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Volume 18, Number  48           December 7, 2016

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Vote Results

Elections Committee Chair Shelba Fields announced the results this evening of the annual membership vote that ended this afternoon at 5:00 p.m.  The following candidates were elected Directors of the Sun City Center Community Association:

For One Year terms:  Dave Birkett and Bob Sanchez

For Three Year terms:  Helen Lewis, Marilyn Cote-Miller and Robert Sullivan

     They will join the Directors whose terms will continue into 2017, Joe Elam, John Luper, Neil Rothfeld, and Jim Schwartz.
     It is expected that the Directors will all meet as soon as next Monday to select their 2017 officers -- President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.

Golf Cart Parade

Wear your snuggies (it will be cool Saturday morning!) but be sure to come out to be part of the 2016 Florida Winter Wonderland Golf Cart Parade this Saturday morning, and you will want to stay around for Minto Communities Winterfest that will start at 11 a.m. in the outside area next to the Rollins Theater.

New in the Atrium


Susan Muise, History Society, emphasizes a highlight of the latest display in the Atrium Building that she and associate Jack Morton assembled over the past 4 months.  The theme of these rotating displays traces the vision and planning by our first developer of Sun City Center, Del E. Webb.

John Bowker                                              
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Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 6:44 a.m.; sunset at 5:42 p.m.

Vote Tomorrow or Wednesday

Once a year, Community Association members have a chance support their own views of how Sun City Center should be managed.  The deadline for voting for 5 of the 9 directors who will lead this community in 2017 will take place at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7.
     If you haven’t already voted by mail or by placing your ballot from the monthly News of Sun City Center in the box at the CA Office, you owe it to yourself to bring your 2016 CA ID card to either of the remaining voting places this week; Tuesday at the Sandpiper Room between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., or Wednesday at Community Hall between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
     If you have lost your CA ID Card, bring proof of residency to the CA Office at 1009 N. Pebble Beach Drive between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. will issue you a new card based on their official records.  In fact, you can vote right in that office by placing a ballot in the “Voting Box” until Wednesday at 3 p.m.
     Let me know if you need any clarification to any of this by writing to me at
jbowker@tampabay.rr.com

SCC Lamplighters

There is a new group in town and I couldn’t be happier to wish them success in a project that epitomizes the spirit of the Sun City Center lifestyle. They call themselves the SCC Lamplighters and their goal is to make Sun City Center a safer and brighter place to live.
     If your street lamp at the foot of your driveway is burned out, they will come and replace it!  There is no charge for their labor; if the homeowner can pay for a replacement bulb, they will ask you to do so, but if you cannot pay for it, they will supply it at no cost.
     How wonderful it would be to look down a street in Sun City Center and see those quiet lights at every driveway.  Sound good?  Call 813-505-5927 and they will make an appointment to come to your home to replace the bulb. 
(Thanks, Tom) 

Operation Medicine Cabinet

     Deputy Merry has announced that he and his staff will be accepting all unused medications, prescription or not, on Thursday morning this week (December 8) at the front driveway of Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd between 9 a.m. and noon.  Just drive up, hand your medications to the attendant in a bag, and drive away.
     Please put used needles in an empty soda bottle with a cap.

Gifts for Youngsters in Need

The Sun City Center Leathernecks Club is once again helping the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office bring Christmas smiles to youngsters, especially 13-18 year olds, whose families may not be able to afford gifts this year.  The program is called “Deputy Darlins Christmas Drive”.
     Gifts collected by the local Sheriff’s Office are distributed by Deputies to homes of youngsters in South Hillsborough County that have been identified as temporarily at risk or in need.  The gifts are then given to the youngsters by their families so there is no hint of charity.
     Allan Klein has more details and even has a box by his front door at 1048 Regal Manor Way; you can call him at 633-0965 or send him an email to: alleykscc99@gmail.com

Another Volunteer Opportunity

On Wednesday, December14 at 6 p.m., the Sun City Center Emergency Squad will hold a ‘volunteer information meeting’ for prospective volunteers.  They are inviting residents who want to find out more about the Squad and the opportunities that make this all-volunteer program work.  They are always looking for dispatchers and ambulance personnel along with IT specialists, vehicle maintenance volunteers, cooks and front-desk receptionists.
     Come find out where there might be a good match for you with the Squad.

Fishing Club

There is a club in town I have never helped publicize.  Back some 5 years ago a group of people who love to fish found each other and organized a monthly schedule of meetings.  They often have guest speakers, fish fries twice a year (yes, their own fish!), along with trips out into the salt water and to the Skyway Fishing Pier and more. 

     More information at:  castawayanglersFL@gmail.com   Their webpage is www.castawayanglersclubfl.org   or you can call Bob Preston at 813-404-5507.

 

And, in Closing,

John Bowker

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Volume 18, Number  46           November 28, 2016

Sunrise tomorrow will be at 7:01 AM; Sunset at 5:34 PM 

No News is Good News

Writing a newsletter such as this is a lot of fun but has some responsibilities.  I visit my main news sources at least once a week and, sometimes, I learn that nothing new is going on.  This morning I re-visited the RaceTrac Gasoline Station on SR 674 since I noticed their new electric sign is up and running.  “No,”, I was told, “we have everything turned on waiting for county inspectors to approve our new facilities -- outdoor covered dining area and all -- so we hope to be able to open in a couple of weeks.”  Two weeks is good, I said.  “No, I said ‘a couple of weeks’ so please don’t misquote me.”

     And here we are.  A busy week ahead for us.

Business Expo
Thursday, December 1:  8:00 am – 1:00 pm
 Come see all the local businesses in town at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Boulevard.

South Bay Hospital Preview
Friday, December 2:  2 – 4 pm
The new Patient Tower will be opening for full service in a few days, but local residents are welcome to tour the new facilities this Friday.

The Holidays Begin !
Saturday, December 3:  7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

What better way to get the spirit started than to join with your friends for breakfast this next weekend on Saturday, December 3rd in the Atrium Building Florida Room!  Joanne and Sam Sudman have really outdone themselves (once again) by recruiting volunteers to set up, cook, serve, and clean up what they estimate will be 1,000 servings of pancakes and sausage, with eggs, toast, juice and coffee and all for $5.00.

     The door will open at 7:30 that morning and, if you want to relax well into the morning, you can arrive as late as 11:30 a.m. to be with your neighbors and even with new friends.  Guests are most welcome so give yourself a chance to get out of the kitchen.

     Oh, and if you want to join in the fun of volunteering to make it work, send an email to Joanne at  jsudman@tampabay.rr.com  and she will love you forever!

But wait .. there’s more!


Holiday Walk
Saturday, December 3:  9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

That is the same morning as the breakfast, the arts and crafts clubs on the Central Campus will be open to show off their work and even to invite you to come in and satisfy your holiday gift purchasing needs!  The Walk starts at 9:00 a.m. so wear your walking shoes.

Drums, Bells and Whistles
Sunday, December 4 at 3 p.m.

.. and even a little bit of choreography, this season's SCC Womens’ Chorus Holiday Concert with familiar, poignant and fun holiday music is a "don't miss it" event!  
     Be sure to attend this concert at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 W. Del Webb Blvd.  No tickets are sold: a free-will offering is taken.

Personal First Response Event
Thursday, December 8, 2016

This is an event unlike any I have seen.  We will have experts here to tell you what your best action would be in a variety of emergency situations at home, in a car and anywhere else.  It runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in our Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Boulevard, and everyone is welcome.

The speakers are from:     Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office  (HCSO)
                                             Hillsborough County Fire Rescue (HCFR)
                                             Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

What to do (and not do) at a scene:

9:00 -- Doors open – you can walk around the room to see the equipment.

9:30 –  Opening Ceremony

9:45 –  At a crime scene; before law enforcement arrives (HCSO)

10:00 - Fire Safety; on using fire extinguishers (HCFR)

10:20 - Vehicle Crash  (HCSO)

10:35Medical Emergency (SCC Emergency Squad)

             -- break –

11:00 – During a Disaster (CERT)

11:15 – Violence (HCSO)

11:30 -  Refreshments and a Raffle

12:00 – CPR and AED using only your hands (HCFR)

12:20 – Residential Safety (ADT)

12:30 – Holiday Safety (HCFR)

12:45 – Lines down / Power Outage (TECO)

 And, in Closing,

  • Please note that all recent editions of this newsletter are stored on a website you can access anytime.  Go to:  www.mysuncitycenter.org and click on eNEWS at the top of the opening screen and just scroll down to see the most recent editions.  (There is other good stuff there, too.)

/John Bowker
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First a Correction

In yesterday’s edition of eNEWS I mentioned that CA members would be paying their annual dues at the CA Office later this year.  That is incorrect.  Annual CA dues will be paid directly to the bank that handles the Community Association account and the instructions will be very clear when the invoices are sent out to all CA Members’ homes in a few weeks.
     What I intended to say is that, a couple of weeks after you pay your annual dues, you will then want to come to the CA Office to get the colored 2017 sticker for your CA ID Card .. and instructions for that will be coming to you along with the invoice for your annual dues.
     The CA Office will remain at 1009 North Pebble Beach Blvd until a date to be announced later for their move to modulars on North Course Lane.

Fun for Us, Help for Them

The Hope Fund's Breakfast and Bingo fundraiser returns to Community Hall at 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd this Saturday, November 19th, from 8:30 to 11 a.m.  The cost is only $7.00 for an omelet of your choice, a bagel with cream cheese or a doughnut, juice, coffee, tea. 
     Play bingo for cash prizes starting at 9:30.  Bingo cards cost $1.00 each.  Tickets are available at the door.  All are welcome!  Spend a pleasant morning with us and help some deserving children.
     The Hope Fund is a 501(c)3, all volunteer, organization dedicated to providing quality after-school programs to at-risk children at The Civic Center, The Senior Center, and The Annex in Wimauma.  The Fund provides tutoring and mentoring, a reading program, a running program, an art class , and chess instruction.   Counseling on health, self-esteem, nutrition, family life, and first aid are provided.  Also, The Hope Fund provides financial assistance to those families that cannot afford the full cost of tuition.  Visit
www.the-hope-fund.org.
     Call Carla Miles at 634-4268 to learn more about The Hope Fund and/or the B&B, to volunteer, or to make a tax deductible donation.

Sheriff’s Seminars

The topic for Deputy Jeff Merry’s seminars in December is Golf Cart laws, safety, and security.  Questions should be asked of him at 813-242-5515.

     Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 10:00 a.m.; Caper Room in Atrium Bldg

     Tuesday, December 13, 1:00 p.m.; Ripple Room, Kings Point

     Tuesday, December 20, 11:00 a.m.; Freedom Auditorium, Freedom Plaza

     Wednesday, December 21, 3:00 p.m.; American Momentum Bank at 131 S. Pebble Beach Blvd

Free Christmas Performance

The Sun City Center Men’s Chorus (now 40 strong) will be presenting a free Christmas performance for all residents in this area at the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd West, on Sunday, December 11 at 3:00 p.m.

Interfaith Worship Service

This year's Community Interfaith Community Worship service will be held on Tuesday, November 22 at 7:00 p.m. at SouthShore United Church of Christ, 1501 La Jolla Avenue.  Rabbi Carla Freedman of Beth Israel Congregation of Sun City Center will be preaching.
     Music will be provided by a massed choir of singers from the area, conducted by Tom Lippert, Associate Minister and Director of Music. There will also be music by a brass quartet, and SouthShore UCC Handbell Ringers and organist, Ryan Hebert.
     Following worship, there will be a reception in Hospitality Hall. All are invited to attend.

Volunteerism

You may be able to provide some useful information to me.  My wife and I have been volunteers at the Sun City Center Emergency Squad for two decades; it is now like a second family to us.  There are lots of worthwhile activities in town, but I don’t know of any that are more important to this area than our EMS group.  (I just learned today that our Squad is now the ONLY all-volunteer ambulance organization in Florida.)
     I am wondering if you would share something with me -- absolutely anonymously, I promise.  If you have ever considered donating some time to the Emergency Squad but have decided not to apply, I would really be interested to learn what caused you not to pursue that interest.  If I hear a common thread of reasons from enough people, it might help the way we approach residents to join with us as neighbors helping neighbors.

 And, in Closing,

  • The item in yesterday’s eNEWS about parking in Sun City Center has resulted in a lot of comment back to me from readers.  If I haven’t responded to yours yet please bear with me; like you, I have another life .. sometimes.
  • A lady’s gold ring was found in the Atrium Walkway last Saturday morning and turned in to the Security Patrol.  As of now, no one has called about it. If you can describe a ring you lost, the Security Patrol (642-2020) will give you the name and phone number of the person who found it.
  • Are you getting ready for one of the main benefits of living here?  Saturday, December 3rd is approaching and you won’t find anything like this elsewhere. It all starts at 7 that morning with a community breakfast in the Florida Room (directions on request) and that goes on until noon if you want, but starting about the time you finish eating, many of the arts and crafts clubrooms will be opening to offer things for your holiday shopping.  On top of that, the Nearly New Shop in the shopping plaza will be open that same morning!  I will have more about all of this in another week or so.

/John Bowker
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Volume 18, Number  43           November 11, 2016

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Sunrise tomorrow will be at 6:48 AM; Sunset at 5:39 PM

Veterans’ Day

I was only able to attend one of the commemorative gatherings today in town that honored our veterans, so I was pleased that the guest speaker at my meeting was Beverly Frey, the lady who has organized the Honor Flights for veterans in West-Central Florida for many years.  It is truly a remarkable program that provides a free round-trip trip to Washington, DC to see the war memorials -- all in one day.  The program recognizes American Veterans for their sacrifice and service, with priority given to WWII veterans. A good number of Sun City Center veterans have taken part in this program; those whom I have met report the wonderful impact of the day, often in tears. 

     The program is still recruiting new participants, both Veterans and Guardians (people who accompany each veteran on the flight).  There is a companion program for veterans who cannot leave home. 

     If you would like to learn more about the Honor Flight program, and possibly take part as a Veteran or a Guardian, tell me at jbowker@tampabay.rr.com.

County Offices Holiday Schedule

All emergency police, fire and rescue operations will be open each day during Thanksgiving week.

The majority of Hillsborough County offices and facilities will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25, for the Thanksgiving holiday.
 
All waste disposal sites will be closed Thursday. Collection and disposal services will resume Friday, Nov. 25, on a normal schedule.

All County Public Libraries will close early on Nov. 21, 22, and 23, and will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25. 

Everything else returns to normal on Friday, November 25.

New SCC Bike Club
Meet and Greet Other Bicyclists

Phyllis Laufer writes:  We are not yet a full-fledged Club because we don’t have any formal organization, so we will meet in a private home at 1508 Cloister Drive on Wednesday, November 30, starting at 2:30 PM.

     Our agenda can include Bicycle Safety and Maintenance topics, and we will meet other local cyclists.  We can also discuss what it will take to become an official CA Club so we can meet in its buildings, and get listed in the Directory.

     For Information: call 610-533-1365 or email, or text  Suncityphilly@gmail.com

[Editor’s note:  One of the first organizations to form in Sun City Center in 1962 was a bicycle group.  I think Phyllis has a good idea to get it a little organized so it will continue year after year.]

Financing New Construction

Each time one of us sells our house in Sun City Center, there is a closing fee added to the buyer’s costs that is placed in a Capital Fund Account managed by the Community Association.  For the past few years that fee has been $1,500 per house.  The fee has served us well, paying for the additions to our amenities over the past half-dozen or so years.  The CA has no debt.

     But we all know that building costs are going up so there was a community vote taken on October 26 at the semi-annual Membership Meeting. The results of that vote were given at the CA Board Meeting this past week. The members approved an increase to the Capital Improvement Fee to $1,800 per house sale.  The vote was 767 in favor, 269 opposed.  

     The new amount will go into effect on January 1, 2017.  

And, in Closing,

  • Aldi’s is looking better each day.  They are now accepting applications for employment at the new store located on SR 674 at the intersection with US 301.  Next will come the assembling of staff based on who applies, then the stocking of shelves, staff training ... and the best estimate for their opening, as of 9 o’clock this morning, is mid December.
  • Lots of activity at Wawa across the street but I’m guessing they won’t be opening until early 2017.  Meantime, at the other end of town, Racetrac sees its reopening as coming later this month with a greater variety of goodies inside the store than in the past.  I like the way they have re-positioned some of their gasoline pumps.
  • The Cafe construction in the Atrium Building should be finished by the end of this year.  The roof is expected to go on next week.
  • The CA Office staff (and all the services it provides) will be moving to modular buildings on North Course Lane just beyond the Samaritan Services Bldg .. and that should occur during December. 
  • During October, Capital Fund Fees for 35 house sales were received by the CA.
  • At the end of October, there were 11,049 CA residents in Sun City Center.  A year ago the CA reported 10,976 CA residents here.

/John Bowker

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Volume 18, Number  42             November 2, 2016

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On Thursday, November 3, the sun will rise at 7:42 am and will set at 6:44 pm.
Watch out!  We return to Standard Time this coming weekend:
Sunset on Saturday evening will be at 6:43 pm but at 5:42 pm on Sunday.
Sunrise
on Saturday will be at 7:43 am and at 6:42 am on Sunday

Sun City Center Fundamentals
Big Evening tomorrow

A major reason our town thrives is due to the enormous variety of activities that abound here.  Many people are attracted to our area by the wonderful beaches less than an hour away, but then after a day or two they come back to their new home looking for something to do.
   If you are “looking for something to do”, your big day of the year is tomorrow, Thursday, starting at 6:30 pm in Community Hall at 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd.  I am told that 100 of our clubs and organizations will have displays on about as many tables for you to walk by, chat with a club member or two of any that seems appealing and all without any pressure on you to join -- and it is all free!  (even the light refreshments are free.)    It’s called “Hi Neighbor”.  No stage show, no speeches .. just a chance to walk around at your own pace and see what binds us all together in Sun City Center.  And you will be home by 8:00 pm

Emergency Squad Refurbished

Several years ago it became apparent that the 50+ year old building the Squad has been using for its home base was beginning to get in the way of efficient operations.  Serious planning started well over a year ago to figure just what was needed for this all-volunteer operation that derives its financing from donations.
    About a month ago, all operations were temporarily relocated to the Squad’s training center on South Pebble Beach Blvd.  Responses to emergency calls never skipped a beat in that move, but trying to keep the only all-volunteer ambulance service in Florida operating 24 hours a day was a struggle.
    Ribbon Cutting for the refurbished quarters at 720 Ray Watson Drive was at 10 am today.  Chief Robert Leonard in cutting the ribbon credited his Deputy Chief, Mike Bardell, for bringing all the local business talents together to make all the construction, and cosmetic changes that were accomplished in just 30 days!
     The public is always invited to visit the building during normal business hours; free blood pressure readings are available at those same times.

Remember all that Movie Equipment?

The movie that was made here on Hacienda Avenue is now showing in theaters with the title “Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children”.  You may recognize some of the opening scenes as coming from Sun City Center.  (Thanks, Jerry!)

Driver License Details

Our nearby Southshore Regional Library will have a special program next Tuesday, November 8 at 10 am. “Florida Licensing on Wheels” brings the following motorist services directly to customers:

  First-time licenses,
    Conversion of out-of-state licenses,
      Renewals,
        Replacements for lost or stolen licenses,
          Address/name changes,
            ID cards,
              Reinstatements,
                Emergency contact information registrations,
                   Vehicle registration renewals, and
                      Disabled parking placard issuances and renewals.

Fees may vary. Visit GatherGoGet.com for a complete listing of documents needed. This program is in partnership with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
    The SouthShore Regional Library is at 15816 Beth Shields Way; tell me if you need directions.

Audubon Club Change

The November 5th scheduled speaker from Tampa Bay Water had to cancel. They are happy to say that Vivienne Handy from local ecological consulting firm, Quest Ecology Inc, will be discussing the translocation of burrowing owls. (Thanks, Melanie!)

Athena House Program
Friday Afternoon

A fundraiser variety show will be held at 2:00pm (doors open 1:15pm) on Friday, November 4th in the Community Hall, South Pebble Beach Blvd. Tickets may be purchased at the Atrium Ticket Kiosk, on the Central Campus, tomorrow from 10:00 – noon, and at the door - $10:00 pp.
    ALL proceeds going to the Athena House in Tampa, the ONLY transitional house in Florida supporting the honorably discharged female veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. For more information contact: 813-634-4218, 813-642-0110

One More Vote to Cast !

Next Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm, Community Association members should plan to come to Community Hall to hear from the candidates for 2017 Director positions. You can submit written questions for the candidates at that meeting, and hear what they have in mind for how Sun City Center should be managed.
     Voting for the five open positions will take place during the first week of December.

And, in Closing,

 The current resident count shows 110 CA Members who moved here from downtown Chicago, but only 37 who moved here from Cleveland.  In either case, that’s enough people for a big party later tonight at SOMEbody’s house.

 

/John Bowker

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On Thursday, October 27, the sun will rise at 7:37 am and will set at 6:50 pm.
These times change about a minute a day (the hours of daylight get less).

Help for Caregivers

Many in town are involved with taking care of spouses, neighbors and other relatives. In the cases that have come to my attention, folks are involved with absolutely no background or training in health care or counseling that would ease the situation. It gets tougher and tougher as the need for constant attention of a loved one extends over weeks, months or even longer.

     I am delighted to learn of a free one-day education program being set up by Debbie Caneen in cooperation with the Community Association:

            Caregiver Symposium for Brain Health

               FREE day of Education for Caregivers
               Sun City Center Community Hall
(1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd.)
               Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
               Free Lunch provided
               Please confirm your attendance by November 11th at 813-892-2990.

     If you would like to see the publicity flyer that tells who will be speaking and on what topics, write to me at jbowker@tampabay.rr.com.

Human Trafficking

The Campaign Against Human Trafficking (CAHT) welcomes Brenda Kocher as the speaker for their November 21 General Meeting.  Brenda has been a Guardian ad Litem Volunteer providing pro-bono legal advocacy with the 13th Judicial Circuit, Tampa, since 2009 for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking.
     In 2014 Brenda brought “Tibet” - the state's first Courthouse Facility Dog.  As a result of the addition of Tibet, and the valuable contributions made by this team to the Dependency Courts in Tampa, Ms. Kocher received the Guardian ad Litem of the Year Award for Hillsborough County in 2014 and the statewide award in 2015. 
     Tibet and Brenda work primarily in Dependency court and assist children in Family Law Court and in Domestic Violence Court.  The team also assists with forensic medical and sexual assault examinations conducted by our Child Protection Team.  
     CAHT welcomes everyone to the CAHT General Meeting to be held at The United Methodist Church,
1210 Del Webb Blvd. W. at 1:00 pm, Monday, November 21st. 

New Pickleball Court

Ground has been cleared and construction is already underway for a new Pickleball court next to the existing courts at the back side of Community Hall on our South Campus.  Community Manager Lynn Reitz expects the new court to be up and running by the end of this year.

Investment Fraud

This month, the Sheriff’s briefings will focus on strategies for prevention and what to do if you're a victim of such fraud.  Here is the schedule:

            Tuesday, November 8, 10:00 a.m.
            The Caper Room, Atrium Building

            Tuesday, November 8, 1:00 p.m.
            Ripple Room, Kings Point Clubhouse

            Tuesday, November 15, 11:00 a.m.
            Freedom Auditorium, Freedom Plaza, 1010 American Eagle Blvd

            Wednesday, November 16, 3:00 pm,  American Momentum Bank
            131 S. Pebble Beach Blvd, Sun City Center, FL 33573

Golf Cart Parade

“Our Florida Winter Wonderland”

A clarification!

In an earlier edition of eNEWS, my wording suggested that golf carts entering the December 10th parade should NOT be decorated for the Christmas season.  I went on to further quote from comments made at a recent community meeting that snowflake decorations would better represent the Winter Wonderland we all enjoy here in central Florida.  I’m sorry; I should have ignored what was said.
     So I rush now to clarify my earlier comment: Christmas decorations of ANY sort will be acceptable. In fact, that statement was made this evening in a community meeting by the CA President: “ANY decorations on golf carts in that parade will be just fine!”
     Now, MY problem is trying to come up with something that truly captures our Winter Wonderland theme and my wife said she would not allow a picture on our golf cart of me spread out at the beach.  So the floor is open to all -- it will be fun to see how inventive our participants will be in going after the parade prizes. 

And, in Closing,

Notes from tonight’s CA Membership Meeting.

  • The CA Membership approved by a vote of 767 to 269 the increase of the Capital Fund Fee on home resales from $1,500 as it has been, to $1,800.
  • A Project Manager has been engaged by the CA to oversee whatever is done regarding the present CA Office Building.  CA Members will be voting on that matter in February.
  • We will be able to pay for the cafe revisions now underway, and we have enough in the Capital Fund to see us through the revision or replacement of our present building, without incurring any debt.  

 /John Bowker
Write to me at jbowker@tampabay.rr.com


You are looking at the very south end of South Pebble Beach Blvd with US 301 crossing at the far end.  You might wonder why there is so much space between that highway and the gate; CA President David Floyd explained that, pointing out that some emergency vehicles are so long that they want to be sure traffic on 301 is not backed whenever there is an emergency here.
     Keys to the gate will be given to the Fire Department, the County Rescue Squad and the Sheriff’s offce. It is reasonable to expect our own emergency teams will find addresses south of 674 more accessible from South Pebble Beach Blvd.

Membership Meeting next Wednesday

This is another in the series of open meetings the Community Association Board is holding to hear from the residents of Sun City Center, all of whom are members of the CA.  Among the topics to be reviewed is the plan to increase the Capital Fund Fee for buyers of properties here to pay $1,800 per home at closing instead of $1,500 as has been charged for the past several years.  CA President David Floyd will also be reviewing where we stand on the question of replacing or rebuilding the CA Office Building at 1009 N. Pebble Beach Blvd.
     Anyone interested in how this community operates and stays at the top of the retirement communities index should attend.
     The meeting will be held on October 26th in Community Hall at 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd starting
at 7:00 pm. 

Golf Cart Parade
“Our Florida Winter Wonderland”

December 10th is the big day for our annual golf cart parade that helps identify Sun City Center.  You should be registering for participation in that event right now at the CA Office; registrations must be filed by December 8 at 1009 North Pebble Beach Blvd at 3:00 pm.
     There are several sizeable prizes but your cart must be decorated in terms of the theme of Our Florida Winter Wonderland for the BIG prize; note that this might include decorations such as snowflakes and lots of color, but not Santa Claus and other Christmas decor.

Hi Neighbor

 Yes, it will be here in two weeks (Thursday, November 3) and if you will be working at any of the tables, be sure to be there between 3:30 and 5:30 early so you can get your table set up and your car moved out of the main parking lot at Community Hall by 6:00 pm.
    If you are coming to see all the club and organization displays, the doors will open at 6:30 and you can park anywhere there is an opening around Community Hall at 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd starting at 6:15 pm.
   There will be no speeches; your whole purpose in being there is to see all the displays of what our clubs and organizations are all about.
   There will be light refreshments. Everything is free; you’ll be home by 8 o’clock.

 And, in Closing,

  • The Men’s Club has just installed a Hearing Loop in the Caper Room, so now most of our larger meeting rooms are so equipped.
  • Deputy Merry points out that the operators of motor vehicles who are involved in an accident that leaves debris on the highway are responsible for cleaning up that debris before they leave the scene.                                                                                       

/John Bowker
Write to me at jbowker@tampabay.rr.com