Baldomero Lopez was more than a local hero

When motorists drive past the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes, chances are they won’t know much about the history of the man for whom the facility is named. That’s where Bill Dotterer comes in. He’s a volunteer with the Tampa Bay History Center and he shared the story of 1st Lt. Baldomero Lopez’s life and his heroic actions during a talk earlier this year at … [Read more...]

The Shops at Wiregrass sold to QIC

The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel is among 10 regional malls that will be sold by Forest City Realty Trust, Inc., for a total of about $3.2 billion, according to an announcement by Forest City. The buyer is Australia-based QIC, an investment partner of Forest City. QIC currently owns about 49 percent of the Wiregrass mall, with Forest City holding 51 percent ownership, according to Greg … [Read more...]

Bayonet Point hospital CEO participates in Rose Bowl tradition

The Rose Bowl football came on New Year's Day will feature Florida State against Oregon, to see which college team will end up in the national championship game Jan. 12. But the Seminoles won't be the only Florida representative showing up in Pasadena, California. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has received an invitation to participate in the 2015 Donate Life Rose Parade Float … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills senior home gets new name

Just two months after picking up a new owner, West Winds Assisted Living Facility in Zephyrhills is no more. The 75-bed for-profit facility is now called Rosecastle of Zephyrhills, according to a posting on the facility's Facebook page. "West Winds Assisted Living is now Rosecastle of Zephyrhills, and yes, we still are an assisted living and memory care facility for seniors who find that … [Read more...]

Police body cameras coming to Pasco County

While many law enforcement agencies around the country continue to debate whether they should have patrol officers wear body cameras or not, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office isn't waiting any longer. More than 400 deputies and investigators will be equipped with body cameras beginning in February, a move Sheriff Chris Nocco says will make neighborhoods safer for deputies, and the people … [Read more...]

Florida’s unemployment rate slips, but still mostly flat

Florida's unemployment rate has slipped a bit in September, bringing it to its lowest point since June 2008, but still remaining mostly flat since last December. The rate, according to Gov. Rick Scott's office, was 6.1 percent in September, down from 6.3 percent in August. That was the result of 12,800 new private-sector jobs in the month, but the percentage of unemployed people is still larger … [Read more...]

West Winds in Zephyrhills sells to California group

West Winds Assisted Living Facility is no longer locally owned. The 75-bed for-profit facility, located at 37411 Eiland Blvd., in Zephyrhills, was sold Oct. 1 to Sabra Health Care Holdings III, which lists its address in Irvine, California, according to Pasco County property records. West Winds Prime LLC was the seller. The Palm Harbor company’s ownership has essentially managed the … [Read more...]

Fact Check: Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera’s campaign visit to Zephyrhills

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera made a campaign stop on behalf of Gov. Rick Scott in Zephyrhills Sept. 22, speaking in front of the Conservative Club of East Pasco. Throughout his stump speech, Lopez-Cantera attacked Scott’s Democratic opponent, former Gov. Charlie Crist, but also made some other claims as well.  For the complete story of Lopez-Cantera's campaign stop, read the Oct. 1 edition … [Read more...]

Prudential commercial division takes Berkshire Hathaway name

Prudential Commercial Real Estate FL is officially changing its brand, now becoming the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group Commercial Division. The brokerage, which has served the Tampa Bay commercial and residential real estate markets since 1959, joins the HSF Affiliates company that now accounts for more than 31,000 agents and 907 offices in 46 states, according to a … [Read more...]

Families returning to home market, Realtors say

Single-family homes remain on the rise for the greater Tampa Bay area, while sales of townhouses and condominiums continue to slip. Just under 3,600 homes sold in the region that includes Pasco County last month, according to Florida Realtors, up nearly 4 percent from a year ago. That's despite the median sales price staying the same at $160,000. Condos dropped a little more than 1.5 percent … [Read more...]