tampa bay area

Local Real Estate Agent Ranks Tops On Recent Kenst Report

The real estate boom of 2005 and 2006, coupled with the chance of starting a financially-secure and promising new career, enticed many to join the ranks of eager agents. Of course, the subsequent downward spiral of the market has seen its casualties as well, which has included a number of seasoned realtors in the Tampa(…)

Council Meeting Focuses On Gang Awareness

“There are more than 30,000 documented gangs in the U.S., with more than a million certified gang members,” said detective Mark Wilder, of the Hillsborough County Sherriff’s Office (HSCO) Gang Unit, during the recently held Bloomingdale area community council meeting. What do these numbers mean for Hillsborough County? Wilder explained that as of the second(…)

New League Makes FishHawk Home

Originated by Native Americans as a game “said to be played ‘for the pleasure of the Creator,’” according to the online Wikipedia, lacrosse is becoming popular yet again in the States with the FishHawk Coyotes Youth Lacrosse being forged. Kicking off in December, the new team is inviting those in second-sixth grades to enroll in(…)

YMCA Plans New South Shore Facility

It is not the matter of “if,” but the matter of “when” residents of Apollo Beach and the surrounding SouthShore areas have a new YMCA facility to enjoy. Due to the continued growth in the Tampa Bay area, YMCA officials have begun making plans for a new facility to serve the needs of the SouthShore(…)

Osting Baseball Academy Earns Second Place In Cooperstown

Never before has a Tampa bay area AAU, U-13 team finished in the medal bracket in the prestigious Cooperstown, NY “Baseball World” Summer Tournament… up until now! Valrico’s Ostinger Baseball Academy brought home the silver recently after competing in its inaugural season losing 3-2 in to the California Demons in the championship game. Jim Osting,(…)

Volunteers Put Crime Under Control

Once a month, Stacie Leonard puts on her patrol uniform and heads off to her shift as a Citizen’s Patrol Officer in Apollo Beach.  Leonard was one of the original graduates of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Patrol program. The Citizen’s Patrol program, similar to others around the Tampa Bay area, recruits and trains(…)