Light rail is top Tampa Bay choice for transit

A light rail system running beside Interstate 275 is the top choice for transit in a study that identifies potential projects in the Tampa Bay region, according to rankings from the Regional Transit Feasibility Plan. The route would link Wesley Chapel to Tampa and St. Petersburg, with a stop at the University of South Florida. The second choice would follow the same route but rely on “rubber … [Read more...]

Ice arena offers plenty of room, action

There’s no shortage of activities — or room— at the newly minted Florida Hospital Center Ice. From learning to skate, to playing hockey and curling, there’s plenty to do at the much-ballyhooed facility, which measures 150,500 square feet. On Jan. 28, during the facility’s opening weekend, hundreds of youth and adults packed into what has been described as “the largest ice sports facility in … [Read more...]

Hockey complex to open in December

It’s almost here. The highly-anticipated Florida Hospital Center Ice hockey complex is slated to open in mid-December. According to Gordie Zimmermann, a developer with Z Mitch, the complex’s “soft opening” may occur somewhere between Dec. 10 and Dec. 15. The facility’s grand opening, he said, will likely be held sometime in early January. In May, officials said the … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel: No. 1 job market

Wesley Chapel is at the top of the list for “best job market” in Florida, according to a report from WalletHub on 2016’s Best & Worst Florida Cities for Finding a Job. The Washington D.C.-based financial website ranked 130 cities in the state in three categories: job market, socio-economic environment and overall. While Wesley Chapel came in first, Lutz and Land O’ Lakes ranked 16 and … [Read more...]

Center Ice to open in October

The walls are up, the ice has been poured, and droves of hockey players soon will visit Pasco County. A hard-hat tour of the 150,500-square-foot Florida Hospital Center Ice Complex revealed significant progress of the $20 million project, at 3173 Cypress Ridge Road in Wesley Chapel. A crowd of more than one hundred Pasco county business leaders and representatives toured the facility … [Read more...]

Hockey complex making progress

After a few setbacks, the Florida Hospital Center Ice complex may open sometime before Labor Day. Initially, the opening for the $20 million project, at 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd., had been slated for last October. However, weather and installation of the refrigeration system pushed back the timetable for the 150,000-square foot complex. Developer Gordie Zimmerman, of Z Mitch, said the … [Read more...]

Farmers market offers fruits, vegetables — and a dance

June Wentworth went looking for a pleasant walk around the lake on a sunny morning at Zephyr Park and before she knew it, the 83-year-old found herself in the arms of a dance partner who glided her through the bittersweet memories of Garth Brooks’ “The Dance.” Gospel singer Kris Pierce had just sold a copy of his CD to Wentworth who was impressed enough to say yes to her surprise of the day – … [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...]

Costco eyes Cypress Creek Town Center for new store

The world's third-largest retailer is looking to set up shop in Pasco County, and become the first major store associated with the Cypress Creek Town Center. Costco Wholesale Corp. is set to meet with county officials just before Christmas about opening a 153,000-square-foot store at the shopping center, located near the intersection of State Road 56 and Interstate 75. It is slated for an … [Read more...]

Newland wants Bexley Ranch to be next FishHawk

People have driven by construction work on State Road 54 east of the Suncoast Parkway and wondered what might be happening there. A lot of those details were unveiled last week when Newland Communities vice president Tom Panaseny presented some of the first details of the recently resurrected Bexley Ranch project that will include about 1,700 homes over the next five years. The massive … [Read more...]