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Plant City receives federal EPA grant

Plant City receives federal EPA grant

Plant City, FL -- Ten Florida communities were awarded $7 million in brownfields grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Plant City one of them.

Florida received more grant funding than any other state in the nation to help communities revitalize properties environmentally, restore economic vitality and alleviate potential health risks.

Plant City received three brownfields cleanup grants totaling $600,000 to clean up the Hydraulic Hose/JWH-Telco Property at 617 and 619 South Evers Street, the Stock Lumber property at 305 South Evers Street and 415 and 508 South Collins Street, and the Gro Mor property at 307 South Evers Street, as well as fund community outreach activities at all three sites.

It's coming: Concert in the Park!

It's coming: Concert in the Park!

Tampa, Florida -- There are numerous events throughout the year to celebrate Westchase's 20th anniversary, including many first evers!

On Wednesday, June 15 you are invited to attend the first ever Concert in the Park in West Park Village.

The tunes will be provided by Machin and can be heard on the Band shell at Montague Street in West Park Village.

The event lasts from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

On Friday: Movie in the Park

On Friday: Movie in the Park

Tampa, Florida --  Round up the kiddos on Friday night and head over to Baybridge Park for the latest Movies in the Park presentation of "Hook".

The movie starts shortly after sunset.

Even better, free popcorn is provided by the Westchase Community Association.

This is all part of the communities 20-year anniversary celebration.

Here are the future Movies in the Park:

October 14:  Cars

November 18:  Cars 2

December 9:  Polar Express

Doughnuts with Dad event in Ruskin Saturday!

Doughnuts with Dad event in Ruskin Saturday!

Ruskin, Florida -- The SouthShore Regional Library is celebrating fathers. 

Children are invited to bring their dad, grandfather or even great-grandfather to the library, at 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin, to share stories, enjoy a sweet treat, and make memories. 

The event on Saturday, June 11 at 10:30 a.m. is open to children ages 5 through 12 and their father figures.

Registration is required though so call (813) 272-3652 or stop by the information desk at the library.

Proposed changes in County parks' maintenance are estimated to produce big savings

Proposed changes in County parks' maintenance are estimated to produce big savings

Hillsborough County, FL -- The Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department (PRC) is proposing a series of changes designed to improve the services it provides, while at the same time saving money.

With declining tax revenue, the current business model is not sustainable and changes are necessary.

As part of these proposed changes, the department is recommending to contract all park and athletic field maintenance to local businesses in the community.

This will represent an increase in maintenance frequency to all fields, creating a significant improvement over the current maintenance level and an anticipated cost savings that could reach 40 percent or up to $2 million.

What do you think about county's consolidation of rec centers?

What do you think about county's consolidation of rec centers?

Tampa, FL -- The Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department is holding a series of public meetings to discuss budget-saving options, including the regionalization of recreation center offerings.

Tampa area residents will get their chance to comment on a proposal to consolidate Hillsborough County's recreation centers into fewer, larger centers, a move that officials say would cost jobs and save dollars.

Meetings to discuss budget-saving options proposed by Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation officials are scheduled for:

  • June 14   10132 Skewlee Road, Thonotosassa
  • June 15   University Area  14015 North 22nd St. Tampa
  • June 16   All People's Life Center   6105 East Sligh Ave. Tampa
  • June 20   9791 Westchase Dr. Westchase
  • June 21   6039 Hanley Rd. Tampa (Town N Country)
  • June 22   11020 Park Dr. Riverview
  • June 23   901 6th St. S. Ruskin

"Operational efficiencies" would save an estimated $7.5 million annually, with most of those savings realized in a reduction of staffing, from 534 to 391 full-time staff equivalent positions, according to the department's "strategic plan.

Vote for Plant City High School Community Center to win national grant

Vote for Plant City High School Community Center to win national grant

Plant City, FL -- The 1914 Plant City High School Community Center, as sponsored by the East Hillsborough Historical Society, has been selected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of 100 finalists for its annual grant.

Online voting takes place June 1-30. In order to vote, you must register on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's website by creating a username and password.

The organization that obtains the most number of votes will win $25,000. Second and third place prizes are $10,000 and $5,000. The winners will be notified by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.