Outlining a road map to tackle Pasco traffic problems

Pasco County’s residential and commercial growth is causing more traffic headaches on the area’s roads. At an Aug. 21 session, residents had a chance to learn about what’s planned to tackle the area’s congestion during The Pasco County Transportation Summit. U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis and Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore hosted the event at the Pasco-Hernando State College Porter … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes gets a bus circulator route

Local buses will begin making stops along the first circulator route to serve Land O’ Lakes. For the first week, from May 22 to May 27, rides will be free. A ribbon cutting ceremony at the Land O’ Lakes Community Park at 5104 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., will take place May 18 at 9 a.m. Ceremonies will be in the pavilion by the southwest corner of the parking lot. Buses will run hourly, but … [Read more...]

‘Welcome to Lutz’ sign goes missing

Jay Muffly, who serves on the Lutz Civic Association, is trying to unravel a mystery, and he’s hoping someone from the public can help. He’s trying to figure out what happened to the “Welcome to Lutz” sign that, until recently, greeted motorists as they entered the community near County Line Road. “My daughter says she thinks it was there, Saturday (on April 22). She thinks. She’s not … [Read more...]

Seeking connections between counties

Pasco County planners hope a study will point the way to consensus on whether to open more north/south roads that link Pasco and Hillsborough counties. More than 100 people attended a public meeting on the topic on April 18 at Pasco-Hernando State College, off Mansfield Boulevard. The boulevard dead-ends at the county line, just before reaching Kinnan Street, a two-lane, divided roadway in … [Read more...]

A church finds its permanent dwelling place

North Pointe Church, which has seen much change since forming more than a dozen years ago, finally is getting a permanent home. The church, which most recently has been meeting at Sunlake High School, plans a soft opening for its new location in early May. It plans a free community getting-to-know-you barbecue on May 20, followed by its official grand opening services on May 21. The church … [Read more...]

CubeSmart to open self-storage facility in Lutz

Construction workers are in the early stages of building CubeSmart, a self-storage facility located on an outparcel outside of the Walmart Super Center in Lutz. The storage facility is among new retail additions popping up on the open landscape along the apex, where North Dale Mabry Highway and U.S. 41 merge. CubeSmart representatives couldn’t be reached for comment. The economic downturn … [Read more...]

Bruce B. Downs widening gets underway

Construction is underway to widen Bruce B. Downs Boulevard from four lanes to eight lanes, from Pebble Creek Boulevard to County Line Road. It is the last of four phases of a multi-year project to ease traffic congestion on one of the county’s busiest thoroughfares. The $24.7 million project will add travel lanes, sidewalks and bicycle lanes, along about 1.5 miles of roadway. Completion on … [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...]

The White Pear is dressing up Wesley Chapel

A traffic light, six mannequins, a well-situated picture window – and a love of fashion – are what Nanette Del Valle mixed together to launch her dream job. Nearly six years ago, she left the paralegal world behind to open The White Pear, a women’s formalwear consignment boutique in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. On Aug. 2, she opened her second White Pear boutique in Wesley Chapel, at 1045 Bruce … [Read more...]

Wiregrass Elementary is gearing up for first year

Between 400 and 500 people turned out for a parent and community night to find out what lies ahead at Wiregrass Elementary, a new school opening in August. Principal Steven Williams was delighted by the turnout. “I love it. It’s wonderful to be part of a community that’s engaged,” Williams said. During the first half hour of the meeting, Williams said he gave some general information … [Read more...]