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Bass Pro Shops should chart course to bay area

The annual mancation placed my sons and me in front of Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios, but no farther.

It turned out that despite having "annual passes," we couldn't get in because of blackout dates that no one told us about — but I do get weekly e-mails about Universal's Summer Concert Series.

Thanks for the heads-up.

Still, we soldiered on to a mini theme park: Bass Pro Shops.

The spectacular array of camping, hunting, fishing and outdoor gear left me in awe. I couldn't help but wonder why we didn't have one in Tampa Bay.

Turns out, we may end up with one of these mega outlets in Brandon. Bass Pro officials couldn't confirm the possibility on Wednesday, but the county has had talks, according to County Commissioner Ken Hagan. Stay tuned. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Do Not Meddle In The Affairs Of Dragons — For You Are Crunchy And Good With Ketchup. …

Kudos to Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, which saluted several "littles" who have improved their school success with an annual luncheon Wednesday.

The honorees included Jonathan, a rising sixth-grader with perfect attendance for his first six years. By the way, the luncheon raised more than $46,000. …

The freshman class of Pinellas Park High's Criminal Justice Academy is pushing to get a specialty license plate honoring fallen soldiers.

It has hurdles to overcome, including a law that stopped the creation of new specialty plates. But this is a worthy reason to revisit the statute. Learn more by searching "Support the creation of a special Florida license plate to honor fallen police officers" on Facebook.

That's all I'm saying.

Bass Pro Shops should chart course to bay area 07/13/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 9:31pm]
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