Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Apex Available

Developer targets prime Plant City corner for retail, restaurants


A retail development in the works for a prime corner of Plant City could fill a "clear void in that market" if it comes to fruition.

WPG, the Tampa-based developer formerly known as Wagner Property Group, is under contract to buy the parcels that make up the Plant City Apex, a 7-acre triangular site at the intersection of Thonotosassa Road and West Baker Street, just south of the Interstate 4 interchange.

The majority of the site, except for a two- to three-tenant unanchored strip center, would be...


Friday, September 18, 2015

Gardening Gathering

Annual downtown Plant City festival to include plants, antiques and more

The roots of a Sept. 26 festival in downtown Plant City run deep in gardening.  But you don’t need a green thumb to enjoy the seventh annual GardenFest and More.

Sure, the festival will include a lot of plants for sale, but vendors and downtown merchants will also offer antiques and crafts.

The festival will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the historic train depot at 102 N. Palmer St. and the adjacent McCall Park.

“We think there will be something for everyone,” said Christy Linke, spokeswoman of the Plant City Garden Club.

GardenFest was founded by the Plant City Garden Club and the former Plant City Downtown Merchants and Business Association joined as a co-sponsor in 2012 because “not everyone is into gardening,” she said.

The association, now known as... photo

Fishing Fun

Kids can fish for fun and prizes at Plant City derby

Children ages 5 to 15 can win awards Sept. 26 at the Plant City Recreation and Parks Department’s biannual fishing derby.

There is no charge to participate in the derby but children must be accompanied by an adult. They must also bring their own pole and bait and a 5-gallon bucket to keep fish alive until they can be weighed and released.

The derby will be held in a pond off Gordon Food Service Drive, behind Plant City Stadium.

Competition will be held from...

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Seeking Staffers

Chamber needs volunteers for tourist info center

For many motorists, their first impression of Plant City comes at the Tourist Information Center south of Interstate 4.

The center’s volunteers hand out brochures and maps and otherwise greet visitors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week, except for New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The center is a bit shorthanded these days, and the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce is appealing for volunteers.

The volunteers don’t have to be experts on Plant City or its history, as most of the questions are... image

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Royal Recreation

Theme for 2016 Strawberry Festival announced

The Florida Strawberry Festival has announced the theme for its 81st annual event in 2016 as “Royal Fun for Everyone!” The 2016 festival will run from March 3-13 in Plant City.

“Our festival and the city of Plant City hold the strawberry in high regard,” said Strawberry Festival General Manager Paul Davis. “So we thought it would be fitting to play off of that with a theme portraying the strawberry as royalty.”

A new theme is created for each year’s festival to offer patrons a glimpse of the experience they will have at the 11 day event. The “royalty” theme also...

Denim Deadline

Ticket deadline is Friday for hospital foundation’s Diamonds & Denim

Denim will be the preferred dress for the South Florida Baptist Hospital Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

The Diamonds & Denim Gala will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Florida Strawberry Festival’s Charlie Grimes Family Agricultural Center.

Tickets are $60 per person; the deadline is Friday.

“It will be great food and a great band. It will be a lot of fun,” foundation Executive Director Jana Butler said of the 19th annual gala.

About 600 guests are expected to be on hand.

Since its inception, Diamonds & Denim has raised more than...

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Halfway Home ?

September 10 marks the statistical halfway point of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane season.

In practical terms, what does this mean?

Actually, nothing.  A hurricane can form at any time.

However--from this point until the season ends on November 30--our chances are now declining for hurricane activity.

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Tropical Storm Grace

At this point, forecasters are predicting a weakening for Grace around the middle of next week, but stay tuned.

From the NHC:

Large-scale conditions should be conducive for some intensification during the next 24 to 36 hours, with the depression embedded in an environment of light easterly shear and over warm SSTs.

The one caveat is that a general drying of the lower to middle troposphere in the near-storm environment is forecast, possibly due to increasing subsidence, which could squelch additional strengthening.

After 48 hours, the cyclone is forecast to encounter westerly flow aloft associated with an enhanced upper-level trough extending from near the Antilles to the eastern tropical Atlantic.

This pattern should produce enough vertical shear to cause weakening or possibly even dissipation by day 4 or 5 of the forecast.  The new intensity forecast shows slightly greater intensification in the short term relative to the previous one, with a peak in 36 hours, and greater weakening at the end of the forecast.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Wasted Water ?

UF looks to cut berry growers’ water consumption

The freezes that damaged strawberry crops in 2010 may be a bad memory, but studies are continuing on how growers can best protect their crops in frigid conditions.

University of Florida Professor Michael Dukes recently completed a study on how crops could be protected with sprinklers that use a lower volume of water and better technology during freezes. Growers commonly spray water on the crops to protect them from damaging temperatures.

Dukes’ research showed that growers could use lower-pressure sprinklers and automated systems to turn on sprinklers according to the dew point, not the air temperature. He said the dew point is a more accurate way to judge when farmers need to start their protective irrigation.

Dukes said there hasn’t been a hard freeze since he started his research so work needs to continue to see how low volume sprinklers and the updated technology would work during... photo

Bishop Bullwinkle

If you missed out on "Plant City Chick" from a few years back, here is the man likely to be Plant City's next superstar: