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Volume 19, Number 26   May 24, 2017
Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 6:35 AM; sunset at 8:18 PM.
(Golf carts may not be on the streets before sunrise or after sunset in Sun City Center)

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Snowbirds take note!

Starting Monday June 5, lawn watering is limited to once per week here.

Addresses with house numbers ending in:         May irrigate only on:

                                                                0 or 1           Mondays

                                                                2 or 3           Tuesdays

                                                                4 or 5           Wednesdays

                                                                6 or 7           Thursdays

                                                                8 or 9           Fridays

No address (community common areas, etc.)           also on Fridays. 

  • No weekend hours.
  • No watering between 8 AM and 6 PM.
  • Hand watering of plants can be done any day and time. 

            To see ALL the new watering restrictions and exceptions,
            go to “AROUND THE HOUSE” at
            Let me know if you have any trouble with that.


The Old CA Office Building came down today, May 24, 2017


A Public Tribute to Greater Sun City Center Deceased Military Veterans will be held in the main clubhouse at Kings Point on Monday morning, May 29. 

     The program will include a Roll Call of local Veterans who died during the past year will be held concurrently with the traditional Living Flag Tribute.  A Musical Interlude will be presented by the Trinity Singers.  Colors will be presented by the Hillsborough Co. Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard.

     Guest Speaker:  COL. Mike Davis, USMC (Ret) 

     Doors will open at 9:00 a.m. Free entry. The public is invited.  Guests are requested to be seated by 9:45 A.M.
     Sponsored by the Combined Military Veterans Organizations of Sun City Center


I have been reminded that the only Sun City Center CA closings next Monday, May 29, will be the CA Offices in the Mod buildings, and the Library.  All other facilities will be open as usual.   (Thanks, Becky!)

And, in Closing,

     During this construction period, the library’s phone number is (813) 347-3495.

 John Bowker   (Write to me at

Constructive News of Greater Sun City Center by email
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Volume 19, Number 25   May 22, 2017
Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 6:37 AM; sunset at 8:16 PM.
(Golf carts may not be on the streets before sunrise or after sunset in Sun City Center)

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Community Association President John Luper signed the $1,472,395 contract with ABI Companies, Inc. this morning after the CA Board unanimously approved the plan for them to construct the new Community Association Administration Building. It will be on the site of the old CA office building next to the library on North Pebble Beach Boulevard. Funds will come from an existing Capital Fund.
     Demolition of the old building was started at the first of this month and, when all the issues about the asbestos that had been used in the original construction are solved, we expect to see the remaining wall structures destroyed by bulldozer action.

     Our project supervisor spoke briefly this morning answering a variety of questions; he hopes to have the new building ready for final inspection in April, 2018.

     In the picture above, we see Carol Donner, The CA’s Executive Assistant handing President Luper the documents and, behind her from left to right are Directors Dave Birkett and Bob Sanchez, CA Corporate Secretary Sam Sudman, and Directors Joe Elam, Helen Lewis, Jerry Gibson, Bob Sullivan, Marilyn Cote-Miller and Jim Schwartz.


CA Offices and facilities will be closed on Monday, May 29. All administrative offices of County government, all libraries, recreation centers, Head Start/Early Head Start centers, Community Resource Centers, nutrition sites, disposal facilities and senior centers will be closed.  Regional parks will be open.


The Ambassador Club of Sun City Center and King’s Point is gearing up for another season at the Florida Symphony’s popular Coffee Concerts playing at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.   This year there will be a series of nine concerts, always on a Thursday, starting in October, 2017 and ending in April, 2018.
     Ticket prices for the series vary depending on seating location in the theater. Several people could buy the series and take turns using the tickets.  Round trip transportation is available by bus at a cost of about $14 per concert.
     Concert goers who purchase non-series tickets for the concerts also may make reservations to ride the bus.  For those who do not want to drive their own car it is wise to check that seats are available on the bus before buying individual concert tickets. Parking at the theater now costs $10 per car.
     Bus pick-up is at 8:15 AM at Kings Point North Club House and at 8:30 AM in SCC at the South Shore United Church of Christ on La Jolla Avenue at North Pebble Beach Blvd.   Passengers are home by about 2:00pm.
     Carolyn Deming at 633-2241 is in charge of reservations for the bus and can help with information for purchasing concert tickets.


A reader of eNEWS writes:  Changes are coming to your Medicare Card. By April, 2019, your card will be replaced with one that no longers shows your Social Security Number.  Instead, your card will have a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) that will be used for billing and for checking your eligibility and claim status.  And it will happen automatically; you won'd have to pay anyone or give anyone information no matter what someones might tell you.  Your new Medicare card will be free and mailed to you directly.  


I am always at a loss to decide if I should be mentioning all the scams that come to my attention on a daily basis. It would make very dull reading after the first 8-10 in a list.
     Years ago I had a page in my website for scams and, after the first week or two, the readership fell to zero so I dropped it.  I’m, always open to suggestions for making eNEWS more useful.

And, in Closing,

  • Yes, I like many others were shocked to see half of the parking spaces at the Kings Crossing Shopping Center (Publix et al) roped off today without warning.  I asked in one of the stores when it would be re-opened; the answer was “we don’t know”.
  • We were also disappointed to see the Fitness Center on North Course Lane closed this morning while they finished the installation of a new air-conditioning unit.  We were assured the Center will be open tomorrow (Tuesday) and hopefully with improved controlled temperature.
  • Ambreen, always with renewed hope and optimism, is now looking to make a soft opening of the new Atrium Building café by mid-June. 

John Bowker                                              write to me at:

Constructive News of Greater Sun City Center by email
Founded in 1998
Volume 19, Number 24   May 16, 2017

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 6:39 AM; sunset at 8:12 PM.
(Golf carts may not be on the streets before sunrise or after sunset in Sun City Center)


The Fitness Center is now closed for air conditioner repairs.  Barring unforeseen circumstances, it will reopen on Monday, May 22nd.


David Floyd this morning clarified the rules about liquor being offered/served at CA club events in Sun City Center.  After extensive discussions with county and state officials it became apparent that any CA Club offering any form of alcohol beverages or bottles at club events would require a permit issued to the Community Association.  That would even include a member of the club offering to purchase and distribute alcohol to the attendees without involving the club treasury.  The rules that go along with that permit would amount to the CA telling the club how to run its club meeting, so their final decision was to say “no” to any CA Club offering alcohol at its meetings.
       However, it has been determined that members of a CA Club can bring their own bottle of alcohol (“BYOB”) to a CA club event for their own use without a permit.
       As editor of this newsletter, I suggest that any CA club planning an event where BYOB would be appropriate should make the limited use of BYOB clear to its members.


The Interfaith Council wishes to thank the community for its support of the Nearly New Thrift Shop.  During the month of May, the shop will be open 8 AM-noon on Wednesday and Saturday.  The shop will be closed MEMORIAL DAY and on Wednesday May 31st.   
     During the summer months of June, July and August, the shop will be open for shopping on Saturday 8 AM-noon.  Donations of items to be sold are accepted during the summer months from 8 AM-3:30 PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; on Wednesday and Saturday donations are accepted mornings from 8 to 11:30.  Please do not leave donations if the shop is closed.
     Interfaith Council is a faith-based group that serves the community through grants and scholarships.  The thrift shop is staffed by volunteers and there is always a need for more. Stop in at the shop to volunteer.

And, In Closing,

  • Please remember that your recyclables should be put in the recycle container as loose items.  Do NOT put them in bags -- plastic bags should only be used for your regular trash or returned (empty) to containers at the grocery stores.
  • Outdoor burning is still prohibited in Hillsborough County.
  • Please keep outside the fence around the old CA office building; the debris is beginning to collect there. They are promising to put up an “Inspection Area” once there is something really worth looking at.
  • I should have mentioned in my last newsletter that the Water Volley Ball Club was approved as a CA Club last week by unanimous vote of the CA Board of Directors. 
John Bowker                                                           Write to me at:                     

Constructive News of Greater Sun City Center by email
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Volume 19, Number 23    May 10, 2017

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 6:43 AM; sunset at 8:09 PM.
(Golf carts may not be on the streets before sunrise or after sunset in Sun City Center)

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     We are all looking forward to the breakfast the CA will put on July 4th in Community Hall on South Pebble Beach Boulevard. It is truly a great time to mix and mingle and the menu is very good, too!
       As I mentioned in my last edition, for the first time in at least 5 years, the event will not be hosted by Joanne and Sam Sudman.  I should have mentioned that, when they announced their intention to step aside from that responsibility,
Linda Oddo stepped up with her vast experience with catering, and agreed to head up the 2017 event along with Pat and Bob Sullivan. 
       Bob Sullivan is lining up the volunteers and now needs
support in the Serving Line, Kitchen, Busing, and 50/50 Sales. The shifts are 7:00–9:30 and 9:00–11:30. Serving Line volunteers will be servers and cooks; Kitchen duty is cleaning, making batter for pancakes etc.; Busing is serving everything from OJ and Coffee, to table setup and clean up.
       Every year it comes back to us from the attendees, “it looks like fun; we should have volunteered.”  So here’s your chance to have fun and help make it work.
       If you are planning to be around on Tuesday, July 4, it would be a favor to Linda, Pat and Bob and to the whole community if you could donate time on one of the two shifts that morning.  Write to him at:


CA President John Luper this morning opened the monthly Board Meeting with a run-down on the air conditioning situation in the Fitness Center.  He pointed out that there are three A/C units that we installed to draw air upwards and additional fans set much lower in the room that are directed toward the exercisers.
     That arrangement is normally fine during the winter and spring seasons but we know when the summer heat arrives, the Fitness Center can get uncomfortably warm. Recently, one of the three ‘ceiling’ units failed and had to be replaced.  So the problem was whether to replace it with another similar unit, or should a larger unit be purchased to help with the upcoming hot temperatures?  How about buying a fourth unit to help with the summer heat and humidity and to help if one of the other units failed.
     This dilemma is currently under study right now.

And, In Closing,

  • During the month of April, fees for the sale of 39 resale homes were received by the CA and, at the end of April, we had 11,150 residents living in Sun City Center.
  • Howie Griffin was appointed Chair of the Annual Golf Cart Parade in December.
  • The Multi-Cultural Heritage Club was approved as a Community Association Affiliated Club.  Vicente Lopez, Jr. has been named Chair of the new club.
  • 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.

John Bowker                                                           Write to me at:                        

Constructive News of Greater Sun City Center by email
Founded in 1998
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)

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. 


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.

Constructive News of Greater Sun City Center by email
Founded in 1998
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)


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Volume 19, Number 09     February 21, 2017
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Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 7:1 AM; sunset at 6:1 PM.
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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.