More programs, initiatives, on tap at PHSC, provost says

Pasco-Hernando State College — which recently has been recognized as one of the top schools in the nation for its return on educational investment — continues to add new programs and initiatives. That was the message that Dr. Stan Giannet, the college’s provost, delivered to a crowd at a recent Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Golden Corral. The state college … [Read more...]

Lexus of Wesley Chapel brings new dealership to Pasco

A new dealer will tap into the luxury automobile market in Pasco County with its new showroom under construction near Wiregrass Ranch. Lexus of Wesley Chapel is being built on about 8 acres, next to Wesley Chapel Toyota, at 5300 Eagleston Blvd., south of State Road 54 and west of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. Owners of Williams Automotive Group competed against nearly 130 dealers nationwide who … [Read more...]

Protecting Northeast Pasco’s rural nature

More than a decade ago, Pasco County adopted a future land use goal of preserving the character of what is dubbed its “northeast rural area.” Bellamy Brothers Boulevard, the Green Swamp, State Road 52 and the Hernando County line define the area’s borders. While there’s a goal on the books, there’s currently no ordinance that puts regulations in place to accomplish it. But, that is about … [Read more...]

Resident crusades for safety wall on I-75

Construction dust, giant cranes and truck traffic are an everyday inconvenience near Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club. Road crews are busy expanding the interchange at Interstate 75 and State Road 52 from County Road 54 to Hernando County. The three-year project is slated for completion in 2017, and is meant to improve traffic flow by widening I-75 from four lanes to six lanes, with three … [Read more...]

Pasco officials push for trail loop

A decision is months away. But much is at stake for whichever county secures the favor of the Florida Department of Transportation in choosing a 20-mile route for the Coast to Coast (C2C) Connector Trail. State highway officials anticipate completing a feasibility study in June 2016 on a northern route through Hernando and Sumter County or a southern route through Pasco and Sumter … [Read more...]

Pasco wants a say in path of recreational trail

The Florida Department of Transportation is studying the proposed path for the South Sumter Connector Trail, a segment needed to close a gap in the planned 275-mile Coast-to-Coast (C2C) Connector Trail. Two routes are being considered for the connector, but just one passes through Pasco County. Most of both possible routes is in Sumter County, but the stakes are high for communities in Pasco, … [Read more...]

Homeless veterans given chance at Stand Down event

Pasco County Stand Down is set for Oct. 24-26 at Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson. The grassroots, community-based intervention program helps the nation's estimated 67,000 homeless veterans manage life on the streets. The national program began in San Diego in 1988, and has since spread to include more than 200 similar events nationwide. The local Stand Down supports homeless and at-risk … [Read more...]

Missing Zephyrhills plane found six months later

Authorities believe they have solved a mystery that had baffled authorities for months. A hiker reportedly found the wreckage of a plane of a Zephyrhills pilot that has been missing since last April. A plane said to be the Sonex homebuilt airplane flown by Theodore Weiss was located at the Pruitt Trailhead in Dunellon, according to the Ocala Star-Banner. Skeletal remains have been found at … [Read more...]

Saint Leo opens BB&T Center for Innovation & Technology

Saint Leo University has opened the BB&T Center for Innovation & Technology at the Donald R. Tapia School of Business. The center was made possible by a donation from BB&T Bank, and encompasses the fourth floor of the business school building. The highlights include a cybersecurity laboratory, which supports the teaching of the university's new master's degree in the field, as well … [Read more...]

Prudential commercial division takes Berkshire Hathaway name

Prudential Commercial Real Estate FL is officially changing its brand, now becoming the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group Commercial Division. The brokerage, which has served the Tampa Bay commercial and residential real estate markets since 1959, joins the HSF Affiliates company that now accounts for more than 31,000 agents and 907 offices in 46 states, according to a … [Read more...]