Meeting to focus on Field Lane traffic
Hillsborough County is holding a public meeting Thursday to discuss traffic problems along Field Lane near Wheeler and Kingsway roads.
The meeting was originally scheduled for last month, but was postponed because of Tropical Storm Fay.
Various proposals will be discussed and a recommendation will be made to the County Commission based on public input.
The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Evans Park Recreation Center, 1104 N Kingsway Road.
Chamber announces 15 award finalists
The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce has named 15 finalists for the Small Business of the Year Awards. The finalists are:
• Cruises for U
• Black Diamond Associates
• The MarQuin Group
• dentist Michael A. Sip
• Huth & Booth — The Portrait Gallery
• On Dee — Air Productions
• i9 Sports Corporation
• Interactive Education Academy
• Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium
• Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center
• Commercial Industrial Roof Services Company
• ServiceMaster 24 Hour
• Brandon Montessori School at River Hills
• Kids R Kids
Awards will be handed at a Chamber banquet Oct. 23 at Palmetto Club at FishHawk Ranch, 17004 Dorman Road, Lithia. Tickets are $35. Corporate tables of eight are available for $350. Call Jamie Reid at 689-1221, ext. 43, for more information or to register.
County to discuss proposals for roads
The Hillsborough County Planning & Growth Management Department has a series of meetings to discuss two proposed amendments to the Land Development Code. The proposals address unimproved roads and subdivisions.
One would require improvements that allow adequate access for emergency vehicles to such roads, and the other would substitute the land-use designation "unimproved subdivision" with "minor subdivision."
The latter would require stricter development standards, such as adequate road access, right-of-way and drainage improvements and providing solid-waste service before a subdivision can be approved.
The next meeting is 6:30 - 8 p.m. Monday at Newsome High School, 16550 FishHawk Blvd. For information, call Bob Campbell with Hillsborough County Planning and Growth Management at 272-5170.
Meet Coast Guard group at cookout
Enjoy a big cookout and find out about the benefits of membership the local Coast Guard Auxiliary. The auxiliary's Flotilla 75 is holding a picnic at noon Saturday at Shelter 1 in E.G. Simmons Park. Burgers, hot dogs, chicken and side dishes will be served by Simply Good Food of Brandon. The public is invited, and $5 is requested to help the auxiliary buy equipment for its radio room. The auxiliary, which is the Coast Guard's civilian component, offers boating safety classes, voluntary vessel inspections and acts as marine observers. For more information on the cookout, call Rosemarie Butti at 641-8886.
Program on ecology takes place Sept. 25
Learn more about the delicate ecology of Tampa Bay's watershed forests and aquifers in a program presented by the University of Florida and the Hillsborough County Extension.
The workshop, called "Linking the Forest to the Bay," is partly sponsored by a grant from the Southwest Florida Water Management District. It takes place 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 25.
The morning portion will focus on the science of watershed protection. In the afternoon, participants will discuss barriers to the conservation and protection of the Tampa Bay watershed's forest.
The program is at UF's Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, 14625 County Road 672.
It's free but participants must register. Contact Carol Carson at 744-5519 or firstname.lastname@example.org.