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By MELODY JAMESON

SCC community management
A new three-year, dollar-savings contract with the retirement center’s management firm is to get formal approval by directors on the Sun City Center Community Association board during a regularly-scheduled meeting July 11. In SCC, such firms handle day-to-day management of the various amenities located on the multiple community campuses.

Contract fees paid The Continental Group in 2013 and 2014 will be less than paid in 2012, said Chuck Collett, board vice president. In 2015, the fee will be the same as in 2012, he added. Collett was one of five members on a committee composed of directors and residents who evaluated potential management contracts.

Ten community management firms took part in an “industry day” giving them an overview of the community and two subsequently responded in full to a Request for Proposals (RFP) – Continental and Vesta, Collett said. Vesta currently manages Kings Point amenities and under another name participated in the condominium community’s purchase of its amenities several years ago with a bank loan of about $53 million.

The new contract is effective January 1. Collett also noted that Lyn Reitz, Continental’s current on-site manager in SCC, is expected to continue in that position.

Ruskin’s Firehouse Cultural Center
County Commissioner Sandy Murman is to join the board of directors overseeing development of the Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin’s former fire station.

Murman, who represents district one which includes Ruskin as well as South Tampa, is expected to join the board’s next meeting this month, her office said this week. The district commissioner recommended a $100,000 county expenditure which currently is being applied to necessary upgrades of the firehouse structure.

The firehouse board, working through its sponsoring non-profit entity, the Ruskin Community Development Foundation (RCDF), presently is trying to finalize a building lease agreement with the county.

St. Joseph’s Hospital South
Land clearing on the newest South County hospital site is proceeding with vigor as plans for a formal groundbreaking in October are taking shape, Lisa Patterson, spokesperson for the locally-based network of acute care facilities, said this week.
St. Joseph’s South, a 110-bed, multi-specialty hospital, is to be built on the south aide of Big Bend Road at Simmons Loop, with opening foreseen in 2015.

Timeframes outlined in the new hospital’s Certificate of Need, an approval mechanism of the regulatory Florida Agency on Health Care Administration (AHCA), call for getting underway this fall, Patterson noted, and the October beginning has been pinpointed. A specific date within that month has not yet been set aside for the formal ceremonies, she added.

The first building to be constructed is a free-standing medical arts or medical offices structure in the northeastern corner of the 70-acre site, according to site plans. The new medical services center itself is positioned on the western portion of the site, with entry from Simmons Loop.

The several St. Joseph’s Hospitals are part of a growing network now called simply Baycare, St. Joe’s South is expected to bring to South County residents a range of similar services in a facility much like St. Joe’s North opened by Baycare last year and serving the northern reaches of Hillsborough County.

Copyright 2012 Melody Jameson

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