Ridge Road Extension granted modifications, added funds

The Pasco County Commission has approved a revision to the Ridge Road Extension project – to provide additional funding and services connected to the project. The board approved a change order on Aug. 6 to pay for post-design assistance from the project engineer, and to analyze possible impacts to gopher tortoises. The county also is allocating an additional $1.4 million toward the first … [Read more...]

Sticky fun is popping up everywhere

While some may see bubbles as just soapy pockets of air, Blaise Ryndes uses them to bring smiles to faces nationwide. With his Spheres Bubble Show, the Land O’ Lakes resident creates unique bubble performances. He is a solo entertainer, but his parents, Dave and Nadine, accompany him at each show. “I like to consider my act to be a fusion of art, science and magic,” the 18-year-old … [Read more...]

Bexley Is Top-Selling Community In Tampa Bay

Prospective homebuyers don’t have to travel far to experience one of the country’s best master-planned communities. Real estate advising group, RCLCO, has named Bexley by Newland the top-selling master-planned community in Tampa Bay, and one of the top 50 in the United States, in its annual survey. At Bexley, home sales are up more than 45 percent at the mid-year mark this year, compared to the … [Read more...]

‘Wow’ Kitchen Makes New Model Top Seller For ICI Homes

In late June, ICI Homes opened its new Costa Mesa model in Asturia, and already it has become the community’s best-selling floor plan for this premium builder. “The reception to our new model has been overwhelming,” said Ron Ferguson, division manager for ICI Homes. “People absolutely love the huge kitchen and its extra-large island, which is a standard feature in this home. Plus, the model’s … [Read more...]

County continues tackling traffic issues

Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore said there’s no specific solution in sight yet for congestion motorists face daily at U.S. 41 and State Road 54. But, the commissioner outlined a number of other projects underway that should improve mobility on the county’s roads. Moore’s comments came during a sold-out luncheon meeting of The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 13, at the SpringHill … [Read more...]

‘Clear the Shelters’ is a big success

Hundreds attended the ‘Clear the Shelters’ event on Aug. 17 at the Pasco County Animal Services complex, 19640 Dogpatch Lane in Land O’ Lakes. The event, launched five years ago by the television media company NBC Universal, is a national pet adoption drive that aims to find forever homes for thousands of animals in need. Participating shelters nationwide either reduced or waived pet … [Read more...]

AATL gets new softball coach

Coming off back-to-back state titles, the Academy at the Lakes Wildcats varsity softball team will have a new face leading the successful program. Wildcats coach Diane Stephenson stepped down after the 2019 season to accept a position closer to her home at St. Petersburg’s Admiral Farragut Academy. A two-time Class 2A Softball Coach of the Year, Stephenson posted a 65-14 mark in three seasons … [Read more...]

Pasco school year gets off to a smooth start

Five-year-old Joshua Cortes was eager to begin his first day of kindergarten at Pine View Elementary School in Land O’ Lakes. The youngster was beaming as his parents took his picture near a welcome sign at the school — the perfect prop for a photo op. A little while later, as buses rolled into the bus loop, Pine View staff greeted students as they exited the bus. They saw many … [Read more...]

Local teen’s rare disease sparks legislation

After more than three years of fighting for their medical coverage for their son’s rare disease, a Land O’ Lakes family has seen some progress in their quest. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the Patient Saving Act on June 12, which includes language requiring the state insurance plan to provide enteral formula coverage, regardless of age, condition or intake method. Stephanie Walls, whose … [Read more...]

Health and Wellness Fair focuses on the elderly

A free community Health and Wellness Fair, held recently in Land O’ Lakes,  focused on services that are available to the elderly, as they face changes in mind and body. The Aug. 1 event was hosted by Keystone Place at Terra Bella, 2200 Livingston Road, which offers residential options for independent living, assisted living and memory care. Bryan D’Onofrio spoke at the event on behalf of … [Read more...]