Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Plant City road work still on track despite Debby drenching

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Road work still on track despite Debby drenching

Tropical Storm Debby drenched the Alexander Street project site just north of Interstate 4, but Department of Transportation spokeswoman Kris Carson said contractor Kamminga & Roodvoets already was ahead of schedule when the storm hit. The $14.8 million project is on track to finish in early 2014.

"What they're doing right now is drainage and ponds and clearing ditches," she said.

The project will lengthen Alexander Street by 2.6 miles from I-4 to Joe McIntosh Road and widen State Road 39 between Joe McIntosh Road and Knights Griffin Road. New traffic signals will be installed at I-4, Sam Allen Road and Knights Griffin Road.

Camping World coming to Dover

Camping World, which bills itself as the world's largest RV and outdoor retailer, is purchasing the Long View RV Superstore at 4811 McIntosh Road in Dover.

Karen Porter, a Camping World spokeswoman, wrote in an email Monday that the company is finalizing the sale. Terms weren't disclosed. The new site, which would be the largest of Camping World's 100 locations, will be called Camping World of Tampa.

"We will add more service bays, further developing the land that has not been utilized, and add a 14,000-square-foot Camping World retail store," she wrote.

Elvises to compete in Tampa heat

Elvis will soon be in the building. The 10th Annual Elvis Tampa Festival and Contest is set for July 21 at the Florida Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds Expo Hall.

The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., will include memorabilia vendors, about 20 Elvis tribute performers and the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. The winner will compete in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis, Tenn., in August.

Also scheduled at the festival: Peter Alden, an Elvis tribute artist, will perform; and an Elvis and Ann-Margret look-alike contest will be held.

Tickets range from $10 to $30. For more info, go to elvistampatcb.com.

Rich Shopes, Times staff writer

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