Suncoast Arts Fest getting ready for really, really big show

Fine Arts of the Suncoast Inc., is getting ready for this 13th annual Suncoast Arts Fest — featuring 110 artists from across the country and Canada. The event, held at The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel, is scheduled for Jan. 20 and Jan. 21. When the weather is good, the two-day event has drawn up to 80,000 visitors, said Jennifer Douglas, the festival manager. She noted that … [Read more...]

Meadow Pointe residents rally against 7-Eleven

A proposal to build a 7-Eleven at the intersection of Mansfield Boulevard and County Line Road is on hold while developers decide their next step. Pasco County commissioners on Jan. 9, and members of the county’s Development Review Committee, on Jan. 11, both voted to continue public hearings on the matter until “a time uncertain.” Area residents of Meadow Pointe II hope the project won’t … [Read more...]

Design work to start on $15.5 million PHSC performing arts center

Design work is expected to get underway soon on a Pasco-Hernando State College performing arts center that is planned for the Cypress Creek Middle High School campus, off Old Pasco Road. The $15.5 million project will be built by the state college, but both the college and Pasco County Schools plan to use the facility for educational programming. Additionally, Pasco County Schools is … [Read more...]

New connection being eyed between Mansfield and Kinnan

Pasco County officials aren’t taking a position as yet on tearing away barricades, and connecting Kinnan Street and Mansfield Boulevard. Hillsborough County officials, however, are budgeting $250,000 to get the job done. Hillsborough’s budget decision won’t influence Pasco’s decision, according to Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore. Pasco wants to know the results of a study that it … [Read more...]

New Christian academy scheduled to open in fall 2018

The North Tampa Christian Academy, now under construction, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018. School officials expect it to open with 250 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, said Dawn McLendon, marketing and enrollment director. It also expects between 50 and 60 in its early childhood program, which will serve students beginning at age 2. The school, being built at 5619 E. … [Read more...]

Road extension expected to spur economic growth

Construction on the State Road 56 extension began in February and is expected to wrap up in late 2019. When finished, the new four-lane segment will provide a 6-mile link between Zephyrhills and Wesley Chapel. The extension will be from Meadow Pointe Boulevard in Wiregrass Ranch to U.S. 301 in Zephyrhills. The road project also will add a 10-foot wide multi-use trail on the south side … [Read more...]

Episcopal church branching into Wesley Chapel

Picture, if you will, a church that does not yet have walls, or established ministries — but is rooted in an ancient tradition. While it’s a blank canvas at the moment, a new Episcopal church in Wesley Chapel won’t remain that way forever — and beginning in January, meetings will be held to begin organizing the church’s first location in the community. “We call it church planting. It’s like … [Read more...]

Avalon Park West signs first commercial tenant

Avalon Park West in Wesley Chapel announced its first commercial tenant for the master-planned community’s “town center.” Power Martial Arts signed a five-year lease for about 2,500 square feet of retail space in Downtown Avalon Park West, according to a news release from Avalon Park Group. A groundbreaking is expected in 2018, with a grand opening in 2019. Power Martial Arts currently … [Read more...]

Get close to the animals at ‘Barnyard Bash’

Families looking for a close encounter with animals may want to check out the “Barnyard Bash” at the Home Sweet Home Animal Rescue in Wesley Chapel. Children and adults, alike, can meet Arnold the Pig, Ollie the Goose, Effie the Goat and other animals at the event on Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the rescue, 4129 Fox Ridge Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. Besides getting a chance to meet … [Read more...]

Development coming by Lexington Oaks

New development is headed to vacant land fronting the Lexington Oaks subdivision. The Pasco County Commission approved a change to the county’s comprehensive land use plan, and a zoning amendment, to allow for the development of a residential and commercial project at Lexington Oaks Boulevard and Wesley Chapel Boulevard. The boulevard is within the wider Wesley Chapel area, at the epicenter … [Read more...]