Hurricane-Tropical Storm Names-Atlantic 2019

Hurricane-Tropical Storm Names-Atlantic 2019; The season doesn’t officially begin till June 1 through Nov. 30. But last year, we had a tropical storm named Alberto run through at the end of May. 

According to the Old Farmers Almanacthe name hurricane is from the Native American word Hurakons meaning a great spirit who commanded the east wind. Spanish explorers used the word and named the storms after patron saints. 

Hurricane-Tropical Storm Names-Atlantic 2018A printable Hurricane Supply List

Hurricane-Tropical Storm Names-Atlantic 2018

According to the World Meteorological Organization: Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms are named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center. They are now maintained and updated by an international committee of the WMO.

Every six years, a whole set of new names makes its way from the  World Meteorological Organization. Names of very bad storms are never used again. No-one wants a storm named Katrina again.

Originally only women’s names were used, (I’m not even going to go into the reasoning there; it was a long time ago).  In 1979, men and women names alternated.  Six lists of names are used in rotation. When a name is removed,  (think Katrina), the Committee selects a new name at its annual  meeting.  If they run out of alphabetical names during the year, they  use Greek letters (alpha, beta, etc.).

You can use the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale to determine wind speeds . 

Category Average Wind (mph) Representative Hurricanes
Category One      74 – 95 Danny; 1997
Category Two      96 – 110 Bonnie & Georges; 1998
Category Three      111 – 129 Rita; 2005
Category Four      130 – 156 Charley; 2004
Category Five      157 + Andrew; 1992

Read about Hurricane Pet Safety here. And here.

2019 Storm Names are:

Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Imelda, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van. 

**On a real estate note: if you’re closing on your house when a storm is  in the area, be aware that the closing could be delayed: insurance is not issued while the storm is in our area. 

Toni Weidman, GRI
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Go Box Essential In Florida

Go Box Essential In Florida

 A “Go Box” contains copies of important documents, equipment, supplies essential for your business to continue to operate, and your insurance policies. Everything you need to run or restart your business. You need all that paperwork to keep your business going. 

Here in Florida, we have those things called Hurricanes once in a while. A hurricane can destroy your office and fling your paperwork to the four points of the compass. Make sure you have your important papers in an emergency box that you can take with you if told to evacuate.

Go Box Essential In Florida. Some Recommendations for Your “Go Box”

1. A copy of an emergency contact list of employees, and phone #s of key customers/clients..
2. Voice mail box # and remote password information and instructions so you can change messages and provide information to employees so they can call in for instructions.
3. Copy of insurance policies, agent contact information.

4. Copy of a list of emergency vendors (contractors, plumbers, electricians, restoration contractors, mold remediation, etc.) Make sure they are still in business in your area.
5. Several copies of your “Authorized Passage Under Emergency Conditions Memo or Letter for when one of your employees loses their letter or it is destroyed. This will give them the okay to enter the workplace or area if it is safe to do so.
6. Copy of Listing of your business vendors & suppliers essential for critical activities
7. Back-up files/tapes or server(s) of electronic data.
8. Copy of essential policies, emergency procedures, Business Continuity Plans

9. General Office supplies: pens, pencils, stapler, tape, paper, plus any special forms, etc.
10. Pictures of  business inside and out. This includes home-based businesses.

And there’s more:

Go Box Essential In Florida. Also you want to have the following documentation required  for an SBA disaster Loan or other type of assistance that might become available:

Corporations/Partnerships:  Copy of 3 years tax returns / 1 year personal tax returns on principles. Sole Proprietorship:  Copy of 3 years tax returns with Schedule C
Sole Proprietorship, Corporations and Partnerships all need the following for loans:
Copy of Current Profit & Loss Statement (within 90 days)
Copy of Listing of inventory
Copy of Schedule of Liability
Copy of Balance sheet (as recent as possible)
Copies of all your required licenses.

Now you know what a “Go Box” is- go get it done before the storms start coming in. Oh, and it’s not just important for Florida. We have severe weather everywhere in the country lately. So no matter where you are–you need a Go Box. And, you can do a Go Box for your personal papers too.
 
Trinity Pet SittersTrinity Pet Sitters LLC comes to your home to take care of your pet. Call at 727-359-9519.  And we run Trinity Pets Yappy Hour at Varsity Club, Trinity. 

 

Toni Weidman, GRI
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Spinners Revolving Bistro – St Pete Beach

Spinners Revolving Bistro – St Pete Beach
is where we arranged to meet our good friends, Andy and Kwee Huset for lunch last week. Neither of us had been to Spinners previously and we were very happy with our choice.

Spinners Bistro is placed on top of the Grand Plaza Hotel Beachfront Resort, 5250 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL. 33706. Phone is
727-360-1811.or 800-448-0901.  Their website is here.

Reservations for Spinners can be made at 800-448-0901 or go to their website ,

Kwee Huset is a Realtor® also in Venice, Fl. And we live in New Port Richey, FL. The drive is approximately an hour and a quarter for each of us; they head north and we head south.

We became friends on another blogging network. Part of the idea was that all the members would be good friends, we would comment and commiserate with each other on our blogs. And we had local meet-ups  about 4 times a year. The meet-ups no longer happen but several of us still get together to keep up and because we have become good friends.

Spinners Revolving Bistro – St Pete Beach

This is a gorgeous place to relax and enjoy a meal with friends or family; maybe take your out-of-town visitors to eat there. They will love the every-changing views. Spinners revolves slowly but imperceptibly; if you are looking at your plate for a minute, when you look up things will be slightly different. 

I was concerned before we went that the name Spinners implied a fast turning restaurant. We have been in other revolving restaurants before; one was uncomfortably faster than I liked. Spinners is perfectly timed and you can enjoy all the views; it takes almost an hour to get all the way around.

The food is excellent and the service wonderful. One of the things that always impresses me is the use of tablecloths: so many restaurants do not use them anymore so when I enter a restaurant and see white tablecloths, I’m happy!

Spinners Revolving Bistro - St Pete Beach

When you go, you will thoroughly enjoy the experience. Head downstairs and out to the pool and beach areas too. How could you not love enjoying this view with food and friends. So, can you guess where our next meet-up with Kwee and Andy will be?

All photos by Toni Weidman.

Heading home for the holidays? Need a petsitter to take care of your furkids? Call Trinity Pets Sitters LLC. 

You might like to join us at Trinity Pets Yappy Hour and bring your dog.

Toni Weidman, GRI
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Spinners Revolving Bistro – St Pete Beach

Welcome To New Port Richey Florida

Welcome To New Port Richey Florida

George A. Smith was a Realtor back in the 30’s and he had this sign erected as a Welcome to New Port Richey-FL. for what he hoped would be the home-buying public. 

Welcome To New Port Richey Florida

Welcome To New Port Richey -Florida

We have lots more folks in New Port Richey nowadays; New Port Richey stretched it’s boundaries beyond the city limits so the population is considerable higher.

New Port Richey is a large town on the west coast of Florida. There are many waterfront properties with boat facilities. And lots of subdivisions from the $40,000 range and up, up, up. We are west of Tampa and north of Tarpon Springs.

I wonder who the 2 or 3 old grouches were? If anyone has a clue, let me know. I’m sure they are gone by now and we have friendly folks in New Port Richey-FL. Call us if you would like to live here. Search for homes for sale, click here.

We love our wildlife here in Timber Greens Country Club. Take a look at our Mama Cardinal here.

Craig and I love antique and classic cars. Take a look at the upcoming John Chesnut Park car show here.

Toni Weidman, GRI
Broker-associate
Sailwinds Realty, Trinity, Florida

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Anclote Park In Holiday FL-Great Place

Anclote Park In Holiday FL

Lunch with friends at one of our favorite restaurants, Ms. Vicki’s on the River in Holiday, FL, and we had time after filling ourselves up to wander out on the dock and take some pictures. It was a picture-perfect day.  (if you go, I heartily recommend the Fish Platter and the She Crab soup, my son loves the hamburgers.) 

 

Anclote Park In Holiday FL is on the west coast of Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. Take Alt. 19 to Anclote Blvd.make a right on Bailey’s Bluff,  left at Anclote Marina.  Ms. Vicki’s is on the Anclote River which leads out to the Gulf. And the views are just wonderful. 

Photo by Toni Weidman on a stormy morning.

Anclote Park In Holiday FL-Great Place


Y
ou will enjoy spending time here on weekends: there is entertainment while you eat.  It’s fun to watch the boats come in, tie up, and stay to get dinner or lunch. You can enjoy watching the sea birds like the pelicans.

We love heading over there to meet friends whether it’s for dinner or lunch. Or take a picnic lunch and go to Anclote Beach Park which is next door to the Marina.

Let’s Have Lunch With The Pelicans.

Toni Weidman
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Pasco County Storm Debris Pick Up

Pasco County Storm Debris Pick Up starts Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. Pasco County published this information with a starting date of Sept. 18, but no other information is given as to specific areas or neighborhoods. UPDATE: You can register for storm debris pick-up  here. or use the MyPasco app (in your iPhone.)

You can also drop off your debris at the West Pasco Resource Recovery, 14606 Hays Rd, Spring Hill. Or, East Pasco Transfer Station, 9620 Handcart Rd., Dade City.

Note the following guidelines:

  • Debris should be placed within 10 ft. of the curb; any debris outside of 10 ft. of the curb will NOT be picked up. 
  • Do not stack debris against trees, poles, or fire hydrants.
  • Place food waste in normal trash and recycling containers for your normal residential trash hauler.

Things not picked up with debris:

  • Unusable food items.
  • Wet or moldy newspapers
  • Cardboard, etc. 

Pasco County Storm Debris Pick Up

Pasco County Storm Debris Pick Up

Vegetation Debris: Tree branches, leaves, logs.

Appliances: refrigerators, washers, dryers, freezers, air conditioners, stoves, water heaters, dishwashers.
*Refrigerators: Be sure to clear out all food and remove or secure doors.

Structural Debris: Building materials, lumber, carpet, furniture, mattresses, plumbing.
 
Household Hazardous Waste: batteries, lawn chemicals, pesticides, compressed gas, cleaning supplies, oils.

Electronics: TVs, stereos, computers, radios, dvd players, telephones, and other devices.

You can reach Pasco County Information at 727-847-2411 or email them at customerservice@pascocountyfl.net

Hurricane Irma did quite a bit of damage in our area; although not as much as in the Keys, Miami, and the Islands. Flooding seemed to be more of a destroyer this time around. Each hurricane or  tropical storm has a different personality and different damage results.

You can view their flyer here. Pasco County-Picking up the pieces

Finally, Pasco County is helping to restore our area to it’s former self. Hopefully, most of you now have power and can handle the clean-up. The Debris pick up should help a lot. We made it through and now we have to pick up the pieces.
 
See Pasco County’s Hurricane Statistics and see how much sand went into those sandbags.

You might enjoy reading about Brooksville’s Haunted House (for real).

Toni Weidman, GRI
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Hurricane Turned Church Around

Hurricane Turned Church Around

I have driven by this charming building in the heart of downtown New Port Richey Florida hundreds of times; I never knew it had quite a history. It is the original parish for Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. When the building was dedicated in March, 1919, it was located in a different area, and faced south.

Hurricane Turned Church Around

Hurricane Turned Church Around

In 1921, a  hurricane hit the area and the church was heavily damaged, lifted up and brought back down to face west. Father Felix Unger, who was praying at the time, was unharmed (proving, once again, prayer does work). He let the church stay facing west because he said, “If that’s the way God wants it, we’ll just have to leave it that way.”

A new church home replaced this one in a different location in 1966, and this building was moved by the City of New Port Richey to it’s present location in 2001. Renovation was finished in 2005.

Hurricane Turned Church Around

This tiny building can be seen at Orange Lake in New Port Richey, FL. Looking at it, it’s hard to think that it was lifted and turned, And all with Father Unger inside. And survived! Both he and the church.

New Port Richey is on the West Coast of Florida, west of Tampa and north of Tarpon Springs. The center contains Sims Park where most of the community events take place along the banks of the Pithlachascotee River.  Renovations of Sims Park occurred  in 2016 with a lovely children’s play area now.

How to Keep Your Pets Safe During A Hurricane

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Go Box-What Is It? Why Do You Need It?

Go Box -What Is It? Why Do You Need It? Is your business safe in the event of severe Go Box -What Is It? Why Do You Need It?weather or other natural disaster? We are right in the middle of hurricane season in Florida. Probably, you should have a Go Box ready to take with you if you need to evacuate.

A Go Box contains copies of important documents, equipment, supplies essential for your business to continue to operate, and your insurance policies. Undoubtedly, everything you need to run or restart your business.

Some Recommended Items for Your  Go Box.

1. A copy of an emergency contact list of employees, and phone #s of key customers/clients..
2. Voice mail box # and remote password information and instructions so you can change messages and provide information to employees so they can call in for instructions.
3. Copy of insurance policies, agent contact information.

4. Copy of a list of emergency vendors (contractors, plumbers, electricians, restoration contractors, mold remediation, etc.) Make sure they are still in business in your area.

And a few more:
5. Several copies of your “Authorized Passage Under Emergency Conditions Memo or Letter in case one of your employees loses their letter or it is destroyed. This will provide them with the okay to enter the workplace or area if it is safe to do so.
6. Copy of a listing of your business vendors & suppliers essential for critical activities
7. Back-up files/tapes or server(s) of electronic data.
8. Copy of essential policies, emergency procedures, Business Continuity Plans

9. General Office supplies: pens, pencils, stapler, tape, paper, plus any special forms, etc.
10. Pictures of  business inside and out. This includes home-based businesses.

Go Box -What Else:  you need to have the following documentation required  for an SBA disaster Loan or other type of assistance that might become available.

  • Corporations/Partnerships:  Copy of 3 years tax returns / 1 year personal tax returns on principles. Sole Proprietorship: Copy of 3 years tax returns with Schedule C.
  • Sole Proprietorships, Corporations and Partnerships all need the following for loans:
  • Copy of Current Profit & Loss Statement (within 90 days)
  • Copy of Listing of inventory
  • A Copy of Schedule of Liability
  • Copy of Balance sheet (as recent as possible)
  • Copies of all your required licenses.

Go Box -What Is It? Why Do You Need It?

Now you know what a Go Box is-  go get it done before the storms start coming in. Oh, and it’s not just important for Florida. We have severe weather everywhere in the country lately. So, no matter where you are–you need a Go Box.
Finally, you should have one for your home too.


Read about the Hurricane That Turned A Church Around-New Port Richey
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Toni Weidman
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Scallop Season Florida Started June 24 2017

Scallop Season Florida Started June 24 2017

Remember it starts the last Saturday in June and ends September 10 in the Gulf areas. You must have a fishing license. This is for the Gulf Coast Region.

Scallop Season Florida Started June 24 2017

Bay Scallops are found in the sea-grass beds in the blue lined area. Their means of locomotion is by opening and closing their shells. Bottom dwellers, they can be found in 4-8 feet of water.

So you can start making your scalloping plans. You need a mask, snorkel, and fins or water shoes, gloves are good too, to enjoy this sport.  Check out the regulations and other areas at Florida Fish and Wildlife

Scallop Season Florida Started June 24 2017

Just a reminder: It is illegal to have bay scallops on waters outside open harvest areas. It is also illegal to land scallops outside open harvest areas. For example, it would be legal to take scallops from waters off the Hernando County coast, but it would be illegal to dock your boat in Pasco County with the scallop catch on board.

Scallop Season Florida Started June 24 2017Argopecten irradians (Bay Scallop)
courtesy of Florida Fish & Wildlife

The harvest limit is 2 gallons per person per day or 1 pint of bay scallop meat per person. Total maximum is 10 gallons of scallops (in shell) or 1/2 gallon bay scallop meat per vessel. Beds are located mostly in shallow waters and is permitted by hand or dip net.

The bay scallop is a member of the shellfish family. Spawning occurs at 1 year of age and in the fall, when the weather is cool. Unfortunately, only 1 egg out of 12 million will survive to live a full life, and in Florida they usually only live 1 year.  So, count yourself lucky to catch them.

Scallop Season Florida Started June 24 2017

Florida’s shallow waters used to be teeming with the tasty little guys but water quality and over-hunting has affected the population.  Florida Fish and Wildlife began restricting  (1998) harvesting to only recreational use. This seems to be working as an increase in population occurred. 

According to  Scalloping Crystal River: Scalloping is like hunting for Easter eggs.

View a scallop post here to see a video.

Toni Weidman
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Scallop Season Florida Started June 24 2017

Sandhill Crane Babies – It Must Be Spring

Sandhill Crane Babies – It Must Be Spring

Each year, our resident Sandhill Crane couple brings their babies around for us to admire and enjoy.

We know it’s the same couple because they bring their babies to our back door for our admiration and approval, and wait for the seeds to come out. This year’s new crop of babies is very cute. They were born about two weeks ago and have already grown so much bigger.

Sandhill Crane Babies – It Must Be Spring

Sandhill Crane Babies - It Must Be Spring

Sandhills mate for life, they have one or two babies. Sadly the babies don’t always make it especially if Spring turns back to something cold and nasty. Of course, every year, I hope for the best for these little ones.

Sandhill Crane Babies - It Must Be Spring

 

They are fun to watch with those spiky little legs and not much in the way of feathers. They have to really run to keep up with Mom and Dad’s long strides. The cranes raise them for about 9-10 months.

Do you know that Sandhill Crane babies are called colts; not chicks like most birds. View more Timber Greens wildlife here.


Enjoy this Florida moment!

 Toni Weidman 
Broker-associate
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Sandhill Crane Babies – It Must Be Spring