Hillsborough to cast votes on road, school taxes

Hillsborough County voters have the option of raising sales taxes to help pay for transportation, and for school air-conditioning and capital improvements. The transportation improvements would be made by voting to amend the County Charter to enact a 1-cent sales surtax that would be levied for 30 years and deposited in an audited trust fund with an independent oversight. That tax would be in … [Read more...]

Festivities set to honor Earth Day

Finding ways to celebrate Mother Earth and to recycle, upcycle and preserve its precious resources are the themes of Earth Day celebrations planned around the region. One of the largest area events planned for Earth Day, known as Earth Day Tampa Bay, got its start as EcoFest at Learning Gate Community School in Lutz. Now, in its eighth year, the event has become Tampa’s signature Earth … [Read more...]

A new fire station is coming to New Tampa

Residents of New Tampa will get a new fire station in 2017, amid a boom in development and population growth. Other proposed capital improvement projects include upgrading playground equipment at New Tampa Recreation Center and installing CCTV cameras along Cross Creek Boulevard to help regulate traffic signals and ease congestion. “The growth here has been tremendous,” said Tampa City … [Read more...]

Predatory towing under fire

Pasco County commissioners want to put the brakes on predatory towing of vehicles. Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore brought the matter up in February after receiving complaints from residents who chose to call a taxi or a friend for a ride home after an evening of drinks and dinner. “Someone is being responsible,” said Moore, who discussed the problem again at the April 12 Pasco County … [Read more...]

Preparations underway for EcoFest 2016

An effort that began seven years ago on the Hanna Road campus of Learning Gate Community School, in Lutz, has morphed into an event expected to draw thousands to Tampa’s Lowry Park on April 23 in a festival that pays homage to protecting Mother Earth. EcoFest is an annual event aimed at raising awareness about the principles of sustainability — ecology, equity and economy. Learning Gate … [Read more...]

Mansfield Boulevard and Kinnan Street could meet in the middle

Discussions on opening up Mansfield Boulevard in Pasco County’s Meadow Pointe community and linking it to Kinnan Street in New Tampa's K Bar Ranch hit dead-end after dead-end for years. Pasco County and the City of Tampa sparred over how to divvy up road improvements and pay the costs. So, the two roadways that cut through expensive subdivisions on either side of the county line still don’t … [Read more...]

People and pets gather for dog park opening

When residents (and their dogs) showed up to commemorate the grand opening of the Rotary Club of New Tampa Dog Park on May 2, they admired the new facility located at 17302 Commerce Park Blvd. But they might not have known how much time and effort went into it. "We actually started on this two years ago," said Joyce Gunter, the Rotary Club of New Tampa's committee chairwoman for the dog … [Read more...]

EcoFest offers fun, and food for thought

Thousands turned out for the sixth annual EcoFest at the picturesque setting of Lowry Park. This year’s event had the feel of a farmer’s market and that was intentional, said Michele Northrup, an event organizer from Learning Gate Community School. The charter school, located in Lutz, has spearheaded the event since its inception. As its name implies, the festival celebrates efforts … [Read more...]

Learning Gate wins national award

Learning Gate Community School in Lutz is one of the 2014 Best of Green Schools award recipients, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. The school received word of the recognition last month, and it is just one of the honors that the charter school located in Lutz has received for its focus on environmental education. The award is based on the school’s annual EcoFest, which … [Read more...]

MOSI hosting hurricane expo

It's almost time for hurricane season, and the Museum of Science & Industry will host its free Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo to get the word out on how to be ready. The expo — hosted by MOSI, Hillsborough County and the City of Tampa — will take place May 31 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the museum, 4801 E. Fowler Ave. Hurricane season begins June 1 and continues through Nov. 30. The expo's goal … [Read more...]