Official Walmart Groundbreaking this morning

MONDAY: Walmart, City of Tampa to Break Ground on Walmart in East Tampa

WHAT: Walmart and City of Tampa officials will break ground on a new Walmart in East Tampa on Monday morning.

The new, 120,000-square-foot Supercenter is scheduled to open late spring of 2015 and will provide general merchandise, groceries and pharmacy items at affordable prices. The new store will employ approximately 300 associates with a hiring center anticipated to open this winter.

The Walmart Supercenter is a major investment along the Hillsborough Avenue corridor and activates a lot that has remained vacant for several years. The property taxes generated from the new store will go toward the East Tampa Community Redevelopment Agency.

WHO: Mayor Bob Buckhorn

Councilman Frank Reddick

Walmart Market Manager Todd Owen

WHEN: Monday, September 22, 2014- 10 a.m.

WHERE: 1720 E. Hillsborough Ave.

Fodder and Shine wet zoning approved

From neighbor comment:

Outcome: ~City Council approved the request of Fodder & Shine for 3am wet zoning, they have been granted hours according “to code”, on a 5-2 vote.
City Council acknowledged our concerns about 3am and whether a precedent had been sent. Their closing statements were that each petition would be on a case by case basis.
It was a 5-2 vote.
..the Matter is closed. .

~Regardless of outcome we are all still neighbors and should remember that going forward. We may have different ideas/concerns about what is best for the neighborhood’s future but we are still one community.

Let’s all extend a Welcome to Fodder and Shine.

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10:49
..it wasn’t my post but watched the hearing, it should have read:: have agreed _not_ to have any outside amplified music.

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Seminole Heights Elementary School Fall Festival

Seminole Heights Elementary schedules November 1, 2014, 4:30-7pm. They will have 5 bounce houses (25ft tall double slide, obstacle course, etc.) games, BBQ, hot dogs, food truck, and haunted houses, silent auction and much, much more. Neighbors and friends are invited. Please share with all your neighbors and friends.

For more information, you may contact Steven Boyer 813-495-0864, or email sboyer8@verizon.net

Fodder and Shine Wet Zoning Hearing

This is the upcoming Fodder & Shine restaurant to be owned and operated by Michelle & Greg Baker the owners of Refinery. They are seeking beer, win and liquor wet zoning on=property only with hours of operation until 3 AM 7 days a week. This is the second reading. If you have strong sentiments one way or the other please attend City Council on Thursday Sept 4th at 9:30 AM. They are item #26 on the agenda.

Over the last 8-10 years we have restricted the hours of operation to 11 PM Sunday through Wednesday and 1 AM Thursday through Saturday with 7 days a year to remain open until 3 AM. Greg & Michelle have agreed to have any outside amplified music.

If you cannot attend, I strongly encourage you to write Tampacitycouncil@tampagov.net and express your opinion.

Fodder and Shine wet zoning hearing this Thursday

Fodder and Shine (Refinery’s second restaurant) has gone for a wet zoning. The second reading will occur this Thursday at City Council. So far they have been approved for wet zoning to 3 AM with no noise or amplified outdoor music restrictions. Every other bar or restaurant in Seminole Heights that has gotten their wet zoning in the last 10 years has had their hours restricted to midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 1 AM on Thursday through Saturday with no amplified music outside after 11 PM. Although I do not see Fodder and Shine creating any problems, this wet-zoning follows the property virtually forever. As we have no idea what might come into that location when Fodder and Shine leaves or the Bakers leave, we will have that wet zoning for the next occupant.

If you have strong feelings one way or the other please write to TampaCityCouncil@Tampagov.net before Thursday OR attend the city council meeting at 9 AM at 315 E. Kennedy Blvd, 3rd Floor. Anyone who has been to city council knows that the exact hour this will be heard is up for debate. So, if you can’t sit there for a few hours, please write and express your sentiments whther they be in support or not.

Voting Today!

Don’t forget, Today is voting day! While it is only the primary elections, it is just a critical to get out and vote. The primary is what will determine what or who you get to vote for in November. There are several important candidate seats open for our neighborhoods. Please take 10 minutes and stop by the polls today and vote.

CLICK HERE TO FIND YOUR VOTING LOCATION: http://www.votehillsborough.org/?id=3

Labor Day Solid Waste schedule

Tampa, Fla. (August 25, 2014) – The collection schedule for City of Tampa customers with regularly scheduled collection day on Monday, September 1, 2014 will be affected by the Labor Day holiday. The modified holiday collection schedule is as follows:

· Residential: There will be no garbage, yard-waste, or green cart recycling collection on Monday, September 1, 2014. Garbage collection will resume on the next scheduled service day, which is Thursday, September 4, 2014, and yard-waste and green cart recycling collection will resume on Monday, September 8, 2014.

· Commercial: Commercial accounts scheduled for service on Monday, September 1, 2014 will be serviced on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Collection will run one day behind for the remainder of the week. Normal collection schedules will resume Monday, September 8, 2014.

· McKay Bay Transfer Station and Scale House will be closed on Labor Day, and the normal schedule will resume on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

For questions or concerns, please contact the City of Tampa Utilities Consolidated Call Center at (813) 274-8811, or visit the website at tampagov.net/solidwaste.

South Seminole Heights Host Photo Contest

Calling All Photography Enthusiasts!

What Do You Love Most About Tampa’s Urban Corridor?

South Seminole Heights Civic Association is hosting a photo competition to see what our residents love most about living in the heart of Tampa. Whether it’s the architecture of Downtown Tampa, the views along Bayshore Blvd., the history of Ybor City, or the canopy of oaks and Spanish moss in your own back yard—we want to see your favorite shots of your hometown!

Submission Guidelines:
Contest is open to all who are age 18+
There is no fee to enter
You do not have to be a South Seminole Heights Resident to enter
Submissions will be accepted August 1st– August 22nd
Maximum 3 submissions per entrant
Submit your entries as email attachments to southseminoleheightsca@gmail.com using subject line “Photo Contest Entry”
In addition to your submission(s), your email must include your name, the location each photo was taken, and a title for each photo (please name your photo files accordingly)
Photo submissions must be high resolution jpgs (at least 300dpi)
Photos may not contain overlaid logo or text
Additionally, we can not accept a photo sent inside a Word document or in PDF format
You will receive an email confirmation when your submission is received. If you do not hear from us within 48 hours, please follow up to confirm that your submission was received.

Additional Details:
Photo submissions will be posted anonymously on the SSHCA Facebook page, and votes will be counted in the form of “likes” for each photo. Facebook voting will take place August 25th through Sept 1st.
The top 15 most “liked” photos will move on to round two of judging with our guest judge(s) (TBA).
Final winners (First, Second, and Third Place) will be announced via Facebook by September 15th.
We will contact you personally via email if your photo is chosen as a winner

Prizes:

The top 15 photos will be featured on SSHCA’s Website and Facebook pages (with credits where appropriate), and may be used in future communications and printed materials. We are working on some other ideas for showcasing the winning photographs as well, so stay tuned!

Prizes will be awarded for the First, Second and Third Place photos. We’re finalizing details, and will provide more information soon!

By submitting a photograph to this competition you:

1. Declare that you own the copyright of the photograph and that it is your original work (or submitted with permission).
2. Agree that SSHCA will not be responsible for the infringement of any third party rights in the photograph, moral or otherwise, that may arise as a result of your actions or omissions and that you indemnify SSHCA against all legal fees, claims, damages and other expenses that may be incurred as a result of your breach of the contest rules.
3. Grant reproduction rights for SSHCA use and in doing so agree that SSHCA can use your photograph for the purposes of the competition and also for future reproduction on websites and literature and other materials at SSHCA’s discretion (photographs will be credited where appropriate).

Please contact southseminoleheightsca@gmail.com with any questions.

Free Master Gardener Program at SH Library

Learn the “Secrets and Shortcuts of Master Gardeners” at this month’s Master Gardener Plant Talk at the Seminole Heights Library, on Monday, August 25 at 6:30 p.m. These great tips from veteran Master Gardeners will help you save money and time in your own garden. If you have some unique secrets and shortcuts of your own, we’d like to hear about them too! Don’t forget to bring a plant from your yard for the fun monthly Plant Swap — it’s a great way to get some new (and free!) plants.

The Master Gardener programs are always the 4th Monday of the month (unless that’s a holiday), always a maximum of one hour long, and always free. Come learn how to be a better gardener, whether your interest is homegrown vegetables, landscape ornamentals, or just healthy potted plants for your porch!

Seminole Heights Eatery featured on Fox News

Feature story on Fox 13 News:

“I really love Seminole Heights a lot!”

It’s also Logan Crumpton’s favorite Tampa neighborhood to find good eats.

“Rooster is my new favorite, I would say,” as he sat at the bar at Rooster & the Till.

The restaurant, which opened up about six months ago, serves up just the right concoction of creative cooking and savory simplicity for Logan’s palette.

“He takes a lot of ingredients that are indigenous to Tampa and he makes spin with a nod to avant garde cooking.”

Logan’s love affair with food blogging began with a road trip with his brother in law.

“Everybody can claim to be a food blogger. The internet has allowed that.”

What sets him apart? His writing, Logan says.

“We want to tell a story, we want to paint a picture, we want it to be funny and we have a lot of pop culture references.”

Chef Brian Lampe, sous chef at Rooster & the Till, says they appreciate the write ups, “We’re very fortunate, we get a lot of love.”

However, like his cooking, he takes it all in with a grain of salt.

Click here to watch clip and read full article.