Land O’ Lakes gets beefed up emergency services

Pasco County Fire Rescue No. 37 has added ambulance service. The station is at the entrance to Ballantrae in Land O’ Lakes. The new service became effective on Sept. 1. Six paramedics and emergency medical technicians have been added, to provide 24-hour coverage for the rescue unit. The station, which is at 18105 State Road 54, is currently using one of the department’s spare vehicles … [Read more...]

Imagine charter school needs growing room for programs

Imagine School at Land O’ Lakes is experiencing growing pains. Classrooms are full. The gymnasium is a part-time lunchroom. The school’s solution is to build a two-story wing off the rear of the gymnasium, adding about 13,000 square feet of space. The expansion provides enough room for seven classrooms and a dedicated lunchroom. The goal is to open the new extension by August … [Read more...]

Pasco County’s development ready to take off

Dreams and visions for the redevelopment of Pasco County began more than two decades ago. Today, homes, shops, hotels, offices and medical campuses are coming out of the ground and redrawing the county’s future. On March 1, developers of four of Pasco’s master-planned communities updated more than 100 people who came to the annual Meet the Developers breakfast. The Pasco Economic Development … [Read more...]

Bexley buzz isn’t just marketing hype

LAND O’ LAKES — Late on a recent Saturday afternoon, as the sun’s slanting rays cast their golden autumnal glow, Tommy Brown and his young sons mounted their bikes and set off in search of adventure. Luckily, they didn’t have far to go, and their destination was known. In fact, from their side yard near the northeast corner of Ballantrae, they’d had their eyes on it for weeks: the BMX (bicycle … [Read more...]

Proposed Bexley Elementary boundaries raise concerns

Parents raised concerns about potential impacts from proposed boundaries for Bexley Elementary at a Nov. 1 meeting at Oakstead Elementary School. Parents raised questions about such issues as school choice, transportation and programming for the new school, which draws its name from a subdivision under construction off State Road 54, in Land O’ Lakes. The new school, set to open in the fall, … [Read more...]

Boundaries recommended for Elementary B

A boundary committee has recommended boundaries for a new elementary school being built in Bexley, a new subdivision being built in Land O’ Lakes, off of State Road 54. The committee has selected an option that would include Ballantrae, Suncoast Meadows, Suncoast Pointe, Hayman/Fuentes, Meadowbrook/Sierra Pines, and all of Bexley, which are east of the Suncoast Parkway. The new elementary … [Read more...]

Pasco eyes $1.5 billion budget

Pasco County commissioners are looking at a projected budget of about $1.5 billion for 2017. The proposed budget holds the line on new taxes, but allows some room for new services, programs, staff hires and capital improvements. As county staff was completing the budget, they received news that property tax revenues would be about $1.8 million more than expected. The additional cash … [Read more...]

Retail is coming to Ballantrae Village

New retail is headed to State Road 54 in Land O’ Lakes, as Dunphy Properties prepares to start construction on the first shops at Ballantrae Village. A groundbreaking is expected in January for a Circle K, a Dairy Queen, a Dunkin’ Donuts and a Taco Bell on outparcels on the northeast corner of State Road 54 and Ballantrae Boulevard, according to a news release from Dunphy Properties. An … [Read more...]

Improvements planned on State Road 54

Pastoral scenes of as-yet untouched land in Pasco County still exist amid the office complexes, shopping centers and subdivision rooftops that dot parts of State Road 54. But the “for sale” and “for lease” signs planted on large open fields in between those developments portend the future story for traffic counts on what is already one of Pasco County’s busiest east-west corridors. State … [Read more...]