When all the cars on the boulevard are the same sickly yellow, you know it’s spring. When you find love bugs locked together and smashed into your windshield, you know it’s spring. It’s the most glorious time of year in Florida.
Traditionally I’ve used the weekend just before Easter as the time I fold up all my sweaters, corduroy pants, boots and scarves and put them away. Out come the tank tops, shorts, sandals and sundresses. The lap blankets, dark throw pillows and such are exchanged for vivid colors and fresh flowers. It’s a weekend I look forward to all winter.
This year I made that exchange at the end of March. We’ve had such a mild winter, I barely got to wear the sweaters at all.
Florida’s favorite pastime is reminding frozen relatives and friends up North how sunny and warm it is down here. This year, New Yorkers and Chicagoans alike were sending down photos and YouTube video links showing them standing in 6-foot high snowdrifts. And that was just last week.
Thankfully, with the early heat came some early rains to reduce the threat of wildfires. I’m equally hopeful this argument for global climate change doesn’t signal an especially active hurricane season for our area (or anywhere else, for that matter). The past few years have been lucky for us.
All that being said, there’s still something about it being officially spring that gives us an emotional boost and a desire to get moving again. If you’re already in the mood to add flowers and grasses to the garden area or replace outdoor lighting fixtures, this is the time to get it done. If these few improvements in curb appeal are on your mind, we have several handymen, landscapers and pressure-washing companies we can recommend so you can hire them with complete confidence. Finally going to get that lanai enclosed? We have general contractors who can add additions or improve the space you’ve already got.
Or you might just want to take a short vacation before the really brutal heat kicks in. If so, take a little stroll over to one of our great travel agencies and book a trip somewhere you’ve never been. It doesn’t have to be far away. Maybe up to the Suwanee River, east of Tallahassee, or to St. Augustine.
Time for the dog to get sheared for the summer? We have several doggie salons and mobile groomers who will make Phydeaux look sassy! Or if it’s time for you to get groomed and pampered to rid yourself of “winter” pallor, we have the names of some estheticians who can give you a great facial.
Now that it is officially spring, it’s time to get things done. So remember, whenever you need a butcher, baker or candlestick maker, lawyer, doctor or driveway paver – no matter what you’re looking for – call the chamber first. We check out all of our members and make sure they provide you with the excellent service you deserve and expect.
Summer’s on its way, but that doesn’t mean you have to get burned.
Dana Dittmar is the executive director of the Sun City Center Area Chamber of Commerce.