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...]

Road renaming remains in limbo

No decision has been reached on whether to rename a portion of Wesley Chapel Boulevard in honor of its historical ties to the King family ranch. At the April 12 Pasco County Commission meeting, county officials did not give a date for rescheduling a public hearing that had been postponed in February to “a date uncertain.” During the public comment portion of the meeting, Sandy Graves, a … [Read more...]

North Pointe Church to have a home of its own

There was a time when North Pointe Church prayed over an 11-acre site, hoping that a door would open for the land to become the location for the church’s first permanent home. That was in 2008. That prayer wasn’t answered. Instead, another property — three times the size of the parcel the church prayed over — became available in 2015. And, it’s in essentially the same spot, just … [Read more...]

Efforts on to settle renaming dispute

Pasco County officials are trying to search out the historical boundaries between Land O’ Lakes and Wesley Chapel to help determine the name of a new road near Cypress Creek Town Center. Finding out that information could help determine whether a new stretch of Wesley Chapel Boulevard should: Be renamed Circle O Ranch Parkway Be named something else Keep the name it has The roadway, … [Read more...]

Elementary W causes boundary shifts

The sight of a new elementary school under construction would seem to be a cause for celebration. But, even when students can attend a new school, and even when the new school will reduce crowding at other area schools, the prospect of boundary changes for existing schools is often fraught with controversy. “Folks don’t want to move. I can understand. Folks are loyal to their school,” said … [Read more...]

Serving up fried chicken, nostalgia

They come to the Old Lutz School, on U.S. 41, bearing casserole dishes and memories to share. These are men and women who have deep roots in Lutz and Land O’ Lakes. Their families helped settle the area, and every year they come to celebrate the connections they feel to the community and each other. The size of the annual gathering has diminished over time, as people have died or can no … [Read more...]

Staples closing leads searches on

Thousands of Web travelers found their exit off the Information Superhighway to thanks to search engines this past year, but what exactly lead them here in the first place? Apparently, it was all about the closing of Staples. Not long after started publishing daily stories to complement the print stories found each week in our papers, reporter Michael … [Read more...]