Palm Harbor’s Wall Springs Park

A place where everyone can reach great heights, see priceless views You don’t have to be a millionaire to have water views worth millions. Just spend a little time at Wall Springs Park in Palm Harbor. There, you can see the sultry Gulf of Mexico and mullet-jumping Boggy Bayou from fishing piers, docks and a $1.7-million observation tower that’s accessible by wheelchair all the way to … [Read more...]

An island oasis, a day-trip away

Maybe because it’s an island. Or, maybe because it’s close to home, but feels so far away. Or, maybe because Anna Maria Island lulls you with its watery beauty and makes you forget the world outside. Maybe, for all these reasons, this island is an ideal place for a day-trip. For years, Tampa families have escaped to their second homes on the island on weekends just to get away. … [Read more...]

Keeping safe, when a hurricane threatens

Hurricane Season 2017 is underway, and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has shored up its ability to respond to the potential for deadly storms. Within the past few months, Sheriff Chris Nocco has created an Emergency Management Division and has appointed two seasoned war veterans to top leadership positions. Nocco named George McDonald as chief of the Joint Operations Bureau of the Pasco … [Read more...]

Fort De Soto Park: A recreation destination

The Tampa Bay area has all sorts of places to escape and feel like you’re on vacation without having to drive very far or fly off somewhere. And, when you get company from afar, there’s always someplace wonderful like Fort De Soto Park to take them. Here, all in one place, are a world-class beach, views of both the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, two fishing piers, boat launches, a historic … [Read more...]

Mariano to BP: Settle oil spill lawsuit

Jack Mariano has one thing to say to BP: Enough is enough. In a letter addressed to the British petroleum conglomerate, the Pasco County Commission chairman is urging company officials to drop its appeal of a potentially $18 billion verdict in a federal Clean Water Act lawsuit. Instead, Mariano pled BP to finalize claims from Pasco businesses, and allow all involved to finally move … [Read more...]

Plunging gas prices take a breather

Notice gas going up at your favorite fill-up station? Don't worry, it's happening everywhere. Maintenance at refineries along the Gulf of Mexico created a spike in gas prices this past week, pushing the cost of a gallon of gas up nearly a dime in one night Wednesday in some places around the state. But it did calm down elsewhere, and Florida reported an average of a 2-cent rise since last … [Read more...]

Gas higher for summer, but not for long term

Drivers probably were not happy to see gas prices jumping up just ahead of the Labor Day holiday, as they typically do when demand is higher, but they should be happy that it was still the cheapest Labor Day weekend gas in four years. More than 29.7 million families gassed yup for a road trip on the weekend, according to AAA, with average prices nearly 19 cents cheaper than last year in … [Read more...]

Gas prices hit 4-year low

Does the cost of gas seem cheaper than usual? It should, because drivers haven't experienced prices like these since 2010. Back then, gas was $2.74 per gallon, according to AAA. Within a year, it would jump nearly 80 cents, and climb even higher in 2011. Yet, the national average of $3.50 set over the weekend not only is 3 cents cheaper than last week, but the lowest it's been since those … [Read more...]

Scallop season could start earlier in the Gulf

Gov. Rick Scott is asking the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to open the bay scallop season three days earlier than normal. The idea, he said, would be to create additional recreational opportunities for Florida residents and visitors, and help provide an economic boost to coastal communities. "The bay scallop fishery is especially important to Florida's Big Bend region, and … [Read more...]

Region under severe thunderstorm watch

The National Weather Service says a line of strong thunderstorms have formed in the Gulf of Mexico, and are threatening the entire Tampa Bay region — including Pasco and Hillsborough counties — until 8 p.m. Meteorologists with the weather service detected the storms just after 2 p.m. Friday along a line extending from Honeymoon Island near Palm Harbor to Longboat Key. The system was moving … [Read more...]