9/11 responder shares his story and a gift

Stephen Spelman rushed to Ground Zero as a first responder, but quickly found himself trying to outrun the overwhelming cloud of dust as The World Trade Center’s North Tower began to collapse. Eighteen years later - to the day - Spelman shared the story of the daunting experience he had on Sept. 11, 2001. Spelman, who now lives in Wesley Chapel, was the featured speaker at a North Tampa Bay … [Read more...]

Area responds to Hurricane Dorian victims

As the death toll grows and residents of the Bahamas continue to grapple with the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian — local groups are stepping up to find ways to help those who are suffering. Dorian made landfall on Sept. 1 as a Category 5 Hurricane, flattening homes and causing massive flooding, according to national news reports. The official death toll stood at 50, with an … [Read more...]

Remembering the fallen of 9/11

The morning of Sept. 11 was marked by a 9/11 memorial at Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave., in Zephyrhills. The service featured remarks from members of U.S. Marine Corps Detachment 1124, which bears the name of Sgt. Maj. Michael S. Curtin, a first responder who perished in the North Tower of the World Trade Center on the morning of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Zephyrhills Mayor Gene Whitfield, … [Read more...]

Under Construction 09/18/2019

The Watermark at Trinity The Watermark at Trinity is constructing an independent living facility adjacent to the company’s assisted living and memory care units. Located at 1900 Blue Fox Way in Trinity, the five-floor building will consist of 117 residences. Amenities include a pool in the courtyard, a gym, salon, spa, dining and therapy rooms, as well as a theater. Construction began in February … [Read more...]

Dade City sets workshop on medical marijuana dispensaries

The Dade City City Commission again will consider whether or not to allow medical marijuana treatment centers within city limits. This city’s six-month moratorium, or temporary ban, on such dispensaries expires Sept. 21. Commissioners will have a workshop on the matter Sept. 24 at 4 p.m., at City Hall, 38020 Meridian Ave., in Dade City. In March, city leaders voted to extend its … [Read more...]

New interchange expected to ease traffic on area roads

Plans are underway to build an interchange connecting Overpass Road to Interstate 75 in Wesley Chapel, and the project is expected to have a flyover ramp. The ramp would grant access from westbound Overpass Road to southbound Interstate 75. The Overpass Road bridge runs east-west above the interstate, which runs north-south. Richard Moss is the director of transportation development for … [Read more...]

Dade City approves budget, with some qualms

Dade City Commissioners adopted the city’s tentative budget for next fiscal year, but not without some disagreement. A first reading ordinance of the $19,296,935 budget passed by a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Nicole Deese Newlon casting the lone dissenting vote during a Sept. 10 meeting. The 2019-2020 budget is based on an approved 7.14 millage rate. Newlon took umbrage with multiple … [Read more...]

Vanpooling service could be new option for Pasco’s workforce            

Some private sector workers soon will have a new way to commute to their jobs throughout the Tampa Bay region – including Pasco County. The Enterprise car company is collaborating with the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority to offer vanpooling services to companies and their employees. Arlinda Karuli, Enterprise account executive, gave a presentation on the new service at the Smart … [Read more...]

Main Street roars with music & motorcycles

The distinct roar of motorcycle engines and live rock ‘n’ roll music filled the air around downtown Zephyrhills during the 15th annual Music & Motorcycles on Sept. 14. The Main Street Zephyrhills bike night was blessed with perfect weather, and attracted hundreds — from far and wide — looking to have some fun. Within the event boundaries, Fifth Avenue and several of its cross streets … [Read more...]

Pasco to open K-8 school in fall 2021

The groundbreaking last week for Starkey Ranch K-8 School was celebrated in grand fashion —  at a gathering that included a high school jazz band and color guard, preschoolers, a private developer partner, elected leaders and government officials. The school is the second phase of a partnership between Pasco County Schools, Pasco County government and Wheelock Communities, the private … [Read more...]