Arts center offers program for low-income families

The Morean Arts Center (MAC) has joined Museums for All, a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the Association of Children’s Museums, to encourage people of all backgrounds to build a lifelong affinity to the arts and culture. The program will enable low-income families to visit the Chihuly Collection, presented by MAC, for a minimal … [Read more...]

110-foot observation tower in Dade City gains approval

The Pasco County Commission has cleared the way for a 110-foot observation tower to be erected on a property off St. Joe Road in Dade City. Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a conditional use request, submitted by Terry D. and Mary McKnight. The application received a recommendation for approval by the Pasco County Commission, on a 3-2 vote, and a recommendation for denial by the county … [Read more...]

Some call it St. Petersburg’s ‘oldest living museum’

Birds chirp, as breezes stir through the trees. Butterflies flutter about and people relax on shaded benches. There is beauty around every bend and there’s no clue, in this tranquil place, that busy Fourth Street North is less than a block away. There’s plenty to take in at this botanical garden, which dates back more than a century. Described by some as St. Petersburg’s “oldest … [Read more...]

Find your inner artist, and enter contest

The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art is accepting proposals to help in the creation of a museum mascot based on the horse found in William R. Leigh’s painting called “Tidbits.” The art can be a painting or a graphic image, which should include the whole horse, in the likeness of the horse named Tidbits. Entry size should not exceed 18 inches by 18 inches. Acrylic, oil, pastel … [Read more...]

Light rail is top Tampa Bay choice for transit

A light rail system running beside Interstate 275 is the top choice for transit in a study that identifies potential projects in the Tampa Bay region, according to rankings from the Regional Transit Feasibility Plan. The route would link Wesley Chapel to Tampa and St. Petersburg, with a stop at the University of South Florida. The second choice would follow the same route but rely on “rubber … [Read more...]

St. Petersburg gem offers a paradise for palm lovers

Tom St. Peter, a volunteer at the Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum in downtown St. Petersburg, has always been attracted to plants and trees. “My family always had a huge garden. I used to help my dad with a secondary small landscaping business, back in the small town I grew up in. “When I was in the corporate world, my lunch breaks used to consist of running around to the local nurseries, … [Read more...]

Nudist tourism needs more exposure

Pasco County is the nudist capital of Florida. The state of Florida is the nudist capital of North America. But, the clothing-optional lifestyle is an often overlooked tourism market that contributes $7.4 billion to the state’s economy annually, according to a report from the American Association of Nudist Recreation. The association wants to put the spotlight on missed economic … [Read more...]

Academy at the Lakes hires new softball coach

The Academy at the Lakes athletics department moved swiftly to hire a new varsity softball coach — one who happens to have decades of Division I collegiate coaching experience. Diane Stephenson was named the new head varsity coach on July 27, just one week after legendary coach Jerry English announced his retirement. Stephenson, who operates the Positive Force Fastpitch Academy in St. … [Read more...]

Tampa Bay Express wins a crucial vote

A hard-fought, often passionate battle over Tampa Bay’s transportation future ended with a vote in favor of building the Tampa Bay Express. The project calls for 90 miles of new toll lanes on Interstate 275 from St. Petersburg to Wesley Chapel, along Interstate 4 to Plant City, and south on Interstate 75 to Manatee County. The project is seen by many in Pasco County as key to propelling … [Read more...]

Commuters could get a faster ride

Pasco County commuters understand the frustration of gridlock, as they head to and from work every day. Florida Department of Transportation officials believe the proposed construction of a project known as the Tampa Bay Express could make life easier for motorists traveling from St. Petersburg in Pinellas County to Wesley Chapel in Pasco County. Nearly 50 miles of new toll lanes would be … [Read more...]