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 Volume 16, Number 17               April 21, 2014

July 4th Fireworks Cancelled

     The Community Association Board of Directors came to the very wise decision this morning to cancel the 2014 July 4th fireworks display.  The latest plans for where the fencing will go for the new parking lot area really eliminated much of the viewing positions that were so popular last year, and a review of the lack of nearby parking spaces for cars pretty well confirmed their decision.  
     Fortunately, the fireworks company that had contracted for the event agreed to the change with the understanding that they would have the contract for the 2015 event on July 4th. 

July 4th Pancake Breakfast 

     What may turn out to be the biggest breakfast event of the year (so far) will be held Friday morning, July 4th, in Community Hall at 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd.  The doors will open at 7:00 a.m. and food will be served until noon!  You won’t believe what $5.00 will bring you in the way of breakfast goodies and companionship.
     And you should join in the fun.  The Sudman Group (Joanne and Sam) are assembling teams to work in the main hall and in the kitchen, to help prepare and serve the delicacies, to make sure everyone has coffee and juice, to clear the tables and just about everything that makes a breakfast for over 1,000 people so enjoyable.  
     The teams will work in 2 to 4 hour shifts depending on the interests of the volunteers so if you want to take part as a member of this community operation, call the Sudmans at 633-3106.  The proceeds will go toward the 2015 Fireworks display.

Disposing of Bulky Trash
Electronics, Tires, Furniture, Debris, Junk and Trash

 The Wimauma Community Collection Site will be open the last Saturday of each month through September.  That collection site is at 16180 West Lake Drive in Wimauma for residents who want to dispose of bulky trash, metal, and other large household items.  There is a limit of 5 tires per household.
     The Wimauma site will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 26, May 31, June 28, July 26, Aug. 30 and Sept. 27. 
     Residents may dispose of items at no charge by showing valid identification such as a Florida Driver’s License, Florida Vehicle Registration, or a local utility bill.
     Items that will NOT be accepted are commercial trash and debris, tree debris, commercial vehicle tires and hazardous chemicals
     You should turn left (North) on West Lake Drive. That is the first 4-corners you will come to on 674 after passing Rachel’s Restaurant.

/ John Bowker

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 Volume 16, Number 16               April 16, 2014

Reflective Tape is Available

     Those new trash bins are hard to see at night when you put them out for the county at the side of the street.  Several people have installed reflective tape, and one of my readers sent a photo and buying details for what he has done.  He went to Home Depot and found two different kinds of reflective tape. Both are made by Hillman Sign Center. There are two packets containing tape with red and white diagonal stripes as shown in the picture above.  He reports that the total cost for both packets was about $7.00.

South Bay Hospital Plans

     I was delighted to learn that our hospital has made another investment in their plan to stay in Sun City Center.  They have purchased the Sun Hill Medical Center building that lies between the hospital and Trinity Baptist Church.  Leases for doctors’ offices in that building are being renewed to run another year from now, so nothing is going to happen quickly.  
     I am reminded that, some time ago, there was a press release regarding an expansion of patient rooms in the hospital. While we have not heard more about that in well over a year and a spokesman for South Bay this morning confirmed that there are no imminent plans for such construction.  

A New Gated Community Here

      We learned yesterday in a community leaders’ meeting about plans by Minto Communities, Inc. to finish their home building in Sun City Center with a gated community!  Their plans include the construction of some 250 private single and twin homes in the space formerly occupied by the Sutton Golf School (at the end of Chipper Drive).
     Residents in that new community will have their own Home Owners’ Association.  They will be part of the Renaissance complex and members of the Community Association.  As with any gated community, only residents of that new sub-development will have access through the gates to their homes. 

Trucks on South Pebble Beach

     The construction in the Sutton School area also means that heavy trucks will be using South Pebble Beach from Highway 674 down to Chipper Drive because of the tight turns involved in coming into the Sutton area from any other direction.  The South Pebble Beach roadway was constructed to county standards some time ago, so we will be watching for deterioration in the next year or two of construction.   (Thanks, Sam)

More about Parking

     In my last edition I mentioned there would be handicapped parking available in the lot behind the Security Patrol off Cherry Hills Drive once construction starts.  In fact, there are 6 such spaces there right now.  But note that the CA Staff parks their cars in the left side as you enter the lot until 3 pm Monday-Friday.  So please don’t park in there early in the morning.
     On the right side of that parking lot, you will see the handicapped spaces for cars next to the shuffleboard courts.  The lot is too narrow, they say, for two rows of cars so the spaces for golf carts will remain marked that way.

C.A.R.E. Needs Your Help

 The C.A.R.E. Center (Critter Adoption and Rescue Effort) in Ruskin is a No-Kill Animal Shelter for abused and abandoned cats and dogs. It is a non-profit 99.5% volunteer run shelter.
     They are in great need of volunteers right now because since they have many volunteers getting ready to ‘fly back up north’.  If any reader could spare some time in a wonderful atmosphere, please call Kim Adams, the Volunteer Coordinator at 813-645-2273 between 10 am and 3 pm, Monday-Saturday. 

Holding Your Mail

A reader pointed out that there is a website offering to hold your mail for 4 months for only $14.  If you are going on a cruise for all summer, that might be a good idea.  But if you want to have your mail held for 30 days, the post office will do that for nothing. There is also no charge by the post office to forward your mail for longer periods if you will have an address “up north”.  You can handle that most easily by going to  Click on “Change of Address”, then “Temporary”.  Note that after 6 months, if you are still away, you will have to re-notify them at  Allow about 10 days for the actions you are requesting to take effect through the Internet.

 And, in Closing,
  • If you pass by our Community Hall on South Pebble Beach around noon today, you may wonder about all the emergency equipment parked out front.  Don’t worry; the Emergency Squad is providing our guest speakers for the monthly Men’s Club meeting today.  If an emergency call comes in during the meeting, they will be right there ready to roll.
  • When I was a boy, my momma would send me down to the store with $1.  I would come home with  2 loaves of bread, 3 bottles of milk, a hunk of cheese, and 6 eggs. You can't do that now. Too many security cameras. (Thanks anon?) 

John Bowker

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Volume 16, Number 15              April 11, 2014

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Parking Update

     It is unlikely that any work on the main parking lot will start before Monday, April 28.  The contract was signed on Wednesday, but the contractor will not rope it off until they actually have equipment on scene to start the work.  Meantime, assembling the sub-contractors looks like a two-week job.

HOA Presidents

     Please mark your calendars for Monday, April 28.  There will be a meeting at 2:00 pm that day in the Caper Room with a guest speaker telling us all the new rules that apply to the HOA and to the directors in each.  There are some serious issues that can be managed without too much trouble, but if we let them slip by, there can be trouble. 

Wonderful Event on Sunday

     Twice a year we take another lesson from the Shriners about how to run a breakfast in Community Hall.  On the 13th, for only $5.00, you get not only a fine breakfast of pancakes, sausage, juice, and coffee,  but you see how they keep 1,000 or more people seated and smiling, and well stocked with food and coffee in that big room.  They will be open from 8:30 - 1:30.  We usually get there around 10 o’clock and that is clearly the ‘second seating’.  I hope to see you there Sunday.

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And, in Closing,

  • How pleasant it is now to drive on 674 between West Del Webb and Valley Forge and to see that white wall back up and painted.  A hearty thanks to the property owners who got together, and fixed and painted that old eyesore.
  • I was saddened to learn of the passing of Enid Uhrich this week.  She has been the epitome of volunteerism in Sun City Center for over 30 years. 

/ John Bowker