When Alice saw Earl, ‘It was love at first sight’

Alice and Earl Angel were only teenagers when they met, but Alice knew instantly that he was the one for her. The couple — celebrating their 77th anniversary on Feb. 20 — recalled that first meeting. “In our little town, we had what you call a square,” Earl said. People would come to people watch there, or meet up with friends. “I come around the corner one evening, and I see this … [Read more...]

Pasco drops fines on overdue library books

Pasco County Libraries has joined a national trend and no longer imposes fines on overdue library materials. The new policy kicked in on Feb. 10. The timing also coincides with Library Lovers Month, according to a Pasco County news release. Materials borrowed from the county’s library system will continue to have a due date, but the fines associated for bringing them back late will no … [Read more...]

New subdivision approved off Bell Lake Road

The Pasco County Commission has approved a rezoning for a 27-home subdivision, at the northwest intersection of Bell Lake and Alpine roads. The site for the proposed subdivision is about 1 mile east of U.S. 41, in Land O’ Lakes. The approval will allow houses with a minimum of 40-foot-wide lots to be built on the 9.5-acre site. The board’s vote, at its Feb. 4 meeting, was the second time … [Read more...]

Denial recommended on senior care site in Wesley Chapel

The Pasco County Planning Commission has recommended denial of a request for a conditional use permit to allow a residential treatment facility for up to 30 residents on Pomello Trace in Wesley Chapel. Planning commissioners voted 5-0 against the request by Jordanes Hippolite, who is seeking permission to create an elderly care center, on a site at 29436 Pomella Trace, that’s smaller than a … [Read more...]

Business Digest 02/12/2020

Women-n-Charge donation Women-n-Charge, a group that supports professional women in managing their businesses, recently donated $4,000 to local charities. Mary Adele Clark, president of Women-n-Charge, left, stands alongside the recipients: Cheyenne Johnson, CFO for Momma G’s Home for Teens; Stephanie Gradys, intern at Hope Children’s Home; Marianne Thomas, Ph.D., director for One More Child; … [Read more...]

Navigating the choppy waters of divorce

It’s that time of year, when bakeries, florists and jewelers are busy — in the approach to Valentine’s Day. It can be a time of love, affection and euphoria — but also can be a painful trigger for those struggling through the turmoil of divorce. For one Wesley Chapel woman, it’s a time when existing or new clients may feel a particular need to turn to her for support. Hayley Lisa … [Read more...]

Neighbors battle townhomes near Lake Thomas

Residents living near Lake Thomas are fighting a proposed townhome project, on approximately 42 acres, on the west side of U.S. 41, about one-half mile north of Ehren Cutoff, in Land O’ Lakes. Barbara Wilhite, an attorney representing the applicant, appeared at the Jan. 23 Pasco County Planning Commission hearing, seeking a change to the county’s land use plan to increase the potential density … [Read more...]

Business Digest 02/05/2020

AltMed Florida opens Lutz dispensary AltMed Florida, the fastest-growing Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MMTC) in Florida, recently opened three dispensaries in 24 hours, including one in Lutz. The grand opening in Lutz took place at 21126 State Road 54, Suite 104, on Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. That was followed the next morning by simultaneous openings of dispensaries in Tallahassee and … [Read more...]

Pasco calls for civil campaign behavior

The Pasco County Commission has amended its Ethical Campaign Practices Act to encourage civility among candidates. Commissioners voted unanimously on Jan. 21 to support changes suggested by Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley. Corley said the changes incorporate “language that speaks to civility in the public discourse for candidates running for office within Pasco … [Read more...]

Bell Lake rezoning back on agenda

An error in a notice for a rezoning has prompted a new hearing on the request. The Pasco County Commission, at its Jan. 7 hearing, approved a rezoning for a new subdivision for 27 detached residences on about 9.5 acres, at the northwest corner of the intersection of Bell Lake Road and Alpine Road. The vote was 4-0, with Commissioner Jack Mariano absent. However, it turns out that an error … [Read more...]