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Tax Free Weekend for Appliances!

September 20, 2014 By: Laura Category: News No Comments →

This weekend is Tax Free Weekend for Appliances in Florida!


The first $1,500 of energy efficient refrigerators, dishwashers, washers, dryers and air conditioners are tax exempt. You also do not have to pay sales tax on efficient light bulbs, ceiling fans.

The tax is also waived on toilets, faucets and other items that cut down on water consumption.

The tax break is limited to a single purchase for each item that costs $500 or more. There is no limit for items that are worth less than $500.

Sales tax is 6% in Florida. So you can save quite a bit of money today if you were planning on buy the nice new shiny appliance this weekend!

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Free Movie at the MacDill AFB Theater on Thursday

September 17, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, News No Comments →

This Thursday the free movie at the MacDill AFB movie theater will be “The Amazing Spider Man-2″. The movie starts at 5:30pm.

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In this movie, Spider-Man protects his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city including Electro played by Jamie Foxx. This movie explores the human side of Spider-Man and the tragedies his must endure.

Anyone can attend this movie. Plus you can bring your own food and drinks. Just make sure that you clean up after yourself! The air conditioner is pretty good in the theater so make sure you bring a light jacket or even a blanket to share. If you want to have a little dinner before the movie, then stop by SeaScapes Beach Club or Ten Pin Grill at the MacDill Lanes.

SeaScapes Beach House on the MacDill AFB beach gives you a great view of  Tampa Bay.  Sip a few cocktails or just enjoy the great food.  The Ten Pin Grill is a great place for a snack or a full meal. From burgers to pizza to kids meal, you will find something at the Grill that should please any appetite.

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Is It Time to Move to a Condo?

September 15, 2014 By: Laura Category: News No Comments →


My husband and I have hit a point in our lives where all the kids have moved out to college or graduated from college and are out on their own. We have one left at home who will finish up her senior year of high school in June and then go off to college in September. Living in a large home with no kids makes the house seem way too large! My husband is not big on gardening and so maybe it is time to downsize! Maybe a condo is the right move for anyone feeling like us!

One of the staff writers on MilitaryByOwner has written an article “Is it Time to Buy a Condo?” that might be helpful with your decision. It is just a fact of life that sometimes a large house can be too much to keep up with and a condo might be better especially if traveling or doing more things away from the house is in your future.

Although you might be living a little bit closer to people and maybe parking might be a little less easily available, owning condo might make good financial sense even if you are just starting out. As landlord, condos are little more easier to maintain since there is a condo association to take care of the outside. You just have to ensure that tenants take care of the inside.

In South Tampa and downtown Tampa, there are many condos being built, for sale or for rent in these popular and growing areas of Tampa. These areas are also just a 5 to 15 minute drive from MacDill AFB. There are plenty of new condos and townhouses being built in nearby suburbs of Tampa. Many of these locations will be within a 30 minute drive of MacDill AFB.

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MacDill Lanes Bowling Specials

September 12, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, News, Sports No Comments →

If you’re bowler or looking to take the family out for a night of bowling, then head over the MacDill Lanes for some of the best and most affordable bowling in Tampa! The 12-lane facility offers a family friendly location for bowling, video games, billiards and a great grill that offers something for everyone.


On Fridays and Saturdays after 6pm until 10pm, a game costs $3 a person. On Sundays from noon to 6pm, a game costs $2.50 a person. Shoe rental is $2 a pair.

The pro shop has everything you need from bowling balls to shoes and everything in between.

The Ten Pin Grill has something for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The prices are very reasonable!

If you’re looking to have a birthday party at a great venue, then the MacDill Lanes is the place to go!

And now that football season has started, you can catch NFL football starting at 1pm on Sunday at MacDill Lanes!

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ID Card Information for MacDill AFB

September 10, 2014 By: Laura Category: News, Self Improvement No Comments →

Macdill AFB


Do you need to update your military ID card? Maybe a member of your family is getting their first ID card. Well here is some information to hopefully make the transaction a smooth one.

First, the military ID card customer service office is located at 8011 Tampa Point Blvd., Building 373, MacDill AFB. You can follow the signs found along Bayshore drive. The office is closed on the third Monday  of every month to all customers.

The best way to get an ID or CAC card is to make an appointment.  By clicking on this appointment button you will be able to view what times and dates are available. If you are getting more than one ID card you will have to book an appointment for each member of your party. Also if you are more than 15 minutes late you forfeit your appointment. Make sure you jot down your confirmation number in case you need it to cancel or reschedule your appointment. If you have any questions on this you can give the customer service office a call at 813-828-6673.

The MacDill AFB customer service office does offer walk in service on a limited schedule. You can use the walk in service Mondays from 7:30a.m. until 11:00a.m. Tuesday thru Friday you can walk in from 7:30a.m. until 9:30a.m.

The ID office does offer military priority Monday thru Friday from 7:30a.m.-9:30a.m. This is only for the military member if you need to bring in dependents they will need to use the walk in service or make appointments on line.

Tips for making the transaction go smoothly:

  • Bring all required documents.
  • Have 2 forms of valid ID (a Veterans Affairs ID will not be accepted)
  • Make sure you have updated all of you DEERS information before arriving
  • If your sponsor will not be accompanying you make sure to have a valid “General/Special” Power of Attorney or a signed and notarized DD form 1172-2.

For more information on what to bring , what services are offered and when to use the office go to information.

Getting a new ID card for many military families can be stressful and yet exciting for those getting their first card. As a military dependent turning 10 and getting your first ID card was something we all looked forward to! Using the above information and planning ahead should make it a little less stressful. Maybe you can grab lunch at one of the food-trucks on base!

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Business Advertising With

September 09, 2014 By: Laura Category: News, Self Improvement No Comments →

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Do you own a business in the MacDill AFB area? Would you like to share your business with newcomers to the area? Do you think your business would be helpful to military families looking for a new home to rent or buy in the Tampa Bay area? If so then you need to take a look at the changes recently added to the advertising package. offers to advertising packages to meet your needs.

Both of these packages will allow customers coming to’s MacDill AFB page an opportunity to view your advertising space.

The new features of the ad packages allows you the advertiser the ability to customize your ad to fit your needs. Some of the new features included are:

  • A link to “View Advertiser Features”.
  • The ability to list other bases that you do business in. (Just allows listing the info not an entire new ad for another base).
  • A space for two contact numbers is provided.
  • New Social Media tools-buttons for all of your social media accounts.
  • You will have the ability to give a detailed description of your experience, certification, awards and any professional designations you may have earned.
  • The ability for Realtors and Property Managers to list all of their listings with their advertisement.

With all of these great upgrades who wouldn’t want to advertise on our MacDill AFB page? As of now most of our advertisers are involved with the Real Estate market . But this would also be a great place to advertise your dental practice, medical office, plumbing company, electrical business, day care or a handyman service. I have found on the social media sites I belong to these types of businesses seem to be what newcomers and home owners in the area are searching for.

I can not wait to see all the new advertisers on the MacDill AFB base page. Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the new features. You can always like us on our Facebook page our Tweet at us at @MacDill Happenin.

If you have any questions or would like to place an ad you can go to or give the office a call at 866-604-9126.


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More Labor Day Weekend Fun!

August 29, 2014 By: Laura Category: Events, News No Comments →

This weekend is an opportunity to get out enjoy the last traditional weekend of the summer! It’s a little different in Tampa, because school has already started and the best weather of the year is just a few weeks away. No snow, but great outdoor weather will soon be here! And there still a lot of great things to do here.


Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Rays

  • The Tampa Bay Rays start a 4-game series against the Boston Red Sox tonight.  The first pitch is at 7:10pm and Chris Archer will be on the mound for the Rays.  Go Rays!
  • Tonight at MOSI admission is $5 after 6pm for the “After Dark and Food Truck Rally”.
  • On Saturday, the Capitol Theater in downtown Clearwater will show two classic disaster movies from the 70′s “The Poseidon Adventure” and “The Towering Inferno”.  Start time is 7pm.
  • This is also the last weekend for active duty military families to take advantage of the Blue Star Initiative for free admission to various museums.
  • All weekend long is the Tarpon Spring Docks Arts and Crafts Festival with plant, food and of course Arts and Crafts.
  • On Sunday after 5pm, the Florida Aquarium is offering $15 admission!

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MacDill AFB Base Gate Construction

August 27, 2014 By: Laura Category: News No Comments →

MacDill AFB gate-courtesy of de. wilkipedia

Have you experienced a long wait coming on to MacDill AFB? Part of it is due to having to scan ID cards, but part is due to gate capacity. Well base officials are hoping the new construction projects going on in the are will fix the capacity problems. You have probably already seen the orange cones at the Dale Mabry gate but look for projects at all the gates including the Tanker gate.  This construction is scheduled to be completed in November 2014. Here is what is going on:

  • Tanker gate will have an additional incoming traffic lane added. This will also allow for a vehicle rejection straight on to Manhattan Boulevard.
  • The Bayshore gate will extend Zemke Ave to connect to Bayshore Boulevard. Bollard will be place at CENTCOM Avenue .
  • The Dale Mabry gate will see new traffic calming measures to slow allowing for and extended reaction time should a threat arise at the gate.

For more information on this construction and any road closures that might occur keep an eye on the MacDill AFB website. I will try and share any information I may see here and on our MacDill Happenings Facebook page. If you have any information you would like to share please share it here with us on the blog or share it on the Facebook page. How about sending us a Tweet at @MacDillHappenin .

On a side note if you are new to the area and a first time reader of this blog you might want to check out this post: Newcomer. Also if you have an event or a subject you would like to see on the blog please let us know here in the comments section or message me on the Facebook page.

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Traveling Via A Space “Hop”

August 24, 2014 By: Laura Category: News, Things to do No Comments →

MacDill AFB Pax terminal courtesy of MacDILL AFB

Space-A Travel


It is Summer Vacation time and we are all trying to think of ways to save money on our vacation travels. Well if you are an active duty military member or retired a retired military member, then choosing to take a “hop” on a Military flight is a great way to save. This so called “hop” is actually taking advantage of space available on Military transport flights. In the MacDill AFB area, we have a unique opportunity to catch a flight from MacDill or even driving up to NAS  Jacksonville to  try out a Space-A “hop”.

Check out these great articles by our staff writer Monica who at this moment is enjoying England and Ireland via a Space-A flight.

“Space-A Adventure”

“Space A Travel-Tips for Traveling Overseas”

“Space A Travel-Getting On a Flight”

For information on the MacDill AFB Passenger terminal and flights available you can go to MACDILL or to FACEBOOK  which will actually give you information on other Passenger Terminals in the area.

So with this money saving tip, there is no excuse to get out there and have a great Summer vacation!  If you have any tips on using Space-A, please share them with us here or on our Facebook page.

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Things to do in Tampa Bay

August 22, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, Communities, Dining, Events, News, Things to do No Comments →

Courtesy of the Plant Museum
Lots of fun things happening this weekend August 23rd and 24th. For most of us in the MacDill AFB area it was back to school this week so some school shopping might be in order. Or maybe you just want to enjoy some family time enjoying the Tampa Bay area. Here are some great events going on:

  • Saturday is the Tailgate Taste Festival in downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park. Purchase wristbands for $25 to take a taste of area restaurants best tailgating food. Get ready for football season with everything from chicken to sliders to ribs with entertainment, and family fun. The event opens at 11am with a live video showing of the Tampa Bay Bucs taking on the Buffalo Bills at 4:30pm.
  • This is the second to last weekend of the Blue Star Museum initiative for active duty military members and their families. MOSI and the Henry B Plant Museum are participating along with several St. Pete museums.
  • Saturday evening at Al Lang Park in downtown St. Pete, the Tampa Bay Rowdies professional soccer team take on the Carolina Railhawks at 7:30pm. It’s also $2 hotdog night!
  • On Sunday at 3pm, the Tampa Theatre will play the 1926 silent movie “The Black Pirate”. This classic movies stars Douglas Fairbanks in the lead and will be accompanied by music from the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ just like when it was originally released.
  • If you want to play golf this weekend, the Bay Palms Golf Complex on MacDill AFB is offering a $5 discount off of green fees if your driver’s license has a Brandon, Riverview, Valrico or Lithia address. This offer is good during August.

Speaking of golf have you checked out the great listing of golf course homes on This site can also help you find homes near the beach or with a pool.

Have a great time this weekend and please share with us any fun events you are going to attend. Share them here in the comments section or on our MacDill Happenings Facebook page. You can also Tweet at us at @MacDillHappenin.


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