HART rolling out regional bus service

The debate over building and operating a tri-county bus rapid transit system on Interstate 275 won’t be settled for months. But, on July 1, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, known as HART, will launch a new limited express bus service down I-275 from Wesley Chapel to Tampa. Connections also can be made to existing routes operated by Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority with … [Read more...]

Birchwood Preserve in Lutz Opens Phase II

It has only been a year since Pulte Homes opened Birchwood Preserve in Lutz, and there has been so much demand that the community’s second phase is opening ahead of schedule this summer. “Since we opened our sales center last May, we’ve sold close to 80 homes out of 120 available in our first phase,” said Vince Kuntz, Pulte’s sales consultant in the community. “The demand has been so good, that … [Read more...]

Sports tourism expert praises Pasco’s offerings

As Pasco County stocks up on sports and recreation facilities, one local sports tourism expert envisions the growing area as a regional asset and an enticement for attracting more big-ticket sporting events to Tampa Bay. Jason Aughey, senior director at the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, was the featured guest speaker on March 22 at an economic development briefing hosted by the North Tampa Bay … [Read more...]

Woodland Elementary gets $12 million makeover

The signs of construction are everywhere at Woodland Elementary School, at 38203 Henry Drive in Zephyrhills. The beeping sounds of equipment backing up fill the air, as crews from Wharton-Smith Inc. Construction Group move about, working on a new building that’s going up on campus. The 25,274-square-foot building includes eight classrooms, a music room, an art room, a stage, a cafeteria … [Read more...]

New townhomes popping up in Lutz

Construction is underway on Sylvan Crossing Townhomes, a CalAtlantic Homes project that is expected to open in December. The gated community will feature three different floor plans, according to CalAtlantic’s website. Each plan has three bedrooms, and all come with either a one-car or two-car garage. Sylvan Crossing also will have an amenity center, with a community pool for its … [Read more...]

$2 million grant goes to Zephyrhills airport

Funding continues to fly into the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport. The office of U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, who represents Florida’s 12th congressional district, announced last month that the airport had received a $2 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Funds will go toward pavement repairs and new LED lighting at Taxiway B, which hasn’t seen upgrades in about 20 … [Read more...]

Royal Lanes prepares to turn off the lights for good

It’s a place where leagues have battled for cash prizes and bragging rights, and little kids have had birthday parties. For some, it’s been a gathering spot with friends after work to bowl a few games and enjoy a few pitchers. For others, it was where they hung out when they were kids. Soon, however Royal Lanes bowling center, at 1927 Brinson Road in Lutz, will welcome its final bowlers … [Read more...]

Tampa Bay Express aims to address region’s congestion

The proposed $3.3 billion Tampa Bay Express project has its critics – especially in areas near downtown Tampa, but it’s a project that’s needed to help relieve regional congestion, according to Ed McKinney, district planning and environmental administrator for District 7 of the Florida Department of Transportation. “Currently, Tampa/St. Pete ranks seventh in the country for cities of its size … [Read more...]

Trouble at the ‘library’

There’s been some trouble at the library. OK, this library isn’t a lending library, it’s a giving library. Books for Troops promotes literacy by giving reading materials to soldiers, veterans and their families. It ships them to far-off places and delivers them to local nursing homes. But, it has run into a bit of a problem, according to Patricia Murphy, the organization’s executive … [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...]