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Medard Reservoir reopens Dec. 31; no harvest of sport fish, catfish allowed yet

Medard Reservoir reopens Dec. 31; no harvest of sport fish, catfish allowed yet

Plant City, FL -- Florida Fish & Wildlife has announced the Edward Medard Reservoir in Plant City, a popular destination for local freshwater anglers, will reopen to boating and fishing on Dec. 31.

FWC said the opening is welcome news to anglers, but sport fish and catfish may not be harvested because their numbers have not recovered sufficiently from the recent draining of the lake for maintenance.

Solid Waste Holiday collection schedule

Solid Waste Holiday collection schedule

Tampa, FL -- The City of Tampa has announced the residential and commercial collection schedule for solid waste customers will not be affected by the Christmas holiday for the week of Dec. 25 - 31.

Both collection services will run as normal. 

The McKay Bay Transfer Station/Scalehouse will not be affected by the Christmas holiday, but will run a modified schedule on Christmas Eve, closing at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24.

Prescribed burn today at nature preserve

Prescribed burn today at nature preserve

Gibsonton, FL -- The Florida Forest Service, in cooperation with the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, is conducting a prescribed burn today, Dec. 20 at Golden Aster Scrub Nature Preserve, 12181 East Bay Road in Gibsonton.

The burn will last one day. The purpose of the burn is for pine flatwoods maintenance and public safety.

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

Temporary interruption to Tampa reclaimed water service

Temporary interruption to Tampa reclaimed water service

Tampa, FL -- The Tampa Water Department has announced that residents will experience a temporary interruption to their reclaimed water service tomorrow morning, Dec. 6.

The City will be performing system maintenance between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. and customers are advised to make the necessary adjustments to their landscape irrigation and other reclaimed water use activities to accomodate the interruption.

County Code Enforcement’s 'Operation Fight The Blight' is big success

County Code Enforcement’s 'Operation Fight The Blight' is big success

Hillsborough County Code Enforcement collected more than 150-cubic yards of trash, debris and junk from the USF area as its 10-day Operation Fight the Blight ended.

Officers filled five dumpsters with trash including 60 cubic yards of tree limbs and branches, which Code Enforcement cut and trimmed, and 90 yards of other accumulated junk. 

During Operation Fight the Blight, teams also:

Recycle Night at Citrus Park Elementary

Recycle Night at Citrus Park Elementary

Citrus Park, Florida -- Citrus Park Elementary is hosting "Recycle Night" on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Organizers say their special guest is "Can Do The Robot."

There will also been presentations by Pete the Pelican Pirate & Marina Debris on putting waste in place.

There will be arts, crafts and games using recycled material.

There will also be a book exchange and anyone who brings a book can exchange for another book.

The 5th Grade Banquet Committee will be hosting a chili cook-off and selling other food items.

Volunteers needed to Rally for the River

Volunteers needed to Rally for the River

Hillsborough County, FL -- Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful is still looking for volunteers for one of Tampa's largest annual volunteer events, the 24th Annual Hillsborough River & Waterway Cleanup.

On Nov. 19, after volunteers are sent out to 40 different cleanup sites throughout Hillsborough County, they will enjoy the Rally on the River with live music by Bobby & The Rockets and a free picnic lunch prepared by the Sickles High School Culinary Program.