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Lime loses bid to extend its business hours


The Lime loses bid to squeeze in extra hours

The City Council denied a petition last week that had been filed by James Lanza and Jeff Gigante, owners of the Lime on 915 S Howard Ave.

Their petition sought to extend business hours beyond 11 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends and to keep the business open until 2 a.m. on some nights of the week.

Members of the Parkland Estates Civic Club, however, strongly opposed the petition, saying that increased hustle and bustle at various after-hours businesses in SoHo has heightened the potential for crime and vagrants in the area. They didn't want to add another late-night establishment to the mix.


Lawmaker to address civic association

The South Seminole Heights Civic Association hosts its general membership meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Central Christian Church, 4207 N Boulevard.

State Rep. Michael Scionti will be the featured speaker, and Tampa police officers will be present for the Crime Watch portion of the meeting.

The neighborhood's boundaries are Florida Avenue west to the Hillsborough River, and Hillsborough Avenue south to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. All residents are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call president Gary Ellsworth at 404-5222.


Get together to review neighborhood plan

One of Tampa's oldest neighborhoods is joining forces to implement a plan that would shape the area's future through revitalization and redevelopment.

The Tampa Heights Stewardship Team for the Implementation of the Tampa Heights Neighborhood Plan is scheduling two informational meetings with area residents, organizations and stakeholders to review the neighborhood plan.

The plan was passed and adopted in 2003 and will help prepare the neighborhood for a Town Hall meeting in October.

All investors in Tampa Heights are invited to share their stories and identify activities in the plan that they have completed, when they will complete the remaining activities and what their neighborhood priorities are.

The meetings will be held Thursday and July 15.

Both meetings take place at 6 p.m. in the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation office at 1610 Tampa St. For information, call (813) 223-1948.


How much ice cream can you wolf down?

Ever seen someone down two pints of ice cream in just a few minutes? How about four?

Well, sounds like it could be a brain-chilling experience next week at the second annual ice cream eating championship from 4 to 6:30 p.m. July 12 at the Junction Ice Creamery & Coffee House on 4004 S MacDill Ave.

The event will feature sampling, local celebrity judges and prizes. Competitors will be divided into age groups: 5 to 14, and 15 and older. The first to finish the designated pints wins.

Winners will get a year's worth of free Old Meeting House Ice Cream from the Junction.

A $10 donation is required for all participants, with all proceeds going to Hope Children's Home, a child caring agency that serves abused and orphaned children.

The event raised $600 last year, said Tisa Neuger, marketing coordinator for Old Meeting House Ice Cream.

This year, organizers hope to raise $1,000, she said. For more information, call 254-0977 or visit

Compiled by Eric Smithers. Alessandra Da Pra also contributed. If you know of news in your community, contact Eric at or (813) 226-3339.

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