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...]

Refinery problems freeze gas prices

The dream of gas under $3 may have to wait a little longer, at least in Florida. Refinery outages in both Canada and Texas put a halt to the summer-long decline in gas prices, and even went as far as pushing prices up in some places, like Pensacola. "Refinery maintenance, especially in the Gulf, is causing the tightening of supplies in some areas," said AAA spokesman Josh Carrasco, in a … [Read more...]

Dollar Tree buying Family Dollar for a lot of dollars

Two popular low-cost retail chains with dozens of locations locally will become one company by early next year. Dollar Tree Inc. says it will buy Family Dollar Stores Inc. in a deal said to be worth $8.5 billion. While both Dollar Tree and Family Dollar will share the same main office, not much else is expected to change, Dollar Tree executives said in a release. Stores will continue to … [Read more...]

Colonial Four RV park sells for $875,000

A former Tampa Bay Lightning player says he is not the new owner of a Zephyrhills recreational vehicle park. Colonial Four RV, a community located at 6991 Fort King Road, sold Monday for $875,000, according to a release by Marcus & Millichap regional manager Richard D. Matricaria. Geared toward the 55 and older crowd, the park dates back to the 1970s, and has a mix of both seasonal and … [Read more...]

PetSmart to host special pet adoption this weekend

Cat Crusaders wants people to bring a feline into their home, and are offering a chance to do just that this weekend in New Tampa. PetSmart, located at 6248 Commerce Palms Blvd., will have a number of pets available for adoption May 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend. Cat Crusaders will be joined by several other animal rescue groups, … [Read more...]

Union helps Pasco County employees ratify first contract

The Teamsters Local 79 union in Tampa is celebrating its first Teamster contract with Pasco County public employees the group says will represent 1,100 public sector jobs across the county. A one-year contract was ratified by those employees late last week, according to the Teamsters, and covers workers ranging from road and bridge maintenance, to librarians. "We fought to win a strong first … [Read more...]

Gas prices on the rise, and here’s why

It's costing more to pump gas at the pump than it did a few weeks ago -- locally more than a dime more per gallon -- but gas price spikes are nothing like what's happening in and around Orlando. There, prices have jumped as much as 16 cents per gallon, according to And all of it is because of an "imperfect storm of events." The biggest problem, according to senior petroleum … [Read more...]