Duke’s landscaping plan gains approval

The Pasco County Planning Commission has approved a landscaping plan submitted by Duke Energy Florida LLC., in connection to an electrical substation in Wesley Chapel. The planning board had previously approved the electric company’s request for an expansion to its electrical substation on a 20-acre parcel on the north side of Satinleaf Lane, about 650 feet west of Smith Road. However, that … [Read more...]

Private school, more retail, on planning commission agenda

The Pasco County Planning Commission will consider requests for a private school, and increased retail development, among items during its Jan. 10 public hearing at 1:30 p.m. Planning commissioners will consider these requests on their consent agenda. Request from Tracy L. and Raul Rodriguez Jr./Keiro Academy, for a private school on 20.6 acres of land zoned for agricultural and … [Read more...]

County continues pursuit of Ridge Road Extension

Pasco County is continuing its pursuit of a project to allow the extension of Ridge Road, and Sam Beneck, the county’s project manager, gave a briefing on the status during a Dec. 12 luncheon meeting of the North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce. “We are currently in the design and permitting phase,” said Beneck. “We have not started any construction activities,” he told members and guests during … [Read more...]

Construction begins to link recreational trails

Pasco County’s engineering services had an event on Oct. 30 to celebrate the construction of the new Starkey Gap Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail that will link the Starkey and Suncoast Trails in Pasco County to the Pinellas Trail. Construction of the new multi-use 2.4 mile-trail is expected to be completed in the summer of 2019. Once the segment is finished, it will provide connectivity to a … [Read more...]

Duke Energy is planning a project in Lutz-Land O’ Lakes

Duke Energy plans to install a new substation and transmission lines to meet the electrical demands of the growing population and businesses in Lutz and Land O’ Lakes. The energy company had a public open house at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lutz to share its plans. Those attending could drop by multiple booths, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., to learn the particular’s about the project’s … [Read more...]

Substation expansion plan sparks controversy

Some area residents are protesting a proposal by Duke Energy Florida to expand an electrical substation at Smith Road and Satin Leaf Lane in Wesley Chapel. Opponents claim the project will devalue their properties and create unsightly views. The request for a special exception permit for the New River Substation expansion has been put on hold. The Pasco County Planning Commission granted … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes students strive for ‘green’ community

For several years the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library has been plagued with massive energy consumption and a sizable electric bill. A group of high schoolers is looking to change that. The Land O’ Lakes High School Green Club, which addresses environmental issues in the community, wants to help the library achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) status — the most widely … [Read more...]

Road extension expected to spur economic growth

Construction on the State Road 56 extension began in February and is expected to wrap up in late 2019. When finished, the new four-lane segment will provide a 6-mile link between Zephyrhills and Wesley Chapel. The extension will be from Meadow Pointe Boulevard in Wiregrass Ranch to U.S. 301 in Zephyrhills. The road project also will add a 10-foot wide multi-use trail on the south side … [Read more...]

Area spared worst of Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma devastated other parts of Florida, causing less damage than feared in Tampa and surrounding communities. But area homes, businesses and other locations were not entirely spared from Irma’s wrath. Concerns continue over rising floodwaters, which already have flooded homes and roads. And, Irma’s whipping winds knocked down trees, shredded billboards, damaged fences, ripped … [Read more...]

Business community weathers Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma left residents and business owners in northern Hillsborough, east Pasco and central Pasco assessing damage, cleaning up the mess, and, calculating their losses and counting their blessings. For business owners, the focus was on reopening and getting Pasco County’s commercial back in motion. The effort goes on. Zephyrhills’ chamber gave shelter With shelters filled to … [Read more...]