The recent announcement of a Florida Forestry Service study of the City of Tampa's Community Tree Program inspired the Southeast Seminole Heights Civic Association to make trees and beautification along Nebraska Avenue a major topic of their meeting. A University of South Florida professor and city urban planner were slated to be guest speakers.
The state's Driver License Office at 2814 E. Hillsborough Ave. is closing Wednesday, March 28, and will reopen this summer under control of the Hillsborough County Tax Collector's Office. Turns out the state is transitioning driver license services to county tax collectors across Florida.
It might seem disappointing that Greg Baker didn't make the final round of five for the prestigious culinary honor's "Best Chef: South" award. But Baker was in good company: fellow local nominee Chad Johnson of South Tampa's also didn't make the cut. Richard Gonzmart of Ybor City's famed Columbia Restaurant fell short in the "Outstanding Restaurateur" category.
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo was the clear favorite, soundly beating places like Busch Gardens and Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park with 62 percent of the vote.
An owner of the Tampa-based Salem's Gyros & Subs is part of a group that recently bought a vacant commerical building at 6401 N. Nebraska Ave. So far the Salem's folks aren't commenting.