Welcome to Sun City Center, Florida!

th58CQ0VIKSun City Center got its start as a “Del Webb” community, meaning it is a 55+ community including anything you might want or need, only 25 miles south of Tampa. Over 11,000 people now live in Sun City Center. Not only do we have affordable homes, we also have retail shopping, restaurants, gas stations, lakes, golf, dog park, banks, grocery stores, churches – pretty much anything you would want and its all accessible by golf carts! How fun is that! This is a very active lifestyle with generally 300 days of sunshine!

For more detailed information go to http://www.suncitycenter.org or just give me a call at 410-991-7110-cell or email me at patricia.mclaughlin@kw.com and I will be very happy to tell you all about our community. Better yet, come for a visit and I will personally give you a tour of Sun City Center!  

Pat McLaughlin, REALTOR(R)
Keller Williams Realty South Shore
813-633-4200 Sun City Center ofc
Serving Apollo Beach and Sun City Center, Fl.

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Should you give a dog as a Christmas present?

In my opinion, absolutely NOT! A dog is like a family member. They have feelings and emotions. Would you give your kid away? Sometimes you might feel like it, but you don’t act on it!  Getting a dog is something you should spend a lot of time thinking about before actually bringing one home. Who is going to feed him/her? Walk him/her? Then of course there are the expenses of owning a dog like grooming, vet bills, food and supplies. I know it looks exciting to see kids open a box and that cute little puppy bounces out on Christmas morning, but give some thought before you do this. So many rescues have pets that were given with the best of intentions only to become discarded a month or two later when they start growing and chewing on everything!

Be considerate this Christmas. By all means, if a dog is something you have planned for and your family is ready to bring that sweet little puppy home check out dog rescues. They have so many that need fur-ever homes! Not only do puppies need love, but keep in mind there may be an older dog with special needs that just wants to be loved.

Just be prepared before deciding to bring a dog into a home during the hectic Christmas season.

Meet JoJo. This is our sweet little boy who came to us a year ago from a hoarding situation. He’s 5 yrs old and has cataracts and stiffness in his hip joint. When you rescue a dog with special needs you have to be prepared to do whatever is necessary to help them. JoJo can’t jump so we pick him up to put him on the sofa or bed and we have to make sure the lights are on so he can see where he is going. He can’t see if its too dark. He loves to cuddle and he just wants to be close to you. I can’t imagine how people can mistreat these little guys. So, before you give a dog as a gift this Christmas just make sure you are prepared to take care of him/her!  They depend on YOU!

JoJo on couch

Cooper’s Hawk Winery, Tampa, Fl.

Cooper's Hawk Winery, Tampa2Visit Cooper’s Hawk Winery in Tampa, Fl. and find an array of wines to fit anyone’s pallet. The wines are amazing, service is impeccable, food is fantastic, and prices are reasonable!

A great way to spend an evening whether meeting new friends at the wine bar or having a delicious meal in the dining room.

When I was there, I tried the ‘flight’ which was a wonderful way of tasting different types of wine and then deciding which one I liked the best. I also joined their Wine Club which is designed to help explore, share and pair wines with remarkable food. Each month you have the option of picking up your favorite bottle of wine or having it shipped directly to your door! How easy is that!

Cooper's Hawk Winery, Tampa