Slices of life, in the shadow of COVID-19

Impacts from the threat of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is touching life on virtually every level. The closing of school campuses disrupted family schedules and student learning. The shuttering of businesses has left people out of work. The number of people testing positive for COVID-19 and people dying from the virus continues to rise. Nobody knows yet, when we will emerge to the … [Read more...]

Government responds to COVID-19

A $2 trillion relief package — the largest in U.S. history — has been passed in an attempt to stabilize the economy, in the wake of an economic and medical crisis posed by coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). The package includes help for individuals, unemployment benefits, loans for small businesses, help for large industries and other types of assistance. The stimulus includes a $1,200 … [Read more...]

Threat of COVID-19 disrupts rhythms of daily life

Health and economic threats loom large in light of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19), but there have been great costs, as well, on a personal level. Life as we knew it, just a few weeks ago, has been turned upside down. Recommendations to limit gatherings to 10 people are killing plans for personal celebrations — such as weddings, graduations and retirements, as well as birthday and … [Read more...]

Under Construction 03/18/2020

Addition to office plaza The Lutz Stonewood Professional Park is currently adding two new buildings to its site. This comes as its first building was erected last year. The structures will both stand at over 3,600 square feet, serving as medical and office space along State Road 54. There are plans to incorporate 10 buildings, in all, within the plaza.       Office … [Read more...]

Under Construction 03/04/2020

Retail stores The Promenade of Lexington Oaks is currently being built on Post Oaks Boulevard in Wesley Chapel. It consists of two buildings, holding a total of 12 suites. The larger structure will be 8,940 square feet, while the smaller one will be 6,000 square feet. Construction began in February and is expected to be complete in July.   New storage facility Wesley Chapel will … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes youth runner setting new records

Elli Black didn’t just win the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 8K women’s race last month, she also set a major milestone — becoming the youngest winner in the event’s 40-plus year history, at just 11 years old. The Land O’ Lakes youth clocked 30:57 in the 4.97-mile course to best more than 2,200 female participants in the popular annual race on Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard. The second-place … [Read more...]

Objections continue to proposed townhomes

Residents living near Lake Thomas continue to oppose an increase in the density of development in their Land O’ Lakes community. A proposed land use change would increase the maximum density from three dwellings per acre to six dwellings per acre, on a 42-acre site, on the west side of U.S. 41 about one-half mile north of Ehren Cutoff. The Pasco County Commission signaled its support for the … [Read more...]

New subdivision approved off Bell Lake Road

The Pasco County Commission has approved a rezoning for a 27-home subdivision, at the northwest intersection of Bell Lake and Alpine roads. The site for the proposed subdivision is about 1 mile east of U.S. 41, in Land O’ Lakes. The approval will allow houses with a minimum of 40-foot-wide lots to be built on the 9.5-acre site. The board’s vote, at its Feb. 4 meeting, was the second time … [Read more...]

Neighbors battle townhomes near Lake Thomas

Residents living near Lake Thomas are fighting a proposed townhome project, on approximately 42 acres, on the west side of U.S. 41, about one-half mile north of Ehren Cutoff, in Land O’ Lakes. Barbara Wilhite, an attorney representing the applicant, appeared at the Jan. 23 Pasco County Planning Commission hearing, seeking a change to the county’s land use plan to increase the potential density … [Read more...]

Tax Refund Is A Great Way To Fund Home Improvements

You may already be thinking about how to best use your tax refund, which most people get in February and March, a few weeks after filing their 2019 tax returns. Tax refunds are substantial income for many families. The IRS reports that 90 percent of American taxpayers receive a refund, with $2,725 being the average refund in 2018. And, while it’s fun to fantasize about blowing your refund on … [Read more...]