Friday, June 14, 2013

Interest in South Shore Corporate Park

Interesting news from Hillsborough County News-June 13, 2013

Contact: Ron Barton, Economic Development Director, 813-272-6210

Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners to Consider Amazon Proposal at June 19 Board Meeting
Proposal has Potential to Create 1,000 Jobs, through an affiliate entity, proposes to establish a wholesale trade fulfillment center operation (the “Fulfillment Center”) in the State of Florida and is considering among other options a location in unincorporated Hillsborough County. This project has the potential of creating 375 new higher-wage quality jobs with average wages of $47,581, which is at least 115% of the State’s private sector average wage. 

The location under consideration is in the South Shore Corporate Park, located in southern Hillsborough County near State Road 674 and I-75.

Hillsborough County staff has also been advised that in the aggregate, the Fulfillment Center is expected to:

- Generate more than 1,000 permanent jobs (including the 375 higher-wage jobs mentioned above)
- Create additional seasonal temporary employment opportunities
- Generate up to $200 million in capital investment and includes a one-million-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility

The Board of County Commissioners will be considering a proposal that would approve a State of Florida Qualified Targeted Industry (QTI) job creation incentive for 375 jobs that will meet the higher wage criteria of at least 115% of the State average wage. In addition the County will consider an Ad Valorem tax exemption for a portion of the project’s County taxes for a limited time period of 7 years.

The QTI will be considered at the BOCC meeting to be held on June 19 and final consideration of the partial Ad Valorem tax exemption will be considered at the July 17 BOCC meeting.

The agenda item for the June 19 meeting can be accessed online at

Additional Contact Information:  
Amazon Media Hotline: 206-266-7180,
Governor’s Scott Media Contact: (850) 717-9282,

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

South County Greenway

From my neighbor Mariella:
Please send letters to County Commissioners to ask them to begin building the South Coast Greenway, a paved multi-use bicycle-pedestrian trail which has been planned for decades to connect south Hillsborough communities from Ruskin to Tampa. The time to ask for funding is right now, as the commission is setting the county budget for the next two years.

Please forward this message to other interested citizens. You can share and link to the online article here:
There is a sample letter at this link to help get you started.

I've sent my letter in- how about you?

Monday, March 18, 2013

Meeting about Ruskin Rec Center

From Hillsborough County News

Public Meeting To Be Held April 4 To Discuss The Ruskin Area Recreation Center

Hillsborough County will conduct a public meeting on Thursday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m. to receive public comment and discuss plans to build a new recreation center in the Ruskin area. The meeting will be held at the Ruskin Recreation Center, 901 6th St. SE in Ruskin.
This Capital Improvement Project will cost approximately $1.5 million for construction, and $150,000 for site work. The meeting will discuss construction of a new approximately 9,000 to 10,000 square-foot multi-purpose recreation center.

For more information on the meeting, contact the Parks, Recreation and Conservation department at 813-635-3500.

Media Contact: Mark Thornton, Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, 813-635-3502

Sunday, January 6, 2013

New Year, New Project


I've tried hydroponics in the fish pond. Problems keeping the pump filter from clogging up and stopping the flow to the plants posed an issue that I still have not resolved. The project is not completely abandoned, I'll find a day to empty the pond and start from scratch before the cool winter months are over.

I've tried backyard chickens, which worked wonderfully until I got too cocky with the idea of 'free range' and ended up providing some wonderful meals to the local wildlife (I truly think it was a bobcat who came a-calling). No more chickens until I build a tractor coop and develop a system to feed them if I'm away for a few days.

New project - reclaiming the backyard from the wild abandon of nature. The chickens had kept the yard virtually free of weeds with their constant scratching but once they were gone, the void was quickly filled with sida, spanish needle, tassel flower, cassia (volunteers from a plant that a colleague insisted was native but I have my doubts), and the scourge of non-manicured spaces everywhere, balsam apple.
My plan is to create a kid friendly space for exploring nature, playing and learning, creating hideaways, watching butterflies and bumblebees and listening to bird songs... plus some edibles for on-the-go snacking. Of course, this will all be done without pesticides and a minimum of fertilizer. Big plans but I've got my grandson in mind so I want him to have fun when he comes to visit Grammy :o).

As I make progress or encounter setbacks, I will post pictures that will show the transformation. Hopefully this project will have a better outcome than those in the past. Wish me luck!

First steps to reclaiming the backyard...