Commissioner suggests making use of ‘on hold’ time

When callers to Pasco County are placed “on hold” they hear music playing, but Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey would like to change that. “I would much rather hear us talk about our story, when I’m on hold,” Starkey said. “We could talk about our satisfaction survey, or we’re opening up a new park, or things to do this weekend,” she suggested. Her colleague, Commissioner … [Read more...]

Pasco County tourism rebrands as ‘Florida’s Sports Coast’

Pasco County now wants to be known as “Florida’s Sports Coast.” The announcement — anticipated for months — was made official at a March 7 brand launch ceremony held at Tampa International Airport. The rebrand is part of an ongoing effort for the county’s tourism office, Visit Pasco, to expand its footprint as a sports and recreation destination. Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore … [Read more...]

Local groups help federal workers

Organizations around the region are stepping up to help, as workers and their families struggle during the nation’s longest partial federal government shutdown. The help has come in various forms. “The key is to take off some of the pressure from these folks (so they can) worry less about where their food is coming from,” explained Greg Giordano, assistant tax collector of Pasco … [Read more...]

Lakeview at Citrus Park Has Park-Like Setting and Superb Location

Next to the Veterans and just minutes to Carrollwood Mattamy Homes is launching its second townhome community in north Tampa —Lakeview at Citrus Park. The community is opening soon at an idyllic location overlooking Gant Lake at the end of Tom Fuller Road, located just south of Ehrlich Road and east of the Veterans Expressway. VIP-only presales are taking place this weekend, Aug. 24 to Aug. … [Read more...]

Bus express service links Wesley Chapel and Tampa

A new express bus service running from Wesley Chapel to downtown Tampa could potentially carry about 200,000 passengers annually, according to calculations by officials at the Hillsborough Area Transit Authority, also known as HART. The 275LX bus route, which launched July 1, was among the topics discussed at the monthly economic development briefing luncheon sponsored by the North Tampa Bay … [Read more...]

Last Chance To Buy At Lakeshore Preserve

If you’re looking for a beautiful, maintenance-free townhome in Lutz close to the Veterans Expressway, you need to move fast. In less than a year, the Mattamy Homes community of Lakeshore Preserve has sold 75 percent of its townhomes in the 102-home community, located on Van Dyke Road and Lakeshore Road, just west of Dale Mabry Highway. “We’re down to our last 25 homes, and expect all to … [Read more...]

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...]