New state requirement for driver license re-testing in effect
Hillsborough County Tax Collector Nancy C. Millan announced last week that Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle (FLHSMV) implemented a procedural change for driver license re-resting with motorists whose licenses have been expired for a year or more.
Drivers will be required to complete written and vision exams in order to obtain their license again. Millan said this includes drivers who meet the following criteria:
- Drivers who have completed the written exam but did not obtain their license within one year of their written exam pass date
- Drivers who downgraded from a Class E license to an ID card, and their driver license has been expired for a year or more
- Drivers who did not apply to renew their license within the one-year delinquent renewal period
- Drivers applying for a Florida license whose out-of-state license has been expired for a year or more
“I encourage Hillsborough County drivers to renew their driver license in a timely manner,” Millan said in a press release. “Customers who need to be re-tested should schedule a written test appointment online through our website at hillstax.org.”
Hillsborough County Tax Collector offices are currently open only to those who have scheduled appointments. Visit hillstax.org to schedule an appointment or get more information.
Batting cage installed at Mike Sansone Park
The Plant City Parks and Recreation Department announced last week the completion and installation of a lighted three-tunnel batting cage at Mike Sansone Park, 1702 N. Park Road.
The department said the project, completed under budget by Clearwater-based Turbo Link, International, cost $78,500. The new cage facility measures 41 feet by 72 feet and “offers more space for baseball and softball players to warm up and work on their batting skills.”
Mike Sansone Park is the home of Plant City Little League and also hosts numerous baseball and softball events each year, such as GSA Baseball tournaments and the NCBA/NCSA Spring Training Showcases.
Florida Strawberry Festival art show altered
The Florida Strawberry Festival’s Fine Arts Show has been modified for the upcoming 2021 event.
The show has changed course due to “unforeseen circumstances,” according to a press release, so it will now showcase the winners from the East Hillsborough County School District Area 6 Art Competition. The show will display the top entries from local students age 6-17 throughout the 11 days of the festival and winners for “Best in Show” and “Strawberry Theme” categories will be awarded.
“Since my first year as chairman of the Fine Arts Show in 1993, I have seen an increase in the number of artists participating,” East Hillsborough Art Guild President Karen Crumley said in a press release. “This year will be a new experience working with Hillsborough County Schools and their art teachers, and we are excited to share their hard work.”
Artists who are not competing in the Area 6 Art Competition but planned to submit entries for this year’s Fine Arts Show are asked to not bring their art for entry in the festival’s show. No entries outside of the Area 6 competition will be accepted for this year’s show. Crumley said the East Hillsborough Art Guild expects the 2022 show to get back to normal, so artists who would have competed this year can get a head start on next year’s show with the early reservations on EHAGfinearts.org. Entry forms and rules for the 2022 show will be available Nov. 1.
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