Saturday, April 15, 2006

Things to do in and around New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, and Lutz

Take a Working Ranch Tour!

J.B. Starkey's Flatwoods Adventures is located at 12959 S.R. 54, odessa, FL 33556, just 18 miles west of I-75 on S.R. 54. Tours are by reservation only.
(813) 927-1133, or (1-877-734-WILD).

Check out their website at: for the neat things they have to offer and all you city slickers will be donning your cowboy hats and pulling on those boots!

Hayrides, bonfires, horseback riding, and even a Pavillion for corporate functions and other occasions!

"Come, let me share with you the Florida where I grew up, and discover the continuing wonder of its unique features--the plants, animals, people, land, and climate, and their relationship throughout the years. You will get a glimpse of how it was, and how it can be if we take care of it." J.B. Starkey Jr.

Note: J.B. Starkey was recipient of the 1997 Florida Agriculture Environmental Leadership Award, and currently owns and operates the ranch today.

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New Tampa's Rec Center to be the City's CROWN JEWEL!

Tampa city officials recently showed the plans for the $3.7 million center at the New Tampa Community Park which features a 20,000 square foot building. Included in the plans are a 12,500 square foot gymnasium and two multipurpose rooms. Bids are being requested with a planned opening in the fall of 2007.

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Visit a BREWERY in Tampa....

The Yuengling and Son's Brewery offers two tours; one at 10:00 a.m. and one at 1:00 p.m. The Yuengling Brewery is reported to be the oldest continually operating privately owner brewery in the United States. Adults may sample up to six different beers. Its location is on N. 30th street in Tampa.

For more information call: (813) 972-8529. Their website is

Parke Family Hydrofarms (Strawberry Picking)

The Parke Family HydroFarms is a place where you can pick your own berries, that are grown using hydroponics!

Located at 3715 Tanner Road in Plant City/Dover, it is a short drive from New Tampa. Hours are typically between 1-5 on Sunday, and 9-5 Tuesday through Saturday. Call them first at: (813) 719-2904 or (813) 927-4049.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Save Our Homes Property Tax Portability

The Florida State Legislature is currently looking at extended benefits previously provided in the 1992 Save Our Homes constitutional amendment.

There are currently three options under consideration:
  • Provide tax portability to everyone within the state that currently qualify for benefits from the Save Our Homes legislation regardless of where they move within the State or the frequency of their moves.
  • Setting geographical limits on portability such as applying it only within the same county.
  • Providing portability only to senior citizens or the disabled.

The legislature are looking at providing some relief to home owners who currently benefit from the Save Our Homes legislation since that benefit is lost upon the sale of the home. Many homeowners are finding that they no longer can afford to move because of the significant increase that they would have to pay in property taxes on their next home.

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