Distance runner receives Academic All-State honors

As he was busy shattering school records in cross country and track, Freedom High School’s Alejandro Michel was also leading the pack in the classroom — posting a weighted 8.8285 grade-point average and earning salutatorian honors for the Class of 2018. Those accomplishments resulted in a rare statewide designation for student-athletes: Alejandro Michel was one of 24 athletes named to the … [Read more...]

Helping a community to lift itself up

Drive up to Life Community Center and you’ll find a crowded parking lot. That’s because there’s a lot going on in the modular building, at 6542 Applewood Drive in Wesley Chapel, which is affiliated with Life Community Church, formerly known as Victorious Life Church. For instance, there’s a weekly community luncheon on Tuesdays in the modular building, and anyone is welcome to drop in … [Read more...]

Adventist Health System to buy Bayfront Health in Dade City

Adventist Health System, which is the parent company of Florida Hospital, signed an agreement to buy the 120-bed Bayfront Health Dade City Hospital, according to a news release from Adventist Health System. The deal is expected to close in early 2018. Details on the sales price weren’t disclosed. The sale will include the hospital, at 13100 Fort King Road, as well as physician clinic … [Read more...]

Crystal Lagoon will make a splash in 2018

The Epperson residential development, with its Crystal Lagoon, will open in spring 2018 with a special guest – Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps. Phelps signed on with Crystal Lagoons as its “Global Ambassador.” He will promote swimming and water sports around the world, with appearances at Crystal Lagoon properties, including Epperson, according to a news release from The Conroy … [Read more...]

Connected City vote on Pasco’s agenda

A final decision on an ambitious technology-driven community in eastern Pasco County – known as Connected City – is at hand. The Pasco County Commission will have a final public hearing on the project on Feb. 7 at 1:30 p.m., in Dade City. The first public hearing on Jan. 24 offered a review of the project and an opportunity for public comment. Pasco County and Metro Development Group … [Read more...]

Connected City plans taking shape

Metro Development Group is finalizing its team of partners for what is billed as “the city of the future.” Florida Hospital and Tampa General will be setting up a new medical partnership in the Connected City called West Florida Health. Meridian Autonomous Systems will be providing self-driving and electrical vehicles. And, Saint Leo University will be creating a new education … [Read more...]

Glimpsing the upbeat in a gloomy 2016

You don’t have to be a disappointed supporter of Hillary Clinton to have arrived at the notion that 2016 can’t end soon enough. I mean, lots of us got there long before Nov. 8. Simply put, 2016 was, in many respects, a rough year, and not just because of the rancor of the election. We needn’t revisit the particulars here. That’s for the news services, networks and major dailies. Let’s … [Read more...]

Hockey complex to open in spring

An anticipated opening for the Florida Hospital Center Ice complex will be delayed until spring 2016, largely due to a slower than expected wait on permitting. Gordie Zimmermann, a partner in Z Mitch, said he expects construction to resume in the next weeks, with a scheduled completion in the first quarter of 2016. “We’re in good shape,” Zimmermann said. Initially, the opening for the … [Read more...]

Florida Hospital Center Ice skates into view

A naming contest for the ice rink complex under construction in Wesley Chapel drew some 200 suggestions. And, the winner is: Florida Hospital Center Ice. The name and logo were unveiled May 14 by Florida Hospital representatives and Gordie Zimmermann whose company, Z Mitch, is building the 150,000-square-foot ice rink and sports complex. The name is fitting, said Zimmermann, because … [Read more...]

Ice rink skates into Pasco County

The traditional gear of hard hats and shovels gave way to hockey sticks and the whack of slap shots at the groundbreaking ceremony for the largest ice and sports complex in the southeastern United States. The 150,000-square-foot sports facility in Wesley Chapel is expected to become a major tourism draw. Roughly 100 people attended the Feb. 24 groundbreaking festivities to celebrate the $20 … [Read more...]