leaving Kings Point moving to Kentucky – closer to family

Feb 19, 2017 - Kings Point sign Sun City Center, FL/photonews247.com

We are moving to Kentucky to be closer to family and I wanted to thank everyone that visited this site over the years.  I love SouthShore, especially Ruskin and Wimauma, since it reminds me of my childhood neighborhood in St Louis.

It’s a place where you can still see clothes hanging outside to dry, small markets, family restaurants and mom-and-pop shops. It’s original and not yet inundated with franchises.

Communities being built across the nation, SouthShore included, are beautiful beyond words. But these new neighborhoods seem to be a catalyst for franchises that repeat themselves every few miles.

Now that I’m older, I often wonder about progress and the good and bad that come with it: new developments, the internet, robots making cars, robots making robots. Which reminds me of one of my favorite movie quotes in i-Robot when Detective Sponner (played by Will Smith) stated:

Robots building robots? Now that’s just stupid.

I love that quote. It always makes me smile when thinking about it. I will visit SouthShore now and then but reporting on this site has ended for the area since I am moving.

I have done many sites over the years but never had comments this polite and just plain nice. I can say that the people of SouthShore are truly a class act. I only had to delete a few comments that probably came from me after a bottle of Jack 🙂

My neighbors? Angels all! Some passed, some moved and some stayed.  I watched them all do selfless acts constantly over the years without ever wanting anything in return. This place is the closest thing to Heaven on Earth.

For a month or so I am going to send new restaurants and retail coming to SouthShore to townielifemagazine.com. It’s a wonderful Magazine with Colleen at the helm.

She is the editor, writer and photographer for her blog. All that equates to hours of hard work and unrelenting dedication to her community. And she happens to be one of the most likable people you ever want to meet.

Please help keep this locally owned business alive in SouthShore by visiting her site often and by sharing it on social media. Stay informed with SouthShore’s exclusive magazine at: townielifemagazine.com

God bless you all….craig


Features Gastropub, Riverview 14 GDX

12.24.2016 - Riverview 14 GDX Theatre, Gibsonton SouthShore, FL/photonews247.com

SOUTHSHORE/GIBSONTON, FL – Features Gastropub is the new restaurant opening inside the GDX Riverview 14 Theater located at 10550 East Bay Road in the Riverview 14 Plaza in Gibsonton, FL.

The new eatery is going to be a popular late night diner that will be opened til 2:00 am on Friday and Saturday nights. Purchasing a movie ticket is not mandatory to eat at the Gastropub.

Sunday – Thursday 11:00AM – 12:00AM
Friday & Saturday 11:00AM – 2:00A

Features Gastropub
10550 East Bay Rd.
Gibsonton, FL 33534
directions: google.com/maps

SouthShore Bay, a Crystal Lagoon community, Wimauma, FL

12.21.2016 - SouthShore Bay, a sandy beach community by Crystal Lagoon, Wimauma, FL/photonews247.com

SOUTHSHORE / WIMAUMA, FL – SouthShore Bay is a Crystal Lagoons Community by MetroPlaces that will soon be under construction across the street from the Sereno development on SR-674 in the Southshore neighbourhood of Wimauma, FL.

MetroPlaces is the same group developing Epperson, the lagoon community in Wesley Chapel that will mark the first in the nation.

Prices for a townhouse or a single-family home are estimated by MetroPlaces to start at $200s and over $500s. The number of homes to be built is estimated around 2500.

Continue reading “SouthShore Bay, a Crystal Lagoon community, Wimauma, FL”

Ben’s Family Diner, Brandon, FL (coming soon)

11.06.2016 0 Ben's Family Diner moving in Ben's Family Restaurant space Brandon, FL/photonews247.com

Ben’s Family Diner is opening soon in the former Ben’s Family Restaurant space that was destroyed by fire in 2014 located at 704. E. Brandon Boulevard in Brandon, FL.

Fernandezign Construction Inc. of Dover, FL was awarded the contract on Feb. 3, 2017 to renovate the diner for $464,280.

Ben’s Family Diner (coming soon)
(In Memory of Ben J. Crisler 1937 – 2014)
704 E. Brandon Blvd, Brandon, FL 33511
Google Map

Wawa 301 & 674 in Wimauma, FL (soon)

11.12.2016 - construction site of Wawa at US-301 and SR-674, SouthShore Wimauma, FL/photonews247.com

SOUTHSHORE / WIMAUMA, FL – A Wawa will soon open at the intersection of FL-674 and US-301 in Wimauma, FL.

The website reads opening Spring 2017 but look for the exact opening date at: wawa.com/StoreGrandOpenings

The new Wawa is located across the street from Aldi that open Dec.15.2016 where Boggs Jewelry and the Copper Penny Restaurant & Wooden Nickel Saloon once stood.

Jan 2015: Land purchased January 16, 2015 for 3 million by LG HWY 301 & SUN CITY LLC.

Feb 2016: R.E. Beckner Construction, Inc. partitions off construction site and starts clearing property.

Wawa started building stores in the Tampa and Orlando area in 2013 and speculated to have 100 stores in Florida by 2016.

Wawa US-301 & FL-674
Store #5198
16620 S. US 301
Wimauma, FL 33598

Sony Time-Lapse App on FL-674

Feb 17, 2017 - Sun City Center Blvd & Trinity Lakes Drive/photonews247.com

Software and links used to create this time-lapse video

This video was created with the Sony Time Lapse App on a Sony A7 camera. The individual clips were unedited and spliced together in Windows Movie Maker which is free software. The music was provided by YouTube’s Audio Library which is free as well.

I have been learning there are so many ways to create a time-lapse video. Some phones and cameras like the Cannon SX710 creates these right in the camera.

Here is what I used to create this one

Sony Time Lapse App ($9.99) at:

Window Movie Maker Software (free) at:

YouTube Audio Library (free) at:

Sun City Center FL 33573
A 55+ Age Restricted Community
Filmed along SR-674 (Sun City Center Blvd)

Full Frame VS point-and-shoot during the day

Cannon SX710 camera set on Auto Mode at Zpan Hibachi & Sushi restaurant in SouthShore Village at 19th and US-41/photonews247.com

Below are almost identical photos taken in day light with two different cameras: the Sony A7 full frame camera ($1000) and the Cannon SX710 HS point and shoot ($250).

I was amazed when I found little variance in quality between the two. I have been doing comparison tests and wanted to share the outcome with others.

Since comparing both cameras, I have been noticing that in good lighting situations, photos taken with the Cannon SX710 HS match up pretty well with the Sony A7. But in low light situations, the Sony A7 does remarkably better.

Is the A7 worth the money for night photography alone. To answer this, I have taken over 50 photos with the two cameras around dusk and night time at two different locations. I unintentionally created sample videos that compare the two and thought I would share them as well.

Night Photography Test: Sony A7 YBor City

Night Photography Test: Cannon SX710 Bourbon St

SONY A7: $1000 (this is an older version that’s much cheaper)
CANNON SX710: $250 (older version as well)

Before committing to a full frame, don’t rely on this article alone. Google and YouTube the cameras. There are thousands of videos and articles on the subject.

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