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Volume 21, Number 12 
Monday, February 25, 2019

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 6:57 AM; Sunset at 6:27 PM.
Golf carts on Sun City Center streets between sunset and sunrise are subject to a fine of $153

Golf Cart drivers must be at least 14 years of age

AN EXCELLENT PROGRAM THIS MORNING

This morning marked the return of a most interesting communications medium for Sun City Center.  Coffee and Conversation ran just two hours with no pre-arranged agenda. The wide scope of topics raised by the attendees showed how much information they feel is missing in the regular day-to-day operation of our community.
    
Sam Sudman, President of the Community Association, hosted the program and helped keep things moving.  Other CA Board members took an active role in elaborating on some of the topics raised by the audience.  Just glancing at my three pages of notes reminds me of the numerous times the subject of evening and nighttime activities came up.  The role of the CA in our daily lives was another topic that required frequent reminders by Board Members and by the Community Manager who contributed to the business perspectives on many topics.
     An early topic was clarification of the sale by the SouthShore United Church of Christ of its property at the corner of North Pebble Beach Boulevard and La Jolla Avenue.  The CA Board is preparing a bid for that property (asking price is $3.1 million) and will need approval by the CA Members in a referendum before anything serious can occur.  Note that any dollar figure the Board might bring to its members would have to include the property and building, and needed changes to the building to make it suitable for the community’s needs, plus an indication of what it would be used for, and ongoing maintenance and operational costs.

  • Some of the other topics that came up this morning were the problems of creatures that come on residential properties (pigs, raccoons, etc.) and how to deal with/control them.
  • Why are the pools closed at night?
  • Why are there restrictions on using golf carts at night?
  • What can be done about enforcing our smoke-free environment around CA property? 
  • Non-CA Members are using our facilities.  (Sudman replied that a new regulation will be published by the CA within 6 months.) 
  • Is there something better we could do to replace the current Guest Pass procedures? 
  • What about the children living in a residence on North Pebble Beach Blvd?
  • Many of our streets need repaving.
  • Can something be done about the crowding on State Road 674? 

On this last topic, it was suggested you click on:
http://www.fdottampabay.com/project/244/436495-1-52-01

If any one of the topics shown above is of particular interest or concern to you, let me know and I will attempt to refer you to a competent source of information about any of those topics as voiced today.
     Will there be another Coffee and Conversation?  My hunch is ‘yes’.  Everyone came out ahead as a result of today’s discussions.

BIG MEETING COMING ON WEDNESDAY

Let's Talk Trash (and recycling, too)” is being presented by Hillsborough County this week on Wednesday, February 27, at 3 pm in Community Hall.  Bring your questions and suggestions.  The last time this was presented it was a "sell-out" crowd.

 John Bowker
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Constructive News of Greater Sun City Center by email
Founded in 1998
Volume 21, Number 11   Thursday, February 21, 2019

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 7:03 AM; Sunset at 6:23 PM.
Golf carts on Sun City Center streets between sunset and sunrise are subject to a fine of $153

Golf Cart drivers must be at least 14 years of age

A VERY BUSY WEEK

TOMORROW, Friday, February 22:   WHAT ARE THE NEW TAX CHANGES ALL ABOUT?

     Are you wondering how you will fare with the new tax changes? There are important changes to standard deductions, allowable itemized deductions, tax rates, etc.  Principal speakers will be Paul Sponseller, Certified Financial Planner and Harold Cowen, Certified Public Accountant.  You’ll get the information you need with time for questions and answers included. Free Lecture sponsored by the Community Church College will start at 2:00 PM in Hospitality Hall at the Southshore United Church of Christ, 1501 La Jolla Avenue. No Registration Required.

MONDAY, February 25:  WHAT’S GOING ON IN TOWN?

     The CA Board of Directors and Association manager are hosting an informal Coffee and Conversation exchange of ideas and topics of interest to and for CA Members.  9-11 AM in the Caper Room, Atrium Building. No specified topics.  CA Residents and CA Board members are invited.  Attendees can bring up community topics of interest to all residents for open discussion by everyone.

TUESDAY, February 26:  STORIES OF SUN CITY CENTER

     Friends of the History Society will meet for a ‘pot luck’ luncheon to get to know each other, and to chat about what we know of the early days of Sun City Center.  They will meet at Noon in Room 5 of Community Hall for a couple of hours. Want to join the Friends? Please call 633-3038 or write to scchistorysoc@GMail.com not later than Monday the 25th.  Lots of fun!

TUESDAY, February 26:   LAWS IMPACTING A COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

     Residents of Sun City Center are cordially invited to attend the first resident-initiated meeting of the Sun City Center Leadership Project to be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Caper Room.  The first topic will be Community Association Law by Attorney Valentina Wheeler. This Project will be a series of free, public meetings to which various subject matter experts will be invited to share their knowledge of topics relevant to Sun City Center residents.  These sessions are educational in nature, not a forum for debate or for the resolution of any specific legal problem.   SCC CA Members only for this meeting. 

… and the list of local interest group meetings goes on and on.  Want to see a pretty complete list?  Go to sccadsandevents.com to see what Debbie Caneen has assembled for us.

And in Closing,

  • Several rental homes in town are now being used to house youngsters.  That makes two problems; first, it compromises the community’s restrictive covenants and, second, any corrective action really should not be done to penalize or embarrass the kids since they have not broken any residency rules. If you know of any home that has children living there, please notify the CA at 633-3500.  The CA will determine what is going on, and will take appropriate (sympathetic) action.

John Bowker
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Constructive News of Greater Sun City Center by email
Founded in 1998
Volume 21, Number 10   Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 7:03 AM; Sunset at 6:23 PM.
Golf carts on Sun City Center streets between sunset and sunrise are subject to a fine of $153

Golf Cart drivers must be at least 14 years of age

An Open Discussion
Coffee & Conversation

The Community Association Board of Directors and the Association Manager will host an informal exchange of ‘things on their minds’ on Monday, February 25 in the Caper Room from 9 to 11 AM.  CA Members are invited to sit in and comment as the meeting progresses.  This will be strictly an information exchange, not a decision meeting by the Board members who attend.

     New topics can be introduced by the attendees during the session.  In fact, if you have a subject to suggest for the discussion, you might even send your ideas to the CA President, Sam Sudman, in writing by taking them to the CA Office at 1009 North Pebble Beach Blvd by this Friday, February 22 at 3 PM. 

     If you plan to attend on the 25th, wear your CA ID Card with the front side  exposed.


Edit TextROMANCE SCAM

Deputy Jeff Merry with stolen gift cards

    See all the gift cards on the table?  Those are a few that the local Sheriff’s Office has recovered from bad guys they have arrested who were ‘friends’ to folks living here.
    This one can really hurt.  If you have found a new friend on the Internet, please be aware of a scam that has cost hundreds of people in our community a lot of money.  All is well until your friend needs money for a medical emergency, or maybe just enough to come visit you.  You then learn the “safest” way to give money is to send a gift card.

    If you recognize what I am describing here, or something vaguely like it, please call 813-242-5515 and discuss it with our local Sheriff’s Office.