Hillsborough residents can weigh in on stormwater fees

A public hearing is set for Sept. 5 regarding a proposed stormwater fee increase in Hillsborough County. The public hearing is set for 10 a.m., in the second floor board room at Frederick B. Karl County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., in downtown Tampa. Any changes approved by the Hillsborough County Commission would be reflected on the 2019 property tax notices, according to a Hillsborough … [Read more...]

You, too, can help reduce plastic pollution

Hillsborough County and Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful (KTBB) are inviting residents and business owners to join in the worldwide movement to reduce waste from single-use plastics. According to the Ocean Conservancy, six of the top 10 contributors to marine debris are single-use, or disposable, plastic products, which include common food service ware, such as food and beverage container caps and … [Read more...]

Early voting begins in Pasco, Hillsborough counties

Voters will head to the polls on Nov. 6 for the 2018 Mid-Term Elections, but a significant number won’t be waiting until then. A good portion of voters decide who they want to represent them while filling out their ballots in the comfort of their own living room, and dropping them into the mail. Another part of the electorate streams to various polling places, taking advantage of early voting … [Read more...]

Hillsborough County files ‘opioid’ lawsuit

Hillsborough County has filed a lawsuit in the 13th judicial circuit court in Hillsborough County against 14 manufacturers and distributors alleging they have played a role in the opioid epidemic in the county. The county has hired a national team of lawyers to represent them in the lawsuit, with attorney Mike Moore as the lead litigant. Moore, a former Mississippi attorney general, is now … [Read more...]

Raises unlikely this year in Pasco County Schools

Pasco County School Board members have expressed a desire to give teachers a raise, but according to Superintendent Kurt Browning, there’s no money available to make that happen. Browning’s remarks came during a budget workshop last week in the board room at the district’s headquarters in Land O’ Lakes. Olga Swinson, the district’s chief financial officer, provided a run-through of budget … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel road study looks for traffic solutions

Pasco County is moving forward with efforts to find consensus on easing traffic congestion in Wesley Chapel and building road connections between Pasco and Hillsborough counties. Consensus appears elusive, however, on the proposed linkage between Mansfield Boulevard, in Pasco County and Kinnan Street in Hillsborough County. Pasco residents don’t want more traffic whizzing down a … [Read more...]

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...]