Quail Hollow golf course set for redevelopment

Plans to close Quail Hollow Golf Course and redevelop the land are moving into the next phase. Pasco County commissioners voted 5-1 in July to rezone the property, with Chairman Mike Moore dissenting. A pre-application meeting was set for Aug. 14 between Pasco County planners and representatives of golf course owner Andre Carollo. That meeting is a preliminary step before additional … [Read more...]

Girl Scouts rejuvenate Karina’s Garden

Step into the garden behind the administrative offices of Sunrise of Pasco, in Dade City, and you’ll find a place where flowers, plants, butterflies and statuary offer a place of repose and refreshment. You’ve arrived at Karina’s Garden. The garden initially was established in 2008 to honor Karina Abdul, a former shelter director for Sunrise of Pasco who died unexpectedly at the age of … [Read more...]

Bank loan approved to build Wiregrass sports complex

A loan of slightly more than $20 million from Bank United will finance the construction of the proposed Wesley Chapel Sports Park, at Wiregrass Ranch. RADD Sports will operate and manage the complex. Pasco County will own the indoor sports facility, collect rent, and also share in the anticipated profits. In addition to the 98,000- square-foot indoor facility, seven outdoor sports … [Read more...]

Singing hopefuls flock to Tampa Bay Idol

When 15-year-old Julia Toussaint learned American Idol auditions were coming to Wesley Chapel, she couldn’t pass up the chance at stardom. “I told my voice teacher, ‘We have to do it,’” said Toussaint, a sophomore at Tarpon Springs High School. Toussaint, who began singing as a 5-year-old, was one of 400 preregistered contestants selected for “Tampa Bay Idol” auditions, held Aug.12 at … [Read more...]

This kiosk offers a dough-licious new treat

Trey Seaholm and Cary Sanchez weren’t looking for a life-changing leap into adventure. He’s an electrician. She’s a clinical technician. And, they’re the new owners of The Happy Dough. The couple sells edible cookie dough by the ice cream scoop at a kiosk at Tampa Premium Outlets, off State Road 56. Eat it raw. Take it home to bake. Or, mix it with other desserts. Cookie … [Read more...]

Task Force meets on vision for State Road 54/56

A discussion on transportation solutions on the State Road 54/56 corridor will begin anew on Aug. 24, with the second in a series of meetings by the Vision 54/56 Task Force. The 17-member, volunteer task force had an organizational meeting in April. The study by the task force members will consider practical solutions to easing congestion, and promoting greater safety and mobility on a … [Read more...]

Atmosphere is upbeat on teacher move-in day

Volunteers and teachers were busy on teacher move-in day last week at Cypress Creek Middle High School. Pasco County School Board members, the superintendent of schools, Rotary Club members, members of The Greater Wesley Chamber of Commerce, the Pasco Education Foundation and other community volunteers joined in with teachers to help them get ready for Day 1 at the new school at 8701 Old Pasco … [Read more...]

Park upgrades planned for 2018

A proposed 2018 budget, if approved, includes initial funding for a community center at Wesley Chapel District Park. The park also would get upgrades at its basketball courts and baseball fields. In addition, the budget would provide money for a future district park at the master-planned community of Connerton in Land O’ Lakes. A first public hearing on the budget is scheduled for Sept. … [Read more...]

Golf course gives way to new development

Residents came away disappointed when Pasco County commissioners approved a plan to replace Quail Hollow Golf Course with houses, offices, retail and a day care center. Nearby homeowners had argued for months that the project would devalue their property and harm the neighborhood’s residential character. They also expressed concerns about flooding and increased traffic on inadequate … [Read more...]

New opportunities await at Cypress Creek Middle High

Much of the furniture and equipment has yet to be installed at Cypress Creek Middle High School, but even without it, it’s easy to see that the school is designed to offer students a multitude of opportunities when it opens in August. Principal Carin Hetzler-Nettles and members of her administrative team recently led Pasco County School Board members and Superintendent Kurt Browning on a … [Read more...]