TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) - Mayor Bob Buckhorn delivered his third State of the City address inside the Armature Works Building in historic Tampa Heights on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

In his state of the city address, Buckhorn said crime is down 69 percent.

“The community knows that the police officers are their friends, not their enemies, their allies, in the war on crime to keep their neighborhood safe. That’s why in spite of being required to retire this year after 30 years of service, I have asked Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor, my friend, to stay on for one more additional year,” Buckhorn said.

Castor is part of the department's "drop" program which allows Castor to draw pension while she continues working.

Castor's retirement date is set for May 6th. In spite of that, Buckhorn says Castor will remain the city's chief for another year. The contract has to be approved by city council.

Buckhorn also urged Tampa residents to support Pinellas County's penny sales tax referendum for mass transit and commuter rail.

After the speech, there was a tour showing the progress happening at Water Works Park, a short distance from the speech location at the Armature Works Building. The City of Tampa is currently renovating Water Works Park and restoring Ulele Spring, and in addition, Richard Gonzmart is transforming the Water Works Building, one of Tampa’s original water pumping stations built in 1903, into Ulele, a restaurant and brewery serving unique foods and spirits by fusing elements from a rich variety of Native American and multicultural cuisines.   

The park and restaurant are scheduled to open in the next few months. Both investments, along with The Heights Development, are key in transforming historic Tampa Heights and connecting the neighborhood to downtown Tampa. 

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