Rays 2020 pitches a new ballpark for Ybor

Though recent on-field performances may suggest otherwise, the Tampa Bay Rays’ long-term future in the region should generate excitement to the community and fans alike. At least that was the pitch from Jason Woody to a room filled with business leaders and elected officials at the North Tampa Bay Chamber’s breakfast meeting earlier this month, at Pasco-Hernando State College’s Porter Campus in … [Read more...]

Florida and Tampa Bay have bright prospects, economist says

Florida and Tampa Bay will be in good economic shape for 2018 and beyond, an economist for Florida Taxwatch predicts. Kyle Baltuch, who also is director of development at Florida Taxwatch, offered that assessment during a Feb. 2 luncheon hosted by the Pasco Economic Development Council. He said his optimism stems in part from strides made last year. He pointed to Florida’s gross … [Read more...]

Ice arena offers plenty of room, action

There’s no shortage of activities — or room— at the newly minted Florida Hospital Center Ice. From learning to skate, to playing hockey and curling, there’s plenty to do at the much-ballyhooed facility, which measures 150,500 square feet. On Jan. 28, during the facility’s opening weekend, hundreds of youth and adults packed into what has been described as “the largest ice sports facility in … [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...]

Tampa Bay Lightning launches regional partnership

A $6 million initiative to expand the game of hockey regionally in Tampa Bay is beginning to play out in local schools. The Tampa Bay Lightning, the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association are collaborating on a five-year program that aims to develop hockey players and provide life skills lessons to area youth. As part of that initiative, schools throughout … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel complex to help ‘Build the Thunder’

A recently announced $6 million initiative aimed at expanding the game of hockey regionally in Tampa Bay will be partially played out at the Florida Hospital Center Ice, a hockey complex expected to open in Wesley Chapel in the spring. Lightning Chairman Jeff Vinik announced the “Build the Thunder” initiative on Sept. 14. The Tampa Bay Lightning, the National Hockey League and the National … [Read more...]

See the Bolts for free at Fan Fest Sept. 20

Fan are always excited when a professional sports team gears up for another season. There's excitement, optimism, and a desire to be part of the action. Fans can't wait for the games to start. I'm not talking about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this time. Don't get me wrong. This is definitely a football town, and fans have been waiting months to see the Bucs back in action. But their season started … [Read more...]

Ice rink skates into Pasco County

The traditional gear of hard hats and shovels gave way to hockey sticks and the whack of slap shots at the groundbreaking ceremony for the largest ice and sports complex in the southeastern United States. The 150,000-square-foot sports facility in Wesley Chapel is expected to become a major tourism draw. Roughly 100 people attended the Feb. 24 groundbreaking festivities to celebrate the $20 … [Read more...]

Lightning strikes again in Florida Hospital partnership

Florida Hospital and the Tampa Bay Lightning are extending their partnership agreement through the 2015-16 hockey season. As a presenting sponsor, Florida Hospital will receive a logo and name inclusion on all Lightning advertising campaigns and materials throughout the next two seasons. This continues the partnership that started in 2011, and includes being the official healthcare provider of … [Read more...]

Colonial Four RV park sells for $875,000

A former Tampa Bay Lightning player says he is not the new owner of a Zephyrhills recreational vehicle park. Colonial Four RV, a community located at 6991 Fort King Road, sold Monday for $875,000, according to a release by Marcus & Millichap regional manager Richard D. Matricaria. Geared toward the 55 and older crowd, the park dates back to the 1970s, and has a mix of both seasonal and … [Read more...]