S THE DAY WE STARTED HAVING PROBLEMS.
9:32:29AM YOU TALK ABOUT OFFICERS WORKING TOGETHER.
9:32:31AM WHEN I BECAME A POLICE OFFICER, USED TO HAVE DES MOORE WHO
9:32:36AM USED TO BE A ROBBERY DETECTIVE.
9:32:38AM COME TO A SUB SHOP, CALLED MR. SUBMARINE WHEN I WAS A YOUNG
9:32:41AM MAN.
9:32:42AM NOW CALLED GYROS.
9:32:45AM THAT'S HOW I GOT TO BE A POLICE OFFICER.
9:32:47AM JOHN BENNETT USED TO BE THE POLICE OFFICER RIGHT ACROSS THE
9:32:51AM STREET AT THE WINN DIXIE AT 40th AND HILLSBOROUGH.
9:32:54AM PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THAT.

9:32:55AM A LOT OF GUYS WOULD KNOW THOSE OLD-TIMER GUYS.
9:33:00AM THEY WERE COMMUNITY DRIVEN.
9:33:05AM THAT'S WHY I'M GLAD THAT MR. VIERA BROUGHT IT BECAUSE A LOT
9:33:08AM OF PEOPLE DON'T KNOW WE HAVE A LOT OF INTELLECTUAL PEOPLE ON
9:33:11AM THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.
9:33:14AM GOOD IDEAS.
9:33:14AM WE HAVE A LOT OF KIDS THAT HAVE DISABILITIES IN OUR
9:33:17AM COMMUNITIES, ESPECIALLY MY COMMUNITY THAT THEY SAY, WELL,
9:33:21AM HE'LL BE ALL RIGHT.
9:33:22AM NO, WON'T BE ALL RIGHT BECAUSE HE NEEDS SOME HELP.
9:33:25AM SHE NEEDS SOME HELP.
9:33:27AM THAT PARENT NEEDS SOME HELP IN DEALING WITH THAT CHILD.
9:33:31AM LET ME JUST SAY THANK YOU FOR IMPLEMENTING THAT PROGRAM AND
9:33:35AM GIVING OTHER PEOPLE AND OTHER CITIES AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS
9:33:38AM A TOOL THAT CAN HELP OUR PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY.
9:33:41AM AGAIN, THANK YOU.
9:33:42AM THE OLD SAYING WHEN YOU RETIRE, SEE YA!
9:33:49AM >> THANK YOU.
9:33:50AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: COUNCILMAN MIRANDA.
9:33:50AM >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.
9:33:52AM AGAIN, MS. BUNN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR NOT ONLY YOUR 24
9:33:56AM YEARS OF SERVICE AS A DEDICATED EMPLOYEE TO THE CITY OF
9:33:58AM TAMPA AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENT BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY FOR THE
9:34:01AM AMOUNT OF TIME YOU SPENT HELPING THOSE, LIKE COUNCILMAN
9:34:06AM VIERA MENTIONED, DIDN'T HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY TO DO A LOT OF

9:34:08AM THINGS.
9:34:09AM AND BECAUSE OF YOURSELF AND PEOPLE AROUND YOU THAT DO
9:34:12AM HELPING CHILDREN, HELPING OTHERS THAT ARE LESS FORTUNATE,
9:34:14AM YOU MADE AN ENORMOUS STRIVE IN MAKING SOMEONE HAPPIER THAN
9:34:19AM THEY WERE BEFORE.
9:34:20AM REALISTICALLY IMPROVED LIKE THEY WERE NOT BEFORE.
9:34:23AM AND FOR WHAT YOU'VE DONE IS A TESTAMENT NOT ONLY TO THE
9:34:27AM TAMPA POLICE DEPARTMENT BUT TO THE CITY OF TAMPA.
9:34:29AM WE HAVE INDIVIDUALS LIKE YOURSELF THAT ARE WILLING TO GIVE
9:34:32AM OF THEMSELVES TO MAKE OTHERS BETTER.
9:34:34AM THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR WHAT YOU'VE DONE.
9:34:39AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: THANK YOU FOR BEING A CHAMPION FOR CHILDREN
9:34:42AM WITH SPECIAL NEEDS.
9:34:43AM THANK YOU FOR BEING A POLICE OFFICER IN THE CITY OF TAMPA.
9:34:48AM THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR YEARS OF SERVICE.
9:34:51AM JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE RETIRING DOESN'T MEAN YOU'RE NOT PART OF
9:34:54AM THE FAMILY.
9:34:55AM YOU WILL ALWAYS BE PART OF THE FAMILY OF THE CITY OF TAMPA.
9:34:58AM THANK YOU AGAIN.
9:35:00AM [ APPLAUSE ]
9:35:08AM COUNCILMAN VIERA, DO YOU HAVE ONE MORE?
9:35:17AM >>LUIS VIERA: STEPP'S TOWING.
9:35:19AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: NUMBER 4.
9:35:26AM >>LUIS VIERA: WITH THE CANCELLATIONS, ROUND 3.
9:35:29AM MR. STEPP AND MR. McARTHUR, COME ON UP, GENTLEMEN.

9:35:35AM SO, I WANTED TO DO A TAMPA CITY COUNCIL COMMENDATION FOR
9:35:47AM STEPP'S TOWING.
9:35:48AM THIS IS WHY I WANTED TO DO IT.
9:35:51AM NOT JUST IS THIS AN ORGANIZATION AND A BUSINESS THAT IS
9:35:54AM ALWAYS HERE TO HONOR OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OUR
9:35:58AM FIREFIGHTERS, AND THAT'S WHY WE HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE HERE
9:36:01AM TODAY FROM POLICE AND FROM FIRE, BUT STEPP'S TOWING IS
9:36:06AM ALWAYS THERE WHENEVER THERE ARE EVENTS AS WELL TO HONOR OUR
9:36:09AM VETERANS.
9:36:09AM WHENEVER I GO TO SOMEWHERE, FOR EXAMPLE, ON 301 AT OUR
9:36:13AM BEAUTIFUL HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY VETERANS PARK, I WOULD BE
9:36:15AM WILLING TO BET A THOUSAND DOLLARS THAT THERE'S GOING TO BE A
9:36:18AM HUGE STEPP'S TOWING VEHICLE WITH A BIG AMERICAN FLAG OUT
9:36:22AM THERE.
9:36:23AM YOU ALL DON'T GET PAID FOR THAT.
9:36:24AM IT'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT TODAY IS ELECTION
9:36:28AM DAY.
9:36:28AM IT IS A PATRIOTIC DAY.
9:36:29AM IT'S A PATRIOTIC DAY.
9:36:31AM WHETHER YOU ARE A REPUBLICAN OR A DEMOCRAT, IT IS A DAY WHEN
9:36:35AM WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE IN CHARGE OF OUR DESTINY, WE'RE
9:36:37AM SUPPOSED TO BE IN CHARGE OF HOW OUR COUNTY WILL GO, THE
9:36:42AM STATE WILL GO, COUNTRY WILL GO.
9:36:44AM REGARDLESS OF HOW YOU VOTE, ET CETERA, IT'S IMPORTANT TO
9:36:46AM VOTE.

9:36:46AM BUT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THAT STANDS BEHIND IS THAT BIG
9:36:49AM OL' FLAG THAT YOU ALL ALWAYS PUT OUT THERE ON YOUR BIG
9:36:53AM COMMERCIAL VEHICLE OUT THERE, IT'S NOT EASY BEING A TOWING
9:36:57AM COMPANY, RIGHT?
9:36:57AM IT'S A VERY DIFFICULT JOB.
9:37:00AM IT IS.
9:37:00AM I USED TO REPRESENT TOWING COMPANIES IN ACCIDENT CLAIMS.
9:37:05AM IT'S NOT EASY AT ALL.
9:37:06AM THAT'S FOR DARN SURE.
9:37:07AM THIS COMPANY IS ALWAYS THERE STANDING STRONG FOR VETERANS,
9:37:10AM POLICE OFFICERS, AND FOR OUR FIRST RESPONDERS.
9:37:12AM SO FOR THAT, I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE STEPP'S TOWING A TAMPA
9:37:15AM CITY COUNCIL COMMENDATION, WHICH MATT WILL HAND TO ME.
9:37:19AM THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
9:37:19AM SO, GENTLEMEN, HERE YOU GO.
9:37:21AM I KNOW WE HAVE CHIEF TRIPP, CHIEF O'CONNOR, IF ANYBODY WANTS
9:37:26AM TO COME UP, PLEASE, BY ALL MEANS.
9:37:28AM BEFORE I PRESENT, WE'LL HAVE OTHER FOLKS COME SPEAK.
9:37:31AM COME ON UP.
9:37:33AM >> I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU ON BEHALF OF THE TAMPA
9:37:36AM POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR ALL YOU DO TO SUPPORT US.
9:37:39AM WE HAVE A HARD JOB AND OBVIOUSLY ALL THE SUPPORT WE CAN GET
9:37:41AM WE REALLY APPRECIATE.
9:37:42AM AND EVERY TIME WE TURN AROUND, STEPP'S TOWING IS THERE FOR
9:37:45AM US AND HAS BEEN FOR DECADES.

9:37:47AM WE REALLY APPRECIATE THAT AND WE CONTINUE TO OUR
9:37:52AM LONG-LASTING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE COMMUNITY.
9:37:54AM THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO.
9:37:55AM THANK YOU.
9:37:57AM >> GOOD MORNING.
9:37:59AM AND, WOW, SO I'VE BEEN HOLDING THIS OFF BECAUSE I KNEW THIS
9:38:03AM DAY WAS COMING.
9:38:05AM ON BEHALF OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, I REALLY WANT TO
9:38:07AM APPRECIATE AND THANK YOU FOR ALL THE HARD WORK YOU'VE DONE.
9:38:11AM TOWING OUR VEHICLES.
9:38:12AM WE COULD NOT FUNCTION IN THE CITY OF TAMPA WITHOUT YOUR
9:38:15AM HELP.
9:38:15AM THERE'S NO WAY WE CAN GET AROUND IF ONE BREAKS.
9:38:20AM A COUPLE OF ENGINES YOU GUYS HAD TO TOW US.
9:38:23AM THE MANY, MANY YEARS THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN THE CITY OF TAMPA
9:38:25AM AND, OF COURSE, THE PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT, WE JUST
9:38:28AM GREATLY APPRECIATE YOURSELF.
9:38:29AM IT'S NOT A LOT, BUT I'VE BEEN HOLDING ON TO THIS.
9:38:32AM ONCE AGAIN, THIS IS THE FIRE CHIEF COIN.
9:38:38AM THIS IS A COIN I WANT TO GIVE TO YOU.
9:38:41AM THIS IS MY OWN PERSONAL COIN.
9:38:44AM THANK YOU SO MUCH.
9:38:46AM [ APPLAUSE ]
9:38:46AM I ALSO WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE -- WE DID THE HURRICANE
9:38:54AM DONATION AND, OF COURSE, IF IT WASN'T FOR STEPP'S TOWING

9:38:59AM COMPANY, IT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL.
9:39:01AM WE LOCATED -- WE DID FIVE SITES THROUGHOUT THE CITY OF
9:39:04AM TAMPA, AND HIM AND HIS STAFF ACTUALLY TRANSPORTED THAT
9:39:09AM VEHICLE EVERY NIGHT TO THE DIFFERENT LOCATION.
9:39:12AM WE HAD ACTUALLY LIKE THREE TRUCKLOADS.
9:39:15AM WE COMBINED IT INTO TWO.
9:39:17AM WE SUCCESSFULLY DONATED DOWN TO LEE COUNTY DOWN IN FORT
9:39:22AM MYERS WHO HELP THE HURRICANE VICTIMS.
9:39:25AM ONCE AGAIN, THAT WAS A PARTNERSHIP THAT THEY WAS ABLE TO
9:39:28AM HELP US.
9:39:28AM OF COURSE, WE DIDN'T PAY HIM FOR GAS.
9:39:31AM ONLY THING WE CAN DO IS GIVE HIM A HUG.
9:39:33AM WE GREATLY YOU AND YOUR STAFF WORKING WITH US ON THAT.
9:39:36AM LOOKING FOR MORE ADVENTURES.
9:39:38AM >> DEFINITELY.
9:39:38AM [ APPLAUSE ]
9:39:42AM >> AS THE PBA PRESIDENT AND AS THE PBA MEMBERSHIP, WE WANT
9:39:45AM TO THANK YOU GUYS FOR ALWAYS HAVING THAT BIG THIN BLUE LINE
9:39:48AM FLAG UP.
9:39:50AM THAT'S WHAT OUR OFFICERS LOOK AT WHEN WE'VE LOST ONE OF OUR
9:39:50AM OWN.
9:39:51AM YOU'VE ALWAYS HELPED US WITH EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH WHICH IS
9:39:54AM AWESOME THAT YOU SUPPORT OUR POLICE OFFICERS AND ESPECIALLY
9:39:56AM JESSE'S MEMORIAL, WHICH WAS RECENTLY OVER AT DISTRICT ONE.
9:39:59AM THANK YOU.

9:40:00AM THANK YOU, BIG MIKE.
9:40:01AM I KNOW I SEE YOU ALL THE TIME.
9:40:03AM WE HAVE A PLAQUE FROM THE PBA.
9:40:05AM APPRECIATE IT.
9:40:06AM THANK YOU, GUYS.
9:40:07AM [ APPLAUSE ]
9:40:15AM >> GOOD MORNING, COUNCIL.
9:40:16AM ANDREW CARTER, TAMPA FIRE WITH MATT AND RICK.
9:40:20AM WE WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR THE HUNDREDS, IF NOT THOUSANDS
9:40:23AM OF VEHICLES THAT YOU'VE DONATED FOR US TO REFINE OUR SKILLS
9:40:27AM WITH EXTRICATION FROM FIRE ACADEMY TO ALL OF OUR STATIONS, I
9:40:33AM MEAN, I'VE BEEN A PART OF SOME YOU JUST DROPPED OFF IN A
9:40:36AM PARKING LOT NEXT TO A FIRE STATION SO WE CAN REFINE THOSE
9:40:39AM SKILLS.
9:40:40AM ON BEHALF OF THE 700 PLUS FIREFIGHTERS, WE CAN'T OFFER YOU A
9:40:44AM NIGHT OUT IN OUR COMPANY LIMO, WE DON'T HAVE ONE, BUT WE
9:40:47AM WANT TO OFFER OUR SINCERE THANK YOU.
9:40:49AM [ APPLAUSE ]
9:40:54AM >>LUIS VIERA: ON BEHALF OF TAMPA CITY COUNCIL IN
9:40:58AM COMMEMORATION AND HONOR OF ALL OF THE WORK YOU DO FOR PEOPLE
9:41:01AM WHO RUN INTO SITUATIONS THAT PEOPLE LIKE ME AND THE VAST
9:41:03AM MAJORITY OF PEOPLE RUN THE HELL AWAY FROM, WE GIVE YOU THIS
9:41:07AM TAMPA CITY COUNCIL COMMENDATION.
9:41:08AM GOD BLESS YOU GUYS.
9:41:09AM THANK YOU.

9:41:09AM APPRECIATE IT.
9:41:09AM [ APPLAUSE ]
9:41:16AM >> I'M SHOCKED.
9:41:17AM I WAS JUST COMING HERE FOR THE OFFICER OF THE MONTH.
9:41:21AM BUT I'M REALLY HUMBLED TO BE HONEST WITH YOU.
9:41:23AM IT'S VERY EASY WHEN YOU LIVE IN A CITY LIKE THIS WHERE THE
9:41:26AM CITY HAS BEEN VERY GOOD TO US AND IT'S VERY EASY TO GIVE
9:41:29AM BACK TO THE CITY AS FAR AS FOR EVERYTHING THAT WE DO TO GIVE
9:41:34AM BACK.
9:41:34AM SO WE'RE JUST KIND OF PAYING IT FORWARD.
9:41:36AM I HAD A GREAT MENTOR, WHICH WAS MY DAD.
9:41:40AM STARTING TO GET CHOKED UP.
9:41:42AM BUT WE'RE CELEBRATING OUR 62 YEARS IN BUSINESS AND FOR
9:41:48AM ANOTHER 62 YEARS WE'LL KEEP DOING WHAT WE'RE DOING.
9:41:53AM WE STILL CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT GREAT EMPLOYEES LIKE MIKE AND
9:41:56AM THE REST OF OUR TEAM.
9:41:57AM WE TREAT THEM MORE NOT LIKE EMPLOYEES BUT LIKE FAMILY.
9:42:01AM THANK YOU VERY MUCH FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART.
9:42:05AM THANK YOU.
9:42:07AM [ APPLAUSE ]
9:42:13AM >> THANK YOU FOR GIVING US THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HERE EVERY
9:42:17AM MONTH.
9:42:17AM I'M GOING ON 23 YEARS WITH TODD.
9:42:20AM WE GO WAY BACK AND I WOULDN'T CHANGE ANYTHING.
9:42:23AM AND WE'RE SO -- I SAY IT ALL THE TIME -- FOR THESE GUYS TO

9:42:26AM SHOW UP TO BE PART OF WHAT WE DO.
9:42:30AM I ALWAYS SAY THERE'S NO BETTER TEAMS OUT HERE THAN THE
9:42:34AM PEOPLE SITTING IN THIS ROOM RIGHT NOW.
9:42:35AM WE REALLY APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITIES.
9:42:37AM >>LUIS VIERA: THANK YOU.
9:42:38AM ONE THING I'LL SAY LAST, IF I MAY, SOMETHING THAT I HEAR A
9:42:40AM LOT FROM, ESPECIALLY A LOT OF POLICE OFFICERS AND SOME
9:42:43AM MILITARY FAMILIES IS THAT WHEN THEY MOVE TO TAMPA AND
9:42:46AM HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, THEY GO, BOY, THIS CITY SUPPORTS OUR
9:42:50AM FIRST RESPONDERS AND WE SUPPORT VETERANS.
9:42:52AM BECAUSE THERE ARE SOME COMMUNITIES THAT DON'T.
9:42:54AM AND THERE ARE SOME POLICE OFFICERS THAT COME FROM SOME
9:42:56AM COMMUNITIES THAT DON'T.
9:42:58AM WE ARE A VERY PATRIOTIC CITY.
9:43:00AM WE ARE A VERY PATRIOTIC COUNTY.
9:43:02AM AND WE SUPPORT THOSE WHO SUPPORT US.
9:43:04AM SO THANK YOU.
9:43:05AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: COUNCILMAN CARLSON.
9:43:06AM >>BILL CARLSON: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SUPPORTING OUR POLICE
9:43:08AM OFFICERS AND FIREFIGHTERS.
9:43:09AM AS YOU SEE EVERY MONTH AND MAYBE YOU ALL SEE DAY TO DAY,
9:43:14AM THEY HAVE SUCH A TOUGH JOB AND THEY WORK HARD AND WE CAN
9:43:19AM NEVER SUPPLY THEM WITH ENOUGH PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES TO BE
9:43:23AM SUPPORTIVE OF THEM.
9:43:24AM THANK YOU FOR BEING ONE OF THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO THANK

9:43:26AM THEM PUBLICLY BECAUSE WE NEED TO DO MORE OF IT.
9:43:30AM THANK YOU.
9:43:30AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: COUNCILMAN MANISCALCO.
9:43:31AM >>GUIDO MANISCALCO: THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO.
9:43:32AM I SEE YOUR VEHICLES EVERYWHERE, PEOPLE SERVING ALL OVER THE
9:43:36AM COMMUNITY.
9:43:37AM BUT NOT JUST IN THE WORK THAT YOU DO IN WORKING WITH TPD AND
9:43:41AM TAMPA FIRE, BUT AS COUNCILMAN VIERA MENTIONED, I THINK IT
9:43:45AM WAS THE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11, YOU WERE OUT THERE WITH
9:43:50AM I BELIEVE -- YOU'RE ALWAYS OUT THERE WITH BIG AMERICAN FLAG,
9:43:54AM AND THAT'S JUST ONE TIME, BUT IT'S MANY TIMES.
9:43:58AM THE STEPP'S NAME IS HIGHLY RESPECTED.
9:44:01AM YOU ARE THERE FOR US.
9:44:02AM WE WANT TO BE THERE FOR YOU, AND WE APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU
9:44:05AM DO.
9:44:05AM THANK YOU.
9:44:06AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: COUNCILWOMAN HURTAK.
9:44:08AM >>LYNN HURTAK: THANK YOU FOR HELPING OUR FIRST RESPONDERS
9:44:12AM WITH ALL SORTS OF THINGS.
9:44:14AM I HAD NO IDEA THAT YOU DONATED CARS FOR FIRE RESCUE TO
9:44:18AM PRACTICE, WHICH IS REALLY AWESOME.
9:44:20AM THANK YOU.
9:44:20AM BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY TO ME IS SHOWING WHAT A SMALL BUSINESS
9:44:27AM IN A CITY REALLY DOES TO BE A PART OF A COMMUNITY.
9:44:31AM WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOU STAYING -- I MEAN, YOU'RE 62 YEARS

9:44:35AM IN THE COMMUNITY AND HOW ROOTED YOU ARE HERE AND HOW WILLING
9:44:39AM YOU ARE TO HELP US AS A COMMUNITY.
9:44:41AM THAT'S WHAT SMALL BUSINESSES DO.
9:44:42AM AND YOU EXEMPLIFY THAT IN SO MANY WAYS.
9:44:46AM SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THE WORK THAT YOU'VE DONE TO
9:44:48AM HELP OUR FIRST RESPONDERS, BUT ALSO OUR CITY.
9:44:52AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: COUNCILMAN GUDES.
9:44:54AM >>ORLANDO GUDES: YOU KNOW, A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T KNOW WHEN
9:44:57AM YOU HAVE A LOT OF THESE BIG ACCIDENTS, STEPP'S TOWING IS
9:45:01AM PROBABLY ONE OF THE FEW THAT HAS THE EQUIPMENT TO BE ABLE TO
9:45:04AM HELP THE FIRE DEPARTMENT OR POLICE IN SITUATIONS.
9:45:08AM I MEAN, REAL MAJOR BAD ACCIDENT.
9:45:10AM TALKING ABOUT OTHER SEMI TRAILER TRUCKS, FLIPOVERS.
9:45:15AM THEY HAVE THE EQUIPMENT TO GET THE JOB DONE AND WITHOUT THEM
9:45:19AM AND THEIR BUSINESS, OUR FIRE AND POLICE WILL HAVE A TOUGH
9:45:22AM TIME DEALING WITH SOME OF THE ISSUES OUT THERE, INCIDENTS IN
9:45:24AM THE CITY.
9:45:25AM AGAIN, YOU WORK THROUGHOUT THE CITY AND WE'RE GLAD TO HAVE
9:45:28AM YOU AS A PARTNER AND ESPECIALLY COUNCILWOMAN HURTAK'S
9:45:31AM BUSINESS PARTNER TO GIVE BACK.
9:45:33AM THAT'S WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT.
9:45:35AM YOU GIVE IT RIGHT BACK.
9:45:36AM AGAIN, WE APPRECIATE YOU AND GLAD THAT YOU'RE A PART OF THE
9:45:39AM TEAM.
9:45:40AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: COUNCILMAN MIRANDA.

9:45:41AM >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.
9:45:42AM MR. STEPP, I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU.
9:45:46AM I THINK YOU SAID IT ALL WHEN YOU SAID YOU DON'T HAVE
9:45:49AM EMPLOYEES; YOU HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS.
9:45:53AM YOU MAKE BELIEVE THEY ARE EMPLOYEES.
9:45:55AM WHEN YOU HAVE THAT TYPE OF ORGANIZATION, EVERYBODY WORKS
9:45:57AM TOGETHER.
9:45:57AM EVERYBODY STAYS TOGETHER, AND THE JOBS ARE COMPLETED ON
9:46:00AM TIME.
9:46:01AM AND THAT'S WHAT MAKES A BUSINESS A BUSINESS.
9:46:03AM NOT ABOUT JUST A NUMBER AND EMPLOYEE.
9:46:07AM NOT ABOUT SAYING YOU WORK FROM 8 TO 5.
9:46:09AM I GUARANTEE THOSE EMPLOYEES WORK LONGER AND HARDER THAN
9:46:13AM ANYONE ELSE.
9:46:14AM YOU KNOW WHAT?
9:46:15AM THEY ARE CONSIDERED FAMILY.
9:46:16AM AND WHEN YOU HAVE THAT TYPE OF UNDERSTANDING AND
9:46:21AM COHESIVENESS IN THE SYSTEM, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE SUCCESSFUL.
9:46:25AM I THINK THAT COMES FROM YOUR FATHER.
9:46:27AM I KNEW YOUR FATHER AND PARENTS VERY WELL.
9:46:29AM ONE DAY SITTING IN ONE OF THOSE FUNCTIONS FOR THE FIRE
9:46:31AM DEPARTMENT, HE WAS TALKING TO ME ABOUT BUSINESS AND HOW IT'S
9:46:35AM DONE AND HOW THANKFUL HE WAS THAT HE HAD SOMEONE IN THE
9:46:38AM FAMILY THAT WAS GOING TO TAKE OVER.
9:46:40AM AND HE WAS A REAL REALISTIC MAN, AND HE EVEN TALKED TO ME

9:46:44AM ABOUT YOUR SISTER.
9:46:45AM I THINK SHE WAS A NURSE AT SOME TRAUMA CENTER AT TAMPA
9:46:47AM GENERAL HOSPITAL, I MAY BE INCORRECT BUT THAT WAS YEARS AGO.
9:46:51AM YOUR FAMILY IS NOT ONLY IN THIS BUSINESS, BUT IN THE
9:46:53AM BUSINESS OF HELPING PEOPLE.
9:46:54AM AND WHEN YOU HELP PEOPLE AND YOU HAVE EMPLOYEES THAT ARE
9:46:58AM REALLY FAMILY MEMBERS, YOU'RE GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE
9:47:03AM YOUR PLAN IS SOMETHING THAT NO ONE HAS.
9:47:06AM AND THANK GOD ELON MUSK DIDN'T TAKE OVER STEPP'S, THERE
9:47:14AM WOULD BE NO EMPLOYEES.
9:47:15AM I THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO.
9:47:17AM YOUR WHOLE FAMILY SHOULD BE CONGRATULATED.
9:47:19AM I KNOW YOU ARE THE LEADER.
9:47:20AM CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS WHO ARE YOUR
9:47:24AM EMPLOYEES.
9:47:24AM MUCHAS GRACIAS.
9:47:26AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: THANK YOU FOR BEING AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE
9:47:28AM CITY OF TAMPA.
9:47:29AM WE HEAR THE WORD FAMILY.
9:47:30AM HEARD IT ALL DAY LONG.
9:47:31AM YOU ARE PART OF THE CITY OF TAMPA FAMILY.
9:47:36AM THANK YOU.
9:47:37AM BUT I JUST GOT TO SAY THIS.
9:47:39AM JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE BIG TIME AT NASCAR NOW DOESN'T MEAN
9:47:43AM YOU'RE GOING TO LEAD THE CITY OF TAMPA.

9:47:44AM [ LAUGHTER ]
9:47:45AM THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO.
9:47:46AM >> THANK YOU.
9:47:47AM [ APPLAUSE ]
9:49:20AM [ SOUNDING GAVEL ]
9:49:24AM >>ORLANDO GUDES: GOOD MORNING AGAIN, COUNCIL.
9:49:27AM MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE A TREAT FOR YOU THIS MORNING.
9:49:31AM I RAN ACROSS I WILL SAY A JEWEL IN OUR COMMUNITY.
9:49:38AM AND I SAW MS. TONYA LEWIS.
9:49:41AM WHERE IS SHE?
9:49:43AM COME HERE.
9:49:43AM EVERYONE KNOWS MS. LEWIS AND THE JEWEL THAT SHE ALSO IS IN
9:49:47AM OUR COMMUNITY AND WHAT SHE DOES.
9:49:50AM I WANT HER TO TELL NANCY'S STORY A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE IT
9:49:53AM WILL TOUCH A LOT OF PEOPLE THIS MORNING.
9:49:54AM IF YOU WOULD, MS. LEWIS.
9:49:56AM >> GOOD MORNING, COUNCIL.
9:49:58AM I WANTED TO SAY I RAN ACROSS MS. NANCY ROJAS BECAUSE OF CARE
9:50:03AM PLUS HEALTH PLAN.
9:50:05AM THEY ASKED ME TO GO SEE MS. NANCY.
9:50:09AM WHEN I SEEN MS. NANCY, I SEEN, AS COUNCILMAN ORLANDO GUDES
9:50:14AM SAID, A JEWEL THAT WAS HIDDEN IN TAMPA.
9:50:17AM MS. NANCY ROJAS, PASTOR NANCY ROJAS HAS HER OWN STORY OF
9:50:25AM BEING IN A HUMAN TRAFFICKING SEX SURVIVOR 27 YEARS, NOT JUST
9:50:32AM BEING A PASTOR, A SURVIVOR.

9:50:34AM SHE IS A CANCER SURVIVOR TWICE.
9:50:38AM ALSO, SHE HAS A PANTRY RIGHT ON NEBRASKA AND MLK.
9:50:43AM AND NOT JUST A PANTRY, SHE HAS A CHURCH NEXT DOOR.
9:50:47AM SHE FEEDS MILLIONS OF TONS OF FOOD TO TAMPA.
9:50:53AM SUPPLY MANY ORGANIZATIONS, SUPPLY MANY HEALTH PLAN
9:50:57AM ORGANIZATIONS.
9:50:58AM SHE TRAVELED TO PLANT CITY.
9:51:00AM SHE TRAVELED TO LAKELAND.
9:51:03AM SHE TRAVELS EVERYWHERE.
9:51:05AM NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT MS. NANCY.
9:51:10AM YOU KNOW ME, ANYTIME I SAY ANYTHING IN THE COMMUNITY, I'M
9:51:13AM GOING TO MAKE SURE THE COMMUNITY KNOWS.
9:51:15AM SHE FEEDS THE HOMELESS.
9:51:17AM THEY COME DAILY, AND EVER SINCE I MET MS. NANCY, I'VE BEEN
9:51:21AM THERE EVERY OTHER DAY DONATING MY HELP UPON MY BUSY
9:51:26AM SCHEDULE, BUT YOU CANNOT GO THERE AND NOT HELP BECAUSE SHE
9:51:30AM FEEDS SO MANY.
9:51:32AM WHEN THEY COME TO THE DOOR, SHE DON'T CARE WHO THEY ARE.
9:51:36AM SHE MINISTERS TO THEM.
9:51:38AM SHE GOES INTO STRIP CLUBS AND MINISTERS TO THE STRIPPERS AND
9:51:42AM GIVES AWAY CONDOMS AND PREACH THE GOSPEL INSIDE OF A STRIP
9:51:46AM CLUB.
9:51:47AM SHE IS TRULY GOD'S SERVANT.
9:51:49AM WHEN YOU HAVE PEOPLE LIKE MS. NANCY DOING SO MUCH GOOD IN
9:51:52AM THE COMMUNITY, WE SHOULD ALL BE A PART OF IT.

9:51:55AM I TELL YOU, MS. NANCY, I RESPECT YOU.
9:51:58AM SHE'S MORE LIKE NOW A SISTER THAN ANYTHING BECAUSE I GO, MY
9:52:01AM WHOLE MORNING IS GET UP AND GO SEE WHAT MS. NANCY NEED
9:52:04AM TODAY.
9:52:05AM AND I'M THERE IN THE BIG HEAVY SEMI TRACTOR TRAILER TRUCKS
9:52:09AM EVERY DAY THAT COMES TO HER PLACE OF MINISTRY THAT SHE IS
9:52:14AM UNDERSTAFFED, UNDERSTAFFED, AND WHEN YOU HAVE WOMEN THAT
9:52:19AM GETTING IN SEMI TRACTOR TRAILERS AND TAKING TEN PALLETS OF
9:52:26AM FOOD OVER DAY WITH HER HUSBAND, WHICH WANTED TO BE HERE, BUT
9:52:29AM HE'S PASSING OUT FOOD, THAT SENIOR CITIZENS, EVERY DAY,
9:52:33AM BEYOND PASSING OUT FOOD TO THE COMMUNITY, THEY PACK 200, 350
9:52:37AM BAGS OF FOOD EVERY DAY AND DELIVER IT ON THEIR TRUCKS.
9:52:41AM SO A JEWEL HIDDEN, A JEWEL NEED TO BE KNOWN IN TAMPA.
9:52:49AM EVERY DAY PEOPLE CAN COME TO HER MINISTRY, NO MATTER WHAT.
9:52:52AM SHE TURNS DOWN NO ONE, AND SHE GIVES OUT FOOD.
9:52:55AM IF YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT, CITY COUNCIL, YOU NEED TO SEE IT
9:52:58AM EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 10:00.
9:53:00AM THE UNDERSERVED FAMILIES THAT ARE NOW DOUBLING IN THIS
9:53:05AM COMMUNITY, SHE FEEDS THEM EVERY DAY AND EVERY WEDNESDAY.
9:53:11AM IT'S CARS GOING ALL THE WAY DOWN NEBRASKA JUST TO COME AND
9:53:14AM RECEIVE SERVICES.
9:53:14AM SO THAT'S WHY I INVITED ORLANDO, CITY COUNCILMAN ORLANDO TO
9:53:20AM COME PERSONALLY SEE IT, BECAUSE IT'S HIS DISTRICT.
9:53:23AM AND NOT THAT IT'S JUST HIS DISTRICT, WE ALL AS COMMUNITY AND
9:53:27AM LEADERS NEED TO SEE MS. NANCY'S MINISTRY.

9:53:32AM >>ORLANDO GUDES: THAT'S WHY I SAID, GENTLEMEN, SHE WAS A
9:53:35AM JEWEL.
9:53:36AM SOMEONE CALLED ME ABOUT THIS JEWEL.
9:53:37AM THAT'S WHY I HAD TO GO SEE FOR MYSELF.
9:53:39AM SHE'S CORRECT.
9:53:41AM BUT WHAT'S TOUCHING IS WHEN YOU HAVE A PERSON WHO HAS SOME
9:53:44AM CHALLENGES IN THEIR LIFE, NOT OF THEIR OWN DOING, BUT WHO
9:53:51AM HAS COME OUT OF THAT AND HAS MINISTERED TO PEOPLE.
9:53:57AM SHE'S GOD'S CHILD BECAUSE SHE'S MINISTERING TO THOSE AND
9:54:03AM GIVING PROPHECIES, THOSE THAT NEED TO HEAR THOSE THINGS TO
9:54:10AM GET THEM OUT OF THE GUTTER AND SEE ALL THE CARS BACK UP
9:54:13AM TOWARD CHELSEA AND NEBRASKA AND SHE'S OUT THERE FEEDING
9:54:16AM MULTIPLE PEOPLE, I HAD TO DO SOMETHING.
9:54:19AM I HAD TO SAY SOMETHING.
9:54:20AM MS. NANCY, WHAT I WANT TO DO THIS MORNING IS PRESENT YOU
9:54:24AM WITH A TAMPA CITY COMMENDATION.
9:54:26AM IN RECOGNITION OF ALL YOUR WORK YOU'VE DONE THROUGHOUT THE
9:54:29AM YEARS AND YOU CONTINUE TO DO NOW, THE FOOD SERVICES AND
9:54:32AM EVERYTHING, THIS MORNING, YOU KNOW, THE CITY COUNCIL OF
9:54:36AM TAMPA IS PROUD TO PRESENT THIS COMMENDATION TO NANCY ROJAS
9:54:40AM HERNANDEZ WHO IS THE TYPE OF COMMUNITY ADVOCATE WHO INSPIRES
9:54:44AM EVERYONE SHE ENCOUNTERS, DEDICATION LIFE MISSION TO DOING
9:54:48AM GOD'S WORK AND DEVOTED IN SERVICE TO HER COMMUNITY.
9:54:51AM NANCY ROJAS HERNANDEZ, YOU ARE A GREAT ASSET TO THE CITY OF
9:54:55AM TAMPA.

9:54:57AM PRESENTED THIS DAY, THE 8th OF NOVEMBER 2022.
9:55:01AM >> THANK YOU.
9:55:01AM [ APPLAUSE ]
9:55:06AM >> I SAY THANK YOU.
9:55:09AM I'M A SURVIVOR.
9:55:12AM NO MORE HUMAN TRAFFIC.
9:55:16AM I'M IN THE COMMUNITY TO HELP.
9:55:20AM THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS.
9:55:23AM [ APPLAUSE ]
9:55:28AM >>BILL CARLSON: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THAT YOU DO.
9:55:32AM THIS IS A REALLY, AS YOU KNOW, PERSONALLY, IT IS A HUGE
9:55:34AM PROBLEM, ESPECIALLY IN OUR AREA.
9:55:37AM WE NEED MORE OF YOU TO BE ABLE TO HELP THE PEOPLE SUFFERING
9:55:40AM UNDER THESE CONDITIONS.
9:55:42AM PLEASE LET US KNOW HOW WE CAN HELP YOU AND HELP SOLVE THESE
9:55:46AM PROBLEMS IN THE FUTURE.
9:55:47AM THANK YOU.
9:55:48AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: COUNCILMAN VIERA.
9:55:49AM >>LUIS VIERA: THANK YOU, SIR.
9:55:51AM THANK YOU, COUNCILMAN GUDES, FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD.
9:55:53AM THANK YOU, MA'AM, FOR ALL THAT YOU DO.
9:55:55AM I ALWAYS BELIEVE THAT LIFE IS KIND OF LIKE A LADDER.
9:55:57AM YOU MAYBE CLIMB UP A LADDER, MAY DO IT AS A VICTIM OF ABUSE,
9:56:01AM MAY DO IT AS TRAFFICKING SURVIVOR, REFUGEE, WHATEVER IT IS,
9:56:04AM ONCE YOU CLIMB THAT LADDER, YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE THERE ARE

9:56:07AM PEOPLE BEHIND YOU CLIMBING THE SAME LADDER THAT YOU CLIMBED
9:56:09AM BEFORE.
9:56:10AM IT'S OBVIOUS THAT YOU'RE DOING THAT BECAUSE OF YOUR EMPATHY
9:56:12AM AND YOUR HEART.
9:56:13AM JUST THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO AND FOR WEARING YOUR
9:56:16AM HEART ON YOUR SLEEVE TODAY BECAUSE THAT'S NOT ALWAYS EASY.
9:56:19AM THANK YOU, MA'AM.
9:56:19AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: COUNCILMAN MANISCALCO.
9:56:20AM >>GUIDO MANISCALCO: CONGRATULATIONS.
9:56:22AM THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO.
9:56:24AM YOU ARE THE BEST OF US.
9:56:25AM YOU ARE WHAT MAKES THIS COMMUNITY SO SPECIAL BECAUSE YOU'RE
9:56:28AM OUT THERE DOING THE WORK, HELPING PEOPLE EVERY SINGLE DAY.
9:56:35AM AND YOUR WORK REALLY IS A TESTAMENT TO THE SERVICE THAT YOU
9:56:39AM PROVIDE TO THIS COMMUNITY, THE PEOPLE THAT YOU HELP.
9:56:41AM THE LINES THAT FORM.
9:56:43AM YOU DON'T TURN ANYBODY AWAY.
9:56:45AM YOU GIVE PEOPLE HOPE AND YOU GIVE THEM A POSITIVE MESSAGE
9:56:48AM AND YOU TRY TO LIFT THEM UP.
9:56:49AM AND THAT'S SO IMPORTANT.
9:56:50AM SO WE THANK YOU.
9:56:51AM CONGRATULATIONS, AND WE APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU DO.
9:56:54AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: COUNCILWOMAN HURTAK.
9:56:55AM >>LYNN HURTAK: I WANT TO ECHO THE THANKS.
9:56:59AM WHAT YOU DO IS AMAZING.

9:57:01AM I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO COMING AND SEEING IT FOR MYSELF
9:57:05AM BECAUSE THAT JUST SOUNDS PHENOMENAL.
9:57:07AM FOR YOU TO BE ABLE TO TAKE YOUR TRAUMA AND YOUR PAIN AND BE
9:57:11AM ABLE TO GO THROUGH IT AND BUILD FROM IT AND CREATE AN
9:57:16AM AMAZING PROGRAM, IF YOU HAVE TRACTOR TRAILERS COMING EVERY
9:57:20AM DAY, NOT ONLY ARE YOU A SURVIVOR, YOU'RE AN AMAZING
9:57:24AM BUSINESSWOMAN BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO HAVE FOUND A WAY TO TALK
9:57:28AM TO ALL THESE PEOPLE, BRING THEM ALL TOGETHER, SO JUST THANK
9:57:31AM YOU FOR WHAT YOU'VE DONE WITH THE COMMUNITY.
9:57:33AM AND IT REALLY JUST AN AMAZING ASSET TO EVERYONE IN THE
9:57:40AM COMMUNITY.
9:57:40AM THE FACT THAT YOU ALSO THEN GO OUT AND DELIVER.
9:57:43AM SO YOU OFFER SERVICES TO PEOPLE WHERE THEY ARE AND YOU KNOW
9:57:50AM HOW IMPORTANT THAT REALLY IS.
9:57:52AM SO THANK YOU FOR REALLY THINKING OF EVERY SINGLE ASPECT OF
9:57:57AM THIS.
9:57:59AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: COUNCILMAN MIRANDA.
9:58:00AM >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.
9:58:09AM [NOT SPEAKING ENGLISH]
9:58:12AM IN ESSENCE, I'M SAYING THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR WHAT YOU DO.
9:58:44AM THE STEPLADDER THAT COUNCILMAN VIERA WAS TALKING ABOUT, SHE
9:58:48AM GIVES PEOPLE A HAND UP, NOT A PUSH DOWN.
9:58:50AM TO HER AND TO HER FAMILY AND TO HER FRIENDS WHO ARE HELPING
9:58:53AM PEOPLE THAT THE RAY OF HOPE IS ONLY HER IS SOMETHING THAT
9:58:56AM SHE STARTED AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO THE REST OF HER LIFE.

9:59:02AM MUCHAS GRACIAS.
9:59:03AM THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
9:59:05AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: SEÑORA.
9:59:07AM SEÑORA, THANK YOU FOR BEING AN APOSTLE AND DOING THE WORK OF
9:59:18AM OUR LORD.
9:59:18AM THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO.
9:59:21AM [ APPLAUSE ]
9:59:45AM >>ORLANDO GUDES: LOOK AT THEM SHOES, MAN.
9:59:47AM MAN, YOU LOOK GOOD, MAN.
9:59:49AM MR. WASHINGTON, COME UP AND TELL THE STORY HERE.
9:59:53AM AS YOU KNOW, WE HAD A STORM.
9:59:59AM AND I WAS GOING THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD LIKE I DO ON THE
10:00:02AM WEEKENDS.
10:00:02AM I HAPPENED TO CALL MR. WASHINGTON, OUR SOLID WASTE DIRECTOR
10:00:05AM TO TELL HIM ABOUT A SITUATION.
10:00:07AM HE SAID, COUNCILMAN, I'M OUT OF TOWN.
10:00:10AM I'M HERE TO SUPPORT ONE OF MY EMPLOYEES.
10:00:13AM HE MADE IT TO THE NATIONALS FOR TRUCK DRIVING FOR THE SOLID
10:00:18AM WASTE TRUCKS.
10:00:20AM SO I'LL LET HIM TELL THE STORY OF MR. BILLINGSLEY AND THEN
10:00:24AM WE'LL GET TO THE PRESENTATION.
10:00:25AM YOU TELL ME THE PROCESS AND THINGS THAT GO ON.
10:00:29AM >> IN ADDITION TO MYSELF SPEAKING, MR. STEVE SWAN, HE IS OUR
10:00:33AM CHIEF OF OPERATIONS, HE CHAMPIONS THE ROAD-E-O.
10:00:36AM THAT WAS THE COMPETITION I WAS AT WHEN COUNCILMAN GUDES

10:00:41AM CALLED ME.
10:00:41AM SO WHEN I RECEIVED THE CALL, I TOOK IT IMMEDIATELY.
10:00:45AM HEY, COUNCILMAN GUDES, I'M RIGHT HERE.
10:00:47AM I HEAR YOU.
10:00:48AM KIND OF LOUD IN THE BACKGROUND BECAUSE THE TEAMS ARE
10:00:50AM CURRENTLY RUNNING.
10:00:51AM I SHOT THE INFORMATION BACK TO MY TEAM THAT WAS CURRENTLY,
10:00:54AM OF COURSE, STATIONED HERE.
10:00:55AM THEY TOOK CARE OF THE JOB.
10:00:57AM BUT WE HAD TO DEFINITELY SUPPORT JB, MR. JOHN BILLINGSLEY,
10:01:02AM IN THE COMPETITION.
10:01:03AM EXCUSE ME, LARRY WASHINGTON, DIRECTOR OF SOLID WASTE AND
10:01:05AM ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM MANAGEMENT.
10:01:07AM SO, OF COURSE, WE'RE HERE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE JB, JOHN
10:01:11AM BILLINGSLEY, FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE INTERNATIONAL SWANA
10:01:15AM ROAD-E-O.
10:01:15AM THE ROAD-E-O IN ITSELF IS A COMPETITION TO SHARPEN SKILL
10:01:20AM SETS ESSENTIALLY.
10:01:21AM WASN'T OUT THERE WRANGLING BRONCO OR CATTLE.
10:01:25AM HE WAS PARTICIPATING IN THE COMPETITION DRIVING A REAL LOAD
10:01:28AM AND TRUCK.
10:01:29AM SWANA STANDS FOR SOLID WASTE AMERICAN NATIONAL ASSOCIATION.
10:01:34AM IF YOU WANT TO THINK ABOUT IT LIKE THIS, WHAT THE BAR
10:01:39AM ASSOCIATION IS FOR LAWYERS, THIS IS WHAT SWANA IS FOR SOLID
10:01:43AM WASTE EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS IN THAT FIELD.

10:01:45AM SO THIS IS A PRESTIGIOUS -- APPRECIATE THAT.
10:01:50AM THIS IS VERY PRESTIGIOUS FOR HIM TO EVEN GO TO EL PASO TO
10:01:54AM PARTICIPATE AND TO QUALIFY FOR THIS COMPETITION.
10:01:58AM MR. STEVE SWAN WILL STEP UP AND GIVE MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE
10:02:03AM PROGRAM ITSELF THANK YOU AGAIN, MR. J. B.
10:02:06AM >> GOOD MORNING.
10:02:07AM STEVE SWAN, CHIEF OF OPERATIONS SOLID WASTE.
10:02:09AM JB, JOHN BILLINGSLEY, HE WENT TO EL PASO TO REPRESENT US AS
10:02:14AM A SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT.
10:02:15AM HE STARTED WITH OUR LOCAL ROAD-E-O, WHICH WE DO EVERY YEAR,
10:02:19AM THIS DEPARTMENT.
10:02:20AM HE HELPED US TO GROW THAT PARTICIPATION IN THE ROAD-E-O.
10:02:23AM A FEW YEARS BACK, WE HAD SIX, TEN PEOPLE.
10:02:25AM NOW UP TO 30, 40 PEOPLE COMING OUT TO SHOW OFF THEIR SKILLS
10:02:29AM AND THE THOUSANDS OF HOURS THAT THEY GO OUT ON THE STREET.
10:02:31AM HE ALSO SERVES AS A LEAD DRIVER AND ALSO AN INTERIM
10:02:34AM SUPERVISOR, IN ADDITION TO DOING THE ROAD-E-O, HE HAS A LOT
10:02:39AM OF OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES FOR A TEAM OF OVER 20 PEOPLE, ALL
10:02:43AM OF WHICH WANTED TO BE HERE BUT THEY ARE SERVICING THE
10:02:46AM STREETS.
10:02:47AM IT STARTS WITH THE LOCAL ROAD-E-O WITH US.
10:02:49AM WE'LL HOST THE FLORIDA STATE COMING UP IN APRIL.
10:02:52AM WE WERE CHOSEN AS PART OF THIS PROCESS BECAUSE OF THE
10:02:55AM OUTSTANDING WORK.
10:02:56AM GOES TO J. B. AND THEN THE NATIONALS WERE IN EL PASO.

10:02:59AM ABOUT 75 PEOPLE TURN OUT FOR THE WHOLE COMPETITION FROM
10:03:02AM DOZERS TO REAR LOADERS, FRONT LOADERS, ALL ACROSS THE
10:03:06AM CATEGORIES OF WHAT SOLID WASTE DOES.
10:03:07AM JOHN WAS THERE TO REPRESENT US.
10:03:10AM HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENT.
10:03:12AM HUGE SUCCESS.
10:03:13AM NOT EVERYBODY GETS TO GO AND GET PICKED.
10:03:15AM HE WON OUR STATE'S IN FORT MYERS AND WAS CHOSEN TO GO TO EL
10:03:18AM PASO.
10:03:19AM 15 YEARS IT'S BEEN SINCE WE'VE HAD REPRESENTATION FROM TAMPA
10:03:21AM AT THIS EVENT NATIONALLY.
10:03:23AM CONGRATS, J. B.
10:03:24AM YOU DID AN AWESOME JOB.
10:03:26AM THANK YOU.
10:03:26AM [ APPLAUSE ]
10:03:30AM >>ORLANDO GUDES: THAT'S WHY I THOUGHT MAKE SURE WE RECOGNIZE
10:03:34AM PEOPLE WHO DO GOOD WORK.
10:03:36AM AS YOU CAN TELL IN HERE, HE'S NOW GOT MORE FOLKS TO BE A
10:03:40AM PART OF THE PROCESS.
10:03:42AM GET THE COMPETITION GOING A LITTLE BIT.
10:03:44AM THE MORALE GOING A LITTLE BIT.
10:03:47AM AND TO BE A PERSON WHO PLACED OUT OF STATE TO GO TO THE BIG
10:03:50AM DANCE, YOU KNOW, THAT'S A GREAT HONOR.
10:03:52AM I HAD TO MAKE SURE THAT WE RECOGNIZED YOU.
10:03:55AM THIS MORNING, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF TAMPA IS PROUD

10:03:59AM TO PRESENT THIS COMMENDATION TO JOHN BILLINGSLEY, OPTIMISM,
10:04:04AM DEDICATION, EXECUTION, EVERYONE ADMIRES.
10:04:08AM JOHN IS A GREAT ASSET TO THE CITY OF TAMPA.
10:04:12AM PRESENTED THIS 8th DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2022.
10:04:16AM [ APPLAUSE ]
10:04:20AM >> I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE CITY COUNCIL FOR HAVING ME
10:04:24AM HERE.
10:04:24AM I'M NOT MUCH OF A SPEAKER, BUT I JUST APPRECIATE YOU GUYS
10:04:28AM FOR HAVING ME HERE AND PRESENTING ME WITH THIS AWARD.
10:04:33AM [ APPLAUSE ]
10:04:35AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: COUNCILMAN CARLSON.
10:04:37AM >>BILL CARLSON: THANKS SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO.
10:04:41AM PLEASE KEEP US POSTED ON ALL YOUR AWARDS AND ACCOLADES AND
10:04:45AM ALSO LET US KNOW IF THERE'S ANYTHING WE CAN DO SUPPORT YOU
10:04:48AM AND YOUR COLLEAGUES.
10:04:49AM THANK YOU.
10:04:50AM >>LUIS VIERA: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SIR, FOR ALL THAT YOU DO.
10:04:53AM IT'S OBVIOUS THAT YOU TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN YOUR WORK AND THE
10:04:55AM WORK THAT YOU DO KEEPS OUR CITY RUNNING ON TIME ON JUST CORE
10:04:59AM CRITICAL ISSUES.
10:05:00AM IT'S VERY HONORABLE WORK.
10:05:01AM IT'S VERY DIFFICULT WORK, BUT IT'S WORK THAT YOU OBVIOUSLY
10:05:04AM DO SO WELL THAT YOU'RE BEING HONORED BEFORE CITY COUNCIL FOR
10:05:07AM IT.
10:05:08AM SO THAT SPEAKS FOR ITSELF.

10:05:09AM THANK YOU SO MUCH.
10:05:11AM I HOPE THAT ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARE WATCHING AND
10:05:15AM SEEING THIS GREAT MOMENT OF PRIDE FOR YOU.
10:05:17AM THANK YOU.
10:05:18AM >> APPRECIATE IT.
10:05:18AM >>GUIDO MANISCALCO: CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU.
10:05:20AM YOU MAKE US PROUD, YOU AND YOUR WHOLE TEAM.
10:05:23AM WE APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU DO.
10:05:25AM AND IT IS WELL DESERVED.
10:05:27AM CONGRATULATIONS, SIR.
10:05:28AM >>LYNN HURTAK: CONGRATULATIONS AS WELL.
10:05:31AM I KNOW THAT TAMPA DRIVERS GIVE YOU PLENTY OF PRACTICE.
10:05:37AM SO YOU WERE WELL PREPARED.
10:05:40AM CONGRATULATIONS FOR WINNING THE STATE OF FLORIDA.
10:05:41AM THAT'S A REALLY BIG DEAL.
10:05:43AM THE FIRST TIME IN 15 YEARS THAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO SEND
10:05:46AM SOMEONE FROM TAMPA.
10:05:47AM SO THAT YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY BE SO PROUD OF THAT
10:05:50AM ACCOMPLISHMENT AND THE FACT TO BE ABLE TO GO TO NATIONALS, I
10:05:54AM KNOW IT HAD TO HAVE BEEN A REALLY WONDERFUL THING.
10:05:57AM I WANT TO ALSO THANK MR. WASHINGTON FOR GOING AND
10:06:02AM SUPPORTING.
10:06:02AM I THINK THAT'S ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL.
10:06:04AM WE HAVE TO SUPPORT OUR COLLEAGUES WHEREVER THEY ARE.
10:06:09AM SO I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THE WORK YOU

10:06:14AM DO AND ALL THE WORK I KNOW YOU'LL CONTINUE TO DO.
10:06:17AM >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.
10:06:18AM MR. BILLINGSLEY, FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATED
10:06:22AM SERVICE TO THE CITIZENS OF THE CITY OF TAMPA.
10:06:23AM AND WHEN YOU MADE IT TO THE NATIONALS, IT WASN'T JUST, HERE
10:06:29AM I AM.
10:06:30AM YOU HAD TO GO THROUGH A STATE PROCESS.
10:06:31AM YOU HAD TO WIN THE STATE AND YOU DID.
10:06:34AM IT'S LIKE NOW WHEN YOU GO TO THE NATIONAL, IT'S LIKE GOING
10:06:37AM TO A SUPER BOWL OR A WORLD SERIES.
10:06:40AM NOT TOO MANY INDIVIDUALS THAT PLAY THAT SPORT GET TO SAY I
10:06:44AM PARTICIPATED IN THE SUPER BOWL OR I PARTICIPATED IN THE HALL
10:06:47AM OF FAME, I MEAN, THE FINALS FOR THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN
10:06:51AM BASEBALL.
10:06:52AM ONLY THOSE THAT MAKE IT.
10:06:54AM AND YOU MADE IT, MAN.
10:06:55AM SO WHAT I'M SAYING IS, YOU REPRESENTED THE CITY OF TAMPA AND
10:06:59AM THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU'VE DONE IN THE PAST AND WHAT YOU ARE
10:07:03AM GOING TO CONTINUE TO DO BECAUSE NOW THEY ARE GOING TO SAY,
10:07:05AM IF HE CAN DO IT, I CAN DO IT.
10:07:07AM AND THAT COMPETITION STARTS TO GET A LITTLE BIT TOUGHER AND
10:07:10AM A LITTLE BIT MORE INGENIOUS TO SAY I WANT TO BEAT
10:07:13AM BILLINGSLEY.
10:07:14AM NOT THAT I WANT TO BEAT YOU BECAUSE I KNOW I CAN'T.
10:07:16AM [ LAUGHTER ]

10:07:17AM BUT THE SYSTEM IS A LITTLE TIGHTER.
10:07:18AM BECAUSE YOU SETTING THE STANDARD, THAT'S WHAT OTHERS WILL
10:07:21AM HAVE TO FOLLOW.
10:07:22AM CONGRATULATIONS FOR BEING THE STANDARD BEARER OF THE CITY OF
10:07:24AM TAMPA SAYING, IF I CAN DO IT, YOU CAN DO IT.
10:07:27AM THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SIR.
10:07:28AM >> MUCH APPRECIATED.
10:07:29AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: SIR, THANK YOU FOR SHOWING OFF YOUR SKILLS.
10:07:32AM CONGRATULATIONS FOR THAT.
10:07:33AM MORE IMPORTANTLY, THANK YOU FOR SHOWING THAT TAMPA CAN
10:07:36AM SHINE.
10:07:37AM YOU REPRESENTED US VERY WELL.
10:07:38AM THANK YOU, MY FRIEND.
10:07:40AM >> APPRECIATE IT.
10:07:40AM [ APPLAUSE ]
10:07:49AM >>JOSEPH CITRO: WE HAVE NOTHING FURTHER ON OUR AGENDA.
10:07:53AM WITHOUT OBJECTION, WE'RE ADJOURNED.
10:07:55AM [ SOUNDING GAVEL ]
10:07:57AM
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