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The Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) Program is a multi-disciplinary federal, state, and local government-endorsed program developed to reduce the number of traffic crashes that occur on Florida roadways. The program was created in response to the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1990, federal legislation that calls for local participation and solutions to traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities on local roadways. Our CTST membership consists of professionals in four disciplines: Law Enforcement, Engineering, Emergency Services, and Education. We possess the resources and skills to directly impact the epidemic problems that Florida faces on our roadways. Armed with carefully-developed missions, goals, and objectives, our committees undertake projects and activities and serve as a resource to any and all communities, local government agencies, and roadway users to assist in the reduction of traffic crashes and related injuries and fatalities on our roadways. For more information, contact: Jeanette Rouse FDOT District 7 CTST Coordinator 11201 N. McKinley Drive Tampa, FL 33612 (813) 975-6256 www.d7ctst.org

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Papa Joe’s

6244 Spring Lake Highway Brooksville, FL 34601

Antonio’s Pasta Grille

Green Iguana Bar & Grill

Big Foot on the River

Hamburger Mary’s Bar and Grille

11401 N. 56th Street Tampa, FL 33616

7201 40th Street Tampa, FL 33604

Carmine’s Restaurant 1802 7th Avenue Ybor City, FL 33605

Firehouse Grill & Pub

8814 N. 56th Street Temple Terrace, FL 33617

Gator’s Dockside

5840 E. Fowler Avenue Tampa, FL 33617

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1708 E. 7th Avenue Tampa, FL 33605

1600 E. 7th Avenue Centro Ybor Tampa, FL 33605

Hattricks

107 S. Franklin Street Tampa, FL 33602

Liang’s Bistro

17515 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard Tampa, FL 33647

Tally Ho Pub

7402 N. 56th Street Suite 902 Tampa, FL 33617

A Matter of Taste Cafe & Tea Room 14121 7th Street Dade City, FL 33525

Boondocks Bar, Grill & Pizzeria 8530 Moon Lake Road New Port Richey, FL 34654

Brew City Grill

Benedetto’s

5711 US Highway 19 New Port Richey, FL 34652

Crabby Bill’s

Madeleina Cottage Restaurant

Daiquiri Deck

Sea Hag’s Bar and Grill

14995 Gulf Boulevard Madeira Beach, FL 33708

9555 Blind Pass Rd. St. Pete beach, FL 33706

Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill

Wharf Seafood Restaurant and Bar

21529 Village Lakes Shopping Center Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639

5100 Gulf Boulevard St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

1320 Central Avenue St. Petersburg, FL 33705

357 Corey Avenue St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

2001 Pass-A-Grille Way St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

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FDOT District Seven CTST Officers FDOT District Seven CTST Coordinator Jeanette Rouse Hillsborough CTST

Pinellas CTST

• Susan Joel Chairperson

• Marc Hanger Chairperson

• Gary Tait Vice-Chairperson

• Robert Davis Vice-Chairperson

• Vicki Castro Secretary

• Renee Napier Secretary

Pasco CTST

West Central Florida CTST

• Sgt. Art Rowand Chairperson

• Steve Diez Chairperson

• Bob Reck Vice-Chairperson

• Ken Perez Vice-Chairperson • Susan Littnan Secretary

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Plymouth Rock • • • • •

2 tbsp. fat-free half-and-half 1 tsp. SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener Dash ground cinnamon ¾ cup hot brewed Hazelnut Flavored Coffee (double strength) 2 tbsp. thawed COOL WHIP Sugar Free Whipped Topping

Preparation: microwave first 3 ingredients in microwaveable mug on high 15 sec. or until heated through. Stir in coffee. Top with COOL WHIP.

1600 E. 7th Avenue Centro Ybor Tampa, FL 33605

The Grinch Pinch • • • • • •

¼ cantaloupe, peeled 1 small peach, pitted 1 small nectarine, pitted 2 bottles sparkling cider 6 tbsp. sugar 1½ cup golden or red raspberries

Preparation: slice cantaloupe, peach, and nectarine into bite-size pieces. Pour cider into a large pitcher, stir in sugar. Add sliced fruit and raspberries and refrigerate covered for 2 hours.

Big Foot on the River

7201 40th Street Tampa, FL 33604

Instant Replay • • • • • •

½ lime Fresh mint leaves 2 small pieces watermelon pulp 3 tbsp. Watermelon MixyBar Syrup Chopped ice cubes Soda, seltzer or sparkling water

Preparation: crush fresh fruit, add MixyBar Syrup, pour into a tumbler with ice, fill with soda, seltzer, or sparkling water. Stir and decorate with fruit.

7402 N. 56th Street Suite 902 Tampa, FL 33617

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New Beginnings • • •

1 qt. ginger ale 1 qt. apple juice 1 qt. grape juice

Preparation: mix all ingredients. Garnish with an orange slice and a long-stemmed cherry. 14121 7th Street Dade City, FL 33525

Stars and Stripes • • • •

2001 Pass-A-Grille Way St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

½ cup orange juice ½ cup cranberry juice Splash of grenadine Orange slices and cherry

Preparation: mix juices and grenadine. Garnish with orange slices and a cherry.

Crabby Jungle Juice • • •

5100 Gulf Boulevard St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

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1 banana 1 cup orange juice Dash ginger

Preparation: put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, then pour into a chilled glass. Garnish with a pineapple slice and a maraschino cherry.

Hattrick Banana Berry • • • • • 107 S. Franklin Street Tampa, FL 33602

2 scoops vanilla ice cream 1 banana ½ cup blueberries ½ cup raspberries 2 oz. skim milk

Preparation: put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Bandana Man • • • •

1600 E. 7th Avenue Centro Ybor Tampa, FL 33605

3 heaping scoops lemonade mix (any brand) 2 cups cold water 2 cups pineapple juice 1 bottle (liter) club soda or seltzer

Preparation: measure drink mix into cap just to 2-quart line. Pour into large pitcher. Add water and pineapple juice. Stir until powder is completely dissolved. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Stir in club soda just before serving.

Parade Pleaser • • • •

8814 N. 56th Street Temple Terrace, FL 33617

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4 scoops lemonade powdered drink mix 3 cups cold water 2 cups cold pineapple juice 1 cup cream of coconut

Preparation: measure drink mix into pitcher. Add water; stir until mix is dissolved. Stir in remaining ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Walk the Plank • • • • •

1 gallon apple cider 1 packet Crystal Light Sunrise Classic Orange Drink Mix 4 cinnamon sticks 2 tsp. whole cloves ½ tsp. nutmeg

Preparation: heat all ingredients in a large saucepan on low for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally (do not boil). Discard cinnamon sticks and cloves before serving. Serve over ice in tall glasses. Garnish with a fresh pineapple spear.

Big Foot on the River

7201 40th Street Tampa, FL 33604

Crabby Gaspar Punch • • • • • • •

2 lemons 3 large oranges 1 (6 oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate 1 ltr. club soda 2 (750 mltr.) bottles sparkling apple cider 1 tbsp. white sugar 2 trays ice cubes

Preparation: thinly slice the lemons and the oranges and place in the punch bowl with the other ingredients.

5100 Gulf Boulevard St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Wayward Pirate • • •

½ cup orange juice ½ cup pineapple Splash of grenadine

Preparation: mix juices, add a splash of grenadine. 2001 Pass-A-Grille Way St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

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Antonio’s Pineapple Madness • • • •

½ cup pineapple juice ¼ cup Sprite ¼ cup ginger ale Splash of grenadine

Preparation: combine all ingredients in a glass with ice. Add blueberries and cherries as garnish. Enjoy!!!

11401 N. 56th Street Tampa, FL 33616

First Down • • •

1 bottle (48 oz.) cranberry juice 2 cans (any brand) pink lemonade 1 bottle (1 liter) seltzer, chilled

Big Foot on the River

Preparation: mix together. Serve over ice. 7201 40th Street Tampa, FL 33604

Field Goal • • •

2 oz. orange juice 2 oz. pineapple juice 2 oz. cranberry juice

Preparation: combine juices in a large glass with ice. Bottoms up! 8814 N. 56th Street Temple Terrace, FL 33617

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Boondocks Go Go Juice • • • • • 8530 Moon Lake Road New Port Richey, FL 34654

Coffee Sugar Milk Ice Whipped cream

Preparation: while coffee is still hot, add sugar and stir. Put a small amount of milk in a blender and blend to fluffy consistency. Add ice, coffee mixture, and a small amount of whipped cream. Blend together and serve.

Quarterback Punch • • • •

1600 E. 7th Avenue Centro Ybor Tampa, FL 33605

4 tsp. chocolate syrup 8 Oreo cookies, divided 1½ cups milk 2 cups vanilla ice cream, softened

Preparation: spoon 1 tsp. syrup into each of 4 glasses. Roll each glass to coat bottom and inside of glass. Finely chop 4 cookies and put aside. Cut the remaining cookies into quarters and place in blender. Add milk and ice cream; blend until smooth. Pour into prepared glasses; top with chopped cookies. Serve immediately.

Grid Iron • • • • • • 5100 Gulf Boulevard St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

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¾ cup unsweetened pineapple juice ½ banana 2 -3 packets sweetener 1 tsp. lime juice ¼ tsp. coconut extract 3 - 4 ice cubes

Preparation: combine ingredients in blender. Blend on high for 30 seconds until smooth and creamy.

Valentine’s Love Punch • • • •

Orange juice Cranberry juice 7-Up Splash of grenadine

Preparation: mix in a tall glass 357 Corey Avenue St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Heartbreaker •

Big Foot on the River

7201 40th Street Tampa, FL 33604

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¼ cup Country Time Strawberry Lemonade Drink Mix 3 cups cold cranberry-apple drink 1 cup cold club soda

Preparation: mix ingredients together in pitcher, stir until dissolved. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve over ice in 4 tall glasses. .

Just Peachy • • • • • • 1600 E. 7th Avenue Centro Ybor Tampa, FL 33605

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5 cups cold water 1 cup orange juice 1 packet peach-flavor Crystal Light mix 2 fresh peaches, sliced 1 cup fresh raspberries 1 cup fresh blueberries

Preparation: add water and juice to drink mix in large pitcher; stir until mix is dissolved. Stir in fruit. Serve over ice.

4 Leaf Clover • • • • 1600 E. 7th Avenue Centro Ybor Tampa, FL 33605

4 heaping scoops lime-flavor drink mix (any brand) 6 cups cold water 1 bottle (liter) ginger ale 1 qt. lime sherbet

Preparation: measure drink mix into pitcher, add water. Stir until dissolved. Pour in ginger ale. Top with small scoops of sherbet.

Blarney Bliss • • • • •

8814 N. 56th Street Temple Terrace, FL 33617

2 cups boiling water 1 pkg. (3 oz.) green Jello gelatin 1 jar marshmallow crème 2 cups apple juice 1½ cups mini marshmallows

Preparation: add boiling water to gelatin mix in medium bowl; stir until completely dissolved. Gradually add to marshmallow crème in large bowl, beating with mixer after each addition until well blended. Stir in juice. Pour evenly into 12 plastic cups. Use the back of a spoon to gently press 2 tbsp. marshmallows into gelatin mixture in each cup. Freeze 1 hour or until almost firm.

Green Goblin • •

Apple juice Ginger ale

Preparation: mix in a tall glass. Garnish with lime.

357 Corey Avenue St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

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Hold My Shamrock! • •

Sprite Splash of lime juice

Preparation: add a splash of lime juice to Sprite to make it green. 2001 Pass-A-Grille Way St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Lucky Leprechaun • • • •

1 cup boiling water 1 pkg. (3 oz.) green Jello gelatin 2 cups cold water 1 bottle (1 liter) lime soda

Preparation: stir boiling water into dry gelatin mix in medium bowl at least 2 minutes until gelatin is completely dissolved. Stir in cold water. Refrigerate 3 hours or until firm. Break gelatin into small flakes with fork. Spoon about ⅓ cup of gelatin into seven 8-oz. glasses. Pour about ½ cup of cold beverage over gelatin in each glass. Serve with straw to sip gelatin pieces and beverage.

Big Foot on the River

7201 40th Street Tampa, FL 33604

Crabby Magic Green Lantern • • • • • • •

1 cup well-packed sprigs of fresh parsley ½ tsp. grated lime zest 1 cup cold water (use spring water) ½ cup lime juice ½ cup sugar Club soda Lime slices for garnish

Preparation: mix ingredients, serve in 6 iced tea or highball glasses garnished with lime slices.

5100 Gulf Boulevard St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

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Mexican Border • • • •

4 oz. Island Oasis Piña Colada Mix 4 oz. Island Oasis Strawberry Daiquiri Mix 2 oz. pineapple juice 1 cup ice

Preparation: place both mixes in blender with pineapple juice and ice. Blend and enjoy!

21529 Village Lakes Shopping Center Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639

Frozen Lemon Berry Crabby Rita • • • • • • •

4 lime wedges 2 tbsp. coarse sugar 2/3 cup thawed lemonade concentrate 1 cup frozen unsweetened raspberries 2 cup ice cubes 2 pkg. (10 oz. each) frozen unsweetened sliced strawberries, thawed ½ cup frozen blueberries

5100 Gulf Boulevard St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Preparation: mix ingredients, blend, and serve.

Amigo • • • • •

Coarse salt, for rim of glass Grapefruit slice for garnish ⅓ cup pink grapefruit juice 1 tbsp. grenadine 1 to 1½ cups ice cubes

Preparation: place salt in a saucer; moisten the rim of a glass with a grapefruit slice and dip in salt. Combine juice and grenadine in a blender, add ice. Pour into prepared glasses.

1600 E. 7th Avenue Centro Ybor, Tampa, FL 33605

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Slow Down Gin Fizz • • •

1 qt. ginger ale 1 qt. apple juice 1 qt. grape juice

Preparation: mix. Garnish with an orange slice and a long stemmed cherry. 14121 7th Street Dade City, FL 33525

Here’s to May 5th Birthdays! Big Foot on the River

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1 tub TANG Orange Flavor Drink Mix 4 cups water 3 cups apricot nectar 3 cups cold club soda

7201 40th Street Tampa, FL 33604

Preparation: place drink mix in large pitcher. Add water, stir until drink mix is dissolved. Stir in nectar. Refrigerate several hours. Pour into punch bowl when ready to serve. Stir in club soda. Serve over ice cubes. Garnish with mint leaves and lemon slices. Cheers to Frankie & Beverly!

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Sprite Splash of lime juice

Preparation: add a splash of lime juice to Sprite. Top with a slice of lime. 2001 Pass-A-Grille Way St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

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Fruity Fireworks • • • •

8814 N. 56th Street Temple Terrace, FL 33617

2 cups water ½ cup lemonade powdered drink mix 3 cups chopped watermelon 1 cup ice cubes

Preparation: blend all ingredients in a blender on high speed until smooth. Serve immediately.

Red White and Blueberry Crabby • • • • • 5100 Gulf Boulevard St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

1 cup whipping cream ½ cup frozen blueberries 1 dash lemon juice Sugar to taste Small strawberries for garnish

Preparation: mix together the whipping cream, blueberries, lemon juice, and sugar in a blender. Top with a few strawberries.

Flagpole Fizz • •

1600 E. 7th Avenue Centro Ybor Tampa FL, 33605

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⅓ cup any flavor drink mix 3 cups ginger ale

Preparation: place drink mix in blender. Add ginger ale. Blend on high speed until blended. Serve in a tall glass over crushed ice. Top with a cherry and a mini paper flag.

Witch’s Brew • •

Orange soda Splash of cranberry juice

Preparation: mix in a tall glass. Serve over ice. Garnish with a cherry. 357 Corey Avenue St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Goblin Goulash • • •

8814 N. 56th Street Temple Terrace, FL 33617

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2 cups cold water 2 cups Hawaiian Punch 1 packet Crystal Light Lemonade Flavor Drink Mix 1 orange, sliced 1 apple, sliced 1 lime, sliced 2 cups cold club soda

Preparation: add water and Hawaiian Punch to drink mix in pitcher; stir. Stir in all remaining ingredients except club soda. Refrigerate several hours. Add club soda just before serving; stir. Serve over ice.

Twisted Pumpkin Patch • • •

½ cup orange juice ½ cup Sprite Splash of grenadine

Preparation: mix juice and Sprite, add a splash of grenadine. 2001 Pass-A-Grille Way St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

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Scary Crabby Punch • • • •

48 oz. chilled cranberry juice cocktail 1 ltr. chilled ginger ale ½ cup chilled lime juice 2 cinnamon sticks (optional)

Preparation: combine cranberry juice cocktail, ginger ale, and lime juice together in a large pitcher. Garnish with cinnamon sticks. Serves 20.

5100 Gulf Boulevard St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Ghostly Ghoul • • • • •

6 tbsp. ground decaffeinated coffee ½ tsp. ground cinnamon ½ cup lite maple-flavor pancake syrup 4½ cups cold water 6 tbsp. Cool Whip

Preparation: place coffee in a filter in the brew basket of a coffee maker; sprinkle with cinnamon. Pour syrup into empty pot of coffee maker. Add water to coffee maker; brew. When brewing is complete, stir until coffee mixture is well blended. Top with cool whip.

Big Foot on the River

7201 40th Street Tampa, FL 33604

Ybor Breeze • • • •

2 oz. fresh grapefruit juice ½ oz. cranberry juice Splash of club soda Lime wedge

Preparation: mix juices and club soda in a glass. Garnish with a wedge of lime.

1802 7th Avenue Ybor City, FL 33605

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Imitation Turkey • •

½ cup pineapple juice ½ cup lemonade

Preparation: mix and pour over ice.

2001 Pass-A-Grille Way St. Pete Beach, FL 33705

Rays Playoff Punch • • •

1 part Blue Rain Gatorade 1 part Sprite 1 part ginger ale

Preparation: mix all ingredients and shake. Serve over ice. 1320 Central Avenue St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Thankful Tea 1 cup Tang orange-flavor drink mix ⅓ cup instant tea 1 tsp. ground cinnamon ½ tsp. ground cloves Preparation: mix ingredients. Store in a tightlycovered jar at room temperature. For each serving, place 1 tbsp. mix in large mug. Add ¾ cup boiling water. Stir until mix is dissolved.

1600 E. 7th Avenue Centro Ybor, Tampa, FL 33605

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Thankful Crabby Sparkler • • •

5100 Gulf Boulevard St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

¼ cup ginger syrup 4 ½ cups sparkling apple cider 6 cinnamon sticks

Preparation: place 2 tbsp. ginger syrup in each of six glasses. Fill glasses with ice cubes, pour in cider, and stir. Garnish with cinnamon sticks.

Green Iguana Cooler 2 oz. cranberry juice 1 oz. orange juice 1 oz. pineapple juice Club soda

1708 E. 7th Avenue Centro Ybor Tampa, FL 33605

Preparation: fill a tall glass with crushed ice. Add juices and a splash of club soda. Garnish with an orange and pineapple spear.

Bountiful Harvest • • •

1 qt. ginger ale 1 qt. apple juice 1 qt. grape juice

Preparation: mix all ingredients. Garnish with an orange slice and long-stemmed cherry. 14121 7th Street Dade City, FL 33525

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Halftime - Highlights • • • • • •

2 qts. apple juice 1 cup fresh lemon juice 1 qt. orange juice 1 bottle sparkling white-grape juiced, chilled 1 apple, thinly sliced 1 lemon, thinly sliced

Preparation: in a pitcher, combine apple and lemon juices immediately after juicing to keep the apple juice pink. Stir in orange juice; cover and chill. Just before serving, add grape juice and sliced fruit.

8814 N. 56th Street Temple Terrace, FL 33617

Virgin Hags Brew • • • •

3 oz. lemonade 3 oz. cranberry juice 2 oz. frozen raspberry drink mix Splash of soda water

Preparation: shake all ingredients and serve over ice. 9555 Blind Pass Rd. St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Turkey Trot • • •

6 oz. Red Bull 1 oz. cranberry juice 1 oz. apple juice

Preparation: combine ingredients in a shaker. Fill a 16 oz. glass with ice and add mixture. Garnish with an orange slice or a feather.

7402 N. 56th Street Suite 902 Tampa, FL 33617

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Mango Coolatta • • • •

½ cup fresh mango, peeled, diced, and pureed 4 oz. piña colada mix 1 oz. pineapple juice Ice

Preparation: combine all ingredients in a blender. Pour into a tall glass. Garnish with two cubes of fresh mango on a sword and a sprig of mint.

14995 Gulf Boulevard Madeira Beach, FL 33708

Passion Fruit Iced Tea • • • •

1 oz. passion fruit syrup 1 oz. sugar syrup ⅓ shaker premium Chinese black tea 1 scoop ice

Preparation: mix all ingredients together and shake very well.

17515 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard Tampa, FL 33647

Virgin Mary • • • • •

Bloody Mary mix Montreal Steak Seasoning Olives Slice of lime Glass of ice

Preparation: coat the rim of a glass with Montreal Steak Seasoning. Pour in Bloody Mary Mix, add olives. Garnish with a slice of lime.

2001 Pass-A-Grille Way St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

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Snowball • •

Frozen coconut juice and pieces Cranberry juice

Preparation: mix the ingredients in a glass and garnish with a cherry. 357 Corey Avenue St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Stroconut Cane • • • •

5711 US Highway 19 New Port Richey, FL 34652

4 oz. Sprite 4 oz. Finest Choice Strawberry Daiquiri Mix 4 oz. Finest Choice Piña Colada Ice

Preparation: blend 2 oz. Sprite, strawberry mix, and ice. Separately, blend 2 oz. Sprite, piña colada mix, and ice. Layer one inch of strawberry mixture in glass, add one inch layer of piña colada mixture. Continue alternating layers to top of glass. Top with whipped cream and a cherry.

Santa’s Little Helper • • •

1 oz. strawberry puree 5 oz. ginger ale Splash of lime

Preparation: fill a pint glass with ice. Add ingredients and shake to mix. 5840 E. Fowler Avenue Tampa, FL 33617

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Cappuccino Punch • • • • •

1 gallon milk 2 cups espresso ¼ cup hazelnut syrup ¼ cup vanilla syrup ½ gal. coffee ice cream

Preparation: mix milk, espresso, and syrups together in large punch bowl. Add medium-size scoops of ice cream. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

6244 Spring Lake Highway Brooksville, FL 34601

Rudolph’s Passion • • • •

1 tbsp. chocolate syrup 1 tbsp. caramel ice cream topping ¾ cup hot brewed coffee 2 tbsp. thawed cool whip topping

Preparation: place toppings in mug. Add hot coffee; stir until well blended. Top with cool whip.

1600 E. 7th Avenue Centro Ybor Tampa, FL 33605

Bah Humbug! • • • • •

1 packet Crystal Light Raspberry Ice Drink Mix 4 cups cranberry juice 1 cup orange juice 1 cup white grape juice 2 cups club soda

Preparation: place all ingredients in a pitcher. Stir until mix is dissolved. Serve over ice.

Big Foot on the River

7201 40th Street Tampa, FL 33604

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Santa’s Chimney Buster • •

Vanilla ice cream Root beer

Preparation: fill a 16 oz. glass with vanilla ice cream, top with ice cold root beer. Add straw so Santa doesn’t spill it on his beard! 8814 N. 56th Street Temple Terrace, FL 33617

St. Nick’s Punch • • • • • 7402 N. 56th Street Suite 902 Tampa, FL 33617

2 small grapefruits 2 juice oranges 2 tangerines ½ lime 2 pomegranates

Preparation: use a juicer to juice the grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, and lime. Juice the pomegranates in a separate bowl. Divide citrus juice among 3 glasses. Top with pomegranate juice, which will settle to the bottom. Garnish with a cherry.

Juice Delight • • •

1 qt. ginger ale 1 qt. apple juice 1 qt. grape juice

Preparation: mix all ingredients. Garnish with an orange slice and a long-stemmed cherry. 14121 7th Street Dade City, FL 33525

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On February 28, 2008, I received a phone call from a friend of Sammy’s who thought he had seen Sammy’s vehicle on the news and that it had been in a crash. I went to the scene thinking Sammy might be hurt, only to find out that he had been killed by 17-year-old drunk driver who was driving at a high rate of speed. The impact was on the driver’s side door of Sammy’s car; he died at the scene. He was 32 years old at the time. The drunk driver and his friend had only minor injuries. Now I was left to call my husband and daughter to tell them this horrific news. This senseless act by drunk driver has left my family with an undeniable void in our lives. Life as we know it can never be the same again. Sammy’s life was taken too soon because of poor choices made by someone else. Sammy was a joy in our lives as well as in the lives of others. He had a great personality and was so fun-loving. He drew people to him—his friends said that when they met him he just started talking and it was like they had known each other for years. Sammy loved people and made friends easily—he was very social. Our family is so close and we have lots of plans, but a large part of that has been stolen—happiness, grandchildren…. Sammy was our only son, a brother, a cousin, and a good friend to many; he is missed and thought of every day. This pain never goes away; we have had to learn how to live with it. Please remember how important it is to tell your family that you love them every day because you never know—I never thought this would happen to my son. My family and I pray that when the drunk driver gets out of jail he will make good choices in his life so no one else will lose their life and no other families will have go through this. Sally Garcia

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This story is about my family … my parents, my two sisters, Jennifer and Michelle, and me—a very strong, very close family that stuck together through thick and thin. We did everything together—we played together, we laughed together, we cried together, we worked for each other, we depended on each other for support and advice, we learned from each other. We were the way a family should be. And in a split second on Christmas Day of 2007, it all changed. My parents, Gerard and Denise Bassi, started dating when they were teenagers, married at 18, and were inseparable—they were true soul mates. They loved to travel the world, sail the ocean—they just lived life to the fullest with their friends and family. They were extraordinary people who were loved by all those fortunate enough to cross their path. My dad was so smart and so well respected! He knew a lot about everything in life, and I knew I could go to him for anything and get the best advice around. He was an engineer, and a revered one at that. One summer during college, I had the privilege to work beside him. Clearly, he was very well respected and a played crucial role in the company he worked for. He had also begun a side business building houses, a lifelong dream of his. In only a few years, my dad built and sold two large, luxurious homes in our town. I was in awe of his talent and was so proud of his success. Seeing my father at work made him a more influential man to me. I really hoped to join his company one day and work alongside him because I enjoyed and had so much respect for the professional side of him. He loved it and was so good at everything he did. I aspired to be just like him. My mom ran a daycare at home, so I would often go over to keep her company. We would talk “girl talk” and gossip over lunch, go for manicures in the evening, and shop after having breakfast together on the weekends. She was a good bargain shopper, so she loved to go to places like Marshall’s or Canal Street in the city. She wore such cute outfits and was so proud of the “deal” she got them for. When someone would compliment her on her shoes, she would stick out her foot in a cute girly fashion and say “Thanks, aren’t they so cute? Marshall’s, 10 bucks!” This was her standard response to compliments, and we loved to tease her about it. Now, friends love to tease me about it because I apparently do the same thing! My sisters and I all have some of mom’s fun little traits. It makes me smile when I notice them. We were very close and did almost everything together. In 2005, my dad ran his first NY Marathon, so, of course, we were

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all there—in matching t-shirts—to cheer him on. When he did his 20-mile runs while training for the marathon, my mom would follow him on her bike and pass him water and bananas and Gatorade. We were taught that family was the most important thing in the whole world, and we supported each other in everything we did—not just verbal support, but supportive action like the way my mom supported my dad’s runs. We really had the best family anyone could ask for. My grandparents, Ray and Linda McWilliams—my mom’s parents—were the most adorable couple. My grandpa still took my grandma out for ice cream followed by a romantic walk on the beach while holding hands. They lived in Florida, but when times got rough, they moved north to live with us; my grandpa was a carpenter and was able to find a lot of work. They lived with us for a few years, so naturally our family grew closer and stronger. When my grandpa was ready to retire, they moved back to Florida. From then on, they tried to get us to visit them for Christmas. By then, my sisters and I were older and it was harder to get the same time off so we could all go together. My parents, sisters, and I have never been apart for any major holiday before, so if we couldn’t all go, none of us went. But every year we tried to make it happen. In 2006, my sister Jen got married. She and her husband wanted to have a family, so they started trying to get pregnant in the fall of 2007. Around the same time, we began planning our Christmas, and Grandma and Grandpa, once again, were calling to see if we could visit them in Florida for the holiday. My mom realized that once Jen had a baby, she would definitely never leave us for any holiday, so this would be her last chance to make the trip to Florida and spend Christmas with her family, even if we couldn’t all go. So my parents planned a quick five-day visit to spend with my mom’s family in Florida. This would be the first Christmas we would be apart. We celebrated our Christmas a week early so we could still enjoy our family tradition together. On Christmas morning, I spoke to my parents to wish them a Merry Christmas. They told me they just had breakfast with my grandparents and were on their way to a local canal that was a popular spot to see manatees swimming. They were so excited and were having such a good time. I told my mom I was going to take a nap that afternoon but wanted to be up by 3:00 to get ready for Christmas dinner. She said she would call me to make sure I got up and to tell me about the manatees. I said goodbye, told her I loved her and to give daddy a kiss for me, and hung up the phone. She didn’t call back as planned. Even though I thought that was strange, I didn’t think too much of it. I just figured she was just enjoying herself and had lost track of time. I figured I would hear from my mom and dad after dinner instead.

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After dinner my phone rang, but it wasn’t my parents— it was the police. They said my parent’s neighbors reported a big package outside my parent’s house and were concerned because no one was home to bring it inside. I thought it was a little weird but agreed to meet them at my parent’s house where, sure enough, there was a giant package on the front porch, and they helped me bring it inside. I still didn’t think anything of two police officers helping me bring in a package on Christmas evening. I thought they were just being nice. But when we got inside and the door closed behind us, they turned to me and said, “I’m sorry, but that’s not really why we’re here.” Earlier that afternoon, my parents and grandparents had hopped in their truck to go to my aunt’s house for dinner. While they were stopped at a traffic light, a 34-year old man driving at a very high rate of speed smashed into the rear of my grandpa’s truck—“like a missile into a building,” as one witness described it. My dad died at the scene, my mom died a few hours later in surgery, and my grandma died a week later from her injuries. My grandpa survived, but the crash caused permanent injuries that greatly affected his life and left him an emotionally-broken man whose health has deteriorated. The man who hit them not only survived, but he had no major injuries. I later learned he was driving under the influence of alcohol, Xanax, and cocaine. Before that Christmas Day in 2007, my family was such a good, strong, close-knit family and now we’re broken and the pieces will never fit back together properly. Learning to live without them has been the hardest thing we’ve ever had to do. My sister Jen was six weeks pregnant when my parents were killed; she never got the chance to tell them she was pregnant with their first grandchild. She and her husband now have three children—three grandchildren that my parents will never get to meet. There are so many experiences in life that we can’t share with our parents and grandma anymore. Not only was there the immediate loss, the sting of losing so many loved ones, but the long fight for justice was frustrating and grueling. Though the offender was arrested shortly after the crash, pre-trials went on for years and the criminal trial was postponed twice. Finally, the trial to convict the offender was set for August 23, 2011. He faced approximately 35 years to life in prison. One week prior to the start of the trial, he pled guilty to the DUI charges and was sentenced to 12 years in jail followed by 10 years’ probation. In our eyes, this was a small price to pay for how much he took from us. Most people have this sense of immortality, that it won’t happen to them. But it doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from, what the weather’s like, or what day it is—this happens every day. The only thing we can do is hope that stories like this one will impact you enough so you choose not to drive when you’re under the influence of drugs and alcohol. It destroys even the strongest of families. Life is precious. Enjoy it. Make it last. Be safe. Melanie Bassie for the Bassi Family

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On the afternoon of September 26, 2009, we received a phone call from our son Max, a rising minor league baseball pitcher. He seldom called home to make small talk, but this occasion was his most rewarding to date: at Bright House Field in Clearwater, he threw three scoreless innings against the Phillies. That performance confirmed his feelings that he really belonged as a pitcher at that level. This call was to share his feelings with his mom and dad. Great opportunities were on the horizon! Max was a hard-working, serious student of baseball. He was a positive influence on many of his friends. Even though there were many non-believers who told him he would never make it, this only served as fuel for Max’s desire to succeed.

We stayed with him afterwards, hoping for a positive outcome. None of us realized the extent of his injuries, but one of the nurses was heard saying that it was a miracle he had survived the crash itself. Max died a week later, on October 2, from his injuries. His mom Daveena , his brother Aaron, his girlfriend Angela Lisa, and Aaron’s girlfriend were with him when he died. The driver wasn’t arrested until nearly six weeks later. During all that time, he was driving with no suspended license or any other restriction. Nearly two and one half years later, he was sentenced to 13 years in prison on charges of Felony DUI Manslaughter and Misdemeanor Serious Bodily Injury.

Our family and friends have lost a most wonderful young man. The pain of our loss is sometimes unbearable. We have all been A few short hours later, at 3:30 AM, we recheated. There will be no watching his life ceived a call that awakened us from a sound progress, no watching him raise his own family. sleep. I didn’t reach the phone in time to There will be no brother for Aaron to grow answer it. The call back number was (727) area older with. code; we live on the West Coast. Frightened by the hour of the call, I listened to the voice An article was written in Max’s memory that message: Max had been involved in a car appeared in a Los Angeles newspaper on Nocrash. He was with two teammates and was vember 5, 2009, a month after he died: only a couple of blocks from their apartment. http://maxlimonickbaseballscholarship.com/ They were stopped at a red light and waitimages/daily-news-11-5-09.pdf ing for green when they were rear-ended by a large pickup truck. Max was seated in the We are grateful for our friends in Clearwater back of the small compact car. The two boys who have supported us, and we gratefully in the front were injured, one very seriously. acknowledge the efforts of the State Attorneys’ Max sustained severe blunt trauma to his face, Office and offer a special thank-you to our throat, and lungs. A witness who saw the crash wonderful friend and advocate Carole from from behind the pickup truck said that the MADD. driver never braked nor swerved. The Limonick Family and Friends

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Driving Sober to Save a Life It is often said that out of the darkest times come some of the most positive realizations. That could be said of the nonprofit Driving Sober to Save a Life. The organization started in 2007, after Chris Marcone, 24, drove drunk and struck and killed a 13-year-old girl named Shelby. The car crash and the death of Shelby shattered Chris’s life. Not only was he sentenced to 13 years in prison (one year for each year of Shelby’s life), but he was overwhelmed with guilt, remorse and depression. His father Barry Marcone, was also experiencing guilt and pain over his son and the car crash. Although Barry certainly never condoned Chris’s choice behind the wheel, he was a parent, and as such, felt the intensity of his son’s pain as well as the pain of Shelby’s family. It was so intense that Barry spent many late nights questioning what he did as a parent that could have contributed to the crash. While Barry finally realized that it was his son, not he, who made the bad choice that caused the crash, he felt compelled to try and do something to help other young drivers make better choices than his son made. He knew he had to share his and his son’s story and impress upon others how dangerous it is to drink alcohol and drive. Barry formed Driving Sober to Save a Life. Now in its fifth year, the organization seeks to reach teen drivers and teach them about the consequences of drinking and driving. Barry has traveled all over the United States presenting his story and sharing with teen drivers and their parents. He was invited to Alaska to present his story in front of our troops stationed there. www.drivingsober.net

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Welcome to the Meagan Napier Foundation website. The foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to the memory of Meagan Napier and her friend Lisa Jo Dickson who were killed by drunk driver Eric Smallridge on May 11, 2002. We have formed this foundation to raise awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and to promote forgiveness and healing. Our families: the Napiers, the Dicksons, and the Smallridges believe it is extremely important to educate everyone about the horrible consequences of drinking and driving. Meagan and Lisa were loved so much and we miss them more than words can say. Their lives were taken in a senseless car crash that could have been avoided. One decision, one moment in time, and many lives were irreversibly changed! Renee Napier, Meagan’s mom, has made it her mission in life to share this story with as many people as possible. She is passionate about saving lives! Since March 29, 2004 she has presented this story to over one hundred thousand people, young and old. In her presentation Renee tells the story, talks about the healing power of forgiveness, shows videos that feature Eric in prison and since April 22, 2010, she has been allowed to have Eric join her as an inmate, bound by shackles and handcuffs, to share his powerful testimony. They conclude with a compelling slide show featuring Meagan, Lisa and Eric. Afterwards, the audience is invited to go outside and take an up close look at Lisa’s mangled car... the car in which she and Meagan died. It is our desire that all who visit this web site will be touched in a positive way. We hope you decide to make a difference in this world by choosing to: NEVER drink and drive, NEVER let your friends drink and drive and NEVER ride in a car with an intoxicated driver. We also hope you will encourage your family and friends to do the same. Make the DUI Promise: “I PROMISE TO NEVER DRIVE UNDER THE INFLUENCE”...Help us STOP DUI!! www.themeagannapierfoundation.com

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