August 28, 2003

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Successfully Going Broke

By Mitch Traphagen

TAMPA - In the business world, consultants are not well known for providing specific conclusions. For many, the more nebulous the findings, the better. The more precise the prediction, the greater the chance of being wrong.

The Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission hired a consulting firm to provide a picture of where the growth is leading but there was no escaping their conclusion: Hillsborough County is growing rapidly and is going broke in the process.  More

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Going Home to Fort Lonesome

By Mitch Traphagen

FORT LONESOME - The view from the wooden bench in front of the store suggests that this little intersection of two-lane state roads is the center of industrialized agriculture. A constant stream of trucks hauling who knows what passes by and one big honking pickup after another, mostly four wheel drives and caked with mud, pulls into the gravel lot of the grocery store.

It is an impressive stream of traffic for a corner in the middle of nowhere.

But digging just a little deeper it is easy to see that Fort Lonesome is not the middle of nowhere.

Fort Lonesome is an oasis.  More

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Just a Reminder...

The Observer News Will Be Closed Monday, September 1 For Labor Day

Deadline for Classified Ads is Friday August 29 at 4 p.m.

Coming Up in the Observer News

The motorcycle has hit the road again.

The series Finding Florida will continue with A Tale of Two Islands.

Part One:  Searching From the Beginning

Part Two:  Heading Home

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Also Coming Up

We are working to make the Online Edition of the Observer News your one source for local news and more.  Our new look will be available soon!  In the meantime, we've added a few new features such as the ability to search our archives.  While not every article from the print edition runs in the online edition, our new search feature may help you find the story you are looking for.

The Observer News is South Hillsborough County's Number One source for news and information!

In The Archives:

The Changing Face of South Hillsborough:  The rumors are flying about several big box retailers moving into south county. The facts, however, are few. Yet one in every ten new jobs created in the entire nation came from the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan area. South county communities are joining forces to become a strong player in that prospering market. How will all of the changes effect our communities and area businesses and what can south county shoppers expect from the future?

The three-part series is available on the web:

Part 1 - Welcome to SouthShore
Part 2 - Meet the Neighbors
Part 3 - It's a Bird!  It's a Plane!  It's a Home Depot!



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