Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Area residents who drive their golf carts along the path to and from Walmart will be relieved to see a new, flexible center upright in place of the long-broken wood stanchion near the US-301 crossing. Hillsborough County crews originally installed sturdy 6-by-8-inch posts at each end of the path to deter vehicle traffic. 

About two years ago, the post nearest the highway was broken off by some kind of large vehicle.  The Sun City Center Leathernecks Club, which has “adopted” the path, reset the broken, now much shorter post, and SCC Community Association government liaison Sam Sudman requested that the county install a replacement.

After many months of waiting, the Leathernecks fashioned a new post from 4-by-6 timbers.  That replacement was struck repeatedly by wayward golf carts over the ensuing months, and ultimately destroyed. 

Though several golf carts were damaged, no injuries have been reported.  A traffic cone has served as a temporary lane divider for the past few months, and the new golf-cart-friendly “flexible tubular delineator” was installed in early July.  A wood post remains at the other end of the path.

 

In the photo:  A new flexible “delineator” has replaced the oft-thumped wood post dividing the lanes of the golf cart path linking East Del Webb Blvd. and US 301.

Fall events at Camp Bayou

Fall events at Camp Bayou

The weather may not reflect it but fall is right around the corner, with its shorter days and profusion of wildflowers in shades of purple and gold! Check out several events coming soon to Camp Bayou: Sept 21: International Coastal Cleanup, 8:30 to 11 a.m....

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Area residents who drive their golf carts along the path to and from Walmart will be relieved to see a new, flexible center upright in place of the long-broken wood stanchion near the US-301 crossing. Hillsborough County crews originally installed sturdy...

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park  By Diane M. Loeffler   If you would like to get away for a few days, but don’t want to have to travel far, Wakulla Springs State Park may be the place for you. The park is located south of Tallahassee,...

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry WorkshopFREE, Space is limited. Reservations suggested.Saturday, August 24, 9:30am – 11:00amFirehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin FL The Dog Days Poetry Workshop will allow participants to craft and respond to poems that...

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day BreakfastBy Diane M. Loeffler SCC Community Hall was a sea of red, white and blue on July 4. The decorations, volunteers, and attendees were all decked out in our nation’s colors. Co-chairs Floyd and Brenda Curvin say, “We had 150 awesome...

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

The annual Christmas in July event for SouthShore area children, held on Saturday, July 13, involved multiple area nonprofits and high school students to coordinate this huge, successful event. Over 100 kids of all ages and their parents came to celebrate...

Book Nook, What’s That?

Book Nook, What’s That?

Book Nook, What's That? By Paula Lickfeldt   You may have noticed little "book boxes" taking up residence around Sun City Center. What are they?  Where did they come from? Let’s find out! Todd Bol decided he wanted to honor his mother, who had been a...

The August 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

The August 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Recall the fun of the Fourth of July Breakfast and Pool Party, find a new and interesting story in local Book Nooks, meet a neighbor who’s a real clown, and get to know a creative local sculptor. Then, discover an idyllic North...

SCCCA Pool Party Aug 10

SCCCA Pool Party Aug 10

The SCC Community Association will sponsor a pool party on August 10, at the Community Pool off Cherry Hills Drive. Music will be provided by local musician Marc Chamberlin. The café will offer food and drink specials, and the water volleyball club will be there to lead the games. There will be cornhole games under the oak tree near the bandstand. This event will run from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sun City Center Community Association members are invited to attend the event. Bring your membership card. Guest passes are available at the CA Office for $2 for non-SCCCA members.

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day BreakfastBy Diane M. Loeffler SCC Community Hall was a sea of red, white and blue on July 4. The decorations, volunteers, and attendees were all decked out in our nation’s colors. Co-chairs Floyd and Brenda Curvin say, “We had 150 awesome...

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

The annual Christmas in July event for SouthShore area children, held on Saturday, July 13, involved multiple area nonprofits and high school students to coordinate this huge, successful event. Over 100 kids of all ages and their parents came to celebrate...

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Area residents who drive their golf carts along the path to and from Walmart will be relieved to see a new, flexible center upright in place of the long-broken wood stanchion near the US-301 crossing. Hillsborough County crews originally installed sturdy...

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park  By Diane M. Loeffler   If you would like to get away for a few days, but don’t want to have to travel far, Wakulla Springs State Park may be the place for you. The park is located south of Tallahassee,...

The September 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

The September 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Get some vital hurricane planning information; hear from the Long Term Planning Committee; meet SCC Librarian Joanne Gilray, and find out what’s available at our community library; ‘get off the couch’ and have fun with the...

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry WorkshopFREE, Space is limited. Reservations suggested.Saturday, August 24, 9:30am – 11:00amFirehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin FL The Dog Days Poetry Workshop will allow participants to craft and respond to poems that...

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day BreakfastBy Diane M. Loeffler SCC Community Hall was a sea of red, white and blue on July 4. The decorations, volunteers, and attendees were all decked out in our nation’s colors. Co-chairs Floyd and Brenda Curvin say, “We had 150 awesome...

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

The annual Christmas in July event for SouthShore area children, held on Saturday, July 13, involved multiple area nonprofits and high school students to coordinate this huge, successful event. Over 100 kids of all ages and their parents came to celebrate...

Third Annual Christmas in July a Tremendous Success

Third Annual Christmas in July a Tremendous Success

The United Methodist Church of SCC, in partnership with The Kiwanis Club, hosted the Third Annual Christmas in July event to benefit Southshore area children on Saturday, July 13 in the LEC Hall.   

Approximately 200 kids and their parents, came to celebrate an early Christmas, enjoying various games, crafts, face painting, reading activities, as well as receiving a delicious lunch, and gifts of food, clothing, shoes and school backpacks filled with supplies. An added surprise was a shopping bag filled with Christmas dinner with all the fixings. 

Campaign against Human Trafficking (CAHT) participated, by reading a classic story, Three Trees, to groups of children and handing out a free book to each one. Students from Lennard and East Bay High Schools’ Key Clubs were the guides, moving children from one activity to another.  Their parents enjoyed making a craft of their own. The Sun City Center Interfaith Council provided funding for this special Christmas giving experience.

The organizers would like to thank the many volunteers from multiple community groups who helped make this day possible.

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry WorkshopFREE, Space is limited. Reservations suggested.Saturday, August 24, 9:30am – 11:00amFirehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin FL The Dog Days Poetry Workshop will allow participants to craft and respond to poems that...

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day BreakfastBy Diane M. Loeffler SCC Community Hall was a sea of red, white and blue on July 4. The decorations, volunteers, and attendees were all decked out in our nation’s colors. Co-chairs Floyd and Brenda Curvin say, “We had 150 awesome...

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

The annual Christmas in July event for SouthShore area children, held on Saturday, July 13, involved multiple area nonprofits and high school students to coordinate this huge, successful event. Over 100 kids of all ages and their parents came to celebrate...

Book Nook, What’s That?

Book Nook, What’s That?

Book Nook, What's That? By Paula Lickfeldt   You may have noticed little "book boxes" taking up residence around Sun City Center. What are they?  Where did they come from? Let’s find out! Todd Bol decided he wanted to honor his mother, who had been a...

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Area residents who drive their golf carts along the path to and from Walmart will be relieved to see a new, flexible center upright in place of the long-broken wood stanchion near the US-301 crossing. Hillsborough County crews originally installed sturdy...

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park  By Diane M. Loeffler   If you would like to get away for a few days, but don’t want to have to travel far, Wakulla Springs State Park may be the place for you. The park is located south of Tallahassee,...

The September 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

The September 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Get some vital hurricane planning information; hear from the Long Term Planning Committee; meet SCC Librarian Joanne Gilray, and find out what’s available at our community library; ‘get off the couch’ and have fun with the...

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry WorkshopFREE, Space is limited. Reservations suggested.Saturday, August 24, 9:30am – 11:00amFirehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin FL The Dog Days Poetry Workshop will allow participants to craft and respond to poems that...

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day BreakfastBy Diane M. Loeffler SCC Community Hall was a sea of red, white and blue on July 4. The decorations, volunteers, and attendees were all decked out in our nation’s colors. Co-chairs Floyd and Brenda Curvin say, “We had 150 awesome...

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

The annual Christmas in July event for SouthShore area children, held on Saturday, July 13, involved multiple area nonprofits and high school students to coordinate this huge, successful event. Over 100 kids of all ages and their parents came to celebrate...

Waste Management Meeting — Important Change

Waste Management Meeting — Important Change

Your Hillsborough County Office of Neighborhood Relations is reaching out to SCC neighborhood residents to join the kick-off for residential solid waste customers in the unincorporated areas. Hillsborough County Solid Waste Management is hosting a meeting for Sun City Center residents on Wednesday, July 24 from 1 p.m. at Community Hall.

During these conversations, Solid Waste staff will be seeking feedback on the current solid waste services provided in your community and how potential service changes may impact your neighborhood. They will also provide an overview of the opportunities residents will have to provide their individual feedback later this summer during the next stage of planned solid waste customer outreach.

Your feedback is appreciated. A short online survey is available here.

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry WorkshopFREE, Space is limited. Reservations suggested.Saturday, August 24, 9:30am – 11:00amFirehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin FL The Dog Days Poetry Workshop will allow participants to craft and respond to poems that...

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day BreakfastBy Diane M. Loeffler SCC Community Hall was a sea of red, white and blue on July 4. The decorations, volunteers, and attendees were all decked out in our nation’s colors. Co-chairs Floyd and Brenda Curvin say, “We had 150 awesome...

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

The annual Christmas in July event for SouthShore area children, held on Saturday, July 13, involved multiple area nonprofits and high school students to coordinate this huge, successful event. Over 100 kids of all ages and their parents came to celebrate...

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Area residents who drive their golf carts along the path to and from Walmart will be relieved to see a new, flexible center upright in place of the long-broken wood stanchion near the US-301 crossing. Hillsborough County crews originally installed sturdy...

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park  By Diane M. Loeffler   If you would like to get away for a few days, but don’t want to have to travel far, Wakulla Springs State Park may be the place for you. The park is located south of Tallahassee,...

The September 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

The September 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Get some vital hurricane planning information; hear from the Long Term Planning Committee; meet SCC Librarian Joanne Gilray, and find out what’s available at our community library; ‘get off the couch’ and have fun with the...

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry WorkshopFREE, Space is limited. Reservations suggested.Saturday, August 24, 9:30am – 11:00amFirehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin FL The Dog Days Poetry Workshop will allow participants to craft and respond to poems that...

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day BreakfastBy Diane M. Loeffler SCC Community Hall was a sea of red, white and blue on July 4. The decorations, volunteers, and attendees were all decked out in our nation’s colors. Co-chairs Floyd and Brenda Curvin say, “We had 150 awesome...

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

The annual Christmas in July event for SouthShore area children, held on Saturday, July 13, involved multiple area nonprofits and high school students to coordinate this huge, successful event. Over 100 kids of all ages and their parents came to celebrate...

Celebrating Independence Together

Celebrating Independence Together

Celebrating Independence Together

By E. Adam Porter

 

The first week in July, every year, my extended family gathers at the beach in my hometown for a weeklong reunion. It’s a wonderful, relaxing time of sharing life together, filled with the familiar aromas of salt air, sunscreen, and delicious grilled meat; of days spent building sandcastles with the little ones and being buried in the sand; of shared jokes and singing, of snorkeling, fishing, spectacular skimboarding wipeouts, walks on the beach, and magnificent sunsets.

We catch up with each other, talk about days gone by, and pass our collective wisdom along to the young ones. The kids giggle as we demonstrate the stingray shuffle, do their best to listen to our lectures about the dangers of riptides, and experience temporary hearing loss when reminded they need another application of sunblock. We collect shells and sand dollars, spot pods of dolphin, and experience the patience-testing chore of untangling an open reel.

Talking with my brothers and our friends, we recall when we were kids with sandy shorts and pruny fingers, begging for Just Five More Minutes swimming in the water or playing in the sand. Those days really don’t seem so long ago… until my niece runs by, chasing her two-year-old daughter. I glance at my brother, thinking: “Wasn’t that us, just yesterday?”

Mom sits under the umbrella and shares stories about the island the way it used to be. We all chime in, reminiscing about fishing off the city pier and stores with shell parking lots. About coquina concrete and small, single-story homes with jalousie windows. The soda bottle vending machine at the bike shop. Building crab traps in the yard, smoked mullet and fried grouper back when the fishing was really good. Sunday afternoons trading stories with the liveaboards at the marina and weekdays cruising the bay after school.

The nostalgia is hypnotic and cathartic, a welcome port in the storms of life, and an oral history of The Way We Were. As kids, we never realized we were collecting memories, but now we’re passing that torch to our children and grandchildren… or would, if we could get them out of the water (five more minutes, pleeeeeeeeezzz!).

During this week, on July 4th, my family comes together with everyone on the island and across the country to commemorate our Founding Fathers’ Declaration of Independence from tyranny. It is, for the kids and for me, one of the best days of Family Beach Week, every year.

The celebration begins with the annual Independence Day Parade, watching the Privateers cruise their benevolent pirate ship down the main drag, tossing beads and firing their water cannons. Far below, on the sidewalk, the kids — armed to the teeth with Super Soakers — give as good as they get.

Later that evening, thousands of tourists and locals line the strand to enjoy one of the most impressive fireworks displays anywhere. Seven miles of sky flowers paint the twilight with booming radiance from horizon to horizon. Beneath that technicolor sky, the kids laugh and dance and sing, waving sparklers to write their names on the night.

Once again, watching them takes me back. When I lean forward to offer a few terse warnings about firework safety, I hear echoes of my parents. And that gets me thinking about how time and circumstance transforms accident-prone children gleefully waving flaming sticks into parents who repeat cautionary tales before lighting similar sticks for their own kids.

Further up the beach, close to the water line, the older teens and twenty-somethings have their own lighters, as well as much larger and more dynamic flaming sticks. The older adults toss them a few cursory safety tips, which they largely ignore. They’ve heard it all before. Soon, though, someone hollers and comes running for some ice from the cooler. We old guys glance at each other and grin. Sometimes, singed fingers are the best way to reinforce the correlation of responsibility and freedom.

And, that gets me thinking about the birthright our Founding Fathers have passed down to us. Defending our Independence is a shared responsibility, a commission handed down by that first generation of Americans. The Founders declared that freedom is every human’s indisputable right. Then they risked everything to prove it, because maintaining freedom requires personal responsibility. Something I remind my boys at every opportunity. Independence is the right of every person, and it’s worth celebrating. It’s also worth defending… I’m glad we’re able to do both together.

Happy Independence Day. 

 

 

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

The annual Christmas in July event for SouthShore area children, held on Saturday, July 13, involved multiple area nonprofits and high school students to coordinate this huge, successful event. Over 100 kids of all ages and their parents came to celebrate...

Book Nook, What’s That?

Book Nook, What’s That?

Book Nook, What's That? By Paula Lickfeldt   You may have noticed little "book boxes" taking up residence around Sun City Center. What are they?  Where did they come from? Let’s find out! Todd Bol decided he wanted to honor his mother, who had been a...

SCC Men’s Club Learns About Boxing & Parkinson’s Disease

SCC Men’s Club Learns About Boxing & Parkinson’s Disease

SCC Men's Club Learns About Boxing & Parkinson's DiseaseBy Jay Sparkman Eric Allen, founder of EA Fitness, LLC, and leader of the local Rock Steady Boxing organization was the guest speaker at the July luncheon meeting of the Sun City Center Men's...

The August 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

The August 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Recall the fun of the Fourth of July Breakfast and Pool Party, find a new and interesting story in local Book Nooks, meet a neighbor who’s a real clown, and get to know a creative local sculptor. Then, discover an idyllic North...

SCCCA Pool Party Aug 10

SCCCA Pool Party Aug 10

The SCC Community Association will sponsor a pool party on August 10, at the Community Pool off Cherry Hills Drive. Music will be provided by local musician Marc Chamberlin. The café will offer food and drink specials, and the water volleyball club will be...

Third Annual Christmas in July a Tremendous Success

Third Annual Christmas in July a Tremendous Success

The United Methodist Church of SCC, in partnership with The Kiwanis Club, hosted the Third Annual Christmas in July event to benefit Southshore area children on Saturday, July 13 in the LEC Hall.    Approximately 200 kids and their parents, came to...

Waste Management Meeting — Important Change

Waste Management Meeting — Important Change

Your Hillsborough County Office of Neighborhood Relations is reaching out to SCC neighborhood residents to join the kick-off for residential solid waste customers in the unincorporated areas. Hillsborough County Solid Waste Management is hosting a meeting...

SCC and KP Amateur Radio Clubs

SCC and KP Amateur Radio Clubs

SCC and KP Amateur Radio ClubsReady to Help in a Community EmergencyBy Paula Lickfeldt Five days a week, Monday through Friday you can find members of the Sun City Center Amateur Radio Club in their "club room," which is in the hurricane resistant...

Puffins Amongst the Scenery

Puffins Amongst the Scenery

Puffins Amongst the SceneryBy Kai Rambow “Heading up to see the puffins, are you?” asked the construction worker.  She continued with a strong Newfoundland accent, “I’ve lived all my 61 years in this bay area, never knew about the puffins.  I kept...

Bob’s Vets

Bob’s Vets

Bob’s VetsA Breakfast Get Together for All Veterans, Their Spouses and Their FriendsBy Diane M. Loeffler Thursday mornings are special for veterans who are within driving distance of the Ruskin Bob Evans restaurant. A large area is set aside for veterans...

Veterans Pay Tribute to Departed Comrades

Veterans Pay Tribute to Departed Comrades

Veterans Pay Tribute to Departed Comrades By Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.), News Military Correspondent   The Military Veterans Organization of Sun City Center sponsored a Memorial Day Tribute to deceased veterans on Monday Morning at 10 a.m. at the...

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Area residents who drive their golf carts along the path to and from Walmart will be relieved to see a new, flexible center upright in place of the long-broken wood stanchion near the US-301 crossing. Hillsborough County crews originally installed sturdy...

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park  By Diane M. Loeffler   If you would like to get away for a few days, but don’t want to have to travel far, Wakulla Springs State Park may be the place for you. The park is located south of Tallahassee,...

The September 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

The September 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Get some vital hurricane planning information; hear from the Long Term Planning Committee; meet SCC Librarian Joanne Gilray, and find out what’s available at our community library; ‘get off the couch’ and have fun with the...

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry WorkshopFREE, Space is limited. Reservations suggested.Saturday, August 24, 9:30am – 11:00amFirehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin FL The Dog Days Poetry Workshop will allow participants to craft and respond to poems that...

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day BreakfastBy Diane M. Loeffler SCC Community Hall was a sea of red, white and blue on July 4. The decorations, volunteers, and attendees were all decked out in our nation’s colors. Co-chairs Floyd and Brenda Curvin say, “We had 150 awesome...

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

The annual Christmas in July event for SouthShore area children, held on Saturday, July 13, involved multiple area nonprofits and high school students to coordinate this huge, successful event. Over 100 kids of all ages and their parents came to celebrate...