The Belleview Biltmore Hotel was first built to boost tourism in the early 1900s but saw a decline in the 70s and 80s after newer hotels sprang up along the beach. Now it faces demolition and to be replaced with townhomes and condos.
The infamous Sunland Center, known for it's short-lived history of neglect and abuse toward it's mentally disabled patients, mostly due to understaffing and underfunding.
A hospital is abandoned and left vacant for over 15 years before being demolished.
I toured the Dixie Walesbilt Hotel, currently being restored, and share my thoughts and experience of that trip.
Photo(pokesaladangiephotography, 2013): New signs have been posted as well as contact information for purchasing the property.
A user on Flickr, pokesaladangiephotography, has given us an update on the Howey Mansion.
To start though, some of us were aware that something was eventually going to happen to the mansion after an argument on Youtube with Richard Ritter, Marvel Zona’s son. To make it short, he threatened to charge Adamthewoo, with trespassing and burglary after he posted a video of the inside of the mansion. Mr. Ritter was then ousted as being a drunk and a liar and his whole attitude changed. He explained how the mortgage fraud case would be resolved and that we will see some “BIG changes!”
This past week or so, the house has been emptied. Furniture has been dumped on the front lawn, behind the gate so no one comes to take it, though it was said that some of the furniture wasn’t cared for and was smashed and thrown there. In another photo, you can see a light on inside as well as a new air conditioning unit has been installed. Lastly, another sign asks visitors to call Joseph Nemchik for the sole purpose of purchasing the property.
Photo Source: The Tampa Tribune, photographed by Cliff McBride/Staff
The Jackson Rooming House was constructed in 1901 as a boarding house, providing accommodations to African-Americans in the city of Tampa during the racial segregation era. The house is known for many of it’s past guests which include Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, James Brown, Cab Calloway and Martin Luther King Jr.
Now the building faces possible demolition as city officials gave Willie Robinson, the owner of the 112-year-old building, until the end of November to fence off the property, submit plans on stabilizing the house and to secure liability insurance. Robinson said he didn’t have the money to meet the city’s demands and would demolish it.
Robinson changed his mind and met with supporters and preservationists, formulating a plan on saving the house. Under a deal they reached with Robinson, he would donate the house to a non-profit organization, the Jackson House Foundation, that would stabilize it and begin the restoration process.
The city has given the group 60 days to come up with $50,000 to stabilize the structure, though many officials believe that the rush to save it won’t work.
December is here, the month of giving, holiday travels and to spend time with family and friends. December also marks the beginning of Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week, which runs from the 1st to the 7th.
What is Crohn’s disease? Crohn’s is a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestines, usually found at the end of the small bowel and the beginning of the colon. As many as 700,000 Americans suffer from Crohn’s disease and affect individuals of all ages, but is more common in affecting people ages 15-35.
The cause of Crohn’s is still unknown and there is no known cure at this time. Research suggests many factors contribute to the development of the disease including genetics, hereditary and/or environmental factors. The GI tract normally contains harmless bacteria, many of which aid in digestion. The immune system usually attacks and kills foreign invaders, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microorganisms. Under normal circumstances, the harmless bacteria in the intestines are protected from such an attack. In people with IBD, these bacteria are mistaken for harmful invaders and the immune system mounts a response. Cells travel out of the blood to the intestines and produce inflammation (a normal immune system response). However, the inflammation does not subside, leading to chronic inflammation, ulceration, thickening of the intestinal wall, and eventually causing patient symptoms.
Symptoms vary wildly from person to person but the most common symptoms include diarrhea, rectal bleeding, abdominal cramps and pains, constipation and the sensation that you always need to use the bathroom, even if you just did. Other symptoms include fever, weight loss, loss of appetite, fatigue, and night sweats.
Some of you may have already read my story but for those that haven’t, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2007. Having a hard time coping with it and the fact that no one around understood what I was going through, I quickly grew depressed. Then I found out about urban exploring and with that came photography.
These past years, I’ve been to many amazing places that many will never see again and made some very great friends, and with those come great memories, and I attribute exploring for helping me get through some tough couple of years.
This year I wanted to help a little. Below is a link to a Redbubble page I created as well as a link to the Paypal donation page. Throughout the month of December, any donations received and any of the proceeds from Redbubble will be donated the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. I will be adding new photos throughout the month. You can also donate directly to the CCFA by following this LINK.