December 11, 2003
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'Tis the Season for Burglary

By Mitch Traphagen

RUSKIN - Would you like to see an immediate 35 percent decrease in car burglaries? It wouldn’t require hiring hundreds of new police officers or take millions of dollars. All you have to do is lock your doors.

"Just locking your doors can help," said Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Cundiff. "I would say that out of the burglaries I’ve had in the last three or four months, at least 35 to 40 percent of them have involved unlocked car doors."  More

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A New World Record!

By Mitch Traphagen

SUN CITY CENTER - Dark, ominous clouds threatened but did not damper the mood at the Sun City Center Holiday Kick Off Golf Cart Parade. It was a new world record with 306 carts - far exceeding last year’s record of 191, which was listed as a Guiness World Record.  More

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In The Archives:

Finding Florida:  Fire up the motorcycle and join the Observer News for a different type of travel story.  Tourist motels, road kill and a whole lot of heaven awaits.

Part One:  Searching From the Beginning
Part Two:  Heading Home
Part Three:  Back to the Islands

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 One - Welcome to SouthShore
Part Two - Meet the Neighbors
Part Three - It's a Bird!  It's a Plane!  It's a Home Depot!




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