Big changes coming to The Grove

The Grove at Wesley Chapel shopping center is in store for a major makeover — something being hyped as a future downtown entertainment district for the growing Pasco County community. Owner and developer Mark Gold unveiled his vision for the property during a North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce luncheon last month. He has sweeping plans for the large, but rather traditional strip mall, which … [Read more...]

Pasco’s tourism director wants to take a new approach

Adam Thomas envisions Pasco County becoming one of Florida’s “must-see” tourism destinations. Aside from mostly pleasant weather, the county lays its claim to bountiful ecotourism, miles of bike trails, premier multipurpose sports facilities — as well as beaches and resorts. “We have a lot of opportunities,” said Thomas, who is Pasco’s newest tourism director. “Our destination is really … [Read more...]

More construction pops up on State Road 56

Until recently the south side of State Road 56, by the Interstate 75 interchange, created the most commercial buzz. Tampa Premium Outlets and a slew of restaurants turned grassland into a shopping and dining mecca. More is on the way. Starbucks is the latest opening on the south side of the highway. It’s next to Culver’s. But, now it’s the north side of the state road that’s … [Read more...]

‘Florida Finale’ event added to lacrosse tourney

A popular youth lacrosse tournament in Wesley Chapel soon will feature even more teams from across the nation. NDP (National Development Program) Lacrosse announced last month it will debut the Dick’s Sporting Goods Florida Finale lacrosse tournament, held in conjunction with the 11th annual Tournament of Champions presented by Pasco County. The Florida Finale event, like the … [Read more...]

Riding the Route 54 County Connector

They cut the ribbon on a posh new bus a few weeks ago, signaling optimistic expansion of Pasco County’s two-year-old east-west route linking Zephyrhills and New Port Richey. Assembled under a fan-cooled tent in the parking lot of the Medical Center at Trinity, officials spoke buoyantly about the future of mass transit in Pasco County, with the bus in the background lending physical evidence to … [Read more...]

Lacrosse tournament to stay in Wesley Chapel

Lacrosse players from across the nation will compete in Wesley Chapel at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions for at least the next two years. Pasco County and NDP (National Development Program) Lacrosse have entered into an agreement that covers the tournament for 2016 and 2017. Last year’s tournament had a $2.1 million economic impact on Pasco and Hillsborough counties, said … [Read more...]

Tourism continues to rise in Pasco

Pasco County’s tourism figures continue to rise, and the prospects are bright for even more growth, according to Ed Caum, the county’s tourism manager. Caum has been making the rounds to share the county’s news about another year of positive growth — following record numbers posted last year. He recently shared the county’s tourism story with members of the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce … [Read more...]

More than 70 teams at lacrosse tournament in Wesley Chapel

Wesley Chapel is gearing up for a lacrosse tournament that attracts teams from across the country and provides an economic boost for Pasco County. The Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions presented by Pasco County is slated for Dec. 29 through Dec. 31. The tournament, operated by NDP Lacrosse, will showcase 73 elite teams from five youth divisions that will be vying for national … [Read more...]

Growth at The Grove may depend on traffic light

Hiring has begun at a Chuck E. Cheese’s store now under construction at The Grove at Wesley Chapel, a shopping center opened at the height of the recent housing boom, which is now growing again. How much the shopping center bordering Interstate 75 will expand, however, depends on the cooperation developers get from Pasco County officials. “The challenge we have with all the major future … [Read more...]