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Volume 17, Number 29               June 28, 2015

Big and Bright on July 4, 2015

Where to Park?

     The main parking lot on North Course Lane in front of the Atrium and Fitness Center Buildings will be open for parking.  Please remember that, since the firework display will not start until 9 or a bit after, well after sunset, it will not be legal to drive your golf cart home from the show.  
     The parking lot in front of the library will be open well up to the North Lakes Golf Pro Shop as shown above.  If you park along North Pebble Beach, be careful not to block the sidewalk.
     There will be snacks offered for sale next to the Pro Shop and the CA will be passing out free ice cream!     Be sure to bring a folding chair and be careful to stay outside the taped area, well away from where the fire works will be shot; the Pro Shop will be closed. The Atrium Building (with its bathrooms) will be open.

Holiday Bus Schedule

   There will be no HARTline bus service on Express and Limited Express Routes on Friday, July 3 or Saturday July 4HARTPlus subscription customers must make a reservation for those days through Customer Service at 813-254-4278. For more information, go to

Golf Cart Path to Bealls

   A reader points out that the construction at South Bay Hospital has changed the golf cart path from Haverford Avenue to Bealls.  Drivers must now make a right turn at the hospital end of Haverford and go around back of the hospital building, past the parking lots serving both Emergency Room entrances, and then on to the driveway extending out to Route 674 (Sun City Center Blvd) where the familiar golf cart path to Bealls can be accessed.
   This is necessary because the entryway from 674 to the hospital is now a one-way street coming in.  I recommend that golfers coming back from Bealls should simply reverse that path instead of driving on the old golf cart path in front of the hospital.  Once construction gets started there I’m sure they will rope that off.(Thanks, Ella!)

     Just as a side note, the golf cart path now leading to Bealls was installed a decade ago by the county and entirely at the county’s expense.  A lot of people new to town may not have realized that the Bealls location was formerly occupied by Walmart.  The county responded to demands by the residents at that time to provide a way to get to inexpensive medications, drugs and other necessities by means of their only form of transportation, their golf cart.

New Traffic Signal on 674
For Stoneham Drive and El Rancho Drive

   I am advised that, as soon as the new traffic light becomes operational, it will signal the start of another legal crossing place on 674 for golf carts.  (Thanks, Sam!)
   The operative word in that last sentence is “legal” because, for years, the ‘official golf cart rule book’ showed that as a legal 674 crossing place.  I am quite aware that many people, particularly in the St. Andrews community, are still relying on copies of that old rule book.
    There is yet another feature to that new traffic signal.  Have you noticed the large sign right beside the new lights as you drive east on 674? 

     It is often so easy to find fault with changes, but that new sign makes a lot of sense!  Why haven’t we had those yellow flashers for years??  There is another similar sign a mile or so up US-301 at the new traffic light for the 19th Avenue intersection.

And, in Closing, 

A note from Lew Resseguie:  “John...small, yet important correction to your recent eNEWS: The PAC is NOT DISSOLVING. It is simply RESIGNING from the club roster of SCC.  /Lew” 

/John Bowker

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News of Greater Sun City Center by email
Founded in 1998
Volume 17, Number 28               June 17, 2015

 Hospital Expansion to Start
Changes that will affect us all 

     The main front entrance to South Bay Hospital will close at 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 20 (three days from now).  The new $30 Million Patient Care Tower, first reported in eNEWS back in February, will be added to the front of the existing building during a construction program slated to last through 2016.  Renovations will begin immediately to the property.
     Visitors will enter the building at the back using the walk-in Emergency Room doorway as shown here.

 Drivers entering the property as usual from State Road674 should continue straight along the side of the building toward the rear.  Do NOT use the “Ambulance Only” entry but turn left just beyond there along the back of the building until you see what is pictured above. There are several parking lots back there, but parking will be an issue I’m sure.  Perhaps I will have some guidance for you about parking by early next week.  We will watch to see how things develop.  Remember that this all starts on Saturday this week.
 / John Bowker 
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News of Greater Sun City Center by email
Founded in 1998
Volume 17, Number 19               April 14, 2015

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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 existing Sun Hill building will be demolished to make room for that parking lot.
     I expect we will see work starting here in early May 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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