All aboard for a bus tour of Pasco development

A bus tour through Pasco County connected the dots, and highlighted both new development, and notable educational institutions, such as Saint Leo University. The Central Pasco Association of REALTORS sponsored the tour to offer professionals in real estate and area residents an up-close look at what’s happening in Pasco. The bus tour on June 7 was the first, but CPAR officers say they plan for … [Read more...]

Wiregrass Ranch Sports Complex breaks ground

Construction has begun on a long-awaited sports field house in Wesley Chapel that is expected to provide more athletic and economic opportunities in Pasco County. The June 7 groundbreaking ceremony for the Wiregrass Ranch Sports Complex attracted a crowd of more than 100 people, including a Who’s Who of Pasco County dignitaries. The $44 million sports complex is being built at  3211 Lajuana … [Read more...]

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...]

Donate new shoes and skate onto the Center Ice rink

San Antonio resident Janet Chubinsky is skating her nonprofit Shoes4Schools onto the ice rink at Florida Hospital Center Ice. The skating rink will be hosting a “SkateForShoes” fundraiser for the charity on June 1. The charity collects donations of new shoes every year to give to Pasco County schoolchildren who need them. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., individual … [Read more...]

Apartments on the rise at Brightwork Crossing

Brightwork Crossing is going vertical. Brick-and-mortar tower-like structures are rising on the 32-acre site, off State Road 54, west of Wesley Chapel Boulevard. These are early signs of an apartment complex approved for up to 350 units. The complex will be a series of four-story buildings with more than 60 apartments per building, according to county records. Permits also have been … [Read more...]

State Road 54 West booming with development

State Road 54, east of U.S. 41, tends to hog the spotlight on new development. After all, it is home to premium commercial shopping meccas, including Tampa Premium Outlets and the now-rising star of Cypress Creek Town Center. Brightworks Crossing, an apartment and retail project, is going up at Wesley Chapel Boulevard and State Road 54. And, other area development includes Florida Hospital … [Read more...]

Sports tourism expert praises Pasco’s offerings

As Pasco County stocks up on sports and recreation facilities, one local sports tourism expert envisions the growing area as a regional asset and an enticement for attracting more big-ticket sporting events to Tampa Bay. Jason Aughey, senior director at the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, was the featured guest speaker on March 22 at an economic development briefing hosted by the North Tampa Bay … [Read more...]

Families find out about options at Summer Camp Expo

Parents dropped by information booths to learn about all sorts of summer options for their kids at the second annual Family Friendly Summer Camp Expo on March 24. While parents found out more about potential summer camps and activities for their kids, the kids took advantage of the event, too. Children could get an Easter egg from the Easter bunny, pick up treats at various booths, or … [Read more...]

Local teen moves on to next round on ‘American Idol’

Zach D’Onofrio has received a Golden Ticket, and his next national appearance on American Idol will be during Hollywood Week. The 17-year-old Wiregrass Ranch High School student impressed judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie with “The Way You Look Tonight,” a Frank Sinatra song. When he appeared before the celebrity judges in New York, the first thing he did was give each of them … [Read more...]

Hotel, retail, restaurants — arriving soon

More retail, and a Hyatt hotel, are coming to Cypress Creek Town Center, even as other new shops and restaurants are opening for business. Along Sierra Center Boulevard, Mellow Mushroom, Great Clips, Mattress One, Men’s Wearhouse and Aspen Dental are open for business. Noire Nail Bar will soon open its doors, too. To the east, Chuy’s Tex Mex is headed to a spring opening, according to a … [Read more...]