Construction crews busy on roadwork in Pasco County

When it comes to construction activity on Pasco County roads, State Road 52 is a hotspot. At least that was the message that David Gwynn, secretary for the Florida Department of Transportation’s District Seven, delivered during the North Tampa Bay Chamber’s breakfast meeting. Gwynn briefed the audience on the state transportation department’s current and upcoming projects in Pasco, during … [Read more...]

A citrus king who savored the art of the deal

When James Emmitt Evans was 12 years old, he already knew what he wanted to do. He aimed to be “a general business man,” as he liked to call it. By the time he died, at age 96, the Dade City man would have gone on to build one of the first citrus concentrate plants in the state south of Dade City. He is perhaps best remembered for his pioneering strategies to hedge juice inventory on … [Read more...]

An era ends: Cash tolls go extinct on Veterans

Toll roads have been a part of American life since the first such paths opened for business in Pennsylvania and New York in the late 18th century. From the very beginning, passage on these roads required horse riders — and later vehicle drivers — to come face-to-face with a toll collector. But not anymore. Last week, the Veterans Expressway parted ways with its last toll collector when … [Read more...]

Cash no longer good on parts of Veterans Expressway come Friday

Travelers making their way south on the Veterans Expressway will no longer need to use cash once they get past Sugarwood. The last cash toll at Anderson Road's toll plaza will be collected early Friday before all traffic on the road converts to all-electronic tolling. And by the end of the summer, all of the plazas leading up to Hutchison Road will follow suit. Taking a lead from the … [Read more...]