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...]

Pasco looks to TIA for tourism boost

Traffic is increasing at Tampa International Airport, and that has piqued the interest of Pasco County officials. More than 18 million passengers passed through Tampa International Airport in 2015, nearly 7 percent more than the year before. Of those travelers, about 8 percent, or 1.6 million, were from Pasco County. Pasco County commissioners are interested in finding out how to tap … [Read more...]

Town hall covers myriad topics

A local church was packed with more than 100 residents during a town hall meeting held by Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey, and county staff. Those attending had a chance to get a primer on how Pasco County departments function, and to get snapshots of what’s happening across the county and in their neighborhood. They also got a chance to speak face-to-face with county staff members … [Read more...]

Overpass at State Road 54 and U.S. 41?

The Florida Department of Transportation is hosting a meeting to gather public comments on a proposed overpass at the intersection of U.S. 41 and State Road 54. The event, which includes an open house and formal presentation, will be on Dec. 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Myrtle Lake Baptist Church, at 2017 Riegler Road in Land O’ Lakes. The presentation will be made at 6:30 p.m. The … [Read more...]