News of Greater Sun City Center by email
Founded in 1998

Volume 19, Number 02     January 11, 2017

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 7:22 a.m.; sunset at 5:54 p.m.
(Golf carts may not be on the streets before sunrise or after sunset in Sun City Center)

New Administration Building

There has been a lot of talk and planning about the need for a new main Administrative Building for the Community Association in Sun City Center.  Among the questions are what it will cost, where it would be placed, and would it be smarter to renovate the existing office building at 1009 North Pebble Beach Boulevard.

     We were assured this morning at the regular CA Board Meeting that the answers will be presented at an open meeting in Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd, on Tuesday, February 21 starting at 7:00 p.m.  All of the principals in the planning will be there and they will handle questions from the public at that meeting.  Remember now, that is in February and you will want to attend in advance of your voting.

     March 14 and 15 have been established as the two days for all of us to vote our approval or disapproval of what we hear at that February meeting.  If we vote “no”, we will have decided to renovate the existing building .. its foundation, roof and other structural items, and to bring it all up to current building code.  Again, those details will be known to us before the vote.

Do I Have Your Attention?

     This isn’t my strong suit, but I have had two occasions to hear John Foster, the award-winning author, talk about what makes him tick. In each case, I came away amused and with thoughts and insights that stayed with me for some time. 

    John, who lives right here among us, has written a new book, and even the title brings out his humor, A Gesture of Words: Poetry Forms and Formulas.  Better yet, he will present the book in a PowerPoint presentation at the SouthShore Regional Library just off 19th Avenue on Sunday, January 15 at 2:00 pm.  His work has been cited as “an important resource for today’s diverse community of poets” by the President of the Florida State Poets Association.

     I hope you will come to hear what this talented man can tell us.  John has arranged for a book-signing that same afternoon right there at the library.  

     If you need directions to that library, write to me at

Sidewalk Drains

Bob Shangraw reported this morning that 521 storm drain sidewalk covers have now been replaced by the county in Sun City Center in the past 9 years.  In most cases, this meant repaving the sidewalks to eliminate the narrowing of the walkway at each storm drain entry point.  Odd as it sounds, that had been the practice ever since Del Webb stopped work here in 1972.  Bob has been pursuing this as a safety issue since 2007. 

Congratulations to Bob for a volunteer job well done.

New CA Board Assignments

Each Officer or Director of the Community Association has other areas of responsibility.  Please click on Who’s In Charge Here at the top of the opening screen at

The New Café

For several years we have been admiring the work of Ambreen Esmail, the lady who set up and has been running the coffee and pastry shop in the Atrium Building ever since moving here from Harrisburg, PA.  About three years ago, the CA members voted for an area in that building to function as an enlarged café.  And then last year, it was announced that plans had been completed to add an external area near the outdoor pool with a roof and windows for the expanded operation.  All along it has been assumed that Ambreen would be in charge, probably recruiting some help as the need arose.

     During the recent months, ever since the café corner where she had set things up was shut down for the construction, she has been operating a coffee wagon in the Atrium Building that is very popular – but it is not enough to keep her financially sound or creatively challenged. 

     We learned today that the expanded area is now all roofed in, with the windows coming next .. and the hope is to have the café ready for opening in a couple of months.  Ambreen’s problem is that she has been told this same thing for the past year, and she is running out of funds and energy.  She pointedly asked the CA Board this morning for some help since “I don’t want to just walk away from this project”.  I am sure there will be more to this story soon.

Community News and Events

Earlier this week at a Community Association meeting, there were comments made that “people in Sun City Center don’t know what is going on”.  

     There are a number of different ways of keeping up with things in and around Sun City Center.  We have the monthly newspaper, The News of Sun City Center, and it keeps expanding into new areas of interest. 

     The local FM broadcast station, WSCQ-LP operates at 96.3 on the FM dial. They are learning how to provide community information in the most effective way, but you might give them a listen to see how it fits into your daily lifestyle.

     In addition, there is this eNEWS newsletter you are now reading that comes out whenever I think it can be helpful in tracing the development of the town.  Lots of items about crime and arguments get overlooked because of that philosophy, but my main interest is a study of what makes this community tick and not a focus on that is wrong with it.  But WELL beyond eNEWS are other free sources of information you should sample.

     Debbie Caneen is a highly spirited and very active leader in a variety of activities in town.  Her newsletter comes out every Monday; you can take a look at it on her website at and if you like what you see, you can get on her mailing list by writing to:

     Bill Hodges who writes a weekly column for the SCC Observer newspaper is a now regular contributor to a Facebook page.  Currently he is showing a LOT of photos from the Decorated Golf Cart Parade in town last month and more pictures from the Community Breakfast on December 3rd.  Bill includes an updated list of entertainment programs coming into town. Using your Facebook account, look for Friends of Sun City Center.

And, in Closing,

  • The nearby county library and all other county offices will be closed on Monday, January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  CA offices will remain open.
  • As of December 31, there were 11,090 CA Member residents in Sun City Center.
  • Pet peeve Department:  Why do pastry companies wrap their goodies in such tough plastic that you can never open them without scissors?!
  • Don’t forget to hear all about the latest rules on handling recyclable waste next Tuesday in Community Hall at 1:00 pm. 
John Bowker      Write to me at:

News of Greater Sun City Center by email
Founded in 1998

Volume 19, Number 01     January 5, 2017

Save paper by only printing out the .pdf version of this newsletter

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 7:21 a.m.; sunset at 5:49 p.m.
(Golf carts may not be on the streets before sunrise or after sunset in Sun City Center)

Handing Over the Gavel

Outgoing Community Association President, David Floyd, left, handed the gavel to
Incoming President John Luper at last evening’s Annual Membership Meeting.

Notes from Annual Meeting

There were no surprises at last evening’s meeting.  Construction of our new Atrium Building café is slowly coming back on line – should be open in a month or so.  Lighting for the new Pickleball Court is due for delivery here in a couple of weeks so once the lights are installed and the cement work around the base is done, the courts can be finished (striped). 
     The CA has arranged for a shredding day on Tuesday, March 7 from 9:00 am to noon. The truck will be parked in the parking lot along North Pebble Beach Blvd between the new Security Patrol Building and the entrance to North Course Lane. There will be no charge for that service.
     There will be a “Thank You Luncheon” for everyone who volunteered in any capacity to help the CA during 2016 on February 16 from noon to 2:00 p.m..  I believe every volunteer was listed in the News of Sun City Center that just came out this past weekend (please let me know if you feel someone was omitted).
     During the audience question period, there were several residents who suggested changes to the outdoor pool area (more chairs, better lighting for night swimming, better audio for the music), comments critical of the delays and procedure followed in the café construction, and several “thank you” comments for the way many things are handled in town.

Solid Waste and Recycling
Clarification is Coming!

There has been so much uncertainty and confusion about how residents should sort their solid waste, and then which carts to put each item in, that the CA has arranged for the County Recycling Coordinator, Travis Barnes, to put on a program for us about the importance of recycling and to shed light on how the County handles solid waste in general.
     The program will be held in Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd, on Tuesday, January 17 at 1:00 pm.  Editor’s note:  Travis is a young, gifted speaker, and he will be handling audience questions in a forthright manner.  You will come away smiling.

Our All-Volunteer Emergency Squad
A Meeting useful to all Residents

I know you have heard this before, but if we are to maintain the only all-volunteer ambulance squad in Florida, we are going to need your help and attention. 
     The Sun City Center Emergency Squad is hosting an Informational Program at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, January 11 to answer questions and provide details to prospective volunteers.  The meeting will take place at the Training Building at 124 South Pebble Beach Blvd.
     You will find out more about the Squad and the volunteer opportunities they have available.  Their primary need right now is for folks who are interested in working on the ambulances. The Squad is always looking for Emergency Medical Responders, Ambulance Drivers and Emergency Medical Technicians. Other volunteer positions the Squad has available include IT specialists, vehicle maintenance volunteers, and cooks.
     Each year the Squad provides Basic Life Support (BLS) emergency services to the community. In 2016, the Squad made over 5,000 ambulance runs and over 1,000 medical wheelchair van runs.
     Volunteers are the lifeblood of our community. Please consider visiting with us and learning more about how we are “Neighbors Helping Neighbors.”  Coffee and cookies will be served.
     If you want more information, call Robin Watt, Assistant Chief, at 633-1411 ext.423.

And, in Closing,

  • Linda and I want to thank each of you who wrote in such nice comments about eNEWS on the occasion of our completing 18 years.  We made a copy of each note and will treasure your thoughtfulness forever.
  • Treasurer Neil Rothfeld announced that Capital Fund Fees for 32 home sales were received by the CA during December. The received resale home fees for 2016 covered 459 homes.
  • Mark your calendars for a community meeting on April 25.  The Audubon Club is hosting some guest speakers telling us “What You Didn’t Know about Florida”.  We’ll have more details later but they will be covering everything from water to climate and more.
  • If you are a Veteran and have not yet had your picture taken for the terrific wall display in the Atrium Building, please call 633-3500 and ask for Carol.  She will schedule you for a picture on Saturday, January 14th

/ John Bowker  .. write to me at

News of Greater Sun City Center by email
Founded in 1998

Volume 18, Number 52     December 27, 2016

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Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 7:19 a.m.; sunset at 5:43 p.m.
(Golf carts may not be on the streets before sunrise or after sunset in
Sun City Center)

When the New Year Begins

The Southeast corner of US-301 and SR 674 is beginning to take on a meaningful appearance and one of my readers predicts that Wawa will be open a month from today.

Wednesday, January 4

Sun City Center will be saying thank you to the folks who have been managing our affairs for the past year, and welcoming in new leadership at an evening meeting in Community Hall (1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd).  CA Director Ernie Addison, along with the President of the CA for the past two years, David Floyd, are both coming to the end of their office terms.  New Directors Bob Sanchez, Dave Birkett and Bob Sullivan will be sworn into the CA Board that evening along with Marilyn Cote Miller who is just finishing a one-year term, and Helen Lewis who has served as Club Liaison Director during her 3-year term that ends on January 4 when her new 3-year term begins.
     Sam Sudman who has served on the Board for 6 years will be stepping down from Vice President to replace Joe Elam as Corporate Secretary; Joe becomes CA Vice President.  Neil Rothfeld continues as Treasurer.
     John Luper was chosen as 2017 President of the CA Board by members of the Board shortly after the community elections in early December.
     The meeting will start at 7 p.m.; I plan to arrive around 6:30 to enjoy some very light refreshments and to chat informally with the Board members before the meeting starts.

Sadness in SCC

We lost 4 of our neighbors during the past week.  Chuck Collett, who served several terms as a Director of our Community Association and led the move to reduce our annual dues two years ago, died last week.  Don Schuster, who seemed to attend as many community meetings as I did, left us just before Christmas along with Ed Matthews and Dominick Scali.    If you want details on any of the services, write to me at

    I have told my friends for many years that I love growing old in this wonderful community .. except for the part about losing more and more of my friends.

John Bowker
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News of Greater Sun City Center by email
Founded in 1998

Volume 18, Number 50     December 17, 2016

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 7:14 a.m.; sunset at 5:38 p.m.

(Golf carts may not be on the streets before sunrise or after sunset in Sun City Center)

Holiday Closings

With Christmas and New Years falling on a Sunday, the commercial holidays will be on Monday, December 26 and on Monday, January 2.
    The CA offices will be closing on Friday, December 23 at 1:00 p.m. and will re-open on Tuesday, December 27th.  The same pattern will be followed the next week with the offices closing at 1 o’clock on Friday, and re-opening the following Tuesday, January 3rd, at the normal times.
     The county library just off 19th Avenue will open 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on December 19 through 22nd and will be closed December 23rd through the 26th. The following week, it will close at 6 p.m. the 27th through the 31st and will then close until Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

New Café within Sight

You may have noticed that construction of the new café extension of the Atrium Building has slowed – actually stopped for a couple of weeks.  The reason is that, once they got into the older part of the building to add on the new roof trusses, they found the older beams were not of sufficient strength to support the new additional roof so new construction back at the factory was needed.
     Still and all, Ambreen keeps a cheery disposition with her mobile coffee stand in the Atrium Building and is assured that the new facility should be open in January.

Tuition-Free College Classes

Once again, Hillsborough Community College is offering tuition-free classes for citizens age 60 or older who have resided in Florida for at least 12 consecutive months.  Some of the classes will be held right here on 24th Street in Ruskin.
     I can send you all the details so you can look up what classes might be of interest to you.  Actual class registration will be at a room on their campus on January 9 or 10 from 8:00 a.m. to noon and those details will be included in what I send you.
     Write to me at and type “Classes” on the Subject line

Remember the Movie Shot Here?

The DVD of the movie that was partially shot in Sun City Center is currently available at Walmart.  “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” sells for $15 (or for blu-ray, $20).  You may recall the confusion many months ago with all that movie camera equipment on cross streets next to Hacienda Drive where the producer had found “the perfect” home and setting for his movie.

Found and Lost

A basket of goodies was found in the Walmart parking lot this past week containing several items, even including some medications!  If you suffered such a loss, call David at 938-3525 and give him a detailed description.
     A beautiful royal blue fleese sweater/jacket was lost this week. It has zipper opening in front and zipper pockets. Now, the real problem is that my wife made it for my birthday; I had only worn it once. If you have any information about it, please let me know at

My Changing Computers

I became aware last week that many incoming emails were being rejected by my server.  The limit of messages being stored in various ways in my computers was exceeding the limit set by the Roadrunner system.
     If you have sent me a message in the past week or so that I should have answered, could I ask you to re-send it to my new address, please:    All I have to do now is learn how to use G Mail.

And, in Closing,

  • Thank you to everyone (6, in all) who caught my mistake in referring to our nearby Interstate by a wrong number.  And yes, I-75 is the one with a Sun City Center Interchange.
  • In my last edition I told where to take old batteries for disposal.  Several readers suggested that I should have also mentioned that burned out fluorescent bulbs can be taken the Home Depot store. Just as you enter the building, there is a box on the right for your old bulbs (next to where you can drop old batteries).
  • The annual CA Membership Meeting on Wednesday, January 4th will be held at 7:00 p.m in Community Hall at 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd. If you are interested in how Sun City Center is developing, the new CA Board of Directors will be there to tell us and answer questions.  Be sure to wear your CA ID Badge.
  • There were 35 re-sale homes sold in Sun City Center during November, resulting in Transfer Fee additions to our Capital Fund.  The Transfer Fees on all the houses being built in the new Verona Section of Sun City Center were paid years ago based on the allowable county property density.
  • There were 11,097 resident members of the CA at the end of November.

John Bowker
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News of Greater Sun City Center by email
Founded in 1998

Volume 18, Number 49     December 13, 2016

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 7:12 a.m.; sunset at 5:36 p.m.

New CA Board of Directors

On Wednesday, January 4, 2017, a new CA Board will be established at the Annual Meeting of the Community Association.  All CA Members are urged to attend to say “Thanks” to the outgoing Directors, Ernie Addison and David Floyd, and to welcome the new incoming Board members, David Birkett, Bob Sanchez and Bob Sullivan.
     Outgoing President, David Floyd, will be turning the gavel over to the new CA President at this meeting. John Luper is stepping up to lead the organization with Joe Elam moving up to be Vice President, Neil Rothfeld will continue as Treasurer, and Sam Sudman will become Corporate Secretary as he leaves his position as a CA Director due to term limits.
     This annual meeting provides an opportunity for all CA Members to hear opening remarks by the new Board and to ask questions about where Sun City Center may be headed.

Donate Painlessly

Have you found “Amazon Smile”?  If you have joined many of us in buying your goodies online, you should go to  You will be able to specify an organization to receive a token amount for each purchase you make on Amazon Smile, and you can change it at any time.  We typed in ‘Sun City Center Emergency Squad No. 1’ and were pleased to see the confirmation from Amazon include the words “Sun City Center, FL” 

And, in Closing,

  • The Racetrac gasoline station just west of I-25 has reopened with some outdoor tables and a variety of foods/snacks aimed at the mobile market.
  • Throwing out old batteries?  There is a box just to the right as you enter our Home Depot store and you can throw away any battery there – but each battery should be wrapped so there is no chance the terminals of two batteries can touch each other.  They even accept lead acid batteries but again, please be sure they are not going to leak onto others in the box.
  • Election Committee Chair, Shelba Fields, reports that only about 1,300 ballots were cast in last week’s voting.  There are over 11,000 CA Members qualified to vote.  Shelba will be giving a complete report at tomorrow’s CA Board meeting (Wednesday, December 14) in the Rollins Theater at 9 a.m. that all CA Members are invited to attend.

John Bowker
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News of Greater Sun City Center by email
Founded in 1998

Volume 18, Number  48           December 7, 2016

Save paper; if you are printing this out, please use the attached .pdf version of this newsletter.

Sunrise tomorrow will be at 6:45 AM; Sunset at 5:41 PM

Vote Results

Elections Committee Chair Shelba Fields announced the results this evening of the annual membership vote that ended this afternoon at 5:00 p.m.  The following candidates were elected Directors of the Sun City Center Community Association:

For One Year terms:  Dave Birkett and Bob Sanchez

For Three Year terms:  Helen Lewis, Marilyn Cote-Miller and Robert Sullivan

     They will join the Directors whose terms will continue into 2017, Joe Elam, John Luper, Neil Rothfeld, and Jim Schwartz.
     It is expected that the Directors will all meet as soon as next Monday to select their 2017 officers -- President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.

Golf Cart Parade

Wear your snuggies (it will be cool Saturday morning!) but be sure to come out to be part of the 2016 Florida Winter Wonderland Golf Cart Parade this Saturday morning, and you will want to stay around for Minto Communities Winterfest that will start at 11 a.m. in the outside area next to the Rollins Theater.

New in the Atrium

Susan Muise, History Society, emphasizes a highlight of the latest display in the Atrium Building that she and associate Jack Morton assembled over the past 4 months.  The theme of these rotating displays traces the vision and planning by our first developer of Sun City Center, Del E. Webb.

John Bowker                                              
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