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Zephyrhills mayor invites George H.W. Bush to skydive in Pasco


Published:   |   Updated: June 16, 2014 at 03:34 PM

ZEPHYRHILLS — Mayor Gene Whitfield has invited former President George H.W. Bush Sr. to celebrate his next milestone birthday with a tandem jump at Zephryhills’ Skydive City.

Bush, the nation’s 41st president, completed his eighth tandem jump last week on his 90th birthday in Kennebunkport, Maine. He has also jumped with members of the Army’s Golden Knights parachute team on his 75th, 80th and 85th birthday.

The tandem jump would be free with the Zephyrhills chamber of commerce picking up the cost.

“Whether President Bush knows it or not, he is an inspiration to so many people around the world, not just for his years of public service, but for the example he sets by making every day count and living an active, healthy life well into his golden years,” Whitfield said. “I felt compelled to communicate that on behalf of the citizens of Zephyrhills, and in the spirit of Zephyrhills’ commitment to the ‘Healthy 100’ lifestyle. It would be a thrill for all of us to see him jump here at Skydive City on the day he turns 100,” the mayor added. “In fact, if he would like to bring [former] President George W. Bush and [former] Gov. Jeb Bush along with him, we’ll arrange so they can all jump together!”

Skydive City is the world-renowned jump zone located at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, and this year’s host for the 5th Annual FAI World Championships of Canopy-Piloting Nov. 1-7. The city even features a skydiver on its official seal.

In his letter to Bush, Whitfield reminded the former president that he and his wife, Barbara, once flew into Zephyrhills en route to a speaking engagement at Saddlebrook Resort. “We welcome you back to our community and would be honored to host your birthday celebrations.”

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