Wesley Chapel Boulevard expansion plans progress

A construction time frame has been set for Pasco County’s plans to widen Wesley Chapel Boulevard to six lanes. The expansion of the road — also known as County Road 54 – will be broken into two projects. The first project begins just north of the road’s intersection with State Road 56 and extends to the north of its intersection with Magnolia Boulevard. The second project extends from … [Read more...]

Business park spurs talks on widening Old Pasco Road

There is no disagreement that Old Pasco Road should be widened to four lanes. But, the timing and funding for such a project got mixed reactions from Pasco County commissioners who approved a new business park on the mostly two-lane roadway. Approximately 90 acres on Old Pasco will be the site for the county-initiated project, known as Overpass Business Park. Commissioners did include … [Read more...]

Independent Catholic church forms

An independent Catholic church is forming in Wesley Chapel. Services at Spirit of Light Synodal Catholic Church will begin Oct. 23. A Mass will be celebrated every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m., inside the meeting room at the Rodeway Inn, 5642 Oakley Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. A typical communion Mass is expected to last about an hour. According to the church’s website, synodal … [Read more...]

Growth at The Grove may depend on traffic light

Hiring has begun at a Chuck E. Cheese’s store now under construction at The Grove at Wesley Chapel, a shopping center opened at the height of the recent housing boom, which is now growing again. How much the shopping center bordering Interstate 75 will expand, however, depends on the cooperation developers get from Pasco County officials. “The challenge we have with all the major future … [Read more...]

In Print: Growth at The Grove could get red light

It takes a lot to stand in the way of progress, but a popular shopping center just off Interstate 75 in Wesley Chapel may have finally found its Achilles heel: A traffic light. The Grove at Wesley Chapel has the room to grow, however new tenants are shying away from the complex because they say another traffic light is needed where Oakley Boulevard meets County Road 54. "The challenge we … [Read more...]

Plunging gas prices take a breather

Notice gas going up at your favorite fill-up station? Don't worry, it's happening everywhere. Maintenance at refineries along the Gulf of Mexico created a spike in gas prices this past week, pushing the cost of a gallon of gas up nearly a dime in one night Wednesday in some places around the state. But it did calm down elsewhere, and Florida reported an average of a 2-cent rise since last … [Read more...]

Gas higher for summer, but not for long term

Drivers probably were not happy to see gas prices jumping up just ahead of the Labor Day holiday, as they typically do when demand is higher, but they should be happy that it was still the cheapest Labor Day weekend gas in four years. More than 29.7 million families gassed yup for a road trip on the weekend, according to AAA, with average prices nearly 19 cents cheaper than last year in … [Read more...]

Traveling? Labor Day gas prices expected at 4-year low

When gas prices will start to climb again, no one knows. And while there may be a slight increase in time for the high-demand season of Labor Day weekend, AAA says expect those prices to be the lowest they've been in four years. "Record-high oil production is keeping downward pressure on gas prices," said AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins, in a release. "The bottom fell out again on oil prices last … [Read more...]

Gas prices starting to stabilize despite declines

The winning streak for gas customers has now continued into its 40th consecutive day as the price for a gallon of regular unleaded continues to drop in Florida. But with oil prices finally starting to stabilize, it might not be long before those prices halt their free fall. The price of oil dropped just 23 cents last week, compared to more than $4 the week before, according to a new report … [Read more...]