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Plans for Tampa Premium Outlets Mall call for nine buildings with 482,000 square feet of retail. It would be the first of seven phases on 57 acres of land off Wesley Chapel Boulevard and State Road 56.
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Wesley Chapel, New Tampa chambers talk merger

Both are young chambers of commerce compared to the ones with deeper roots that surround them. But there is a possibility that the two could become one. The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce has opened up talks with the New Tampa Chamber of Commerce with the idea that the two could explore “integrating membership” […]

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Steve Azzoli said his electric car creates a buzz when people take a look under its hood. He invested about $23,000 on the car, but gets 110 miles to 120 miles per battery charge, and doesn’t have to spend a dime on gasoline. 
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Interest sparks in electric car conversions

When Steve Azzoli pulls his bright blue car into an auto parts store and pops open his hood, he invariably draws a crowd. That’s because the retired Land O’ Lakes man is tooling around in an all-electric car, and people want to take a look. Azzoli got the car for his project in 2011, and […]

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Express route to downtown Tampa in jeopardy, HART says

The number of people who depend on HART’s Route 51X connecting Pasco County to downtown Tampa is dwindling. And so is the organization’s money. So it’s probably no surprise to some of the remaining riders that officials with Hillsborough Area Regional Transit want to make some significant changes to the route, possibly removing the express […]

The Land O’ Lakes Swamp Fest doesn’t have a parade, but it does have rides, games and entertainment for area residents, as well as providing fundraising opportunities for local organizations. 
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Land O’ Lakes resident wants return of Flapjack Festival

For nearly 30 years, Mark Ballard had a routine when it came to the Land O’ Lakes Flapjack Festival. “The kids would go to eat the pancakes in the morning, then we would go and spend pretty much all day on the rides,” he said. “Then we could go home and come back again at […]

Change has been the order of business at Bayfront Health Dade City over the past year, but hospital chief executive Shauna McKinnon feels the community has embraced all those changes as positive, including the recent announcement to expand surgical services. 
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Dade City hospital readies $3M surgical expansion

With a new owner and a new name, change has been a constant for Bayfront Health Dade City. But while some may say too much change is bad, Shauna McKinnon knows that what the Dade City hospital has experienced in recent months will only make it better. And that includes planned major changes coming up […]

Sarah Robison, 11, of Lutz, is one of six national winners in a photo competition sponsored by Ranger Rick magazine.
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Lutz girl’s prize-winning photo is in Ranger Rick magazine

Sarah Robison took a prize-winning photo last fall when she was visiting a park in Rochester, New York. The 11-year-old was admiring some Canada geese when she noticed a young deer just a few feet away. The young shutterbug knew that she had only an instant to react, and she took advantage of that moment. […]

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School board plans to trim property taxes

A state-mandated reduction in school taxes will mean a modest decrease in many homeowners’ tax bills this coming year. The Pasco County School Board on Tuesday set the millage rate for 2014-15 at 7.149, and are set to make a final decision on taxes at its September meeting. That is a reduction of 0.208 mills […]

Local Hobby Lobby home sells for $4.1M

Merchant’s Square, a Zephyrhills strip mall where Hobby Lobby opened earlier this year, is now under new ownership. RCG-Zephyrhills SPE LLC finalized its sale of the 75,000-square-foot shopping center on Gall Boulevard on July 23 for $4.1 million. RCG-Zephyrhills is affiliated with RCG Ventures in Atlanta, according to state corporate records. It is a real estate […]

Plans for Tampa Premium Outlets Mall call for nine buildings with 482,000 square feet of retail. It would be the first of seven phases on 57 acres of land off Wesley Chapel Boulevard and State Road 56.
(File Photo)

Wesley Chapel, New Tampa chambers talk merger

Both are young chambers of commerce compared to the ones with deeper roots that surround them. But there is a possibility that the two could become one. The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce has opened up talks with the New Tampa Chamber of Commerce with the idea that the two could explore “integrating membership” […]

Courtesy of Pasco County Tax Collector's office

Tax collector’s office readies grand opening

The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the newest Pasco County Tax Collector’s office, opening next week off Wesley Chapel Boulevard. The ceremony is set to begin Aug. 4 at 10 a.m., at the office, located at 4610 Pet Lane in ComPark 75 in Lutz. […]

Dollar Tree buying Family Dollar for a lot of dollars

Two popular low-cost retail chains with dozens of locations locally will become one company by early next year. Dollar Tree Inc. says it will buy Family Dollar Stores Inc. in a deal said to be worth $8.5 billion. While both Dollar Tree and Family Dollar will share the same main office, not much else is […]

Gas prices continue to drop as summer wears on

A fear that the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 would push up gas prices didn’t come to pass, and in fact Florida and other states continue to see the amount people pay at the pump falling. Gasoline prices in Florida on Sunday was at $3.46, down nearly a nickel from a week ago, according […]

Adopt a pet for free on Saturday

It was originally intended just for students, but the Pasco County Animal Shelter is expanding its free adoption event at the Land O’ Lakes facility on July 26. “We hope our efforts to allow free adoptions for everybody on Saturday will relieve overcrowding,” said animal services manager Mike Shumate, in a release. “So anyone who […]

Florida Hospital contributes $2M to MOSI theater

It’s been a while since the Imax theater at the Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa had an overhaul. But with a $2 million check from Florida Hospital’s West Florida Region, visitors are expecting a “transformational” experience. The investment, which was announced Friday at the Fowler Avenue museum, will allow MOSI to transform the […]

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