State Road 54 West booming with development

State Road 54, east of U.S. 41, tends to hog the spotlight on new development. After all, it is home to premium commercial shopping meccas, including Tampa Premium Outlets and the now-rising star of Cypress Creek Town Center. Brightworks Crossing, an apartment and retail project, is going up at Wesley Chapel Boulevard and State Road 54. And, other area development includes Florida Hospital … [Read more...]

An ‘unsung hero’ seeks to help others to grow tasty food

When a crowd gathered in January to celebrate the dedication of the Watson Park Community Garden in Dade City, there was a man standing quietly in the background — as the festivities progressed. That man, Brightman Logan, played a vital role in providing the support to help make the garden happen, Whitney C. Elmore, who leads the Pasco County Extension Office, told the crowd — characterizing … [Read more...]

Local Boy Scouts and their parents help food pantry

A group of men and women gathered recently at Harvester United Methodist Church, off Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes, to lug bags and boxes of food from a room in the church to their SUVs and mini-vans in the church parking lot. They made numerous trips carrying all sorts of items, including potato chips, granola bars, Goldfish, pasta, Little Bites, pudding cups, bottled water, Gatorade, … [Read more...]

‘He had lots of ideas and wanted to do things’

Seventy-three-year-old Ray Mason died suddenly after a medical emergency during a vacation. Mason’s death was “a terrible shock,” said Lyle Watson, who came to know Mason during their time together as members of the Lutz/Land O' Lakes American Legion Post 108. “He bought into the Legion 150 percent,” Watson said. “He very quickly made a name for himself and made everybody take … [Read more...]

Facility upgrades highlight Leaguerettes 2017 season

Coming off a calendar year of fast-pitch softball, the Lutz Leaguerettes have taken another step forward. The girls recreational softball league recently announced the completion of several new capital improvement projects at both Oscar Cooler and Nye parks. Some of the highlights: Field refurbishments, including new clay and magnetic break-free bases on all five fields Outdoor … [Read more...]

Bids come in too low for Eve’s Garden

Auctioneer Marty Higgenbotham called a halt to the public auction of real estate at Eve’s Garden when it became clear the bids were too low. But, Higgenbotham and owner Evie Lynn say they will keep working to sell the property for the best price they can get. “It was too soon, too quick,” said Lynn of the auction’s scheduled date of June 10. Potential buyers didn’t have enough time to … [Read more...]

Upscale RV park rolling into Dade City

Recreational vehicles and RV parks dot the landscape of rural thoroughfares surrounding Dade City. But, just north of the historic downtown district, a very uncommon RV park is being planned. This project, an upscale RV gated community with amenities more often found in pricey single-family home subdivisions, is moving toward development. Hill Country Estates is at 17151 U.S. 301, atop one … [Read more...]

Eve’s Garden finds a new paradise

Evie Lynn is moving to greener pastures. To be precise, she is staking out 55 acres of an old orange grove in Groveland that will be populated with bonsai, bamboo and beefalos. The beefalos are her husband’s idea after spotting a herd of them on his drive to Groveland. The cows are a cross between domestic cattle and bison. The couple are the proud owners of a baby beefalo, bringing … [Read more...]

Dade City gets its first Publix grocery

The grand opening of the first Publix in Dade City will be the launching pad for more retail coming soon to The Shoppes At Dade City. The approximately 45,600-square-foot grocery store opened its doors on Oct. 22 as the anchor for the shopping plaza at U.S. 301 and Clinton Avenue. More shops are on the way. Lee Nails and China King are in the permitting process, said Tracy Worrell, … [Read more...]

Planting seeds for food policies

Community gardens, backyard chickens, food deserts and agricultural tourism are on a short list of future policy ideas a citizen’s advisory council will tackle in Pasco County. The Pasco County Food Policy Advisory Council met on Sept. 30, in its second meeting since the Pasco County Commission appointed nine panel members in June. Pasco County is the only county with an active food policy … [Read more...]