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Volume 19, Number 20    April 24, 2017

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 6:55 AM; sunset at 8:00 PM.
(Golf carts may not be on the streets before sunrise or after sunset in Sun City Center)

CA OFFICE IS CLOSED
Services will resume on Wednesday the 26th

At 3 PM last Friday, the main CA office building at 1009 North Pebble Beach Blvd was closed and the office staff with all the files were moved to a temporary location on North Pebble Beach Blvd next to North Course Lane. The temporary location is called “The Mods”.


In the above picture, you are looking south along the parking lot that runs beside North Pebble Beach Blvd.  Behind us is the new Security Patrol building and the SCC Library is ahead in the distance.
     The Mods are the two buildings next to us in this picture.  The entire office staff will find a new ‘home’ in them for the next year or so starting Wednesday, April 26th.  The entrance to the Mods is a cement walkway as shown by the blue arrow in this picture. It leads to an iron railing and a ramp to get you to the main entrance door.  Signs will show just where to go.  The mailing address for the Mods is 1215 North Pebble Beach Blvd.
     Guest passes are available in the Fitness Center every day.

Staff and Club Room Telephones

The main CA office number, 633-3500, will remain in service.  Starting Wednesday, you can reach most CA staff personnel by calling that number.  Many of the club room phones on the Central Campus will be out of service until further notice because their central hub connections in the CA Office Building must now be moved. 

A SIGNIFICANT LOSS

I am sad to report that Jack Fischer died last Friday.  He was a past president of the Community Association, was instrumental in setting up the Computer Club and a leader in getting the South Bay Genealogical Society started.  The family plans no services.

John Bowker                                                           Write to me at jbowker103@gmail.


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Volume 19, Number 18    April 12, 2017

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 7:07 AM; sunset at 7:53 PM.
(Golf carts may not be on the streets before sunrise or after sunset in Sun City Center)

OUR NEWEST CA DIRECTOR


     This is Jerry Gibson, a 14-year resident of Sun City Center, who was appointed by the existing Community Association Board of Directors this morning to fill the remaining seat on the board that had been vacated by Neil Rothfeld earlier this year. Jerry will serve until January 3, 2018.

MOVE OF CA OFFICE STAFF

The last day to meet with any of the CA office staff in their present building at 1009 North Pebble Beach Drive will be Thursday, April 20. They will close at 3 PM. Then the fun begins because on Wednesday, April 26 at 8:00 AM they will open for business once again in their new (temporary) quarters in two buildings on North Course Lane they call “The Mods”.
     Keep in mind that their surroundings will be new to them in the mods.  We were assured today that the telephone / internet people will be working throughout that weekend to get everything up and operating by Wednesday morning.  But just like when we all moved to Sun City Center, we may have brought all our files with us, but putting our hands on them instantly in our new home became a problem at least for me .. and that was 26 years ago.

AND THE OLD BUILDING?

The present CA Office building at 1009 North Pebble Beach Blvd (including the wing that was occupied by the Security Patrol until earlier this year) will be torn down starting Monday, May 1st.  They will then have a month to get the debris out of the way, and the ground under it prepared for the new CA Office Building because, according to their present schedule, construction of the new office building will begin on June 1st.
     I am pretty sure our construction consultant, Jonathan Moore, could carry the time line even further -- but let’s wait awhile before we go on with expected dates.

THE STORY OF SUN CITY CENTER
FRIDAY, APRIL 28 -- 2 PM

Have you ever wondered about the story of Sun City Center -- how it got started and how we got to where we are today as a premier retirement community?
     The answers will be covered in the Florida Room starting at 2:00 PM with an illustrated talk telling many of the stories that took place from 1960 to 2010.  I will be the narrator for the History Society, and I will show some 65 photos on the large TV screen there.  It is nearly an hour program so light refreshments will be offered.
     You might wonder why I will be stopping at 2010.  Legal reasons.  I don’t want to wind up in jail for what I may say about some of the community leaders who are still very much here!  Besides, it is a fun story to tell.

WANT TO ACT ON STAGE?

The Gals & Guys Productions club is looking for actors to audition at the Rollins Theater from 1:00 to 3:00 PM every Thursday in April.   We have two skits that are planned for the next showcase on Nov. 9, 2017 (USO show honoring our Veterans). 
    Scripts will be provided.

    Skit no. 1: The Director is looking for - 2 Guys and 1 Gal
    Skit no. 2: The Director is looking for - 2 Guys and 2 Gals

 For information call Director Salvina, 633-5924 or write sccgngprods@aol.com. 

NEW EQUIPMENT IN COMMUNITY HALL

The CA Board this morning approved the purchase of new digital audio and video equipment for the Community Hall systems.  Over the years, the systems in that main room have been changed several times but, each time, the cabling was pieced here and there and the compatibility of amplifiers and speakers, projectors and video sources have been left to chance.
     The new equipment should make everything easier to use and provide better sound and visual capacity.  The total cost was reported at just over $25,000 with all payments to come from an established CA fund; no debt will be incurred.

And, in Closing,

  • One of my readers asked why I tell people where they should not drive their golf carts when crossing 674 but not telling them where they should drive.  He suggests the following wording: “Golf carts should use the same roadway and lanes used by other motorized vehicles.  Sensors in the roadway will be activated by the weight of the cart and driver and cause the traffic signal to change.”
  • I want to be sure you received my correction about the meeting place next Monday for the Community Campaign Against Human Trafficking.  It will be held at the United Methodist Church on West Del Webb Blvd on April 17.
  • The CA Treasurer this morning announced that 56 resale homes had been sold in Sun city Center during March.  Looking back over the first 3 months of 2017, we are right on target to meet our budget plan for the year.

 /John Bowker      Write to me at:  jbowker103@gmail.com


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Volume 19, Number 17    April 7, 2017

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 7:12 AM; sunset at 7:50 PM.
(Golf carts may not be on the streets before sunrise or after sunset in Sun City Center)

                                         GOLF CART WARNING
  Deputy Merry pointed out to me this week that cvrossing a street in a golf cart using the painted pedestrian walkway is a violation of Florida Statutes.  You should drive next to the the crossings.  He pointed out that golf carts are heavy enough to trigger the devices buried in the pavement that cause traffic signals to switch from red to green for the side streets; there is no need to press the pedestrian crossing button.
 
     Merry is also concerned about golf carts at the new Wawa store.  There is NO legal way to drive a golf cart to Wawa by crossing either US-301 or SR-674.

REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY

The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay will report its findings of needs in Sun City Center on healthcare, food, memory care and more next Tuesday, April 11 at 10 AM in Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd. Their report is based on a yearlong community needs assessment. Their goals have been to collect citizens’ opinions of true community needs and to help plan for future community change and development initiatives.          Light refreshments will be provided.

AMBREEN LOOKS AHEAD

Looks like the Cafe in our Atrium Building may actually be done by the end of April. Ambreen is not able to give an opening date yet since she too will need county inspections/approvals. She writes, “I am starting the paperwork and getting organized on my end so we don’t waste any more time once the Cafe is given to me. YEAHHH !
     "I am going to be finalizing the opening/summer menu this month. I know everyone is anxious to know what I will be serving. "Soups, Salads, Sandwiches, Hot dogs, smoothies, ice cream, Custard, breakfast etc … also, fresh baked bread, cakes, desserts, cookies etc. Lots of Sugar free and Gluten free options as well.
     "You may have noticed that I have closed the coffee cart so as to prepare for the opening.  I want to thank everyone for helping me get through this rough transition and allowing me to be part of the community.”

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

The Community Campaign Against Human Trafficking has a two-part program for us at its April 17 meeting in the United Methodist Church, 1201 Del Webb Blvd West, at 1:00 PM.
     Since 2007, Michael Victor, Corporal, Tampa Police Department has worked all Human Trafficking Investigations and adult entertainment complaints in the city. 
     Also at this meeting Sabrina Sweeney from “Learn to Fish”, and a representative from “PACE Center for Girls”, will update us on their latest programs.  Both organizations have received support from CAHT. 
For further information call 813-603-3100.

GET TO KNOW US
Synchronized Swim Dancers

April 24th at 7:00 PM in the Sandpiper Room the Synchronized Swim Dancers will hold an evening of fun at their "Get To Know Us" and "What We Do" event. From 7-7:30 they will tell you all about their program and have light refreshments. Then on to the lap pool just across the hall in the Atrium Building for a few quick demonstrations of techniques and formations.  Did you bring your bathing suit? They would love for you to hop in and try a few things to see if you would enjoy continuing.
    This is all for both men and women.  Yes, MEN.  Our men perform one comedic routine in our annual March show.
    Come on and try it!  See you there on Monday, April 24 at 7 o’clock.

IMPERSONATION SCAMS

Deputy Jeffrey Merry continues his series of talks this month with an intriguing topic that can happen to any of us. If you do not regularly attend one of Jeff’s presentations, you’re missing a worthwhile hour.

      Tuesday, April 11, 10:00 AM Caper Room in the Atrium Building
      Tuesday, April 11, 1:00 PM Ripple Room, Kings Point Club House
      Tuesday, April 18, 11:00 AM Freedom Auditorium, Freedom Plaza
      Wednesday, April 19, 3:00 PM American Momentum Bank

If you need more information, write to me at jbowker103@gmail.com

MOSAIC! MOSAIC! WHAT'S UP?

We have seen a lot in the local newspapers about the nearby Mosaic Company. The Woman's Club Conservation Committee Members will be hosting Mr. Richard Ghent from MOSAIC in the Florida Room on Thursday, April 27 starting at 2:00 PM.
     Mr. Ghent will present an illustrated talk on land remediation, water conservation, and conservation topics of general interest to local residents.  The public is invited to hear this important talk showing how Mosaic helps the world grow the food it needs.
     Light refreshments will be served, and there will be a chance to win some prizes. For more information please contact Committee Chairman Sally Bodmer at  813-493-9201.

And, in Closing,

  • Easter Sunday, April 16, all public libraries and the Pet Resource Center will be closed.  Regional county parks, trails, and preserves will be open on Easter.
  • Men’s Wellness Group celebrates its second anniversary with 18 members. Men who have lost a spouse may wish to join; write to Jim Clarke at jfclarke32@gmail.com.
  • I mentioned last week that clubs needing an assigned meeting room for 2018 must file a form with the CA Office now; the opening date was last Tuesday so I went over to see how long the line out front was that morning.  Turns out there were some 40-50 people in line when they opened the CA Office door.  The Lawn Bowling Club president, Jerry Healy, was first in line at 3:45 a.m.

/John Bowker      Write to me at:  jbowker103@gmail.com


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Volume 19, Number 15     March 30, 2017

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 7:21 AM; sunset at 7:46 PM.
(Golf carts may not be on the streets before sunrise or after sunset in Sun
City Center)


YES!  WAWA IS OPEN

     If you were among those who attempted to visit the new Wawa store at the corner of US-301 and SR-674 this morning, I am betting you missed the opening ceremony with some pleasant music by the Sun City Center Men’s Chorus unless you had your walking shoes on!  I finally parked way out in back and then noticed a few souls were pulled into one of the gasoline pumps right out front .. and then went inside to enjoy a free cup of coffee they were offering today.  The sign you see above was directly over the main selling booth inside.  Oh, and gasoline?  I filled up with regular at $2.099 a gallon. 

OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET

If you have unused medications in your bathroom medicine cabinet or just lying on a bedside table that you should not be using, put them all in a plastic bag and take them to Community Hall (1910 South Pebble Beach) next week Friday morning, April 7.  As you pull into the front driveway, there will be a sheriff’s deputy right there to take what you want to get rid of.  No questions asked.
     Be sure any liquids are tightly capped and, if you have syringes and needles, it is best to put them in an old coke bottle with a cover of some sort so the people handling your old medications won’t be injured.

HOUSE RENTALS

The Florida Legislature is considering legislation to allow weekend, overnight, and weekly rentals in Florida.  If your POA or HOA does not have a rental restriction in place by June 1, 2017, and this legislation passes, you will not be able to stop these rentals, or initiate rental restrictions for your property(ies).  Make sure your Owners Association has considered its best course in this regard.

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute will offer tours of its 53-foot-long mobile Memory Research Suite and deliver a special presentation on Community-Based Prevention Research detailing treatment options for older adults with no memory loss. The presentation will be held Monday, April 10 starting at 1:00 PM at Sun Towers.         Have you had any momentary memory loss moments lately?  Why not stop by.  This presentation, open to everyone, starts at 1 PM and the tour of the large mobile research vehicle follows immediately after.  

AUDITIONS TO BE HELD

The Gals & Guys Productions are holding auditions for vocalists, male and female actors and dancers (tap, jazz & ballroom), comedians and musicians in the Rollins Theater on each Thursday in April from 1:00 to 3:30 PM.
     Scripts will be provided.  Vocalists are asked to bring their own favorite song tracks, if not, then other selections will be provided.
     Auditions are open to all SCC, Kings Point, Renaissance and Freedom Plaza residents, with valid CA ID cards.  For more information contact Salvina at 633-5924.

CLUB ROOMS FOR 2018

If your CA Club or organization will be needing a meeting room in 2018, you must submit a reservation form to the CA Office at 1009 N. Pebble Beach Blvd, but not before Tuesday, April 4.  The forms were sent to all club or organization chairs last week with a detailed information letter.
     As in years past, the CA office will open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday the 4th, then all you do is give your completed form to the receptionist.  She will imprint a date and time stamp, and then you can be on your way.  (For the past few years, the line to get into the CA Office for this event started forming early and, by 8 o’clock was out in the parking lot up to the library…so plan ahead.)

EMERGENCY SQUAD INFORMATION

The Sun City Center Emergency Squad is hosting an Informational Program at 6 PM on Wednesday, April 12, to answer questions about its free service.  The meeting will take place at the Training Building at 124 S. Pebble Beach. We invite interested residents to find out more about the Squad and the volunteer opportunities they have available. 

ODD PHONE CALLS

If you receive a phone call where there is no one there, do not return the call because it
may be a scam.  Scammers may try to call an unsuspecting victim numerous times, several times in succession, or hang up before anyone answers hoping to raise curiosity and suspicion.
     Other variations include playing a recording of someone calling for help or needing medical attention.  Scammers may also use similar tactics through text messages.
     The numbers these scammers use are often premium numbers. If you call or text them back, you will be charged.

And, in Closing,

  • Please be aware that the “Parade of Homes” in the month of April will include one house in our Verona Section.  That event is a real-estate promotion that attracts widespread attention, so it is possible that South Pebble Beach Blvd down to Chipper Drive will experience greater than usual traffic.  Sun City Center Blvd may also be affected, but who would notice that!
  • You can always look at recent past editions of eNEWS on the website www.mysuncitycenter.org by clicking on “eNEWS” at the top of the opening screen, and then scrolling down as far as you want.

John Bowker
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Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 7:1 AM; sunset at 6:1 PM.
(Golf carts may not be on the streets before sunrise or after sunset in Sun City Center)

A New CA Office Building?

Tonight was the big meeting we have been waiting for to help us decide if we will vote in favor of a new CA office building. I was pleased to see that well over 200 people attended. 
     The spokesman tonight was Jonathan Moore the CA’s representative who has been assembling the pieces about renovating the existing building or building new.  His presentation was a collection of slides showing data on how the selection was made for the architects, the construction contractors, and an analysis of whether to construct a new building or renovate what is already there.


Highlights:

1)   The cost of renovating the present building would come to $935,000 including a 10% contingency fee.  There are 10 specific items that would need to be done to upgrade the physical structure and to meet new ADA requirements that did not apply when the existing structure was opened.

2)   The cost of building a new structure to be located at the same place as the existing building to meet the administrative needs of the CA would be $1,550,000 including a 10% contingency fee.

3)   A new structure would fit in the same area as the present building.  The present inside space was shown as 5,722 sq. ft. and the proposed building would provide 6,425 sq. ft.

4)   In both cases the costs cover the actual construction costs; furnishings would be an extra expense.

5)   At this time the CA has about $1,100,000 in its Capital Fund account that would be applied to this project.  It was pointed out that our experience over the past couple of years shows that we receive net Capital Fund fees for some 30-35 homes a month at $1,800 each, so the needed $450,000 would come to us in 7 or 8 months.  The CA goal is to remain debt free.

6)   Voting (yes/no) on constructing a new office building will be done:
      a)  
 March 14 and 15 – details to come shortly
      b)  
 You can pick up a ballot next Monday at the CA Office
      c)  
 The News of Sun City Center will have ballots in the edition you should receive on Saturday, March 4.

Pickleball Courts

We learned today that the sidewalk around the Pickleball courts on our South Campus next to Community Hall will be finished over this next weekend and that the lights for after-dark play are already up and ready to go.  The courts are being re-numbered and all should be done by next week.

Parking at the Arts & Crafts Building

Parking this time of year around the Arts & Crafts Building is at a premium; parking out on Cherry Hills Drive will cost you over $100 if the Sheriff sees you.  So please only park next to the Arts & Crafts Building only if you are attending an event in that building.  Otherwise, please park in the lots around the Atrium Building.

And, in Closing,

  • Crystal Lagoon Community.  Add those words to your vocabulary.  Word has it that 2,500 Crystal Lagoon dwelling units may be built east of the new Wawa site along 674 in Wimauma on a new lake; homes from $250K with no age restriction.  How big is that?  Well, Sun City Center has about 6,400 dwelling units, and Kings Point has around 5,500.
  • CA Members shall, at all times, be granted preference in participation in club activities.  Short term renters may participate in CA Club activities at the pleasure of the club. That point is clarified in CA Policy V., page 5, paragraph 6 on the CA website, www.suncitycenter.org 
  • If your new 2017 Membership Directory is delivered wet during a rainstorm, go to the CA office at 1009 North Pebble Beach and get a dry one. 
  • If you want a room in any CA building for your club or organization meetings in 2018 you must have your club membership list in to Claudia by next Tuesday, February 28.  Claudia’s office is in the main CA Office Building at 1009 North Pebble Beach Blvd.
  • Just in the past couple of weeks, two readers have mentioned their dismay at the number of cigarette butts being left on their properties by folks who are just passing by.  I refuse to lecture my readers .. but I come awful close sometimes.

/John Bowker       Write to me at:  jbowker103@gmail.com