Under Construction 02/22/2020

First stand-alone Aussie Grill coming to Lutz Bloomin’ Brands is building an Aussie Grill restaurant at the Cypress Creek Town Center, off State Road 56, in Lutz. The restaurant chain also is planning a Carabba’s Italian Grill and a Bonefish Grill at the town center. The 2,925-square-foot Aussie Grill also is expected to have a 305-square-foot patio. Aussie Grill will open in … [Read more...]

Medical marijuana ordinance gains first-round approval

Dade City is a step closer to allowing medical marijuana treatment centers within its city limits. Dade City Commissioners gave first-round approval to a zoning text amendment that would make the treatment facilities a permitted use in the city’s general commercial zoning district, and would make them an allowed use in commercial and employment center planned development districts. The first … [Read more...]

County marks Ridge Road extension milestone

It was a historic day in Pasco County, as a groundbreaking ceremony was held to celebrate the upcoming construction of the Ridge Road extension. The new stretch of road will give motorists another east-west option through Pasco County, and will provide an additional evacuation route in the event of a disaster. The groundbreaking, held Jan. 13, followed a permit issued in December by the … [Read more...]

Report sheds light on Dade City economy

An economic development report shows how the City of Dade City is faring through the first quarter of the 2019-2020 fiscal year — in other words, from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. Dade City’s new community and economic development director, Melanie Romagnoli, presented the quarterly report to city commissioners at a regular meeting on Jan. 16. Romagnoli, who assumed the position late last year, … [Read more...]

Pasco County adding two street hockey rinks

Pasco County and the Lightning Foundation have partnered on a project that will result in two street hockey rinks in the county, including one in Wesley Chapel. The Pasco County Commission approved the agreement at its Jan. 7 meeting. As part of the deal, the county will spend an estimated $240,000 to build concrete pads and associated infrastructure, which will be turned into street hockey … [Read more...]

Local YMCA: A hotspot for seniors

Zephyrhills is known for being a place where lots of people like to come during the winter — to avoid the bitter cold winters Up North. Some of the snowbirds who flock there enjoy the community so much, they become permanent residents. But there’s always a perceptible increase in traffic on the roads and diners when the snowbirds are in town. That uptick in activity is evident in … [Read more...]

Charter school coming to Connected City’s Epperson

A K-8 charter school could open as early as this fall in Epperson, if all goes according to plan. The Pasco County School Board has approved an agreement with Metro Apple LLC and Red Apple Development LLC — known collectively as the developer — for a charter school that is planned on the east side of Curley Road. Details regarding the school are spelled out in the agreement. Plans call … [Read more...]

This run combats cancer, with love

When Peggy Sherry established Faces of Courage Inc., the idea was to help cancer patients. As a cancer survivor herself, she could empathize. So, she formed a non-profit organization. That was in 2004. The organization, based in Tampa, is geared toward helping cancer patients, and those suffering from blood disorders, as well. The upcoming Run For Love event, set for Feb. 1, … [Read more...]

New subdivision approved off Bell Lake Road

Editor's Note: This story is in the process of being updated, pending County information. A new subdivision for 27 detached residences has been approved on a site of about 9.5 acres, at the northwest corner of the intersection of Bell Lake Road and Alpine Road. The site is about 1 mile east of U.S. 41, in Land O’ Lakes. The main access to the development will be off of Alpine Road. As … [Read more...]

Resolution: Making changes that stick, through 2020

Most of us don’t think twice about looking at our phone right when we wake up or buckling our seatbelt when we get in a car — we’ve done it so much, it’s become habitual. So, just exactly what is a habit? The Merriam-Webster dictionary says it is “an acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary.” In other words, it’s a behavior that’s become … [Read more...]