After 6 month Hiatus, Blue is coming back!

After a bit of an absence due to emergency, Blue is coming back. Surprisingly, with a 6 month leave of absence, the blog has maintained traffic and still a place for neighbors to converse and discuss neighborhood topics. Thanks to all for the patience and support. Stay tuned for some upcoming changes and new topics.

Loft Groundbreaking today


Groundbreaking Ceremony as Construction Begins on Warehouse Lofts in Seminole Heights

WHAT: Mayor Bob Buckhorn will join Wesley Burdette, developer/owner, to break ground on the new residential project in Old Seminole Heights. The project, located at 4513 N. Florida Avenue, will convert an old warehouse into 48 apartments, and will cost approximately $5.5 million.

The team behind Warehouse Lofts is led by Wesley Burdette. Brian Wolfe of Wolfe Design Group is the architect, and Gabler Brothers is the general contractor. Financing is being provided by Sunshine Bank led by Andrew Samuel, CEO, and Brad Abbey, SVP of commercial lending.

As downtown Tampa continues to grow, the demand for easy access to the urban core continues to grow as well. Investment and development is radiating throughout our neighborhoods, including Old Seminole Heights.

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WHO: Mayor Bob Buckhorn
Wesley Burdette, Developer/ Owner
Brian Wolf, Wolf Design Group
Andrew Samuel, Sunshine Bank

WHEN: Thursday, February 12, 2015
11 a.m.

WHERE: 4513 N. Florida Ave.
Seminole Heights

DUI Suspect drives through The Independent

One guest at The Independent was injured when DUI Suspect, Sully Marie Torre-Medina, lost control of her 1994 Honda and crashed into the patio. Witnesses said there were approx. 10 customers on the patio. The driver tried to back the car away from the scene. Witnesses finally broke the drivers window and pulled her from the auto and held the driver until authorities arrived.

More development in Seminole Heights

A Tampa developer is increasing his bet on the city’s Seminole Heights neighborhood, planning four new townhouses at the corner of West Giddens and North Florida avenues.

Wesley Burdette, who is about to begin construction on the nearby Warehouse Lofts apartments, this week starts marketing the houses, which will feature Coastal Craftsman architecture. They will range from 1,800 to 2,000 square feet, with roughly 20-foot yards, and be priced from $289,000.


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Family files Lawsuit against Hillsborough County Public Schools

TAMPA, Florida – The family of a 6-year-old boy who died last year after a medical emergency at Seminole Heights Elementary School filed a civil lawsuit against Hillsborough County Public Schools on Friday, claiming the district’s failure to call 911 in a timely manner cost the child his life.

Keith Cody’s mother, Kaycee Teets, said her son fell ill and complained to his teacher of a headache on Jan. 16, 2014. She said the teacher instructed him to rest.

Teets said her son’s condition quickly worsened with vomiting, gurgling and foam coming from his mouth.

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Seminole Heights Best Eateries shine!

More great publicity for some of Seminole Heights Hottest eateries. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Everyone’s a winner!

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Fodder and Shine taps local farm

BARTOW | A trip to prison is what it took for Will Crum to figure out what he should do next with his life.

Will, 30, is a Bartow native who split his childhood between Florida and Canada before moving to California at age 18 to pursue a music career. About two years ago, he and younger brother Dave visited Alcatraz Island.

Will, a Berkeley, Calif.-based rock guitarist and vocalist, habitually traveled back to Bartow about four or five times a year to visit their father John, 65, who owns and operates a 22-acre blueberry farm in Bartow and Eagle Lake.

“I was born in Bartow, and my mom (Kristine Nelson) and dad ran a fern greenhouse,” Crum said. “So my early days were spent in a baby carriage while my mom watered the ferns.

“Music was the thing I was doing most, but agriculture is something that’s always been with me.”

Dave, 29, is a statistical analyst who currently lives in Canada, but spent some time living with Will in Berkeley. Prior to their Alcatraz trip, he had been urging Will to make farming his full-time focus.

“Someone took a picture of us there, and it was a really good ‘brother moment,’” Crum said. “I’d always done farming stuff in my life, but that was the moment I decided to make it my life.

“It took Dave pushing me for me to figure it out.”

The picture was also the basis for the illustrated logo of the Crum Brothers Family Farm, which Will and Dave established about a year and a half ago.

Will Crum is responsible for the farm’s day-to-day operations, while Dave Crum visits a few times a year and offers input.

Earlier this year, the Crum Brothers Family Farm reached an agreement to provide heirloom vegetables for Fodder & Shine restaurant in Tampa. The new eatery, which opened Friday, offers a selection of Florida “Cracker” recipes that pay tribute to the state’s culinary heritage.

Crum Brothers Family Farm will provide the restaurant with heirloom vegetables like Florida broadleaf mustard greens, Seminole pumpkin, and Everglades tomatoes.

“I love growing heirloom crops,” Crum said. Heirloom seeds rely on natural pollination from the wind and insects. “They’re pure, and they do need a lot of attention, but the taste of them is superior to any hybrid.”


Sunday Bicycle Rides

Time to get started on that new year’s resolution and meet up for a 20-mile bike ride through Seminole Heights and downtown Tampa. Helmets are required and riders maintain a speed of 10-14 mph. Meet at The Independent in Seminole Heights, 5016 N Florida Ave., Tampa, at 8 a.m. Sunday. The group will ride along the streets and bike paths through Ybor City, Palmetto Beach, Channelside, Harbor Island and the downtown Riverwalk before returning to The Independent for breakfast. (813) 236-8119 or for information.

Reservations is Seminole Heights new Foodie option

We are excited to announce the next chapter for Reservations. We are proud to introduce Master Chef, Mr. Hisashi Shimazaki (Shima) and Executive Chef, Mr. Philip Hutchison (Phil) as the new operating partners. The new addition of these top Chefs will bring another outstanding dining option to Seminole Heights. With extended hours, new dishes and tons of plans, the restaurant has begun a major transformation to the dining scene in Seminole Heights.

In recent years, Seminole Heights has grown to become the “foodie destination” among Tampa Enthusiast. At the onset of growth, Reservations was one of the first pioneers investing in Seminole Heights. From the beginning Reservations was one of the first to showcase from “Farm to table” options. With fresh grown vegetable, local meats, produce and home grown herbs, Reservations set the stage for culinary excellence.

The new transformation to a full-service, sit down restaurant provides more choices in Seminole Heights. In addition to the popular menu items currently provided, the two new chefs bring many years of experience, awards and specialties. Shima is a Master Sushi Chef and skilled in Asian and world cuisine. He is a James Beard 4.0 star nominee with over 30 years experience. Phil is an amazing chef excelling in seafood, vegetarian and classic dishes. He trained staff while working under Michael Pslakis and ran the kitchen at The Viceroy in Miami at their 5 star restaurant.

The Bourgeois Pig Opens This Friday, December 19th at 5pm

Lysa and Michael Bozel have developed The Bourgeois Pig restaurant because it never occurred to them that they couldn’t.

“I’m a huge risk taker,” Lysa Bozel said, sitting in the nearly-completed interior of their house-turned-eatery on Nebraska Avenue in Seminole Heights, two miles north of the district’s trendy, if small, restaurant row. The stretch, between Sligh Avenue and Bird Street, is crowded with used car lots, small motels and light industrial businesses, but that doesn’t deter the Bozels. The nearby residential streets, brimming with bungalows, are starting to fill up with progressive couples and families, themselves included.

“I think we’re filling a need in this neighborhood,” Lysa said, “a place that’s a little more upscale.”

The Bozels met in Southern California as teenagers. Lysa, 51, proudly admits she could never quite shake Michael, 54. Thirty-three years later, they were reunited and soon married. Lysa relocated to Tampa from Los Angeles, having run a successful spa. Michael was a project manager for a glass company.

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