Scioto Peninsula Santa Maria To Be Removed From Downtown River By Jim Letizia • Jun 17, 2014 santamaria.org Columbus city officials say the Santa Maria, the replica of Christopher Columbus' flagship, is being pulled out of the Scioto River to make room for implementation of the Scioto Greenways plan. Council Approves Budget, Scioto Greenways Payment And Tax Break For Nationwide Insurance By Jim Letizia • Feb 11, 2014 Columbus City Council last night approved the 807-million-dollar municipal budget for the year. Columbus Zoo Officials Seek Permanent Tax Levy By Jim Letizia & Associated Press • Jan 9, 2014 The board of directors of the Columbus Zoo voted yesterday to put a permanent, 1.25 mill property tax levy on the May ballot. Mayor Coleman Talks Downtown Development By Jim Letizia • Dec 27, 2013 2013 was a year of progress when it comes to development in downtown Columbus. Commissioners Approve Deal To Raze Vets Memorial By Jim Letizia • Dec 3, 2013 Franklin County Commissioners today approved a deal to raze Veterans Memorial downtown, despite calls from local vets and the facility's board to renovate the structure. Scioto Peninsula Plan By Mike Foley • Aug 14, 2013 Columbus Downtown Development Corporation Columbus and Franklin County officials have unveiled some major plans for the downtown 56-acre site west of the river near COSI.