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...]

Quail Hollow vote delayed again

The Pasco County Commission agreed to a third delay on a vote regarding a proposal to redevelop the land occupied by the Quail Hollow Golf Course. Commissioners agreed to the delay at the request of representatives of the golf course’s owner, who would like all five commissioners to be present when the vote is taken on the proposal to build houses on the golf course land. Andre Carollo, … [Read more...]

They took on the world — and they won

Wesley Chapel Elementary’s “Catch Us If You Can” team has returned as champions from the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, which took place at Michigan State University. The victory thrilled the team’s members — Jake Piller, Sam Cappelluti, Isabell Barrios, Mina Melaika, Rowan Heyman, Jason Sherman and Justin Acosta, and the team’s coaches — Janet Heyman and Veronica Acosta. Before … [Read more...]

School gets ready for its debut

As construction work continues at Cypress Creek Middle High, Principal Carin Hetzler-Nettles and her fledgling staff are preparing to set up residency. Her initial crew of eight people will be looking to take over the building the week of June 12, she said. The school, set to launch its inaugural year in August, initially will open for students in grades six through 11. The building … [Read more...]

Efforts to begin to ease area congestion

Traffic is a mess at the Interstate 75 interchange with State Road 56. On the plus side, that’s an indicator that new development in the area is boosting Pasco County’s economy. More of that development is on the way. But, it’s putting more people and more vehicles on inadequate roads. A project set to start in 2018 is expected to help reduce the traffic snarls at the I-75/State … [Read more...]

Wiregrass sports complex expected to open in 2019

The Wiregrass Sports Complex of Pasco County could be open as soon as spring 2019, Richard Blalock, chief executive officer of RADD Sports said last week. The sports management and development company anticipates finalizing agreements with Pasco County by August. The construction of the 98,000-square-foot indoor sports complex is expected to take 18 months, though Blalock is hopeful it can be … [Read more...]

Pantry provides food for those in need

The Helping Hands Choice Food Pantry at Atonement Lutheran Church of Wesley Chapel began more than a decade ago with a simple goal — to feed the hungry. Carl Haberland came up with the idea. “He had this dream that he was supposed to feed people in need,” said Carla Haberland, who has led the church’s food pantry efforts since her husband’s death in 2011. “It started out with a … [Read more...]

Decision delayed on Quail Hollow

Pasco County commissioners, for a second time, pushed off a decision on the fate of the Quail Hollow Golf Course. In a 3-2 vote, they opted to continue the issue until June 6 at 1:30 p.m. in Dade City. The intent is to give the golf course owner and Quail Hollow homeowners more time to settle differences. But, there is a wide gulf between an owner who wants to redevelop his unprofitable … [Read more...]