Business Digest 01/02/2019

Del Webb begins building clubhouse
Construction has started on a 19,000-square-foot clubhouse at The Meridian at Bexley, in Land O’ Lakes, a project being done by Del Webb, a pioneer in communities for those ages 55 and older.

(Courtesy of Boardroom PR)

The coastal style clubhouse will serve as a community hub for residents to explore, learn and grow socially, physically and intellectually as they approach retirement, according to a news release. It will have a fitness center, resort-style community pool, dog park, community garden, pickle ball and tennis courts and a large social room.

A full-time lifestyle director will manage social and recreational programs.

Del Webb Bexley is the first to be built from the ground up in the Tampa Bay area since 1960.

Del Webb is offering 18 single-family detached home designs for the 850 homesites within Bexley.

Prices start at $234,990. For pre-sales information, visit, or call (866) 230-6089.

Lutz rent remains high
The Zumper Tampa Metro Report analyzed active listings in October across 17 metro cities to show the most and least expensive cities, and cities with the fastest growing rents. The Florida state median rent last month was $1,204.

Lutz ranked as the eighth most expensive city for rentals, with a one-bedroom unit renting for $1,070, and a two-bedroom renting for $1,150.

Those rents were a decrease of 5.3 percent and 5.7 percent, respectively.

Metro Development Group turns 15
Tampa-based Metro Development Group celebrated its 15th anniversary in December, during one of the most exciting times in the company’s history, according to a news release.

The developer recently unveiled the nation’s first Crystal Lagoons amenity.

Known for its Metro Places communities, exclusive ULTRAFi technology and its multiple Metro Lagoon projects, the development group is showing no signs of slowing down.

Founded in 2003 by CEO John Ryan, Metro has developed more than 40,000 lots across 70 communities in West Central Florida, valuing at nearly $2 billion, according to the release.

Women-N-Charge will meet Jan. 4 from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., at Plantation Palms Golf Club, 23253 Plantation Palms Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes.

The meeting includes lunch, a presentation and time to network. The topic for January’s meeting will be social media. The cost is $15 for members and $18 for guests, who RSVP by the Monday prior to the meeting; after that, the cost is $20 for members and $23 for guests.

For more information or to RSVP, call (813) 600-9848.

Learn how to start a business
There will be a free workshop Jan. 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., to provide an overview of key issues related to starting your own business, including how to structure your business, to develop a business plan, and understand how to manage cash flow.

The workshop is being presented by Pasco-Hernando Score at the Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City.

To find out about other free seminars and resources available through Pasco-Hernando Score, visit

Burger Monger is now Chophouse Burgers
Burger Monger, in Wesley Chapel, has given itself a new name and added 10 new chef-inspired burgers. The restaurant is now called Chophouse Burgers and Barstool Shakes.

The restaurant’s new expanded menu also includes a fresh-breaded chicken sandwich, and new recipes for their hot dogs and side dishes.

Burger Monger has five locations, and the Wesley Chapel location, at 1656 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., is the first to get the makeover.

For more information, go to

Design and Construction Innovations celebration
Design and Construction Innovations had a party on Dec. 13 to celebrate its anniversary and grand opening. Those attending had the chance to meet the company’s staff, friends and associates and to enjoy food and drinks.

The business is located at 20625 Amberfield Drive in Land O’ Lakes.

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