Florida State Fair 2015 Hillsborough County Student Day

TAMPA, FL – It was Hillsborough County Student Day at the Florida State Fair where the all students with a free Student Day ticket got in free on February 6, 2015 in Tampa, FL.

The students were allowed to get on the rides all day and night but needed to be with an adult (21 or older) after 6:00 p.m.

Today some were thrown out for bad behavior and there was a small fight that broke out later in the evening, but everything was handled so professionally and expediently by the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Department, the incidents that did occur didn’t have time to escalate.

Florida State Fair
Dates: February 5 – 17, 2015
Location: Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. Highway 301 North, Tampa, Florida 33610
Site: www.floridastatefair.com

Bob Cochenour’s 1937 Ford Truck at Roamin’ Oldies car show, Apollo Beach, FL

Dashboard inside Bob Cochenour's blue 1937 Ford Truck, winner of Roamin' Oldies Cruiser of the For January 2015 in Apollo Beach FL/photonews247.com
Dashboard inside Bob Cochenour’s blue 1937 Ford Truck, winner of Roamin’ Oldies Cruiser of the For January 2015 in Apollo Beach FL/photonews247.com

SOUTH SHORE/APOLLO BEACH, FL – Bob Cochenour’s classic 1937 Ford Truck was at the Roamin’ Oldies car show last night (Feb 5, 2015) with the hood open and windows down for all to see.

It was just last month when Bob and his classic blue Ford won Roamin’ Oldies January 2015 Cruiser of the Month in Apollo Beach FL.

Roamin’ Oldies Car Shows are held all over South Shore each month. This particular show is held on the first Thursday of every month on Hwy 41 in the Winn-Dixie/Sea Food Dive parking lot in Apollo Beach, FL.

Kings Point neighborhood allows golf carts after dark in Sun City Center, FL

Golf cart driving at dusk in Kings Point in Sun City Center, FL
Golf cart shares road on Kings Blvd in the gated Kings Point section of Sun City Center, FL/2013 photonews247.com

SUN CITY CENTER, FL/KINGS POINT –  Residents in the gated Kings Point community in Sun City Center can now drive their golf carts at night due to the neighborhood being ‘privately’ owned.

KINGS POINT ONLY:
This new privilege is for King Point only, so residents need to make sure and stay inside the gates once the Sun goes down – this includes not driving on the path to Sun Towers & Winn-Dixie as well.

ABOUT KINGS POINT:
Kings Point is a privately owned gated community with around 5,560 units tucked way in Sun City Center, Florida. It’s a city within a city with it’s own restaurants, cafes, bars, six concrete pools, three golf courses and two main club houses with gyms, clubs, parties and much more.

ANNOUNCEMENT FOR CARTS ALLOWED AFTER DARK:
This announcement was made by a Deputy from the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Department during a Kings Point Federation Board Meeting in December 2014.

LIGHTS NEEDED: To legally operate at night, your golf cart must have working lights and turn signals on both front and back.

OBEY TRAFFIC LAWS:
Remember, golf carts must obey all traffic laws as licensed vehicles (cars, trucks etc..) and are subject to the same citations.

Special thanks to Deputy Jason Castillo and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for making this possible in Kings Point.

A random photo gallery of Kings Point

The Fish House, Ruskin, FL

The Fish House roadside seafood outdoors diner in Ruskin, FL
The Fish House for outdoor seafood dining at 1902 Shell Point Road, in Ruskin, FL/2015 photonews247.com

RUSKIN / SOUTHSHORE, FL – FEB 5: The Fish House is family owned and famous for their fried fish in the South Shore area. And if you ever drive by around suppertime you will see people lined up waiting to order the fresh-catches of the day.

Similar to an old fashioned picnic-at-the-park-fish-fry, the restaurant is in a rural setting with outside dinning on classic communal park benches all under a wooden pavilion.The Fish House 2nd Best Restaurant out of 51 in Ruskin FL

The Fish House currently ranks #2 out of 51 restaurants in Ruskin, calculated according to 119 customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Below is one of the on the many 5-star reviews for The Fish House on tripadvisor.com posted in January 2015:

Friendly staff, great ambiance, and WONDERFUL FRESH SEAFOOD! If you are in the area check it out! Simple family business with no frills. Eat at a picnic table after ordering at the window. Wish there were more gems like The Fish House!

The Fish House Seafood restaurant was awarded the Gold Winner Best Of South Shore in 2012 and in 2014 by TBO.com.

What to expect: delicious fried seafood served on paper plates with a splash of ‘good ole fashion’ southern hospitality.

OPEN: Thursday, Friday & Saturday
HOURS: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

The Fish House | 1902 West Shell Point Road | Ruskin, FL 33570 | (813) 641-9451 | Menu| Facebook

Pavilion with communal park benches at The Fish House Seafood outdoors diner in Ruskin, FL
Pavilion with communal park benches at The Fish House Seafood outdoors diner on Shell Point Road in Ruskin, FL/2015 photonews247.com
Park benches under pavilion at The Fish House outdoors fresh seafoof diner on Shell Point Road, Ruskin, FL
Park benches under pavilion at The Fish House outdoors fresh seafoof diner on Shell Point Road, Ruskin, FL/2015 photonews247.com
Oders taken through window at The Fish House outside seafood diner on Shell Point Rd in Ruskin, FL
Call in orders picked up at separate window at The Fish House outside seafood diner on Shell Point Rd in Ruskin, FL/2015 photonews247.com
Sign The Fish House Fresh Seafood To Go Open Thurs-Sat 813 641 9451
Road sign: The Fish House Fresh Seafood, To Go, Open Thurs-Sat (813) 641-9451/2015 photonews247.com
The Fish House Fresh Seafood from 100 19th Street NW and 1800 W Shell Point, Ruskin, FL
The Fish House Fresh Seafood is next to intersection of 19th Street and Shell Point Rd, Ruskin, FL/2015 photonews247.com
THE FISH HOUSE SEAFOOD Tampa Tribune Best Of 2014 TBOcom Gold Winner Best Of South Shore
THE FISH HOUSE SEAFOOD Tampa Tribune Best Of 2014 TBOcom Gold Winner Best Of South Shore/2015 photonews247.com
THE FISH HOUSE SEAFOOD Tampa Tribune Best Of 2012 Readers Poll awards Gold Winner Best Of South Shore
THE FISH HOUSE SEAFOOD Tampa Tribune Best Of 2012 Readers Poll awards Gold Winner Best Of South Shore/2015 photonews247.com

The Family Y at Big Bend, Gibsonton, FL

Picnic pavilion at The Family Y at Big Bend in Gibsonton, FL
Construction of the picnic pavilion at The Family Y at Big Bend in Gibsonton, FL/2015 photonews247.com

SOUTHSHORE/GIBSONTON, FL – The Family Y at Big Bend in Gibsonton will open for Summer Camp 2015. It was just last year when QGS was excavating the land, preparing it for construction.

What will be finished?
The basketball airnasium, parking lot, 1-mile fitness trail, sidewalks and covered picnic pavilion.

How do I get updates?
Updates can be found on the official Family Y at Big Bend Facebook page at www.facebook .com/bigbendroady.

Want more information?
Email questions to bigbendymca@tampaymca.org

Basketball airnasium at The Family Y at Big Bend in Gibsonton, FL/2015 photonews247.com
construction of the basketball airnasium at The Family Y at Big Bend in Gibsonton, FL/2015 photonews247.com

Ferlita Bakery home delivered warm bread from 1896 to 1973

Ferlita Bakery ovens in Ybor City Museum
Ferlita Bakery ovens in Ybor City Museum/2015 photonews247.com

TAMPA/YBOR CITY, FL – The Ferlita Bakery (originally La Joven Francesca) was once a vibrant part of the community in Ybor City.

Opened in 1896, Francisco Ferlita (the grandfather) would home deliver warm bread by horse and buggy for 3 to 5 cents per loaf. The bakery continued delivering bread to its customers until they closed in 1973.

Rose V. Ferlita grew up working with her family at the Ferlita Bakery and talked about the home delivery service in an 2011 interview with Emanuel Leto from Cigar Magazine:

If you couldn’t get there (the bakery), my Dad, Joseph (“Pino”), would make sure that he would deliver it to your home. I never could understand the commitment to deliver the loaf or half loaves to people’s home. The cost certainly outweighed the profit for doing that. But, my Dad tried many, many times to explain how commitment outweighed profit. I never [understood] until I embraced those same values many years later in my drug store as a pharmacist.

A marker at the site tells of my Grandfather (Francisco Ferlita) delivering bread, via horse and buggy. It characterizes the Ferlita Family’s place in Ybor history [and as pioneers of Ybor City].

In 1973 the bakery closed and was transformed into a museum with the ovens still intact. The building facade still bears the name of Rose’s grandfather (F. Ferlita) with the address 1818 9th Avenue.

The year 1923 on the outside of the building represent the year it was renovated with brick after the old wooden structure was destroyed by fire.

Ybor City Museum State Park | 1818 9th Avenue | Ybor City, FL | 813-247-6323 | www.ybormuseum.org

Inside view of dome shaped oven with loaves of bread at Ferlita Bakery at Ybor Museum/2015 photonews247.com
Inside view of dome shaped oven with loaves of bread at Ferlita Bakery at Ybor Museum/2015 photonews247.com
Francisco Ferlita came to Ybor City in 1896 started bakery at 9th Ave and 19th St
Wooden plaque at Ybor City Museum tells brief history of Francisco Ferlita and when he came to Ybor City in 1896 and started his first bakery at 9th Ave and 19th St. in Ybor City.
LOGO of Ferlita Bakery on Museum at 1818 9th Ave Ybor City
LOGO of Ferlita Bakery on Museum at 1818 9th Ave Ybor City/2015 photonews247.com
Ferlita Bakery apron with history written on it at Ybor City Museum/ 2015 photonews247.com
Ferlita Bakery apron with history written on it at Ybor City Museum/ 2015 photonews247.com

St. Joseph’s Hospital-South Officially opened Feb 2, 2015 in Riverview, FL

SOUTHSHORE/RIVERVIEW, FL – St. Joseph’s Hospital-South in Riverview officially opened its doors today on February 2 at 7 a.m.

The first patient treated today went to the Emergency Room before opening hours at 5 a.m. this morning and was admitted immediatly by staff. Read more at prnewswire.com.

CrossFit Apogee, high intensity group workouts in Gibsonton, FL

CrossFit Apogee training facility on Big Bend, Gibsonton, FL
CrossFit Apogee training facility on Big Bend, Gibsonton, FL./2015 photonews247.com

SOUTHSHORE/GIBSONTON, FL – CrossFit Apogee is a 5,000 square foot CrossFit training facility that opened in 2013 on Big Bend Road in Gibsonton, FL.

CrossFit workouts are scaled to match individuals age and physical ability. The workouts are high-intensity movements done within a group environment, a community – if you will – that supports and encourages one another throughout the sessions.

The exercises vary from power lifting moves to push-ups all done at a rapid pace. See the various exercises performed in this popular CrossFit YouTube video.

The results of these fast-pace workouts are summarized within the company name, Apogee, which is defined by Merriam Webster as the highest point in the development of something.

CrossFit Apogee is located at the intersection of 7100 Big Bend RD and 13100 Kings Lake DR. in the Kings Lake Center strip-mall.

HOURS
Mon – Fri: 5:00 am – 10:00 am | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

CrossFit Apogee | 7130 Big Bend Road | Gibsonton, FL 33534 | (813) 508-8862 | cfapogee.com

CrossFit Apogee Rebok gym with Rogue cages and rings on Big Bend Rd, Gibsonton, FL/2015 photonews247.com
CrossFit Apogee gym with Rogue cages and rings on Big Bend Rd, Gibsonton, FL/2015 photonews247.com
CrossFit Apogee at intersection of 7100 Big Bend RD and 13100 Kings Lake DR
CrossFit Apogee at intersection of 7100 Big Bend Rd. and 13100 Kings Lake Dr./2015 photonews247.com
Crossfit APOGEE in Kings Lake Center, Big Bend Rd, Gibsonton, FL
Crossfit APOGEE  gym in Kings Lake Center, Big Bend Rd., Gibsonton, FL/2015 photonews247.com

VERONA Renaissance, last neighborhood being built in Sun City Center

Duplexes in the VERONA Renaissance gated community in Sun City Center, FL
Paired Villas in the VERONA gated community in Sun City Center, FL/2015 photonews247.com

SOUTHSHORE/SUN CITY CENTER, FL – The Verona development is the new gated community being built in the Renaissance neighborhood of Sun City Center that will feature 110 Single-Family Homes and 34 Paired Villas from the $180s.

The Grand Opening of Verona was January 10-11, 2015. This new gated section will be Minto’s final project in Sun City Center.

Today there were over 400 homes listed in Sun City Center starting in the low $20,000 on Zillow.com.

Minto Sales | 105 Commercial Center Dr | Sun City Center, FL 33573 | (888) 812-2990 | www.minto.com

New traffic light at US 41 and MiraBay Blvd, Apollo Beach, FL

New Traffic Light at 4-way intersection US 41, Spindle Shell Way and MiraBay Blvd in Apollo Beach, FL
Traffic tight turned on Jan 20, 2015 at US 41 and MiraBay Blvd intersection in Apollo Beach, FL

SOUTHSHORE/APOLLO BEACH, FL – The new traffic light at 5400 US 41 and MiraBay Blvd/Spindle Shell Way was turned on flash mode on January 14, 2015 and was fully operational on January 20, 2015.

The DOT requires all new lights to be turned on flash mode for a minimum of 72 hours before switching to full operational mode.

Winn Dixie MiraBay Village, Apollo Beach, FL
MiraBay Village Shopping Center up the street from the new light in Apollo Beach, FL/2014 photonews247.com