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Salute to Agriculture

Salute to Agriculture

Plant City -- It's time to show appreciation to the backbone of America in the Salute to Agriculture contact breakfast.

Awards will be handed out in several categories including: Agriculturists of the Year, Young Agriculturist of the year, Ag Educator of the Year, Agri-Business of the Year and Supporter of Youth in Agriculture.

The salute will take place at the Red Rose Inn & Suites in the Red Rose Ballroom Wednesday, Aug. 10.

See smoke at Flatwoods Park?

See smoke at Flatwoods Park?

Thonotosassa, FL -- The Southwest Florida Water Management District will be conducting “controlled, prescribed burns” during August and September on the District’s Flatwoods Park in Hillsborough County.

Approximately 200 acres of land will be burned in small, manageable units. The scheduled, managed burns are a part of routine maintenance of lands managed by the District.

Some entrances or trails at Flatwoods Park may be temporarily closed on weekdays during August and September to facilitate the safe execution of prescribed burns.

Watering restrictions in Hillsborough

Watering restrictions in Hillsborough

Hillsborough County, FL -- Hillsborough County’s current water restrictions will not change as a result of the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s decision on Tuesday, July 26 to extend a Phase I water shortage declaration. The irrigation of established lawns and landscaping will remain limited to two days a week.

In unincorporated Hillsborough County and the City of Tampa, the watering schedule remains:

  •     Addresses ending in 0, 1, 2 or 3 - Mondays and Thursdays.
  •     Addresses ending in 4, 5 or 6 – Tuesdays and Fridays.
  •     Addresses ending in 7, 8 or 9, locations with no address, and locations with mixed addresses (such as office complexes and shopping centers) –      Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Prescribed burn today at local preserve

Prescribed burn today at local preserve

If you noticed extra smoke in the air today it's because the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department is conducting a prescribed burn at Blackwater Creek Nature Preserve, 2469 Patrinostro Road.

The burn will last one day. The purpose of the burn is for ecological site management and site security.

For more information, residents should contact the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department at (813) 672-7876.

Volunteers needed for International Coastal Cleanup

Volunteers needed for International Coastal Cleanup

Hillsborough County, FL -- Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful is looking for volunteers to assist with the Ocean Conservancy’s goal to create “Trash Free Seas”.

The theme and mission for the Ocean Conservancy’s 26th Annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is to end marine debris through its Trash Free Seas Program. 

The cleanup is coordinated locally by Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and runs from 8:00 a.m. until noon at approximately 35 locations throughout the Hillsborough County on Saturday, Sept. 17.

The Annual International Coastal Cleanup is the largest volunteer effort for ocean health. Participants will spend a few hours removing trash and debris from the water and coastlines, all the while keeping track of every piece of trash they find.

Going Batty

Going Batty

Plant City -- Are you interested in doing something really cool this summer?

Get ready for an adventure into the darkness with bats.

The Plant City Environmental Education Program is sponsoring this unique experience with bats.

These evening visitors are extremely active at night and the summer's long hours provide hours of excellent night watching.

Prescribed burn today at Upper Little Manatee River Preserve

Prescribed burn today at Upper Little Manatee River Preserve

Wimauma, FL -- The Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department is conducting a prescribed burn today, Thursday, July 21 at Upper Little Manatee River Preserve, 2547 Leonard Lee Road  in Wimauma.

The burn will last one day. The purpose of the burn is for ecological site management.

For more information, residents should contact the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department at (813) 672-7876.