Becky Rubright to challenge Mayor Buckhorn

Saying “somebody had to,” politicial activist Becky Rubright has filed papers to challenge Mayor Bob Buckhorn next spring.

“I’m mostly doing it because I don’t believe anybody should be running unopposed,” Rubright said Monday. “It’s a travesty to the democratic process and undermines the whole system.”

While acknowledging that Buckhorn has a high approval rating, she said, “he’s a little more pro-business, and we need a little more focus on the people who actually live here.”

Rubright, 41, grew up in Washington, D.C., an experience that she said lent itself to her becoming disillusioned with politics at an early age.

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Rooster & The Till to double in size

Rooster & The Till, one of Tampa’s newest restaurants opening just nine months ago, will soon double the size of its petite Seminole Heights location..

“This is a chance to step everything up,” said Chef Ferrell Alvarez, a co-owner in the restaurant with Ty Rodriguez. “To expand like this so quickly after opening is flattering and exciting … When we opened here, people thought we were on the borderline and said we were crazy. Now all the sudden we did it and there are new places popping up all over.”

The restaurant opened at the corner of North Florida Avenue and Lambright Street in a space that holds about 40 seats. The restaurant kitchen is packed into a small space behind the bar, with just one convection oven, three induction burners and a sous vide cooker.

A large part of the restaurant’s ethos is sitting at the bar to watch cooks create the food — an approach that often creates a crowd that’s a mix of local Seminole Heights residents and South Tampa foodies venturing up into the neighborhood for an exotic meal.

The Rooster’s owners have already signed a lease for the next-door space that once held the Figure 8 Art Supplies store, which relocated to another spot in the neighborhood.

Click here to read full story by Richard Mullins in the Tampa Tribune.

Recycled Yard Art contest

2014 Recycled Yard Art Contest, Hillsborough County Fair:
Thursday, October 23 through Sunday, October 26, 2014, and Thursday, October 30 through Sunday, November 2, 2014.

The UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County, in conjunction with the Hillsborough County Fair, is sponsoring the annual Recycled Yard Art Contest to be held at the Hillsborough County Fair. This event is open to all County residents and all age groups. Entries must be created mostly with recycled or recyclable materials and should be able to withstand outdoor elements.

For more information, please see: Also for contest rules, entry forms and additional information, contact Lisa Meredith at 744-5519 x 54146 or

If you don’t enter this contest, you can’t win the prize basket!

Bourgeois Pig opens soon in Seminole Heights

From Kathy Steele – 83 Degrees
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Seminole Heights is adding yet another restaurant to its cornucopia of dining choices. But The Bourgeois Pig will be a stand-out on North Nebraska Avenue.

Owners Lysa and Mike Bozel are settling into a converted bungalow well north of Hillsborough Avenue on a stretch of Nebraska dotted with motels, tire shops and pawn shops. Though Seminole Heights has been transformed in recent years into a destination place, new shops and especially its restaurants largely have populated Nebraska and Florida Avenue, south of Hillsborough.

Think Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe, Reservations Gourmet to Go, The Refinery, Cappy’s Pizza and Independent. The Rooster and the Till is a rarity with a north of Hillsborough spot on Florida along with long-time restaurants, Front Porch Grille. and Rincon Catracho. The Mermaid Tavern is just south of Sligh Avenue. And the Refinery’s owners, Michelle and Greg Baker, are building a new, north-of-Hillsborough restaurant — Fodder & Shine — on Florida.

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.

10:49 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

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 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 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.