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Volume 18, Number  40             October 21, 2016

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During the next week, the sun will rise at 7:35 am and will set at or a bit before 6:55 pm.

Club Rules Clarified

 There is increasing need for CA members to wear their CA ID Badges when using any of the CA Facilities.  The paid staff has been asked to check with people on the premises who are not showing their badges, so please do not argue that for any of a variety of reasons you don’t have to show yours.
     What many members do not hear are the complaints coming to the CA from CA members who are turned away from participating in a club activity because of its limited facilities, only to find that non-CA members are using the facilities.
     This rule was clarified at a Leaders’ Meeting this week by CA President Floyd when the word “participate” was challenged; the meaning of that word is “to take part in”, and that is okay unless such participation is by a non-CA Member and results in a CA Member being turned away.
     Also, please note that your CA Badge is blank on the back side. Please be sure to wear yours so your information is showing.

New Entrance at South End?
Well, not so fast

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
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Volume 18, Number  39             October 13, 2016

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Big Event Tomorrow

Friday, October 14, 2016

It all starts at 1:30 at Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd. Free admission for free ice cream, free brownies, free live entertainment, free displays, free coffee, free parking and the best part?  It’s all free .. and it will end at 4:30.

     This “Open House” is sponsored by the Sun City Center Men’s Club, and the theme this year is “Health Care and History”.  This event is open to everyone in this area, including visitors and guests. 

     The entertainment includes the fun-lovin’ Front Porch Pickers who will start at 1:45, and the popular Kevin Brooks will come on around 3:45.  In between, from 3:00 to 3:30, John Bowker will provide an illustrated “History of Sun City Center” unlike any of his earlier presentations. 

     There will be displays by the Sun City Center Emergency Squad, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Sun City Center History Society, and the Men’s Club Lifeline Personal Emergency Alert System.  Sun Towers Retirement Community and Southern Life Insurance Company are underwriting this event.

Shredding Day

     The Community Association has arranged for a shredding truck to be with us on the morning of Tuesday, March 7, 2017 to handle all your private papers that should not be left out with the trash.  The truck will be located at the parking lot that runs along North Pebble Beach Blvd in the section between North Course Lane and the new Security Patrol office.  We’ll have more on this; I expect the hours will run from 9 am to noon and, since they are somewhat weather related, we will confirm the times later on.

And, in Closing,

  • Funds to our Capital Fund for 35 re-sale homes were received in September and that brings the total number of re-sales to 357 for the year 2016.  The money already in the Capital Fund will be enough to cover the probable cost of a new office building if our present building has to be torn down.  No community debt will be incurred by a new building there.
  • I failed to mention last week that the present plan would call for any new CA Office Building to be erected on the same footprint as is now occupied by the CA Office Building.  Meantime, the modular buildings to house our staff members will be placed just off North Course Lane in the undeveloped grassy area in the vicinity of the Samaritan Services building.                                                                                                            

/John Bowker
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 Volume 18, Number  38             October 7, 2016

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More About CA Office Plans

     Today’s open meeting regarding current thinking about the need for the CA offices brought the following opening statement by CA President David Floyd:

    “We have had some folks in to look at the existing building to see what it would cost to rehab.  We’re still getting numbers from those folks, and they’re pretty high -- I was really quite surprised; they are running over 700 thousand dollars.  The problem is we’ve got to rip off and rebuild the roof, we’ve got to put in a new understructure, our doors don’t meet the new county standards, doors aren’t wide enough for ADA for evacuation, all the restrooms are not ADA compliant, the hallways don’t meet the code for width, and so basically we have to tear the whole building down to fix it.

     This includes what needs to be done in the old Security Patrol building and that building has ADA compliant restrooms which is really nice, but the rest of the building doesn’t meet county code, so that’s just the way it is.  It is actually more costly to renovate sometimes than to build new.

     The drawings show what a new building may look like.

     There will be a lot more coming on this matter.  It is presently planned to have all CA Members vote in a full referendum in February when all the details are clear.
     Meantime CA Staff employees will be relocated to modular units to be put in back of the Samaritan Services building on North Course Lane starting in December.  They will cost us around $100,000 for the two years we expect to need them.                                                                                             

CA Board Monthly Board Meeting

      This month, the usual Board Meeting will be held on the second THURSDAY of October instead of the second Wednesday in deference to the Yom Kippur holiday.  The agenda will include ratification of the engineering documents for temporary offices for CA staff starting in December to serve until new office space is ready for them.
     There will also be a vote by the Board members on the proposed 2017 budget, and on deleting Section 7 of the CA Policy Manual regarding the operation of The Project Office .. T P O.

Disposing of Old Medications

November 10, Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd West, 9 am - Noon

December 8, Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach, 9 am - Noon

     Operation Medicine Cabinet, an operation of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, collects expired or unwanted prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, for proper disposal. Improper disposal such as flushing drugs down the toilet or drain leads to the contamination of Florida’s aquatic environment. Wastewater treatment systems are not designed to remove these medications from our water. Help keep our water system safe.
     For more information, contact Home Instead Senior Care 813-684-1972

Volunteer AARP Tax Counselors

     The tax season is almost upon us,and we need additional counselors. You will be given IRS materials for self study as well as tutoring and will have one week of half-day computer training in early January to familiarize you with the software that you will be using.
     After completing an open- book test you will be expected to work one day or two half days a week.  We start February 1st and finish April 15,2017
     Questions?  Can you help?  Either way:  Ed Sheridan,

And, in Closing

  • If you see this in time, be sure to come to the SouthShore Regional Library tomorrow (Saturday) starting at 10 am for the book sales.  There will be one room on the left as you enter the building with all sale books listed at half price, but the BIG room down the hall to the right will offer all the books you can stuff in one of their large bags on sale for $1.00 for EVERYthing in the bag! The sale ends around noon tomorrow.
  • Jerry Gibson who had registered as a candidate for one of the 1-year CA Board positions, has withdrawn.  There are now three candidates to vie for the two openings for 1-year Board openings; four candidates will be running for the 3 openings on the 3-year board openings as shown in the eNEWS edition of earlier this week.  That’s a lot of numbers;  you’d better read it again.
  • It was reported at the Coffee and Conversation today that, when the final home is built in Sun City Center, we will have 6,500 homes (“dwelling units”) in our community.  (This does not include Kings Point.)

NOTE:  If you do not see the drawing of the proposed new building on page one, please look at the .pdf version in the Attachment, or go to and click on “eNEWS”.

/John Bowker

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Volume 18, Number  37              October 5, 2016

During the next week, the sun will rise within a minute or two of 7:25 am and
will set shortly after 7:05 pm.

8 Candidates for CA Directors

     Eight CA members have indicated their interest in serving our community on the CA Board of Directors with terms of office beginning in January.  The period for completing applications expired at 3 pm today. There are 3 openings for 3-year positions and 2 openings for 1-year positions on the CA Board. 

  • The candidates for 3-year positions are Al Alderman, Helen Lewis, Marilyn Miller and Robert Sullivan.
  • The candidates for 1-year positions are Gert Affayroux, Dave Birkett, Jerry Gibson, and Bob Sanchez.

     You will have a chance to meet and hear from each of the candidates at the “Meet the Candidates” evening program on Wednesday, November 9 at 7:00 pm in Community Hall.  Voting will take place December 6 and 7; more on that later.

About the CA Office Building

     There will be an open “Coffee and Conversation” discussion for CA Members and Board Members this Friday morning (October 7) in the Caper Room starting at 9 am.  At that time, we will learn more about the costs of building a new building or rebuilding the existing CA Office building at 1009 North Pebble Beach Blvd. 

Volunteer at the
Manatee Viewing Center

The daily tasks of this volunteer position will include interacting with guests at the Manatee Viewing Center (in Apollo Beach), and monitoring the health of the exhibit animals in the tank. Volunteers are needed from November 1 through April 15.  There will be two shifts each day: 9:30 am - 1:30pm, and 1:00 - 5:00PM
     Minimum Requirements: 18 years of age and older; Able to commit to at least one 4-hour shift per week for the entire season; Able to be outside on your feet 4 hours in our west central Florida climate;  For information, get in touch with Rebecca Hughes at or call her at (813)367-4075.

Contractor Fraud

Each month, Deputy Jeff Merry conducts a one-hour talk on subjects that matter most to Sun City Center residents.  The topic for October is contractor fraud, and   questions from the audience are always welcome.

  • Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 10:00 a.m., The Caper Room, Atrium Building
  • Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 1:00 p.m., Ripple Room, Kings Point Clubhouse
  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 11:00 a.m. Freedom Auditorium, Freedom Plaza
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 3:00 p.m. American Momentum Bank,

        131 S. Pebble Beach Boulevard

Photo Club Annual Calendars

The S.C.C. Photo Club has produced its first calendar!  13 members' photos that have been donated for the project are featured in the 2017 calendar.
     Newly printed in full color on glossy paper with various holidays noted, it sells for $10.00 and all proceeds (over printing expense) will be donated to a local charity, My Warriors Place, in Ruskin.
     You can buy the calendars 9 am to noon, Monday-Friday in the new Photo Club Lab at 1203 North Pebble Beach Blvd.

Veterans Take Note

The Disabled American Veterans, DAV Chapter 110 of Sun City Center has two main services or programs.  One is to provide no cost transportation to ambulatory veterans who have medical appointments at the James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital in Tampa.  Transportation is provided up to five days a week depending upon the veterans’ needs. 
    The other service is to provide veterans or their spouses/families with information on services and benefits that they may be eligible for.  That service includes the filing or assistance with filing the various VA claim forms, as well as helping them navigate the VA system.
     The Chapter Service Officers are available from 10AM to 2PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  To make an appointment, call 813-331-3871.  Walk-ins are welcome.  We are located at 1002 Cherry Hills Drive
     If you need a ride to the James A. Haley VA Hospital, please call 813-642-0302 a week before you need a ride to ensure a seat on the van.  The van starts its pick-up service about 6:45AM and usually returns to Sun City Center between 11:30-12:30.  When scheduling your appointments at the hospital let your scheduler know that you are riding the DAV van and they will try to schedule your appointment so that you may avail yourself of the van service.
     DAV van (drivers and dispatchers) and Chapter Service Officers staff are all volunteers with no charges to the veterans.
     Monetary donations and volunteer help are always welcome and greatly appreciated.  Everything received goes 100% to support the two DAV programs mentioned above in Sun City Center.

And, in Closing

  • Register to vote in the November national elections; Registration deadline is next Tuesday, October 11;  go to  for details.
  • Bag-of-Books-for-a-Buck sale at the County South Shore Library on Saturday, October 8.  Need directions?  Ask me.
  • Men’s Club Open House ... Friday, October 14, 1:30 pm at Community Hall. It will feature an illustrated presentation on little known facts about the history of our community and the Men’s Club.  The Front Porch Pickers and Kevin Brooks will be entertaining. Ice cream and brownies from Lake Towers!
  • Shriners Breakfast is Sunday October 16, 8:30 am -1:00 pm at Community Hall, $6.00 at the door.  This is one of the best managed activities all year!

You can see recent editions of eNEWS on the website:   Just click on “eNEWS” at the top of the opening screen and scroll down to see the various editions.  There is lots of other good stuff on that website too!

/John Bowker    Write to me at

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Volume 18, Number  36              September 23, 2016

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No Dues Increase in 2017

     Community Association Treasurer Neil Rothfeld presented his 2017 budget proposal this morning at an open meeting in the Florida Room. The next steps will be for the CA Board to confirm that our CA dues will remain at $270 per person, and then for all CA Members to vote on it in December.
     By the time you read this, the entire budget should be available for review on the CA website at  Please note the remarkable savings in our utility costs that have been accomplished by judicious improvements credited to Community Manager Lynn Reitz.

Deputy Jeff Merry Honored


 Our Community Resource Deputy (above left) has been selected as Winner of the 2015-2016 Outstanding Law & Order Service Award by the Military Order of the World Wars organization.  The presentation was by MOWW Commander Sam Thompson on Tuesday at the Community Leaders Meeting in our Florida Room.

Mark your Calendar

There will be an informal “coffee and conversation’ get together for ALL members of the Community Association on October 7.  There will be more information available about plans for a new CA Office Building -- hopefully enough to prepare us for a vote in December on whether we need a whole new building or if we should just repair and upgrade the office building we presently have. The meeting will be at 9 AM in the Caper Room (Atrium Building).

You should Apply to Become a
Community Association Director

     CA Members can now pick up an application and instructions at the reception desk at the CA Office, 1009 North Pebble Beach Blvd.  The application asks your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and CA Member number.
     Directors receive no compensation for their work, and cannot be an employee (or an immediate family member of an employee) of any organization engaged in subdividing or marketing any unimproved area of Sun City Center.
    You will be asked to select the term of office for which you are applying; there are one-year terms and three-year terms open.
     Your application must be completed and returned to the CA Office by 3:00 PM, Wednesday, October 5.

WAWA is Really Underway

Once it is built and opened, it will be easy to get to -- but, for now, the best I could do yesterday was to park next to McDonalds near the intersection of US-301 and SR-674, and look across that busy intersection.

     And what about Aldi’s across the street?  There is a lot of daily work there. The building itself still needs a lot of cosmetic work and today they are grading the parking lot.  We’ll keep an eye on that for you.

And, in Closing,

  • I see that work has started on our South Campus where the streets there will now be covered with Limestone “Pea Gravel”.  The existing parking areas will not be enlarged, but the improved access to those areas will create a few more accessible spaces for cars.
  • Someone in the Budget Review meeting asked me if I was going to bother to mention it in eNEWS.  You see, there were only 7 people there who were not either press, paid employees or actual CA Directors.  It’s a shame that more people don’t show an interest in how this all-volunteer community is run.
  • If you don’t see the two pictures in this edition, click on the Attachment to this eNEWS to see the whole message in high definition with the pictures.

/John Bowker    Write to me at


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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.

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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