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Landfill Site Description and History


Landfill #: 33



Landfill #33 is located in eastern downtown Tampa (Section 19, Township 29, Range 19 East), approximately 1200 feet east of Ybor Channel (Figure 33-1). The site is known as the former “Spicola Hardware site.”  Landfill #33 was reportedly used by the City of Tampa for disposal of garbage from 1938 to 1950[1].  Prior to 1938, the area was a swamp along the edge of the bay.  The Landfill #33 study area is bounded on the north by Adamo Drive and on the east by 22nd Street. A drainage ditch runs along the southern boundary of the area.  The Tampa Crosstown Expressway cuts diagonally through the former landfill area from the northwest to the southeast (Figures 33-2 and 33-3).  Land uses in this general area are all commercial and industrial facilities (Figure 33-4).  Ownership information is provided following the site map (Figure 33-4).


The western extent of the landfill is not precisely known.  Florida Groundwater Services, Inc.[2] concluded that the landfill extends approximately 40 feet to the west of South 19th Street (Figure 33-5).  Correspondence from the Grow Group, Inc. to the City of Tampa[3] indicates that they are of the opinion that landfill debris was encountered farther west than this on the Devoe & Raynolds Company (Devoe) property.  The land to the west of South 19th Street also was filled using spoil material dredged from the Ybor Channel.


A 1938 aerial photograph (Figure 33-6) shows landfilling operations in the Landfill #33 study area.  The 1938 aerial photograph, included in a contamination assessment report of the Devoe Property by the Grow Group, Inc.[4] (Figure 33-7), shows that the landfill extends beneath 19th Street and onto the Devoe property.  The filling operations do not show at the western edge of Landfill #33 on a 1947 aerial photograph (Figure 33-8), but landfilling activities may be discernible in the eastern central and northern portions of the site on a 1948 aerial photograph from the 1958 Soil Survey[5] (Figure 33-9). 


The 1956 USGS topographic map shows a swampy area in the southeastern quarter of the site (Figure 33-10).  The 1957 aerial photograph (Figure 33-11) shows an area of land disturbance at the northwest corner of the Landfill #33, but the activities can not be determined.  A 1964 aerial photograph shows an area of disturbed vegetation in the middle of the property and in the northwestern portion of the site (Figure 33-12).  The swampy area shown on the 1956 topographic map appears to have been filled by 1964.  The activities after 1950 may not have been related to the City of Tampa landfill, which was reported to have closed that year.  A 1985 aerial photograph shows that the Crosstown Expressway was built over the majority of the former landfill (Figure 33-13).  It is not known if the landfill material was removed prior to construction of the expressway.


Several groundwater contamination investigations have been conducted in the Landfill #33 area and downgradient to the west.  Landfill debris was encountered to more than 20 feet below land surface during investigations at the gas station at the northwest corner of the site.  Hydrocarbons were detected in monitor wells at the gas station, but no landfill-related constituents were detected in the groundwater.  Similarly, an investigation[6] for hydrocarbon releases at a gas station at the northeast corner of the site detected landfill debris to a depth of greater than 16 feet below land surface in soil borings.  Hydrocarbons were detected in the soil and groundwater, but no mention is made of contaminants related to the landfill.  Furthermore, no landfill related impacts were detected in groundwater samples collected for monitor wells during investigations at the Devoe property to the west of the site.  A geotechnical soil boring was drilled south of the gas station at the northeast corner of the site and encountered landfill debris to more than 15 feet below the land surface.



[1] Florida Land Design & Engineering, Inc., 1984 Landfill Site Inventory, Prioritization, and Water Quality Monitoring Plan

[2] Florida Groundwater Services, Inc., 1991. Preliminary Contamination Assessment, City of Tampa,  Landfill Site No. 33, Spicola Hardware, Tampa, Florida

[3] Grow Group, Inc. 1994; Letter to Ms. Nancy McCann Solid Waste Department, City of Tampa

[4] Grow Group, Inc. 1987; Contamination Assessment Report, Devoe & Reynolds, Tampa, Florida

[5] U.S. Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service; 1958 Soil Survey of Hillsborough County, Florida

[6] Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc., 1990 Contamination Assessment Report, Gas Kwick #17 Station, Tampa, Florida DER Facility No. 2986226