Figure skating heats up in Wesley Chapel

As Tampa Bay becomes synonymous with hockey this time of year, another ice-based sport is heating up in the region. For the first time, the Florida Sports Foundation selected Pasco County to be the host community for the annual Sunshine State Games Figure Skating Championships. The competition took place at Florida Hospital Center Ice in Wesley Chapel, from May 18 through May 20. The … [Read more...]

Gamble Mansion: A remnant of the past

Families looking for an inexpensive outing, people who enjoy interesting architecture, and history buffs should consider making the trek to the Gamble House Historic State Park in Ellenton. The park boasts Gamble Mansion, the oldest building in Manatee County. It sits on land once part of a thriving sugar plantation. And it’s the place where the secretary of state for the Confederacy is … [Read more...]

In Print: Spending $119,000 on a campaign with no opponent

State Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, may find his return to Tallahassee an easy one in the November election, especially if he doesn't draw an opponent. But the man in-line to become the House Speaker in late 2015 has spent more than $9,000 a month on his re-election campaign, and far more than any other House candidate, whether they have an opponent or not. Corcoran knows he's … [Read more...]