Rebranding effort aims to simplify life for patients

Florida Hospital’s parent company, Adventist Health System, will change its name and the name of all of its wholly owned entities to AdventHealth, effective Jan. 2. That means 11,000 new signs are going up across the country to signal the change. Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel will have an AdventHealth sign on its main building, and will say AdventHealth at Wesley Chapel on its door. The … [Read more...]

Business Digest 01/02/2019

Del Webb begins building clubhouse Construction has started on a 19,000-square-foot clubhouse at The Meridian at Bexley, in Land O’ Lakes, a project being done by Del Webb, a pioneer in communities for those ages 55 and older. The coastal style clubhouse will serve as a community hub for residents to explore, learn and grow socially, physically and intellectually as they approach … [Read more...]

DeSantis wants Burgess to lead state’s veterans affairs

Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis has announced his recommendation of state Rep. Danny Burgess to serve as the state’s next executive director of Florida's Department of Veterans Affairs. If his appointment is confirmed, Burgess will have to resign from his District 38 seat in the Florida House of Representatives. “It’s bittersweet,” Burgess said, noting the appointment “is completely unexpected … [Read more...]

Richard Corcoran is new state education commissioner

Richard Corcoran is Florida’s new Commissioner of Education. Corcoran was selected unanimously for the position by the State Board of Education at its Dec. 17 meeting. In a news release about the appointment, Richard Corcoran said, “I look forward to working with the Board to ensure students and their families are empowered to take control of their education options, more resources are … [Read more...]

Crystal clear lagoon at Epperson opens with a splash

Metro Lagoons, by Crystal Lagoons — the first Crystal Lagoon amenity in the United States —officially opened with a party on Dec. 16. About 400 invited guests and residents were expected to turn out, according to officials. “Residents have waited a few months to get in here, so we wanted to throw them a nice holiday party,” said Eric Wahlbeck, managing director of Metro Lagoons. “This … [Read more...]

Business Digest 12/26/2018

Dade City Chamber meeting Pasco County Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning was the featured speaker at the recent Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce business breakfast meeting, at the beautiful Edwinola, an assisted living facility in downtown Dade City, according to a chamber news release. During the session, Cathy Powell, was welcomed as Edwinola’s new executive director, and Browning … [Read more...]

Regional coalition to respond to climate change

The Pasco County Commission on Dec. 11 signed the memorandum of understanding to be part of the Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Coalition. The coalition has been formed to coordinate climate adaptation and mitigation activities across county lines to plan for economic and social disruptions that are projected to result from sea-level rise and storm surge, and to provide state and local agencies … [Read more...]

Carin Hetzler-Nettles named principal of the year

When Pasco County Schools opened Cypress Creek Middle High School, the challenges facing the new leader of that school weren’t the same kind faced by most principals of new schools. For one thing, the school was the first in the Pasco school district that would be for students in sixth through 11th grade, initially, with a senior class to be added the following year. For another, the school … [Read more...]

Central Pasco project could be like ‘a self-contained city’

A proposal for a 24 million-square-foot corporate business park, plus residential and other components in Central Pasco is a step closer to reality. The proposed development, dubbed Project Arthur, would be located on 6,951 acres — east of the Suncoast Parkway, west of the CSX rail line and south of State Road 52. In addition to the massive office park, there would be 11,495 residences and … [Read more...]

BayCare wants to build new hospital in Pasco

BayCare has received preliminary approval of an application to build a new 60-bed hospital on a 111-acre site, at the northeast quadrant of Interstate 75 and Overpass Road. The Agency for Health Care Administration on Dec. 10 announced preliminary approval of the hospital’s application for a Certificate of Need. As part of its application, BayCare outlined plans that include: • … [Read more...]