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South Shore & Brandon

  1. Meet the majors: Profiles of the HCSO staff who oversee the county's four patrol divisions

    Crime

    In the increasingly difficult world of law enforcement, they have lost none of their zeal. They enthusiastically continue to arrive each day, setting the tone for the deputies most likely to encounter the average resident. Learn more about Robert Bullara, Chad Chronister, Alan Hill and Scott Wellinger, the four majors …

    Described as a “hard-nosed, hardworking cop,’’ Maj. Scott Wellinger says he has never doubted that law enforcement is what he wanted to do.
  2. Maj. Bullara: Back where he started in District IV

    Crime

    Maj. Robert Bullara didn't grow up dreaming of a career in law enforcement.

    Maj. Robert Bullara celebrates winning Wawa’s “Hoagies for Heroes” competition with other Sheriff’s Office members. Pictured are Detective Nikki Smith, Deputy Teddy Perez, Bullara, Deputy Robert Howard, Deputy Chris McMurtry and Deputy Nick Cruz.
  3. Maj. Hill: Not just a law enforcer, a peace keeper

    Crime

    He was so young when he started his career, his father had to purchase his service revolver.

    Maj. Alan Hill of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office signs in before heading to a meeting at Sheriff’s Office headquarters this week. Hill returns to where he started his career in 1989.
  4. Bar review: Ford's Garage in Brandon goes all the way with its car theme, beer list

    Bars & Spirits

    Of the various bar themes I expect to run into in the wild, "old-timey service station" is not one of them. But it seems to be working quite well for the Ford's Garage chain, which has just opened in Brandon, its fourth Florida location.

    The old-timey Ford’s Garage goes all the way with its car theme, boosted by creative cocktails and a fine craft beer list. An antique Ford hangs from the ceiling, wheels slowly spinning.
  5. Kid fitness in Brandon, pizza on Platt St., BW3 in Wesley Chapel

    Briefs

    Thurlowe Russell grew up running the hills of his native Jamaica.

    My Gym Children’s Fitness Center in Brandon has free trials during a grand opening celebration that runs through Aug. 2.
  6. East bay fishing report for July 24

    Outdoors

    Hot times. Here we are again with the summer heat and humidity. The water on the flats is pushing 90 degrees by mid morning and the inshore bite starts to slow. You may want to move to deeper water and go mackerel, snapper and trout fishing.

    PT_344935_CODD_REPORT PHOTO 1 OF 1 CAPTION: (10/05/2011, LAND O' LAKES) Photo of Mike Gore for the East Bay fishing report. SUMMARY: Headshot of Captain Mike Gore to go with East Bay fishing report. [STEPHEN J. CODDINGTON, Times]
  7. Bass Pro Shops general manager Ronnie Cheeks excited about grand opening in Brandon

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Growing up, Ronnie Cheeks was always fascinated with Bass Pro Shops.

    Ronnie Cheeks, 52, is the manager of the new Bass Pro Shops in Brandon, which will open  on July 29. A native of Louisiana, he previously made stops in Florida during a 20-year tenure with Home Depot.
  8. Sunset Grill nearly restored from February boat accident

    Business

    RUSKIN — The late afternoon crowd gathered on the patio of the Sunset Grill at Little Harbor.

    In February, a fishing boat crashed into the restaurant and caused $400,000 in damage.
  9. Brandon Rotary honors Lisa Stark as '2015 MVE'

    Human Interest

    BRANDON — Lisa Stark loves her job.

    Brandon Rotary ’86 members Jeni Eldridge, left, Jeff Miltner and James Barton honor Lisa Stark (in a green dress) as she receives the club’s 2015 Most Valuable Employee Award.
  10. East Bay Fishing Report for July 17

    Outdoors

    Tricky weather. Recent heavy rains over Tampa Bay have cooled water temperatures, triggering redfish to leisurely feed. But recent repeated days of high temperatures still have area waters in the upper 80s, making fishing in general relatively tough.