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Volume 18, Number 28              July 26,  2016

Security Patrol Has Moved

The Sun City Center Security Patrol launched full operations today in the former ClubLink North Course Clubhouse at 1225 Pebble Beach Blvd North at the corner of LaJolla Avenue.  Telephone is still 813-642-2020.
     Entry to the new facility will be from LaJolla Avenue just across Pebble Beach Blvd North from the United Community Church.
     Now, there is a lot of work still being done to their new headquarters but Patrol members are encouraged to visit their new Headquarters to become familiar with the layout. Casual visitors are not encouraged to come at this time but should watch for a “Community Grand Opening” in November.  
     Want to join the Security Patrol?  The volunteers work 3-hour shifts once a month.  CA Members and residents of Kings Point and Sun Towers are invited to apply at the new building during regular business hours.

The CA Office Building

 Over 50 residents attended a lively meeting this morning in the Caper Room to discuss what needs to be done to the building at 1009 Pebble Beach Blvd North.
     The introductory comments by CA President David Floyd repeated earlier comments that, regardless of whether the existing building is torn down and replaced, or simply upgraded to provide more support to the foundation and roof problems, the CA will not go into debt to cover any of the costs.
      There is a question of just when any changes should be made.  The slab on which the flooring is laid is only 3 inches thick; there may be some rebar support in that concrete but there is no confidence that it is sufficient.  One resident asked if we are learning that the floor might actually collapse and drop about 3 feet; the answer was we have no guarantees that a collapse couldn’t happen.  
     Much of the discussion then shifted to finding a new place promptly to set up operations for the safety of our employees, of our board members and of the many visitors who come in daily.  President Floyd said that another meeting will be held as soon as a few more answers are available about needed space, costs and how to pay for them. 
     The sense of the attendees was that something must be done and quickly.       I have many more notes from the meeting. If you want to see them just reply to this eNEWS with the word “Building” in the subject line.   

And, in Closing,

  • Several readers have asked if I had heard that ClubLink US is filing for bankruptcy! I had not, so I got in touch with people who should know.  Without hesitation three sources, including one from ClubLink US, expressed surprise at the question and confirmed the company has no plans to file for bankruptcy.   ClubLink US manages the Sandpiper and Renaissance courses here and the Scepter course in Kings Point.

/John Bowker
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Volume 18, Number 27              July 23,  2016

Golf carts are ok on county streets this week from Sunrise at 6:50 am to Sunset at 8:20 pm.

Aldi Progress
for our Snowbirds

I took this picture of the new Aldi building looking across US-301 toward Sun City Center from the parking lot of the Advanced Auto Parts store.  The McDonalds you see in the background is on SR 674 next to the Regions Bank at the corner of 674 and 301.
    A year ago that space was occupied by a series of small stores that had been built in a failed motel from the 1970s; the Copper Penny restaurant was off to the left from what you see here before it was taken down last year.
    So you can see there is plenty of work still needed before Aldi will open. I will keep an eye on it and report on it here in eNEWS.

Security Patrol to Move

The Sun City Center Security Patrol is now scheduled to move its operations to their new headquarters in the former Club Link North Course Clubhouse on Tuesday, July 26 at 9:00am. The Security Patrol’s main telephone number, 813-642-2020, will remain in place.
     Entry to the new Security Patrol headquarters will be a one-way driveway from La Jolla Avenue and exit will be one way onto Pebble Beach Blvd. North.
     The new Security Patrol building will house Sun City Center’s Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department Community Resource Deputy and staff in September. The CRD office will have a separate entrance from Pebble Beach Blvd. North.
     The Security Patrol plans a private Grand Opening for its Members in November when their part-time volunteers return. A Community Grand Opening is also planned for November. In the meantime, Patrol Members are encouraged to visit Patrol Headquarters beginning July 27.

     The Security Patrol is always looking for volunteers for 3 hour assignments per month. Residents of SCC, Kings Point, and Sun Towers are eligible to join the Patrol.  Applications are available at the Patrol headquarters.

New CA Office Building?

CA Members with any ideas that might contribute to the discussion about upgrading the CA office facilities at 1009 Pebble Beach Blvd North please come to the open meeting this next week on Tuesday at 9 am in the Caper Room in the Atrium Building.
     This will be a free-wheeling session with no formal speeches.  Any changes to the building will probably require approval through a referendum vote by the CA members once plans are drawn up about replacing the building that is there now or tearing it down and building a new structure.

Windows 10 Upgrade ends Friday!

     For those who upgrade to Windows 10 after the Friday, July 29 Microsoft deadline, the price will be $119. For those who want the Windows 10 Pro version, which adds business-oriented features like remote login and improved security, the price will be $199. 
     If you now have Windows 7 or 8.1, the PC Club has scheduled a Windows 10 Upgrade Workshop this next week on Thursday, July 28 at 8:30am. In these workshops you bring your computer to the lab and we help you do the upgrade to Windows 10. You must sign up in the lab to attend in the Atrium Building (there are only two slots still open as of 11 am today!).  The Computer Club $20 for members and $25 for non-members.  There are two slots left as of this morning.

     Email Matt at if you have any questions.

Changes at the State Park?

There will be a presentation by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Recreation and Parks, of the proposed unit management plan for the Little Manatee River State Park this week on Wednesday, July 27, at 6:00 p.m.  That park forms the southern border of Sun City Center and Kings Point.
     The plan will look in-depth at the natural, cultural and recreational resources at the park and identify specific management objectives and land uses. This will allow the department to create management solutions that respond to the unique physical and social setting of the park.

     The meeting room will open at 5 pm at the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza.
     For the meeting agenda visit: and find the July 27 Public Hearing notice on the Little Manatee River park -or-
contact Joe Howard, Park Mgr by Email: -or-
call (813) 671-5005.


And, in Closing,

  • We are looking for someone who speaks Slovak.  Please call Janet at 634-1038.
  • When you change your email address, please tell me your ‘old’ address along with the new address so I can tell my distributor to delete your old address.  Our Address List does not contain your name or other ID information.

/John Bowker
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Volume 18, Number  26               July 13, 2016

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Sunrise this week is at 6:43 am; Sunset is at 8:43 pm

Big Subject Coming Up

The CA building at 1009 North Pebble Beach Blvd was built as a model home by the W-G Development Company in the late 1970s.  It was one of 4 houses built on the corner where CVS is now located.  When it was moved to its present position in 1980 a new foundation had to be constructed. 

     You are looking at a photograph taken under the CA Office Building recently. 

    Unbelievable, unsupported spaces under the CA Building must be addressed.  The underside of the cement slab on which the office floor is placed is at the top of this photo with pipes and cables running from the ground up into the building.
    So, what to do?  We learned this morning at the regular CA monthly board meeting that the floor in parts of the building are beginning to sag and that the roofing timbers (some 40-50 years old) are showing signs of decay.  Clearly, we cannot count on that building as a reliable work place or storage facility for more than another year or two at most.

Open Discussion Meeting

     On Tuesday, July 26 at 9 am in the Caper Room, there will be an open meeting for all interested CA members to discuss the options we all face.  Do we repair the existing building or do replace it with an all new building.
    The costs?  No one knows for sure.  The numbers we heard during the meeting this morning ranged from $400,000 to repair the old building (above) up to about a million dollars to replace it with an entirely new structure.
     You may not realize that the Security Patrol building was erected more than a decade later in its present position attached to the CA Building (but on a firm ground foundation), and our SCC Library was another of the model houses that was moved from the “CVS Corner” in 1980.  Work on its foundation was completed just over a year ago.

Smart Money Tips

Reserve a seat for August 11, 11:00-12:30

As technology changes, so do the crimes attached to it, and it’s important to know the latest best practices for protecting your money. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputy Merry, joins us for this informative Lunch & Learn program to be held at Aston Gardens at Sun City Center. You will hear the latest information on crimes against seniors and the pitfalls to avoid.
Lectures are FREE and Open to the Public. Limited Seating Available. Call for a reservation before August 9 at 813-642-8950

Cafe Permit

Community Manager Lyn Reitz today explained that, while all the site permits have been processed by Hillsborough County, the actual building permit for our cafe expansion next to the outdoor pool is still under review by them. The posture of the county is that the cafe is not a simple addition to the existing Atrium Building, and therefore requires more lavatories for the cafe wing and an update to the fire protection.  The county’s questions have been answered so once again we are waiting for their review. The funding for the cafe is well in hand in the Capital Fund.

Gravel for the South Campus

The plan for using shell gravel on the driving surfaces around Community Hall has been changed to using limestone where paving is not in place.  The limestone will provide a more uniform and clean appearing surface and will be less subject to damage from the weather.  Also, please note that Community Hall will be closed to all from Tuesday, July 26 to Sunday, August 7 for floor repairs and refinishing.
     The schedule for cleaning up all the areas needing this new surface treatment depends now on the contractor who has agreed to take this on.  But you see he has a commitment to finish up his work for Wawa over at the US-301 intersection with SR-674.  I was pleased to see some activity over there today where Wawa is scheduled to build.  According to the information I have received, Wawa has been having the same problem getting county permits that we have for the cafe. 

And, in Closing,

  • I can’t let the big topic today go without reflecting on a question asked of me during today’s Board meeting, “Do we really need a CA Office building?”  By July 26 I will have my answers and comments ready for the meeting (if needed).
  • During June, there were 52 homes sold in Sun City Center for which the CA received Capital Fund fees.  The number does not include the brand new homes being constructed on the old Ben Sutton Golf School property.
  • The Capital Fund now totals $954,000.
  • Golf Cart Parade:  Snowbirds take note too!  The theme for the December 10th community Parade will be “Our Florida Winter Wonderland”.  It is never too soon to begin your plans for golf cart decoration.
  • Out total resident count as of the end of June was 10,933.
  • Rumor Control:  I get very strange (but very welcome) emails from readers. This week there were two asking about the huge increase in the Capital Fund Fee.  Answer:  There has been no increase in that Fee.  Yes, the CA Board brought this up for discussion recently but it has not been brought to a vote by the Board members.  The Fee is now $1,500 when an existing house is sold here   and they are just talking about raising it to $1,800.  I will keep you posted.

/John Bowker
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Volume 18, Number  25               July 9, 2016

Your Money

Who is helping you watch out for it?

The series of talks by Deputy Sheriff Jeff Merry and his guest speakers continue in July.  The topic this month is exploitation by family members to whom you may have given information and trust, and the responsibilities of those to whom you have given Power of Attorney, their rights and yours.

     Each of these four meetings are open to the public; no ID required.

Tuesday, July 12, 10:00 a.m.

The Atrium Bldg Caper Room  GUEST SPEAKER: Elder Attorney Laurie Ohall

Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 1:00 p.m.

Ripple Room, Kings Point Clubhouse  GUEST SPEAKER: Elder Attorney Laurie Ohall

Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 11:00 a.m.

Freedom Plaza Auditorium  GUEST SPEAKER: Elder Attorney Gerald Hemness

Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 3:00 p.m.

American Momentum Bank, 131 South. Pebble Beach Blvd, Sun City Center

GUEST SPEAKER: Elder Attorney Gerald Hemness

Here are the ways to reach the deputy in his Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office with your questions or observations:


Deputy Jeffery Merry, Community Resource Deputy
948 Cherry Hills Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573

Telephone: 813-242-5515   E-mail:

Free Cremation Urns

Beautiful urns, hand-crafted by our Sawdust Engineers, are available for Sun City Center families of recently deceased veterans who were honorably discharged from the U.S. Military.  Requests are being processed by the Disabled American Veteran Chapter 110 here.  If your loved one was a veteran who has passed away during the last 30 days, please call the DAV at 813-331-3871.

And, in Closing,

  • In my last edition I should have mentioned that sponsorship of the July 4th food court events during the afternoon was provided by Brandon Honda.  They have been a reliable contributor to Sun City Center functions for years.
  • Sunrise this week:  6:43 am;  Sunset this week:  8:28 pm.  The fine for driving a golf cart on county streets before sunrise or after sunset is $153.


/John Bowker
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 Volume 18, Number 24              July 1,  2016

Monday, July 4th Highlights

Breakfast at 7:30 - 11:30 am -- This annual $5.00 breakfast, open to everyone, will be held in Community Hall on South Pebble Beach. Your plate will feature orange juice, pancakes (strawberries on the side), eggs, sausage, toast and coffee.  You buy tickets at the entrance that morning.  50/50 tickets are available.
Entertainment from 11:30 am -- Karaoke, music, and food delights (including ice cream if you are quick enough!) around the pool and out by the bandstand.  I was pleased to learn that Minto is contributing to this event.

Seniors vs. Crime
New Local Office

Their Sun City Center office is now located in the Pelican Room near the front of “Old Town Hall” on Cherry Hills Drive.  The office phone is 634-8666.
     Seniors vs. Crime is a unique and effective group of volunteers sponsored by the Office of the Florida Attorney General.  Seniors investigate and help resolve complaints they receive from seniors in the local community. They assist the State  Consumer Protection Division and local law enforcement when requested.  

Wild Life Problems

I can think back to the days when I broke up pieces of bread or crackers and went out back to toss them to birds and squirrels .. but I have now learned what great damage that can do to lives and lifestyles of those creatures.  You can also trust me that the wildlife does not need your contributions to their diet.
      There is a nesting swan on Swan Lake -- She is VERY territorial, and we learned that from a visitor who stumbled on the nest and was literally chased away by the mother amidst great noise, wing flapping and other threatening moves.  Best that we all keep away.

Parkinson’s Disease?

There will be a special presentation with some private time for those suffering from the disease and their caregiver on Monday, August 15 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.  Dr. Rafael M. Rodriguez, President of the Neurophysiology Center in Tampa will be the speaker at the Sun Towers Retirement Community on Trinity Lakes Drive. I will have more on this, but, for now, please remember the time and date.

And, in Closing,

  • Glad to see the new signs crediting the Leathernecks for their work keeping the golf cart path clean from E. Del Webb Blvd to US-301 on the way to Walmart. 
  • The next big project on the Community Association’s plate may well be how to fix or replace their main office building.  (Big bucks) This will be introduced as a subject at the monthly CA Board meeting on 9 am, July 13, Rollins Theater.

/John Bowker
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 Volume 18, Number 23              June 21,  2016


The most common question in my emails these days asks what is going on at the Wawa site on the southeast corner of US-301 and SR-674.  Things have slowed there in the past two weeks, but the “coming soon” sign is still up, and I love the website that now shows what the menu at this location will feature everything from soup to salads and sandwiches ... they have a lunch and dinner menu posted there, too.  So I have no doubt about their plans.
     I am wondering if maybe they are having the same problem getting county permits that have dogged us all spring regarding plans for our new cafe in Sun City Center.


Several times I have tried to summarize the new Hillsborough County recycling rules in this newsletter and, each time, I find something new that I had omitted.  With the help of Sam Sudman I now have a complete statement from the county and it is quite readable.  But it is too long to include here so, if you really want to see it, just respond to this newsletter with “Recycle” on the Subject line and address it to me at  It tells very clearly what kind of

waste goes in which container .. and a bunch of do’s and don’ts.

Plastic Bags??   

It is perfectly okay to place plastic grocery bags in the garbage, just not in the blue recycling carts.  The county actually encourages residents to reuse the plastic grocery bags as trash bags in bathrooms, etc.

Falcon Watch Golf Course
18 Holes closing July 1

On June 6, The Clublink US Corporation released a statement confirming the closing.  Their announcement, in summary, reports that they have determined the present level of membership, along with the state of the golf industry in general does not support pursuing the substantial renovations and upgrades to this golf course.  They have therefore decided to close both the Cypress and Sands nines at Falcon Watch permanently. The Sands-nine will remain closed and the Cypress-nine will close as of July 1, 2016. The Challenge-nine will be integrated into Scepter Golf Club. Scepter Golf Club will operate as a 27-hole gold-level facility being operated out of the Scepter clubhouse.

     There are presently no plans for the land and buildings related to the closures of Cypress and Sands.  Clublink assures that the existing turf will be maintained to Hillsborough County code.

      If you would like to see the entire statement from Clublink, respond with “Clublink” as your subject and send it to me at

Annual Neighborhood Recognition Awards

Think you have one of the best neighborhood associations in the area?  Did your homeowners group accomplish a project in 2015 that was a home run? Brag about it by competing for the Hillsborough County annual Neighborhood Recognition Awards.
     The annual awards program is designed to acknowledge neighborhood organizations that are active in civic affairs and work collectively to improve and enrich their communities and the lives of their residents.

     Nominations are being accepted in the following categories for events that occurred in 2015:

  • Best Beautification Project
  • Best Neighborhood Watch/Crime Prevention Program/Project
  • Best Environmental Program/Project
  • Best Communications – Newsletter, Website, Social Media
  • Most Successful Special Event
  • Most Successful Youth Program
  • Disaster Preparedness at the Neighborhood Level & CERT
  • “Come Back Kid” - recognizing programs that revitalized distressed neighborhoods

     The deadline for nominations is Friday, July 8.  If you want to see the full press release with instructions on how to nominations, respond to me with the word “Award” on the subject line at

Sunrise and Sunset Times

Between now and a week from now, the sun will rise over Sun City Center at 6:37 a.m. and will set here at 8:28 p.m.  Do NOT operate your golf cart on our streets before sunrise nor after sunset  please!         

And, in Closing,

  • The activity near the northwest corner of US-301 and 19th Avenue is just an expansion of the Lennar Homes project called Cypress Creek.  I expect they will fill that corner with homes or businesses someday.
  • Produce Nation will not be offering Fresh vegetables at South Bay Hospital on Fridays during the summer.  They now plan to return in the fall when the Snowbirds are back. 
  • The trash Bins at the end of Pebble Beach South are only for trash related to the county Curb Inlet construction program. They are not for debris (Patio Furniture TV’s , Boxes, etc.)
  • What is behind the long wall on the east side of US-301 all the way down to Cape Stone Avenue?  That is more of Valencia Lakes.  The Sereno development lies just to the east of that section of Valencia Lakes.  I will give the ears off my 2014 chocolate Easter Bunny to the first person who can tell me for sure what’s going to happen to that property along SR-674 immediately to the east of Walmart.

/John Bowker
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eNEWS Snowbird Edition

It is now 2:45 on Monday, June 6.
I am pleased to report that there have been no reports coming to us of wind or rain damage in Sun City Center.  The storm called COLIN has not really formed into anything dangerous.   I am watching the Weather Channel and their reporters are mainly out in Pinellas near Clearwater on the shore and we are not seeing anything like they are showing of flooding and storm damage.
     Please note that the CA offices and buildings are now all closed today.  This means there will be no Bingo games tonight in Community Hall.
     Sunrise this week occurs at 6:33 am and sunset is at 8:23 pm today, expanding to 8:25 pm by Friday.  (I know you can't see the sun but the rules about operating golf carts don't know that, so make sure you're home evenings by half past 8 this week.)
     I will report any significant weather changes in Sun City Center.
/John Bowker

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Volume 18, Number  21               May 31, 2016

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Driving to South Bay Hospital

     The usual main entrance driveway to our hospital is now closed because of all the construction of their new ICU/PCU patient tower.  It will remain closed until July 11 according to present plan.

     Here are two ways to drive to the hospital entrance during this period:

1)  Stay on 674 heading for Ruskin just a few more yards from where you used to turn in, and you will see a large entrance sign (combined with the word “EMERGENCY”).  Go in there and find a place to park around the back side of the hospital.  Visitors enter at the Outpatient & Emergency entrance at the rear of the hospital.

2)  From 674, use West Del Webb Blvd up to Haverford Drive (that is between the Baptist and Methodist Churches).  Haverford leads you directly to the hospital property.  Find a place to park around the back side of the hospital, and enter the hospital using the Walk-In Visitor entrance described above.

      We are told that there will be security personnel on site 24 hours a day to help direct visitors during the construction.  For more information, call 813-634-0496.

Bluebirds of Happiness

The Sun City Center Audubon Club is trying to get a count of the number of nesting bluebirds we have in town.  This is a project headed by Melanie Higgins who wrote to me:  “I'm the project manager for the SCC Audubon Club bluebird nest box project. We currently have three out of 20 boxes that have had nests and eggs, two that fledged young.  Recently I got a phone call from someone who had installed a box on her own that now has a clutch of bluebirds. Could I ask your readers to give me a call or email if they have nesting bluebirds? 813-625-1271, Thanks!”

Veterans’ Families Take Note

The Sawdust Engineers of SCC is offering free cremation urns for any Sun City Center deceased honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Military.  The urns are for recently deceased only and distribution will continue throughout 2016.   
     Delivery of the urns is being processed by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 110.  If your loved one was a veteran and you would like an urn, please contact the office of the DAV at 813-331-3871.  
(Thanks, Paula)


I was sorry to learn that the Bicycle Club has not been active recently.  The Sun City Center Audubon Club is taking care of the walking trails just off Del Webb Blvd West north of Seton Hall Drive. There is no good place to park an automobile nearby; golf carts and bicycles can be parked at the entrance to the woods there.

/John Bowker
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Volume 18, Number 20              May 26,  2016

Memorial Day Closings

The Community Association office at 1009 North Pebble Beach Blvd, the SCC library and Information Center will be closed all day.  All other buildings including the pools and Fitness Center will be open that day.
     Hillsborough County facilities to be closed:

  • All administrative offices of County government, all libraries, recreation centers, Head Start/Early Head Start centers, senior centers and nutrition sites.
  • There will be no solid waste collection (including garbage, recyclables, and yard waste) in or around Sun City Center.
  • All disposal facilities, including the Southeast County Landfill, community collection centers, and yard waste facilities.
  • The Pet Resource Center. Animal safety and enforcement officers will be on duty for emergencies only at (813) 744-5660. The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative website will be offline that day.
  • All County recreation centers, skate parks, and the administrative offices of Parks & Recreation.
  • The Sunshine Line transportation service will not be in operation.
  • Emergency calls regarding County water and wastewater service: (813) 744-5600. The Water Quality Hotline at (813) 264-3835 is answered 24 hours a day.
  • Regional parks and dog parks will be open.

Sheriff Briefings Continue

     Deputy Jeff Merry will be addressing theft of mail and of our identity and more.

     Here is the June schedule for his one-hour illustrated (usually) lectures that every resident should plan to attend.  There will be four presentations of his strategies for reducing or preventing fraud, plus some resources we should learn about that are available to victims.  Each meeting is open to Kings Point and Sun City Center residents.

Tuesday, June 14:  10:00 a.m. in the Caper Room of the Atrium Building.

Tuesday, June 14:  1:00 p.m. in the Ripple Room of the Kings Point north Clubhouse.

Wednesday, June 15:  3:00 p.m. at the American Momentum Bank, 131 S. Pebble Beach.

Tuesday, June 21:  11:00 a.m. at the main auditorium of Freedom Plaza.

Outdoor Pool to Close

The main outdoor pool next to the Atrium Building will close for one day on Monday, June 6 for cleaning.  Several weeks from now, the indoor walking pool will be closed for several days to give it a thorough acid cleaning to remove scuff marks from shoes worn inside the pool.  No, I don’t anticipate any change in the rules about what you can wear in any of the pools.

Pickleball in Kings Point

An 8-court Pickleball complex has been installed on open space on the south side Hwy 674 in front of Kings Point.  There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, June 3 at 10 am.  Kings Point residents may want to come to watch this latest addition to their amenities.
     There are over 300 resident members of the Kings Point Pickleball Club. The new courts cost $450,000, funded by the residents of Kings Point.   (Thanks, Nicole!)

Croquet is here!

Starting next Wednesday, June 1st at 3:00 pm, croquet is debuting in Sun City Center.  In fact, the sport is “Golf Croquet” and that means the wickets are very narrow.  So the game is similar to what we all played as kids but just enough tougher to make for fine adult competition.
    CA Members are invited to come, and even participate next Wednesday. Come to the south-most lawn bowling green (directly in back of the Sun City Center library) on North Pebble Beach Blvd.  Kathy Gonnella explained to me that the court will be set up on that lawn bowling green in such a way that there is no damage to the green.  Eight people will play at one time and there is a 20-minute limit on each game so more people can play in one afternoon. 

     There will be a wine & cheese party starting at 5:00 pm in the Eberhart Lawn Bowling building (if you think you may want to join this new club, you are invited .. consider bringing a few munchies) and if you want to join the new combined Lawn Bowling and Croquet Club, they can handle your registration right there.

And, in Closing,

  • Community Hall will be closed for inside work from July 26 to August 8.
  • Sports Authority is closing all its stores and is holding Going-Out-of-Business sales. 
    They are closing all their stores.
  • There is a new sign on West Del Webb Blvd (between Vincennes and Seton Hall drives) labeled “Nature Trails”.  There are several walking trails back into the woods there. Each is quiet and a real departure from the familiar Sun City Center community atmosphere. It is all free and is a project of our Audubon Society.

/John Bowker
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 Volume 18, Number 19              May 17,  2016

Nature Trail on West Del Webb Blvd

Several readers have mentioned that they cannot find the Nature Trail that the Audubon Club is managing for the Community Association.  The entry to the trail lies on West Del Webb Blvd between the Seton Hall and the Vincennes intersections. That is a short distance north of our “West Campus” where the RV Park and Tillers & Toiler Garden Plots are located.
     Let me assure you that the well-marked trail(s) are most worthwhile to find if you enjoy a quiet (VERY quiet and peaceful) walk in the woods.
     There is no good place to park an automobile nearby, but golf cart parking is accommodated well away from the street at the trail entrance and bicycles could be parked there too.
    And today we learned that the CA will be erecting a new sign marking the entry on West Del Webb set back the mandatory 25 feet from the pavement but still very visible. 

Sun Towers Construction

I stopped Debbie Caneen this week to ask about all the construction at Sun Towers I see as I pass by every day.  I gather that plans are in stages but she assured me that the rear parking lot is nearing completion.  There are lots of activities being hosted by Sun Towers these days, and there is now FREE Valet parking available for cars and even golf carts at both the 101 and 105 Trinity Lakes Drive entrances from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm during the parking expansion.
    I asked about any further construction plans on Sun Towers and she hesitated, saying “As with all construction, it's 2 steps forward and at least 2 steps back so I'm just standing by on the time line...”

Sheriff’s Briefing

I learned too late that there was some confusion of dates in the scheduling of Deputy Merry’s talks in May.  His final meeting with us all this month will be this week on Wednesday, the 18th in the American Momentum Bank on South Pebble Beach Blvd at 3:00 pm.  Jeff is doing what he can to reduce the number motor vehicle accidents in town with his lectures. If you drive a golf cart on our streets, the meeting this week could be a particularly valuable hour of your time.
     He is also aware of the several recent instances of theft from mailboxes in town and his topic for June will be Identity Theft.  Just for openers, when you put mail in your box out by the street and raise the flag to advise the mailman there is something he should pick up, that same signal alerts the bad guys that there may well be something of value in the box -- and, of course, with school closings in May, that means a lot of kids find themselves with not too much to do.  Plan to hear what Deputy Merry tells us in June; I will have the schedule in a week or so.

/John Bowker
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Volume 18, Number 18               May 11, 2016

Memorial Day Celebration

The Sun City Center veterans’ organizations are once again arranging for volunteers to be flag bearers at the Annual Memorial Day Ceremony.  The ceremony will be held at Veterans Hall at Kings Point on Monday, May 30, 2016. 

     During the ceremony, each local deceased veteran’s name will be read aloud and the individuals in the front rows will stand, turn around and raise a flag when the deceased’s name is read. 

     Those who are willing to volunteer to assist with this important part of the ceremony are asked to meet in the clubhouse banquet room at 9:00 am.  The ceremony begins at 10:00 am. 

     If you can volunteer, please call Charlie Conover at 813-260-3257 or Jim Warchol at 813-633-1063.

July 4 Celebration

We are calling it “Family Day” in Sun City Center.  Events for the whole family are planned by the Community Association and even the children’s hours at the outside pool on the Central Campus will be extended until dusk on this day only.

Breakfast  in Community Hall on South Pebble Beach Blvd from 7:30 to 11:30. Joanne and Sam Sudman will again be hosting this Annual $5.00 July 4 Breakfast.

Karaoke at the outdoor pool from 11:30 to 12:30.

Food Tent in the area around the Bandstand from 11:00 to 3:00 with hot dogs, corn dogs, cold drinks, popcorn, snow cones and cotton candy.

Music at the Bandstand 1:00-3:00; come in your golf cart for seating and

Ice Cream  (free) by the Holiday Club starting at 2:00 as long as it lasts.

And, in Closing,

  • There are 10,930 dues paying residents in Sun City Center at the end of April.
  • Capital Fund fees for 45 resale homes were received during April and that means a total of 154 homes have been sold in Sun City Center in 2016.  This does not include the new houses being constructed and marketed by Minto.  As of the end of April there were 6446 houses in Sun City Center; that comes to 1.7 people in each ‘dwelling unit’ here.
  • The county will be reviewing the building permit for our new cafe addition to the Atrium Building on May 18.
  • Buy One Get One Free sale!  Books at the SouthShore Library on 19th Avenue this Friday. The building opens at 10:00 and the sale will go on at least through noon.
  • And yes, there is lots of activity now out at the corner of 301 and 674; details as we get them about Aldi’s on this side of 301 and Wawa on the easterly side.

/John Bowker
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Volume 18, Number 17               May 3, 2016

Recycling Clarified

I got a lot of reaction to my eNEWS Extra last week about the new recycling ‘rules’ that have changed so much.  I find things well spelled out on the county website:   (Thanks, George!)  And then today another reader shared a personal email with a county official that clarifies an earlier question about using paper bags for all the cans and other material you want to recycle.  The answer is “all recycle material should be loose in the blue bin you put out at the street. Don’t use bags for anything you put out for recycling ”  (Thanks, Mel!)

Cleaning up Sun City Center 

We all see trash along the street from time to time, and we wish some of the properties could be cleaned up when people are away, or the house is vacant.  These and other topics will be discussed on the local radio station WSCQ this Thursday morning at 9:30 with the CA President, David Floyd.  Tune in to hear Vern and Lysa ask him about just what the CA can do and, importantly, what the CA cannot due with its all-volunteer and 501(c)(3) tax status that benefits us all.

     There will also be a two-part program on the station later on Thursday right after the 11 o’clock news.  This will be a discussion with the county’s recycling coordinator Travis Barnes about what can and what cannot be put in the blue bins we all put out by the street each week for recycling.

      WSCQ is at 96.3 on the FM radio dial.


Wonderful Opportunity
to Help some Nearby Kids


     If you would like to put some spare time to a great use, you may want to become a volunteer in a county program called Guardian ad Litem.  This is the program where, after training, one is assigned a child in the foster care system to get to know and follow them thru the court system. They are the ones assigned to be partial and speak about what is best for the child. 

     There will be two programs at the SouthShore Library that will present an overview and answer your questions.  It is an excellent way to figure out if the program will match something of interest to you. The two dates are May 12 at 6 pm and May 26 at 1:30 pm.   (Thanks, Diane!)

     If you need directions to the SouthShore Library, let me know. 

     Oh!  And More than 50 artists will be exhibiting their works in an interesting exhibit at the SouthShore Library.  There will be light refreshments and you can meet the artists on Thursday evening at 6 pm. It’s all free -- funded by the Friends of SouthShore Regional Library.

Emergency Squad hosts
Volunteer Information Program


The Sun City Center Emergency Squad is hosting an Informational Program at 6 PM on the Wednesday, May 11th to answer questions and provide details to prospective volunteers. 

     The meeting will take place at the Training Building at 124 S. Pebble Beach. Residents interested in finding out more about the Squad and the volunteer opportunities they have available are invited.  The Squad is always looking for people who may be interested in helping on our ambulances and wheelchair vans. The positions include Emergency Medical Responders, Ambulance Drivers and Emergency Medical Technicians. Other volunteer positions the Squad has available include IT specialists, vehicle maintenance volunteers, and cooks.

     No advanced notice is needed; just come in and learn what all those sirens we hear every day are all about.


And, in Closing,


  • You know? There are certain moments in life that stick with you or make you stop and think .. today is our son’s 60th birthday.  Remarkable since Linda and I are both only 47.  But still ... good grief.

         And imagine that little boy and his wonderful wife having a grandchild now!


/John Bowker

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Volume 18, Number 16               April 19, 2016

Club Membership Clarification

A letter has been sent to Presidents of all Community Association Clubs regarding the use of waiting lists for prospective new members.  All CA members are allowed to use all CA facilities so wait listing is not an option for clubs to use when CA members wish to join a CA Club.
     Some clubs require completion of a training program before using some of their equipment for safety reasons, and there may be a limit on how many members can be part of such training at any one time.  CA President David Floyd made it clear at a meeting this morning that those training sessions must be moved along at a pace made known to any new member who is waiting to take full part in any club activity.  There are additional provisions in the letter regarding possible club membership by Kings Point residents and other limitations.
     Your club president can provide you the details as they apply to your club.

Jewelry Missing ?

There have been some break-ins recently in Sun City Center and Deputy Jeff Merry reports that the serial burglar has been captured and is in jail.  The brighter side of this story is that some of the stolen goods have been found and returned to their owners in town.
     Jeff is now anxious to find out if others may have been robbed by this same person who has entered locked homes by breaking windows and prying open doors.  The more crimes they can pin on this one person, the stiffer the jail sentences will be.  Jeff will speak more on this tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon at 3 pm in the American Momentum Bank on South Pebble Beach Blvd.  His telephone number is 242-5515.

Cafe Construction Delayed

The last remaining permit to be granted by the county will need a “site plan” showing how this addition to the Atrium Buildings will look when it is finished.  The contractor is now assembling the data to provide this missing document.  Once submitted and approved by the county, construction will start immediately.

     On the South Campus, Community Hall will be closed for the last week of July and the first week of August so that the contractor who installed the wood flooring last year can come back and repair the wood planks that were not properly cured.  The plan is to keep Rooms 4 and 5 open during the shut-down for ping pong and other events that regularly happen there unless there is too much dust or the fumes used on the floor in the main room become just too unhealthy.

A New Approach to Cancer Cure

Imagine a device that could navigate your arteries to deliver medicines or attack cancers exactly where needed. Nanotechnology may be an answer.  Come hear the details Monday, May 9 in the Atrium Bldg Caper Room at 7:30 pm.  This has been arranged by the Science, Engineering & Technology Club.  Everyone is welcome.

Library Meeting?

If you have visited the county SouthShore Library on 19th Avenue you will already know about the variety of services the staff provides there.
    There will be a “Strategic Planning Open House” starting at 6:00 pm next Tuesday, April 26, to gather informal feedback about the public’s continued interest in their current programs, and to seek your ideas about future services the library might provide.
   There will be informational stations set up around the community room for participants to directly interact with library staff about library materials, library classes & events, community outreach, and the design/functioning of the facilities at the SouthShore Library.

New Books at our SCC Library

Alvin Bojar, a member of the Writers Club, has two books now available at the SCC Library. The first, "Loss of Innocents," describes how reformers were able to put an end to 100 years of underaged sex trafficking in England during the 1800's. It was the First Prize Winner of the 15th Annual Writers Network Fiction and Screenplay Competition. The other is "The Last Talisman," a mystery/adventure with sci-fi overtones.

Human Trafficking

The May 16 general meeting of The Sun City Center Campaign Against Human Trafficking (CAHT) will be held at The United Methodist Church in Sun City Center, 1210 W. Del Webb Blvd., Room 30, 1:00 pm.  It is open to everyone.
     This month’s program will feature a talk by Sabrina Crain-Sweeney, Director of Learn to Fish Ministries, a faith-based, non-profit residential recovery center for women and children.  Since opening its doors in 2007, over 700 women and children have been helped to heal from the devastation associated with being a victim of many types of abuse, sex trafficking and the substance abuse that ensues in an attempt to numb their pain.
    The meeting will also provide attendees with the opportunity to learn more about the various aspects of CAHT: Advocacy, Awareness, Prevention/Education and Victim Services.

And, in Closing,

  • All the storm drain construction on our sidewalks should be finished this year.  Thanks to Bob Shangraw for pressuring the county on this a few years ago.
  • The Security Patrol hopes to be moving into its new (remodeled) quarters at the old North Course Golf Course pro shop around the end of May.
  • Any question about holding FunFest next March was put to rest by the CA Board this week.  An informal poll by the CA yielded a very positive “yes” vote.
  • Pete Mathieu has agreed to take on the annual Golf Cart Parade that will be held December 10 this year.  He is looking for any new ideas he might bring to the event and any ideas for a theme!  Write to him at:
  • Each year about this time I am asked how many ‘snowbirds’ we have in Sun City Center.  I don’t know how to define a snowbird so I can’t take a poll.  What is your definition of a snowbird?

/ John Bowker
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 Volume 18, Number 15              April 14,  2016 

Median Upgrade Studies

The medians on South Pebble Beach Blvd are under close study by the CA to determine just what the best approach will be when we take over responsibility from Minto for maintaining them starting next year.  It is not at all clear that replanting them all with “Florida Friendly” foliage will be the best way to go .. both for appearance and for cost.  It is recognized that palm trees are to be expected in Florida landscapes, and neatly mowed grass has a familiar and friendly appearance.  But a balance must be struck between the costs of irrigation and fertilization for what we all had up north, and the need to trim and control weeds affecting the more native plantings.

Street Closings Next Monday

This coming Monday, April 18, FOX will be shooting some scenes for a movie.  Some of the ladder streets in Sun City Center will be closed intermittently from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.  It appears at this time that the most likely affected areas will be on Desert Hills Drive at the intersections with Thunderbird Avenue and with Riviera Drive, and on Hacienda Drive where Thunderbird and Riviera intersect. 
     Our Deputy Merry will be on scene all day if there are any questions. 

 Credit Card Scams

On Tuesday, April 19 in the Freedom Auditorium at Freedom Plaza at 11:00 am, Deputy Merry will be alerting us to the ways the bad guys can get to our money through scams involving our credit or debit cards.
    If you can’t make that one, come to the American Momentum Bank just across from the golf cart store on South Pebble Beach Blvd at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, April 20.    Just one tip:  if you get a call from ANYone asking for the 3-digit number on the back of your credit card, do not give it out; use the phone number on the back of your card for any such communication with your credit company. 

On a Sad Note

Ruth Allen was the 1st EMT on the Emergency Squad and she passed away this week at Sun Terrace at the age of 106 years.  Her services will be at the Sun Towers Chapel at 10 am this Friday, April 15, 2016.

Shredding Your Documents

Take your papers to the Payant Building parking lot at 1653 Sun City Center Plaza next Wednesday, April 20 between 3:00 & 6:00 pm; come and watch them destroyed.  It’s not only free, but it will be a Wine Festival event there and then.

 /John Bowker
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Volume 18, Number 14               April 8, 2016

Important CA Meeting
9:00 AM
  Wednesday this coming week

Once each month the entire Community Association Board of Directors meets to discuss and decide on matters of interest to all residents of Sun City Center.  The April 13 meeting will be held in the Rollins Theater starting at 9:00 am, and is for CA Members only.
     The agenda lists a number of interesting ‘new business’ topics.
    Approval of two new clubs to be affiliated with the CA: the Sun City Center Basketball Club and the Dollhouse Miniature Club of Sun City Center.  (I can’t wait to learn more about the second one myself!)
     At the end of each Board meeting, there is an open time for comments and questions from the audience on any topic of interest to the community. 

Pool Water Heater Repaired

The pool water heater that broke down Thursday afternoon has now been replaced by our Maintenance Department and everything was back to normal by 4 pm today.  I had a chance to see what this project took to complete today, and we should all be thankful that we have such an attentive and competent staff in that department.

Library May Re-Open Tuesday

We were all surprised to find the library on North Pebble Beach Blvd closed today with no advanced warning.  They are replacing carpeting and hope to have the building up and running on Monday -- but as of 4 pm Friday (today), they were not able to commit having everything ready by Monday.  Tuesday is more certain.

And, in Closing;

  • On April 10, the cost of a regular first-class stamp will drop from 49 cents to 47 cents.  Funny I haven’t seen this in the regular press!  (Thanks, Jack .. brings new meaning to the word “Forever” on all those stamps I bought earlier this week.)
  • Several readers sent ideas for things you should do in the house if you are going to be away for a couple of months or more. Pour a couple of ounces of bleach in the toilet, and cover the toilet seat with plastic wrap to prevent mildew and evaporation of the toilet water.  (Thanks, Bill)
  • One of my readers would like to hear from any veterans who flew or worked with B-17 aircraft.  Please tell Kai Rambow at
  • Please note that the signs announcing that Ambreen’s Cafe di Luna in the Atrium Building would be closed starting April 1 were not accurate.  The CA had announced that construction on the expanded cafe would start at the end of March but that has not occurred. The cafe was very much open today.

 /John Bowker
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This is 1535 Emerald Dunes Drive. It is the last of the properties that will be developed into a home in Sun City Center outside of the gated Verona Section.  It is located on the south side of our most southern street and will back onto the Little Manatee River State Park. Construction on that house will start immediately. 

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Volume 18, Number 3       January 15, 2016

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Café Construction

We learned this week that not only are all the permits in hand for the proposed expansion of our Atrium Building café, but a “Value Engineering” review of the specific construction details has now been completed by The Project Office (TPO) of the Community Association to be sure the costs of each step are in line with our needs.  Construction will be able to start immediately after the March 19 FunFest event.  All costs will be borne by the CA’s Operating Fund and not the Capital Fund.  
     They are hopeful that the new operation will be open by mid-year.

Nature Walking Trail

The CA Board unanimously approved a Letter of Understanding with the Sun City Center Audubon Society.  They will provide maintenance to the trail on our West Campus.  The entryway to that trail is shown on page 12 of your Membership Directory; it is accessed from Del Webb Blvd West between Vincennes and Seton Hall Drives.  There is no automobile parking in that area, but plenty of golf cart parking at the entrance to that trail.

     The improvements planned by the Audubon people include new signs, labeling of flora and trees and an information center at the entrance to explain the different walking paths one can choose.

New Golf Cart Path?

There has been talk around town about a golf cart path that would provide access to the eating places and other businesses on the south side of 674 on the west side of Sun City Center.  We learned this week that a path on the Kings Point side from Cortaro Drive would not be approved by the authorities because it would cross wetlands and involve cutting cypress trees along that route.
     Instead, the Department of Transportation is considering how to improve the connection from the existing golf cart path on Upper Creek Drive to the sidewalk along Cypress Creek Boulevard and its intersection with 674 so golf carts could cross 674 there.  

Huge Clubhouse Sale

Friday & Saturday, January 22 & 23. 8 am to 1 pm. Estate and miscellaneous household items including tools, electronics and furniture - great prices!

This sale, by the Sun City Lawn Bowling Club, will be held in its clubroom building (“Eberhardt Building”) on the Central Campus next to the lawn bowling greens.  See page 28 of your Membership Directory; find building #6.)

     While we are on this subject, The Lawn Bowling Club is investing over $15,000 in one of its greens right there next to where the sale will be.  Master-Turf Farms Inc. has started the work to replace the base then re-sod Green #3. They are hoping to be back playing on it by April.  A second Green will get a similar upgrade with money from the CA Replacement Reserve Fund.

Hillsborough County Closings on Monday
Libraries to close; Regional Parks will remain open
All emergency services will continue without interruption.

The majority of Hillsborough County offices and facilities will be closed on Monday, January 18, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday.
     Closed facilities include the administrative offices of County government, all libraries, recreation centers, Head Start/Early Head Start centers, and senior centers and nutrition sites.
     The Pet Resource Center. A limited number of animal safety and enforcement officers will be on duty for emergencies only, via the main number at (813) 744-5660.
     The Sunshine Line transportation service will not operate.
     All Social Services Community Resource Centers will be closed.

Parking on South Campus

The CA will be spending some $71,000 to re-do the shell parking lots and roads in the back area around Community Hall.  Parking will be expanded around the tennis, volley ball, Pickle ball and horseshoe courts, fresh shell gravel will be installed.  The brighter surface will make driving easier and should improve the apparent lighting in that area.

Upgrades to Fitness Center

The CA Board of Directors unanimously approved the expenditure of nearly $40,000 this week for three new treadmills and a recumbent cycle for the Fitness Center on our Central Campus. Included in the package is a ‘multi-gym’ product for performing all major exercises found in most health clubs.

And, in Closing,

  • Anyone who has volunteered in any way for the CA is invited to a free “thank you” lunch in the Florida Room on Thursday, February 25 from noon to 2 pm. 
  • The count of residents in Sun City Center on December 31, 2015 was 11,010.
  • A new policy is now in effect for vendors/contractors/licensees with the Community Association.  The principal topics covered relate to Equal Employment Opportunities, Political / Religious activities, Insurance and use of our amenities.
  • Janet Ditmore announced that 3,561 visitors had come into the Information Center in 2015; Visitors came from 32 States, Canada, Mexico and Germany.
  • All ancillary assignments to the CA Board of Directors and all Committee Chairpersons have been made by CA President David Floyd.  To find out “Who’s In Charge Here”, go to that heading at the website
  • CA Vice President Sam Sudman has learned that the widening of US-301 from 674 north to the intersection with 672 (Balm Road) is scheduled to start late this year.  It will be centering its driving lanes to the east of the present roadway over that stretch.

/John Bowker
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New Entertainment Director

     The Community Association has announced the appointment of Lynn Manzi as the new Entertainment Director.  Before she left, Judy Schings arranged for most of the programs to be shown in the next few months, but Lynn was right there watching so we know she will fit right into her new position.

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Volume 17, Number 52               December 9, 2015

CA Leadership

Each year at this time, the continuing or newly elected directors of the Community Association meet to elect their officers for the upcoming year.  The meeting took place this morning and the board members decided to keep its present leadership for another year.  That means:

     For 2016:

            President:  David Floyd

            Vice President: Sam Sudman

            Secretary: Joe Elam

            Treasurer:  Neil Rothfeld

And, in Closing,
  • The resident population of Sun City Center reached 11,000 for the first time this past month (well, actually it was 11,001 at the end of November).  We don’t have such statistics from Kings Point.

John Bowker                           
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As you drive up North Pebble Beach Blvd, glance to your right just before you get to the new Information Center building and admire the new fountain they have installed there.  And if you pull into the parking lot for the Information Center, you will find a new paver sidewalk leading to a delightful swinging bench giving a lovely view of Swan Lake down to Yankee Island.  It is all a very nice touch for our visitors to Sun City Center and residents alike.

 /John Bowker
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Volume 17, Number 19               April 14, 2015

Please Greet Deputy Jeff Merry

Hospital Expansion
South Bay to add 26 Rooms

     This is the latest artist’s rendition of changes now planned for our South Bay Hospital.  The expansion will be built over what is now the parking area in front of the existing building (shown as the back part of the building in this drawing).  A new parking lot will be built in the area now occupied by the Sun Hill Medical Center – that is the building just to the east of the hospital.  The old Sun Hill doctor office building was demolished to make room for that parking lot; the doctors have moved to a new building on Galen Court.
    We will see work underway here and I am told the new facility will be opened in August, 2016.  There will be no interruption in services at the hospital during construction.  When finished, South Bay Hospital will have 138 beds for patients.
John Bowker
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