Central Pasco chamber is on the move

The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce is looking to expand and relocate after nearly 15 years at its current location, 2810 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. The chamber’s building is on the market. As soon as a sale goes through, plans tentatively are to move to a small medical and business center, off State Road 54, adjacent to Highland Oaks Preserve, west of Livingston Road. “The (current) … [Read more...]

Area teenager bowls perfect 300 in North Carolina tournament

Chandler Carr, who got his start bowling at Royal Lanes in Lutz, shot his first sanctioned perfect 300 in the Randy Pedersen 4 Game Sweeper in Shallotte, North Carolina. He achieved the perfect score on Oct. 7 at Planet Fun, helping him to take fifth place in the competition. Carr — whose mom is Suzin Carr, the only person to win the Lutz Guv’na race twice — has done a substantial amount … [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...]

Hillsborough County seeks to improve recycling

Hillsborough County wants to reduce recycling contamination. That effort begins with educating the public through an online survey and various focus groups scheduled throughout October and November. A focus group is meeting on Nov. 5 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Northdale Recreation Center, 15550 Spring Pine Drive in Tampa. Information gathered through the survey and focus groups … [Read more...]

Priorities set for sidewalk and road projects

Board members of the Pasco Metropolitan Planning Organization have adopted a priority list for road projects that is largely unchanged from last year. But, there is one exception: The list now includes a plan to widen U.S. 301 to a four-lane divided highway from the Hillsborough County line to State Road 56. The five-year work program runs through fiscal year 2020-2021. While there’s … [Read more...]

Effects of Hurricane Hermine lash Tampa Bay area

Recovering from the storm and bracing for the next one Blasts of rain, high winds and flood waters hit the region last week as the effects of Hurricane Hermine swept in, causing Tampa Bay residents in many communities to retrieve what they could, and discard what was lost. Trees crashed into roofs. Cars flooded. Water seeped into homes. In some parts of the region, residents had to be … [Read more...]

Primary elections over, now onto November

Fewer than one-fifth of the registered voters in Hillsborough and Pasco counties decided the outcome of the primary elections on Aug. 30. Some of the more notable races had Pat Frank defeating Kevin Beckner for the Democratic primary for Clerk of the Circuit Court in Hillsborough County, and Gary Joiner defeating Ted Schrader in the race for property appraiser in Pasco County. In other … [Read more...]

Panhandling off-limits in Pasco

Pasco County commissioners have approved a ban aimed at preventing street-corner panhandling in the county. That action came despite pleas from those who had been selling newspapers in the county on Sundays. By adopting a total ban, the county would cost workers’ wages and jobs, opponents said. “I’m begging you, please understand you are affecting so many people,” said Renee Contreras, … [Read more...]

Pasco County health rankings improve from last year

On average, Pasco County residents are slightly healthier than they were last year. Out of Florida’s 67 counties, Pasco ranks 37th in health outcomes, according to the University of Wisconsin’s 2016 County Heath Rankings & Roadmaps tool. That’s four spots better than the county’s ranking last year, when it came in at 41st in the state. The rankings are a broad measure summarizing … [Read more...]

Pasco sees big jump in single-family home sales

The housing market in Tampa Bay is hot, hot, hot — and Pasco County is helping to turn up the heat. In July, there were 963 closed sales of single-family homes in Pasco County, a whopping 38.4 percent increase over July 2014. The median price of those homes was $157,000, up 4.8 percent over last year, according to the Greater Tampa Association of REALTORS Inc. (GTAR). The association is … [Read more...]