Hillsborough to cast votes on road, school taxes

Hillsborough County voters have the option of raising sales taxes to help pay for transportation, and for school air-conditioning and capital improvements. The transportation improvements would be made by voting to amend the County Charter to enact a 1-cent sales surtax that would be levied for 30 years and deposited in an audited trust fund with an independent oversight. That tax would be in … [Read more...]

Recreational options expand in northern Hillsborough

Carrollwood Village Community Park is finally a reality — and ready for the public to enjoy. Situated on a 50-acre site that was once home to the now-offline Dale Mabry Wastewater Treatment Plant, the “passive” community park offers a number of amenities. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Oct. 19 to celebrate the partial completion of Phase I of the park. Features include a dog park, a … [Read more...]

Lutz Chiefs at 40: It’s time to celebrate!

For decades, it’s been the place to be on Saturdays — for hundreds of players, cheerleaders, coaches and spectators. The Lutz Chiefs, celebrating the league’s 40th year this season, has offered boys and girls a chance to play and an opportunity to develop their athletic skills, whether it be as football players or as cheerleaders. The league’s cheer squads and teams are open to children … [Read more...]

Storeright Self Storage to open in Lutz

Construction workers are clearing land and building mini-warehouses for a new Storeright Self Storage facility in Lutz. The project, at Crystal Grove Boulevard and U.S. 41, comes nearly 18 years after the Hillsborough County Commission approved a plan to allow about 75,000 square feet of offices, restaurants, drugstores and child care centers. Big box retail was banned. However, in October … [Read more...]

Public meeting set on roadway connection study

The city of Tampa, Hillsborough County and Pasco County remain at odds over whether Kinnan Street in New Tampa should connect to Mansfield Boulevard in Wesley Chapel. A 450-page draft report, known as the Wesley Chapel Roadway Connection Study, looks at that road project, as well as two other potential intra-county road connections in the Wesley Chapel and State Road 56 area. The study says … [Read more...]

New community park planned in North Tampa

A new family friendly county park is coming this fall to the Greater Carrollwood area. After nearly a year of finalizing its conceptual design, construction is slated to begin next month on the new Carrollwood Village Community Park, at 13055 Delwood Road in Tampa. The park replaces the site of the Dale Mabry Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is situated on 50 acres along the west side of … [Read more...]

Exploring Tampa’s Jewish history

Tampa’s Jewish population today numbers more than 25,000 members involved in  more than a dozen synagogues, day schools, and multiple community centers and related organizations. The of history Tampa’s Jewish community likewise runs deep — dating back more than 170 years. The Tampa Bay History Center, in partnership with the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, recently had a presentation … [Read more...]

Hillsborough County needs volunteers

Hillsborough County is sending out a call for residents who want to serve their community on citizen advisory boards. Volunteers are needed to fill positions on these boards:  Affordable Housing Advisory Board; Building Board of Adjustment, Appeals & Examiners; Child Care Facilities Advisory Board; Child Care Licensing Hearing Officer; Children’s Services Advisory Board; Council on Aging; … [Read more...]

Hillsborough County seeks input for parks and recreation

At locations around Hillsborough County, officials from the Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation department are meeting with residents to discuss future recreational plans for the county. On June 27, the public input session was held at the Northdale Community Center. That was one of seven meetings in June to gather suggestions as the county creates its comprehensive plan for its parks … [Read more...]

Commuters could get a faster ride

Pasco County commuters understand the frustration of gridlock, as they head to and from work every day. Florida Department of Transportation officials believe the proposed construction of a project known as the Tampa Bay Express could make life easier for motorists traveling from St. Petersburg in Pinellas County to Wesley Chapel in Pasco County. Nearly 50 miles of new toll lanes would be … [Read more...]