Thursday, July 30, 2015

Emergency Expansion ?

City proposes new fire station

Plant City Observer

A third fire station was proposed for Plant City at the July 20 budget meeting.

Currently, Plant City Fire Rescue is comprised of two stations that are divided into two response areas. A third station, Assistant City Manager Bill McDaniel says, would reduce response times while creating a third response zone.

The proposed third fire station would be built in...

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Development Denied

Walden Lake golf course plan gets another thumbs-down

Visions Golf plans to ask the city to postpone a rezoning hearing in the wake of a city report recommending denial of its plans to develop parts of a shuttered Walden Lake golf course.

Planning and Zoning Division staff members, in a report issued Friday, said they have concerns about placing multifamily homes as tall as 45 feet and an adult congregate living facility in an area of mostly single-family homes.

The planners said the proposal lacked detail and recommended the city Planning Board deny rezoning the property at a scheduled Aug. 13 hearing.

Visions Golf managing partner Steve Mercer said his company will ask for a postponement in light of the latest setback.

“We are going to ask for a continuance that will give us time to get all the issues worked out,” he said. He wasn’t sure how much time the company might need.

The Planning and Zoning Division was the third government agency to raise red flags over the rezoning petition. Hills­borough County’s Environmental Protection Commission determined the development unnecessarily would

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Downtown Detours

Several railroad crossings in downtown will be closed this week as rails are repaired.

Traffic Advisories for CSX Routine Railroad Repairs:    

Collins St. between Laura St. & Martin Luther King Blvd.  Crossing will be closed beginning Sunday, July 19th to reopen on July 22nd.

Martin Luther King Blvd. between Palmer St. & Collins St.  Crossing will be closed beginning Sunday, July 19th to reopen on Friday, July 24th .

Evers St. between Martin Luther King Blvd. & Renfro St. Crossing will be closed beginning Sunday, July 19th to reopen on Friday, July 24th.

Waller St. between Martin Luther King Blvd. & Renfro St. Crossing to be closed beginning Monday, July 20th to reopen on Friday, July 24th.

Turkey Creek Rd. between Sydney Rd. & Griffin Blvd. Crossing to be closed beginning Monday, July 20th to reopen on Friday, July 24th.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Flavor Festival

Home show returns to Strawberry Festival grounds with new attractions, food tasting

Food lovers and home decorating enthusiasts will enjoy the Mid-Florida Summer Home Show and Taste of Plant City.

Hosted by Simply Events, the July 11-12 show will be held at the Florida Strawberry Festival’s Expo Hall, 2301 W. Oak Ave. Event coordinator Sonya Bradley said that the home show will cover both days in the expo building, while the Taste of Plant City will be held one day only, July 11, outside the hall.

The Taste of Plant City will be held from noon to 5 p.m. July 11 and the home show will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 11 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 12.

This is the first year Simply Events has held the Taste of Plant City, Bradley said. The home show is in its second year.

“It’s something we decided to add,” she said, explaining that the company wanted to highlight

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Produce Poultry ?

The Internet is Going Insane Over This Chicken-Shaped Strawberry

Pardon our puns, but this chicken-shaped strawberry is berry unusual. Farmers at Scotland's Grove Farm in Bonnyrigg, near Edinburgh, found the oddly formed fruit while harvesting their summer crop. The strawberry has quickly turned into an internet sensation, garnering more than 2,000 shares after being posted on Grove Farms' Facebook page.

The farmers immediately noticed that this particular berry has a striking resemblance to a chicken with two wings and a beak. Plus, when the fruit is turned upside-down, it looks like...

grove farms photo

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Loveliest Locale ?

The Most Beautiful Place in Each State


What is beauty, really?

If Rod Serling taught us anything, it's that the word "beauty" means different things to different people.

And, accordingly, different things to different states. In Pennsylvania, it might be a towering skyline. In Nevada, a mountain lake. Every state (and/or Commonwealth!) has its own version of beauty, which is why we polled residents and tourism boards from each to determine what that one must-hit (and must-Instagram) spot is.

And here's what they told us, the 50 most beautiful places in America...

technocrazed photo

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Berry Benefits

Strawberries Can Reverse Precancerous Progression

Esophageal cancer is not the cancer to get. Five-year survival is only about 13 percent, with most people dying within the first year of diagnosis, but the development of esophageal cancer is a multistage process. We start out with a normal esophagus (the tube that connects you mouth to your stomach), then precancerous changes start to take place, then localized cancer starts to grow, then eventually it spreads and we most likely die.

Because of the well-defined, stepwise progression of esophageal, researchers jumped on it as a way to test the ability of berries—the healthiest fruits—to reverse the progression of cancer. A randomized phase 2 clinical trial of strawberries for patients with precancerous lesions of the esophagus was undertaken.

Six months of eating the equivalent of over a pound of fresh strawberries a day, and the progression of disease was reversed in...

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Links Leader

New manager sees bright future for Walden Lake golf

The troubled Walden Lake Golf and Country Club has a new manager.

Lynn Archibald, owner of Professional Golf Global Group, this week took over management of the aging golf and country club from Visions Golf LLC, which still owns the property.

The 44-year-old Plant City resident promises immediately to update equipment and improve conditions on the 18-hole golf course, The Lakes. A sister 18-hole course, The Hills, will remain closed and is targeted for development.

Archibald plans to reopen the country club’s grill and open a full-service pro shop. The country club’s swimming pool also reopened recently in anticipation of the management change.

“I love this community and I believe we can bring this back to its heyday,” Archibald said.

Bill Griffin, a country club member for 25 years, said all of the golfers have been...

Friday, June 5, 2015

Donut Day !

To celebrate National Donut Day, visit our local donut purveyor, Hole In One.

They are family-owned and have several locations, two of which are here in Plant City--one in the Southern Hospitality shopping plaza, and one across from South Florida Baptist Hospital.

Their donuts are amazing...

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Postal Purchase ?

Downtown Plant City post office up for sale

The Postal Service is hanging a “for sale” sign on the historic downtown post office.

The action comes as no big surprise - the 80-year-old building was closed two years ago over health and safety concerns that included mold and lead-based paint. Since then, the Postal Service has offered little hope that the building at 301 N. Reynolds St. would ever reopen.

Postal officials haven’t set on a price for the 16,402 square-foot building and 27,615 square-foot parking lot. The properties will be sold at market value, and an appraisal has yet to set the price tag, postal spokeswoman Enola C. Rice said.

Postal regulations call for the sale of the property so the agency couldn’t... photo