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Commissioner Stacy White Hosts Community Office Hours in Brandon

Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy R. White, District 4, will host community office hours at the Brandon Regional Library in Room #2 in Brandon, to hear from residents without them having to travel to County Center in downtown Tampa.

Commissioner White and his staff welcome this opportunity to meet residents one-on-one as they sign in to discuss their thoughts and concerns on various projects and community issues taking place in Hillsborough County.
No appointment is necessary. Residents are seen individually on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The community office hours are on Tuesday, January 31 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Brandon Regional Library is located at 619 Vonderburg Dr.

Hillsborough County to Recognize Environment’s Protectors

Hillsborough County wants to honor those whose efforts to protect the environment have made a lasting difference in residents’ quality of life.

The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved the creation of the Theodore Roosevelt Hillsborough Forever Conservation Award. The award will be given annually to an individual or group who exemplifies dedication to preserving the County’s natural resources. The award is named after Theodore Roosevelt Jr., the 26th president of the United States and noted conservationist who placed more than 200 million acres under public protection.

The award was championed by Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White. “This is another way to recognize those who work so hard to preserve the lands, waters, and wildlife that make Hillsborough County special,’’ White said. “Hopefully, this award will not just recognize their efforts, but also encourage others to keep up the fight to protect the environment.’’

Nominees must live or work in Hillsborough County and “be someone who shows persistence and dedication to long-term conservation of the County’s natural resources, demonstrates integrity in performance toward conservation goals, and displays attributes of true conservation stewardship,’’ according to the award criteria.

Nominations will go through the Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program General Committee, which will send a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners for approval. The Board will hold an awards ceremony in April to coincide with National Arbor Day.

Nominations must be made by 5 p.m. on February 10 and can be sent to Ross Dickerson at or by mail at Hillsborough County Environmental Lands Management, 10940 McMullen Rd., Riverview FL 33569.
Visit the county website at Call 672-7876 for more information..

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Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.