Plantation Palms celebrates North Canal project completion

Plantation Palms had a ribbon cutting last week to celebrate the completion of a project to address an erosion problem in the community. The $2.99 million project — approximately 1,700 feet long — involved stabilizing the community’s North Canal. The work included installing Gabion baskets along the ditch sides, and a rip-rap lining the bottom, according to a Pasco County document. The … [Read more...]

Use precautions to prevent crimes

If you want to avoid becoming a victim of crime — you can never be too careful. At least that’s how Bryan Roquemore, a retired criminal justice professor, sees it. Roquemore now leads the Crime Prevention Task Force of Florida, a community service organization developed by former law enforcement officers. The group seeks to expand public awareness on criminal threats in today’s society … [Read more...]

$90,000 makeover gives public pool a fresh look

Swimmers were splashing around the pool at the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex, enjoying the facility which recently received a $90,000 makeover. Some adult swimmers swam laps, while some kids received instruction from Coach Robin Hilgenberg. A little while later, others joined in, taking a refreshing dip on a scorching hot day. Normally, the pool is open in time for Memorial Day … [Read more...]

In Print: Duke turns neighbors into tree-huggers

Trees are something we take for granted. There are millions of them out there, and we see them virtually everywhere. But what happens when those trees go away? Debbie Lane Goodman has lived on 10 acres off 20 Mile Level Road in Land O' Lakes long before she was joined by the Land O' Lakes Recreation Complex on one side, and the Plantation Palms community on the other. The family's land was once … [Read more...]

In Print: Is living in Pasco but working in Hillsborough all that bad?

It's something it seems people hear all the time. There are a lot of places to live in Pasco County, but not really a lot of places to work. That's why so many people head south on Interstate 75, U.S. 41 and the Suncoast Parkway every morning, and local leaders are working hard to try and reverse that trend and lower commute times. But not everyone thinks the daily commute is all that bad. … [Read more...]

In Print: Golf course closes again, authors gather, and ‘Oklahoma!’

The gates to the Plantation Palms community are now closed to the general public after the struggling Plantation Palms Golf Club has shuttered once again. And no one knows when it might be back. The homeowners association there says that while the golf course is private property and not their responsibility, what happens to it could affect the value of the 875 homes there. "Many of our … [Read more...]

Young Virginia cancer patient inspired Plantation Palms fundraiser

Christina Jenks recently had her head shaved for a cause. She’s trying to help put an end to pediatric cancer. Jenks and her husband Eric are behind a fundraiser planned for Nov. 9 at Plantation Palms Golf Club in Land O’ Lakes. The event combines a golf tournament, head shavings and fun activities for kids and adults, aimed at raising money for St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Foundation to … [Read more...]