Fallen officer cherished for leadership, love, and laughter

The countless who knew Capt. Charles “Bo” Harrison, say they’re better people because of it. And, the superlatives flow freely when people describe what he was like. Here are just a few of those descriptions: Hero. Christian. Father. Brother. Husband. Friend. Leader. Coach. Servant. Great Officer. Integrity. Honorable.. He was “a servant-leader who made a difference to every man, … [Read more...]

Figure skating heats up in Wesley Chapel

As Tampa Bay becomes synonymous with hockey this time of year, another ice-based sport is heating up in the region. For the first time, the Florida Sports Foundation selected Pasco County to be the host community for the annual Sunshine State Games Figure Skating Championships. The competition took place at Florida Hospital Center Ice in Wesley Chapel, from May 18 through May 20. The … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel road study looks for traffic solutions

Pasco County is moving forward with efforts to find consensus on easing traffic congestion in Wesley Chapel and building road connections between Pasco and Hillsborough counties. Consensus appears elusive, however, on the proposed linkage between Mansfield Boulevard, in Pasco County and Kinnan Street in Hillsborough County. Pasco residents don’t want more traffic whizzing down a … [Read more...]

Lack of building permits halts work

Pasco County issued a stop work order at Epperson, after a routine county fire inspection found 19 structures lacked building permits. The May 10 inspection came less than two weeks after Epperson kicked off the anticipated opening of the Crystal Lagoons amenity. The festivities, to mark the first development in the United States with this type of amenity, featured an appearance by Michael … [Read more...]

ICI Homes Ready For The Parade at Asturia and Bexley

Just in time for the 2018 Parade of Homes, ICI Homes has two beautifully furnished models and four move-in-ready homes for tour in Bexley and Asturia, two of Pasco County’s most prestigious communities along the in-demand State Road 54 corridor in Land O’ Lakes and Odessa. ICI Homes has been building in Bexley since the community opened in the fall of 2016. It addition to its beautifully … [Read more...]

ICI Homes Opens New Model In Asturia

Here’s a great way to win a $500 gift card and tour a brand new model home. Come out to Asturia this weekend for the grand opening of its latest model — the four-bedroom, three-bath Serena built by ICI Homes, the community’s newest builder. The grand opening celebration of the Serena model is Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. (Jan. 27 and Jan 28), at 15134 Aviles Parkway. … [Read more...]

Region has frigid wake-up call

The new year brought the first blast of winter to Pasco County, and to the Tampa Bay region. Freeze warnings and wind chill advisories rained down daily from the National Weather Service, as frigid air dipped into north and central Florida, and stayed for days. For the first time in decades, Tallahassee had measurable snowfall. Here in Tampa Bay, snow was a no-show, but temperatures … [Read more...]

Meet Santa and his Elves At Asturia Dec. 16 from 2 to 4

The second annual Holiday Festival is being hosted at Asturia — a master-planned community in Odessa — on Saturday, Dec. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Youngsters will enjoy a candy cane express train, face-painting elf, balloon-artist elf, holiday carnival games, meet-and-greet surprise holiday characters, holiday treats and, of course, sitting on Santa’s lap and … [Read more...]

Federal aid available for Hurricane Irma victims

Federal emergency management teams are fanning out statewide to help Hurricane Irma victims register for financial assistance. In Pasco County, a team settled in at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library on Collier Parkway from Oct. 11 through Oct. 14. Area residents applying for assistance also could speak with representatives of the United States Small Business Administration and Pasco … [Read more...]

Incentive money brings more jobs to Pasco

Pasco County commissioners approved an incentive payment of $141,000 to Meopta U.S.A, an optics manufacturer bringing nearly 50 new jobs to the county. The company is relocating its headquarters from Long Island, New York, to 7826 Photonics Drive, in Trinity. Meopta officials plan to renovate a building formerly occupied by another optics manufacturer, VLOC, Inc. That company closed in … [Read more...]