This guy ‘put out fires,’ literally

Mark Spudie, a former battalion chief for Pasco County Fire Rescue, dedicated 30 years of his life in the work of fighting fires. He hung up his gear on May 30 — walking the corridors of Wesley Chapel’s Fire Station 13 for the last time as part of the county’s team. “I wasn’t ready to go,” Spudie said. “I would have worked a few more years if I could have, and mainly because of the people … [Read more...]

Vets Healing Vets program debuts at library

Vets Healing Vets is a new no-cost, therapeutic craft program being offered at the New River Branch Library, for veterans of all ages and their families. The program meets on the last Friday of the month at 10:30 a.m. It made its debut on June 28. During the session, veterans put together craft kits and, at the same time, they're able to socialize and build relationship with other … [Read more...]

Pasco MPO board approves new Wesley Chapel connections

Wesley Chapel motorists would have more options, under connections approved by the Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization board on June 11. The first new connection calls for extending Wesley Chapel’s Meadow Pointe Boulevard, into Tampa. The second new connection calls for extending the planned Wyndfields Boulevard, which would run from State Road 56 to K-Bar Ranch Boulevard, in … [Read more...]

New charter school under construction in Wesley Chapel

Pinecrest Academy Wesley Chapel is under construction in the Avalon Park West community, off State Road 54. Officials for Pinecrest and Avalon Park West invited the community to a groundbreaking ceremony, held mostly indoors at Trinity Church of Wesley Chapel, which is next door. The new charter school, expected to open in the fall of 2020, will eventually serve kindergarten through eighth … [Read more...]

New brewery coming to Wesley Chapel

A new brewery, restaurant and beer garden will be setting up shop at a former fitness facility in Wesley Chapel — with an expected opening in the first quarter of 2020. Anthony Derby, CEO of Brew Bus Brewing and the Florida Avenue Brewing Co., located in Tampa’s Seminole Heights, said the planned additional location for his company is ideal for its needs. Derby said the brewery is one … [Read more...]

New Wesley Chapel fire station comes with more offerings

Wesley Chapel now has Pasco County’s second largest fire station, and the opening of Station 13 was celebrated at a ribbon cutting on May 30. The 9,400-square-foot station, off Old Pasco Road and Dayflower Boulevard, became operational several weeks before the celebration because the original station — which had been next to it — was torn down. Despite the blistering heat, a crowd of … [Read more...]

BayCare’s plans for new Pasco hospital are uncertain

The Florida Legislature’s decision to drop the requirement for a Certificate of Need review for new hospitals is causing BayCare Health System to reconsider its plans for a hospital in Pasco County. The hospital chain had received a preliminary OK on its Certificate of Need request for a 60-bed hospital on a 111-acre site at the northeast quadrant of Interstate 75 and Overpass Road. It was … [Read more...]

Moffitt Cancer to open Wesley Chapel treatment center

Moffitt Cancer Center and AdventHealth have announced they are working together to open an outpatient cancer center on the campus of AdventHealth Wesley Chapel, located next to the hospital on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. The outpatient center is expected to open in the fall of 2020. “We strive to provide world-class cancer care close to where people live and work,” said Alan F. List, MD, … [Read more...]

Hundreds walk for a meaningful cause

Hundreds gathered at The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive in Wesley Chapel, for the March of Dimes’ biggest annual fundraiser event on May 11. The Suncoast March for Babies, a 3-mile walk through The Shops at Wiregrass, raised more than $40,000 for the March of Dimes. This year’s ambassador was Chloe Rose Gray, a 4-year-old Tampa Bay girl who was born prematurely at 28 weeks, and spent 96 … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel sewage repair still in progress

Pasco County is repairing the sewage pipeline that runs along Northwood Palms Boulevard in Wesley Chapel. The construction, which began in early April, came in response to a routine inspection, which determined that the pipeline was fractured. The Pasco County Utilities Operations and Maintenance Department discovered that the corrosion allowed for road debris to build up within the sewage … [Read more...]