Volume 83, Number 21, May 23, 2018

This Week – Stephen Benson, with the Florida Department of Transportation, will be our guest speaker. His presentation is titled “Upcoming Changes/Improvements to the State Roads in and About Tampa”. This is your opportunity to determine which roads and intersections you need to avoid during the coming months and years.

LAST WEEK – Our guest speaker was Norma Robinson. She was accompanied by her husband of 58 years, Joseph. Together they are the President (Joseph) and Director (Norma) of the Sulphur Springs Museum and History Center. It opened in April, 2017, and is located at 1101C East River Cove Street, PO Box 9242, Tampa, FL 33674.

Sulphur Springs is bounded by Busch Blvd. on the North, 22nd St. on the East, the Hillsborough River on the South and Nebraska Ave. on the West. It was first mentioned in historical records in the late 1800’s and was made “famous” by the healthy water that was not good for drinking, but made people feel better after swimming and bathing in it. Northerners who came to Tampa to partake of the waters were referred to as “Tin Can Tourists” because they pulled Airstream trailers behind their vehicles. Unfortunately, the springs became polluted as a result of too many people and a flood that accompanied the “No Name Storm” of the late 1970’s.

Today the most prominent point of interest is the 210 foot tall water tower that is visible where a drive in movie theater once stood. The walls of the tower are made of poured concrete, two feet thick. At one time there was an elevator inside the tower, but today all that remains are some ladder type stairs that are blocked off so that adventurous souls do not gain access.

Norma and Joseph discovered that Peter is a bottomless fount of hydrologic information regarding the springs. It appeared that Norma took more notes about his comments than the Bulletin editor did about her presentation. Regardless, his underground analysis proved to be an interesting supplement to her above ground historical orientation. If you were not there, you missed another good one.

Cake In The Park







CLUB NEWS – Too many of you are missing really great program speakers! We need to see you every Wednesday.

MEMBER NEWS – Pat Shea celebrates his wedding anniversary on May 31st.

WORDS OF WISDOM – (Which are you?)


May 23, 2018 – Stephen Benson, (FDOT), “Upcoming Changes/Improvements to the State Roads in and About Tampa”

May 30, 2018 – Brentin Mosher (Bike/Walk Tampa Bay), “WalkWise Safety Presentation”

June 6, 2018 – Meeting cancelled due to summer schedule (a Board Meeting may be substituted)

June 13, 2018 – Vicki Anzalone (Founder), “Where Love Grows”

June 20, 2018 – Bill Staton (Docent), “Ybor City Museum State Park”

June 27, 2018 – Sarah Combs (Executive Director and CEO), “University Area Community Development Corporation”

July 4, 2018 – Meeting cancelled due to summer schedule

July 11, 2018 – Board Meeting at the Wednesday luncheon

July 18, 2018 – Randy Goers (Urban Planning Coordinator, Planning and Development, City of Tampa), “Current and Pending Projects for the City of Tampa”

Optimistically Yours, Third Quarter Bulletin Editor—Dave (dMp) Parrish