Approval recommended for TECO solar farm

Opponents are disappointed A proposed solar farm in northeast Pasco County cleared the first hurdle needed for approval — despite impassioned pleas and even tears from area residents who oppose it. The Pasco County Planning Commission recently voted 6-3 to recommend approval of the project to the Pasco County Commission, which has the final say. Tampa Electric Company, or TECO, needs a … [Read more...]

Selena Schulz is Everyday Hero protecting Pasco animals

Selena Schulz is growing up in a family that includes two dogs, and a guinea pig named Desmond. Once in a while, there also are the stray dogs, cats and unexpected critters that her father brings home. One time it was a chicken. But, more likely, it’s a friendless dog or cat that Kurt Schulz found on the side of the road. They are all in need of tender loving care. “He’s a plumber, so … [Read more...]

Business Digest 04/18/2018

New Lutz development A ground-breaking ceremony recently was held for Lake Hanna Preserve, a single-family home community in the heart of Lutz, and just 10 miles from downtown Tampa and 12 miles from Tampa’s International Airport. The gated community has 48 lots of 1-acre-plus homesites, with 18 lots featuring serene lake views. Those purchasing lakefront lots have the opportunity to … [Read more...]

State Road 54 West booming with development

State Road 54, east of U.S. 41, tends to hog the spotlight on new development. After all, it is home to premium commercial shopping meccas, including Tampa Premium Outlets and the now-rising star of Cypress Creek Town Center. Brightworks Crossing, an apartment and retail project, is going up at Wesley Chapel Boulevard and State Road 54. And, other area development includes Florida Hospital … [Read more...]

Showing some appreciation for those who do good

This is a festival that takes time out to celebrate the good that people do in their communities. The name of the event is Appreciate Pasco: A Community Volunteer Appreciation Festival, and it will feature entertainment, food, prizes, awards and recognitions. It also will highlight Good Deeds Day, an international event held in 93 countries, to recognize good works that often go unnoticed, … [Read more...]

Mettler Toledo brings jobs to Pasco County

Mettler Toledo celebrated the grand opening of its 270,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Northpointe Village, with tours, refreshments and a ribbon cutting. The Swiss-based company is a global supplier of precision scales and services used in research, and the packaging and production of food and pharmaceuticals. Mettler Toledo announced plans in 2017 to relocate its Town ‘n Country … [Read more...]

Business Digest 04/11/2018

Chuy’s hiring and opening soon Chuy’s Tex-Mex is hiring in all positions for its new restaurant in Cypress Creek Town Center, at 25750 Sierra Center Blvd. Applications can be made at an on-site trailer. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Opening day currently is scheduled for April 24. The first 50 customers will receive 12 certificates for dinner for two. For … [Read more...]

Commissioners side with developer in road dispute

The Pasco County Commission has sided with Wiregrass Ranch developers in a dispute with Pasco County Schools over covering the cost for a future road connection to Chancey Road. Commissioners heard an appeal filed by the school district regarding a decision by the county’s Development Review Committee. The committee had approved a new master road plan for Wiregrass that shifts Chancey Road … [Read more...]

Sinkhole to get turnarounds and a fence

Pasco County has selected the solution it plans to pursue regarding the sinkhole that opened last year in Lake Padgett Estates in Land O’ Lakes. The county plans to build two “hammerhead” turnarounds on each side of the sinkhole. A six-foot decorative fence and an access gate also will be installed around the sinkhole on Ocean Pines Drive. The estimated cost for the work is … [Read more...]

Pasco cuts ribbon on kitchen to feed seniors

Nutritious meals that are served to Pasco County seniors will now be made locally. The meals previously were prepared in St. Petersburg and then trucked over to Pasco County. Now, the food preparation will be done in a new commercial kitchen at the Land O’ Lakes Senior Center. Pasco County officials cut the ribbon on the new kitchen, at 6801 Wisteria Loop in Land O’ Lakes, on March … [Read more...]