Friday, July 25, 2014

Repaving Redman

Project begins to repave part of SR 39

Work crews will be a familiar sight through mid-2015 on a 3.1-mile stretch of State Road 39, also known as James L. Redman Parkway.

The Florida Department of Transportation is spending $5.8 million for improvements to the highway south of the city. The work by Lane Construction will continue through next summer.

Motorists should watch for periodic nighttime and daytime lane closures.

DOT spokeswoman Kris Carson said the highway was...m photo

Monday, July 14, 2014

Awesome Attractions

Plant City locations make the cut for book on best 100 places

Kristen Hare said when she and her family first relocated from the Midwest, she was eager to visit Disney World and the beaches.

But the 36-year-old news reporter said she found that there’s a limit to how many times even visits with Mickey Mouse can be interesting and entertaining.

She was already starting to explore other places of interest in the region when Reedy Press offered her the chance to write a book, “100 Things to Do in Tampa Bay Before You Die.”

The book includes nearly a dozen destinations in the Plant City area, from the unusual ...

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Tropical Update

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. A weak surface trough extending from northeastern Florida to just offshore of the coast of the Carolinas is producing widespread cloudiness and disorganized showers. Surface pressures are high in the area and strong upper-level winds should prevent any significant development of this system as it moves northeastward at 10 to 15 mph over the next several days. 

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...10 percent.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tropical Storm Arthur

Hurricane season 2014 has begun.

As you can clearly see from the projected path, this one won't affect us--other than some robust rain chances on Wednesday.

Stay tuned...

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Patriotic Party

Celebrate the 4th with games and fireworks Friday at Plant City Stadium

Independence Day will be celebrated with entertainment, children’s games and fireworks starting at 6 p.m. Friday at Plant City Stadium.

Gates open at 5:45 p.m. There’s no admission but parking costs $5 per vehicle at the stadium, 1810 E. Park Road.

Tim Hanlon, special events coordinator for the Plant City Recreation and Parks Department, said he’s hoping for a big crowd, depending on the weather. The fireworks show that starts at 9:15 p.m. should go on regardlesss of conditions, he said.  “Fireworks can go off in the rain,” Hanlon said.

The on-field activities will include...

Monday, June 30, 2014

Tropics Trying

Tropics Trying To Come Alive


While obstacles lie in its path, an area of low pressure off the Southeast coast will attempt to end the void of organized tropical systems in the Atlantic Basin this week.

The Hurricane Center is keeping a close eye on an area of low pressure tracking south-southwestward toward the Florida Peninsula.  The low is currently fighting dry air from the north and wind shear, strong winds at high speeds over the middle layers of the atmosphere.

"These winds can prevent tropical systems from forming, limit intensification or lead to their demise," stated Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

The low is expected to...

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Weather Watch

200 AM EDT MON JUN 30 2014

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Shower and thunderstorm activity remains minimal in association with
a low pressure area located about 210 miles east-southeast of St.
Augustine, Florida.  Environmental conditions are forecast to become
more conducive for development during the next few days and a
tropical depression is likely to form by mid-week while the system
moves slowly southwestward, then north and northeastward near the
southeastern United States coast.  An Air Force Reserve
reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the low this
afternoon, if necessary.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...60 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Sculpture Sequel

Traveling exhibit of sculptures hits downtown in mid-July

The life-size bronze sculptures that adorned downtown for four months in 2012 were such a hit that a similar exhibit debuts in a couple of weeks.

Ten sculptures will be placed around the historic business district from about July 18 through Nov. 1. The sculptures will be different from the eight that were on display two years ago, although they were created by the same artist.

Gil Gott, executive director of the Plant City Photo Archives and History Center, spearheaded the drive to bring in the traveling exhibit. The first set of sculptures was a big draw to downtown, he said.

“People traveled from all over to see them. They were very popular,” Gott said.

The sponsoring organizations, including the city, Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce, Arts Council of Plant City, and the Downtown Business and Merchants Association, are raising $10,000 to pay for the exhibit from the Sculpture Foundation. The city is donating $5,000.

The sculptures are from...

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Winery Wins

Compromise reached in Keel & Curley rezoning

A winery north of Interstate 4 that is seeking a rezoning needed for beer production has agreed to limit noise and traffic.

Keel and Curley Winery has sold beer for years and in the past few months began making its own brew. But neighbors' complaints of loud music brought in Hillsborough County code inspectors, who said the beer production violated the 27-acre winery's zoning restrictions.

The winery, at 5210 Thonotosassa Road, has filed for rezoning specifically to allow beer and has agreed to conditions, including limits on hours and days, for live outdoor music and caps on the number and duration of outdoor festivals.

The plan was aired Monday evening at a nearly two-hour public hearing before county land-use hearing officer Steve Luce, who will make a recommendation to...

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Missing Mural

Artwork can be controversial, and beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder.

That was the story back in 2009 when a mural went up in downtown Plant City at the intersection of Reynolds and Evers Street.

Some people--city brass included--said they found part of the mural obscene and asked the artist, Blake Emory, to paint over part of it.  Emory agreed to do it--but despite that, a virtual ban was put in place for all murals in the future.

Fast forward to today--and as you can see, the mural is gone...