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Volume 17, Number 5               January 20, 2015

Community Hall to Close
New dates announced today

      The Community Association today announced that our Community Hall at 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd will close on Sunday, May 3 and remain closed all summer to the end of August.  During that time, you will not have access to the building in any way.  If your organization has material stored in any part of the building that you may need during those 4 months, remove it before May 3. 
     The renovation plans for that building and property include refurbished restrooms, new wood floor, added paved parking slots at the back of the building and repainting of slots on the existing parking lot.  Other repairs and upgrades are in mind with details being developed now.

Corner Property Sold

      Let me confirm some of the many rumors that have circulated for the past two weeks about the properties along US-301 from the old Copper Penny restaurant up to the corner with SR 674 and around to the Boggs Jewelry store.  Until today, we had no confirmation but, this afternoon owners of those properties received registered letters confirming that the existing buildings will be demolished and the present businesses must vacate by March 15.  
     What is going in there? The predominant rumor says that a WAWA Store with gasoline pumps will be the occupants of the corner property.  (Thanks, Ed/Phyllis)
     We do know that, for some time now, Boggs has had plans to move across the street to the Kings Crossing Plaza (where Publix is located) and the dentistry business of Dr. Tschida will be moving to one of the new buildings just up from there along East Del Webb Blvd.  Both businesses will have better access for clients with golf carts than in their present location.
(A note of thanks to the 30 some people who, for the past two weeks, have asked why I have not mentioned this.  The reason is that no one could confirm it until this afternoon.)

Is Your CA Card Updated?

      Several weeks ago I mentioned that the 2014 membership ID cards would be good for several months. Today the CA announced that ID cards without the 2015 updating stickers would be invalid after Sunday, February 15. 
     Lets be clear:  you should have paid your 2015 membership dues by now. If you have not submitted your $270 per person dues payment to the BB&T Bank by January 31, your required dues payment will increase by 7%.  It takes about two weeks to get the dues processed by the bank. You can then get your 2015 sticker at the CA Office any weekday between 8 am and 3 pm.
     If you are unable to pay your dues or go in to get a new sticker at this time, I suggest you call 633-3500 and ask for directions about what you should do.  (Thanks, Carol)

Parking on Cherry Hills Drive

     We all know that, once the main parking lot along North Course Lane is opened from North Pebble Beach, our special parking privilege along Cherry Hills Drive will shortly come to an end.  Community Manager Lyn Reitz today estimated that the NO PARKING signs along Cherry Hills will go back up a few weeks after that the big parking lot is finally opened. She expressed hope that all the fences will be taken down around the main parking lot during the next week. Some landscaping is just being finished around that parking lot and the new buildings.
     Access to the new buildings must await a county “Certificate of Occupancy” and that can take a few weeks. Each building will be granted a certificate on its own. 
     She mentioned that the library and its new extension will be the last of the four buildings to be finished and opened for use by CA Members.  

Entering Kings Point 

     We have all been delighted to learn that the new head of Security at Kings Point is our old friend, the former Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office Community Resource Deputy for Sun City Center, Joe Burt.  Actually, Joe was promoted through the ranks of the Sheriffs Office after leaving us, but we still remember his guidance and help in many issues in town.  Many of us remember his daily patrols on his green Bombardier Golf Cart all decked out with Sheriff emblems!  
     Joe wants to remind all CA residents of the easy way to go through the Kings Point gate when a friend or event calls for your presence there.  You should always pull up to the gate in the far right-hand lane and stop at the security officer station. For prompt entry and service, please be prepared to show your CA badge or drivers license, and inform the security officer what club or event you will be attending.  If you are visiting a resident of Kings Point, be sure they have called the gate so the security officer will have your entry papers ready.

New Assisted Living Facility

      A new assisted living facility is being planned for Sun City Center just off East Del Webb Blvd.  Entrance to the new facility will be from E. Del Webb across from Meadow Vista Lane. The building will be in the area between the property of the St. John the Divine Episcopal Church and the golf cart path that runs from E. Del Webb to the Cape Stone traffic light on US301 near Walmart. 
     The proponents of this project will present an overview and be available to answer questions at an informal coffee and conversation on Monday, February 2, in the Florida Room starting at 9:00 a.m.  
     We were assured that the golf cart path will be slightly realigned so there should be no interruption in that connection from E Del Webb toward Walmart. 

  And, in Closing,

  • We were delighted to learn from Margaret Vaske that donations to the gift fund for our Community Association employees this year totaled $13,428.  The money was distributed shortly before Christmas to the employees and we all thank Margaret for her terrific volunteer effort in this regard. (Thanks Jack)
  • I wonder if the present golf cart path along 674 (beside the fire station) will continue beyond Stoneham Drive as it now does. It is on county property up to the edge of the commercial property that will now have new owners.

/John Bowker


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Volume 17, Number 4
               January 16, 2015

Parking Lot is Partly Open

     Bright and early yesterday morning, the contractors removed the steel gates that have prevented our use of the parking lot in front of the library, CA Office and Security Patrol since last May. We would have had a ribbon cutting – except it was a cold 56 degrees and rainy.  There is still work to be done on the main parking lot that serves the Fitness Center and two of the other new buildings off North Pebble Beach Blvd.

Closings Next Monday
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

     Closed facilities include the administrative offices of County government, all county libraries, recreation centers, Head Start/Early Head Start centers, senior centers and nutrition sites.
     All Regional Parks will be open. The Pet Resource Center. A limited number of animal safety and enforcement officers will be on duty for emergencies only via the main number at (813) 744-5660.

Holiday Schedule

     The CA Board this week approved changes to Policy 6.01B wherein it now provides three observed holidays during which all CA facilities will be closed.  They are Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.  Facilities will be closed at 1:00 pm on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve except for authorized functions.  A skeleton Maintenance crew will be on hand during on Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day.
     I suggest that, if you are planning an event using any CA building on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve, you speak with our Reservations Clerk to be sure your room will be available; call Claudia at 633-3500 for that, or for any other room reservation you may need for your own use, or for your club or organization.

Samaritan Services Fundraiser
Youth Supporting Seniors!

     A fundraiser will be held on Friday, February 20 in Community Hall (1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd) starting at 6:00 pm to support the Samaritan Services organization. Come for coffee, desserts by Moreno Bakery, and you may BYOB.
     The entertainment will feature the Riverview High School Vision Show Chorus, the Barrington Middle School Group from Lithia and more.  Tickets are $12.00 to benefit Samaritan Services, and will be on sale at the Atrium ticket kiosk starting on Jan.19 from 10:00-12:00 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Residents of Kings Point can buy tickets in the North Club House Tuesdays and Thursdays starting on January 27 through February 12 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.
     For more information call Julie Floyd at 813-833-5622.

Who’s In Charge Here

     CA President David Floyd has announced new committee chairs for our Standing Committees and Special Committees, and he assigned community areas of responsibility for all nine CA Directors.  You can see them all on my website by clicking on “Who’s In Charge Here?” at the top of the opening screen; go to www.MYsuncitycenter.org.

CA Board Meetings

     There are always many topics covered at the monthly meetings of our CA Board of Directors.   They are held on the second Wednesday of every month in the Rollins Theater starting at 9 am.  The audience this past week totaled about 50 residents and, while many of the action points are administrative, it is good to be reminded of all the factors needing attention that keep Sun City Center in its predominant position nationally.  You can receive agendas of upcoming board meetings by requesting them from sccboard@suncitycenter.org.  

And, in Closing,

  • Sunrise this week occurs about 7:20 am and sunset about 6 pm. In Sun City Center our privilege to operate golf carts on our county streets is limited to daytime operation defined as after sunrise and prior to sunset.
  • The Senk Softball field on our South Campus will be closed for surface upgrading from January 21st  through the 29th.
  • 40 resale homes changed hands during December, bringing the total number of resale homes sold in 2014 to 452.  (Each of those sales brought $1,500 to the CA Capital Fund.)
  • At the end of 2014 there were 10,660 residents in Sun City Center.

John Bowker
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Volume 17, Number 3               January 9, 2015
 

Parking Lot to Open

     We learned on Wednesday evening at the Annual CA Meeting that the parking lots on the Central Campus will be re-opened next Thursday, January 15.  This includes not only the North Pebble Beach Lot in front of the library, CA Building and Security Patrol, but the main parking lot that provides access to the Fitness Center, Lawn Bowling Club House and Atrium Building from North Pebble Beach Drive on North Course Lane.

US-301 Widening 

     CA Vice President Sam Sudman has been looking into all the highway construction alongside US-301 just south of town.  He reports that the road widening in that area is part of the developer’s responsibilities for the new housing being constructed just south of Sun City Center on the east side of 301 (Lennar Homes project).  This is not part of the FDOT 301 widening that will ultimately provide a 4-lane divided highway all the way to the Manatee County line.  When that phase does begin and there are public hearings, the case should be made for sound barriers, although all of the engineers with whom I have spoken state that the sound barriers do not do the job that people imagine.  It is mostly psychological.
     Sam then did a little research on sound barriers and sent this to me:
     “There are a lot of misperceptions about noise walls and their effectiveness.  To truly reduce noise impacts for an area like we are talking about would require walls 15' - 18' high.  Most communities oppose walls like this and would prefer to have landscaping or a berm with landscaping on top to provide a buffer between the community and road.  These berms are similar to what Valencia Lakes built along US 301.  We typically do not install true noise walls, but have done landscape buffers in the past when there were concerns.  All of these issues would normally be discussed with the community during the PD&E process, if and when the 301 widening project moves forward.”
     We realize that the new construction will be in the area of 301 right next to the Renaissance section of town.

Money for your Mercury Trash

      Hillsborough County residents can exchange hazardous mercury-containing devices for a $5 grocery store gift card at “Household Hazardous Waste” collections through April 2015, while gift card supplies last. Collection events are held on the second Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 13000 U.S. Highway 41 in Apollo Beach/Gibsonton (just north of the Big Bend Road).
 
    Examples of mercury-containing devices that are eligible for a Money 4 Mercury gift card include thermometers, thermostats and switches. No commercial or business-related waste will be accepted. Gift cards are limited to one per eligible vehicle, while supplies last.
     For more about mercury collection events contact Hillsborough County Solid Waste at (813) 209-3042., or visit www.HillsboroughCounty.org/Money4Mercury.  

Want to Improve Your Health?

     Hillsborough County Aging Services is offering active seniors the Next Steps to Better Nutrition program, sponsored by the National Council on Aging and the American Heart Association. The program teaches seniors how they can afford, purchase, and cook more nutritious foods.
     In a series of six hour-long classes, participants learn about the relationship between nutrition and chronic disease, and discover how they can take action to improve their diet and keep their heart healthy. 
     The classes will start on Wednesday, January 14 in two places locally:
       Ruskin Senior Center, 10-11 am, 905 6th St SE in Ruskin
       Wimauma Senior Center, 12n – 1pm, 5714 North Street in Wimauma
 
     I have more details; just reply to this email with your questions or want to register for the six classes.

Questions at the Annual Meeting

          Following the formal part of the program the floor was opened to questions and comments from the audience.  The topics ranged from a need for improved community beautification to how our buildings are named, construction delay penalties, more office space for the CA directors, and the generation of a Mission Statement so the residents will have a better feel about where we’re headed.  A suggestion was made that the board should encourage the organization of residents with mechanical inclinations to help their neighbors who are not so inclined. 

 And, in Closing,

  • Lyn Reitz, our Community Manager, has arranged for a shredding truck to come here on Tuesday, March 10 from 9 am to Noon.  We will have more details for you nearer to that time, but now is the time to start boxing up your papers.
  • I was so pleased to see recognition of Carol Donner at our Annual Meeting earlier this week. She is the one person who has total recall of all Community Association events and issues, and knows just where all the documents of our CA decisions are located.  Best of all, she has brought consistency to the office operations as secretary to the CA presidents for nearly twenty years (1995).
  • If you receive an email from ANYone telling of their need for money to solve a problem with the police or because they lost their wallet or for any other reason, please just ignore it.  It is a scam. 
  • Note that the opening of the parking lots does not signal the opening of any of the four buildings we have watched being constructed this past summer and fall. The County must inspect each one and issue a Certificate of Occupancy before we can throw open the doors.  It was mentioned that completion of the library extension will probably be the last of the four construction projects.

 John Bowker  
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Volume 17, Number 2               January 6, 2015 

CA Members
Get your ID Cards Updated 

     Each year residents of Sun City Center get a little round colored sticker for their Community Association ID badges.  If you have paid your 2015 Membership dues of $270, you should take your 2014 ID badge to the CA Office at 1009 N. Pebble Beach Blvd any weekday between 8 am and 3 pm and the receptionist will check the payment record from BB&T Bank and put the new sticker on your badge.
     It takes about 2 weeks for your payment to be processed so the receptionist will have confirmation. Your 2014 ID will be good through the month of February.

Annual Meeting Tomorrow

     The 15th Annual Meeting of the Sun City Center Community Association, Inc. will take place in Community Hall on Wednesday night starting at 7 pm.  This will be the last meeting hosted by the current Board of Directors. Among the featured activities will be the swearing in and seating of the newly elected board members, Richard Angerosa, Joe Elam and Ed Feder. 

ACE Hardware Store

     One of our old mainstays in the SCC Plaza has announced it is closing. The ‘going out of business’ sale began yesterday. I spoke with Sue Chapin who is heartbroken at her needed decision but said she would love to find a buyer for this 5,000 square-foot store so it could continue to offer the unique items many of us have come to rely on from their hardware selections.  (If you know of someone who might be interested in buying this store, let me know.)

HCC Tuition-free Classes

      If you are at least 60 years old and have lived in Florida for 12 consecutive months, you may be eligible to audit classes at the Hillsborough Community College on a fee-waiver program.  The classes will be held at the HCC campus on 24th Street in Ruskin.
     I have their complete press release with the details I can send you by email if you will respond to this eNEWS.

And, in Closing,

  • There is a time conflict on Wednesday evening between two meetings.  The Annual CA Meeting is listed above, but the long-awaited demo and discussion of the new Windows 10 software will be held at that same time in the Florida Room of the Atrium Building.  The Computer Club hosts its regular meetings on the first Wednesday of each month and it usually works out just fine, but this time it resulted in a conflict with the CA Meeting.

 John Bowker 

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Volume 17, Number 1               January 1, 2015
 

Welcome to 2015!
A Few Changes to Start the Year
 


                        Changes in your
                   Membership Directory:
    
On page 5 there is a listing of numbers to call if you need help around the Community Association buildings; at the top of the right-hand column you will see numbers for “Maintenance”. 
    
Effective right now, those numbers on page 5 should be changed to:

Central Campus (days) ………..….. 642-2060
Central Campus (nights) ………….. 743-1669
South Campus (days or nights) ..… 634-4234


              Kelly Emerson and Ryan Cronin                          Michael Chute and Sam Soria


         Kelly and his wife Amy will be moving to a community just south of Nashville, Tennessee where Amy will be involved with medical systems, and Kelly will be in charge of maintenance at a large assisted living facility.

         Editor’s note.  Everyone will miss Kelly around here. He knows everything about our facilities and, to the best of my knowledge, has never had a bad day here.  We have recently begun to work with both Ryan and Sam and it would be hard to find two more pleasant, competent and eager-to-please fellows.  Their new boss, Michael, is nothing less than the best of his kind.  This is a sad day in town, but we can see great brightness ahead.

Parking Lot

     The parking lot in front of the CA Office, library and Security Patrol office should be completed by the end of this week complete with new curbing and striping - but wait.  The striping paint will be very fresh and, on Saturday this coming weekend, the big golf cart parade will be starting at 10 am from that area, so access to the lot will be very limited, and it would be best to wait until Monday, December 15 before even thinking about driving on any of it. 

Other Construction

     The final work on the four new buildings on our Central Campus should be complete by the end of the year (3 weeks from now!!)  Before anyone can move into the new quarters the Certificates of Occupancy must be issued by the county.  Those won’t come in until after the holiday season, we learned today at the regular monthly CA Board Meeting.

SCC Library Closing

Elaine Birkinshaw, Library Administrator, reports that our library will be closed beginning Monday, December 15 for a week.  We hope to reopen on Monday the 22nd if all goes according to plan.  They will be transferring our electrical service to a new panel during that time and we will literally be "powerless".  ;-)

Kids coming for Christmas?

  The Model Railroad Club will be holding an Open House in its club house on Saturday, December 27 from 9 am to noon.  Kids get to run trains, are awarded Junior Engineer Certificates, learn all about train safety.  There will be some guides around the Atrium Building to help you find the club house that morning.

Kids Toys for Christmas

     My name is Allan Klein and I'm a member of the SCC Leathernecks. We are helping out the sheriff’s department raise Christmas gifts for families not able to buy gifts for their children. I have an e-mail with all the details that I would like to send to the residents here.  My home phone is 813-633-0965, e-mail at alleykscc99@gmail.com.

And, in Closing,

  • At the end of November, we had 10,679 residents in Sun City Center.
  • Interesting to learn that, of the 5,171 ballots filed by CA Members for our recent vote, 3,191 were completed using the newspaper insert in the November edition of The News of Sun City Center. 1,609 people voted in person last Tuesday and Wednesday, and 371 sent in absentee ballots.

/John Bowker

 


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Volume 16, Number 44               November 6, 2014

New Water Pipe to be Installed

     Hillsborough County will be installing 26,000 feet of 4 and 6 inch PVC pipe in Sun City Center in 2015.  This is due to new county standards for the spacing of hydrants. 173 new hydrants will be installed here and in the Villages of Cypress Creek in the next development to our west.
     The only areas of our community to be affected lie north of SR-674.  The work will start in January; this will involve marking many properties to indicate where there are existing pipes to be avoided.  The actual laying of new pipe will start shortly after and continue through the year with an expected finish in November. After that, testing and decontamination of the new pipes will take another 2-3 months. The old pipes will remain in place filled with sand or capped off.
 
    The new pipes will be located 3 feet below the ground surface and will be installed using a “horizontal trenching” technique to minimize the disturbance to the surface around peoples’ homes.  At each house, there will be a connection made from the new pipe to the water meter.  They will advise home owners “a couple of days in advance” before they come to disturb your property.  The house water will have to be cut off briefly for the installation.  They assure that any driveway blockage would be finished within one day. 
     Below is a map of Sun City Center showing where each of the new hydrants will be installed; you better know your way around town because the streets are not named on the county map.  Each little green dot is a new hydrant.