Florida Aquarium Honors Our Military This Memorial Day

Florida Aquarium Honors Our Military This Memorial Day

This Memorial Day Weekend and every day, The Florida Aquarium remembers the fallen and thanks all military members and veterans for protecting and serving our country. Join them Memorial Day Weekend, Friday, May 24 – Monday, May 27, 2019, with amazing animals and plants that call the Aquarium home. The Aquarium is open every day: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

During this upcoming holiday weekend, all active duty, veteran, retired or drilling reservist or National Guardsman can receive two free* general admission tickets. Additional guests (up to four people) also can get an exclusive 50% off Aquarium general admission ticket. To receive this ticket promotion, a valid military ID must be presented at The Florida Aquarium ticket office. Tickets are not available for advance online purchase.

While at the Aquarium, go from tree level to sea level and see more than 14,000 animals, including native Florida birds and otters, to sharks, alligators, seahorses and more. You are sure to have a fantastic experience. Sights include a large simulated wetlands environment located under a tall glass atrium, shallow bays, and beaches, and a coral reef ecosystem encompassed in half a million gallons of natural seawater.

After exploring all the exhibits inside, come aboard the 72-foot Wild Dolphin Cruise catamaran for a 75-minute excursion around Tampa Bay for a chance to see wild dolphins and seabirds in their natural habitat. (Reservations and an additional charge are required for the Wild Dolphin Cruise.)

To learn more about Memorial Day at The Florida Aquarium and all of the upcoming events offered at The Florida Aquarium year-round, visit the website.

 

*Offer includes any active duty, veteran, retired or drilling reservist or National Guardsmen and must be redeemed with a valid military ID at The Florida Aquarium Ticket Office. 

Florida Aquarium Returns Green Sea Turtles to The Ocean

Florida Aquarium Returns Green Sea Turtles to The Ocean

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Florida Aquarium Honors Our Military This Memorial Day

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Camp Bayou gets ready for summer!

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Coffee with a Cop June 25

Deputy Jeffrey Merry would like to invite you to join your neighbors and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies for “Coffee with a Cop” on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 8 to 9 a.m., at the Ruskin Dunkin Donuts location, 717 Cypress Creek Blvd.Deputy Merry says...

Chalk Festival: Art on the Street, Literally!

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South Hillsborough Veterans Clinic to Open May 21

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The May 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

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Camp Bayou gets ready for summer!

Camp Bayou gets ready for summer!

Camp Bayou Gets Ready for Summer!

By Dolly Cummings, Director Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center

 

There’s lots of sun and fun this season as Camp Bayou gets ready for summer! Saturday, June 1 is National Trails Day. There will be cart tours, scavenger hunts, and other activities. New this year is our guided Fern Walk, starting at 9 a.m. Explore the wild west side of Camp Bayou, for a trail that is less traveled. No registration necessary. An 8 a.m. Fun Run will hit the trails for an easy 5K. Those who complete the run will be treated to ice cold watermelon slices as a reward. Register here.

The Third Saturday Paddle Tours continue through the summer, as weather conditions allow. Be sure to reserve your space if you wish to join the group. Call 813-641-8545. You can rent a canoe or kayak for just $25 or bring your own for a $5 donation. Please arrive by 9 a.m. for a 90-minute tour. 

Save the Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019 is our annual Back to School-Back to Nature event, 9 – noon. Kids visit various nature stations and get a free school supply item, plus raffles for backpacks, binders and more!

Teachers: the school year may be just about over but it’s never too early to book your field trips for the fall. Fill out this request form to secure your preferred day.

Camp Bayou is always looking for a few good volunteers to help with youth programs, plus other tasks that keep the Center running smoothly. If you are interested in volunteering, fill out this volunteer form.

The Center is open from Thursday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. for passive recreational pursuits such as wildlife watching, nature photography and trail walks. General admission is still free.

The Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is a public- private partnership between Bayou Outdoor Learning and Discovery, Inc. (B.O.L.D.), and Hillsborough County Conservation and Environmental Lands Management. Camp Bayou is located three miles south of SR-674 at the end of 24th St SE in Ruskin. Visit the website.

 

In the photo: Kids enjoy discovering critters at Camp Bayou! (Photo courtesy Camp Bayou)

Florida Aquarium Returns Green Sea Turtles to The Ocean

Florida Aquarium Returns Green Sea Turtles to The Ocean

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Florida Aquarium Honors Our Military This Memorial Day

Florida Aquarium Honors Our Military This Memorial Day

This Memorial Day Weekend and every day, The Florida Aquarium remembers the fallen and thanks all military members and veterans for protecting and serving our country. Join them Memorial Day Weekend, Friday, May 24 – Monday, May 27, 2019, with amazing...

Florida Aquarium Honors Our Military This Memorial Day

This Memorial Day Weekend and every day, The Florida Aquarium remembers the fallen and thanks all military members and veterans for protecting and serving our country. Join them Memorial Day Weekend, Friday, May 24 – Monday, May 27, 2019, with amazing...

Camp Bayou gets ready for summer!

Camp Bayou Gets Ready for Summer! By Dolly Cummings, Director Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center   There's lots of sun and fun this season as Camp Bayou gets ready for summer! Saturday, June 1 is National Trails Day. There will be cart tours,...

Coffee with a Cop June 25

Deputy Jeffrey Merry would like to invite you to join your neighbors and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies for “Coffee with a Cop” on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 8 to 9 a.m., at the Ruskin Dunkin Donuts location, 717 Cypress Creek Blvd.Deputy Merry says...

Chalk Festival: Art on the Street, Literally!

Chalk Festival: Art on the Street, Literally! By Diane M. Loeffler   Florida loves to throw a party. There are festivals and expos somewhere in central Florida nearly every weekend. The Chalk Festival may well be one of the most visually pleasing of all them....

South Hillsborough Veterans Clinic to Open May 21

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In this issue… Discover some beautiful art that tricks your senses; learn what happened when Governor Ron DeSantis came to town; save the date for the new Riverview VA Clinic Open House and Grand Opening, as well as the annual Memorial Day...

Chalk Festival: Art on the Street, Literally!

Chalk Festival: Art on the Street, Literally!

Chalk Festival: Art on the Street, Literally!

By Diane M. Loeffler

 

Florida loves to throw a party. There are festivals and expos somewhere in central Florida nearly every weekend. The Chalk Festival may well be one of the most visually pleasing of all them. This year’s Chalk Festival theme was “The Chalk of the Town.” The event is usually held in Venice, but this year it was on the streets of Sarasota.

Getting there was an easy drive by car, but you could also hop on the bus provided by Glory Tours and let them drop you off right at one of the entrances.

Artists sat on the pavement and completed their masterpieces under a bright, Florida sun. Signs listed their names and the state or country from which they came. Some artists came from as far away as Mexico, Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy.

Lines crept past the works of art. Some onlookers asked the artists about their creations. A handful of the chalk drawings needed to be viewed from a specific place to see the 3D effect. A few artists set up lenses mounted so that observers could get the full effect.

If you would like to visit the Chalk Festival next year, you may wish to check their website, “chalkfestival.org”, or check the schedules provided by the local travel groups to see if they will have a bus going there. The two local bus options are Glory Tours, Kings Point North Clubhouse, and Sun City Travel Club, Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Road.  

Florida Aquarium Returns Green Sea Turtles to The Ocean

Florida Aquarium Returns Green Sea Turtles to The Ocean

The Florida Aquarium’s Animal Response Team recently returned four rehabilitated green sea turtles to the Atlantic Ocean at Wilbur-By-The-Sea in Volusia County. The release of these sea turtles was made possible through the Aquarium’s ongoing partnership...

Florida Aquarium Honors Our Military This Memorial Day

Florida Aquarium Honors Our Military This Memorial Day

This Memorial Day Weekend and every day, The Florida Aquarium remembers the fallen and thanks all military members and veterans for protecting and serving our country. Join them Memorial Day Weekend, Friday, May 24 – Monday, May 27, 2019, with amazing...

Camp Bayou gets ready for summer!

Camp Bayou gets ready for summer!

Camp Bayou Gets Ready for Summer! By Dolly Cummings, Director Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center   There's lots of sun and fun this season as Camp Bayou gets ready for summer! Saturday, June 1 is National Trails Day. There will be cart tours,...

Coffee with a Cop June 25

Coffee with a Cop June 25

Deputy Jeffrey Merry would like to invite you to join your neighbors and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies for “Coffee with a Cop” on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 8 to 9 a.m., at the Ruskin Dunkin Donuts location, 717 Cypress Creek Blvd.Deputy Merry says...

Chalk Festival: Art on the Street, Literally!

Chalk Festival: Art on the Street, Literally!

Chalk Festival: Art on the Street, Literally! By Diane M. Loeffler   Florida loves to throw a party. There are festivals and expos somewhere in central Florida nearly every weekend. The Chalk Festival may well be one of the most visually pleasing of all them....

Florida Aquarium Honors Our Military This Memorial Day

This Memorial Day Weekend and every day, The Florida Aquarium remembers the fallen and thanks all military members and veterans for protecting and serving our country. Join them Memorial Day Weekend, Friday, May 24 – Monday, May 27, 2019, with amazing...

Camp Bayou gets ready for summer!

Camp Bayou Gets Ready for Summer! By Dolly Cummings, Director Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center   There's lots of sun and fun this season as Camp Bayou gets ready for summer! Saturday, June 1 is National Trails Day. There will be cart tours,...

Coffee with a Cop June 25

Deputy Jeffrey Merry would like to invite you to join your neighbors and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies for “Coffee with a Cop” on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 8 to 9 a.m., at the Ruskin Dunkin Donuts location, 717 Cypress Creek Blvd.Deputy Merry says...

Chalk Festival: Art on the Street, Literally!

Chalk Festival: Art on the Street, Literally! By Diane M. Loeffler   Florida loves to throw a party. There are festivals and expos somewhere in central Florida nearly every weekend. The Chalk Festival may well be one of the most visually pleasing of all them....

South Hillsborough Veterans Clinic to Open May 21

The highly-anticipated VA South Hillsborough Outpatient Clinic is scheduled to open May 21. Located at 12920 Summerfield Crossing Boulevard, at the corner of US-301, the 50,000-square-foot clinic expects to serve more than 10,000 Veterans residing in...

The May 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Discover some beautiful art that tricks your senses; learn what happened when Governor Ron DeSantis came to town; save the date for the new Riverview VA Clinic Open House and Grand Opening, as well as the annual Memorial Day...

Charity Bingo May 10

Charity Bingo May 10

Come out and see if it’s your turn to yell, “Bingo!” while supporting the Campaign Against Human Trafficking-Southshore (CAHT). Friday, May 10, 2019, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Located in the Florida Room, 945-D North Course Lane. $10 for an 8-pack of bingo cards. No entry fee. Special games, concessions. Gift cards, and fantastic prizes. Doors open at 3:30 p.m., first come basis. Game starts at 4 p.m. Don’t be late! For more information, call Robbie Chapin, 319.360.7025 or email robertainscc@gmail.com.

 

Florida Aquarium Honors Our Military This Memorial Day

This Memorial Day Weekend and every day, The Florida Aquarium remembers the fallen and thanks all military members and veterans for protecting and serving our country. Join them Memorial Day Weekend, Friday, May 24 – Monday, May 27, 2019, with amazing...

Camp Bayou gets ready for summer!

Camp Bayou Gets Ready for Summer! By Dolly Cummings, Director Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center   There's lots of sun and fun this season as Camp Bayou gets ready for summer! Saturday, June 1 is National Trails Day. There will be cart tours,...

Coffee with a Cop June 25

Deputy Jeffrey Merry would like to invite you to join your neighbors and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies for “Coffee with a Cop” on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 8 to 9 a.m., at the Ruskin Dunkin Donuts location, 717 Cypress Creek Blvd.Deputy Merry says...

Chalk Festival: Art on the Street, Literally!

Chalk Festival: Art on the Street, Literally! By Diane M. Loeffler   Florida loves to throw a party. There are festivals and expos somewhere in central Florida nearly every weekend. The Chalk Festival may well be one of the most visually pleasing of all them....

South Hillsborough Veterans Clinic to Open May 21

The highly-anticipated VA South Hillsborough Outpatient Clinic is scheduled to open May 21. Located at 12920 Summerfield Crossing Boulevard, at the corner of US-301, the 50,000-square-foot clinic expects to serve more than 10,000 Veterans residing in...

The May 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Discover some beautiful art that tricks your senses; learn what happened when Governor Ron DeSantis came to town; save the date for the new Riverview VA Clinic Open House and Grand Opening, as well as the annual Memorial Day...

Interfaith Council Supports American Legion Youth

Interfaith Council Supports American Legion Youth

Interfaith Council Supports American Legion Youth

By Jay Sparkman

 

The Sun City Center Interfaith Social Action Council recently presented a $2,500 grant to American Legion Post 246 for the purpose of financing four registrations for Florida Boys State and two registrations for the Florida Youth Law Cadet Academy. The students will be chosen from Lennard HS and East Bay High School.

The SCC Interfaith Council uses monies from the sale of donated goods at the Nearly New Shop in Sun City Center Plaza to fund grants and scholarships in the South Shore area. For more information go to www.InterfaithCouncilofSunCityCenter.com or call 813.642.9099.

In the photo: L-R, Jim Haney, Post 246 Boys State Coordinator; Nick Caleca, Interfaith Council grants committee; Jim Wendell, Commander Post 246.

 

Florida Aquarium Honors Our Military This Memorial Day

This Memorial Day Weekend and every day, The Florida Aquarium remembers the fallen and thanks all military members and veterans for protecting and serving our country. Join them Memorial Day Weekend, Friday, May 24 – Monday, May 27, 2019, with amazing...

Camp Bayou gets ready for summer!

Camp Bayou Gets Ready for Summer! By Dolly Cummings, Director Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center   There's lots of sun and fun this season as Camp Bayou gets ready for summer! Saturday, June 1 is National Trails Day. There will be cart tours,...

Coffee with a Cop June 25

Deputy Jeffrey Merry would like to invite you to join your neighbors and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies for “Coffee with a Cop” on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 8 to 9 a.m., at the Ruskin Dunkin Donuts location, 717 Cypress Creek Blvd.Deputy Merry says...

Chalk Festival: Art on the Street, Literally!

Chalk Festival: Art on the Street, Literally! By Diane M. Loeffler   Florida loves to throw a party. There are festivals and expos somewhere in central Florida nearly every weekend. The Chalk Festival may well be one of the most visually pleasing of all them....

South Hillsborough Veterans Clinic to Open May 21

The highly-anticipated VA South Hillsborough Outpatient Clinic is scheduled to open May 21. Located at 12920 Summerfield Crossing Boulevard, at the corner of US-301, the 50,000-square-foot clinic expects to serve more than 10,000 Veterans residing in...

The May 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Discover some beautiful art that tricks your senses; learn what happened when Governor Ron DeSantis came to town; save the date for the new Riverview VA Clinic Open House and Grand Opening, as well as the annual Memorial Day...

Growth and Development in South County

Growth and Development in South County

Growth and Development in South County

By Kai Rambow

 

Construction here, construction there, construction everywhere.  Working counter-clockwise on a map, here’s what’s happening around us:

Vista Palms: South of Wawa on 301. Over 700 family homes almost completed. Houses range in size from 1,461 to 3,326 sq. ft.

Southshore Bay: Heading north on 301 from Vista Palms, right on SR-674 and east of Wawa, this huge development is in the early stages of development. Metro Development Group invited three different builders with houses ranging in size from 1,396 to 2,650 sq.ft.

The big feature here will be a man made, five-acre, crystal clear, blue lagoon.  Residents will be able to swim, paddleboard, sail, and kayak.  Greg Singleton, President of Metro Development Group, described the concept: “Anyone can develop just another master planned community, but we thought, why not be bold and push the envelope?” The lagoon is expected to be completed in 2020, and 2,142 homes will be completed over a five-year period. There is a separate, gated, active adult section currently under construction within this community.

Sereno: Heading west on 674, just before Walmart. Sereno, also by Metro, has already involved four different builders. Family and retiree houses range in size from 1,267 to 3,192 sq.ft. A total of 728 homes will be completed in three more years.

Valencia Lakes: Heading north on 301, this is the community we perhaps know best. This 55+ community has recently finished the last of 1,200 homes.  Their lakes are large with plenty of paths for walking and cycling. They also have their own community center pool and recreational facilities. It looks beautiful now.

Valencia Del Sol: Heading farther north on 301, you’ll encounter several developments at 19th Avenue NE. Turn right at this intersection and you’ll reach the entrance to Valencia Del Sol, another 55+ community by the same builder of Valencia Lakes. Total will be under 600 homes ranging in size from 1,492 to 3,273 sq.ft.

Orchids at Cypress Creek: Exiting Valencia Del Sol, keep traveling on 19th Ave NE through the intersection at 301.  You’ll encounter three drives leading to new home developments.  These are all part of Cypress Creek, which is being built in several phases.  Right now, some of those drives have homes, others don’t have one house built yet. Sizes range from 1,504 to 2,497 sq.ft. with their own community facilities, including a large pool. In another two years, 338 families will call this home.

Cypress Mill: Continue traveling west on 19th, past Southshore Library, and you’ll reach this family community. House sizes range from 1,300 to 3,777 sq.ft., and they too will have community facilities with a large pool. There are three phases planned, eventually adding almost 900 homes.

Shadetree Apartments: Exit Cypress Mills and head south on Cypress Creek and you’ll immediately see these luxury apartments. There will be 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units available with a pool and recreational facilities in the center of the complex. A total of 260 apartments are expected to be ready in July.

IN THE PHOTO: The first lagoon community is well under way. Southshore Bay will have a similar lagoon completed in 2020. Photo courtesy of Metro Development Group.