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Hillsborough County Launches Free Mosquito Fish Wednesdays

Hillsborough County Mosquito Control is teaming up with the University of Florida (UF) to host weekly mosquito fish giveaways for Hillsborough County residents. Residents may pick up free mosquito fish on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at UF’s Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory at 1408 24th St. S.E. in Ruskin.

Residents can pick up limited quantities of free mosquito fish for use in backyard ponds, birdbaths, fountains, abandoned swimming pools, rain barrels, and other artificial containers that are common breeding sites for mosquito larvae. The fish are available first-come, first-served and will be provided in temporary plastic travel bags, along with instructions for introducing them to their new environment.

Click here for more information on mosquito fish and Hillsborough County’s fish giveaway event.

Hillsborough County Lawn Watering Returns To Twice A Week

Hillsborough County residents will have two days a week to water their lawns instead of one.

The schedule for watering established lawns and landscaping in unincorporated Hillsborough County, as well as the City of Tampa, is:
Addresses ending in 0, 1, 2 or 3 – Mondays and Thursdays
Addresses ending in 4, 5 or 6 – Tuesdays and Fridays
Addresses ending in 7, 8 or 9 – Wednesdays and Saturdays
Locations with no address (common areas) and locations with mixed addresses (such as office complexes and shopping centers) – Wednesdays and Saturdays

Watering must be done before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m., and only once on your designated days. Hand-watering and low-volume irrigation of plant material other than lawns or turfgrass may be done on any day and at any time.

 There are no restrictions on decorative fountains, car washing, or pressure washing.
 The restrictions apply to all residents – not just customers of public utilities – and most water sources. That includes private wells, and ponds or lakes that are used as alternate irrigation supplies. Reclaimed water customers are exempt from the water restrictions, although these customers are encouraged to use only what they need.

Visit or call the Water Conservation Team at  272-5977, ext. 43991, during business hours.

Adam L. Bantner, II Files To Run For County Judge, Group 8 In 2018

FishHawk-area resident, lawyer and business owner, Adam L. Bantner, II filed to run for Hillsborough County Judge, Group 8. The election will take place on August 28, 2018.
Bantner’s love of Hillsborough County and dedication to service led him to seek the position of Hillsborough County Judge. His campaign hopes that his track record of hard work, history of service, demonstrated leadership, fairness, and legal expertise will earn the votes of county residents.

Adam and his younger brother grew up in a middle class home while being raised by a single mother. At the age of 14, Adam began learning the value of earning his keep through work. Since then he’s worked every year of his life (minus two years while enrolled in law school) to support himself and his family. In addition to being a lawyer since 2006, he’s worked at his local pharmacy, restaurants as a dishwasher and cook, gym supervisor, landscaper, personal trainer, and copy editor with the Tampa Tribune. He opened The Bantner Firm in 2016 after leaving Brandon Legal Group. Prior to joining BLG in 2014, he owned his own firm, Adam L. Bantner, P.A., from 2011–2014.

This work ethic served him well through high school, four years in college at Florida Southern College in Lakeland where he earned his B.A. in Communications, and three years in Tallahassee at Florida State University College of Law. He has helped countless individuals as an attorney, continued to serve his community through Chambers of Commerce, coaching his son’s baseball and flag football teams, and leading civic organizations and bar associations. With the county’s support, he hopes to bring this work ethic to the bench.

He has been the President of Tampa Tiger Bay Club, President of Hillsborough County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a member of the Hillsborough County Citizen’s Advisory Board (appointed by Commissioner Stacy White), a board member of the East Hillsborough Bar Association, and a board member of The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce. One must be trusted to lead and Bantner has repeatedly earned that trust throughout his career.

Additionally, he has been recognized as a board certified attorney by the Florida Bar. In order to be so recognized, you must have practiced law for at least five years, have tried at least 20 cases to verdict (at least 15 felonies and 10 as lead attorney), then get approved to sit for the test through application and peer review, and then pass the test. He earned this distinction in 2016. He also has a perfect “10” rating by AVVO and has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2012.

Finally, he is the proud father of a seven-year-old boy, a member at Bell Shoals Baptist Church, and has an English Bull Dog rescue named Daisy.

Visit or Meet Bantner his next event at Owen & Dunivan, 615 De Leon St. in Tampa at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, August 25.

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Michelle Colesanti
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.