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Hockey complex to open in spring; Fate of flight festival remains up in the air; New adult day care serves Lutz, Land O’ Lakes

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    By Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.com

    An anticipated opening for the FloridaHospital Center Ice complex will be delayeduntil spring 2016, largely due to a slowerthan expected wait on permitting.

    Gordie Zimmermann, a partner in ZMitch, said he expects construction to re-sume in the next weeks, with a scheduledcompletion in the first quarter of 2016.

    Were in good shape, Zimmermannsaid.

    Initially, the opening for the sports com-plex, at 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd., had beenannounced for the fall, potentially at thesame time as the Tampa Premium Outlets.The outlet mall will open on Oct. 29.

    Both facilities are off State Road 56 at theInterstate 75 interchange.

    A groundbreaking for the sports com-plex took place in March. Thepre-construction work including under-ground utilities has been completed. But,the site has been inactive for several

    COURTESY OF FLORIDA HOSPITAL CENTER ICEHockey fans watch from the sidelines in this interior rendering of Florida Hospital CenterIce, an ice rink and sports complex under construction at the State Road 56 and Interstate75 interchange.

    By B.C.Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.com

    Traffic jams caused tempers to flare andpoor weather kept balloons from launchingduring the third annual Festival of Flight atthe Tampa North Flight Center.

    Scores of motorists complained via thefestivals Facebook page about being stuckin traffic for hours.

    Some said they were turned away fromthe venue because there was no place topark. Others said they gave up and voiced ir-ritation for being inconvenienced.

    Numerous posts criticized event organiz-ers for failing to secure enough parking, fornot having law enforcement to direct trafficand for not letting people know earlyenough when events were cancelled.

    The Friday Night Balloon Glow was held,

    but balloon launches scheduled on Saturdayand Sunday mornings were cancelled be-cause of the weather.

    Some activities also were able to go on,but much of the event was a washout.

    Jessica Warren, festival director forFestival of Flight, said We are reconsideringall of our options. That includes, whetherto stage the event again.

    Everybody says it was disorganized,Warren said, but months of hard work andplanning went into the event.

    Parking was arranged for 20 acres onCompark 75, which is next to Tampa NorthFlight Center. Warren and her husbandmowed the field to prepare it for parking.

    Fifty-six volunteers were also secured tohelp with parking, she said.

    STEVE HOLLINGSHEAD/PHOTOSGreg Lasher of Leechburg, Pennsylvania, left, and Lenny Carver of Sidney, Montana, inspect the radial engine of a vintage PT-17 Stearman.

    See FLIGHT, page13A

    Hockey complex to open in spring

    See HOCKEY, page13A

    Two-year-old Jackson Wolfe, of St. Petersburg,tests the propeller of an L-19 Bird dog aircraft.

    Fate of flight festivalremains up in the air

    By B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.com

    Theres a new adult day care center avail-able for caregivers who need someone towatch their loved one while theyre work-ing, running errands or merely taking abreak from their caregiving duties.

    CARES Adult Day Care at NorthlakeCommunity Center, 2640 N. Lakeview Drivein Tampa, opened in July in an updatedrecreational center.

    The adult day care center provides carefor those ages 18 and older afflicted byAlzheimers or dementia, or who have otherspecial needs.

    The goal is provide the help that care-givers need and to provide socialization forthose coming to the day care, said BrittanyStowers, center manager.

    The center is open Monday throughFriday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Some clients come daily and stay for theentire day. Others may come one or twomornings a week, or every other week,Stowers said. Those arrangements are madeindividually.

    Program costs vary, based on how manyhours of service a client receives and on in-dividual financial situations, Stowers said.She said that will be discussed whenarrangements are made for the care.

    Regardless of the amount of time thatclients spend in the center, the goal is tomake it an inviting and stimulating place forthem, Stowers said.

    There are various activities, includingdaily walks, arts and crafts, meals, snacks and

    New adult day care serves Lutz, Land O Lakes

    B.C. MANION/STAFF PHOTOBrittany Stowers is the center manager forthe CARES Adult Day Care at NorthlakeCommunity Center, 2640 N. Lakeview Drive. See CARE, page13A

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