Wesley Chapel couple launches tourism-themed podcast

Wesley Chapel’s Andy and Shannon Herbon love exploring Florida — then sharing those experiences with anybody who’ll listen. As often as they can, the Herbons and their two young children venture across the state to visit theme parks and state parks, beaches, springs and waterfalls, hidden gems and other attractions. From the Florida Panhandle, to St. Augustine, to Miami — they’ll go just … [Read more...]

Pasco projects win big in 2019 state budget

Gov. Rick Scott signed off on an $88.7 billion state budget for fiscal year 2019, and had a light touch with his veto pen. He cut about $64 million in contrast to the $410 million that was axed from the previous year’s $82.4 billion budget. Pasco County got most of the items on its wish list, including $15 million for the Overpass Road interchange at Interstate 75, and $4.3 million for … [Read more...]

$2 million grant goes to Zephyrhills airport

Funding continues to fly into the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport. The office of U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, who represents Florida’s 12th congressional district, announced last month that the airport had received a $2 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Funds will go toward pavement repairs and new LED lighting at Taxiway B, which hasn’t seen upgrades in about 20 … [Read more...]

Bay area transportation talk gets a reboot

State highway officials kicked off a regional discussion on the future of transportation in Tampa Bay with more than 100 people from Hillsborough, Pinellas, Hernando, Polk and Pasco counties. The initial workshop for what is dubbed, Tampa Bay Next, was at the Bryan Glazer Jewish Community Center in Tampa on May 24. During the next two years, the Florida Department of Transportation will … [Read more...]

Taking aim at traffic woes

A transit study will take a regional approach in trying to identify a solution to unsnarl Tampa Bay’s traffic congestion, and, qualify for federal aid. Jacob Engineering will conduct the 24-month study for Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties. The approximately $1.5 million cost will be paid for by the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, commonly called HART and the Florida … [Read more...]

Tampa Bay Express aims to address region’s congestion

The proposed $3.3 billion Tampa Bay Express project has its critics – especially in areas near downtown Tampa, but it’s a project that’s needed to help relieve regional congestion, according to Ed McKinney, district planning and environmental administrator for District 7 of the Florida Department of Transportation. “Currently, Tampa/St. Pete ranks seventh in the country for cities of its size … [Read more...]

Tampa Bay Express wins a crucial vote

A hard-fought, often passionate battle over Tampa Bay’s transportation future ended with a vote in favor of building the Tampa Bay Express. The project calls for 90 miles of new toll lanes on Interstate 275 from St. Petersburg to Wesley Chapel, along Interstate 4 to Plant City, and south on Interstate 75 to Manatee County. The project is seen by many in Pasco County as key to propelling … [Read more...]

Tampa Bay Express gaining favor in Pasco

A project to build express toll lanes on interstate highways, known as the Tampa Bay Express, has picked up an endorsement from the Pasco County Commission. Commissioners voted 4-1 on May 10 to send a letter to the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization urging a favorable vote on the project. The planning organization is scheduled for a June 22 vote on a project that has gained wide … [Read more...]

Local couple shares passion for fossils

Seina Searle will never forget the first time she and her husband, Mike, went to what was then called Fossil Fair. “We walked around with our jaws open,” Seina said. They were in awe of what fossil hunters could find in Florida. The Searles had already begun their amateur quest to find old bits of bone and teeth in a desire to learn more about Florida’s prehistoric past, but when they … [Read more...]

Pasco is real estate ready

The real estate market in Pasco County is thriving. And, evidence of that was on display at “Meet the Developers: The Future of Real Estate.” The annual breakfast meeting, hosted by the Pasco Economic Development Council, brought together developers, real estate brokers, investors and community leaders at the Residence Inn on March 2. Four examples of Pasco’s current and future … [Read more...]