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 Volume 18, Number  33               August 30, 2016

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For the next week, Sunrise is just before 7:10 a.m., Sunset is just before 7:50 p.m.

Labor Day Closings

     Next Monday, September 5, the CA Offices will all be closed all day.  That includes the CA Library.  All of the amenities (pools, fitness center, etc.) will be open for CA members and their guests to use.  (Better get your guest passes by Friday this week before 3 pm at the 1009 North Pebble Beach office.) 

     Hillsborough County offices and facilities to be closed Monday, Sept. 5 include:

  • Administrative offices of County government, all libraries, recreation centers, Head Start/Early Head Start centers, all service centers, senior centers, and nutrition sites.
  • All waste disposal facilities.
  • The Pet Resource Center. emergencies only (813) 744-5660.

      Regional parks will be open.

Celebrate Labor Day with the SCC Holiday Club
Monday, September 5th11:30 AM to 4:00 PM

A picnic lunch will be served at the SCC Central Campus, near the Outdoor Pool entrance,
as well as in the Florida Room. $6.00 hot dog lunch or $7.00 hamburger lunch
includes potato chips, a cookie, soda or water.

  You can prepay for your picnic lunch by purchasing a ticket at the Atrium Ticket Desk
on Wednesday (tomorrow)
9:00 am – Noon,
or at the outdoor pool during the event
(don’t forget to bring your cash)

Come enjoy a day at the pool, or just hang out around the Atrium.
Rain or Shine
Catered by C&J Specialties
Other snacks will be available at additional item cost.

What’s Going On

Several readers have asked what the large pile of dirt will be used for in the parking lot in front of the CA Office building on North Pebble Beach Blvd.
    Answer:  That is the beginning of a refurbishing of the Lawn Bowling green just out back of that CA building.  (Not what you thought, right?)

The Cafe is Open!

What with all the talk about expanding our cafe in the Atrium Building, please rest assured that the present cafe is very much open, Monday through Saturday at regular daytime office hours.  No better coffee on this planet.

Security Patrol Rummage Sale
This week Friday and Saturday (September 2, 3) from 8 am to 2 pm.

This fundraiser sale will be held at the new Security Patrol building at 1225 North Pebble Beach Blvd.

Items for sale include golf memorabilia, some furniture, assorted office material, household goods, toys and much more. 50/ 50 Raffle each day.
CA lot between the Samaritan Services and the new Patrol HQ

New Entertainment Program Director

Lynn Manzi

This is our new Community Association Entertainment Director who is already at work lining up new programs to bring here starting this fall.  They will be described in the monthly News of Sun City Center starting soon, and tickets will be available at the main ticket Kiosk in the Atrium Building once everything is lined up.  I just thought you would like to be introduced to Lynn this early.

Sheriff’s September Topics
Senior Living Facilities and Home Health Care Workers

     Each month, Deputy Jeff Merry presents the latest information on matters that have come to his attention in Sun City Center.  The four sessions below cover the same material for preventing fraud and for learning what resources are available to us when something happens. All are welcome; there is no charge.

   Tuesday, Sept 13:  10 am.  Caper Room in the Atrium Building.

   Tuesday, Sept 13: 1 pm.  Ripple Room in the Kings Point north clubhouse

   Tuesday, Sept 20:  11 am.  Freedom Auditorium at Freedom Plaza

   Wednesday, Sept 21:  3:00 pm.  American Momentum Bank, S. Pebble Bch Blvd.

And, in Closing,

  • Are you suffering from any kind of swallowing disorder?  There is a new program being offered in town; I will send you the sheet I received from Debbie Caneen that describes what it is all about -- just ask me for it.

 John Bowker    Write to me at

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Volume 18, Number  31               August 15, 2016

For the next week, Sunrise is just before 7 a.m., Sunset is shortly after 8:05 p.m.

New Emergency Gate
Fire / Rescue / Sheriff will have a key

Minto has begun construction of a new permanent gate to provide emergency entry and exit at the south end of town. 
    Hillsborough County has shown such a street connection into US-301 since December, 1990 in its General Site Development Plan for Sun City Center.  Several years ago the community voted to restrict access to its properties from the south, so this will require a locked gate that only the county Sheriff, Fire and Rescue personnel can open.    

Is This Familiar ?
(If so, you may be in for some fun!)

Winners in the Double Six and Double Nine categories in this age-old game can win prizes and will be recognized at a celebration on Sept. 29 in Riverview.
   If you have any idea what I’m talking about here, and feel you could compete in a county-wide competition in this popular table game during the next few weeks, send me a note at:  and I will explain.

Need Food Stamps?
A new location in town for applying for “SNAP” benefits

The Mary Petro Fund office at 1501 LaJolla Ave in the South Shore United Church of Christ building is now authorized to help residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point apply for benefits.  Twice each month a staff member from Feeding Tampa Bay visits the Mary Petro office and will assist residents with their on-line applications.  Reservations are required and residents should bring necessary documents with them to their appointment.  Please call 813-634-8306 to find out more information and/or to make an appointment.  The Mary Petro Fund is provided by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and our volunteers are pleased to offer this new service to local residents.

KEGG Concerts
Two talented guys

     Kelly Emerson is bringing his guitar/banjo music back to Sun City Center this Saturday. He and Gary Garbelman formed The KEGG a dozen years ago and entertained the community until Kelly left us for Nashville a couple of years ago.
    Kelly is visiting and they will be putting on two programs this weekend, 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm in the Rollins Theater and you can get a ticket on Wednesday morning from 9-11 at the Atrium Ticket Kiosk (assuming any are left).  There will also be tickets sold at the Rollins Theater door (if any are available) prior to each performance.  Information from 642-2001.

Coffee Concerts
by the Florida Symphony Orchestra

A series of nine Thursday morning Coffee Concerts by the Florida Symphony Orchestra is being offered at the Mahaffy Theater in St. Petersburg from October to May.  A bus will run from both Kings Point and Sun City Center for each concert and, upon arrival at the theater, free Krispy Creme Donuts and coffee are offered.  A preview before each concert features an interview with a musician or soloist, followed by audience questions. There is a lot of humor and a sense of excitement to be with a full house of folks enjoying classical, show and familiar music.
     Carolyn Deming at 633-2241 has all the information about costs and other details.  This has been an ongoing program from here for over 20 years.

Handling your own Retirement Funds?

Hillsborough County residents can receive free one-on-one financial guidance on basic personal finance topics from Florida Master Money Mentors.
     Mentors can meet with you here in town at a convenient time for you to provide guidance on how to develop a spending and savings plan, manage debt, build a good credit history, and achieve financial goals. The mentor will provide continued guidance for as long as you need to learn the basics of financial management. 
     Any Hillsborough County resident interested in meeting with a Florida Master Money Mentor can call Lisa Leslie at (813) 744-5519, ext. 54143.

Be Alert for Scams and Impostors!

Deputy Jeff Merry has been conducting a fine program this month (the last session that all are invited to is on Wednesday afternoon this week at the American Momentum Bank at 3 pm.  He will present a bunch of examples of how scammers will approach you and he tells what you should do if you suddenly find yourself involved with one of their programs.
     I jotted down just a few of the scams that seem to trap a lot of people who can’t believe the caller (or email contact) is a crook and not a county employee.

  • Hillsborough County Public Utilities will never call you to ask for your credit card or checking account information, or request a payment by phone. If you are uncertain about an individual's association with Public Utilities, call Customer Service at (813) 272-6680 for verification.
  • Hillsborough County employees will not show up unannounced  asking to enter your home, test your water, or accept payments.
  • Always check for a Hillsborough County photo ID badge, uniform with the county logo, and a vehicle clearly marked with the county logo and department name.  If you suspect someone is falsely identifying themselves, call 911 to report the incident.

And, in Closing,

  • There were 10,938 residents in Sun City Center at the end of July.
  • You should be planning your golf cart’s decoration for the December 10 Parade; the theme is “Our Florida Winter Wonderland”.
  • The CA Board has approved a new Policy allowing 501(c)(3) organizations needing a CA room to have room rental fees waived for its board meetings and for a charitable fund raising event. Information from 633-3500.

/John Bowker   
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Volume 18, Number  30               August 10, 2016

For the next week, Sunrise is just before 7 a.m., Sunset is shortly after 8:05 p.m.

CA Board Meeting

     The regular monthly Community Association Board Meeting was hosted today by VP Sam Sudman (CA President David Floyd is out of town).  A number of community-interest issues were discussed; the highlights are singled out below:

    A lengthy statement was read this morning about the ongoing discussions by the Board about what should be done with the existing CA Board Office building.  The full statement, is at the end of this eNEWS message on page two (below).
    Once the plans are finalized, there will be a vote by all CA Members held in December so it is important that we all keep up with what’s going on.
   There will be a radio interview with CA President David Floyd about the CA Office building on WSCQ, 96.3 fm, tomorrow at 11 a.m. right after the headline news.

    In my last edition I mentioned that there would be a celebration of a county Neighborhood Relations award that had been presented to the Sun City Center Community Association for a project by our Audubon Club.  Indeed, at today’s Board Meeting, there was a formal recognition of this award.  The Club’s mission is to connect people with nature, and working with an Eagle Scout who got material for 22 “Blue Bird Boxes” donated by Home Depot, he and his friends assembled the boxes that were then installed at selected places around town. The results were most heartening in attracting blue birds to the area. It will be an ongoing project for the Audubon Club as they monitor which boxes attracted the most birds and then determine where to place the boxes another year.

     Based on needs expressed by the Pickleball Club, the CA has submitted plans to Hillsborough County for a new Pickleball court on our South Campus and has sent their thanks to the Minto for their $2,000 donation toward its construction.  They have been told to expect county action on their permit request in 3 months.

     Plans for resurfacing the floors in Community Hall have now been delayed, probably into next year.  The issue is the sealant that had been used on the floor in the main room just didn’t last as long as we had expected.  A study is now underway to find out what sealant we should use there.    

     There will be a vote by the CA Members on October 26 at our Fall Membership Meeting to increase the present $1,500 fee charged to each newcomer to town who buys a resale home to $1,800.  The Board recognizes that it faces some costs that the present fees won’t cover; we will hear more on this before voting.  There will be arrangements so our Snowbirds can vote if they aren’t home by then.

    Director Helen Lewis presented this new organization to the Board seeking approval for a new affiliated club.  She described the organization as a community theatre group and the Board gave its full approval.

And, in Closing,

  • Capital Fund fees for 24 re-sale homes were received in July, bringing the year-to-date total to 276 homes.
  • You asked about the Hess Station just beyond the Interstate?  It is now a Marathon filling station.
  • You asked about the Racetrac Station?  It has been closed for a couple of weeks now and plans to reopen soon with a whole new building behind the pumps. 
  • I had hoped to feature a photo of the Wawa building site in this edition -- but there is still too little to show.  It is increasingly obvious, however, that they are going to build there at the corner of US-301 as we have said all along.

CA President’s Report on CA Office Building

This is a transcript of President Floyd’s Report
as read at the CA Board Meeting August 10, 2016

The CA Office Building has been under constant board discussion whether to rehab the building or to tear it down and build a new one.  Both are costly projects.
     The Board’s decision is to focus on a new building.  With all the unknowns of repairing, rehabbing and meeting new building codes, it doesn’t seem to make sense to spend a lot of money on what will still be a 40+ year building.  We are still going to get cost information for both repair and new construction so the members will have the information they need to make a decision.
     Building a new building will cost more but will allow us to redesign the interior space for more efficient utilization.  It would contribute to improving the appearance of the CA campus, it would be hurricane resistant, meet the latest energy efficiency standards, have enhanced safety for our workers and residents, and would be ADA compliant.
     Funding of the new building will come from the Capital Fund. The Board feels the existing building is unsafe for both our staff and our members. An engineering report shows serious concerns with the structure.  As such we are planning to temporarily relocate the office staff as best as possible into the old Security Patrol headquarters that has been vacated.
     The Board is moving forward on the relocation of the office; it will take some time as telephone lines and computer lines must first be relocated.  This may take up to 60 days.  We know this will be an inconvenience to all, but we need to ensure everyone’s safety.
     We have begun to solicit bids from architects and contractors to expedite the project.  We hope to bring this to a community vote in December.  Until we pick an architect there will be no plans, costing or building sketches available.  We expect to have those in advance of the December vote.
    We recently had a “Coffee and Conversation” on July 26 in the Caper Room to discuss the CA office and to receive input from the members. We plan on holding additional Coffee and Conversations on this issue.  The inputs received from our members so far shows that a majority favor a new building rather than spending money repairing the old one.


/John Bowker   
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Volume 18, Number  29               August 4, 2016

For the next week, Sunrise is just before 7 a.m., Sunset is just after 8:10 p.m.

Samaritan Services Telephone

The main telephone service for Samaritans is working fine, but their other numbers are down and won’t be back in service tomorrow either.  If you need any service from them, please call 634-9283.  That includes the popular SCC Ride.

CA Board Meeting

The regular board meeting will be held next Wednesday, August 10 in the Rollins Theater starting at 9 a.m.  CA Membership is required for attendance.

  • There will be a special ceremony for the Audubon Club of Sun City Center - the Neighborhood Award that was presented to them last week at a County Meeting will be celebrated in recognition of their outstanding work on the Nature Trails on Del Webb Blvd West.
  • Among the topics to be reviewed by the Board members at this meeting is a proposal for a CA Membership vote on October 26 to amend the CA Bylaws that would increase the Capital Fund Fee collected on each re-sale home in Sun City Center from the present $1,500 to $1,800. 
  • An update on the situation at the CA office building I mentioned last week.

There is always time set aside at the end of these meetings for audience members to ask questions or provide helpful comments to the board members.

The Latest Scams

The series of talks by Deputy Sheriff Jeff Merry will continue in August.  The topic this month is “Internet and Email Schemes” to part you from your money.
     If you receive an email from the Al-Qaeda Deadly Network .. just ignore it.  You are NOT on their list of people to be killed.  They will tell you they have been hired to murder you and, to prevent it, all you need do is send them $3,000 now, and another $5,000 later after they send you proof that they have already been paid to kill you.  Again, it is all phony.  Ignore it.
     There is also the Romance Scam .. you won’t believe this one either but Deputy Merry can tell you things about it I probably shouldn’t put in my newsletter.

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

Tuesday, August 9, 10:00 a.m.  The Atrium Bldg Caper Room 

Tuesday, August 9, 1:00 p.m.  Ripple Room, Kings Point Clubhouse 

Tuesday, August 16, 11:00 a.m.  Freedom Plaza Auditorium 

Wednesday, August 17, 3:00 p.m.  American Momentum Bank,
                                                      131 Pebble Beach Blvd South.

Deputy Merry’s office is 813-242-5515.

In my next edition I will update our Snowbirds about our nearby Hess and RaceTrac gasoline stations, and on progress at the 674/301 Wawa Store.

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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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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. 

John Bowker
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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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