‘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...]

Pasco County to add tourism director

Tourism in Pasco County is on a launching pad, as county officials prepare for what they hope to be an explosion of visitors — sampling the county’s shops, malls, restaurants, hotels and future sports complexes. County commissioners are reviewing proposals for a sports complex at Wiregrass Ranch, with about an $8.5 million investment. Florida Hospital Center Ice is expected to open in early … [Read more...]

Twin goals: Safe roads and increased tourism

San Antonio is a destination for many bicycle enthusiasts who want scenic vistas and the rolling hills they can find in rural northeast Pasco County. On weekends, bicyclists en masse pedal their way across the landscape. For four years in a row, San Antonio has hosted Gran Fondo Florida, one of eight events nationwide in the Gran Fondo National Championship series. County officials are … [Read more...]

Hotels go up as tourism grows in Pasco

Pasco County’s hotel market is thriving. Five hotels are either under construction, closing in on a groundbreaking or will open within months. A new Hilton Garden Inn is the most recent to complete permitting, with a construction start now in the offing. The 125-room, six-story hotel is rising off of State Road 56, at Maple Silver Parkway. Another 110-room Hilton Garden Inn at … [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...]

Special events eligible for tourism grants

Every year, thousands of tourists flock to festivals in Pasco County, spending money and getting to know the county’s best features. They dine on kumquats, browse through arts and crafts booths, immerse themselves in Native American culture, listen to old-time music, and learn about the environment. But, putting on those special events takes cash. Each year the Pasco County Office of … [Read more...]

Gran Fondo cycles into Pasco

For the fourth year in a row, cyclists from all across the nation will make the trek to Pasco County to ride in the Gran Fondo Florida racing event on March 26. The race begins — and ends — in downtown San Antonio. It is one of eight events across the country as part of the Gran Fondo National Championship Series. The cycling route is 100 miles, but there are also 35-mile and 55-mile … [Read more...]

Pasco looks to TIA for tourism boost

Traffic is increasing at Tampa International Airport, and that has piqued the interest of Pasco County officials. More than 18 million passengers passed through Tampa International Airport in 2015, nearly 7 percent more than the year before. Of those travelers, about 8 percent, or 1.6 million, were from Pasco County. Pasco County commissioners are interested in finding out how to tap … [Read more...]

Hockey complex making progress

After a few setbacks, the Florida Hospital Center Ice complex may open sometime before Labor Day. Initially, the opening for the $20 million project, at 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd., had been slated for last October. However, weather and installation of the refrigeration system pushed back the timetable for the 150,000-square foot complex. Developer Gordie Zimmerman, of Z Mitch, said the … [Read more...]