This week marked the start of what is shaping up to be a hot, humid, muggy summer — basically, typical Florida.
But on top of the heat, many families are doing the "staycation" thing while riding out the sagging economy. That trip to the mountains of North Carolina or to Martha's Vineyard won't happen this year.
Sweltering heat plus an empty wallet equals a bitter summer cocktail.
So, we want to help. We're looking for outdoorsy spots in Hillsborough that are cool — literally.
What's your local hideaway, the place where you go to catch a breeze, find a little peace and have some fun? It could be your favorite shaded nook at a local nature park, perfect for a family picnic. Or a serene stretch of the Hillsborough River to spend the day boating with that special someone. Might be your secret treat for the kids.
Tell us your ideas, and we'll choose the best to share with readers.
A couple of things: Your local "getaway" must involve the outdoors in Hillsborough County. Also, any associated cost must be low.
E-mail your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 9 with the phrase "cool summer idea" in the subject line. Include your name and a phone number where you can be reached.
Sharon Tubbs, City Times/North of Tampa Editor, can be reached at (813) 226-3394.