Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Property Plan?

Company signs contingency deal for Plant City country club

A company that has developed shopping centers in Tampa and beyond for decades has agreed to buy the troubled Walden Lake Golf and Country Club.

Coastal Companies’ deal for the property is contingent on the city rezoning 131 acres for development, mostly on a closed golf course known as The Hills.  “We think it’s a great opportunity,” company President Curtis Crenshaw said.

Visions Golf LLC, which has owned the country club and its two courses for eight years, will be totally out of the operation of Walden Lake if the sale goes through, Managing Partner Steve Mercer said.  The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Visions Golf in February filed for rezoning for hundreds of single family and multi-family homes and a 120-unit assisted living facility, for the most part on the golf course it closed last summer.

Crenshaw said his company’s plans haven’t been finalized but...

Monday, April 14, 2014

Preliminary Predictions

Quiet 2014 hurricane season forecast

USA Today

Top forecasters from Colorado State University predict a quiet 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, suggesting that nine tropical storms will form, but only three will become hurricanes.

The forecast published Thursday follows two consecutive poor forecasts: In 2012, when more than twice as many hurricanes formed as had been predicted, and in 2013, when only two hurricanes formed after a spring prediction of nine.

A typical year, based on weather records dating to 1950, has 12 tropical storms, of which seven become hurricanes. A tropical storm has sustained winds of 39 mph; it becomes a hurricane when its winds reach 74 mph.

The forecast was released by meteorologists Philip Klotzbach and William Gray of Colorado State University's Tropical Meteorology Project. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.

Klotzbach said a predicted El Niño is one factor that led to their quiet forecast. El Niño, a climate pattern defined by warmer-than-normal water in the tropical Pacific Ocean, tends to... photo

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bluegrass Bash

Plant City bluegrass concert features The Roys, four other bands

A brother and sister act will headline a spring concert sponsored by the Central Florida Bluegrass Association.

The Roys will perform at 7 p.m. April 26 at Boone’s Nursery, 1111 E. Sam Allen Road. Four other groups will also perform prior to The Roys taking the stage, starting at 3 p.m.

Cheri Hornsby, a musician who is organizing the concert, said she’s heard the brother-sister duo and wanted to bring them to a local stage.

“They are amazing and we’re glad we could work it out to have them here,” she said...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Archery Activity

Archery part of ‘Hunger Games’ event for teens

Teenagers will have the chance to shoot a bow and arrow as part a two-day event sponsored by Bruton Memorial Library with a “Hunger Games” theme.

On Thursday, from 4 to 5 p.m., the Plant City Archery Club will give an archery demonstration in the west parking lot of Plant City’s First Baptist Church, 503 N. Palmer St. Students in middle school and high school will have the chance to... photo

Rezoning Request

Plant City puts Walden Lake golf course development proposal online

The rezoning file for proposed development of a closed Walden Lake golf course is now available at a click of a computer mouse.

City Manager David Sollenberger instructed city planners to put the rezoning application and all other documents online on the city’s website, The file went online Friday.

“There’s so much interest that I think we need to make it as accessible to the public as we can,” Sollenberger said.

Walden Lake, with more than 2,000 homes, is the city’s largest subdivision and the rezoning proposal has generated a lot of attention, he said.

Everything in the file, from the owner’s rezoning application to the city’s responses, will be...

Go here to view the files.  -Ed.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Weekly Weather

Cold front will bring rain, then cooler temps during work week

Bay News 9

It's too late in the season for a cold front to have much of an impact, right?

Well, no. A cold front that's headed this way will drop daytime highs into the 60s on Wednesday and the morning lows into the low 50s (colder in the northern counties) on Thursday morning, according to Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez.

And it won't be that unusual.

"Just a couple of years ago, we got down into the 40s and 50s on April 24-25," Marquez said. "We don't worry about freezing this time of year, but it can still get cool."

That's a few days away, though.

The warm, dry and partly cloudy conditions that have been around for a while will...

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Crafting for a Cure

Cups of Sunshine

4th Annual Crafting For A Cure - Saturday, April 5, 2014.  An indoor/outdoor craft & vendor fair!

**New Location** Bigger & better than ever!

American Legion Building, 2207 W Baker St, Plant City, FL
Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 9am - 2pm, Rain or shine

Bath & body, fashion, purses & totes, jewelry, clothing, garden, paper crafts, hand-made products, kitchen, edibles, animal rescue groups and more!

Goody baskets will be raffled at the end of the day, filled with items from every vendor! (No need to be present to win!)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Precipitation Probable

Showers to continue before cooler temperatures settle in

Bay News 9

The cold front moving through the Bay area has brought sporadic rain today.  And, as the Bay News 9 meteorologists have been saying for several days, rain won't be the only weather change this week. Once the front and wet weather moves through, conditions will turn much cooler.

"Light to moderate rain will continue, mainly south of Tampa Bay, this afternoon," Chief Meteorologist Mike Clay said. "As a low pressure area forms in the Gulf and moves over us tonight, rain chances will remain into tomorrow morning"

High temperatures will be in the mid 70s today - although...

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Savvy Students

The Best and Worst Things About US States


This list shows the best and worst of all 50 states.  Interesting food for thought.  Do you agree?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Strawberry Success

Strawberry Festival attendance lifted by good weather

The Florida Strawberry Festival proved to be a popular draw again this year.  The festival had 531,659 visitors during its 11-day run that ended March 9. That’s about 5,000 more than in 2013.

Spending on the midway for rides and concessions was up about 2 percent.

Festival General Manager Paul Davis credited weather for the strong attendance.  “We had two good weekends,” he said. “We sure were blessed.”

Davis said the festival enjoyed a smooth run with...