Proposed road connection remains controversial

A proposed 700-home addition to K-Bar Ranch is reopening arguments on the long-debated road connection of Kinnan Street in Hillsborough County and Mansfield Boulevard in Pasco County. Hillsborough and Pasco officials have disagreed over the connector for at least a decade. And, Kinnan and Mansfield remain dead-end roadways separated by a weedy plot of land — about 30 feet to 40 feet … [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...]

No easy fix for local traffic jams

An elevated toll road flying over U.S. 41 could split the community and shut down some longstanding Land O’ Lakes businesses, according to area business owners who spoke at a public hearing about redesigning the intersection at State Road 54 and U.S. 41. They told representatives of the Florida Department of Transportation that a “no build” option is the best choice, at least for now. … [Read more...]

Lutz 7-Eleven sells to Brandon investor

Drivers on State Road 54 going by 7-Eleven on Livingston Road may have noticed the 7-Eleven signs are gone. The corporate parent of the convenience store chain, 7-Eleven Inc. — through its Southland Corp. affiliate — sold the 27-year-old store late last month to Sailfish Real Estate LLC of Brandon. The owner of that company, William McKnight, owns several convenience stores around the region, … [Read more...]

Plunging gas prices take a breather

Notice gas going up at your favorite fill-up station? Don't worry, it's happening everywhere. Maintenance at refineries along the Gulf of Mexico created a spike in gas prices this past week, pushing the cost of a gallon of gas up nearly a dime in one night Wednesday in some places around the state. But it did calm down elsewhere, and Florida reported an average of a 2-cent rise since last … [Read more...]

Another steep drop sends gas prices closer to $3

It's good news for travelers this week as the price of gas fell another 6 cents per gallon this past week, hitting its lowest point since February, and making that elusive sub-$3 mark look even more realistic. Part of that continued decrease in price could come from what refineries have to do every year: switch from summer blend to winter blend fuel. "Winter blend gas is cheaper to produce, … [Read more...]

Gas prices still recovering from Labor Day weekend

Gas prices are still trying to come down after the expected bump during Labor Day weekend, but that hasn't stopped gas prices from being the lowest still since 2010 as September gets under way. And prices could get better, especially with federal employment levels lower than expected. "Demand typically eases going into the fall, but a high jobless report causes speculation that demand for … [Read more...]

Gas prices starting to stabilize despite declines

The winning streak for gas customers has now continued into its 40th consecutive day as the price for a gallon of regular unleaded continues to drop in Florida. But with oil prices finally starting to stabilize, it might not be long before those prices halt their free fall. The price of oil dropped just 23 cents last week, compared to more than $4 the week before, according to a new report … [Read more...]

New RaceTrac coming to State Road 56

The State Road 56 corridor between Land O' Lakes and New Tampa continues to grow, with a third major gas station getting ready to set up shop ... this time to help eastbound travelers. RaceTrac Petroleum Inc., out of Atlanta, purchased 4.6 acres of vacant land along State Road 56 in Wesley Chapel where it intersects with Northwood Palms Road last month for $1.4 million. It will be located … [Read more...]

7-Eleven selling Lutz location, 74 others

The 7-Eleven store at 23434 State Road 54 in Lutz, is one of 75 stations across the country 7-Eleven Inc. is putting up for sale. Robbie Radant, a vice president with the company, said 7-Eleven is cutting loose stores like the Lutz one not because it’s underperforming, but because it no longer fits with its overall goals. “There are many nice sites in this package that simple do not fit … [Read more...]