Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Maize Maze

Corn maze returns to welcome fall season

Plant City Observer

It’s that time of year again, when children and adults alike will get into the true spirit of autumn and navigate their way through Single R Ranch’s maze made entirely of corn.

This is the third year that the Futch family will have operated the Fox Squirrel Corn Maze and its corresponding festival. It is the only corn maze in the county.

Their motto proposes a challenge to all visitors: “Can you out-fox our squirrely maze?”

Wayne Futch grows, maintains and cuts the corn, and is responsible for other farm-related tasks. His wife, Denise Futch, also makes important contributions to keep the festival running. Wayne’s sister, Janet Futch, manages the technical aspects of the operation, which she is able to do remotely from her home in Atlanta.

A rare species of squirrel is the maze’s namesake. Sherman’s fox squirrel is listed as a species of...

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New Neighborhood

Development planned for northern Plant City

Plant City Observer

A number of residential developments are in the works for Plant City, but North Park Isles stands out among them because of its large scale and geographical placement.

North Park Isles will be located north of Sam Allen Road and Park Road. Its single-family homes will likely be priced around $225,000 to $235,000, and they will be designed in a variety of styles. LandBuilder, the project’s developing firm, also plans to add a pond for kayaking, a walking trail and a clubhouse.

LandBuilder acquired the land in 2004. The property contains floodplains, which slowed the project’s progress. City officials would not allow the rezone until flooding issues had been solved. Even more of a roadblock was the mid-decade recession.

“I’ve got partners who have held it since 2006 — just been sitting on it,” Devon Rushnell, president of LandBuilder, said. “Right now, we’re just picking it back up, dusting it off, deciding which...

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Closures Coming

Plant City roads to close for gas pipeline safety test

PC Observer

Several Plant City roads will be closed on Wednesday, Sept. 24 as Florida Gas Transmission Company plans to re-test 17 miles of natural gas pipeline using water.  The test is part of its ongoing pipeline safety management program.

The test will take place from midnight to 4 a.m. The pipeline runs primarily along the streets of Hillsborough County.  The following closures will occur in Plant City:

– Both directions on W Knights Griffin from Stacy to McIntosh.
– Both directions on W Knights Griffin from McIntosh to Pless.
– Entire intersection of Gallagher with West Knights Griffin Road.
– A portion of...

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Florida Food

The Weirdest Eating Patterns Of Each U.S. State

We’ve all know how much Philly loves its cheesesteaks. But you know what the data tells us? The most distinctive menu item in Pennsylvania restaurants isn’t the cheesesteak. It’s actually the hoagie.

Co.Design teamed up with food industry analytics firm Food Genius to mine its database of 88,000 menus and 59 million menu items and build this map of the each state’s true crown jewel food. What you’re looking at isn’t the most popular food by state. It’s the food that most distinguishes them from the rest of the pack.

But to really see how food trends play out, we’d recommend toggling through...

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Cool Contest

Vote for the USA's best specialty food festival

USA Today

Food is an essential component of travel, as regional tastes shape and define our experiences. We're saluting the delicious cultures and culinary traditions that appeal to visitors from coast to coast in our Readers' Choice contest for Best Specialty Food Festival.

For this contest category, we focused on festivals which center around a single food or theme, rather than try to include all the wonderful "wine and food" festivals. You have until...

Produce Project

Community garden opening on campus of Plant City elementary school

Planning is under way for Plant City’s first school community garden, where students and community members can study and participate in the art of growing.

Karen Elizabeth is spearheading the effort to create the garden at Wilson Elementary School. Elizabeth is president of the 2-year-old Plant City Commons Community Garden, located on property owned by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

An organizational meeting for the Wilson Elementary community garden was held Aug. 7, with more meetings to follow. Community involvement is essential for the garden to flourish, Elizabeth said.

Wilson Elementary has had a school garden for four years but it was only open to students of the school. This is the first time that members of the community will be allowed to grow produce there.

Elizabeth said organizers have drawn inspiration for the garden in part from...

Sunday, August 24, 2014

eBay Economics

What Does Florida Buy the Most on eBay?

Nobody loves a Roomba quite like the people of Delaware.

From 2013 to 2014, the nation's "first state" has been the top consumer of robotic vacuums from online shopping hub eBay. The Internet retailer analyzed which items states purchase the most, finding the top 500 brands for each state and then boiling them down to general categories.

From there, eBay figured out which items shoppers buy on its site the most, in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Curious revelations abound, like the fact that firearms are the most popular in...

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Tropical Update

The disturbance in the Caribbean has finally gained enough strength to earn a name--Cristobal.

As you can see from the graphic, the predicted path will steer it far enough from us to have no effect on our weather.

Close behind is another system that has yet to show much promise, but we will keep an eye on it.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Tropical Depression 4

Here's TD 4 from Atlantic Hurricane Season 2014.  Later to be named Cristobal, it is continuing its struggle to gain strength.

However, its path will likely steer it up the Atlantic Coast and won't have any significant effects on our local weather.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Cristobal Coming

Tropical Storm Cristobal to Form


While a tropical low is expected to brew into Tropical Storm Cristobal this weekend, the East Coast of the United States is being monitored for future impacts -- even if the storm remains well offshore.

The low has been struggling to develop tropically since emerging from the coast of Africa due to dusty air, disruptive wind shear and, more recently, interaction with the Caribbean Islands.

As conditions become more conducive, Tropical Weather Expert Dan Kottlowski expects the low to become Tropical Storm Cristobal this weekend.

Regardless of when the low strengthens, torrential downpours and gusty squalls will continue to spread across...

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