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Catalyze 2020: Jackie McIntosh

Margie Manning



This holiday season, we asked some of St. Pete’s best and brightest citizens to share one catalyzing idea for making St. Pete a better place to live. We asked not for lists of problems, but for meaty, actionable and impactful solutions, no matter how big or how small. 

Jackie McIntosh, market president, Pinellas County, and executive vice president of Cogent Bank

  • As a resident and business leader in Pinellas County, I’d like to see the development of a Multi-Purpose Convention Center in our community that our neighboring counties have enjoyed for years.
  • A community centric, family friendly destination hub would fill a void in Pinellas and St. Petersburg has the infrastructure to accommodate.
  • Increasing our visibility to visitors through marketing of event space, trade shows, banquets, seminars and group meetings.
  • Visitors would have access to activities centered on miles of waterfront, arts and culture in an atmosphere surrounded by shopping and dining options.
  • Local businesses with cyclical sales cycles due to seasonality would have access to more consistent revenue streams.
  • Opportunities to co-develop with the private sector and use of tourism tax funds could offer affordability alternatives to funding yet careful feasibility and cost/benefit analysis would need to be done to ensure economic impact.


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    neil cosentino

    December 2, 2019at4:42 pm

    The first recommendation deals with how the Tropicanna can be retrofitted:

    Develop a juried design competition for the expansion and repurposing of the TROP:
    Architects, creatives, sports industry entrepreneurs, designers, the public all to be invited …
    [ note the Florida Bauhaus could be retained to accomplish this task or the USF School of Architecture ].

    The design must include:

    A wraparound type RING BUILDING* structure with National, Regional, State, Tampa Bay, County and local major bus terminal on the west street level,

    Helicopter and drone landing and takeoff pads on top level of the outer ring,

    Spectator parking in the outer ring levels up to the level of the stadium bleaches,

    Office and spillover parking office for the International SPORTS management and business complex

    The Ring Building would surround the present TROP with new roof replaceing the present roof with

    a Pantheon Cantilever**shape one that enclosure the top of the RING BUILDING …

    the inner office spaces to have look down views of the space below i.e., looking over the playing field or convention event

    area below.

    The parking areas to the East converted into a multi use complex since all the parking is located in the RING BUILDING.

    FMI Florida Bauhaus 813-784-4669 C/T

    * An example of the RING BUILDING is the Apple ” RING ” shape building in Cupertino CA.

    ** Cantilever, beam supported at one end and carrying a load at the other end or distributed along the unsupported portion. The upper half of the thickness of such a beam is subjected to tensile stress, tending to elongate the fibres, the lower half to compressive stress, tending to crush them. Cantilevers are employed extensively in building construction and in machines. In building, any beam built into a wall and with the free end projecting forms a cantilever. Longer cantilevers are incorporated in a building when clear space is required below, with the cantilevers carrying a gallery, roof, canopy, runway for an overhead travelling crane, or part of a building above.

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