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Citizen planners split their union in growing animosity

By MELODY JAMESON LITTLE MANATEE SOUTH — “Irreconcilable differences” are being cited as cause of the “divorce” that last week split apart the community planning group here. It probably is…

Trips Worth Taking: Las Vegas

By WARREN RESEN, International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association Despite a recent promise to myself to forego the dubious pleasure of flying commercial airlines and the indignities to which…

America’s Capitol blossoms anew

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN WASHINGTON, DC – It is arguably one of the most powerful and historic places in the world. In a city driven by influence, protocol, and the business…

Vacant plazas expected to encourage new businesses in South County – soon!

By PENNY FLETCHER SOUTH COUNTY — Many areas of South County have partially vacant, or completely vacant, shopping plazas and strip malls. Even plazas that house thriving businesses like the…

Seniors’ homes called commercial property, owners become violators

By MELODY JAMESON SUN CITY CENTER – Much to the surprise of their retiree owners, 14 single family homes here have been labeled commercial property. And, the shocked seniors living…

Obituaries March 15, 2012

June “Rosie” CourtneyJune “Rosie” Courtney, of Kings Point, passed September 23, 2011 suddenly and unexpectedly at her home.  She was a wonderful, loving wife to Robert Courtney, who preceded her…

Observations: Living in the danger zone

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN It is amazing to me that I could walk this earth for nearly a half century without knowing that simple, fuzzy little caterpillars can sting the living…

Ruskin’s downtown revitalization: a plan within a plan

By PENNY FLETCHER RUSKIN — Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan. Individual community plans. Overlay Plan. Downtown Plan. Town Center Plan. Why, it’s no wonder people get confused! I’ve been writing about…

More success expected to follow charter school expansion

By MELODY JAMESON WIMAUMA – Long planned and much anticipated, expansion of RCMA’s charter Wimauma Academy here to include middle school grades now is close enough to touch – literally.…

Prime downtown Ruskin location slated for retail use

By MELODY JAMESON RUSKIN – A new retailer soon may be doing business on one of this community’s most desirable commercial corners that once was a site of legendary proportions.…

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