Wesley Chapel to get a new fire rescue station

A new fire station in Wesley Chapel will replace an aging facility that has become inadequate to handle the needs of a growing population. Pasco County’s Fire Rescue Station No. 13, off Old Pasco Road, is expected to open in January 2019. A groundbreaking was held in mid-March on the same day the Pasco County commissioners approved the construction contract of about $2.6 million. Funding is … [Read more...]

Finalists named for annual industry awards

Pasco Economic Development Council announced its selection of 15 finalists for the 32nd Annual Awards and Trade Show, according to a news release from the Pasco EDC. The event will be on Sept. 6 at Saddlebrook Resort and Spa, 5700 Saddlebrook Way in Wesley Chapel. Festivities will begin with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by the award announcements from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. A dinner and … [Read more...]

Lego builds community and a family business at Wiregrass

Adam Smyk liked the sense of community he found in his 20-year career in the Navy. But, he often had to leave his family for six-month tours of duty at sea. When he came home, he had to re-introduce himself to his young sons. One lasting bond between them was Lego. They could spend hours together snapping Lego bricks into space ships or create their own special projects. “It was … [Read more...]

Business Digest 08/08/2018

Memory care at The Edwinola The Edwinola in Dade City recently announced the opening of its “Along the Journey” memory care program. The program is designed for residents with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other memory impairments. The Edwinola is a historical icon in Dade City that began as a hotel in the early 1900s. Over the years, it served as a private residence, a university and a … [Read more...]

Bus express service links Wesley Chapel and Tampa

A new express bus service running from Wesley Chapel to downtown Tampa could potentially carry about 200,000 passengers annually, according to calculations by officials at the Hillsborough Area Transit Authority, also known as HART. The 275LX bus route, which launched July 1, was among the topics discussed at the monthly economic development briefing luncheon sponsored by the North Tampa Bay … [Read more...]

El Dorado Furniture opening fall 2019 at Brightwork Crossing

The largest Hispanic-owned furniture retailer in the United States plans to open a new store in the mixed-use, residential and commercial project, known as Brightwork Crossing. An apartment complex at Brightwork Crossing is under construction at State Road 54 and Wesley Chapel Boulevard. Shops and a hotel are planned, too. A new Burger King restaurant recently opened on a parcel, fronting … [Read more...]

Car dealerships arriving in Wesley Chapel

Pasco County is in the market to add to its luxury car dealerships with BMW as the potential tenant of a proposed showroom near The Shops at Wiregrass. Japanese-auto dealership Mitsubishi also appears to want into Pasco’s market, with a showroom located west of Eagleston Boulevard at Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. Representatives of Spring Engineering Inc., filed a pre-application for “BMW-Wesley … [Read more...]

Business Digest 08/01/2018

Gordon Chevrolet honored Gordon Chevrolet flies the American flag, “Old Glory,” every day of the year to show the company’s pride in the United States. The local detachment of the Marine Corps League, Marine Forever Detachment No. 1440 of Lutz took notice, and awarded the company its Detachment’s American Patriot Award. Gordon Chevrolet Guest Experience Manager Ryan Gomez accepted the … [Read more...]

Turnout might break record in August primary

Midterm elections typically get a low voter turnout. But, there are signs of energized voters for the 2018 primary set for Aug. 28 and the general election on Nov. 6. New voter registrations are up somewhat, said Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley. A bigger indicator of voter interest is the more than 62,000 ballots mailed to local residents and military personnel, … [Read more...]

Local horsewoman wins with You Bet Your Roses

Nancy Massey Perkins made a decision on Mother’s Day two years ago that it was time to buy a horse. “I bought her sight unseen, except for the video I watched on the Internet,” said Perkins, the daughter of two Zephyrhills’ pioneer families. “I thought she was cute and moved really good.” Her instincts were right about the 2-year-old mare. You Bet Your Roses, at age 4, is now a two-time … [Read more...]