Penny Fletcher

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Area businesses express concern over tax-exempt competition

Some South County business owners say if County Commissioners approve the plan recently submitted by the YMCA, it will amount to tax-exempt competition for private business owners.
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YMCA proposal prompts questions about changing uses of ELAPP lands

Three public meetings scheduled before Commissioners vote...
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USF Honors College students give their impressions of London trip

Twenty University of South Florida students in the school’s Honors College recently spent seven days in London....
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image Penny Fletcher Penny has lived in South County since 1979; in Ruskin, Apollo Beach and Riverview and knows the area and its people well. Before becoming a correspondent for The Observer News and the Riverview Current, she wrote for The Tampa Tribune and has been the Bureau Editor for The East Bay Breeze, The Sun, and the South Shore News. Her work has earned many awards from the Florida Press Association and Community Papers of Florida; including First, Second and Third Place state-wide awards for News Writing, Original Writing, Feature Writing, Columns and Editorials. She has also been awarded a First Place, state-wide photography award. From 2000 to 2006 she edited for Amazon Books publishing division, BookSurge, via the Web; wrote book jackets and marketing copy and worked one-on-one with many Amazon authors. She currently freelances as a writer, editor, speaker and coach at www.pennyfletcher.com.
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