Can it get any hotter?

Published on: August 1, 2019

Chamber News & Views

This summer has been one of the hottest I can remember since I moved here in 1996. People are doing anything and everything to cool off. I’ve often thought the chamber should be one of those cooling stations, but I have no idea how they work. All I can think of is that we’d put the volunteers on the front porch with buckets of water to toss at people when they stop by. But that’s not much fun unless you’re the volunteer. I wish my office had a mister like they have in Vegas: not too much water so you won’t drown, but just the right amount to keep you from boiling. My favorite cool down video is of a huge moose, somewhere up north, that keeps running through someone’s lawn sprinkler. Now, he knows how to be cool.

But before I get carried away, let’s talk about something else that’s hot – the August events at the chamber. We’re starting off with The Exchange Extra on Aug. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Junior Michel with Hillsborough Pool Service. We’ll find out how to keep our pools in tip top shape this summer. Non-members are welcome for two free visits.

Our monthly coffee is Aug. 13 from 8 to 9 a.m. at Cypress Creek Assisted Living, located at 970 Cypress Village Blvd., Ruskin. We’ll be sure to look around its new digs. Members should stop by before work for some coffee and networking.

Members will love our Member Appreciation Lunch on Aug. 15, which will be a luau. It’s our chance to thank our members for their continued support. And the best news? It’s sponsored by the chamber’s board of directors. So, no charge to members! Thanks, guys! This member-only event is filling up quickly, so if you want in, call in with your RSVP today.

And, on Aug. 22, we’re taking a road trip to ShadeTree Apartments for our Business After Hours from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Members need to stop in on their way home for drinks, snacks and a peek inside.

So we’re staying hot inside and out this month. Hopefully, that will keep our minds off that other joy of summer – the rain. I can handle an occasional bad hair day brought on by the downpours. But this daily deluge is killing me. Or, should I say it’s killing my hair? Just wanted to apologize before you see me next. It’s not pretty. And the rainy season ends when?

Lynne Conlan is Executive Director of the Sun City Center Area Chamber of Commerce. Call her at 813-634-5111, or email